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Archive for September 18th, 2008

 LINDEN – The Union County Improvement Authority broke ground yesterday on a significant new addition to Union County’s information infrastructure, the new Linden Library on East Henry Street.  The $7.6 million project was financed through the Improvement Authority.

 

An artist’s conception of the completed Linden Library

An artist’s conception of the completed Linden Library

 “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I would like to thank the citizens of Linden and their elected officials for working with the Improvement Authority to make this dream a reality,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.  “This new library will provide the City of Linden with a lifetime of enrichment.”

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ELIZABETH—School No. 21 of Elizabeth has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only nine schools in New Jersey to win the award this year. 

The Blue Ribbon Award means that School No. 21 is one of the best in America.

This prestigious honor was announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Spellings named 320 schools nationwide as 2008 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools. Only nine were selected from New Jersey. Elizabeth School No. 21 is the only one from Union County.

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CARTERET—The borough moved forward with the Carteret Health and Wellness Center project earlier this week. Mayor Dan Reiman and the Borough Council welcomed Greg Matzel from Cooke Avenue Developers, L.L.C., Middlesex Freeholder Ron Rios, and borough residents for a ceremony in which the Redevelopment Agreement was signed, allowing for the construction of the town’s long-awaited facility.

 

Reiman and Matzel sign the agreement

Reiman and Matzel sign the redelopment agreement

Greg Matzel is the president of Matzel Development, a multiple award-winning builder that is responsible for many of the prominent luxury housing projects throughout New Jersey, including the 288 units hosted by Bristol Station on Carteret’s Industrial Avenue.

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By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic

If you look thither, way out there on the cutting edge of filmmaking, you’ll see the Brothers Coen, Ethan and Joel, who now gift us with “Burn After Reading.” A bit of gallows humor to cleanse the movie palate after “No Country for Old Men” (2007), its tongue is poked full well into cheek. And, by any worthwhile definition, it is art.

Art, in the very least, because the Coens have found a way, via their enticingly trenchant work, to disseminate creativity and invigorative ideas to minds otherwise lost in the mass lockstep. They are aberrantly thought-provoking, out on a limb, cold in their deductions on first blush. Just don’t tell anyone…but there’s a lot of humanity there.  

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