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Sal Bonaccorso

Sal Bonaccorso

UNION COUNTY – In most parts of Union County, local Democrats were able to take advantage of President-elect Barack Obama’s momentum to win easy victories.

Rahway Democrats swept all six city council seats on the ballot Tuesday, giving the party total control over the nine-member legislative body.

Michael Cox defeated Kenneth Lund for the Second Ward seat now held by Francis Janusz, the council’s lone Republican. Janusz opted not to run for re-election and allegedly moved out of state in 2006.

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David Crabiel

David Crabiel

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Democrats carried the night on Election Day in Middlesex County.

Freeholder Director David B Crabiel of Milltown led his party’s ticket to victory in the freeholder races. The Democrats easily defeated their GOP challengers. Millie Scott, a former Piscataway councilwoman, won the seat the Freeholder Camille Fernicola is leaving at the end of the year.

Former Carteret Council President Ronald Rios defeated his Republican opponent for the final year of former Freeholder John Pulomena’s term. Pulomena stepped down earlier this year to become county administrator.

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Frank Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg

STATE – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily won re-election for a record fifth term last week. The Democrat won 55 percent of the vote to Republican Dick Zimmer’s 43 percent.

“Tonight is not simply a victory for me, it’s a victory for America and the people of New Jersey,” Lautenberg told a cheering crowd at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Election Night.

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Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

STATE—New Jersey Democrats gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day, but Republican state Sen. Leonard Lance defeated Democrat Linda Stender to hold on to the seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Ferguson for the G.O.P.

Lance defeated Stender by more than 25,000 votes, giving him a larger margin of victory than Ferguson managed over Stender in 2006.

Stender had more than a $1 million fundraising advantage, but she only won the majority of votes in one of the four counties in the Seventh Congressional District – Middlesex. Lance carried the other three: Hunterdon, Somerset and Union – Stender’s home county.

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Annette Quijano

Annette Quijano

UNION COUNTY –Annette Quijano easily won a special election to fill the remainder of the term of former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, a Democrat who resigned in July.

Quijano, an Elizabeth Democrat, defeated Republican Linda Gaglione, who is president of the Union Township Board of Education, by more than 20,000 votes.

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certificate-2WOODBRIDGE—Kennedy Park School #24 in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township has been named a 2008 “No Child Left Behind ~ Blue Ribbon School,” a national award that recognizes schools, teachers and students that have achieved academic superiority and success.

The prestigious award by the U.S. Department of Education honors schools for helping students achieve at high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap. The Kennedy Park School is the only school in Middlesex County to achieve the national award and one of only nine schools in New Jersey to be so honored in 2008.

“The Kennedy Park School motto is, ‘Step into the Future with Pride.’ Certainly, the 2008 NCLB Blue Ribbon award affirms the farsighted vision and actions of the teachers and students involved in creating that bright future. Their pride is well-earned,” said Superintendent Dr. John Crowe.

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walking-to-help-the-homeless-111408Walking to Help the Homeless—About 70 people walked the Middlesex County College campus Sunday, Oct. 19, as a fundraiser for MIPH (Making It Possible to end Homelessness), a grassroots Middlesex County organization. MIPH, which serves the homeless through three Middlesex County housing sites, as well as through numerous training programs and advocacy efforts, strives to end homelessness by fostering independence and empowerment. Cutting the ribbon to start the walk are, from left, Orlando Cruz, president of the MIPH board and finance services representative for Magyar Bank; Joann La Perla-Morales, president of Middlesex County College and MIPH board member; and Andrea Krich, executive director of MIPH.

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