PERTH AMBOY – The William C. McGinnis School is in the running for a $50,000 grant from Pepsi to expand its current laptop program. In the year 2010 Pepsi will give millions of dollars to fund proposals in various areas, including education.
TRENTON—Throughout February and March 2010, the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Association and libraries throughout New Jersey plan to honor the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, as part of the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration, by collecting pennies.
WOODBRIDGE–In the spirit of giving back to the community, the Barron Arts Center will continue to collect items for the Mayor’s Food Pantry, Woodbridge Animal Shelter and Angel PAWS at all programs and events throughout the year.
PITMAN – Kean University junior forward Jonathan Jones (Linden) was selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 31, the conference office announced on Feb. 1.
RAHWAY—Fifth grade students in Deborah Prakapas’s fifth grade class presented their book report book jackets recently at Roosevelt School.
ELIZABETH – The partnership between United Way of Greater Union County and Infineum USA L.P. is now in its 11th year.
LINDEN—Just a few months after City Council President Robert Bunk derailed construction of a $5 billion, 500-megawatt electrical power plant that would create 1,800 jobs, he led the council to unanimously approve the deal last week and announced that he is running for mayor.
ELIZABETH – Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized nearly 250 pounds of cocaine which was concealed within a shipping container at Elizabeth Seaport.
ELIZABETH—After some friends distributed leaflets asking residents to participate in a toy drive he was conducting in the weeks before Christmas, Carlos Lucio, a popular Elizabeth public school principal, received a summons in the mail from City Hall demanding a $250 fine for littering.
TRENTON – New Jersey is facing money problems on multiple fronts. Gov. Chris Christie estimates the state budget deficit at $11 billion next year, on top of a $1 billion hole in the current budget.
NEW BRUNSWICK – A Superior Court judge sentenced a South Amboy man to 30 years in prison for murdering his live-in girlfriend and the attempted murder of four children, three of which belonged to him.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Middlesex County agreed to a nearly $1 million settlement to end a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by five female sheriff’s officers against the county and sheriff’s department in 2004.
AVENEL – At a public meeting held at Avenel Middle School Monday, Woodbridge school officials began preparing contingency plans if state school aid is cut.