Remembering the Past: Raritan Township Schools

By Diane Norek Harrison EDISON-This is from my own material dated 1882 when Edison Township was known as Raritan Township: Although the allotment of a portion of the common lands for the benefit of schools is evidence of the interest…

Remembering the Past: Readers’ Memories

RAHWAY-Before I begin my column, I would like to make a correction. In my July 10 column I had “Mary Haines delivered milk to the area.” It was my typo and should have read Marty Haines. (This has been corrected…

The Olympics Masked China’s Disdain for Human Rights

By:  Michael M. Shapiro The Beijing Olympics will be remembered for the stellar performances of Olympic athletes, from Michael Phelps to Usain Bolt.  It will also be memorialized for its top-flight athletic facilities and venues.  What may not be remembered,…

Lautenberg: “Duty” To Party?

STATE – New Jersey Republicans found little humor in a comment Sen. Frank Lautenberg apparently intended as a joke while being interviewed at the Democratic National Convention this week. During an ABC World News segment about parties hosted by lobbyists,…

City Mourns Fallen Police Officer

PERTH AMBOY – The city mourned a fallen police officer Monday. Officer Thomas Raji was killed in an early Friday morning car accident while he was transporting a prisoner. Raji’s body was carried to Holy Spirit Church on a horse-drawn…

Edison Switches School Bond Referendum Date

EDISON – After drawing extensive criticism from the township’s Jewish community, Edison school board officials agreed to change the date of next month’s school bond referendum to Dec. 9. The election was originally scheduled to fall on Rosh Hashanah, one…

Lesniak Calls For Turnpike, Parkway Toll Increase

STATE—Sen. Ray Lesniak is calling for a 50 percent increase in tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, but he says nothing will be done to reduce the state’s debt, now estimated to exceed $42 billion. “Any…