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cranfordMaking Holiday Memories – New Jersey artist Lloyd Garrison has prepared a pair of new holiday cards featuring paintings of the area. This painting showcases modern-day Cranford. Garrison says that the image brings back memories of the old-time towns. “They had privately-owned stores and the owners knew your name,” the artist says. “I think we all miss the home towns and dread the malls.” Garrison’s other holiday card for 2009 features Walt’s, a favorite hang out for Rahway and Linden residents in the 1950s and 60s. For information about purchasing the cards, call Lloyd’s Gallery at 609-918-1776 or visit www.lloydgarrison.com.

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report_from_woodbridgeby Mayor John McCormac

‘Tis the season for holiday merriment, the warmth of family gatherings and the celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and festive traditions. While we enjoy the many events and festivities of the season, let’s not forget that there are many less fortunate families throughout Woodbridge Township that need special help each and every day—not just during the holidays.

More than ever before, we are seeking food donations for the Woodbridge Township food pantries and kitchens that provide for the hungry throughout the holiday’s and into the New Year. We have set a goal to collect at least 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food over the next 45 days – food that will be distributed by our local food pantries as they work to ensure that township residents receive much needed supplies. I would like to once again encourage our always generous township residents to donate a can… or two… or three… of non-perishable foods to help neighbors and families experience a healthier and happier holiday.

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letter-to-the-editorBy Harry Wyatt

Like many Americans, I am feeling a little less financially secure these days. As the holiday season inches closer, I feel like I should be scrimping and saving, not spending and splurging.

But with prices as low as they are in retail stores, this could be one of the best opportunities for holiday shoppers to buy big-ticket items at bargain prices. Plus we can’t postpone the holiday season until a time that is more convenient for us. Try explaining that to your kids.

What we can do is make sure we’re getting the biggest bang for our buck; the best way to do that is to shop locally.

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Army Reserve SPC Ashley Bonet, currently serving in Tallil, Iraq, sends a Thanksgiving greeting to her family in Metuchen.

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ELIZABETH—Americans will spare a few moments this Thursday to take stock of their lives and give thanks for that which they have – a home or job, family and friends, their health. For some it will be a passing moment before passing the turkey and gravy. For others there also may be an annual trip to the local food pantry to volunteer time before returning home to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Yet there are some who may be most thankful and feel this way everyday, even though they may seem like the least fortunate or the caregivers and volunteers with the greatest burden to carry. They are the members of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) and the agency employees and volunteers who give their time to them.

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True Holiday Spirit

letter-to-the-editorby Bryan Golden

Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is, “what did you get?” Much less frequently asked is, “what did you give?” Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts. Purchasing a gift can certainly be thoughtful and a wonderful gesture, especially when it’s backed up by your actions.

However, the most valuable presents are those that aren’t sold in stores. When you give your love, your time, help someone in need, aid another in solving a problem or overcoming an obstacle, you give something priceless.

The true spirit of the holidays is giving. When you give, you receive. You can get anything in life you want by helping enough others get what they want. But only if you give without expecting anything in return. The impact of giving isn’t limited to just the holiday season, it’s something that has value all year.

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turkey-cooked-1PERTH AMBOY–Assemblyman Joseph Vas joined Mayrich Development, LLC on Monday to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families in the 19th Legislative District at three Perth Amboy locations.

“As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends, we must remember to share our good fortunes with others,” said Vas (D-Middlesex). ”This endeavor will help to enrich the lives of residents in our district. I am proud to join our partners, Mayrich Development, for this event.  This partnership is a prime example of how the benefits of redevelopment cascade throughout the community.”

Mayrich Construction began over 70 years ago with a dream that cultivated through the early years and now serves as an elite force in excavation and foundation construction in New York City.  They have become “the best” and their reputation is unprecedented.

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