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  • Some residents return after NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    Some residents return after NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:03:25 GMT
    A school and several homes in Ocean County were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The fire burned about half a square mile.
    A school and several homes in Ocean County were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The fire burned about half a square mile.
  • Princeton University giving town $24M

    Princeton University giving town $24M

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:33:55 GMT
    Princeton University has agreed to contribute more than $24 million over the next seven years to the town of Princeton. The deal was announced Thursday and is set for consideration by the town government's approval on Monday. The university and town officials frame it was as a way to resolve an age-old issue in college towns where much of the land is university-owned and thus tax-exempt.
    Princeton University has agreed to contribute more than $24 million over the next seven years to the town of Princeton. The deal was announced Thursday and is set for consideration by the town government's approval on Monday. The university and town officials frame it was as a way to resolve an age-old issue in college towns where much of the land is university-owned and thus tax-exempt.
  • Large brush fire raging in Berkeley; homes evacuated

    Large brush fire raging in Berkeley; homes evacuated

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:05:30 GMT
    A massive brush fire is burning acres of land between Grand Central and Northern Boulevards in Berkeley. Homes are being evacuated in the area. Police are in the area, including helicopters. We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.
    A massive brush fire is burning acres of land between Grand Central and Northern Boulevards in Berkeley. Homes are being evacuated in the area. Police are in the area, including helicopters. We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.
  • Man charged in theft of woman's dog on first date

    Man charged in theft of woman's dog on first date

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:47:04 GMT
    A man who allegedly stole a woman's Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV during their first date has been charged with two counts of theft.
    A man who allegedly stole a woman's Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV during their first date has been charged with two counts of theft.
  • Police officers successfully help deliver baby with wrapped cord

    Police officers successfully help deliver baby with wrapped cord

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:12:40 GMT
    As he tried to assist in the delivery of a newborn, Manchester, N.J. police officer Joseph Fastige noticed the umbilical cord was wrapped around the child’s neck.
    As he tried to assist in the delivery of a newborn, Manchester, N.J. police officer Joseph Fastige noticed the umbilical cord was wrapped around the child’s neck.
  • Fire at Carlstadt Post Office

    Fire at Carlstadt Post Office

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:50:47 GMT
    An overnight fire caused significant damage to a Carlstadt, N.J. post office.  It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at 331 1st Street.
    An overnight fire caused significant damage to a Carlstadt, N.J. post office.  It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at 331 1st Street.
  • Port Authority could rescind $1 NJ Transit lease

    Port Authority could rescind $1 NJ Transit lease

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:57:07 GMT
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    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is holding its monthly board meeting, two days after it heard from a panel on what it needs to do to improve its accountability and efficiency and restore public trust.
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could rescind a $1-a-year lease for a park-and-ride lot near the Lincoln Tunnel. The agency's chief of real estate and development told a committee Wednesday that it should change a deal made in 2012. Published reports have alleged that former Port Authority chairman David Samson voted to approve the lease even though his law firm did business with New Jersey Transit, which operates the park-and-ride lot.
  • Top 20 schools in New Jersey

    Top 20 schools in New Jersey

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:11:21 GMT
    Patch has listed the top 20 schools listed on U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the top high schools in the nation. The rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. US. News and World Report has released its rankings of the top high schools in the nation.
    ?Patch has listed the top 20 schools listed on U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the top high schools in the nation. The rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. US. News and World Report has released its rankings of the top high schools in the nation.
  • Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

    Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:08:34 GMT
    Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.
    Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.
  • Undercover police officer shot during drug buy in New Jersey

    Undercover police officer shot during drug buy in New Jersey

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:45:36 GMT
    An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
    An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
  • Hoboken a top place for recent college grads to live, report says

    Hoboken a top place for recent college grads to live, report says

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:46:32 GMT
    Hoboken's vibrant downtown, access to more than 100,000 job openings and the large amount of rentals available rank the city among the best places for new college grads to live in the country, according to Livability.com. Hoboken ranked No. 6 in Livability.com's recently released list of the "Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014."
    Hoboken's vibrant downtown, access to more than 100,000 job openings and the large amount of rentals available rank the city among the best places for new college grads to live in the country, according to Livability.com. Hoboken ranked No. 6 in Livability.com's recently released list of the "Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014."
  • Melissa Gorga: RHONJ season 6 is a 'whole new show'

    Melissa Gorga: RHONJ season 6 is a 'whole new show'

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:46:02 GMT
    Melissa Gorga says the upcoming season 6 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will be a “whole new show,” according to a report on allthingsrh.com. The Franklin Lakes resident opened up about the new season – which will be sans longtime cast members Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo – at The Tampa Home And Garden Show, the report said.
    Melissa Gorga says the upcoming season 6 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will be a “whole new show,” according to a report on allthingsrh.com. The Franklin Lakes resident opened up about the new season – which will be sans longtime cast members Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo – at The Tampa Home And Garden Show, the report said.
  • Christie campaign's legal fees exceed cash in bank

    Christie campaign's legal fees exceed cash in bank

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:38:59 GMT
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2013 re-election campaign owes more in legal fees than it has left in its campaign coffers, meaning it will need to resume fundraising to pay its lawyers.
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2013 re-election campaign owes more in legal fees than it has on hand, meaning it will need to resume fundraising to pay lawyers.
  • Gov. Christie named 'father of the year'

    Gov. Christie named 'father of the year'

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:31:49 GMT
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the Father of the Year. According to an Associated Press report, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council announced Monday that they have named him the “Father of the Year” 2014. The report, which appeared on abcnews.com and numerous other media outlets, noted that Christie often talks of his four kids, who range in age from 10 to 20, in public.
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the Father of the Year. According to an Associated Press report, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council announced Monday that they have named him the “Father of the Year” 2014. The report, which appeared on abcnews.com and numerous other media outlets, noted that Christie often talks of his four kids, who range in age from 10 to 20, in public.
  • New Jersey school sued over "under God" in pledge

    New Jersey school sued over "under God" in pledge

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:49:48 GMT
    A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
    A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
  • Should State Troopers be used to patrol individual towns?

    Should State Troopers be used to patrol individual towns?

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:17:41 GMT
    Dozens of New Jersey State Troopers were reassigned last week and are now patrolling the streets of Newark as part of a program named TIDE-TAG. The program was designed to thwart the amount of violent crimes taking place in the state’s largest city, following a record year of homicides that saw 111 residents slain.Read the full story here.
    Dozens of New Jersey State Troopers were reassigned last week and are now patrolling the streets of Newark as part of a program named TIDE-TAG. The program was designed to thwart the amount of violent crimes taking place in the state’s largest city, following a record year of homicides that saw 111 residents slain.Read the full story here.
  • Otter sighted in back bay area of Ocean City!

    Otter sighted in back bay area of Ocean City!

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:15:54 GMT
    Did anyone see an Otter today in Ocean City? I live in the back bay area near the airport and almost ran into an Otter on my deck! If I didn't have two people with me I would of thought I was dreaming. He quickly shimmied away...WOW...I have been hit in the head by some gulls, startled by red fox but never came home to such an unexpected visitor before!
    Did anyone see an Otter today in Ocean City? I live in the back bay area near the airport and almost ran into an Otter on my deck! If I didn't have two people with me I would of thought I was dreaming. He quickly shimmied away...WOW...I have been hit in the head by some gulls, startled by red fox but never came home to such an unexpected visitor before!?
  • Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:11:33 GMT
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt.
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt.
  • Easter Bunny train sparks New Jersey brush fires

    Easter Bunny train sparks New Jersey brush fires

    Fire officials say several small brush fires were ignited by a train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey.
    A train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey has ignited several small brush fires.
  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
  • Officer struck in hit and run fighting for his life

    Officer struck in hit and run fighting for his life

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:28:45 GMT
    Bergen County Police Officer Daniel Breslin is fighting for his life at New Jersey's Hackensack Hospital. Officials say Officer Breslin was hit from behind by another vehicle on Route 46 west in Lodi around 2am Saturday morning. Officer Breslin had stopped parallel to another officer's vehicle because that officer was having problems with his radio.Without warning, cops say a Ford Fusion then slammed into Officer Breslin's vehicle.
    Bergen County Police Officer Daniel Breslin is fighting for his life at New Jersey's Hackensack Hospital. Officials say Officer Breslin was hit from behind by another vehicle on Route 46 west in Lodi around 2am Saturday morning. Officer Breslin had stopped parallel to another officer's vehicle because that officer was having problems with his radio.Without warning, cops say a Ford Fusion then slammed into Officer Breslin's vehicle.
  • Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:55:51 GMT
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
  • Basil farm ready to switch to marijuana

    Basil farm ready to switch to marijuana

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:11:50 GMT
    Basil plants grow on a New Jersey farm, but the facility could be turned into a five-acre medical marijuana greenhouse with only 48 hours' notice. The hoses from the state-of-the-art Dutch hydroponic system are watering flowers now, but with a few minor adjustments could just as easily grow marijuana plants for medicinal cannabis. The only reason it's not happening now is because the company is publicly traded and subject to federal law.
    Basil plants grow on a New Jersey farm, but the facility could be turned into a five-acre medical marijuana greenhouse with only 48 hours' notice. The hoses from the state-of-the-art Dutch hydroponic system are watering flowers now, but with a few minor adjustments could just as easily grow marijuana plants for medicinal cannabis. The only reason it's not happening now is because the company is publicly traded and subject to federal law.
  • NJ woman sues over "8theist" plate

    NJ woman sues over "8theist" plate

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:08:10 GMT
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    A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against the state's Motor Vehicle Commission, claiming the agency rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an Atheist. Shannon Morgan filed the suit in federal court, saying the rejection of a plate reading "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Maurice River Township woman claims plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.
    A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against the state's Motor Vehicle Commission, claiming the agency rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an Atheist. Shannon Morgan filed the suit in federal court, saying the rejection of a plate reading "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Maurice River Township woman claims plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.

  • 8 mumps cases at NJ college

    8 mumps cases at NJ college

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:40:12 GMT
    Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology.The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
    The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.  The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.



  • Governor Christie wants to do away with campaign donation limits and realty transfer fees

    Governor Christie wants to do away with campaign donation limits and realty transfer fees

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:08:25 GMT

    During his town hall meeting in Somerset County on Tuesday Gov. Chris Christie said he believes there should be no limits on the amount of money people can donate to political campaigns, as long as they disclose their contributions within a 48-period, according to nj.com.

    During his town hall meeting in Somerset County on Tuesday Gov. Chris Christie said he believes there should be no limits on the amount of money people can donate to political campaigns, as long as they disclose their contributions within a 48-period, according to nj.com.

  • Woman allegedly exposes genitals during heroin arrest

    Woman allegedly exposes genitals during heroin arrest

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:47:46 GMT
    A Barnegat woman tried to spit on police officers and repeatedly exposed her genitals during a heroin arrest.  Police say that Angela Woerner, 28, was in the parking lot of the CVS on West Bay Avenue. An officer saw her and knew that she had outstanding warrants out for her arrest.
    A Barnegat woman tried to spit on police officers and repeatedly exposed her genitals during a heroin arrest.  Police say that Angela Woerner, 28, was in the parking lot of the CVS on West Bay Avenue. An officer saw her and knew that she had outstanding warrants out for her arrest.
  • Quiz Asks: 'How Bergen County are you?'

    Quiz Asks: 'How Bergen County are you?'

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:28:14 GMT
    How Bergen County are you? There’s a quiz for that. But, you might not like the results. A new quiz posted on BuzzFeedtests takers’ Bergen County-ness, using malls, spray tanning, and wealth as some of the metrics. The quiz asks BuzzFeed readers to identify which things they’ve done before to see just how Bergen County they are.
    How Bergen County are you? There’s a quiz for that. But, you might not like the results. A new quiz posted on BuzzFeedtests takers’ Bergen County-ness, using malls, spray tanning, and wealth as some of the metrics. The quiz asks BuzzFeed readers to identify which things they’ve done before to see just how Bergen County they are.
  • Bill could prevent Belmar from charging for beaches

    Bill could prevent Belmar from charging for beaches

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:25:46 GMT
    Under a plan being considered in Trenton, Belmar would be prevented from charging people $7 for beach badges because it accepted money from the federal government to replenish Belmar Beach and rebuild the boardwalk. The plan is raising concern because the badge fees help to pay for cleaning, lifeguards and police at the beach, according to News12.
    Under a plan being considered in Trenton, Belmar would be prevented from charging people $7 for beach badges because it accepted money from the federal government to replenish Belmar Beach and rebuild the boardwalk. The plan is raising concern because the badge fees help to pay for cleaning, lifeguards and police at the beach, according to News12.
  • Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:15 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:15:30 GMT
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    Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. 
    Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. 
  • Manzo spinoff to run this year

    Manzo spinoff to run this year

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:56:28 GMT
    Bravo announced on its website this week that it has picked up Manzo’d with Children, a spinoff of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The network did not announce a start date for the new series, which stars Franklin Lakes resident Caroline Manzo and her family. But, it did say the show will air sometime this year. Manzo made headlines last year for announcing she would not return to RHONJ.
    Bravo announced on its website this week that it has picked up Manzo’d with Children, a spinoff of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The network did not announce a start date for the new series, which stars Franklin Lakes resident Caroline Manzo and her family. But, it did say the show will air sometime this year. Manzo made headlines last year for announcing she would not return to RHONJ.
  • Digital billboard latest effort to find missing Hoboken man

    Digital billboard latest effort to find missing Hoboken man

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:54:22 GMT
    The family of a Hoboken man who has been missing for nearly two weeks is hoping a $10,000 reward and a billboard along Interstate 78 in Millburn will help find the 27-year-old. Andrew Jarzyk, 27, was last seen jogging in the area of 5th and Monroe streets in Hoboken at about 2 a.m. Sunday, March 30 after he went out with friends to West Five Supper Club at 505 Madison St.
    The family of a Hoboken man who has been missing for nearly two weeks is hoping a $10,000 reward and a billboard along Interstate 78 in Millburn will help find the 27-year-old. Andrew Jarzyk, 27, was last seen jogging in the area of 5th and Monroe streets in Hoboken at about 2 a.m. Sunday, March 30 after he went out with friends to West Five Supper Club at 505 Madison St.
  • Renowned composer to direct symphony in memory of Summit man

    Renowned composer to direct symphony in memory of Summit man

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-04-09 18:22:08 GMT
    A renowned composer will direct his first symphony in honor of a Summit man who died in the October 2011 snowstorm. Dr. Robert W. Butts, founder, conductor and artistic director of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, will premiere the symphony in memory of Joshua Plaut on Sunday, April 27 in Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Plaut, 42, died on Nov. 22, 2011 of complications from a snowstorm-related injury he suffered on Oct. 29, 2011, according to his obituary.
    A renowned composer will direct his first symphony in honor of a Summit man who died in the October 2011 snowstorm. Dr. Robert W. Butts, founder, conductor and artistic director of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, will premiere the symphony in memory of Joshua Plaut on Sunday, April 27 in Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Plaut, 42, died on Nov. 22, 2011 of complications from a snowstorm-related injury he suffered on Oct. 29, 2011, according to his obituary.
  • NJ Transit quiet commute program expands to off-peak Hoboken trains

    NJ Transit quiet commute program expands to off-peak Hoboken trains

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-04-09 16:41:55 GMT
    NJ Transit is expanding its Quiet Commute program to off-peak trains that serve Hoboken Terminal. The pilot program will begin Monday, May 5 with Quiet Commute cars added to all off-peak trains arriving and departing Hoboken Terminal between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays only. This includes trains on the Morris Essex, Montclair-Boonton, Pascack Valley, Main, Bergen County and Port Jervis lines, along with the 2300-series trains on the North Jersey Coast Line.
    NJ Transit is expanding its Quiet Commute program to off-peak trains that serve Hoboken Terminal. The pilot program will begin Monday, May 5 with Quiet Commute cars added to all off-peak trains arriving and departing Hoboken Terminal between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays only. This includes trains on the Morris Essex, Montclair-Boonton, Pascack Valley, Main, Bergen County and Port Jervis lines, along with the 2300-series trains on the North Jersey Coast Line.
  • 'Jersey girl' Olympian welcomed home from Sochi

    'Jersey girl' Olympian welcomed home from Sochi

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-04-08 19:28:44 GMT
    A world-class athlete received a hometown welcome back from the Sochi Olympics. At a Wayne Township Council meeting on March 19, Olympic bobsled driver Jazmine Fenlator was honored by the mayor, council, and community members for her achievements in Sochi.
    A world-class athlete received a hometown welcome back from the Sochi Olympics. At a Wayne Township Council meeting on March 19, Olympic bobsled driver Jazmine Fenlator was honored by the mayor, council, and community members for her achievements in Sochi.
  • High school parents debate appropriateness of Pulitzer-winning book

    High school parents debate appropriateness of Pulitzer-winning book

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-04-08 19:25:29 GMT
    West Essex High School parents Monday debated the appropriateness of an acclaimed—and some say “vulgar”—book assigned to a tenth grade English class. One high school parent said that Junot Díaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction that details the life and familial and historical context of a Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, contains content and language inappropriate for high schoolers, according to newjerseyhills.com
    West Essex High School parents Monday debated the appropriateness of an acclaimed—and some say “vulgar”—book assigned to a tenth grade English class. One high school parent said that Junot Díaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction that details the life and familial and historical context of a Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, contains content and language inappropriate for high schoolers, according to newjerseyhills.com
  • Montville native, Harvard student dies after falling from off-campus building

    Montville native, Harvard student dies after falling from off-campus building

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-08 19:20:30 GMT
    Andrew Sun, a 2012 Montville High School graduate, was pronounced dead around 4 a.m. Monday morning at a Massachusetts hospital some 24-hours after falling from a building in the early hours of Sunday morning. A resident of the Pforzheimer House at Harvard University, Sun was scheduled to graduate in 2016, according to the school’s student newspaper, The Crimson.
    Andrew Sun, a 2012 Montville High School graduate, was pronounced dead around 4 a.m. Monday morning at a Massachusetts hospital some 24-hours after falling from a building in the early hours of Sunday morning. A resident of the Pforzheimer House at Harvard University, Sun was scheduled to graduate in 2016, according to the school’s student newspaper, The Crimson.
  • Anadarko Petroleum subsidiary to pay state $20 million for heavily-contaminated site in Somerset County

    Anadarko Petroleum subsidiary to pay state $20 million for heavily-contaminated site in Somerset County

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:45:21 GMT
    Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today that Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and its subsidiary Kerr-McGee will pay the State $20 million as part of a global legal settlement that involves reimbursement to New Jersey for past costs and Natural Resource Damages (NRD) related to clean-up of a heavily-contaminated Superfund site in Somerset County.
    Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today that Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and its subsidiary Kerr-McGee will pay the State $20 million as part of a global legal settlement that involves reimbursement to New Jersey for past costs and Natural Resource Damages (NRD) related to clean-up of a heavily-contaminated Superfund site in Somerset County.
  • Point Beach fire survivors turned away, or not: what should they do?

    Point Beach fire survivors turned away, or not: what should they do?

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:43:09 GMT
    The owner of the Point Pleasant Manor has disputed a published report that two survivors of the deadly Point Pleasant Beach fire were turned away from his motel. He said the two people were welcome to stay, even though the Point Pleasant Manor has no cooking facilities and is not designed to accommodate people for a long period of time, according to NJ.com.
    The owner of the Point Pleasant Manor has disputed a published report that two survivors of the deadly Point Pleasant Beach fire were turned away from his motel. He said the two people were welcome to stay, even though the Point Pleasant Manor has no cooking facilities and is not designed to accommodate people for a long period of time, according to NJ.com.
  • World Autism Awareness Day, part two

    World Autism Awareness Day, part two

    Friday, April 4 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-04-04 18:16:35 GMT
    Today, as with every day, my heart is bursting with pride for my eldest son Justin, who has severe autism.This week his private autism school hosted a news conference on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day, an event held by Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the House Autism Caucus, and Autism New Jersey.As with any news conference there is usually a photo opp, and my son was selected to be the “face of autism” that day.
    Today, as with every day, my heart is bursting with pride for my eldest son Justin, who has severe autism.This week his private autism school hosted a news conference on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day, an event held by Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the House Autism Caucus, and Autism New Jersey.As with any news conference there is usually a photo opp, and my son was selected to be the “face of autism” that day.
  • Drugs, including 549 bags of heroin, seized from two Brick women

    Drugs, including 549 bags of heroin, seized from two Brick women

    Friday, April 4 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-04-04 17:53:55 GMT
    The Brick Township police Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an investigation which led to the arrests of two township women who they say possessed a multitude of drugs.The arrests of Brittany A. Cassanovas, 25, of 17th Avenue, and Amanda M. Louk, 20, of Sawmill Road, came after detectives were granted a court order to search a vehicle which contained 549 bags of heroin, approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine, prescription narcotics, a scale, and $1,875 in U.S. currency, according to Sgt. Drew.
    The Brick Township police Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an investigation which led to the arrests of two township women who they say possessed a multitude of drugs.The arrests of Brittany A. Cassanovas, 25, of 17th Avenue, and Amanda M. Louk, 20, of Sawmill Road, came after detectives were granted a court order to search a vehicle which contained 549 bags of heroin, approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine, prescription narcotics, a scale, and $1,875 in U.S. currency, according to Sgt. Drew.
  • Parking meter theft prompts Ridgewood financial reviews

    Parking meter theft prompts Ridgewood financial reviews

    Friday, April 4 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-04-04 17:24:52 GMT
    Ridgewood’s coin collection and other money procedures are up for review in light of recent news that an ex-employee was able to steal $460,000 in parking meter quarters over two years without the village noticing, NorthJersey.com reported. According to the report, new Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said she would be temporarily overseeing the Parking Utility to prevent thefts.
    Ridgewood’s coin collection and other money procedures are up for review in light of recent news that an ex-employee was able to steal $460,000 in parking meter quarters over two years without the village noticing, NorthJersey.com reported. According to the report, new Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said she would be temporarily overseeing the Parking Utility to prevent thefts.
  • Westfield may revamp liquor laws, limit medical marijuana dispensary locations, reports say

    Westfield may revamp liquor laws, limit medical marijuana dispensary locations, reports say

    Friday, April 4 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-04-04 17:19:13 GMT
    Westfield should raise its annual liquor license fees, per state guidelines, the code review and town property committee told other members of the town council at a conference meeting Tuesday.
    Westfield should raise its annual liquor license fees, per state guidelines, the code review and town property committee told other members of the town council at a conference meeting Tuesday.
  • 11-year-old North Jersey boy inspires 'mobile bakery' children's hospital charity

    11-year-old North Jersey boy inspires 'mobile bakery' children's hospital charity

    Thursday, April 3 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-03 19:11:47 GMT
    For 11-year-old North Jersey boy Vinny Accurso, dealing with pulmonary hypertension is nothing new. Vin was born with the life-threatening lung condition, which necessitates frequent hospital visits and treatments, and that he wear a backpack at all times through which he intravenously receives medication. The boy and his family have made a big splash in their hometown, Mahwah, over the past few years.
    For 11-year-old North Jersey boy Vinny Accurso, dealing with pulmonary hypertension is nothing new. Vin was born with the life-threatening lung condition, which necessitates frequent hospital visits and treatments, and that he wear a backpack at all times through which he intravenously receives medication. The boy and his family have made a big splash in their hometown, Mahwah, over the past few years.
  • South Brunswick police looking for suspect who stole 'Hugs for Brady' jar

    South Brunswick police looking for suspect who stole 'Hugs for Brady' jar

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-04-03 11:21:39 GMT
    South Brunswick Police released two images of a suspect who stole a donation jar from a local restaurant. The suspect went to the Jersey Diner on Route 130 and ordered some fries and a drink saying he had a long drive ahead of him. As he waited by the register he picked up a donation jar belonging to the Hugs for Brady Foundation and emptied the money into his jacket pockets. The donation jar contained approximately $150 dollars in it at the time of the theft.
    South Brunswick Police released two images of a suspect who stole a donation jar from a local restaurant. The suspect went to the Jersey Diner on Route 130 and ordered some fries and a drink saying he had a long drive ahead of him. As he waited by the register he picked up a donation jar belonging to the Hugs for Brady Foundation and emptied the money into his jacket pockets. The donation jar contained approximately $150 dollars in it at the time of the theft.
  • New restaurant, bar envisioned for Monmouth Park Racetrack

    New restaurant, bar envisioned for Monmouth Park Racetrack

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-04-02 18:03:28 GMT
    The Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport should be an exciting, year-round destination, says the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, the entity which leases the track from the state. Among their ideas is to open an outdoor restaurant with conservatory in 2015. Another is to open a full-service sports bar with betting for the first floor of the grandstand.
    The Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport should be an exciting, year-round destination, says the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, the entity which leases the track from the state. Among their ideas is to open an outdoor restaurant with conservatory in 2015. Another is to open a full-service sports bar with betting for the first floor of the grandstand.
  • New flood elevation maps released for four NJ counties

    New flood elevation maps released for four NJ counties

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-04-02 17:58:45 GMT
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released its latest – and nearly final – round of flood insurance rate maps for four New Jersey counties, as well as New York City. The Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, also called preliminary FIRMs, are subject to a 90 day appeal period before they become FIRM maps, which will dictate flood insurance renewal rates and building height requirements.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released its latest – and nearly final – round of flood insurance rate maps for four New Jersey counties, as well as New York City. The Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, also called preliminary FIRMs, are subject to a 90 day appeal period before they become FIRM maps, which will dictate flood insurance renewal rates and building height requirements.
  • Morris teen who sued her parents picks a college

    Morris teen who sued her parents picks a college

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-02 17:56:17 GMT
    The Morris County teen who sued her parents for tuition costs and living expenses has decided to attend Western New England University. Rachel Canning made the announcement Sunday on her Facebook page. According to her post, she plans to be a biomedical engineering major and has received a $56,000 scholarship.
    The Morris County teen who sued her parents for tuition costs and living expenses has decided to attend Western New England University. Rachel Canning made the announcement Sunday on her Facebook page. According to her post, she plans to be a biomedical engineering major and has received a $56,000 scholarship.
  • Police investigating death of male student at Stockton College

    Police investigating death of male student at Stockton College

    Monday, March 31 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-03-31 18:00:50 GMT
    The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is assisting in the investigation of the death of a male student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey campus in Galloway, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The Prosecutor's Office is working with the Stockton College Police in the investigation. A man was found unresponsive on campus around 3 p.m. He was deceased when police arrived, according to the report.
    The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is assisting in the investigation of the death of a male student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey campus in Galloway, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The Prosecutor's Office is working with the Stockton College Police in the investigation. A man was found unresponsive on campus around 3 p.m. He was deceased when police arrived, according to the report.
  • NJ teen outsmarts WTC security, scales nation's tallest building

    NJ teen outsmarts WTC security, scales nation's tallest building

    Friday, March 21 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-03-21 15:50:39 GMT
    A 16-year-old from Weehawken was arrested after besting security and sneaking up to the top of the World Trade Center early Sunday morning. Justin Casquejo slipped through in a fence at the WTC site at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday and was then taken up to the 88th floor by a “clueless” union elevator operator, according to the New York Post.
    A 16-year-old from Weehawken was arrested after besting security and sneaking up to the top of the World Trade Center early Sunday morning. Justin Casquejo slipped through in a fence at the WTC site at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday and was then taken up to the 88th floor by a “clueless” union elevator operator, according to the New York Post.
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