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Archive for October 14th, 2008

STATE – Gov. Jon Corzine approved the latest plan to raise tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, which will fund a host of transportation projects, last week.

The revised plan will raise tolls Parkway tolls from 35 to 50 cents in December, with another 25 cent increase planned for 2012. The average 23-mile trip on the Turnpike will increase in cost from $1.20 to $1.70 in December, and rise to $2.60 in 2012.

The latest plan scraps a third round of increases, which would have taken effect in 2023, that had been included in the previous proposal. It also includes discounts. Drivers using E-ZPass during off-peak hours will keep the current 25 percent discount they now receive. E-ZPass drivers who are over 65 will get a new 10 percent discount during off-peak hours. Truckers will get a new 5 percent discount for using E-ZPass during off-peak hours, and drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles will get an extra 10 percent discount.

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by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY—The Pete Kenny Association, along with the Middlesex County Emerald Society, held Police, Fire and Volunteer Day on Oct. 12 at the Blue Moon Café on Broadway.

Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, Frank Norek, Jerry Garnett Tim Walczak and and Mrs. Sabban. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

A number of individuals were honored at Police, Fire and Volunteer Day in South Amboy on Oct 12. Pictured left to right, Back row: Ptl. Matt Barcheski, Ptl. Michael Kelly, Ptl. Ted Nycz, South Amboy Mayor John T. O'Leary, Jay McKeon-President of the Emerald Society, David Sabban and Daniel Sabban. Front row: Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, Frank Norek, Jerry Garnett, Tim Walczak and Barbara Walsh, mother of Benjamin Sabban. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

South Amboy police officers Patrolman Matt Barcheski, Patrolman Michael Kelly and Patrolman Ted Nycz were honored for meritorious service. Retired Sgt. Frank Norek of the South Amboy Police Department received the Volunteer of the Year award for his many years of volunteering in the “Pleasant Little City” as a life member of South Amboy First Aid & Safety Squad and a current member of Mechanicsville Hose. Co.

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CLARK – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway will benefit from a community fundraiser sponsored by the Windsor Diner in Clark on Monday, October 27 from 5-9 p.m. The event “And a Side of Support” will donate a portion of every check that evening for customers who present a flyer to their server. Flyers will be available at the door. The diner is located at 1030 Raritan Road in Clark.

John Kallas said he was hosting the fundraiser because one of his employees had a family member who was a patient at RWJ University Hospital Rahway. The employee was so grateful to the hospital for its services and care for her loved one that she suggested a fundraiser as a way of showing appreciation and support. For more than 30 years the Kallas family has owned the diner and regularly sponsors fundraisers for the community.

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Collection Of Hope—Shruti Nadkarni of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, spent her summer vacation conducting a food drive for Hands of Hope for the Community, an Edison-based food pantry/soup kitchen. Nadkarni set her goal of collecting 500 cans of food and planned a course of action, which included: preparing a PowerPoint presentation; presenting her PowerPoint program to various companies and organizations; organizing and monitoring the collection of food at the various locations; and collecting the food and delivering it to Hands of Hope. In the end, Nadkarni exceeded her goal and collected 650 cans! Jackie Goedesky, president of Hands of Hope, said, “Shruti’s hard work helped us to make it through the summer and to meet the needs of our clients.” Shruti is the daughter of Dr. Swarti and Mr. Girish Nadkarni of Edison. Photo courtesy of Hands of Hope, Edison

 

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LINDEN—Joseph E. Soehl Middle School and the 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program will start collecting new pajamas for their third annual pajama drive.

Pajamas will be collected throughout the month of October. All donations will be distributed to various homeless shelters, group homes and orphanages throughout the immediate area. Donated pajamas can range from newborn to adult sizes and must be new.

The Pajama Program is an organization that provides comfort and love in the way of new pajamas to children in need and those who are waiting for a permanent home. By providing pajamas, they help to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable youngsters living under difficult circumstances. Thousands of children around the country go to bed cold and without clean pajamas every night. It is the mission of the Pajama Program to make sure fewer children are cold at bedtime this year.

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