STATE – A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled today that convicted former Assemblyman Joseph Vas is entitled to back pay and benefits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has called for the release of oil from the federal government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help lower rapidly-rising gas prices.
TRENTON – With no top prize winner for several weeks, the Mega Millions jackpot has ground to $105 million for Friday’s drawing.
CLARK – Clark Public Schools has recognized a teacher at each of the township’s four public schools and named Valley Road School teacher Paula Spence as the district’s Teacher of the Year. Spence will be eligible to be named Union County Teacher of the Year and could be considered for the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year award.
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
FORKED RIVER – This weekend’s release of the animated children’s movie Rango is expected to raise interest in keeping chameleons and other reptiles as pets. Officials from the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park warn against bringing these animals into your home, however.
Even though much of the screenplay is warmed over same ole, same ole, and you know how it’s going to end, the Farrelly brothers’ “Hall Pass” is surprisingly more entertaining than one might estimate.
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.”
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”.
ELIZABETH — Last week, a Union County jury convicted a Newark man on 11 different charges stemming from 2009 car chase with police near the Kean University campus, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Wednesday.