Other NJ News

It's A Girl! Widow of Fallen Somerville Police Officer Gives Birth to Anastasia Catherine

Victoria Tarentino and baby daughter Anastasia Catherine surrounded by Summit police officers, family and friends. Credits: Courtesy Summit Police
Detective Matthew Tarentino Credits: Courtesy Summit Police

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Victoria Tarentino, the widow of Summit police officer Matthew Tarentino, has given birth to a baby girl.

Anastasia Catherine was born to the Somerville couple at Overlook Medical Center Thursday, according to the Summit Police Department.

Detective Tarentino was killed in a three-car accident on Route 78 in the early morning hours of May 30. Tarentino, the department’s community relations and DARE officer, was on his way to a school to give a presentation on drug awareness and substance abuse when the accident occurred. He was promoted to detective posthumously.

Sign Up for E-News

"Mom and baby are doing great!” Summit Police reported on Facebook. "Proud big brothers Robbie and Ray are eager for their little sister to start playing with them!"

Both brothers are of pre-school age. Dressed in matching suits and bow ties, the boys stood hand-in-hand with their pregnant mother at funeral services for their father at Immaculata R.C. Church just days after the accident.

Hundreds of police officers and first responders from throughout New Jersey turned out for the memorial services and mass over a two-day period. Led by 80 police motorcycles, a procession numbering hundreds of police and emergency vehicles drove through Somerville to Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway for graveside services.

The couple grew up together in Somerville and were high school sweethearts, attending Immaculata High School. He graduated Rutgers University, and was a police officer in South Bound Brook and Rutgers University prior to his service with the Summit Police Department. Victoria has been working at Immaculata as their marketing officer.

A few businesses in Somerville have sponsored fund raising campaigns for the family; an online fund raising effort has exceeded $600,000.

The Summit Police Department will sponsor a Memorial 5K in downtown Summit Sept. 9 to raise money for the family. Tarentino was a devoted fitness enthusiast and runner. Those in Somerville who did not know him personally knew of him because they saw him on his daily runs throughout the borough.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Union County Students to 'March for Our Lives' Saturday in Union

March 18, 2018

UNION, NJ – Students from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall on Saturday, March 24, in an anti-gun violence march.

Led by steering committee chairman Colin Sumner, the march, which has the support of Senator Joseph Cryan, Moms Demand Action, Union County Chapter, and the Union County Freeholders, is not aimed at taking away guns, but ending gun ...

UC Tech Student Volunteers Put Fun and Games to Work for Special Needs Learners

March 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Earlier this month, a group of 51 students in grades 9 to 11 from the Teacher Education Academy at UC TECH staged an indoor carnival for special needs learners. More than 140 participants from the community attended the event and enjoyed plinko, corn hole, dance revolution, hula hoop activities, a DJ, prizes and more.

UC TECH is part of the Union County ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

March 20, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity.  Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation.  All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  


1.  03/14/2018 11:32 a.m. 

North Avenue East at Elizabeth Avenue

Arrested:  Shannen Garbiras, 19, Roselle ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

Fri, March 23, 7:30 PM

Cranford High School Auditorium, Cranford

Save the Date -March 23rd - Cranford High School ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

Fri, March 23, 7:30 PM

Cranford High School Auditorium, Cranford

Cranford High School Senior Fashion Show Friday, ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...

Proud to support Tom Malinowski for Congress

March 8, 2018

Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

I'm a lifelong New Jersey resident -- including ...