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Archive for April 23rd, 2009

CARTERET—Mayor Dan Reiman and the Borough Council were joined on April 21 by hundreds of local residents for a groundbreaking ceremony making way for Carteret’s highly-anticipated “Health and Wellness Center.”

The project, first announced in 2007, will establish a 36,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art fitness facility, housing a range of resources for health and recreation, along with a number of social amenities. This will be the only such facility in the borough, and the first of its kind in the town’s history.

To date, approximately $11.1 million has been raised for the fitness center through various grants, private endowments, and Developer Impact fees generated by local businesses and litigation settlements. Additional funding is being actively sought from regional businesses and private donors, according to Reiman. Total cost for the facility has been estimated at $12-14 million, which the mayor and Redevelopment Agency expect to have earmarked by the project’s completion in 2010.

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CLARK –  American Cancer Society staff and volunteers are asking all who work and live in Clark, NJ to “Show Us Your Hope” in support of local cancer survivors, and to raise awareness for cancer and the upcoming Relay For Life of Clark event. 

Raquel Nogueira and the Relay For Life Volunteer Committee will “Paint The Town Purple” during the last week of April by decorating trees and neighborhoods with purple ribbons and by setting up a “mock tent site” in front of Clark Town Hall. Local businesses can help by decorating their store fronts and windows purple. Residents can show their hope by decorating outside the fronts of their homes with purple lights or ribbons or wearing purple on May 1. 

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Woodbridge Township Mayor John E. McCormac, South Amboy Mayor John T. O’Leary, Carteret Mayor Daniel J. Reiman, and Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, announced Monday that the four Middlesex County communities have received a $22,734 grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to perform a radio communications engineering feasibility study for a shared emergency communications system.  

The joint study will determine the best way to link a new state-of-the-art radio and emergency communications system currently being installed by Woodbridge Township with police and emergency responders from Woodbridge and the three neighboring municipalities of South Amboy, Carteret and Perth Amboy.

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Newspapers In Education

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Newspapers In Education—Linden School No. 5 students learned about the importance of a newspaper through the celebration of Newspapers in Education month. The real-world connection supported by the use of newspapers helps students understand the importance of the information that they are learning. The children worked in pairs and were asked to find various items in the newspaper through a scavenger hunt. Pictured above, Jo’ia Jones and Elijah Cenatus search for the Reading First Word Wall words as part of the scavenger hunt. (Photo by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools)

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IRS Offers After Tax Season Tips

MOUNTAINSIDE  – “New Jerseyans who have already filed their federal tax returns may still have questions,” New Jersey’s IRS Spokesperson Gregg Semanick said.  “Here’s what you need to know about your refund status, mistakes and what to do if you move or owe the IRS.”

Where’s My Refund?

You can go online to check the status of your 2008 refund 72 hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.  Be sure to have a copy of your 2008 tax return available because you will need to know the filing status, the first Social Security Number (SSN) shown on the return, and the exact whole-dollar amount of the refund. To check on your refund, do one of the following.

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