ELIZABETH — Former school board President Armando DaSilva has always felt inspired to serve the public but he decided to run for city council after he returned from an afternoon shopping trip to find his home had been burglarized on New Year’s Eve.
ELIZABETH – City Council members have been critical of public spending for Elizabeth’s school system, with some going so far as to campaign against the school budget this year, but evidence suggests that the Board of Education has been more frugal than City Hall.
Musical Theatre • May 21 at 7 p.m.; May 22 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; May 23 at 3 p.m. – The Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main St., Metuchen, will present “Grease” performed by the theatre’s Stars on Stage.
UNION COUNTY — For the last 11 years, Sheriff Ralph G. Froehlich has been secretly collecting an $85,000 taxpayer-funded pension in addition to his six figure public salary. State pension officials have confirmed that Froehlich retired on June 1, 1999 without skipping a single paycheck due to special legislation created for the politically-connected ex-cop.
UNION COUNTY — The pastor of a Newark church and one of his congregants were arrested earlier this week and face a variety of charges after it was revealed that they forced teenage girls to videotape the pair engaged in sexual acts at a Linden motel, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Wednesday.
STATE – Even though the grand prize was not awarded in Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing, a New Jersey retailer sold a ticket that won the $200,000 second prize for matching all 5 white numbers.
EDISON – Police arrested a 27-year-old New Brunswick man and charged him with robbing an Edison bank on Tuesday.
NEW BRUNSWICK — Additional tests will be undertaken to supplement the results of an autopsy that has been performed in an effort to determine the cause of death for a 17-month-old boy who was under the supervision of a day care center in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
TRENTON – Employment in New Jersey advanced in April, fueled by widespread hiring in the private sector. The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged in April at 9.8 percent and was below the national rate (9.9%) for the first time since November of last year.
TRENTON – A Jersey City man was sentenced to state prison today for running a major human trafficking and prostitution ring in which women were induced to use heroin and cocaine and were beaten if they did not turn a daily quota of tricks, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.