UNION – It has been said that a soul mate is the one who makes life come to life. For people with disabilities, who sometimes face challenges enjoying life to its fullest potential and therefore treasure each success perhaps more dearly than people without disabilities, finding a soul mate can be their greatest triumph. Yet while people with disabilities sometimes struggle to achieve their rights to respect, independence and self-sufficiency, they usually find falling in love as natural a process as it is for everyone else in the world.
RAHWAY — On the morning of March 17, the third grade students of Franklin Elementary School in Rahway were searching for the “Big Dipper” and “Orion’s Belt” in the school gym. Surprisingly, they were able to locate them – with the help of STARLAB and Math and Science coach, Roya Basu.
CLARK – School officials have released a revised 2011-12 calendar that resolves a conflict with the 2012 graduation dates at Arthur L. Johnson High School and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School.
CARTERET — Mayor Dan Reiman and Councilwoman Susan Naples congratulated Carteret High School student Jonathan Mortimer in March on his acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar (NASS) program. A junior at Carteret High, Mortimer is one of 2,250 international applicants accepted into the program for the 2011 summer session.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Army National Guard Pfc. Christopher E. Dowling has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
PISCATAWAY – The Diocese of Metuchen will host a talk on What the Bible Says About Suffering and Death on Thursday, April 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane.
CLARK — The Guidance Department and Development Office at Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, sponsored a career panel for members of the junior class. The panel consisted of five accomplished alumnae who shared their career paths with the students. Marybeth Ream, development director at Mother Seton introduced the panel members.
WAYNE – Working with the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, a crew of Columbia Bank volunteers assisted two Wayne homeowners begin to repair recent flood damage.
LINDEN — The Provident Bank recently promoted Michael A. Raimonde of Linden to executive vice president and director of retail banking. He is responsible for the overall supervision of Provident’s 80 plus branch network and sales management.