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Long-Time South Brunswick Mayor Dies At 81

South Brunswick's mayor is dead at the age of 81.  Frank Gambatese died Saturday morning after a brief illness.  He'd been in office for 20 years, making him the longest-serving mayor in South Brunswick history.  He previously served as mayor of West Paterson, which is now known as Woodland Park.  The viewing for Gambatese will…

City Of Elizabeth Outlaws Using Furniture For Parking Spots

Elizabeth is banning the use of furniture to save parking spots on city streets.  City officials say any furniture placed on the street, to mark a spot as reserved, will be tossed into the trash.  Some residents have been using pieces of furniture or objects, like chairs and garbage pails, in locations where parking can…

Kal Penn To Speak At Kean Commencement

Actor Kal Penn will speak at Kean University's commencement ceremony this year.  Penn, who was born in Montclair, will speak at the ceremony on May 18th.  There's no word on whether Penn will be paid but Kean has reportedly given celebrity speakers like filmmaker Spike Lee and singer-songwriter John Legend a speaking fee of 25-thousand…

Linden Mayor Denies Assaulting Veteran Firefighter

The mayor of Linden is denying that he assaulted a firefighter at a fundraising event last week. Veteran firefighter Christopher Lukenda claims the assault happened during a fundraiser for the police department at the Amici III Ristorante on West Elizabeth Avenue Friday.  Lukenda has filed a complaint in municipal court but hasn't elaborated on what…

Middlesex County Man Sentenced In Beating Death Of Student

A Middlesex County man will serve 40 years in prison for the beating death of a former Rutgers college student.  Forty-one-year-old Timothy Puskas was convicted of the murder of 22-year-old William McCaw in January.  McCaw previously attended Rutgers but transferred to Kean University shortly before his death.  Prosecutors say McCaw was walking home from a…

Perth Amboy Police Release Sketch Of Man Found Dead

Authorities in Perth Amboy are asking the public's help in identifying a man found dead last summer. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced yesterday that a composite sketch has been released of the victim, who was discovered in the woods near Herbert Street and Riverview Drive on August 12th.  Forensic experts have determined he…

Shooting Inside Off-Duty Cop's Manville Home

Officials are investigating a shooting inside an off duty cop's home in Somerset County.  Police say one person was shot just before midnight inside the officer's house in Manville.  Police say the officer heard noises, grabbed his gun and confronted the suspect, believed to be a burglar.  There's no word at this point on the…

Franklin Man Charged In North Brunswick Car Burglaries

A Franklin man is charged in several North Brunswick car burglaries.  Police say Jarred Robinson broke into multiple cars recently on Stockton Drive, Wood Avenue and along Route 130.  He was nabbed early Tuesday when a man spotted an unfamiliar guy standing near a neighbor's car and called the cops. Police say they've recovered a…

Body Of Missing New Jersey Teen Found

A New Jersey community is reacting to news that the body of a missing 19-year-old woman has been found.  According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Rachel Oakes' body was found near the Raritan River in Edison on Sunday.  The woman had previously attended Old Bridge High School and was missing for nearly two months.…

Plainfield High Students Protest Spending Cuts With Walk Out

Students at Plainfield High School are expressing their outrage at proposed spending cuts in the latest Board of Education budget. Over 500 students walked out of their classrooms Thursday to protest the slashing of hundreds of thousands of dollars to social workers, guidance counselors and at least one school.  Education officials have said charter schools…