Cryan Abusing Government Staff For Partisan Purpose

by James J. Devine Assemblyman Joseph Cryan is apparently abusing his legislative office by having government staff perform work related to his capacity as state Democratic Party chairman, specifically to recruit personnel for some Monmouth County government jobs. According to…

Volunteers Help Empower Rape Victims

ELIZABETH—Michelle calls it the day that changed her life. Three years ago, the Summit resident saw a flyer at her local grocery store, asking for volunteers to serve at the Union County Rape Crisis Center. The idea struck a chord…

New Jersey Faces Blood Shortage

STATE—Bracing for a sharp seasonal drop in the blood supply, New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is appealing to all eligible persons to donate blood in January, designated National Blood Donor Month. January is always a critical time of the year…

Vella Trial Begins Next Week

ELIZABETH—A close political associate of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will begin a criminal trial in federal court with jury selection starting Monday, Jan. 12 before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton. Ray Vella, 32, of Elizabeth, owner of…

Special Delivery

  Special Delivery—Solymar Herrera, daughter of Edith Fass and Antonio Herrera of Perth Amboy, was the first baby of the New Year born at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Solymar, the couple’s fourth child, arrived at 12:44 a.m. on Jan. 1,…

Fallen Firefighter Remembered At Funeral

ELIZABETH – More than 1,000 firefighters and law enforcement officers assembled for Monday’s funeral for Elizabeth firefighter Gary Stephens. The 28-year veteran was struck by a fire truck after he responded to an early-morning call on Jan. 2. Firefighters from…