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It’s a Girl! Wife of Fallen Somerville Police Officer Gives Birth to Anastasia Catherine

Photo collage provided by Summit Police Department shows Victoria Tarentino and baby daughter Anastasia, surrounded by police officers, family and friends. Credits: Courtesy Summit Police
Detective Matthew Tarentino Credits: Rod Hirsch

 

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.

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"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.

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The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

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HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...

Area Residents Discuss Strategy To Block Trap Rock Quarry Gas Pipeline Project

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – When it comes to blocking Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement project and proposed natural gas Compressor Station 206, which would be located near Trap Rock Industries' Kingston quarry, numbers count, according to a panel of state environmental activists.

More than 150 people from South Brunswick and Franklin townships came out Thursday night to the South ...

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Rayshawn Riddick, a 31-year-old from Newark, was taken in this morning by the FBI, the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, according to the announcement. They didn't say where they caught ...

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For the second time, at its Sept. 6 meeting, the New Brunswick City Council voted to table the ordinance that would enshrine a tax agreement for a subsidiary of the Missouri-based ...

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According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, will serve at least 17 ...

The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

September 21, 2017

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...

Area Residents Discuss Strategy To Block Trap Rock Quarry Gas Pipeline Project

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – When it comes to blocking Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement project and proposed natural gas Compressor Station 206, which would be located near Trap Rock Industries' Kingston quarry, numbers count, according to a panel of state environmental activists.

More than 150 people from South Brunswick and Franklin townships came out Thursday night to the South ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The alleged murderer named Maniac is still on the loose, but police nabbed his counterpart today, they said in a press release.

Rayshawn Riddick, a 31-year-old from Newark, was taken in this morning by the FBI, the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, according to the announcement. They didn't say where they caught ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Eric S. Komar, a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was ...

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The park was announced in September 2016, and officials cut the ribbon to open it one year ...

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Facing multiple durg charges are Christopher Bruce, 23, of Knoxville, Tenn., Desiree Daniels,19, of Charleston, W. Va. and Stephen Johnson, 47, of St. Albans, W. Va.

Robertson provided ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

September 19, 2017

 

NEWARK, NJ – Eric S. Komar, a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was ...

Somerset County: New Veterans Park Honors John Basilone, All War Veterans

RARITAN, NJ - Officials dedicated the new Veterans Park, on West Somerset Street in Raritan, at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 12.

Somerset County created the park adjacent to the John Basilone Statue to honor the World War II Medal of Honor recipient and all United States veterans.

The park was announced in September 2016, and officials cut the ribbon to open it one year ...

The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

September 21, 2017

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...