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Archive for September 3rd, 2008

NEW BRUNSWICK—A 23-year-old Colonia man wept and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter during his arraignment before a Superior Court judge last week. Sean McGuirk is charged in the death of Perth Amboy police officer Thomas Raji, who was fatally injured in a car crash last month.

McGuirk was arrested on Aug. 27 after voluntarily turning himself in at Woodbridge police headquarters, five days after the fatal crash.

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CARTERET—Mayor Dan Reiman joined with Public Works Commissioner Iris Colon last week to announce that the borough’s popular “Senior Sewer Rebate” program has been expanded to include veterans and disabled residents. Through the program, qualifying residents may apply for a $50 rebate towards their annual sewer fees.

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UNION COUNTY—Individual grants from $2,500 to $5,000, and grants to re-start businesses from $5,000 to $10,000, are available to help veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF/Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  The grants were established by Governor Jon Corzine in 2007 to respond to a range of emergency situations that could not be met through existing social service agencies, veterans’ organizations or other sources.  In addition, veterans who operated a business prior to their military service may apply for a grant to re-start their business.

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WOODBRIDGE – Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) Executive Director Marge Della Vecchia joined Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Commissioner Joseph Doria last week at 239 Wall Street, a 3-bedroom home in the Menlo Park Terrace neighborhood, to announce that Woodbridge is the newest member of the Live Where You Work Program.  Woodbridge is the 3rd municipality to partner with HMFA on the program.

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Freeholders Honor Lifeguard Heroes—Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada (right) and Freeholders Rick Proctor (second from left) and Bette Jane Kowalski (left) present resolutions to Union County lifeguards Kristi Janusz and Sebastian Vargas, both of Linden, for their outstanding teamwork and lifesaving efforts during a rescue at the Ulrich pool in Rahway. On July 8, Janusz and Vargas pulled an unconscious 8-year-old girl from the pool and administered CPR until she regained consciousness.

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Starting the School Year—Freeholders Rick Proctor (left) and Chester Holmes present Paula Braxton with a resolution congratulating her on becoming the new principal of Rahway High School and on being the first African-American graduate of the school to return and become its principal.
(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

 

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Photo by Polish American Folk Dance Company of Brooklyn.

Photo by Polish American Folk Dance Company of Brooklyn.

CLARK—The Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark will present the annual Polish Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. There will be plenty of Polish ethnic food available as well as cash bar. Music by D.J. Jaroslaw Kaczynski will play all evening for dancing pleasure. John Niemczyk of Mountainside will MC the event. All are invited to attend this colorful event highlighting 1000 years of Polish tradition.

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