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News Around New Jersey

April 21, 2024

WAYNE, NJ – If you’ve been on Pompton Plains Crossroad lately, then you’ve likely seen the rather large mound of dirt set off the road - what Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano recently called, “The largest mountain in New Jersey right now.” He was exaggerating, but a business known as Topsoil Depot has a ...

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NEWARK — The soil and groundwater of a 7.6-acre industrial park on the banks of the Passaic River in the North Ward remain contaminated — the result of “historic site operations,” accidental spills, illegal dumping, and improper waste disposal, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy wants to pump nearly $1 billion more into New Jersey schools. The new spending would increase state aid to public schools by 5% over the current level and is meant to “fully fund” K-12 education to ensure that New Jersey children receive a top-notch ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 20-something in a hoodie is be-bop-bopping to the music, his head gently nodding to the bounce of the drums.  A few tables over, a gray-haired gentleman polishing off his Pabst Blue Ribbon can’t take his eyes off the band.  Nearby, a woman gives a hearty “Whoa!” at the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK – The Rutgers University Police Department is investigating after the Center for Islamic Life on College Avenue was burglarized as the world’s Muslims began the celebration of Eid, the ending of Ramadan. The center was broken into and “several items of value” were taken during a ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Three young sisters from Roxbury are making names for themselves in snowboarding across the nation. The girls, Harper Beach, 13, Piper Beach, 12 and Keller Beach 10, compete in United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) events. The USASA is a ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - A new two-year contract for garbage collection in Hoboken is costing the City over $7.5 million, a 73 percent increase from the previous contract.   Despite the price hike, services provided by Cali Carting will remain the same.  According to officials, Hoboken, where garbage is ...

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BAYONNE, NJ - Is Saint Andrew's church closing?  Parishioners will have to wait to find out. While attendees at an April 4 meeting hoped to get some answers from church officials about the future of the church, they were told instead to submit their questions in writing and that they’d be ...

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Essex County’s Branch Brook Park boasts 5,300 cherry blossom trees - more than the nation’s capital - and starting Saturday, April 6, it will celebrate with its 48th annual Cherry Blossom Festival. For the record, East Potomac Park, in Washington, D.C., has just 3,800 trees, according to the ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The call came in just after 8:00pm on Thursday evening for a working structure fire on Van Duyne Avenue in Wayne and volunteer Companies #1 and #2 responded. Wayne Police arrived on scene first and confirmed a working fire and that all occupants had escaped the home. Chief Paul Gleba ...

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Ten families comprising 25 adults and three children in Newark were displaced due to structural damage resulting from the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that was felt across the region on Friday morning, the city's public safety director said. Firefighters responded to 313, 315, 317 7th Avenue on a ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Morris Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for an affordably priced home in Roxbury, the second one being built by Roxbury High School students for the organization. The house, described by Morris Habitat as a “moderate-income, 2-bedroom home on West Dewey Avenue in ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ — A borough man is now charged with murder in the death of his 9-year-old son. The boy's burned body was found inside a car intentionally set ablaze in a parking lot at Sayreville War Memorial High School, authorities said. Manuel Rivera, 43, is charged with first-degree murder, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Assembly passed a resolution Monday to “reaffirm freedom of access and protection of reproductive health care services,” including in vitro fertilization (IVF), in New Jersey. The resolution was a direct response to an Alabama Supreme Court ruling earlier this ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City has recently highlighted a local pencil company in the Heights that has been operating in the city for over 13 decades. The General Pencil Company at 67 Fleet Street has been manufacturing writing utensils for use by everyone from school children to architects and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a resolution Monday calling on Congress and President Biden to raise the threshold for the federal poverty level in states like New Jersey. The resolution, SCR-93, is an official expression of state support for a proposal introduced by Rep.

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TRENTON — Advocates for transparency and open government testified Monday, March 11, against an overhaul to the state’s Open Public Records Act as government interests lauded the measure. The bill (S-2930), which if passed would be the first major update to the state’s public records law in over ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Reported bias incidents at Rutgers-New Brunswick more than doubled in 2023 from the previous year, according to statistics released by state officials. There were 77 reported bias incidents in 2023, up from the 36 that were reported in 2022, according to data from Attorney ...

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TRENTON — Advocates for transparency and open government testified Monday, March 11, against an overhaul to the state’s Open Public Records Act as government interests lauded the measure. The bill (S-2930), which if passed would be the first major update to the state’s public records law in over ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ - In June 2024, New Jersey is set to welcome back the North to Shore Festival for its second year, promising to eclipse its inaugural success with a vast array of performances and events spread across three of its most vibrant cities. After attracting hundreds of thousands of ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ – The Sea.Hear.Now Festival is poised to electrify the shores of Asbury Park once again this September 14th and 15th, with music legend Bruce Springsteen headlining the event's second night. This appearance marks a significant milestone as Springsteen's first headline performance at ...

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ – Emmy-nominated host Darley Newman has climbed craggy towers and explored underground bunkers and almost literally left no stone unturned in search of local history for her PBS series. Perth Amboy, however, takes the lead role in an upcoming episode of “Travels with Darley: ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – When Mainline Catering and Events owner Bill Malgieri decided to pull up the flooring for renovation, he learned a few new things hiding under the old flooring. Malgieri, after purchasing the landmark, Flynn’s on the Hill, had a goal to keep much of the charm of Flynn’s what ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The second of two American Bald Eagle eggs have hatched in the nest high atop a 90-foot Sycamore tree in a wooded area along the Raritan River at Duke Farms. The adult Eagle caring for the two hatchlings has been busy feeding them bits of raw fish and hunkering down over them ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Although it failed in its 2023 attempt to secure state grant money to advance the rehabilitation of the historic Lafayette School in Lower Berkshire Valley, the township is not giving up on the building. The Roxbury Mayor and Council this week agreed to apply to Morris County for ...

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NEWARK, NJ - One person placed a teddy bear on the doorknob of the Newark family’s apartment and another laid candles following the death of a 2-year-old boy at the building on Saturday, March 2, a tenant leader said. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Newark police announced they are ...

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UNION, NJ – Planting bamboo, considered an invasive and difficult to control plant, will no longer be permitted in Union, according to an ordinance passed at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. According to the ordinance, certain types of bamboo can cause significant damage to property, ...

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NEWARK — Free classes being offered to Newark women aim to improve their financial literacy in a place where wide economic disparities persist. First Lady Linda J. Baraka announced the “Newark Women Moving Forward” initiative during a news conference with city leaders at the Krueger-Scott ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It's a Leap Day baby for sure. The first of two American Bald Eagle eggs laid in the nest atop a 90-foot Sycamore tree in a wooded area along the Raritan River at Duke Farms cracked open over the course of several hours during the afternoon and early evening hours of Leap Day ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two local residents with emergency medical training recently came to the aid of a gym member who collapsed while working out.  On Feb. 19, Ameya Patel of Piscataway and Johnny Tsang of Dunellen were both in the right place at the right time. At approximately 6:30 p.m., ...

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