The Perth Amboy & Woodbridge Clay Pits

by Diane Norek Harrison PERTH AMBOY-WOODBRIDGE-This is from my own research dated 1884. If anyone has more information on the area clay pits or what is now built on them, please send it for another column.  W.H.P. Benton’s clay pits…

Rahway Track Stars Headed To New York

  Rahway Track Stars Headed To New York—The Rahway High School Boys’ Track Team’s 4×400 relay qualified for the prestigious 102nd annual Millrose Games to be held at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 30.   This only the second time in…

Woodbridge High School To Compete On Cable Quiz Show

WOODBRIDGE—All-star student scholars from Woodbridge High School will challenge Bergen County Academies in the first round of the 12th season of Cablevision’s The Challenge, an academic quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format.  The first round…

Journey to Washington Carries At-Risk Teenagers Much Further

ELIZABETH—Thirteen youths from Community Access Unlimited (CAU) journeyed beyond their dreams when they attended the presidential inauguration Jan. 20.  The at-risk teenagers traveled to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama but left envisioning a brighter future for…

Elizabeth Dedicates New School

ELIZABETH –– On Tuesday evening, the Elizabeth Board of Education formally dedicated the district’s newly-opened, state-of-the-art Juan Pablo Duarte-José Julián Martí School No. 28.  The ceremony was held in the auditorium and was attended by school and district representative, as…

County Budget Proposal Includes Tax Increase

ELIZABETH – Union County Manager George Devanney’s $449.3 million 2009 budget proposal includes a 4.95 percent tax increase at a time when many households can ill-afford it. Devanney’s proposal includes some spending and service cuts. He anticipates a $740,000 annual…

New Carteret Eagle Scout

CARTERET—Angelo Carbonaro of Boy Scout Troop 88 recently completed his Eagle project which consisted of rebuilding and painting the retaining wall at Father Milos Park in Port Reading.  Working with his fellow scouts, leaders and family members, Carbonaro also restored…

Girl Escapes Abduction Attempt

PERTH AMBOY – A 9-year-old girl escaped an attempted abduction Saturday morning at St. Mary’s School on Mechanic Street, authorities said. The girl’s mother told police that she dropped off her daughter at the school gymnasium and watched the girl…

Vella Convicted Of Bribing Housing Official

ELIZABETH—A close political associate of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage was convicted of bribing a housing official last week in federal court. Ray Vella, 33, of Elizabeth, owner of Pavel Construction, was found guilty of trading cash payments for more than…