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Evening Of Elegance 061209

The courtyard at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison was filled with seniors and juniors dressed in exquisite gowns and tuxedos having their pictures taken before boarding a bus to attend Prom at The Farrington Manor in East Brunswick on June 2. Pictured above, Roland Marionni of Scotch Plains, Upper School chemistry teacher, poses with juniors Ayna Agarwal of Colonia, Devi Mody of Edison, Katie Lee of Edison, Lotus Cannon of Edison and Garima Kapoor of Edison before boarding the bus. (Photo by Bill Jenkins)

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EDISON – Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano is one step closer to becoming Edison’s first female mayor after defeating incumbent Jun Choi in Tuesday’s primary.

The two-term councilwoman had the backing of the township’s Democratic Committee as well as the local police union, but still trailed Choi by 18 points in a poll taken two weeks before election day.

“Does it get any better?” Ricigliano asked at her campaign headquarters on Tuesday night. “I couldn’t believe it. When the phone call came in, I didn’t know who it was—it was Mayor Choi conceding. We didn’t even have all the numbers on our board yet.”

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Award-Winning Artist 060509

Athena Gerasoulis of Edison, a fourth grader at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, captured first place in the nationwide 2009 Creative Student Art Contest for her “vivid color usage and imaginative interpretation of the theme, ‘Outside World.’” She received a $250 check and $250 art supply gift certificate. She is pictured with her plaque and artwork at right. Athena is the daughter of Dr. Apostolos Gerasoulis and Xiaolan Zhang. (Photo Courtesy of Xiaolan Zhang)

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Three cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed in Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex County Public Health Department.

Two of the cases, one from Highland Park and one from Edison, are from an influenza cluster in students from a private parochial school in Piscataway.  A cluster is defined as two or more individuals with symptom onset within seven days of each other who have common exposure, i.e. school.

The private school has been closed since Friday, May 22, and will remain closed until Monday, June 1.  County health officer David A. Papi said, “We have been working closely with the school, local physicians, parents, and all local health departments in the county, particularly Piscataway and Edison health departments.”

A third confirmed case involves  an adult male from North Brunswick and is not related to the cases from the Piscataway school, officials said.

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EDISON—The Middlesex County College Class of 2009 formally graduated on Thursday, May 21, at the 42nd annual commencement exercises. A total of 1,118 degrees and certificates were awarded in ceremonies witnessed by more than 3,500 guests under sunny skies on the college green.

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Valedictorian Saarth Shah of Edison delivered the class welcome, sharing his experiences and aspirations since emigrating from India two years ago. Shah earned a 4.0 grade point average as a computer science student and served as an officer of Phi Theta Kappa, the undergraduate honor society. He will continue his education at Rutgers University.

“In India, I had a great education in mathematics and other sciences, which helped me a lot here,” he said in his address. “However, having studied at a school that did not teach in English, learning to work in a new language was a hurdle. Having learned all the subjects in my traditional language, I was quite intimidated when I attended my first class at MCC. A wise man once said, ‘Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.’

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EDISON – Last week, Mayor Jun Choi accepted a developer’s fee from Hartz Mountain Industries – the redeveloper of the former Ford Motor Co. plant – that will go toward tax relief.

Hartz President Emanuel Stern presented Choi with a $1.5 million ceremonial check, written out to the “Taxpayers of Edison” and with “For Tax Relief” penned in the memo.

Edison has already received $1 million from Hartz and will receive the second installment of $500,000 on June 8. The total $1.5 million is in addition to a donation of 7.5 acres of land adjacent to Paterniti Park on the site’s Vineyard Road border.

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EDISON—Edison Police Sgt. Robert Dudash Jr. was recognized by the state D.A.R.E. Officers Association as a 2009 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.

Sgt. Dudash is the D.A.R.E. coordinator for the Edison Police Department and is also the supervisor of the Edison Police Department’s Community Resource Unit. The D.A.R.E. program instructs students on how to make the correct choices when it comes to avoiding involvement with drugs, gangs and violence.

Mayor Jun Choi congratulated Dudash. “His efforts as a public servant have made a positive impact on our community, particularly on our youth,” the mayor noted.

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