ELIZABETH – Incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, and substance abuse have decreased from the prior year in Elizabeth Public Schools according to the most recent available statistics on the New Jersey Department of Education’s website.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg introduced legislation to require bottled water producers to include information about the origin and quality of the water on the packaging.
RAHWAY—Jennifer Ward’s first grade class at Franklin Elementary School in Rahway made holiday cards for veterans.
EDISON – Township officials will be joined by community, family and friends at Edison’s annual Festival of Lights celebration on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. This special holiday event is being staged inside the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison.
Moments of great truth partially compensate for the plodding predictability of director Kirk Jones’s “Everybody’s Fine,” a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Stanno Tutti Bene” (1990). But if your interest is prompted by the TV ads, beware.
ELIZABETH—Benedictine Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Elizabeth, will present a Christmas musical, “Christmas Para Todos” (“Christmas for Everyone”), Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. The production will feature singing, acting and dancing.
NEWARK—While holiday songs focus on “chesnuts roasting on an open fire,” and other joys of the season, many people experience feelings of isolation and depression during the holidays. In fact, numerous studies confirm that there is an increase in both the numbers and severity of calls by depressed individuals to crisis hotlines during this time.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission announces the Holiday Program on Sunday, Dec. 13, at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.
Nov. 30 at 3:39 p.m. – Officer Marcus Giammetta investigated a theft on West Grand Avenue. The case remains open.
RAHWAY—St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Rahway will host a flea market and craft sale on Saturday, Dec. 12. Over 50 vendors will be offering gifts and collectibles for purchase. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Parish Center, located at 1407 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway.
EDISON—Julia Linger of Cranford, a seventh grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, was recently named to The New Jersey Music Educators’ Association (NJMEA) Region II Intermediate Chorus.
GREAT LAKES, Ill.—Navy Seaman Recruit Juan F. Yepez Alvear, son of Jenny V. Alvear of Elizabeth, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
As the new year approaches, many people will resolve to lose weight or get into better physical shape. If so, you’re not alone. According to the International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association, more than 45 million Americans belong to health clubs.