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Citizens Vow to Fight Against Closure of Muhlenberg Hospital

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PARKING UP THE WRONG TREE...Business and property owners came en masse to the Westfield Town Council meeting, Tuesday, to implore the council to reconsider raising tickets for overtime parking meters from $20 to $32. Those in attendance spoke about three facets of the current parking situation - a lack of parking spaces, fines that are too high and enforcement that is too aggressive. At top left is current Finance Policy Committee Chairman Sal Caruana. At top right is Gregory Wyn-Williams, owner of Baron's Drug Store. For more photos, see

Editorial: Mother's Day Gestures of Love and Thanks Should Be Extended Throughout the Year...Each year in the United States we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, a day on which we pay tribute to those women who shape our lives in so many ways - as nurturer, teacher, friend, role model and confidante - and influence us perhaps more than anyone else in who we become as we mature.

Editorial: Common Sense Is a Great Instrument of Compassion...Why is Muhlenberg Hospital closing? The simple answer is that too few patients are paying their bills. For years, Muhlenberg has been providing health care to those that don't (and/or can't) pay. The state has been subsidizing the hospital in an attempt to cover the shortfall. The amount of non-paying customers has grown. Coupled with that, the state is now broke.

A CARDINAL GETTING BANGED OUT AT SECOND...Blue Devil shortstop Sarah Connery puts the tag on Cardinal Leslie Villacis after a fine throw from catcher Christine Feldbauer.

Sports: Raider, Devil Girls Place At UC Track & Field Relays; Blue Devil Boys Douse Coach, Win UC; Track Relay Crown; Blue Devils Finally Brush Off Clinging Cardinal Nine; Raider Softballers Rout East Side Girls; Blue Devil Heroux Explains How a Javelin Changed Him; Raiders Rip Dayton Bulldogs In UCT Baseball Opener; Cranford Cougar Boys Sting Blue Devil Laxers in OT; Softball Blue Devils Crumble 'House of Cardinals'  Photos

'Lest We Forget...'

THIS MEANS WAR: Symphony Performs Britten's "War Requiem" for First Time in County
High School Band Excites Spring Fling Crowd
MORE THAN 'OK': CDC Performs Oklahoma!
ISRAEL AT 60:  Symphony Celebrates Anniversary at Temple Emanu-El
SWINGS FOR THE FENCES: Former WF Resident Pens Children's Baseball Book
GREEK SEAFOOD: Celebrate Mother's Day at Limani
IMITATING LIFE: Realtor's Art Reflects Her Day Job
MOVIES IN MAY: Features Best in Local Cinema

INTENSE...Approximately 900 citizens met at Plainfield High School Tuesday night to protest and let state legislators know how they feel about the closing of Muhlenberg Hospital.

Devil's Den: Good, Bad and Ugly: From '50s to Present

Leaders Must Learn To 'Lead from the Side'

Government Reform Thought: Some people in the State of New Jersey believe they are entitled to free health care, and that they can go to hospitals without paying. Some of these individuals include illegal aliens. Hospitals are closing and going bankrupt. We request that all state leaders and the Governor to issue a clear statement as to what the entitlements are, and who is to pay for entitlements that may exist.  See Year-to-date Reform Thoughts.

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