Police & Fire

New Jersey State Troopers Will Attempt to Stem Tide of Newark Homicides

April 19, 2014 at 3:17 AM

NEWARK, NJ - For the tens of thousands of commuters that work in Newark, the surge of homicides over the past year has not gone unnoticed. For workers and residents alike, concern over the 111 homicides in 2013, with increases each year dating back to 2009--when there were 79--grows daily.

At a press conference in Newark on Wednesday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced a new initiative called "TIDE-TAG" that will utilize New Jersey State Troopers, police officers and federal agents to patrol Newark and attempt to "stem the tide" of homicides. After a similar effort in Trenton last year, homicides fell from a high of 29 from January to mid-August, to eight for the rest of the year as the troopers began patrols.

The "TIDE" component of the program will focus primarily on Newark, but the "TAG" program will also extend throughout Essex County.

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The program will be funded through $2.2 million in state funds, Department of Justice grants and criminal forfeiture funds.

Prosecutors want to tighten up sentencing for gun crimes, imposing a 3.5-year minimum prison term even under a plea deal. Newark Police Director Sheilah Coley and Police Chief Ivonne Roman both vowed to increase the number of police officers patrolling the streets and to support the newly revived gang intervention initiative "Ceasefire," launched in 2010 by former Mayor Cory Booker after it had proved successful in Boston.

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Livingston Bowling's Allen Cai Named Livingston Athlete of the Week

January 15, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School bowling’s walk-on senior Allen Cai is named Dr. Michael Rieber’s Livingston Athlete of the Week for establishing himself as one of the best bowlers in the SEC's Colonial Division.

According to bowling coach Griff Hughes, Cai currently holds a 205 average, which is the third-best average in the division. He has also bowled ...

Montclair Residents Fill Buses Bound for Women's March on Washington

January 22, 2017

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Buses chartered by several organizations and individuals, including Montclair-based Blue WaveNJ left from the campus of Montclair High School at about 4:00 a.m. There was an air of excitement as ...

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

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January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

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It’s all about physical fitness. It’s what allows elite skiers to compete in the most extreme conditions and at their highest levels.  An obvious way to ensure your enjoyment and performance is with the appropriate level of strength, endurance and conditioning.

A balanced program focusing on aerobic fitness, strength training, core and balance is the way to get the most out of ...

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I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.


This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.


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