ELIZABETH—After some friends distributed leaflets asking residents to participate in a toy drive he was conducting in the weeks before Christmas, Carlos Lucio, a popular Elizabeth public school principal, received a summons in the mail from City Hall demanding a $250 fine for littering.
ELIZABETH—Five City Council members whose terms expire this year were pilloried in leaflets circulated around the city that compare increasing unemployment, widespread foreclosures and rising taxes with their record of voting for a pay hike as the nation headed into an economic collapse.
Jan. 26 at 1:59 p.m. – In the vicinity of the Garden State Parkway Circle, Officer Antonio Manata arrested Linden resident Najee Calhoun, 20, for presenting false documents. He was subsequently released pending a court date.
UNION COUNTY – Along with being the foundation of good health, good nutrition can also help save money on household bills. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County has developed a program called Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ that helps Union County residents combine both.
ELIZABETH – What recession? Three Union County businesses that ignored the economic drums of doom and enjoyed successful years in 2009 were recognized by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s 98th Annual Dinner, held Jan. 26 at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel.
ELIZABETH – Last week, a Union County Grand Jury handed up an indictment against a Westfield woman for her role in a 2009 accident that severely injured a 25-year-old Clark woman.
UNION—“Iron-Jawed Angels,” a DVD of a film depicting Alice Paul’s battle to win the vote for women, will be presented by the League of Women Voters of the Union Area and the Union Public Library at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 16 in the library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union.
SPRINGFIELD—Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 19-year olds. The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club advises parents to start preparing well in advance and take an active role in their teen driver’s education.
ELIZABETH—Elizabeth Public Schools has been awarded a grant from the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS) to further support the Elizabeth Board of Education’s work in transforming the Elizabeth Public Schools. This $2500 grant will fund the production and distribution of a publication entitled Your Action Plan for Excellence.
RAHWAY – Rahway native Eric Roberson was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The nomination was for the R&B singer’s track “A Tale of Two,” featuring Ben O’Neill and Michelle Thompson, from his latest album, “Music Fan First.”