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Archive for April 17th, 2009

UNION COUNTY – On Saturday, April 18, the YMCA of Eastern Union County invites the community to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids® Day, the nation’s largest health day for children and families.  Healthy Kids Day includes fun, engaging and creative activities for children and families and promotes year-long wellness and healthy living.  YMCA Healthy Kids Day events are free and open to all.    

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be taking place at the YMCA of Eastern Union County’s three branches located in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union.  At each location, the first 100 children at the event will receive a free YMCA knapsack and each branch will raffle off a youth bicycle. 

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 popcornBy Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  

It’s hard to take Seth Rogen seriously. Which is probably why “Observe and Report,” a darkly comic tale about a bipolar mall security guard’s delusions of grandeur, rather works. You know the deal. The sad sack is so desirous of a status outside his disparaged lot in life that not only do we empathize, but soon we, too, believe in his inner champion. 

Temporarily abandoning his cachet as one of Hollywood’s top movie slackers, Mr. Rogen is Ronnie Barnhardt, a self-styled peace officer without portfolio or pistol. Heartening his similarly disadvantaged, ragtag crew of losers after an elusive flasher puts the mall in an uproar, he consoles, “Well, at least we have Mace and Tasers.”  

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Students Participate In Leadership Forum—Five students from Perth Amboy Catholic School were invited to attend the 2009 People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Selection for participation in the World Leadership Forum is based on high academic standing and promising leadership potential. Shivali Govani, Christina Puntiel, Tomasz Kasztelan, Kerry Dyke and Katarzyna Kasztelan (pictured left to right) were notified by Mary Jean Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International, which was founded by her grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. (Photo courtesy of Perth Amboy Catholic School)

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 letter-to-the-editorBy Christopher Kosseff and Theresa Miskimen 

If you are experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety, aren’t sleeping or eating well, and are worried over how the economic meltdown may be impacting you and your family, you may benefit from the local support groups conducted by mental health organizations throughout the state. 

Professionally-run support groups can play a huge role in helping us feel better physically and about how to cope with our immediate situation.  Support groups are designed to accomplish this by teaching relaxation techniques and by helping you establish a plan of action to manage better through a difficult period.  

Support groups are free and you can attend these group sessions anonymously if you wish; no registration is required.  While it may be difficult to accept, there is no stigma attached to attending.  In fact, one of the immediate benefits is that we learn that we are not alone, that so many others are facing similar circumstances.  

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 ron-riosBy Ronald G. Rios

A healthy nation begins with healthy individuals. With that said, I ask each resident this question, what can you do today to improve your health?

Every April since 1995, the American Public Health Association observes National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is “Building a Foundation for a Healthy America.”

Just like building a foundation for a home, each block represents an individual within the community, and the mortar represents the public health services that hold the community together.

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 report_from_trentonBy John S. Wisniewski

As I watch the nightly news or read the newspapers these days, I see an alarming trend.  There are far too many tragic headlines involving children and fire.  Each year, hundreds of young lives are lost, because children do not know the basics of what to do when faced with a fire emergency. 

As the son and grandson of volunteer firefighters, fire safety has always been very important to me.  As a father now myself, I am always concerned about the safety of my own three daughters. And as Chairman of the Fire Safety Commission, I am especially sensitive to fire safety issues throughout the state. 

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Elizabeth Day-1989

 pastby Diane Norek Harrison

 ELIZABETH-This was sent to me by Mr. William Frolich: 

“It was on the 16th of April in the year 1789, that George Washington was informed in Mt. Vernon that he had been unanimously elected as the President of the United States and he made plans travel to New York City, where the Congress was seated, to take the oath of office. This journey took him along the old Dutch road now known as St. George’s Avenue, through Rahway, the Wheatsheaf area, now Linden and Roselle) and into Elizabethtown, where he boarded a barge rowed by thirteen sailors, who took him by water, to the foot of Manhattan. He took the Oath of Office on April 30, 1789.

“Late in the year of 1988, plans were being formed to properly celebrate this momentous occasion. It had been done before, with a modest re-enactment of the event, with President Benjamin Harrison acting as George Washington, but he arrived in Elizabeth by way of the railroad. In 1939, in celebrating the 150th anniversary, a much more elaborate re-enactment was made, with “Washington” in a horse-drawn carriage, arriving in time to officially open the 1939 New York World’s Fair, in the Flushing Fairgrounds on Long Island.

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