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RAHWAY – A quick-thinking boy saved the life of a woman having a stroke by calling 911 for help.

 

Jose Maldonado-Bravo saved the life of Olympia Bratuto by calling 911 last year. (Photo courtesy of Madison Elementary School)

Jose Maldonado-Bravo saved the life of Olympia Bratuto by calling 911 last year. (Photo courtesy of Madison Elementary School)

Jose Maldonado-Bravo, a third grader at Madison Elementary School in Rahway, was visiting his aunt on Election Day last year. He met Olympia Bratuto, who was not feeling well. The paramedics found determined that she was having a stroke and were able to treat her.

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PERTH AMBOY – City Councilman Ken Balut is conducting a petition drive to get his name on the ballot to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine in June’s Democratic primary election.

Balut’s website, http://balut4governor.blogspot.com, invites volunteers to “Circulate a petition to put Ken Balut on the Democratic Primary Election ballot!”

Balut says Corzine cannot be trusted because he is irresponsible with money, calling the incumbent, “arrogant, incompetent and dishonest.”  Balut’s candidacy is founded on a belief that democracy — the power of the people — is far greater than multimillionaire Jon Corzine’s financial advantage.

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

When people asked Scotch Plains head basketball coach Dan Doherty last year about how good his squad would be in the upcoming 2007-2008 season, with confidence the coach said “Yeah, we are going to be good.”

Scotch Plains was.  

With a senior-dominated team lead by the school’s all-time leading scorer Bryan Dougher, the Group III school captured their first state championship title since the Kennedy administration.  

Like the Foreigner song verse, “That was yesterday.”

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 By Gregg Semanick-New Jersey‘s IRS Spokesperson

The Educator Expense Deduction allows teachers and other educators to deduct the cost of books, supplies, equipment and software used in the classroom based on their receipts.  Eligible educators include those who work at least 900 hours during a school year in an elementary or secondary school.  Worth up to $250, the deduction is available whether or not the educator itemizes deductions.  

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

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