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Diaz Wins Overwhelming Victory

Vas era comes to an end in Perth Amboy PERTH AMBOY – Political newcomer Wilda Diaz won a stunning victory Tuesday, defeating 18-year incumbent Mayor Joseph Vas by more than 1,000 votes. Diaz called her victory “incredible.” “The people wanted…

Double Shooting In Elizabeth

ELIZABETH—One person was killed and another seriously hurt in a double shooting near Jefferson Park on Monday. Authorities say Christopher Cumming, 18, was shot in the chest and died at the scene, while another victim was taken to University Medical…

Carteret Consolidates Parks, Public Works Depts.

CARTERET—Mayor Daniel J. Reiman has announced that several municipal departments and services have been consolidated under a single organizational structure. The directive was made as a part of the administration’s agenda to streamline operations, and is the second such restructuring…

Hospital Foundation Celebrates Success Of 19th Annual Rose Ball

RAHWAY – The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation recently celebrated the success of their 19th annual Rose Ball. “Our 19th Annual Rose Ball raised $180,000 for the programs, services and facilities of RWJUH Rahway, including the Fund for Technology…

Lawmakers Move To Increase Death Benefit For National Guard Members

TRENTON – As Memorial Day approaches, state lawmakers are working to increase the death benefit paid to the families of active members of the New Jersey National Guard. On Monday, the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee released two measures…

Mayors May Not Avoid Prison

STATE—Federal prosecutors decided to drop charges that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James abused city credit cards, saying that a second federal conviction wouldn’t add any more prison time to his pending sentence on fraud charges. This half of the indictment…

GOP Aims At Obama, By Fair Means And Foul

Anti-Obama videos posted on websites are previewing what could be avenues of attack from Republican strategists intending to exploit voters’ fear of the unknown. The first is the launch of a new website, CanWeAsk.com, and a video from the Republican…

Golden Gloves Skip Elizabeth

ELIZABETH—The city lost a bid to host the 2009 National Golden Gloves tournament to Salt Lake City, which was awarded by a 20-12 vote last week at a delegates meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Salt Palace will be host venue…

Councilwoman Is Under Fire

ELIZABETH—A city councilwoman is under fire for refusing to salute the flag and making racist remarks that have been compared to inflammatory statements by the controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who became an issue in the presidential campaign when he angrily…