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Woodland Park Day Will Be Bigger Than Ever This Year

September 13, 2019

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - This year’s Woodland Park Day festivities on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Memorial Field behind Memorial School are going to be bigger than ever. The event starts at 2 p.m. and ends with fireworks at dusk. 

This year’s event will feature a number of new things including a photo booth, a beer garden run by Steve Baskinger of Bask and 381 Main, live music all ...

Wayne Valley Graduate Leaves Legacy of Peace

September 10, 2019

WAYNE, NJ – A once empty brick wall in the Garden of Wayne Valley High School is now adorned with a mural painted by Class of 2019 Senior President, Kristen Cinquino. The colorful painting contains a simple, one-word message: “Coexist.” 

The idea for the mural came after Kristen witnessed an act of bullying in her school. “My advisor, who was the Wayne Valley High ...

Wayne Residents Find Hope in Wake of Overdose Devastation

WAYNE, NJ – A gathering of Wayne residents and other nearby towns held a candlelight vigil in front of Wayne Town Hall on Saturday night to help raise awareness and provide support to those who have lost loved ones to the devastating disease of addiction.

The Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse along with Susan Schmidt hosted the 2nd annual candlelight vigil on August ...

Clifton Police Make Arrest in Connection with Stolen Vehicle and Items Stolen from Unlocked Car in Nutley

CLIFTON, NJ - Officers from the Police Department in the City of Clifton made an arrest in connection with a stolen vehicle from Nutley and items stolen from an unlocked car.

According to police reports, the Nutley Police Department was contacted by the Clifton Police Department on Tuesday Aug. 27 about the arrest.

The police determined that the vehicle at the center of the case was stolen ...

Hunterdon Freeholder Charged with DWI

September 15, 2019

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Hunterdon County Freeholder John E. Lanza has been charged with driving while intoxicated, according to a press release this afternoon from Raritan Township police.

Lanza, 42, lives in the township and is not only a Freeholder, but is an attorney and has been the municipal prosecutor in East Amwell and Delaware Townships.

According to police, they were dispatched to ...

How a Camden Resident Wants to Turn Friday the 13th Into a Day of Unity, Not Fright

CAMDEN, NJ — Friday the 13th has long been associated with bad omens and bad luck, but Yocontalie "Connie" Jackson hopes to make it seen in a different light.

The Camden native is calling on people across the city to come together in unity and prayer Friday afternoon at Roosevelt Plaza Park in front of Camden City Hall. The gathering, "Stop, Drop and Pray," will be ...

NJ TRANSIT Graduating Seven Locomotive Engineer Classes in Two Years – Same Number Graduated in Last Five Years Combined

With the recent June 2019 graduating class and six more classes of locomotive engineering trainees graduating through December 2020, NJ TRANSIT will have graduated seven classes in two years (2019 – 2020). That’s the same number of classes that graduated in the previous five years combined (2014 – 2018.)

Agency officials attribute the significant increase in engineer training ...

Building Goodwill with Gratitude on NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT’s Customer Advocate and Chief Experience Officer Stewart Mader regularly rides buses, light rail, and trains to engage with customers and identify ways to streamline the  customer experience. 

This week, he rode with customers on the Montclair-Boonton Line to thank them for adjusting their schedules during Amtrak infrastructure work at New York Penn Station. That ...

Thank You, Montclair-Boonton, North Jersey Coast Line & Morris & Essex Line Riders

This spring we announced that Amtrak would need to take two tracks out of service at Penn Station New York this summer to accommodate critical infrastructure repair work. As a result, on weekdays only, four peak-period Midtown Direct trains in each direction on the Montclair-Boonton Line, one peak-period train in each direction on the North Jersey Coast Line and select reverse-peak trains on the ...

70 Years Ago, Camden Man Became Nation's First Mass Murderer

His name, like the names of his victims, is nearly forgotten. 

But what Howard Unruh did 70 years ago today in Camden, N.J. foreshadowed the insanity of mass shootings we live with today.

Insanity is the operative word here. From lockdown drills in nursery schools to bullet resistant backpacks, random mass shootings have become part of the “uniquely American” cultural ...

A Day When the Sea Was More Hostile Than the Wind or Sun

The boy struggled with a cart filled with beach stuff as he dragged it down the boardwalk. It was fish-tailing behind him and I almost told him to push rather than pull, but decided to mind my own business. I was pushing a small load myself, my sleeping grandson in a stroller.

He was with a girl a few years younger, a woman who looked to be a grandmother, and several small children. His role ...

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018)


Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens’ first novel, although she and her husband have published three internationally acclaimed non-fiction books about Owens’ experiences as a wildlife scientist in Africa. Where the Crawdads Sing scored a Number 1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, winning ...

The Gift of Friendship

I think we all struggle, at times, to understand who is a true friend. We are in a time where judgment just plain stinks. But, you have to have a standard. And, that requires judgment. That judgment is about protection, it’s about who may hurt you and who you can discern will not. Age old question, who can I trust? Joan tackles this in this week’s column.

A friend is someone who ...

What Do You Choose?

This week, Joan talks about her choice, and there’s been at least one big one, since her divorce seven years ago. I decided it was best to let her talk, no questions needed.

Joan: According to Terry Orbuch, author of Finding Love Again, there are more than 100 million single adults in the United States today and four out of every 10 were already married once. Close to 50 percent of ...

Seton Hall University Begins Academic Year with First-Day Furry Friends

September 4, 2019

To the Editor:

Re: “Seton Hall University Begins Academic Year with First-Day Furry Friends

Animals enrich our lives, of that there is no doubt.  But animals should not be subjected to streams of groping hands and constant handling so students can be distracted from their studies and stress for a few minutes.

The bunnies, chicks, goats, sheep, cow and other animals used ...

An Open Letter to our Representative Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

A lot of my friends, as well as myself, listen to the New York Times “The Daily” podcast and I was thrilled to post on Facebook Monday morning that our member of congress was the featured interview this week. It’s nice to see that you’re getting noticed and that can only help to gain attention for the things you want to accomplish for the district.

While I had some ...

Security Summit Warns of New IRS Impersonation Email Scam

September 15, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners warn taxpayers and tax professionals about a new IRS impersonation scam campaign spreading nationally on email. Remember: the IRS does not send unsolicited emails and never emails taxpayers about the status of refunds.

The IRS detected this new scam as taxpayers began notifying about unsolicited emails from IRS ...

League of Women Voters Sponsoring National Voter Registration Day Trivia Contest

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey-Greater New Brunswick Area (LWVNJ-GNBA) is celebrating National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 24, by sponsoring an online trivia quiz. The winner will receive $300.

The contest ends on Sept. 24, 2019 at midnight. The winner will be randomly selected from all the entrants who have answered all the questions correctly. All New Jersey ...