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…

Two Charged In Perth Amboy Murder

PERTH AMBOY – Two men were charged last week in the fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old man near the Perth Amboy waterfront in June. Fulgencio G. Monasterio of Carteret and Bernaldo Martinez of Perth Amboy were charged with the June…

Linden Students Celebrate Chinese New Year

LINDEN—Linden School No. 4 celebrated Chinese New Year as part of the world language Chinese class.  All of the second-graders wore red shirts, a special color for the New Year’s celebration. “Red is a lucky color in China,” said Qinying…

Not Even Much Cheaper Gas Drove Us to Drive More

HAMILTON – Mirroring the national trend, New Jersey motorists drove more than 2.3 billion fewer miles from January through November 2008 compared to the same period a year earlier, registering 361 million fewer miles in November alone. Much cheaper gas…

Economic Freedom Is The Best Cure For Recession

By Lawrence J. McQuillan As Americans buckle down for what could be a severe recession, many state governments are scrambling to find ways to keep their economies afloat. Unfortunately, when it comes to economic freedom—a major component of a state’s…

Family Finances: Budget-Stretching Ideas

(NAPSI)-Cutting expenses might be easier than you imagine. A few simple tips and tools can help you get the most out of your money: • Feel the urge to go shopping? First, clean your closets. Separate clothes into piles to…

Super Scholar-Athletes

  Super Scholar-Athletes—On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Susan Swenson, director of college counseling at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, announced that Christopher Georgevich of Elizabeth and Ariana Lyons of Plainfield were named school winners in the Wendy’s Heisman High School Award…