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Archive for March, 2011

SUBPOENAS! (updated)

Posted by edison1205 on March 28, 2011

The Star-Ledger is reporting that the FBI has served subpoenas on 4 Edison officials about “two people who sued the township under a prior administration.”

Link here.

A copy of the subpoena can be found as an attachment to this letter.

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Edison High School Choir to host fundraiser for competition trip

Posted by edison1205 on March 28, 2011

EDISON, NJ: The Edison High School Choir will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7p.m. at the Edison High School choir room in Edison, New Jersey. The Edison High School Choir is raising money to fly to Chicago, Illinois to compete in “Festivals of Music National Choir Competition.”

The fundraiser will consist of a concert featuring Edison High School alumni, Justin Pollinger, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, and Community Theatre favorites Joseph Nelan and Ali Gleason as well as members of the Edison High School Choir. The performers will take part in a compilation of musical theatre solos, duets, trios, and ensemble pieces. Refreshments will be offered as well as fun games and prizes, all in exchange of a $5 donation per person. Groups of 10 get discounted rate of $4 per person.

“I’m happy to be back in my second home, and help raise funds for the choir,” says Justin Pollinger, of Edison High School’s 2007 class. “It is going to be a couple of hours of fun and entertainment, musical theatre, a performance from the choir, refreshments, and games! What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?” Patricia Vazquez, fundraiser coordinator states, “It’s a family event, both adults and children will have a great time!”

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Nine candidates file for Board of Education seats

Posted by edison1205 on March 9, 2011

The following people have filed petitions seeking the three open seats on the Board of Education this year:

William F. Brunner
Arthur Esposito
Anu Garrison
Frank Heelan
Anthony F. Massaro
Gene I. Maeroff (inc.)
Sapana Shah
William H. Van Pelt (inc.)
Lois Yukna

Incumbent Aimee Szilagyi did not file a petition seeking re-election. The vote will be held on April 27. If you need to register to vote or get a mail-in ballot for this election, please follow the links on the right.

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Spicuzzo charged with misconduct, resigns as MCDO chair

Posted by edison1205 on March 7, 2011

Joe Spicuzzo, the long-time Middlesex County sheriff who left the post last year after 30 years on the job, was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint today with pattern of official misconduct and bribery.  Each charges carries a maximum of sentence of 10 years in prison, with a five-year minimum.

The charges allege that

on two or more occasions from 2007 to 2008, while serving as county sheriff, Spicuzzo demanded that different individuals pay him bribes in return for him appointing them as new sheriff’s investigators or promoting them within the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s officers are hired through the civil service system, but sheriff’s investigators are appointed by the sheriff. It is alleged that Spicuzzo solicited and accepted individual bribes of up to $25,000 from new hires for investigator positions. He allegedly took bribes totaling at least $50,000.

By early afternoon, Spicuzzo resigned his position as chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, a position he had held for 16 years.  Helen Gottlieb of Edison, the vice-chair, has assumed leadership of the organization.

The press release from the Attorney General’s office announcing the charges can be found here.

Star-Ledger coverage of the developments can be found here and here.

The charges and allegations against Spicuzzo contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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