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St. Matthias priest “borrowed” $500,000 from church, an internal audit revealed (UPDATE)

November 6, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ: Rev. Douglas J. Haefner “borrowed” around $500,000 – an amount substantiated by an unreleased internal audit – from church coffers to fund “compulsive behaviors,” according to Bishop James F. Checchio of the Metuchen Diocese.

After the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner last week, Checchio visited St. Matthias Church on Monday night to ...

Franklin Township: St. Matthias' Father Douglas J. Haefner Resigns as Questions of Parish Finances Arise

SOMERSET, NJ - Questions surrounding church finances at Saint Matthias led to the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner according to a letter sent to parishioners and school families on Nov. 2. 

"It is with sadness that I must inform you that Father's resignation coincides with serious questions and concerns that recently have been raised regarding the handling of parish ...

Hundreds Honor Local Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several hundred people filled the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens today at the funeral service for New Brunswick Vice Principal Tyrone Harrison, who was struck by a car and killed.

"I know this is tough for all of us," Harrison's brother, Shawn, told the people who filled the pews. "Yet, you look around this church. Everyone here Tyrone ...

Services Set for Late Vice Principal Killed by Drag Racer

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tyrone Harrison attended Ohio State University, and played on the school's football team. Originally from Highland Park, Harrison graduated college and became a special education teacher in New Brunswick, and then a vice principal.

"He was a man with a large stature, but he was very, very kind. He was very gentle with the kids," said New Brunswick Schools ...


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The Untold Story of The Greek Jews: A Journey of Glory, Tradition and Struggle for Survival

November 11, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Temple Beth El of Somerset will be hosting Dr. Peter Stavrianidis, principal of Venus Jewelers in Somerset, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30pm for an educational presentation on "The Untold Story of the Greek Jews: A Journey of Glory, Tradition and Struggle for Survival" as part of the Dr. Michael Fink Memorial Lecture series.

During his presentation, Dr.