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Slavonic Festival • March 5 from noon-10 p.m. – St. Thomas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1407 St. Georges Ave., Rahway will host a Slavonic festival with food, games, music & items for sale. Free admission. Info: 1-732-382-5300

Florio Pans Lesniak Scheme

STATE – Former Gov. James Florio said state Sen. Ray Lesniak’s plan to privatize New Jersey’s educational system amounts to “tossing in the towel” and he used such strong terms as “insidious” to describe the plan as “part and parcel of a troubling set of developments that are shredding the very essence of traditional American values.”

Freeholder Generosity At Taxpayer Expense

In Union County Freeholder chairwoman Scanlon’s reorganization speech titled “The Right Priorities” (a copy can be found on the county website) she stated “I am clearly family oriented and for many, our family and children remain a foundation of support”.

Republican Senators Want To Stop Public Employees From Collecting Pensions & Paychecks

TRENTON – Two Republican state Senators have submitted a bill to prevent public employees who have retired from returning to government service and collecting both a pension and a government paycheck.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t it a waste that we buy water in plastic bottles when it is basically free out of our taps? Even health food stores, which should know better, sell it like crazy. When did Earth’s most abundant and free natural resource become a commercial ‘beverage’? — A. Jacobs, via e-mail

American values, justice & opportunity at risk

The establishment of a system of universal public schools for all American children was a historic event for the world and the key to our Nation’s development and prosperity. It provided unmatched literacy levels for our citizens and a commitment to excellence as a national goal.

Christie’s Budget Provokes Mixed Reactions

STATE – Voters are fairly evenly split in their reactions to Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released this week. Forty-eight percent are displeased with the governor’s budget, 45 percent are pleased and seven percent are undecided.