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May 3, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Through two recent fundraising initiatives, members of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School community have extended their efforts to give back beyond South Plainfield.  From March 28 through April 14, an annual school-wide fundraiser sponsored by the student council to ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- With the Borough of Chatham Council deadlocked at 3-3, Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz was called on to break the tie and chose the 15 100% Affordable Housing plan for the redevelopment of Post Office Plaza at a Special Meeting held Monday night.  In a separate vote, the council ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Felicia Gomez came to live as a squatter in a Coral Springs house last summer. She was 18, pregnant, and sleeping in a car with her boyfriend outside the Party City store in Coral Springs when a man named John offered them a place to live in a house with no electricity or ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- Employees at the Starbucks on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton Township voted on Monday to become the second location in New Jersey to join the Workers United labor union according to the New Jersey AFL-CIO.  The Starbucks in Hopewell similarly voted to join the union ...

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PATERSON, NJ – In celebration of Eid al-Fitr, Mayor Andre Sayegh and his family hosted a block party on Monday. Community members were invited to enjoy halal food donated from Toros, music, a bounce house, rock climbing and more. “We want to celebrate everyone,” Sayegh said. “We [him and his ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Relay for Life, Warren County held its annual event Saturday, April 30 at Walter’s Park in Phillipsburg, NJ. Celebrating 25 years of relaying, groups and individuals throughout Warren County gathered to relay and join together to raise funds, create awareness, and team up to make ...

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A Hasbrouck Heights Police Officer used newly implemented training to recently help a man in crisis. On Saturday, April 23 at approximately 8:47 pm, Hasbrouck Heights Officers Brian Donohue and Paul Albanese were called to a Boulevard establishment on a report of a male ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — For several years now, Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons have been regular visitors to Rahway High School (RHS). They returned this year once again, on Tuesday, April 26, to share their story about the Seton Hall Fire of 2000. The event was cosponsored by RHS and the Rahway Fire ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The champion Sparta High School girls basketball team was recognized with a proclamation at the township council meeting on Tuesday night. They were also given Sparta Township challenge coins. "The Sparta Basketball team and their coaching staff were deeply honored to accept the ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- Bordentown Township Police Chief Brian Pesce has pleaded not guilty after being arrested for suspected drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident in Hamilton Township last week. The Hamilton Township Police Division told TAPinto that officers were dispatched to the ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Two people known to be squatters of a house in Coral Springs were arrested this week after breaking into cars about six blocks away, according to police report and neighbors. Police arrested Gage Smith, 21, and Felicia Gomez, 19 shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday as they ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ -- After Michelle Lodzinski reported that her five-year-old son Timothy Wiltsey vanished from a Sayreville carnival in 1991, detectives embarked on a decades-long investigation until a family member identifies a key piece of evidence pointing to a potential suspect. An all-new ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has a new fire chief following the retirement last week of Chief Anthony Tiller. Chief Michael Duelks took the oath of office at Tuesday’s town council session. Duelks is the 12th chief to serve the town, said acting Mayor Mark Parmelee. “He’s been part of the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — It has been 22 years since a fire in the Boland residence hall at South Orange's Seton Hall University claimed the lives of three freshman — Aaron Karol, Frank Caltabilota and John Giunta. But two survivors of the deadly blaze, who suffered severe burns that morning trying to ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – A Phillipsburg Police officer has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after a cyber-tip led to a search warrant and possession of pictures and videos containing Child Sexual Abuse Material. Gary A. Ricker, Jr. from Phillipsburg has been charged in connection ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The current top two students at Dwyer Technology Academy have made history, as both the young women have been accepted into Ivy League schools. The young students’ accomplishments also mark the first Ivy League School acceptance the high school has received.  Senior Fiza Shakeel ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – The bravery and initiative displayed April 1 by Roxbury Patrolman Brad Keyes when he thwarted a carjacking in progress was a stunning act of heroism, said his boss on Tuesday. In fact, Roxbury Police Chief Dean Adone said he’s never seen anything like it in his two decades in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An elementary school music teacher who brightens his students’ days, Benjamin Norkus is among the Westfield Public Schools staff members who will be looking for other employment following the elimination of approximately 24 positions district wide to help plug a $2.3 million budget ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Peace Islands Institute NJ, a non-profit organization based in Hasbrouck Heights, hosted a Ramadan interfaith iftar dinner at Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley on Saturday, April 23. Two or three representatives from the institute joined the congregation’s members at each table in ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A developer’s request to be included in the Township of Livingston’s settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) in order to build two residential apartment buildings with a total of 380 units, including affordable housing units, at 550 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Members of The Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of the Northeastern United States traveled to Piscataway High School on Sunday for their Fifth Annual Vesak Day Celebration. The first time ever held in Piscataway, Vesak Day, the most important day for Buddhists around the ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Never had a good, old-fashioned shrimp boil?  Well, now's your chance because the Twisted Crab eatery opened today in East Brunswick.  A shrimp boil?  That's a bunch of shell-on shrimp (with or without heads!) with some corn on the cob and red potatoes in a sloppy, wonderful ...

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  WARREN, NJ –The Warren Township Planning Board on Monday approved The Hills at Warren, a 192-unit housing complex, at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Emerson Lane, at exit 40 just north of I 78. The site is bordered by I-78 on the south, Emerson Lane on the north, Hillcrest Road on the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When music, film and television star Queen Latifah decided to invest in a development project in her native city of Newark, she envisioned a development she could live in and dedicate her full efforts towards. “Queen Latifah should be able to live in the city she was born in,” she ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Darren Groh, the longest-serving Chatham High School Principal since Chatham Borough and Chatham Township became one district in 1988, has resigned to become the Superintendent of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional School District, it was announced at the Chatham Board of Education ...

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WAYNE, NJ – A resolution was passed during the last town council meeting authorizing the sale of three parcels of land to Passaic County for their use in an upcoming road project on Oldham Road. Two of the parcels of land are located at the ends of Oldham Road where it meets Central Ave and ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Schools Supt. Dr. Lisa Antunes at Monday night's meeting, four months after she took a leave of absence which came in the midst of an internal audit of school finances, which broadened into an investigation by the Somerset County ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As it approves its budget for the 2022-23 academic year on Tuesday, the Board of Education will be faced with also authorizing the elimination of nearly two dozen positions in academics, the arts and secretarial services. Background. School officials told the board last month ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL –  Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement last week that he was getting rid of special taxing districts as part of a dispute with Walt Disney Co. is creating uncertainly for one of those districts in Coral Springs that handles drainage and flood protection for an area with more than ...

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GLEN ROCK, NJ - An international Dublin-based company announced it will bring its U.S. headquarters to the borough bringing an investment of $126 million and 100 new jobs, with another 800 jobs projected to come. The announcement came through Governor Phil Murphy who is in Dublin wooing Irish ...

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