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Archive for May 14th, 2009

EDISON—Mayor Jun Choi has asked those in the Edison community and beyond to help in the efforts to find Joseph Dunsavage Sr., a township resident who has been reported missing since Sunday when Dunsavage went fishing on a catamaran off the coast of Honduras.

The Dunsavage family reached out to Choi today and asked for help.

“This community has a tremendous sense of giving. In this family’s time of need, I ask that those who can offer support do so,” Choi said.

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Lonegan, Christie Clash

STATE—Conservative GOP gubernatorial aspirant Steve Lonegan finally got to share a stage with the elusive liberal Republican Chris Christie in the first primary debate and polls suggest the impact has been dramatic.

Once deemed the front-runner, Christie is getting a lot of negative publicity because he made a deal with the leader of a sex slavery ring in pursuit of a crooked politician and doled out multi-million dollar no-bid contracts to campaign donors.

Another factor is that as voters learn about Lonegan, they’ve decided they like him. Republican primary voters wouldn’t agree with Christie on most issues, including gay rights, abortion and the flat tax, but Lonegan gives firey speeches and rallies the right-wing with messages that appeal to conservative voters. With two members reaching the mandatory retirement age and two others completing their first term, the next governor will shape the state’s top court.

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Fact Checker

STATE—Republican voters in the GOP gubernatorial primary, have received mixed messages from the two hopefuls, conservative Steve Lonegan and liberal Chris Christie.

Lonegan lost races for state senate, congress and governor but he won three terms as mayor of Bogota in Bergen County. Christie became a Morris County freeholder in 1994 but he was soundly defeated in the 1995 Assembly primary and booted from office in 1997, coming in sixth among six primary candidates.

Christie’s been saying his opponent proposed tax hikes while mayor of Bogota, but municipal taxes went down six percent during Lonegan’s tenure.

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STATE—A case last year involving a sex slave scandal with underage illegal immigrants has come back to tarnish the record of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who is now a Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Christie, who has based his campaign in part on his success as a federal prosecutor, worked a plea bargain with the operator of a Honduran sex-slave ring that allowed her to avoid prison by paying over $500,000 in back taxes in exchange for testimony to convict the Democratic mayor of a small town of corruption charges.

The crux of the scandal is that Christie used his prosecutorial discretion to look the other way on a major illegal immigrant sex-slave operation. The testimony helped convict Mayor David Della Donna of Guttenberg, and his wife, who at most had accepted $40,000 in gifts from the brothel madam, Luisa Medrano.

Guttenberg Mayor David DelleDonna and his wife, Anna, were each sentenced to 4½ years in prison for accepting bribes and tax fraud.

Guttenberg Mayor David DelleDonna and his wife, Anna, were each sentenced to 4½ years in prison for accepting bribes and tax fraud.

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PERTH AMBOY—While people age 65 or older are at the highest risk of suffering a stroke, it’s important for people to know that stroke can occur at any age, and be aware of the signs and symptoms of this deadly ‘brain attack.’

“Although stroke may be our nation’s third leading cause of death and leading cause of long-term disability, controlling certain risk factors can minimize the possibility of experiencing a stroke,” said Mirian Medina, RN, stroke coordinator at Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), a New Jersey state designated Primary Stroke Center with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy.  “A blood pressure screening allows us to assess a person’s risk of suffering a stroke, if it’s high they can work with their doctor to begin treatment and change their lifestyle to reduce those risks.”

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UNION COUNTY—This year more than 45,000 New Jersey residents will be diagnosed with cancer.  In Union County alone, 53 people are diagnosed each week – that equals more than 2700 individuals annually, right here in our own community.

Six-year cancer survivor, Robin Brown, and her friends from flagship team, Kiss Away Cancer have joined the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life to make a huge difference in the fight against cancer.

“Suite: The Salon & Day Spa” along with Team Kiss Away Cancer will be hosting a five hour “Hair Cut-A-Thon” from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. The Suite is located at 105 South Avenue West, Cranford. All of proceeds raised that day will be collected by Kiss Away Cancer, and donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clark.

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CLARK – A living history series will begin on Sunday, May 17, at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation and Museum, located at 593 Madison Hill Road in Clark.

Meet and greet President Abraham Lincoln from noon to 3:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served in honor of his 200th birthday.  A colonial wooden toy maker will be demonstrating how to make old fashion toys.

The museum will host a living history weekend on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Civil War re-enactors, Civil War dancing, Civil War underpinnings, chair caning, and much more.

For more information, call 732-340-1571 or email Dr.robinsonplantation@hotmail.com

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