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Journey to Washington Carries At-Risk Teenagers Much Further

ELIZABETH—Thirteen youths from Community Access Unlimited (CAU) journeyed beyond their dreams when they attended the presidential inauguration Jan. 20.  The at-risk teenagers traveled to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama but left envisioning a brighter future for…

Elizabeth Dedicates New School

ELIZABETH –– On Tuesday evening, the Elizabeth Board of Education formally dedicated the district’s newly-opened, state-of-the-art Juan Pablo Duarte-José Julián Martí School No. 28.  The ceremony was held in the auditorium and was attended by school and district representative, as…

County Budget Proposal Includes Tax Increase

ELIZABETH – Union County Manager George Devanney’s $449.3 million 2009 budget proposal includes a 4.95 percent tax increase at a time when many households can ill-afford it. Devanney’s proposal includes some spending and service cuts. He anticipates a $740,000 annual…

New Carteret Eagle Scout

CARTERET—Angelo Carbonaro of Boy Scout Troop 88 recently completed his Eagle project which consisted of rebuilding and painting the retaining wall at Father Milos Park in Port Reading.  Working with his fellow scouts, leaders and family members, Carbonaro also restored…

Girl Escapes Abduction Attempt

PERTH AMBOY – A 9-year-old girl escaped an attempted abduction Saturday morning at St. Mary’s School on Mechanic Street, authorities said. The girl’s mother told police that she dropped off her daughter at the school gymnasium and watched the girl…

Vella Convicted Of Bribing Housing Official

ELIZABETH—A close political associate of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage was convicted of bribing a housing official last week in federal court. Ray Vella, 33, of Elizabeth, owner of Pavel Construction, was found guilty of trading cash payments for more than…

Two Charged In Perth Amboy Murder

PERTH AMBOY – Two men were charged last week in the fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old man near the Perth Amboy waterfront in June. Fulgencio G. Monasterio of Carteret and Bernaldo Martinez of Perth Amboy were charged with the June…

Linden Students Celebrate Chinese New Year

LINDEN—Linden School No. 4 celebrated Chinese New Year as part of the world language Chinese class.  All of the second-graders wore red shirts, a special color for the New Year’s celebration. “Red is a lucky color in China,” said Qinying…

St. Pat’s Strickland Status Uncertain, Here Come Kyrie

By Jim Whelan When a nationally-ranked high school team loses their top player to injury, the competition usually breathes a sigh of relief.      Dexter Strickland did not start his senior year on the right foot at St. Patrick’s…

Not Even Much Cheaper Gas Drove Us to Drive More

HAMILTON – Mirroring the national trend, New Jersey motorists drove more than 2.3 billion fewer miles from January through November 2008 compared to the same period a year earlier, registering 361 million fewer miles in November alone. Much cheaper gas…