Essex County News

Newark Man to be Sentenced Friday for the Hit and Run Death of Verona Business Owner

Jose Asencio

NEWARK, NJ - Jose Asencio of Newark will enter a plea and be sentenced on Friday in Essex County Superior Court in connection with the death of Matthew BeneduceMcGrath, 59 of Verona who was killed in a hit-and-run on June 24.   

BeneduceMcGrath was struck and killed while crossing the street at Bloomfield Avenue and Hillcrest Terrace. 

According to earlier reports, surveillance video identified a light-colored Ford van as the vehicle that struck BeneduceMcGrath. Asencio was identified as the driver of the van at the time of the collision. He was arrested and charged in July with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, a second-degree offense.

Asencio will appear before Judge Teare on the 9th floor of the Essex County Courthouse at 10 a.m.

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Cedar Grove Police: No Charges Filed in Memorial Middle School Social Media Incident

March 20, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police announced that the investigation into a "concerning" comment made by a Memorial Middle School via social media in late February has concluded and no charges have been filed.

According to police, the comment, which was reportedly made on Instagram Live, could not be substantiated and there was no probable cause to file a charge.  Police ...

Bloomfield Commemorates Restoration of Historic Theodore Ward House at 41 Park Place

March 20, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Township Council presented a proclamation to Lou and Cynthia Mandarakas for their restoration of the Theodore Ward House at 41 Park Place. The Mandarakases purchased the 130-year-old home in 2008 and financed the cost of interior and exterior restorations.

Built in 1887 by Theodore Hastings Ward, an early president of the Bloomfield Saving Bank, the Victorian ...

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Montclair Police Blotter: Vehicles Struck by Falling Trees, Attempted Burglary to Gates Ave. Residences and More

March 15, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ- The following blotter was issued by the Montclair Police Department on  March 13, 2018. 

03-07- 2018 (Orange Road) Attempted burglary to a residence. The suspect was not successful in gaining
access to the residence. The suspect vehicle was described as a white Dodge Ram pickup truck.
03-10- 2018 (North Fullerton Avenue) Theft of delivered packages ...

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

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

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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 ...

Jazz Concert at MPL: Viktorija Gečytė & Gene Perla Quartet

March 20, 2018

Lithuanian singer Viktorija Gečytė and American double-bassist Gene Perla have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the US and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, and rarely performed musical gems. With Sean Gough on piano and David Jimenez on drums.

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