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Christmas Tree IconEDISON—The township’s 20-foot live blue spruce Christmas tree will be lit in a special ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Heritage at Clara Barton, Amboy Avenue and 3rd Street, Edison.

This annual family event is also one of Edison’s most popular. Starting the evening’s festivities at 6:45 p.m., local jazz favorite, Lou Watson will warm up the crowd with seasonal favorites. The Edison High School chorus and the J.P. Stevens High School brass ensemble, will entertain beginning at 7:30. This will all lead up to the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the tree.

Everyone is invited following the tree lighting for free refreshments, and a chance to visit with Santa. For additional information, call Edison Recreation at 732-248-7312.

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donate-blood-2STATE—New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is on a mission to fill the shelves of New Jersey’s hospitals with blood before the holidays. At the same time, music icon Bruce Springsteen is on a similar mission to fill the shelves of the Community Food Banks of New Jersey.

So when The Boss talked…New Jersey Blood Services listened.

They’re asking every donor who saves a life by giving pint of blood between Dec. 1 and 14, to bring a non-perishable food donation to the blood drive where they donate.  Food donations will be accepted at the following local drives:

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The Shapiro ReportBy Michael M. Shapiro

Will Gov. Corzine decide not to seek re-election and instead serve in the Obama administration in some capacity?  Will Chris Christie decline to seek the governorship or will he lose in a Republican primary?  A betting man would say that Corzine and Christie are the most likely candidates to run in the general election for governor of New Jersey a little less than a year from now.  Given this hypothetical scenario, one thing is certain:  It will be a battle of the titans.

On the side of Gov. Corzine, there is his near-infinite ability to spend his own money to win re-election.  He has the Democratic powerbrokers and ground game, including the unions, which have the facility to mobilize massive amounts of voters.  He also has the benefits of incumbency, including free publicity for the rest of his term, wherever he travels, whatever he says.  

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Ribbon Winning Riders

 

ribbon-winning-riders1Ribbon Winning Riders—Kathleen Shelley, 13, and Briana Baptiste, 12, both of Summit, and Jesse McCormick, 9, of Rahway, display ribbons earned for their first performance in a Watchung Mounted Troop horse riding show. Shelley received a second place red ribbon for rising Hitch, Baptiste captured the first place blue ribbon riding On Time, and McCormick earned a yellow ribbon third place riding Wally. Located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside, the Watchung Stable is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The stable’s goal is to provide Union County residents the opportunity to learn how to ride horses, enhance equestrian skills or just enjoy the natural beauty of the 26 miles of bridle trails that weave through the 2,000-acre forest preserve in the Watchung Reservation.

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

RAHWAY—Here are some Christmas and winter memories from former Rahway resident Charles Knight, a member of Rahway High School class of 1965: “Diane, My best memories of Christmas in Rahway were the candlelight services held on Christmas Eve at First Presbyterian  Church on Grand Avenue. It’s a wonder we didn’t burn the old place down, and I seriously doubt they continue the tradition today. The choir, the ambience of the candlelit cathedral and the connection to the ‘Reason for the Season’, will forever live in my memories of Rahway.

“Snow was a bonus, and we did have a few Christmas Eves when snow fell. One I remember in particular—I was about 10—looking out my second story bedroom waiting for Santa with my sister Cindy—she was three.  We knelt on the bed for hours looking out, occasionally opening the window just enough to touch the new fallen snow.

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