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RAHWAY – Republican municipal chairman Patrick Cassio endorsed former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan as his choice to be New Jersey’s next governor on Wednesday.

“The only way we’re going to change the way things are in New Jersey is to elect someone who has been a small town mayor, who knows the common person like me in Rahway. That’s Steve Lonegan,” Cassio said at a news conference in front of his home.

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popcornBy Michael S. Goldberger, film critic 

By now you’ve been inundated with Oscar picks. It has become a full-fledged pastime, a key component of that unofficial holiday between St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

No one is without an opinion. Every little kid in America knows he, too, may one day grow up to get all his Oscar predictions right. It’s egalitarian. When the food delivery guy, who’s only been here a few months, says, “The Brad Pitt…he should win,” we nod and think, ‘Hmm…maybe it won’t be Mickey Rourke.’

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pastby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-This came in a letter from Marilyn Thorne: “Dear Ms. Harrison, I’ve been enjoying reading ‘Remembering The Past’ in the Clark Patriot for some time now. Here’s a fond memory of mine of winter days when I grew up in the Elmora section of Elizabeth.

“Near our street was Wyoming Avenue-a long hilly street about four blocks in length. Whenever we had a significant snow fall (which seems to have been much more often than now) the police would barricade the side entrances to Wyoming Avenue, creating a virtual paradise of sledding fun! We’d head up there as soon as school closed and sled down that hilly street until we all were too cold to go on! What fun it was and what a great memory!”

Thank you Mrs. Thorpe for sharing your great memory in my column!

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 By Gregg Semanick-New Jersey‘s IRS Spokesperson

If you have access to a computer and your income last year was $56,000 or less you may be eligible to prepare and file your 2008 federal tax return electronically — for free. Free File is an easy way to file your taxes and get your refund in as little as 10 days.  Free File is available only 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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