Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

Fairytale Marriage Proposal Takes Center Stage at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A surprise engagement took center stage at last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Somerville. In the midst of the March 11 festivities, Piscataway resident Steven Verardi boarded a float and popped the question to his girlfriend Elise Latona, marking the first known engagement to take place at the parade in 27 years.

Since opening The Beauty Bar ...

Totowa Rapper Accused of Trying to Bring Loaded Gun Through Security at Newark Airport

NEWARK, N.J. – Rapper Juelz Santana, a resident of Totowa, faces weapon charges after allegedly trying to get a loaded firearm through security at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

The rapper, whose real name is LaRon L. James, 36, surrendered to police this morning. He has been charged with  one count of possession of a firearm by a ...

Lineman Travel from as Far as Florida to Help Bring Power Back 110,000 JCP&L Customer

SUMMIT, NJ – Two big storms in a week caused about 460,000 JCP&L customers to lose power.  The company restored power to about 320,000 that lost power during the first storm with 17,000 customers still waiting to have their power restored when this most recent second storm hit Wednesday.  The combination of the two storms has left the company with about 110,000 customers still ...

Bayonne Schools Receive Twitter Threat Related to Possible School Shooting

BAYONNE, NJ - A Twitter threat describing a potential school shooting has been made to all Bayonne Public Schools.

The threat, made via Twitter from account @IMorenalaz, specifically called out Henry Harris Community School, John M. Bailey Community School, Midtown Community School, Nicholas Oresco Community School and finally Bayonne High School. 

The threat was first reported by ...

Edison School in Westfield Evacuated for Bomb Threat Wednesday

This story was updated at 1:55 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students at Westfield’s Edison Intermediate School returned to their classrooms Wednesday afternoon after they were evacuated due to an a bomb threat posted to social media earlier in the day, according to an email parents received from Principal Matt Bolton.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we called for ...

Little Falls Resident Still in Need of Living Kidney Donor

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Nick Sauter, who is well regarded in the community and a retired vice principal from Passaic Valley High School, continues to suffer from end stage renal failure, also known as end stage kidney disease, and is still in need of a living kidney donor to undergo a successful kidney transplant.

When TAPinto Passaic Valley first ran Nick's story in May 2017, he was already ...

Franklin High School Student, 17, Taken into Custody with Handgun at School

SOMERSET, NJ - A 17-year-old male Franklin High School student was taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm, according to a news release. 

"On Friday, Feb. 23, at approximately 11:30 a.m., members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force received information that a male student at Franklin Township High School was ...

Student Brought Fake Guns into Union County College Monday, Police Say

CRANFORD, NJ – An arrest was made Monday morning of a student who, it turned out, brought several imitation guns into a classroom, according to police.

Eric Jacobs, 20, of Millburn carried three imitation firearms, including one resembling a rifle and two others resembling handguns, police said. He is charged with fourth degree possession of an imitation firearm for ...

Hackensack Resident Charged with Sexual Assualt and Child Endangerment at YMCA

HACKENSACK - Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Timothy Smith of Hackensack on six counts each of Sexual Assault by Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Hackensack Police Department under the ...

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