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Archive for May 12th, 2009

Veteran To Rest

UNION COUNTY—The ashes of Michael H. Carden, 64, a lifelong resident of Plainfield who died at home on April 19, will be laid to rest with full Naval honors on Friday, May 15, at Gen. Doyle Cemetary in Wrightstown.

Carden served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War employed as a barber, but the Judkins’ Colonial Home postponed his scheduled funeral a day before he was to be interred when finances became an issue between the mortuary and the family.

Wanda Majette, Carden’s daughter, had made funeral arrangements for two other family members but said she never experienced anything like what Judkins put her through when her father passed away.

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The American Legion has a new national program called “Missing In America Project” (MIA Project) pointed at finding the veterans among nearly 7,000 Americans who died and were never buried.

The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations.

The ashes of Michael H. Carden of Plainfield and those of two Bergen County veterans are to be honored on Friday, May 15, at Gen. Doyle Cemetery in Wrightstown.

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STATE—Democrats who are dissatisfied with Gov. Jon Corzine will have a choice to cast a ballot for Carl Bergmanson’s longshot effort in the June Democratic primary election.

“Gov. Corzine has done such a terrible job, he hasn’t kept any of his promises, and he does not deserve to go unchallenged in any venue,” said Bergmanson, who was interviewed by Michael Aron on the New Jersey Network television program, “On The Record.”

Bergmanson, who served as mayor in Glen Ridge, an Essex County community where he was also a councilman for nine years, said the fundamental problem for New Jersey is school funding, the driving factor behind high unfair property taxes.

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John Colasanti is avid cyclist. On road, off road, he loves it all.

But for all the workouts he gets riding with his two cycling clubs, every spring this Westfield father looks forward to bicycling with his son on the annual Tour de Elizabeth, a 15-mile ride that winds its way through the city, from the waterfront to the mall to the parks.

Now in its sixth year, the theme for this year’s May 17th Tour is Elizabeth in the movies and television.

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By Ronald G. Rios
Middlesex County Freeholder
Chairperson, Committee of Public Health and Education

According to the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed in more than 29,000 Americans every year.

In Middlesex County, statistics from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services indicate that from 2001 to 2005, there were 450 cases of pancreatic cancer, and 83 percent died from the disease.

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