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Resto's Closing, Pastor's Retirement Top Local News

A look at the week's top stories in Madison.

Resto, the restaurant on Main Street in Madison opened four years ago by chef Robert Ubhaus, is closing and will serve its last dinner on Sunday, Sept. 2, Ubhaus announced in a letter to customers.

The Rev. Dr. Charles H. Smith served as pastor of a West Virginia church during the civil rights movement, No. 2 leader of the NAACP in the 1980s and then as an aide to Sen. John Glenn during Glenn's bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination before coming to the First Baptist Church of Madison.

A regional maintenance crew has trimmed trees at a crosswalk in front of Madison Junior School where students have been hit by cars in previous years to increase the visibility of signs there, and the state Department of Transportation conducted a field investigation to determine if any other safety upgrades are called for, a DOT spokesman said.

A new service window was installed in the Madison High School cafeteria to accommodate more students under the school's new block schedule and workers undertook a long overdue partial roof replacement at Central Avenue School, Board of Education President Lisa Ellis said.

Project Community Pride, a nonprofit, family-centered counseling program that works with the police departments and schools to prevent juvenile delinquency in Madison, Florham Park and Chatham, is holding a car raffle this year to raise funds.

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