SOUTH AMBOY – With Police Chief James Wallis on medical leave for an undetermined amount of time, Police Captain Darren LaVigne has been named the city’s acting police chief, according to Mayor John T. O’Leary.
ELIZABETH—Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc. has been awarded a three year, $250,000 grant to support their “Santé Pour Tous/Health for All” project, which promotes health literacy among Haitian immigrants in Union County. The grant was awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its New Jersey Health Initiatives program.
CARTERET – Teens will soon have their own room with comfortable chairs, new computers and iPod docking stations at the Carteret Public Library.
CRANFORD—The Mountain Plains Mothers of Multiples will hold its Fall Swap n’ Sell on Saturday, Sept. 26. This bi-annual sale provides an opportunity to purchase gently used children’s clothing and shoes, toys, games, and other items at reasonable prices.
RAHWAY—On Thursday, Sept. 17, students at Grover Cleveland school in Rahway were treated to an assembly presented by The Music Shop. The store owner, Nick Marino, as well as Branislav Svitek, a teacher there, demonstrated flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola and cello.
SOUTH RIVER—In our busy everyday lives, it’s easy to just live through our days and never relate or even care that others may need us. There is a group that does care, and works very hard to aid those in need. That group is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
SOUTH ORANGE – Seton Hall men’s basketball head coach Bobby Gonzalez announced Friday the hiring of Colin Hampton as Coordinator of Basketball Operations to complete his 2009-10 staff.
LINDEN—A Halloween Pumpkin Painting Contest, sponsored by the Linden Halloween Committee and the Department of Public Property and Community Services, will give Linden students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades the chance to show off their creativity.
RAHWAY—On the evening of Sept. 17, Rahway High School hosted a freshman/sophomore parent meeting. During the meeting, representatives from the Guidance Office, as well as teachers and administrators, shared important information about navigating high school with success with parents.