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January 21, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - Jack Ciattarelli returned to the elementary school where he learned his ABCs and penmanship as a young boy Tuesday to make it official - he is a candidate for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination in the 2021 June Primary, and he is the man to fix New Jersey. There will be other ...

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PATERSON, NJ -  Scholars can’t learn if they are hungry, it’s difficult to concentrate if they had a family issue before arriving for their first class of the morning, and the lack of fresh and laundered school clothes can bring unwelcome attention.  These are just a few of the obstacles to ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ — A fast-developing downtown won’t be the only thing buzzing in the City of Hackensack this spring. There may be a lot more actual bees. City Manager Ted M. Ehrenburg said he will prepare a sample resolution for the governing body’s review at the city’s next council meeting next ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jonathan Holloway, who has bravely blazed an uncharted trail across the highest ranks of academia, was hired Tuesday as Rutgers University's first black president. Holloway, who was approved Tuesday in a joint meeting of the university's board of governors and trustees, ...

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PARAMUS, NJ — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?” On Martin Luther King Day — the week following what would have been the lauded civil rights activist’s 63rd birthday — more than 700 middle school students ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers officials have called for a joint meeting of its boards of governors and trustees Tuesday morning to install Jonathan Holloway as the first black president in the school’s 254-year history. To many of the African American leaders in the school and across the city, the ...

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NEW YORK, NY -- Shooting Heroin, starring Scotch Plains-based actor Garry Pastore, took home three of the top awards at the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival this past weekend: Best Supporting Actor (Pastore), Best Director (Spencer T. Folmar) and Best Picture.  Set in western Pennsylvania, Shooting ...

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Coach Darius Griffin said he saw “growth” and “confidence” in his Piscataway High School boys basketball team less than two weeks afte a close loss to South Brunswick, one of the top teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference. Since falling four games under .500 at that time ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick confirmed Monday that he is considering a run for governor. The longtime Westfield resident said he may run in 2021. It would follow his November 2019 win in the 21st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Union, Morris and ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – On Jan. 12, two Jersey City Police deputy chiefs, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, state Senator Joseph Pennacchio and area clergy spoke at an event designed for healing and reflection on the victims of the Jersey City shootings that took place Dec. 10, 2019. Hosted by the Pine Brook ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - As the community continues to mourn the loss of our neighbors Amanda Russo and her son, the spirit of community that is the hallmark of Nutley, rose like a phoenix from the ashes. The two were victims of a house fire on Jan 18, 2020.  The stories about neighbors helping neighbors ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury needs a new $15,000 utility vehicle for its park maintenance crews. Should it spend double to get one capable of clearing snow from the parks' paved paths? That was a question debated recently by the township Mayor and Council, a discussion that saw Roxbury Councilman Mark ...

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Anthony Ashnault was looking up to the rafters. His face was lit up by a gigantic smile as he clapped his hands. Friday, prior to its match with Cornell, Rutgers wrestling unveiled championship banners at the Rutgers Athletic Center for Ashnault and Nick Suriano, who won ...

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PATERSON, NJ - At 53 years old she may not be what is considered a “traditional” student, yet she was no less excited, her family no less proud, of the major academic accomplishment that she had achieved. On Tuesday Laura Norona, as well as nearly 350 of her classmates, graduated from Passaic ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury officials remain uninterested in joining other nearby towns in an “energy aggregation” program that would save residents money on their electric bills, a decision that might be based in part on a falsehood. Mount Arlington, Mine Hill, Wharton and Rockaway Borough are among ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Westfield man caught with over 4,000 child pornography files was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison, authorities said. Gregory L. Brown, 38, a resident of John Street, previously pled guilty to one count of first-degree possession of child pornography with the intent ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the arson suspect charged with burning down two 5-story buildings in downtown Bound Brook Sunday night will remain in jail until a pre-indictment conference in March. In his denial to release the suspect on bail, Superior Court Judge ...

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BAYONNE, NJ - The long awaited ferry service from Bayonne to Manhattan could start in September, according to city officials. Under a proposed agreement outlined by Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski Wednesday, the city would pay the lease and infrastructure improvements needed for the ...

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PARAMUS, NJ — The Garden Center at Denny Wiggers in Paramus was engulfed in flames early Wednesday night after a fire ignited in the nursery, causing extensive damage to the greenhouse and some of its contents.  The single-alarm blaze was contained inside the 75-by-25-foot greenhouse, located ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Not yet 6-feet-tall, two saplings on Boulevard stand in stark contrast to the tall, thick shade trees forming the forest canopy of the residential street. A builder planted the saplings in accordance with a court settlement that brought him reduced fines for cutting down trees on ...

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WAYNE, NJ – There are not many long-term residents of Wayne who haven’t heard of legendary PAL baseball and basketball coach, Al “Aly Cat” Robin. This spring, Robin will begin coaching his fiftieth year in a row as a baseball coach and is currently coaching his forty-third season as a basketball ...

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GLEN ROCK, NJ – Doing "what's best" for his family, Glen Rock High School Principal John Arlotta will retire as of July 1, 2020. After 37 years as an educator and nine years as Principal of Glen Rock High School, Arlotta leaves after Glen Rock High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury is one of four towns on Lake Hopatcong expected to provide "in-kind donations" of services that could help secure $750,000 to study ways of dealing with harmful algal blooms (HABs) on the lake. Word of the "in-kind donations" came in a press release from Morris County. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s no secret that the residents want more field space, and now a report commissioned by the local government details many ways the town can accomplish that. The Recreation Commission on Wednesday approved an extensive plan for its parks and fields that outlines $41.68 million ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local Scouts are helping to plan a memorial to honor the Westfield High School teenager who died in 2017 when she was hit by an off-duty state trooper driving on Central Avenue. Standing in Cub Scout uniform while a den leader held up a sign stating “Terry’s Lil’ Library,” pack ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- We've seen heartwarming videos on social media of service men and women returning from abroad and surprising their children when they return home. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, it was one of our very own neighbors, Capt. Patrick Moore, a U.S. Army reservist, who received hugs ...

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BOUND BROOK, NJ - Fortified by hundreds that have reached out to help, phone calls from the governor, a local businessman offering $10,000 to make things better and assurances from Somerset County officials that help is close at hand, Mayor Robert Fazen is determined to undo the damage to the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A former Union County Police Officer was sentenced to three years in state prison according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.   Blake Clay, 36, was convicted of theft, theft by deception and official misconduct at a jury trial in September of 2019. A Rahway ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An investigation into a controversial tweet from the official twitter account of the government entity managing the downtown business district has found that the widely circulated social media posting was “fabricated,” the mayor said. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Shelley ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – A record number of township-owned roads would be paved this year under a plan introduced Tuesday for consideration by the Roxbury Mayor and Council. If the plan is approved by the council, the township would spend almost $2.1 million to resurface about 8.5 miles of municipal ...

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