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Writer’s Block: A Dog For All Seasons

I’m one of those people who believe that things happen for a reason. I don’t always know why at the time, but at some point, I will make connections between events or circumstances and then have my ‘a ha!’ moment. And so it was the day I inherited Sparky the dog, a five-year-old creamy mix of spaniel and poodle, with the world’s most expressive eyes.

Community Calendar

Singles • July 16 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Avenue South, Iselin. Ages 40+; no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers/shorts. $17 admission. Info: 1-732-656-1801

Christie Issues “Best Practices” Checklist Required For Municipal Aid

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has issued this year’s version of the “Best Practices” checklist to promote government efficiency and accountability. Each of the state’s 566 municipalities must complete the checklist and meet an established percentage of the checklist items in order to receive all or part of their final state aid payment.

Gov. Touts School Aid Increases For Middlesex County

TRENTON – State school aid increased by $850 million over last year’s budget, and Middlesex County school districts will get $92 million more than last year according to figures released this week by the Christie administration.

Treasury Continues To Phase Out Paper U.S. Savings Bonds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of the Public Debt announced Wednesday that as of Jan. 1, 2012, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions. The move is expected to save American taxpayers approximately $70 million over the first five years.

AAA Offers Tips to Help Your Car Survive Extreme Heat

FLORHAM PARK—With continued high temperatures predicted for our area, AAA reminds motorists that heat can take its toll on vehicles. Extreme heat can push a vehicle past its limits, and once again this year, some drivers may find themselves stranded at the roadside because of it.

Gang Member Sentenced To Nearly 30 Years In State Prison

ELIZABETH — On Tuesday, a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang who led police on a high speed chase through Union and Elizabeth in 2009 was sentenced to nearly 30 years in state prison, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.