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Archive for February 11th, 2009

ELIZABETH—The city council president’s sister has filed a lawsuit in federal court charging officials in the administration of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage with racial discrimination.

Linda J. Perkins filed charges in 2005 complaining that Community Development Program Director Susan Ucci treated her unfairly because she is black and other municipal officials in the Bollwage administration failed to take any action.

Linda Perkins is a sister of Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste, a Bollwage ally who was rejected by the Union County Democratic Committee in a special Aug. 19 election to replace former Assemblyman Neil Cohen.

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SOUTH AMBOY –This week, John O’Leary announced his bid to represent the 19th Legislative District in Trenton. The South Amboy mayor will challenge assemblymen Joseph Vas and John Wisniewski for the Middlesex Democratic Committee’s endorsement on March 25.

But O’Leary was clear to point out that he’s not running against Vas or Wisniewski. Instead, he’s campaigning to make New Jersey more affordable – for both residents and businesses.

“Anyone who owns a home or rents an apartment knows the problems in New Jersey,” O’Leary said. Rising property taxes – among the highest in the nation, high utility costs and high insurance costs are making it increasingly unaffordable to live in the state, the mayor said.

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NEWARK – The lasting legacy of Abraham Lincoln will highlight the annual Presidents’ Day celebration at the Newark Museum on Monday, Feb. 16.

Activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. are highlighted by a special family workshop:  Celebrate the 200th Birthday of Abraham Lincoln: A Living Legacy for You and Me.   Families will explore the life and accomplishments of the 16th President of the United States, thought by many to be our greatest, through original works of art as well as coins and other currency.

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RAHWAY—Students at Madison Elementary School in Rahway are preparing for a celebration of the 100th day of the school year on Feb. 18.

The 100th Day Celebration signifies that primary students have learned to recognize and count to 100.  The students are working on projects ranging from posters about counting, as well as sorting and classifying objects. 

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 By Gregg Semanick-New Jersey‘s IRS Spokesperson

The IRS encourages taxpayers to do their homework when selecting a tax preparer.  Choose a tax preparer wisely; in the same manner you would select a doctor or lawyer.  Find out the fees before the return is prepared; check on the preparer’s credentials; and, before you sign your return, review it. Remind your preparer to e-file your return to speed up your refund.   

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

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