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Archive for September, 2008

CRANFORD—The Union County Council of the League of Women Voters will present its annual candidates’ forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Cranford Municipal Building, 8 Springfield Avenue.

Three seats on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are open this year, all for three-year terms. The candidates are Democrats Angel Estrada of Elizabeth, Rick Proctor of Rahway and Nancy Ward of Linden, and Republicans Michael Yakubov of Roselle Park, John Russitano of Westfield and Joseph Franchino of Berkeley Heights.

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CARTERET— Employees and volunteers of all youth organizations who receive public subsidies or use borough fields will have to undergo mandatory criminal background checks, mandated by a recently-passed ordinance.

The ordinance, which was passed unanimously on Sept. 9, will provide a new precautionary measure to safeguard Carteret’s children. The background checks will be performed by the N.J. State Police. Current volunteers and employees must undergo a background check within one year, and all new volunteers and employees must have background checks prior to their approval.

“Our children are some of the most vulnerable of our community citizens,” Mayor Daniel Reiman said, “particularly when in public areas where they may not be under the direct supervision of their parents. This new ordinance will help safeguard our children from potential danger when involved in organized sports and athletic programs that utilize our public facilities. Although this is primarily a precaution, the Council and I believe in taking every preventative measure within our means when it comes to protecting our younger residents.”

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Mayoral Recognition—On Sept. 22, Edison Mayor Jun H. Choi, a first degree black belt, issued formal proclamations recognizing the achievements of Ricky Azari and Christopher Azari in Taekwondo. Ricky is a third grader and Christopher is a kindergartener at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison. Choi’s proclamation recognized the talented brothers as having demonstrated “outstanding physical fitness” and athletic excellence. Ricky and Christopher are the sons of Cyrus and Elizabeth Azari of Edison.

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WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services has scheduled flu and pneumonia clinics for Oct. 7 and 22.

Mayor John McCormac said the Health Department’s professional nursing staff will administer the flu and pneumonia vaccine on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Evergreen Senior Center, 400 Inman Avenue, Colonia and on Wedneday, Oct. 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza in Woodbridge. 

Flu shots are free to Medicare patients (who must present a valid Medicare card) and $15 for all other patients.  Woodbridge Township residents are encouraged to call the Health Center’s Nursing Division at (732) 855-0600 x5036 or 5012 for more information.  Individuals with a handicap should call (732) 855-0600 x5011 to schedule an individual appointment.

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Mayor Jun Choi

Mayor Jun Choi

EDISON—Mayor Jun Choi, along with federal, state and local leaders, announced the township’s purchase and preservation of the former Chemical Insecticide Corp.

 

“On this historic day, we take hold of a piece of property that was once contaminated and has now been transformed into open space for recreational purposes. This will be another step forward to improve the quality of life of Edison residents. This happened through a team approach and many people must be thanked – our U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone, our state delegation, the U.S. EPA and our local environmental advocate Bob Spiegel,” Choi said.

The township will preserve the 6-acre site for open space and recreation. The CIC property is a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site. The EPA spent $53 million to clean up the site. Digging 30-feet deep into the ground in its cleanup efforts, the EPA removed more than 350,000 tons of contaminated soil. The site is now safe and well-suited for recreation and open space.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – For the first time, Middlesex County will hold its annual auction of cars, heavy equipment and office and computer supplies online.

The online auction replaces the traditional in-person auction the county has held in years past.

Freeholder Director David B. Crabiel, chair of the county’s Administration and Finance Committee, the rest of the Freeholders and County Purchaser Jack Garber believe an online auction will attract more potential bidders from a larger geographic area, and therefore generate more revenue.

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Junior Stateswoman—Colonia resident Emilie Burke (right), a sophomore at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, visited Congressman Michael Ferguson’s office in June while she was enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in the “Junior Statesmen of America Summer School Program”. She was one of 1,300 high school students to gather on four campuses to immerse themselves in politics and debate. 

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