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RAHWAY—On Thursday, Jan. 22, Rahway High School held its first “Poetry Slam,” showcasing the talents of students enrolled in the creative writing elective taught by English teacher Kimberly Kiefer, as well as several other students.  The event drew an audience of more than 100 people, and is the first of more to come.

Kiefer is proud of the efforts put forth by all who participated. “There were over 100 students, from every ‘group’ here at RHS on a cold January night,” she said. “I am swept off my feet by the encouragement and support they showed one another as they shared their work.  I am already planning April’s Slam.”

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Rahway High School sophomore Charisma Blackwell reads original poetry to an audience of more than 100.

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RAHWAY—The parish family of St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church is busy preparing for their 22nd annual Slavonic Festival on Saturday, Feb. 21. The chefs and cooks are preparing dinner specialties and baking nut and poppy seed rolls each week.

The festival features homemade ethnic dishes such as stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut subs. The dining area waiters will serve platters of beef goulash and chicken paprikash along with hearty soups.

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pastBy Diane Norek Harrison

RAHWAY-I received this in an email: “Here is one I don’t remember, the Rahway Clay Pits. I just came upon a picture of (it) them while looking through photo albums around town. Where were the clay pits located and what did it come to be?”

If anyone can share what they know of the Rahway clay pits, please do. Where were they and what is there now? There is so much out there from the past, I’m hoping to hear lots of it! 

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popcornBy Michael S. Goldberger, film critic 

The great thing about Patrick Tatopoulos’s “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” is that you really don’t need to pay attention. Sure, it’s complicated as logarithms, its dramatis personae a hodgepodge of vampires, werewolves and combinations thereof. But if you’re under fifteen you know all about it; over fifteen, you couldn’t care less.

Therefore, the latter should feel free to bring their needlepoint. There’s nothing like some lively crocheting while ghouls slice and dice each other in black-hearted content. And hey, here’s a chance to get a jump on those taxes…but a very, very little book light, please, and no calling your accountant/brother-in-law Manny on the Ameche.

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baseballMOUNTAINSIDE—The Union County Baseball Association will induct two former Elizabeth sports stars into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday, Feb. 8.

The new class of Hall of Fame inductees includes Anthony Candelino of Elizabeth, Ben Candelino of Elizabeth, Dom Guida of Summit, and Bill Howard of Berkeley Heights, who are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to our national pastime on the baseball diamonds of Union County.

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pastby Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-WOODBRIDGE-This is from my own research dated 1884. If anyone has more information on the area clay pits or what is now built on them, please send it for another column.

 W.H.P. Benton’s clay pits are situated on the low ground west of Perth Amboy road, and the railroad and south of the one of Mr. Phillips. It was opened some eight years ago.

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Rahway Track Stars Headed To New York—The Rahway High School Boys’ Track Team’s 4×400 relay qualified for the prestigious 102nd annual Millrose Games to be held at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 30.   This only the second time in school history a team from Rahway has qualified for the Millrose Games—the first and only other time Rahway’s track team qualified was in 1981.  The 4×400 relay team that is headed to the Millrose Games this year consists of seniors Russell Jenkins, Chris Whyte Ricky Draughn, and Chris Brown.   According to assistant track coach and teacher Leon Bunion, “This is a major accomplishment.  We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of this particular group of young men, as well as each and every athlete involved in Winter Track at Rahway.” (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

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