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STATE—The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue an investigation into allegations that Assemblyman Joseph Cryan abused his office by having legislative staff perform tasks related to his non-government post as state Democratic Party chairman for the politician’s personal benefit.

Monmouth County Freeholder Robert D. Clifton disclosed in January that Cryan’s legislative staff contacted the state Department of Personnel and the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics about finding candidates for jobs when control over that county’s freeholder board switched parties.

Dave Jenkins, the Cryan aide who sent the email messages, is paid at taxpayer expense.

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STATE—The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking everyone to “Move It” during MS Awareness Week to end MS now. Michael Elkow, president of the society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, asks people to show their commitment to the MS movement with simple actions throughout the week.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

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popcornBy Michael S. Goldberger, film critic

When you were little and the cartoon’s protagonist didn’t realize who the villain was, it drove you nuts. You screamed at the TV, “Watch out, she’s bad.” Happily, the hero always heard you. If you’d like to revisit this Drama #101 lesson in smugly knowing way more than the characters, Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail” stands ready to oblige.

It is a testament to Mr. Perry’s popular franchise that, even whilst inexpertly injecting a serious segue to the doings this go-round, his terror in drag nonetheless accomplishes some of the usual hijinks expected of her/him. However, now enjoying the madness means avoiding much tedium, a challenge akin to stepping over dead bodies at a carnival.

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promoting-healthy-habits-022709Promoting Healthy Habits—February is Dental Health Month at schools in New Jersey. On Feb. 17 students from the UMDNJ School of Dental Hygiene visited Grover Cleveland School in Rahway. The hygiene students visited each class and gave lessons on dental health and proper care of your teeth. Each Grover Cleveland student was given tooth paste and tooth brushes to take home. (Photo courtesy of Grover Cleveland School.)

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pastWOODBRIDGE-PERTH AMBOY-Here are more memories I received in an email from former area resident Tom Saboy: ” Dear Ms. Harrison, I was born in Hopelawn in 1935. I attended Hopelawn # 10 school from 1940 to 1948 and Woodbridge High School from 1948 to 1952.

“I read your articles on the internet. I do have some first hand information of the Woodbridge Golden Bears, Woodbridge High School Barrons, Perth Amboy Panthers, Perth Amboy Semi Pro football teams and a handed down story of the Hopelawn Greyhounds.

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irs-sealGregg Semanick-New Jersey’s IRS Spokesperson

This year, the IRS is offering a new filing option, Free File Fillable Forms, which opens up free filing to virtually everyone.  Free File Fillable Forms allow you to fill out and file your tax forms electronically, just as you would on paper.  Free File Fillable Forms is only available through the IRS.gov Web site.

For more information on IRS tax tips, go to the IRS.gov Web site at www.irs.gov.

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bank-supports-rotary-club-030609Bank Supports Rotary Club—Roxanne Keegan (left), manager of Provident Bank’s South Amboy branch, presents a check to Michael Poll (right), president of the Rotary Club of South Amboy/Sayreville, during the Rotary’s January meeting at the Peter Pank Diner in South Amboy. The Rotary helps provide much needed services to organizations around the world and will use the donation to support Hogar del Niño of the Dominican Republic, a non-profit organization created to help provide underprivileged children. (Photo courtesy of The Provident Bank)

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