Early Perth Amboy History

By Diane Norek Harrison PERTH AMBOY-In honor of Perth Amboy’s 325th Anniversary here is some early history of the city. This column is from material given to me a while back by readers Rose (Tarloski) and Jerry Celecki: Perth Amboy…

Pension Reforms Delayed!

By Michael M. Shapiro On June 23, the New Jersey State Legislature enacted several reforms to the state’s pension system which are still awaiting Gov. Corzine’s signature to make them into law. The reforms include raising the retirement age from…

New Affordable Housing Law Will Have Long-Term Benefits

By Assemblyman Joseph Vas Next week, the Legislature will return to Trenton to continue tackling many of the important issues facing New Jersey. Like my colleagues, I have no intention of resting on the laurels of our recent accomplishments of…

“Elegy” — Sings of Love and Death — 3 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic After seeing a bevy of summer blockbusters the movie equivalent of cigarette-smoking teenagers exchanging profanities in a littered 7-11 parking lot, director Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” seems an artistic oasis. At last, a quiet…

New Jersey Prepares for Tropical Storm Hanna

TRENTON – The Corzine Administration in conjunction with The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) today issued a reminder that New Jersey residents and visitors should remain prepared for storm-related emergencies with the approach of Tropical Storm Hanna. NJOEM,…

Colonia Man Pleads “Not Guilty” In Cop’s Death

NEW BRUNSWICK—A 23-year-old Colonia man wept and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter during his arraignment before a Superior Court judge last week. Sean McGuirk is charged in the death of Perth Amboy police officer Thomas Raji, who was fatally…

Carteret Council Expands Sewer Rebate Program

CARTERET—Mayor Dan Reiman joined with Public Works Commissioner Iris Colon last week to announce that the borough’s popular “Senior Sewer Rebate” program has been expanded to include veterans and disabled residents. Through the program, qualifying residents may apply for a…

State Offers Assistance To Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

UNION COUNTY—Individual grants from $2,500 to $5,000, and grants to re-start businesses from $5,000 to $10,000, are available to help veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF/Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  The grants were established by Governor Jon Corzine in…

Woodbridge Announces “Live Where You Work Program”

WOODBRIDGE – Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) Executive Director Marge Della Vecchia joined Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Commissioner Joseph Doria last week at 239 Wall Street, a 3-bedroom home in the Menlo Park…