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October 9, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – To hide their assets from creditors, the owners of the former Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury set up “sham” trust accounts for their children then illegally, and with help from their lawyers, raided the trusts to pay mortgages and legal fees, according to a state grand jury. The ...

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WARREN, NJ -  “Fun Home, A Family Tragicomic” by Allison Bechtel, “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour, and “Speak No Evil” by Uzodinma Iweala were approved at the last meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education as the three options in the senior English unit on LGBTQ literature. The board voted ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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  ROXBURY, NJ – More than a half-century after 21-year-old Succasunna resident James Ohlinger was killed in Vietnam, the Army private was remembered today with the unveiling of an honorary street sign on the corner of Thor Drive and Reider Street. The “street blade” installation was the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A crawling hand, the likes of the Addams Family character, “Thing,” rests in the storefront of a spice shop on East Broad Street. A witch painted on the window of a coffee shop advertises a “haunted house” for sale. And spectacles are painted on pumpkins in an optician’s ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ – Information has surfaced about an investigation into Board of Education trustee Jeffrey Klein that predates the current and ongoing teacher ethics complaint dated May 2017. “The Board did retain an outside attorney to perform an investigation of allegations concerning Mr. Klein, ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School football team kept its winning streak alive as the Chiefs, No. 5 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated Perth Amboy, 46-6, Friday night in Perth Amboy. Joey Bellamy helped Piscataway jump out to a big 27-0 first quarter lead with an 18-yard touchdown pass ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Teachers and students in the Roxbury School District will be asked to step away from technology on four days this year during what the district is calling “tech-free days.” The goal of the initiative, in part, is to teach students how to develop enough will-power to resist the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The boy who scrawled a swastika into a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School showed off the symbol of hate to three other youths, two of whom are Jewish, the parent of one of those students said Friday. Nicole Damashek said the boy who etched the symbol into a bathroom panel led ...

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State suspends new laws governing microbreweries WESTFIELD, NJ – The suspension of more stringent state regulations for microbreweries received praise from state and local officials in a town where some say opportunities for imbibing have become scarce. The state Division of Alcoholic ...

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ROXBURY, NJ - Without much effort, you could have snuck right up to Craig Heard the other day as he worked on this year's version of his annual Halloween House display in Succasunna. But scaring him? Not likely. If the vast array of creepy-crawlies, skulls, pirates, ghosts, vampires and monsters ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka came out in support of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker after President Donald Trump said the former mayor “ran Newark, New Jersey into the ground.” Booker, a Democrat, was Newark's mayor from 2006 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has ...

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RARITAN TWP., N.J. – Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting was notable for a few reasons, not the least of which was the appointment of a new police chief. It was also notable because Township Committeeman Craig O’Brien was gaveled to silence and threatened with police action for remarks he made ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ - Four middle school teachers have filed a complaint against Board of Education trustee Jeffrey Klein for interfering with teacher classroom procedures, using his position to acquire benefits for a family member, and harassment and intimidation of staff. Klein, who is running for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents of Franklin Elementary School students learned Wednesday that a swastika was found etched on a panel in one of the school's restrooms that afternoon. “You can imagine our serious disappointment when we found that a student had etched a swastika on a panel in one of our ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The hate crimes of a few, aimed at a Hampton Township family will be met by the support of a community at a candlelight vigil planned for Thursday evening at 6 p.m. on the green in Newton. The vigil called Love Wins is being organized by area clergy.  “A hate crime that happens ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield unveiled new recycling opportunities at its conservation center Wednesday, including a partnership with Second Chance Toys, which collects plastic toys, cleans them and gives them local to organizations that serve children in need. New sheds, paid for with a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jackie Lieberman, publisher and owner of TAPinto Westfield, recently won second place for Online Breaking News — Daily in the Society of Professional Journalists’ statewide 2018 Spotlight Contest for a piece titled “Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully.” In January ...

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WARREN, NJ - Discussion of Warren Township’s state imposed obligation to build affordable housing invokes lyrics from a popular song, “ They paved Paradise to put up a parking lot.” While not a parking lot, the number of new homes to be built according to a settlement agreement Warren Township is ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- "Think about the courage it takes to say, 'I’m the most hated kid in school'." Anti-bullying advocate and founder of Mallory's Army Dianne Grossman addressed a sold-out crowd of 300 that included parents, school administrators, two police chiefs, and Scotch Plains ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ In September, the 180-acre Millington Quarry filed an application asking the Bernards Planning Board to split the property into two subdivisions, with the larger tract, at 129.48 acres, to be preserved to be "reasonably" developed in the future. But on Tuesday night -- when ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It’s getting harder to find a place to light up in town, and that’s what some officials want. After banning smoking in public parks in 2014 and extending that ban to include sidewalk cafes three years later, some Westfield officials are considering banning smoking at public ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Fred Criscitelli, who served as the mayor of Hawthorne from 1998-2005, passed away Monday.  Having fought a battle with cancer, Criscitelli leaves behind a legacy of community service and dedication to his borough. The former mayor's social media account had an outpouring of ...

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Juvenile Diabetes Can Be Be A Bear WESTFIELD, NJ – A fourth-grader at Jefferson School, Jack Hamel has his blood sugar tested by the school nurse daily. Each time he eats, the 10-year-old must take insulin shots. He has type 1, or juvenile, diabetes and hopes one day there will be a cure for ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - After nine months of discussion, prompted by the Parkland, Fla., shootings of Feb. 14, the Chatham Board of Education voted, 7-1, to authorize Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa to hire two gun-carrying Class III Officers for the district at its regular meeting Monday ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Three Ridge Baseball Club teams under that won state championships last summer have each been recognized by the Bernards Township Committee for their "impressive accomplishment and their extraordinary commitment to teamwork and sportsmanship." Resolutions outlining the ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Military veterans could have a free place to work out in Morris County thanks to a non-profit organization founded by a Roxbury High School graduate. The organization, Warrior Strong, is considering a Morris Plains site for a fitness center where veterans could be members for no ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity girls tennis team tied with Kent Place this week to split the Union County Championship.  “Winning the Union County Tournament means a lot to this group of seniors,” head coach Matt Varhley said. “They’ve worked really hard the last few years to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Typically, Westfield plays its best football in the second half of games, and that’s been the Blue Devils pattern for years. So when Westfield entered halftime tied with St. Joseph, 7-7, then took a 10-7 lead 8 minutes out of the break, it looked like Saturday's would just be ...

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MATAWAN, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School varsity football team kept things rolling on Friday night as the Chiefs traveled to Matawan and defeated the Old Bridge Knights, 34-0 in a Greater Middlesex Conference - Red Division battle. Piscataway is ranked No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20 and No. 9 in ...

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