STATE — Assembly Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) has been named as a recipient of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce’s Legislator of the Year award. Bramnick will be presented with the award at the Chamber’s Business and Legislative Awards Reception at Bally’s Atlantic City on Sept. 27.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County recently welcomed singers from Merck’s offices in Union, Whitehouse Station and Cokesbury, who entertained some of the facility’s residents.
NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony E. Pall, son of Angela Garcia of Elizabeth, is deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team.
EDISON — The Middlesex County College Child Care Center ended the summer with a special day of fun in August. The children enjoyed face painting, crafts, ice cream, pony rides and a petting zoo. Here, Harry Liu of Edison makes friends with a goat.
BRISTOL, R.I. — Kelsey T. Borden, a resident of Clark, was named to the Spring 2011 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Army Pvt. Hedy Reyes Antigua, son of Hedy Reyes of Linden, has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.
GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Navy Seaman Apprentice Jose G. Larrahondo, son of Alexandra X. Gonzales of Elizabeth, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
STATE — While science lessons weren’t on the agenda for too many high school students this summer, a few dozen recently took on a “BOLD” initiative to enhance their biology knowledge.
School funding is a significant issue in New Jersey. The question is: How can lawmakers in Trenton most equitably distribute income tax revenue so that students get the best education for the money.