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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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STATE – Candidates have filed petitions to run for seats on area school boards. Though the original deadline was Monday afternoon, Gov. Jon Corzine extended it until 4 p.m. Wednesday because a snowstorm Monday caused most school districts to shut down.

New Jersey voters will choose board members and vote on school spending plans on April 21.

Here is a breakdown of the local races:

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-Back in 2001, I was given the history of the Bells of St. Nicholas, the electric, automatic Christmas tree bells manufactured by the E.J Nicorvo MFG. Corp. of South Amboy in 1948. They were made at 210 North Broadway. I had the history in a column in another publication. Here’s a picture of the box, which belongs to my set of the Bells of St. Nicholas.

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Here is a picture of the box from my Bells of St. Nicholas, manufactured in 1948, in South Amboy. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

This New Year Eve column is my own research from 1954:

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Army Reserve SPC Ashley Bonet, currently serving in Tallil, Iraq, sends a Thanksgiving greeting to her family in Metuchen.

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David Crabiel

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Democrats carried the night on Election Day in Middlesex County.

Freeholder Director David B Crabiel of Milltown led his party’s ticket to victory in the freeholder races. The Democrats easily defeated their GOP challengers. Millie Scott, a former Piscataway councilwoman, won the seat the Freeholder Camille Fernicola is leaving at the end of the year.

Former Carteret Council President Ronald Rios defeated his Republican opponent for the final year of former Freeholder John Pulomena’s term. Pulomena stepped down earlier this year to become county administrator.

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METUCHEN — Democrate Peter Cammarano and Republican Justin Manley won seats on Metuchen’s Borough Council.

Cammarano was the top vote getter, with 3,869. Manley finished second with 3.424.

Democrat Tim Dacey finished third with 3,336

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