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Pep Rallies Return to ALJ

May 16, 2022

CLARK, NJ – Recently, Arthur L. Johnson High School held its seasonal pep rally to cheer on its Spring athletes. It was momentous because it was the first indoor pep rally since the start of Covid. Everyone at ALJ was looking forward to restarting the tradition. 

The students filled up the bleachers with happiness and excitement, each grade ready to show off the most spirit and ...

ALJ Hosts Take Your Child to Work Day

CLARK, NJ - The pitter-patter of little feet is not something one hears at Arthur L. Johnson High School very often. The exception is on Bring Your Child to Work Day, which is very popular with teachers, staff and administrators at the school.

All day long, young children assisted their parents in the classroom, handing out work, collecting assignments, even participating in ...

Jon Spricigo Named ALJ's April 2022 Student of the Month

CLARK NJ- Jon Spricigo was named the April Student of the Month for Arthur L. Johnson High School based on his academic performance and school participation. 

Spricigo has committed to attend The College of New Jersey where he plans to major in astrophysics.

“I will be majoring in astrophysics because I enjoyed learning about it during my junior year in AP Physics 1,” ...

ALJ Travelers Spend Their Last Days in Rome Before Returning to the US

ROME, ITALY – They say that all roads lead to Rome and that is exactly where ALJ travelers spent their last two days before their return to the United States.

Walking over 25,000 steps, they began their tour at the iconic colosseum, followed by the Forum. Their guide was able to get entry to a new exhibit displaying the twin Roman temples.

The group continued to the presidential ...

Clark's ALJ Travelers Explore Naples, Pompeii, and Capri in Latest Journey

CAPRI, ITALY - On Tuesday the ALJ international travelers boarded a high-speed train known as the Feccia Rossa ( mred arrow in English) from Florence to Naples where they continue their journey by luxury bus.

One of their first stops was a local pizza restaurant in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. They enjoyed an afternoon touring the nearby ancient city of Pompeii which was destroyed by the ...

Next Stop... Florence as ALJ Students Traverse Italy

FLORENCE, ITALY - The intrepid ALJ travelers arrived in Florence on Easter Sunday. After checking in at the Hotel California, they began two whirlwind days in the birthplace of the Renaissance.

After a two-hour tour which included the world-famous Duomo, Baptistry, Ponte Vecchio, and the designer district, the group visited the Accademia and Michelangelo’s David.

In the evening, the ...

ALJ High School Students Sojourn in Venice: A First Stop in Their Tour of Italy

Clark, NJ: “When in Rome . . .” has become a catch phrase without even having the ending “Do as the Romans do.” Students from Arthur L. Johnson High School are taking up that age old adage as they enjoy a ten day trip to Italy.

Led by Mr. Fredy Reyes and Mrs. Alessandra Bonacchi, the trip started in Venice and will head to Florence, Sorrento, and Rome ...

ALJ Honors Sarah Scepkowski as April Crusader of the Month

CLARK NJ– Sarah Scepkowski is Arthur L. Johnson High School’s April Crusader of the Month. She has earned this honorable title by exemplifying educational and athletic excellency. 

Scepkowski is in her senior year of high school, and so her commitment to a college is just around the corner. She has applied to Sacred Heart University, The College of New Jersey, Fairfield ...


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New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

May 16, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

Union County Commissioners Defend One of Their Own in Race For Surrogate

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County commissioners defended the qualifications of Vice Commissioner Chair Christopher Hudak in his race for county surrogate after a resident speaking at Thursday’s board meeting demanded Hudak withdraw his candidacy.

Surrogates administer the legal process which takes place after residents of a county die individually owning assets in New Jersey. They also ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Captures Euro Challenge Win

WATCHUNG – Kathleen Brennan, Math Department Chairperson at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, reported that the Mount's Euro Challenge team edged out four other finalists in the competition on May 19th. Their topic was Gender Inequality in Germany. 

The sophomore presenters included: Zoe Daly of Piscataway, Victoria Fekete of Livingston, Lillian Del Rossi of Union, ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Union County Clerk Offers Saturday Hours for Voters to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Person

May 20, 2022

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that the County Clerk’s Elections Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for extended hours on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for anyone seeking to obtain a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the 2022 Primary Election. The extended hours are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.

The Primary Election will be held on ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 21, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...