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February 24, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Hudson County men accused of defrauding an elderly Westfield woman of $93,000 were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to scam her out of an additional $40,000 in cash, police said. Police arrested Brandon Reyes, 27, of Union City, and Walter Rosario, 28, of Jersey City, in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 600 parents attended the Westfield Board of Education’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, some livid at what they see as incomplete planning for a return to in-person learning in the district. While board members did not engage in much direct response, public comment continued ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient. The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had. Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Girl Scout Katherine Gardner’s goal in pushing for early-childhood full eye assessments is not just to attain her Girl Scout Gold Award; it’s also personal. Chances are good that Gardner, 18, would not be blind in one eye had she received a full eye assessment when she was an ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers, a university named after a slave owner, is taking new steps to acknowledge its connection to slavery and racial injustice with the creation of four additional historical markers that tell the story of its early benefactors whose families made their fortunes through ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jordan Mirrione is strong — world record-breaking strong. There was cause for celebration when the Westfield High School freshman broke his father’s record for the most jump squats in one minute, 87, on Sunday in Manhattan. His dad’s record stood for a mere seven months. “I ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway Library continued its annual celebration of Black history and achievement with its 2nd Annual African American Read-In on Saturday, where various residents were invited to read their favorite book or inspirational poem via a Zoom virtual presentation. The 2nd ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Meaghan B Murphy is a terrible cook. “Seriously awful,” is how the Westfield mother of three children — ages 7, 8 and 10 — describes her culinary skill set. And she’s OK with that gastronomic ineptitude. “I asked myself: Did it really matter whether I made dinner or Trader ...

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NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits. The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity. Also in effect, two ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police have spoken with the man who made a threatening comment on a Facebook post about returning students to the classroom.  Mike Cortese, a Wall Township resident told Sparta Detective Brian Hasslock he was “just venting” and that he “feels very strongly about getting kids ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta public school students have not had a regular school day since last March.  Throughout the pandemic students have been exposed to all types of learning experiences from all remote to hybrid. Some parents have had enough.  “We want a definitive answer as to when we are ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A warehouse in South Brunswick Township caught on fire last night around 7 P.M. Over 50 firefighters arrived at the scene, including all three South Brunswick Companies (Monmouth Junction, Kingston & Kendall Park), Monroe Fire District 3, Jamesburg, Plainsboro and North ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday reported that four of the state's six vaccine mega-sites were closed Thursday due to the winter storm, resulting in a slowdown in vaccinations. "Our vaccine numbers didn’t grow by as much as they otherwise would have," Gov. Murphy said. "As of ...

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TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Ridge High School senior Angelina Xu is helping you to detect truth in what you see online. On the Internet, you can find a video of Barack Obama calling Donald Trump an ugly term. But, wait, did Obama really say that? Was that really him? The answer is no. Using digital ...

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CRANFORD - If you love wings and have never tried Angel's Wings by Rich Pierce, you should probably get on that.  No, it's not a restaurant - it's just a Cranford resident frying up chicken wings at his house for a good cause. The concept of "Angel's Wings" was created as a nod to his late son, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A program initiative initially based in Newark to provide capital to the city’s Black and Latinx business owners and communities is now planned to expand across the state.  The Newark FAM Fund (Newark 40 Acres and a Mule Fund), which launched in 2020, is seeking to raise $100 ...

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- One of Hamilton Township's most prolific public servants in recent decades -- Jack Rafferty -- has died.  The former six-term Mayor and assemblyman was 82. Rafferty was Hamilton's longest serving mayor with 24 years in the office that he held between 1976 and 1999,and ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Wayne-based construction company is suing Union County and the Union County Improvement Authority with claims that the entities violated state bidding laws in seeking developers to build a new county government complex. The complex, planned for the site of the county’s motor ...

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CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair's cannabis dispensary has gotten a makeover and will re-open, according to published reports. Ascend Wellness Holding will hold a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30pm and Tuesday, February 23rd at 8:30am. Community leaders, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Several non-profit organizations, including the Palesitinaian American Community Center (PACC), The Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the local chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) have condemned the alleged physical attack ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Tuesday was the first day in more than two months when students entered the Wayne public schools for in-person learning. This is a moral victory for many parents who have been pushing the Board of Education to open the schools again.  These parents feel that their children have been ...

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