MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Area communities will celebrate Independence Day this weekend. Carteret, Woodbridge and Edison are planning fireworks displays, while Perth Amboy will commemorate the holiday by ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell.
RAHWAY—Councilman Bobby Akbar, who is married and has three children, was arrested Feb 26 on domestic violence charges outside of Franklin Elementary School after he appeared to use his car to knock down another teacher, according to police who were at the scene.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A 44-year-old man from Piscataway died of complications from novel H1N1 Influenza A in JFK Hospital in Edison on Saturday.
ELIZABETH—Two men who broke out of Union County Jail in December 2007 received the maximum sentence for their crime on Friday.
TRENTON—Law enforcement officers throughout New Jersey will be cracking down on aggressive driving this summer, as part of the first statewide “Obey the Signs or Pay the Fines” initiative, Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer announced Tuesday.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A grand jury indicted nine reputed gang members last Friday, charging that they were part of a drug distribution ring broken up by police in April.
NEW YORK – The Phoenix Suns drafted Rahway native Earl Clark with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft last Thursday.
Clark scored 1,245 career points at Rahway High School.
NEW BRUNSWICK—New York Blood Center will hold about two dozen blood drives in July as part of Bloodstock, a regional effort by local students to help save lives and earn scholarships for their hard work.
CLARK – The Union County Summer Arts Festival 2009 concert series moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Wednesday evening, July 8, with a “contemporary country” performance by Mustang Sally. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
METUCHEN—The New Hope Baptist Church will be host vacation Bible school from July 20 through July 31. This year’s theme is “The Jesus Chronicles.”