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State Police: Boat Has ‘Close Encounter’ with Whale off Jersey Shore in Deal

August 20, 2018

DEAL, NJ — A whale flipped a small fishing boat about one mile off of Deal yesterday morning, tossing its two occupants overboard but not before they could issue a mayday from their radio, according to the New Jersey State Police.

Luckily for them, the emergency call was heard by a nearby boater, retired Trenton firefighter Gary Szabo, who has had his share of rescues, but none on the ...

Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

Kidnapping: Somerville Man, Two Sons, Fourth Suspect Charged

SOMERVILLE., NJ – A Somerville man and his two sons, plus a fourth suspect from Newark, have been charged with kidnapping and assaulting  a 21-year-old Somerville resident.

Arrested and charged with First Degree Kidnapping and Third Degree Assault are David Alex Villegas, 22, of Davenport Street; David Andres Villegas, 42, of Davenport Street; Troy Warren, 28, of Clinton Avenue, ...

One-Seat Rides on Raritan Valley Line to be Temporarily Discontinued, NJ TRANSIT Announces

REGION, NJ — Off-peak, one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York will be temporarily discontinued starting Sept. 4, NJ TRANSIT announced Friday. Service is expected to resume in early 2019, the company said in its press release.

The change comes as NJ TRANSIT continues the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on its rail fleet throughout ...

Cranford Jaycees Annual Golf Outing Raises Money For Community

CRANFORD - The Township of Cranford Junior Chamber of Commerce (“Jaycees”) held their 12th Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The outing raised $8,000.00 which will benefit two worthy community organizations, the Cranford Baseball and Softball League Inc. and the Union County Educational Services Commission ...

Mother and Son Graduate from Union County College Together

CRANFORD - For Ana Amaya and her son, Roberto, May 23, 2018 marked the completion of a dream when they both crossed the stage at Union County College’s Commencement, and receive their Associate Degree. They both describe their time at UCC as “a great experience” and are particularly thankful to have served as academic tutors in the College’s Academic ...

Spotswood Resident Seeks Missing Painting Done By Father

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Longtime borough resident Stacy Remantas is hoping for the return of a missing painting done by her father, Peter, back in the day. Peter Remantas was a railroader with a passion for painting. After teaching a watercolor class sponsored by the Spotswood Recreation Department at the Spotswood Public Library in the early 1980s, he donated a painting he'd done of a woodshed that ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

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