Jolly Gingerbread Elves

CLARK — Students in Mrs. Peitz’s first grade class at Valley Road School in Clark recently enjoyed a break from their regular schoolwork to make their own gingerbread houses.

Hostage-Takers and the Obama-GOP Tax Package

As millions of unemployed Americans struggle to make ends meet amidst an economy still in shambles, a note is quietly slid under the door: “Give us $800 billion in tax breaks or your unemployment benefits are history!” In a classic made-for-television cop drama, this is the part where the heroic police captain would emphatically declare, “We don’t negotiate with hostage-takers!”

Garwood Man Pleads Guilty To Extortion

ELIZABETH — A Garwood man who is a suspected member of the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty last week to extortion and possession of illegal drugs and will be sentenced to more than six years in state prison, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said.