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COLONIA – A Colonia High School sophomore was killed in a single-car crash on Route 9 in Woodbridge last Thursday night.

Jennifer Metzger, 16, was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. at the accident scene, authorities said. She was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Explorer driven by Allen McGovern, 18, of Rahway, police said.

Another 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in the car was also seriously injured and was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

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STATE – Despite the recession and a growing movement against increased taxes, voters passed a majority of the school budgets in Middlesex and Union counties on Tuesday.

Voters approved school budgets in 16 of 21 Union County school districts, though Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden and Plainfield voters rejected their districts’ spending plans. Eighteen of 24 school budgets passed in Middlesex County; budgets failed in Edison, Carteret, Sayreville, Monroe, Perth Amboy and Helmetta.

While a majority of South Amboy voters agreed to a $42,000 plan to restore middle school sports programs that were eliminated last year, the second question did not receive the sixty percent of the votes needed to pass .

The budgets that failed will now be reviewed by municipal officials, who will decide whether to make cuts. School boards may then accept the cuts or appeal to the state commissioner of education.

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Middlesex Softball Team Sweeps Doubleheader—Chelsea Finn of Colonia in action against Lehigh Carbon Community College on April 5. The Middlesex County College Colts swept the doubleheader 13-0 and 8-0. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County College)

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Junior Stateswoman—Colonia resident Emilie Burke (right), a sophomore at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, visited Congressman Michael Ferguson’s office in June while she was enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in the “Junior Statesmen of America Summer School Program”. She was one of 1,300 high school students to gather on four campuses to immerse themselves in politics and debate. 

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COLONIA—Ever since Cheryl Coen, a geography teacher at Colonia Middle School, saw the “Paper Clips Project” honoring Holocaust victims, she wanted to try her own project that would be just as effective in illustrating to her students what six to 11 million objects actually looks like.

“To say that six million Jewish citizens and five million non-Jewish citizens were murdered during the Holocaust is one thing, but to really see that number of objects places it into perspective” said. Coen. Her only problem with the “Paper Clips Project” was figuring out what to do with the paper clips once they have been collected and displayed.

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NEW BRUNSWICK—A 23-year-old Colonia man wept and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter during his arraignment before a Superior Court judge last week. Sean McGuirk is charged in the death of Perth Amboy police officer Thomas Raji, who was fatally injured in a car crash last month.

McGuirk was arrested on Aug. 27 after voluntarily turning himself in at Woodbridge police headquarters, five days after the fatal crash.

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Colonia Girl Takes Part in Korean Taekwondo Expo—Audrey Cheng of Colonia, a rising third grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, traveled with her Taekwondo school, United Black Belt, to Jeollabuk-Do, South Korea and participated in the Second World Taekwondo Culture Expo in July. Cheng, who began taekwondo at five years of age, captured second place in the Poomsae (Taekwondo form) competition. She is now a junior black belt. Photo Courtesy of Lisa Yin Cheng

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