Avoiding Deceptive ‘Opt-Out’ Online Scams

Proverbs survive because of their universality. Take the adage, “One bad apple spoils the barrel.” It teaches us that good people (or good businesses) can be tainted by association with those whose actions are perceived as unscrupulous, even if they themselves don’t employ the same deceitful tactics.

Basketball Classic To Raise Funds For Homeless

ELIZABETH — The state’s best high school basketball teams will face each other while helping local homeless people during the 16th annual Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Basketball Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Dunn Sports Center, 600 Pearl Street, in Elizabeth.

Toll Collector Sentenced For Theft

NEW BRUNSWICK—Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a part-time toll collector for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority was sentenced today to serve a 364-day jail term and repay $5,523.35 that was stolen over a 13-month period.

Holiday Greetings From The Troops

Army Spc. Nilza Betancourt, Army Capt. Kevin Braine, Air Force 1st Lt. Purvi Desai, Army Sgt. Reno Durand, Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Newton, Army Major Felix Oduwa, Navy Seaman Apprentice Michael Pappas, Army Staff Sgt. Jose Rolon, Air Force Tech Sgt. Leo Van Miert and Air Force Lt. Col. Corey Wormack extend holiday wishes to their families in New Jersey.

“Avatar” Dances With Aliens

Y’know how no matter what art museum you visit there is always one room you enter that has a giant painting taking up an entire wall? You’re reaction is generally, why? Well, that’s how “Avatar,” director James Cameron’s often brilliant but overlong sci-fi extravaganza, initially strikes you.

The Gift of Giving

CLARK—Students at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark are continuing their efforts for needy children with the “Gift of Giving.” The Giving Tree, located in the school’s main lobby, is adorned with gift tags for students to choose a gift for a needy child.