The cervix is the lower, narrow opening of the uterus. It is covered by a thin layer of cells that are continually growing and being replaced. Certain factors, such as an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), can cause cervical cells to begin to grow abnormally. These abnormal cells often go away without treatment, but in some women they will continue to grow and eventually turn into cancer.
ELIZABETH—The Consulate General of Portugal, Maria Amelia Paiva, will pay a special visit to Monsignor João S. Antão School No. 31 in Elizabeth, on Thursday.
WESTFIELD—CONTACT We Care, Inc., a 24-hour caring and crisis hotline, will begin a comprehensive 36-hour volunteer training class on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street in Westfield. The class will meet weekly until mid-May.
RAHWAY—LaFayette Lodge #27 F&AM of Rahway held their annual charity night Jan. 8. The lodge continued their tradition of giving monetary donations to several local groups.
Each winter, millions of tons of deicing salt are applied to state and municipal roads to keep the roads safe for vehicles to travel. Salt is spread near houses to avoid pedestrian injuries. This is necessary for safety, but did you know excessive salt can cause widespread damage to trees – possibly leading to permanent decline and even death?
EDISON—Paige B. and Elizabeth L’Hommedieu were awarded Middlesex County College’s highest honor in a campus ceremony on Jan. 19. The award, presented each year since 1975, is named for Mr. L’Hommedieu’s father, Paige D. L’Hommedieu, the founding chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees and an executive with Johnson & Johnson.
ROSELLE PARK—Has the bitter cold weather depressed you? Are you tired of shivering in spite of your layers of clothing? The Roselle Park Casano Community Center has a cure for those winter blahs!
CLARK—PSE&G is installing energy efficient streetlights in New Jersey municipalities, including Clark. The new fixtures are brighter, last four times longer, and cost less to operate than older, existing models. The upgrades will provide an environmentally friendly source of light in addition to helping lower municipal lighting bills.
SEATTLE – As they rush to save lives in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, aid workers also must address myths about disaster relief among the American public. Edward Brown, relief director for Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision, debunks five myths around disaster relief.
LINDEN—Soehl Middle School in Linden recently announced its Students of the Month.
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Rotary has announced its February program schedule.
UNION – Premiere Stages at Kean University will hold its annual Premiere Student Readings on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre in the University Center at Kean University.
LINDEN – Two puppies recently adopted from All-Star Pet Rescue in Linden can be seen in Animal Planet’s upcoming Puppy Bowl VI on Feb. 7. Jake and Duncan competed with other pups from all over the country in a two-hour contest played with toy footballs.