ALJ Football Alumni Dinner Continues Annual Thanksgiving Tradition


CLARK — In what can be described as a rite of passage on Thanksgiving Eve, the Arthur L. Johnson High School intergenerational Alumni Football Dinner was held in the school cafeteria this past week, as it has every year since 1997.

Winfield Park Senior Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Softball For UNC-Pembroke

Taylor Gerhart signs her official letter of intent in the Wardlaw-Hartridge School’s Admission Conference Room with W-H coach Jackie MacLean seated next to her. Looking on standing, from left, grandfather Ray Sass, Athletic Director Karl Miran, mom Kathi Gerhart, dad Jeff Gerhart and grandmother Liz Sass. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — Taylor Gerhart of Winfield Park, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, signed her official letter of intent to play softball for the University of North Carolina-Pembroke on Monday, Nov. 18. With her parents, grandparents, coaches, school administrators and friends in attendance, Gerhart formalized her commitment to attend UNC-Pembroke.

Christie Named Honorary Chair Of 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney meet with the New Jersey's Special Olympic Olympians in the outer office of the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Friday, Nov. 15. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

TRENTON – At a ceremony held at the New Jersey Statehouse, Gov. Chris Christie was named Honorary Chair of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held in New Jersey, June 14-21. Christie’s nomination as Honorary Chair and the formal request to accept were presented by Special Olympics athletes and 2014 USA Games Board Members Loretta Claiborne and Bobby Fredericks, as part of the Special Olympics New Jersey Athlete Congress.

Colonia Softball Standout Signs College Letter Of Intent

Mount Directress Sister Lisa Gambacorto, Katie Haley, Mount Assistant Directress Denise Materia (L-R)

WATCHUNG – Mount Saint Mary Academy senior Katie Haley of Colonia signed her college letter of intent on Thursday, Nov. 14 in a special ceremony on the school’s campus. Haley, a standout pitcher on the Academy softball team, will attend and compete for Drexel University next school year.

CTE Diagnoses For NFL Greats Reinforces Need For Concussion Safety

Dhimant J. Balar, DO

The recent announcement that Pro Football Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Joe DeLamielleure and former NFL All-Pro Leonard Marshall have been diagnosed as having signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy has again brought sports and head trauma to the forefront in the national consciousness. This degenerative condition, also known as CTE, is believed by many scientists to be caused by blows to the head and is linked to depression and dementia.

Monroe Teen Named To U.S. Rowing Scholastic Honor Roll

Katie Sessa (fourth from the top) is pictured with her Mercer Rowing Club teammates. (Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Academy)

WATCHUNG – Rhythm, balance, and focus are essential to the mindset of any successful rower. As an accomplished member of the Mercer Rowing Club in Princeton, Mount Saint Mary senior Katie Sessa of Monroe Township has found that all three also translate to success in the classroom.