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Police remind residents to lock vehicles
With the warmer weather, North Brunswick police say they see an increase in crimes of opportunity with vehicle burglaries a top target. Police urge residents roll up windows, lock their car doors and remove all valuables including money and loose change, debit and credit cards, cell phones, iPads, laptop computers, wallets, GPS and holders, charging cords, prescription drugs, jewelry, garage remotes and keys. Car burglaries are on the rise lately, and in each case it seems the vehicle was left unsecured. The areas most recently affected are Society Hill, North Oaks Boulevard, and along the neighborhoods adjacent to Route 130 nearest Route 1. All entries have been during the overnight hours. Residents are urged to report suspicious persons to police.
Cadets sought for Youth Police Academy
Applicants are being accepted for the 17th annual Rahway Youth Police Academy running daily 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 to 30. The program is open to city residents ages 11 to 15. Parental consent is required to participate. The program, designed to operate like a police academy for those interested in law enforcement, includes activities such as fitness training and military drills. Topics to be covered include: crime scene investigation, radar, driving while intoxicated and accident investigation, fingerprinting, water safety, Sheriff’s Office canine demonstration, patrol procedures, motor vehicle stops and physical fitness training. Uniform shirts will be provided. Applications can be obtained at www.rahwaypolice.com.
Barboza and Fant join board
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable homeownership opportunities and builds homes in partnership with families and communities, has two new board members. With the appointments, Nuno Barboza and Neil Fant join the organization as it begins construction of three new homes in Somerset County. Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 50 affordable homes in Hunterdon and Somerset counties since its founding 25 years ago. Barboza, an executive at Johnson & Johnson, has an extensive background in leading IT groups across Europe and the USA. Fant has served on Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee for more than two years. Visit www.rvhabitat.org or call 908-704-0016.
Tax Day recognized in Plainfield
Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield will be the site of a Community Unity Rally, Voter Registration Drive and Tax March on Plainfield from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15. The rally is being organized by an all-volunteer, grass roots committee and is nonpartisan. The City of Plainfield, dubbed the Queen City, has been chosen in the hopes that people of similar social and political goals will cross the suburban/urban, racial and socio-economic lines people often do not cross. Mayor Adrian Mapp will open the rally and welcome the crowd to the city. Invitations to speak have been issued to all gubernatorial candidates, as well as organizational leaders in the arenas of transparency in government, freedom of the press, social justice, education, healthcare and immigration. Confirmed speakers include gubernatorial candidates Jim Johnson, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22nd), state Sen. Raymond Lesniak and the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic lunch. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. To RSVP to the free event, visit www.taxmarchplainfield.org.
Clinton Township police blotter
On April 8, Christopher Whalen, 25, of Annandale, was charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped by police for not wearing a seatbelt while driving a motor vehicle on Center Street, police said. On April 10, Thomas Cooper-Zapata, 27, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was charged with speeding, driving while suspended, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop on Allerton Road East and Route 31, police said. On April 11, Rachel Fister, 22, of Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, was charged with driving while suspended, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Route 31, police said.
Joan Arbeiter exhibit extended
“Friends and Neighbors,” a solo show of life-size paintings and drawings by painter, arts education and Metuchen resident Joan Arbeiter, which began March 5, has been extended through May 13 at the Metuchen Public Library. According to the artist, each painting and drawing is a reflection of a collaboration and unfolding relationship with her subject. Arbeiter’s work has been seen in more than 130 solo and group exhibits and is in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum and The Ms Foundation, Rutgers Institute of Health and in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Arbeiter received her BA from Brooklyn College and her MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute. An art educator for many years, she is an author, lecturer, consultant, juror and curator as well as founding member of Ceres Gallery, and a member of The Varo Registry and ARTTABLE. For more information, go to Metuchenlibrary.org. For Library Gallery accessibility, call 732-632-8526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QuickChek is Generation Z’s favorite
Generation Z — those ages 18 to 24 — values low prices, fast service, and food and beverage customization more than any other generation, so much so that 41 percent purchase prepared foods from convenience stores. QuickChek, the Whitehouse Station-based fresh convenience market chain, came in first in a recent national survey according to Technomic’s Generational Trend Report. Nearly two-thirds of recent Generation Z customers gave QuickChek an excellent rating, putting it in first place. The company was cited for the roll out of their new mobile app which allows consumers to place orders for custom-made sandwiches, subs, wraps, salads and breakfast items from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. QuickChek received a score of 65.1 percent to come out on top in the survey. The RaceTrac or RaceWay brands came in second with a score of 56.9 percent. Sheetz was third with a score of 54.9, Wawa was fourth at 51.0 and QuikTrip fifth at 46.9. Visit www.quickchek.com.
Immigration attorneys report back
Laurie Woog, Cynthia Marques Russo, Sheila Moreira and Milena Wilson, local members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), traveled to Washington with their chapter and other state delegations, visiting Congressional offices to make the case for a much-needed overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and to share examples of how immigrants make a positive contribution to the state. On April 6, the chapter members visited the offices of most of New Jersey’s senators and representatives, including local reps Leonard Lance and Bonnie Watson-Coleman. The representatives or their staffers discussed their positions on various immigration issues. At each meeting, the chapter shared examples of real immigrants contributing to our community, and highlighted ways our laws could be reformed to increase our shared safety and prosperity. Visit www.aila.org.
Edison AARP Chapter 3446 to meet
Edison AARP Chapter 3446 will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 17. The meeting will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish Center on Franklin Avenue in Fords. Jamie Novak will present a program on early spring de-cluttering. Upcoming events: April 18, day trip, “Easter Parade with the GB’s,” comedy/dancing/luncheon, Stony Hill Inn, Hasbrouck Heights, call Mary Ann at 732-287-3659 for information and reservations. All trips are open to the public. Eyeglasses, as well as various items for local hospitals, nursing homes and MCFOODS will be collected at the meeting. Visit www.edisonaarp.org.
Christie thanks NJ 211
Gov. Chris Christie took to the podium at the NJ 211 call center on April 6. First introduced in the governor’s State of the State address on Jan. 10, ReachNJ provides those with an addiction a clear path to recovery. Christie visited NJ 211 to thank the community resource specialists who he said, are the “voice of hope” as they respond to inquiries for help from people and families suffering with addiction. The governor also announced the expansion of the ReachNJ campaign, which promotes lifesaving treatment and services to families and individuals fighting addiction. If you or someone you know needs help with addiction, call 844-ReachNJ (844-732-2465). Visit www.nj211.org or reachnj.gov.
Foundation announces $2.6M in grants
At its first board meeting of the year, the Morristown-based Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 57 grants totaling $2,692,000 to nonprofit organizations whose work in the arts, education, environment and informed communities impact citizens throughout the state for a better New Jersey.
Grantees from Central Jersey include:
American Repertory Ballet (New Brunswick, Middlesex County): $10,000 to provide operational support for ARB company and programming.
Discovery Orchestra (Warren, Somerset County): $20,000 for interactive, live and media programs and curriculum materials to help develop listening skills that connect participants with classical music.
George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick, Middlesex County): $60,000 to support George Street Playhouse’s world-class mainstage theater productions and arts education programs.
Hunterdon Land Trust (Flemington, Hunterdon County): $30,000 general operating support to preserve land, steward resources, engage the public, and promote a rural economy in the Hunterdon County region.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation (Far Hills, Morris County): $100,000 general operating support to preserve New Jersey’s land and natural resources through advocacy, land acquisition, stewardship and education and to support the statewide land trust network.
Printmaking Center of New Jersey (Branchburg, Somerset County): $15,000 to support programs for artists, children and general public.
Raritan Headwaters Association (Gladstone, Somerset County): $20,000 general operating support to protect clean water in the North and South Branch regions of the Raritan River.
Roxey Ballet Company (Lambertville, Hunterdon County): $22,500 to support Roxey Ballet performances, education initiatives and community outreach.
A listing of all grants awarded is at www.grdodge.org/about-us/featured-news/announcing-our-first-grants-of-2017/first-round-of-grants/, and more details can be found on the organization’s online grants database at www.grdodge.org/what-we-fund/search-grants/. For more information on the Dodge Foundation and its grantmaking, visit www.grdodge.org.
Annual Charity Luncheon on April 18
The East Brunswick Women’s Club Annual Charity Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 18, at the VFW, Cranbury Road. All are welcomed to attend. The cost is a minimum of $10 donation, plus a covered dish. Reservations are required. Call Sylvia at 732-238-1443 or Beth at 732-238-0017 for reservations and information. All profits for the event will go toward the GFWC two year project Prevent Child Abuse. There will also two speakers from the organization. Visit www.eastbrunswick.org/content/198/221/401.aspx.
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