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Archive for December 17th, 2008

ELIZABETH—Some area politicians have endorsed a discredited Republican plot to undermine free public education to pander to a small group of parents whose children attend private schools.

Sen. Raymond Lesniak, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, and Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage are advocating a measure that would divert money needed by public schools to help keep open private schools that have lost customers in recent years.

Lesniak has sponsored legislation in the state Senate and Cryan has introduced a companion measure in the Assembly that would reduce state revenue by as much as $360 million by giving tax breaks to corporations that fund private school tuition for certain students.

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NEW BRUNSWICK – A 24-year-old Colonia man was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the Aug. 22 death of a Perth Amboy police officer.

Middlesex County authorities previously charged that Sean McGuirk was intoxicated as he drove on Green Street in Woodbridge at 4 a.m., ignoring red lights at both the northbound and southbound crossings at the Route 1 intersection and slammed into a patrol car. The crash killed Thomas Raji, 31, who was expecting his first child.

McGuirk’s blood alcohol test following the crash showed a reading of 0.107 percent, authorities said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

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Happy Holidays from School #4–Linden School #4 Pre-K and the entire School #4 family wishes everyone a Happy Holiday. Photo by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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Christmas Tree IconPERTH AMBOY—A Christmas open house will be held at the Proprietary House, 149 Kearny Avenue, Perth Amboy, on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Visit the palatial home of the last Royal Governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin who visited the house several times. There is much historical significance associated with the house, since it is the oldest royal governor’s mansion remaining in the thirteen original colonies.

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Remembering The Troops At Christmas—Students in Linda Lampert’s second grade class at Franklin School in Rahway enjoyed writing letters and making ‘Get Well Soon’ and ‘Christmas’ cards for wounded American soldiers.  The students are hoping that their cards will cheer them up and bring a smile to their faces.  If you would are interested in sending a card this holiday season, you may do so and mail it to: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20307-5001.

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