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…

Thieves Target Truck Fuel Tanks

UNION COUNTY – The high price of diesel fuel is making the contents of tucks’ fuel tanks an attractive target for area thieves. Last week, thieves siphoned off 160 gallons of diesel fuel from the tanks of three trucks parked…

Linden Church Dedicates New Addition

LINDEN – The congregation of the Reformed Church of Linden recently celebrated the dedication of the new handicapped-accessible addition to the church during a worship service of praise and thanksgiving. The new elevator with a street level entrance on North…

Clark Plans CERT Training Program

CLARK—The Township of Clark is planning on holding another Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program in the fall, if there is sufficient interested. The township has previously conducted four classes for the general public and one class for various teachers…