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Archive for January 28th, 2009

ELIZABETH –– On Tuesday evening, the Elizabeth Board of Education formally dedicated the district’s newly-opened, state-of-the-art Juan Pablo Duarte-José Julián Martí School No. 28.  The ceremony was held in the auditorium and was attended by school and district representative, as well as local, county and state dignitaries.

The namesakes of School No. 28, Juan Pablo Duarte, known as the “Father of Dominican Independence,” and José Julián Martí, a Cuban writer and philosopher,  are well-respected patriots in the Dominican and Cuban communities, who dedicated their lives to promoting freedom and independence in their respective countries.

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ELIZABETH – Union County Manager George Devanney’s $449.3 million 2009 budget proposal includes a 4.95 percent tax increase at a time when many households can ill-afford it.

Devanney’s proposal includes some spending and service cuts. He anticipates a $740,000 annual savings from shuttering the unprofitable Oak Ridge Golf Course in Clark.

An additional $4.6 million in annual savings is expected through retirements and unfilled vacancies in the sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices, among others, and anticipated layoffs in three departments. Devanney’s budget proposal calls for at least 28 layoffs and the elimination of 55 seasonal positions.

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CARTERET—Angelo Carbonaro of Boy Scout Troop 88 recently completed his Eagle project which consisted of rebuilding and painting the retaining wall at Father Milos Park in Port Reading.  Working with his fellow scouts, leaders and family members, Carbonaro also restored several signs and benches, planted shrubbery, painted the basketball nets, wall and benches.

New Eagle Scout Angelo Carbonaro of Carteret poses next to the restored Father Milos Park sign. (Photo courtesy of Fred Gerstler/Boy Scout Troop 88)

New Eagle Scout Angelo Carbonaro of Carteret poses next to the restored Father Milos Park sign. (Photo courtesy of Fred Gerstler/Boy Scout Troop 88)

A total of 425 man-hours were needed to complete this project with help from 25 volunteers.

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