LINDEN – The recreation department will hold a holiday ceramics class for Linden students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen Street, Linden on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m.
CLARK—CONTACT We Care, the award-winning 24-hour caring and crisis hotline will conduct its unique interactive, two-day suicide intervention training for members of the general public on Jan. 30 and 31 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Clark.
UNION – Historian Terry Golway, director of the John Kean Center for American History at Kean University, recently published “Together We Cannot Fail: How F.D.R. Led the Nation from Darkness to Victory Through Hope, Courage, and an Unwavering Trust in the American People.”
STATE – AAA Mid-Atlantic projections indicate that fewer than 800,000 New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving this year, the smallest Garden State travel total in six years and a nearly five percent decrease compared to 2008.
TRENTON—In a vote split along party lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval for Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo to replace former state Sen. Raymond Bateman on the Sports and Exposition Authority.
TRENTON—Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver was chosen as the next General Assembly Speaker on Monday.
ELIZABETH—Protesters plan to demonstrate against what they call unjust US policies by walking from Ellis Island, once a gateway to America for millions of newcomers from all over the world, to the immigration detention center in Elizabeth where at least one person has died awaiting judicial action and deportation.
The State Treasury Department has not explained why New Jersey office supply firms were not given an opportunity to bid on a contract the state awarded to Staples Advantage, a Massachusetts-based firm.
RAHWAY—A Rahway man was sentenced to 10½ years in federal prison on Nov. 20, for committing 12 bank robberies throughout New Jersey.
CLARK—The St. John the Apostle Kindergarten class hosted their annual Applefest. Through their efforts, more than 300 cans of food were collected for the St. John’s food pantry.
TRENTON – Today, Assembly committees will consider legislation to help adults with autism, combat recidivism and revise a state commission to encourage more local governments to share services and consolidate.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Middlesex County freeholders will not name a new director of shared services. The position has been vacant since the previous director left last September.
NEWARK—Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) announced last week it is offering free home energy audits and free or low-cost energy conservation measures to eligible customers in the 25 Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) municipalities located in the utility’s service territory.