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John McCormac

John McCormac

WOODBRIDGE—Mayor John E. McCormac announced yesterday that Woodbridge Township continues to set the pace as a statewide leader in “green” environmental and sustainable initiatives by actively seeking the designation as a certified “Sustainable Jersey” community.  “Sustainable Jersey” is a certification program sponsored by the New Jersey League of Municipalities, which provides assistance to municipalities that want to go “green,” control costs and save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. 

“Woodbridge Township continues to plan for the future by implementing innovative, cost-effective, sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and energy efficient programs and initiatives geared to provide long-term ‘green’ benefits to the residents of Woodbridge’s ten towns,” said McCormac.  “The ‘Sustainable Jersey’ Program provides municipalities with the know-how and resources needed to plan for a ‘green’ future.  And, as a ‘Sustainable Jersey’ community, Woodbridge Township will be eligible to receive the tools, guidance, training and additional financial resources necessary to institute programs and initiatives that provide for long-term “green” savings and sustainability.”

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Developing An Eye For Color – Linden School No. 10, School No. 9 and School #8 pre-k and kindergarten teams of color-mixologists have been working to come up with the coolest color-mixing experiment. These class projects are about exploring color combinations by using eggs. As a class, the students discuss what happens when an egg is placed into a solution with mixed ingredients together. The students compare the difference between the shades of color that result from two drops of red and six of blue or just one drop. The children set up a mixing lab and become expert scientists of color. Pictured above, School No. 10 pre-k student Kelly Tharaldsen is an accomplished mix-ologist. Photo by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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Many people have lost their jobs in the last few months as the economy falters. Scam artists are still fully employed, however, in good times and bad. So be careful.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” says Ralph Evangelista, CPA, of East Brunswick. This is a good time to take extra precautions whether you are spending, investing or simply supplying personal information to anyone for any reason. “Know who you are dealing with,” adds Evangelista. “And it is best to obtain references.”

According to the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), the overall threat of being defrauded by a con artist increases during a recession. Money becomes tight and thieves work overtime to get their hands on yours. CPAs caution against these scams – and offer advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of three scams that are on the rise.

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 letter-to-the-editorOn the evening of Friday, June 12, volunteers from the American Cancer Society will be joining forces with residents of Clark and surrounding communities in reach of a goal that is common to nearly everyone: the goal is to eliminate the human suffering that is caused by cancer. Relay For Life of Clark is a 14-hour event that will take place at Arthur L. Johnson High School, beginning at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the night, ending at 8 a.m. 

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event. It is an overnight celebration of hope and survivorship. Teams camp out and take turns walking a track throughout the night, in honor of those who have fought cancer and in memory of those who are no longer with us.  Last year, more than 4,600 communities held Relay For Life events, raising $375 million. Funds raised through Relay For Life support the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society through research, education, advocacy and patient – family services. 

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 pastby Diane Norek Harrison

 SOUTH AMBOY-This item is from my cousin Deborah Cooney Marion. Deb owned the home on the corner of Highland Street and Hillcrest Avenue in the 1980s. She was told it was the original Dieker farm house from Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville. She was also told by the late Mr. Dieker himself, that it was the house he was born in when it was on Bordentown Avenue. It was moved from the Bordentown Avenue location, circa 1920s. Deb was told it was wrapped in chains and pulled to Highland St. by horses with logs on the bottom of it that had soap on them.

Here is a memory from former South Amboy resident Chris Kierst. He remembers walking over the Raritan River Railroad bridge on Bordentown Avenue, next to where the Raritan Diner was located, when a steam locomotive passed underneath and was enveloped in smoke.

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