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Archive for May 7th, 2009

CARTERET—Mayor Dan Reiman was joined today by representatives from Kinder Morgan for a ceremony in which a refurbished foam fire truck was formally presented to the Carteret Fire Department. The emergency service vehicle, valued at approximately $175,000, has been offered through the Kinder Morgan Foundation, which provides funds to local non-profit organizations to improve public resources and programs.

The truck, according to Carteret Fire Chief Brian O’Connor, is equipped specifically for the handling of chemical related emergencies, and has already been used twice this year.

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ELIZABETH – Elizabeth Public Schools joined city officials in hosting the “Youth in City Government Day” on April 28.  The event has been held for the past 55 years and gives the students of Elizabeth a unique opportunity to manage their city.

Students from Elizabeth’s public and parochial high schools shadowed Board of Education and city officials during a morning conference at the City Council Chamber in City Hall.  The young officials spent the morning learning job responsibilities from their mentors.  Afterwards students attended a luncheon at The Crowne Plaza in Elizabeth which featured the 44th annual presentation of the “Youth of the Year” award.  This year the award was given to Leighann V. Moreira from Elizabeth High School for demonstrating responsible leadership in school organizations and community service.

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Woodbridge Walks To Fight ALS—Despite the rain, hundreds of walkers and volunteers came out to Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park in Woodbridge on Sunday, May 3, for the 2009 Woodbridge Walk to Defeat ALS hosted by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. The annual event raises funds and brings awareness to the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. If you’d still like to donate to the ALS Association or find out more information about ALS, visit www.als-nj.org. (Photo credit: Jack McCoy.)

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Teacher of the Year—Susan Farrar, a lifelong Rahway resident, is Franklin Elementary School’s teacher of the year.  Currently Farrar teaches fourth grade, but she spent many years teaching second grade, as well as kindergartners with special needs.  In addition to teaching, she serves on numerous committees.  This wonderful honor is recognized by the State of New Jersey, Department of Education, Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program/Educational Services Professionals Program along with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. (Photo courtesy of Franklin Elementary School)

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STATE—Recognizing that small actions can make a big impact on our environment, The Provident Bank offered cloth grocery bags to the first 100 customers in each of its 82 branches on Earth Day, April 22. These bags reduce the use of disposable plastic bags, which can take hundreds of years to degrade in a landfill.

The bank also offered the following energy-saving, carbon footprint-reducing tips:

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