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Archive for September 10th, 2008

STATE—The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services today reported this season’s first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in a 65-year-old Middlesex County man and 73-year-old Burlington County man.

Both men experienced fever, headache and altered mental status and were hospitalized in August. The Middlesex County man was released from the hospital at the end of August. The Burlington County man is seriously ill and is being monitored in a health care facility.

 “The risk of West Nile Virus infection persists throughout the fall and people should continue taking steps to protect themselves and their families from infection,” said New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “Residents should remain vigilant and survey your property to eliminate likely mosquito breeding grounds.”

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NEWARK – A Sayreville man pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating a steroid manufacturing operation out of his home, and to the illegal possession of two firearms, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

Alfred Scarpa, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to a two-count criminal information which charged him with possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, and the unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Scarpa admitted at the plea hearing that he sold anabolic steroids, which he manufactured and stored in the basement of his residence, and that he owned and possessed two semiautomatic firearms which he also kept in the residence.

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By Michael M. Shapiro

On June 5, I wrote a column about the stinging double-digit defeat Congressman Andrews suffered at the hands of Senator Frank Lautenberg in the June Democratic Primary and asked, “Is it back to the House for Andrews?

Andrews himself steadfastly denied that he would ever return to the House, as did his wife, Camille, who sat on the line for the seat in the June primary. However, this past week, Mr. Andrews reversed course and announced that he would retake the Democratic line from his wife and run in November for re-election to his Congressional seat.

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RAHWAY – Legendary musician Neil Sedaka will perform at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Ticket prices range from $57-$87.

With a career spanning six decades, a rare feat in the entertainment world, Sedaka never ceases to amaze. He has written a new collection of songs for the recent release, “The Show Goes On.” Sedaka has been working on numerous other projects, everything from a CD with demos from the beginning of his career to an 8-CD box set.

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by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-This is from some of my own material dated 1920: The beautiful High School on Barron avenue was built in 1911. There are, in addition, seven excellent public schools, located as follows: No. 1, Central Avenue, Woodbridge, Keasbey, Port Reading, Fords, Avenel, Hopelawn, and Iselin, each conducted by an excellent corps of teachers. Prof. John H. Love came here in 1895 as the principal of No. 1 School, and for the past seventeen years has been the efficient supervising principal of all the schools in the township. There are 83 teachers and 3,000 pupils in the township. Among the chairmen of the Board of Education have been William H. Berry, Howard Valentine, Joseph H.T. Martin, Victor W. Main, Wilson A. Tappen, President; Melvin H. Clum, vice-president; Everett C. Ensign, secretary, Charles S. Farrell, Howard R. Valentine, Maurice P. Dunigan, Benjamin B. Walling, Frederick Bohlen and Louis E. Meyer; attendance officer John Thompson.

Have memories or past material on any of the schools listed above or from any school in the other towns? Don’t keep them to yourself!

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EDISON – At a news conference at Edison High School last week, State Senator Barbara Buono unveiled legislation she is sponsoring with Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., to stop children from purchasing some cough and cold remedies.

The bill will require customers to be at least 18 years old to purchase over-the-counter cough and cold remedies containing dextromethorphan (DXM), an ingredient which, when abused by teenagers seeking to get high, can have potentially lethal consequences.

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Bob Barr

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RAHWAY—Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr spoke to a nationwide network of fundraising events via an Internet broadcast late last month, from Luciano’s Restaurant in Rahway at about the same time Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination in Denver.

 

Appearing with Barr were Jason Scheuer, who is running for US Senate in New Jersey, and Derek DeMarco, the Libertarian candidate in the 8th Congressional District.

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