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report_from_woodbridgeBy Mayor John McCormac

The “Summer of ‘09” looks to be the best ever in Woodbridge… which is why I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the great events and happenings coming to Woodbridge this summer.

Let’s start with Saturdays in downtown Woodbridge with the kick-off of the “bigger and better” open-air Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 20, in the Town Hall parking lot on Main Street.  This season, the Farmer’s Market will feature more farm stands and vendors… cooking demonstrations by the chef’s at Wegmans… and dozens of special events for kids of all ages.  So, shop the Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and find out what “Woodbridge Fresh” is all about.

Wednesdays come alive with “Music on Main Street.”  Enjoy an assortment of free music on Main Street every Wednesday all summer long… from the Jack Goodman “Swing” Band… to the Tim Gillis Band… to the Woodbridge Community Choir… there’s a show for everyone.  And, return to the days of “classic cars” and “hot rods” when car enthusiasts from across the state start “Cruisin’ on Main Street” on Wednesdays in June, July and August.

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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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WOODBRIDGE– Flanked by Senior Olympians and Olympic volunteers, Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee announced that the township will again host the New Jersey Senior Olympics on Sept. 11, 12 and 13.

In announcing details of the upcoming New Jersey Senior Olympic games from the Woodbridge Community Center and YMCA – the central headquarters and main sporting venue for the upcoming senior competition – McCormac said that the senior games track the goals of the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” which encourages township residents, regardless of age, to engage in a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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pastBy Diane Norek Harrison
WOODBRIDGE-Here are memories from readers:

Woodbridge Golden Bears
I received the following in an e-mail from Mark Curran: “Hi Diane, I am the son of Joe Curran # 76 in the photo of your Feb. 27, 2009 Atom Tabloid-Citizen & Gazette article about Woodbridge, New Jersey sports memories. The photo was taken during the 1952 season. My father Joe was in his senior year at Rider College playing quarterback. The Rider College football team went undefeated that year.

“My Dad would play his collegiate games on Friday night or Saturday mornings and if he was not too banged up after his Rider College game, he would drive up to Woodbridge and play for the Golden Bears on Sunday afternoons. He was chosen as the 1952 Most Valuable Player for the Golden Bears.  He is now 82 years old.”

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Woodbridge Walks To Fight ALS—Despite the rain, hundreds of walkers and volunteers came out to Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park in Woodbridge on Sunday, May 3, for the 2009 Woodbridge Walk to Defeat ALS hosted by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. The annual event raises funds and brings awareness to the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. If you’d still like to donate to the ALS Association or find out more information about ALS, visit www.als-nj.org. (Photo credit: Jack McCoy.)

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WOODBRIDGE—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will hold a Health Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the Woodbridge Center Mall. The event is free. Information and activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy.

“It is important to continue to promote county services that are available for our residents,” said Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, chairman of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee. “The Health Expo provides the Public Health Department and its partners the opportunity to educate community members in an enjoyable environment, while providing knowledge about public health and environmental concerns.”

Children can learn about chemical safety from “Wally the Wise Guy Turtle,” and lead poisoning prevention from “Peter Paint.”  They also can win prizes by playing “Wheel of Inspections.”
Adults can receive blood pressure screenings and talk to health professionals about adult and children’s health programs.

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 pastby Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-Here are a few memories from Jim Kacmarsky, in response to my Feb. 6 column on the Perth Amboy and Woodbridge clay pits.  

“I grew up in Fords section of Woodbridge, and the clay pits were part of my life. They were at the end of my street (Carlton Street) in Fords. There were many ponds, where I used to catch sunfish and frogs. The main pond was called ‘Catfish Pond’, although I never caught any catfish in it. There were also lots of ponds with green water, that we called ‘acid ponds.’ No life in them – probably toxic waste. There was a ‘No Trespassing’ sign outside with ‘Mc House Clay Company’ on it, and also a US Government Reservation – ‘Keep Out’ sign outside the woods. Last time I visited, there is now a highway through the whole place.

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