Brush fire burns 7 acres near Crystal Springs park By daniel walsh EAST BRUNSWICK — A brush fire tore through nearly 10 acres of a wooded area adjacent to the Crystal Springs Aquatic Center last Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the 911 call at 1:54 p.m. and found the fire already spreading quickly in heavy …

Public adds two cents on Comcast renewal If approved, the contract would last at least 10 years By Jennifer micale SOUTH RIVER — Will the borough tune in with Comcast Cablevision of New Jersey for the next 10 years? This is the question borough officials will be pondering as they enter into the final stages …

East Brunswick library hires assistant director By daniel walsh EAST BRUNSWICK — The public library has hired a new assistant director to replace current library director Jason Stone. Cheryl O’Connor assumed her new role at the library this month after spending nine years working for a regional library cooperative. O’Connor fills the position left vacant …

Top Fuel vs. Funny Car in match race at Raceway Park Nitro Cars will be making their first appearance at Raceway Park in more than 15 years on Sunday as part of the Old Bridge race track’s annual March Meltdown. Making the Nitro Cars reappearance even more exciting will be the rare and seldom seen …

Penney’s will not close N.J. stores EAST BRUNSWICK — The J.C. Penney Co. Inc. will not close any of its New Jersey department stores as it seeks to restructure after a fourth quarter net loss of 8 cents per share and to save $530 million. Several weeks ago, the J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Plano, Texas, …

E. Brunswick veterinarian to appeal July conviction Appellate Division will hear appeal on April 14 By daniel walsh EAST BRUNSWICK — A local veterinarian will appeal his July conviction on 14 counts of cruelty to animals. The Appellate Division of the state Superior Court will hear the appeal of East Brunswick veterinarian Dr. Howard Baker …

Second-grade students der=0 bgcolor=”#D0D0D0″> Second-grade students at Central School in East Brunswick stand up to be counted during a Census 2000 program with U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) on Monday. JACKIE POLLACK

Borough mourns death of well-liked resident SOUTH RIVER — Last Thursday, the borough lost a well-liked resident after a walk home took a tragic turn. According to the authorities, John Harvey, 47, of Lisa Drive, left the South River Pub on Main Street at approximately 11 p.m. on March 4. Two and a half hours …

Training facility proposal goes before zoning board By daniel walsh Staff Writer EAST BRUNSWICK — After weeks of speculation on the fate of a proposed heavy equipment training facility, the Zoning Board of Adjustment held its first public hearing before a packed municipal court room. On Thursday nearly 100 residents turned out to hear the …

E.B. library continues foreign film festival The East Brunswick Library, Jean Walling Civic Center, will continue its Spring Foreign Film Festival on April 4 with 1:30 and 8 p.m. showings of The Eel, a 1998 Japanese suspense-drama. Released from prison eight years after murdering his wife and her lover in a jealous rage, an embittered …