CLARK—The studies program of the Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark is currently accepting registration for its language classes, which begin the week of Sept. 17. Classes in beginner’s Polish, part I and part II, and intermediate Polish will meet on Thursday evenings. All classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. and run for twelve weeks. Early registration is suggested.
ELIZABETH – The Union County Rape Crisis Center is seeking volunteer advocates to provide support and guidance for victims of sexual assault. A new training session for prospective volunteers will start on Sept. 22.
UNION COUNTY – Police are investigating two robberies that happened hours apart in the Union County area on July 31.
WHITEHOUSE STATION – Shareholders approved drugmaker Merck & Co.’s acquisition of Schering-Plough Corp. last week.
UNION COUNTY—The campaign treasurer accused of stealing money from the election fund of a former state assemblyman was admitted into a pretrial intervention (PTI) program over the objections of the state Attorney General’s office.
ELIZABETH—First BankAmericano, which was founded 12 years ago by state Sen. Raymond Lesniak to take advantage of a demand for financial services among the Hispanic community, has been shut down by state and federal regulators.
TRENTON –A Hillside police officer pleaded guilty today to stealing funds from the Homelessness Prevention Program administered by the state Department of Community Affairs, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced.
NEWARK—Two Brooklyn men were charged in federal court today for allegedly defrauding homeowners facing foreclosure in Elizabeth, Bergenfield and Paterson.
RAHWAY – An appeals court ruled that an Iselin man convicted of vehicular homicide should get a new trial.
STATE — A pair of area men were arrested in Suffolk County, New York, for transporting 17 pounds of uncut, nearly ninety percent pure heroin.