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Archive for March 19th, 2009

Raymond J. Geneske

Raymond J. Geneske

PERTH AMBOY — Raymond J. Geneske, 73, a member of the Board of Education was charged with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree official misconduct and third-degree money laundering in connection with his role who as chairman of the 2006 congressional campaign of former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas.

Charged along with Geneske was Melvin Ramos, 53, a former mayoral aide who served as treasurer of Vas’ campaign. The two Vas associates will be ordered to appear in Superior Court in Middlesex County to answer the charges, according to Attorney General Anne Milgram.

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by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY—South Amboy held a tribute on March 17 for Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sebban, who died in Iraq two years ago on this date.

Sebban’s family was escorted into the park by members of the South Amboy Police Department. South Amboy Mayor John T. O’Leary welcomed over 400 people who came to the park to remember the soldier who grew up in South Amboy. A monument was unveiled to remember Sebban’s supreme sacrifice for our country.

A memorial dedicated to the late Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sebban was unveiled on March 17 at the Middlesex County Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

A memorial dedicated to the late Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sebban was unveiled on March 17 at the Middlesex County Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

The monument project was started by the South Amboy American Legion Post #62. Mayor O’Leary said in part “the American Legion wanted to plant a tree in memory of Benjamin, and it escalated into the monument with monetary and contractor’s donations and time. Benjamin died so that others could live.”

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RAHWAY – The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Rahway Foundation and Rose Ball Committee will honor Eric Karp, M.D. and the Rahway Regional Cancer Center with the Guardian of the Rose Award.

The honor will be bestowed at the 20th annual gala, planned for Saturday evening, April 25, at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston.

Karp had always envisioned a freestanding radiation oncology facility that would provide superior cancer care in a community setting. Fourteen years later, in pursuit of his mission to cure cancer, he has treated thousands of cancer patients with the most sophisticated radiation therapy available.

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Bringing Home Help For Seniors

report_from_trentonBy John S. Wisniewski

It’s not easy being a homeowner these days. The economic crisis is hitting everyone hard. Rising property taxes, home maintenance fees and the ever skyrocketing cost of living are putting many New Jersey families at financial risk. And for senior citizens living on fixed incomes, the threat of loosing or being able to maintain a home during these trying times can be especially great. That is why I am working to ensure fairness and common sense in the New Jersey Senior Property Tax Freeze Program.

The New Jersey Senior Property Tax Freeze Program is in its 11th year of reimbursing eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases, yet every day I meet people who are still unaware of this great program and its benefits. Under this program, eligible applicants are reimbursed directly for the difference between the amount of local property taxes paid in their “base year” (the first year they became eligible and filed for the program) and the amount of property taxes paid in the reimbursement year. So every year that you qualify, you will receive a rebate back for the amount of money that your property taxes have increased going all the way back to the first year that you joined the program.

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Danielle Stern

Danielle Stern

CLARK – Senior Danielle Stern has been named Arthur L. Johnson High School’s student of the month for March.

Ranked sixth in her class, Stern is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She is the entertainment editor of the Crusader newspaper and the co-editor-in-chief of the Lance yearbook.

Stern is also a member of the student council and Spanish Club and is a peer leader. She is also a member of the swim team.

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letter-to-the-editorBy Laurie Ehlbeck

The financial crisis that began on Wall Street and spread to Detroit and corporate America has officially found its way to Main Street. The tsunami battering our economy has now breached the largest and most important segment of our economy—America’s entrepreneurs. Small business owners are hunkering down, worrying about sales, cutting back on investment and growth plans, and even beginning to cut jobs.

The impact can now be seen all across the American landscape and in town after town here in New Jersey. Because not only are small businesses the major source of new jobs, they’re also the lifeblood of their communities. Small business owners support local charities, community groups, youth sports, television, radio, newspapers and more.

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