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Sentence Reduced for Convicted North Plainfield Killer

January 18, 2019

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A man guilty of what the county prosecutor calls a “heinous murder” has been resentenced to state prison after an order from the state’s Superior Court Appellate Division.

Gary Passarelli, 45, formerly of North Plainfield, had been found guilty of the 2013 murder of John H. Niko of Raritan Township.

In May, 2013, Raritan Township police found ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge Street, Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing ...

North Plainfield Police Department to be Assessed by NJLEAC

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Police Chief William G. Parenti announced on Monday that a team of assessors from the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission “NJLEAC” will arrive in the Borough of North Plainfield on Sunday, Jan. 20. 

The assessors will re-examine all components of the Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support ...

Somerville: Luxury Apartments Open Alongside NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's inventory of commuter-friendly rental apartments continues to grow, with Monday's announcement that the 69-unit, four-story SOMA is ready to lease from its inventory of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, with monthly rents ranging from $1,550-$2,700.

Located at 110 South Bridge St., SOMA - an acronym for South of Main - is perched alongside the ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Hires New Executive Director

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Natalie Pinero, former public information officer for Union Township and director of Legislative Research and Constituent Outreach for Union County will be hired as the new executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance at Monday night's reorganization meeting.

She is also an adjunct professor at Kean University, where she teaches Public Relations and Business and ...

NJ Transit Train Strikes Pedestrian, Gladstone Service Suspended

WARREN, NJ - The Gladstone branch of NJ Transit’s Morris and Essex line is Suspended Wednesday night following a pedestrian strike.

NJ Transit posted the following:

Gladstone Line train service is suspended in both directions between Stirling and Gladstone due to a trespasser fatality near Lyons Station. Cross honoring is in effect with private bus carriers providing ...

Somerville Honors WWII Hero on His 100th Birthday

SOMERVILLE, NJ - World War II hero Robert Vaucher celebrated his 100th birthday Monday night, receiving a proclamation from Mayor Dennis Sullivan that recognized his patriotism, heroism and civic accomplishments.

Lt. Col. Vaucher was the lead pilot in a 525-plane formation that flew over the deck of the battleship USS Missouri that was anchored in Tokyo Bay as Gen. Douglas MacArthur signed the ...

On Warren Affordable Housing: Berkeley Heights Asked to Provide Wastewater Treatment for 192-home Development in Warren

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Tuesday night more than 30 people chatted in the audience for almost an hour as they waited for council members to return from an unexpected Executive Session that was announced immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance.

The topic of the session was an update on an earlier request by Warren Township to Berkeley Heights as to the ability of Berkeley Heights to ...

Watchung Announces Deer Management Program 2018-2019

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Borough of Watchung has announced that a deer management program will begin on Nov. 26, 2018 and will continue until Feb. 1, 2019. 

The deer management program will be conducted as follows:

1.  Week of November 26

2.  Week of December 3

3.  Week of December 10

4.  Week of December 17


There will be NO hunting activity the ...

Youth Minister Guilty of Sexual Contact with Girl in Hillsborough

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A youth minister at a Franklin Township church has been convicted of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in his Hillsborough home.

A Superior Court jury found Shawn Butler, 52, guilty of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

During his trial that ...


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