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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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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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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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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A 31-year-old Georgia man who was charged with murder in last week’s shooting of a Roselle man in North Brunswick apparently committed suicide while in custody, according to the warden at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center.

Cadre Williams was pronounced dead about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to an official statement. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Williams’ alleged getaway car driver, Andre D. Trott, was charged with multiple counts of eluding police and aggravated assault following last Thursday’s fatal shooting and subsequent car police chase into Edison. He remains in custody with bail set at $1.5 million.

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EDISON—Tuesday night, police arrested a Willingboro man who allegedly robbed a Chinese food deliveryman near Limelight Court.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, a delivery person for the China Lake restaurant was robbed and severely beaten in the area of Limelight Court, police said. The robbery victim is a 58 year-old male who resides in Metuchen, according to authorities.

The victim was robbed and beaten as he was in the process of exiting his vehicle to make a delivery, police said. He sustained injuries to his head, face and hands as a result of being struck repeatedly with a “black jack” weapon during the robbery, according to police.

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EDISON—Classes aimed at those who are looking for a job will be offered in June at Middlesex County College. The program, called “Transitions: Job Seekers’ Workshops,” covers preparing for the sudden loss of a job, identifying which industries are growing, networking, resume writing and cover letters. Each costs $25 ($99 for the entire series of five classes).

“With the current state of the economy, we are seeing more and more people who have been downsized, or are concerned about their jobs,” said Lynn Lederer, director of professional and community programs at the college. “These courses can really help as you develop a job-search strategy.”

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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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STATE – On Tuesday, more than 550 of the state’s 603 school districts will hold elections where voters express approval or dissent on proposed budgets for the 2009-10 school year and fill about 1,500 school board seats, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Polls are required to be open on April 21 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. but most offer voting hours from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check with your district for specific hours and polling places.

Locally, the following candidates are running for school board seats:

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Running For A Cause—The First Annual Plainfield Habitat for Humanity 5K Run, which was held on Sunday, April 5, in Plainfield, included participants from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison: Janissa Delzo of Middlesex, Arturo Martinez of North Plainfield, Devi Mody and her brother, Kush Mody, both of Edison, as well as Antonia deVegh of Plainfield (Upper School Latin teacher) and Jim Fogarty of Clark (Varsity Track & Field Coach). The W-H participants raised close to $200 for the organization, with deVegh contributing $100 and Delzo raising $55. Pictured, left to right, are: Kush and Devi Mody, and Janissa Delzo. (Photo Courtesy of The Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

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EDISON—Mayor Jun Choi, along with Provident Bank President Chris Martin, unveiled a low-interest loan program that will enable residents in the Clara Barton area to make major improvements to their homes.

“Programs like this one will create local jobs and help protect taxpayers’ most valuable investment, their home,” Choi said last week.

In a joint partnership with the township, Provident Bank will be the exclusive provider of affordable home equity loans to qualified applicants through the program, which encourages homeowners in the area to make major home repairs.

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