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Archive for November 26th, 2008

STATE—This Thanksgiving, tens of thousands of people will travel “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” and to thousands of other destinations to spend the holidays with friends and family. Sadly, some of those trips will end in tragedy with traffic accidents and ambulance rides to emergency rooms. Many of the injuries and fatalities sustained in those accidents will have been preventable. A new report recently released by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) highlights the kinds of laws that could prevent many accidents, injuries and fatalities. The 2008 ENA National Scorecard on State Roadway Laws: A Blueprint for Injury Prevention reviews the roadway safety laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 13 criteria supported by evidence and research. 

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Christmas Tree IconCLARK—The Township of Clark will hold its annual Holiday Winter Festival and Tree/Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Municipal Building. The activities begin at 3 p.m. and wrap up at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the tree and menorah.

The festival will offer of hayrides, horse and buggy rides, train and pony rides, face painting, puppet shows, choirs, a live band, refreshments, and of course a visit with Santa. The day even promises to produce snow. Clark residents are encouraged to attend and enjoy this fun family town event.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 732-388-3600, ext 3009.

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Rahway Celebrates Season

Christmas Tree IconRAHWAY—The city’s annual holiday tree lighting will take place this Friday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. There will be music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

City residents are asked to donate one non-perishable can of food at the Food for Friends containers located on the plaza.

The annual holiday gift and craft market will be held at the Rahway Recreation Center on Friday, Nov. 28 from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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turkey-cooked-1In 2006, Thanksgiving Day topped the charts once again as the peak day for home cooking fires. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports, there were 1,400 home structure fires involving cooking equipment that year, which is more than three times the daily average.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Each year, hundreds of people in the United States are killed in fires that involve cooking equipment and thousands more are injured. Annually, these fires result in more than half a billion dollars in direct property damage to homes and their contents.

“Cooking fires can easily be prevented by following a few simple precautions, such as staying in the kitchen when preparing a meal because fires often start when items cooking are left unattended,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “As much as unexpected guests are sometimes a part of the holidays, you don’t want the fire department arriving because your feast is going up in flames.”

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