FAIR LAWN – Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, recently presented a $22,000 grant to the Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department. This community grant was used to purchase new air bag equipment for emergency rescue operations.
GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Navy Seaman Recruit William B. Grimes, son of Susan and Bernard J. Grimes of Iselin, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
CLARK — Staff and students from the after school child care program at the Valley Road Elementary School in Clark are participating in the Flat Stanley project.
ELIZABETH–Mike Colameco, chef and popular host of “Colameco’s Food Show” on public television, visited Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth on Dec. 20. Colameco’s appearance was a surprise Christmas gift to Benedictine Academy Principal Kenneth Jennings, who is an enthusiastic fan of the chef, admiring him for the “authenticity and honesty in his approach” to the world of culinary.
RAHWAY — Franklin Elementary School in Rahway recently held a “Writers’ Roundtable Challenge”. Students in grades three, four and five were invited to participate in this principal’s writing initiative.
RAHWAY — Amy Grutzmacher from the Epilepsy Foundation recently came to Franklin School in Rahway to give a presentation to the fourth and fifth grade students. They learned about seizures and what to do for someone who has had a seizure.
Creation of a charter school in New Jersey is no easy task, evident from the stories told over the years by founders of the 73 charter schools now open in the state, as well as the many other organizers whose proposed schools never got off the ground.
PERTH AMBOY— Mayor Wilda Diaz and the city’s Human Services Department are working closely with the community and organizations to help those affected by Sunday evening’s fire in Harbortown, a private housing complex in Perth Amboy that destroyed the homes of nearly 100 people. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama signed legislation repealing the controversial Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that allowed homosexuals to serve in the U.S. military as long as they kept their sexuality a secret.