ELIZABETH—Lester Sargent (left), Jack Casey (right) and Jay Rice (center) of the Union County Emerald Society congratulate Bella Nugent Laughlin of Elizabeth (second from the right) as she is named Irishwoman of the Year and the first recipient of the Jane Rice Memorial Award at the organization’s 28th annual Pub Night on Oct. 24 at the Kenilworth Veterans Center. Jane, who passed away in September, was married to Jay Rice and active in the Emerald Society. The group is joined by Jane and Jay’s daughter, Kathy Rice. (Jim Lowney Photo)
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