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    An aspiring mobster and the 36-year-old man convicted of tricking him into killing an Edison man with a pickaxe in 2011 were sentenced Thursday.

    NEW BRUNSWICK -- An aspiring mobster and the 36-year-old man convicted of tricking him into killing an Edison man with a pickaxe six years ago were sentenced Thursday to 30 years in state prison.

    Daniel Medaglia, 32, of Edison, and Michael Doce, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, were sentenced to the 30 years in prison and five years of parole in the death of 28-year-old Kelvin Dumo, whose body was found in a Sayreville industrial site on the morning of Nov. 7, 2011. 

    Doce concocted an intricate eight-month narrative and bragged about his fictitious ties to organized crime to manipulate Medaglia into carrying out the murder, prosecutors said. Medaglia, who has admitted to fatally bludgeoning Dumo, was the state's key witness in the case against Doce and has said he thought the murder was a $50,000 Mafia hit. 

    One of the most powerful moments during the sentencing came when Dumo's mother, Neida Dumo, told Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves that her only son was loved by many people. She said Doce and Medaglia have shown no remorse in the nearly six years her family has attended court hearings.

    "I'm thankful that this day has finally come," she said. "Neither of them has a conscious."

    Doce and Medaglia sat in silence in handcuffs and green, court-issued jumpsuits as about 20 people listened in the courtroom. When asked if they would like to speak at their separate hearings, Doce slightly shook his head no while Medaglia apologized to Dumo's family.

    After a six-week trial, a jury in June found Doce guilty of murder and conspiracy charges. Medaglia struck a deal with prosecutors for 30 years in prison in exchange for his testimony against Doce.

    12 key moments from pickaxe murder trial

    Before Medaglia was sentenced, his defense attorney, Howard Barman, told the judge he should reconsider the plea deal and sentence Medaglia to less time than Doce, who was sentenced earlier in the day. In his argument, Barman said Adolf Hitler and one of his followers would not have received the same sentence.

    "Without Mr. Medaglia, there wouldn't have been a conviction. And without Mr. Doce, there wouldn't have been a murder," Barman said. 

    The judge did not throw out the plea agreement. He said even though Doce persuaded Medaglia to kill, he was the one who drove the pickaxe through Dumo's head.

    During Doce's trial, Medaglia testified he yearned to become connected to organized crime and when he met Doce in 2009, he believed he had found his path to the criminal underworld in New Jersey.

    Medaglia said from the stand he believed Doce when he claimed his Uncle Paulie ran the Genovese crime family in the Garden State. Medaglia thought Doce was a mob underboss.

    "[Doce] said he was going to introduce me to members of the family," Medaglia said during his testimony. "Money. Cars. It was an attractive lifestyle."

    The wanna-mobster also testified he thought a hit had been ordered on Dumo for $50,000, and since he introduced him to Doce, the contract was his responsibility.

    "I was afraid I'd be murdered," Medaglia testified. 

    Doce's defense team has contended he is innocent in the killing and was joking with Medaglia as he texted wild stories of organized crime, often lifted from popular movies and shows, such as "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas." He never meant for anyone to get hurt, his attorneys said. 

    On the evening of Nov. 6, 2011, Medaglia convinced Dumo to drive him to buy drugs at the Viking Terminal industrial site, a place Doce had bragged about killing nine people and hiding their remains with help from connected men on site, according to Medaglia's testimony. 

    After the two got out of the car, Medaglia swung a tire iron at Dumo's head as his back was turned. It flew out of his hand and the two fought before Medaglia grabbed a pickaxe that was "just lying there" and repeatedly struck Dumo, he testified. 

    After the killing, Ryan Morrell, 35, of Dunellen, picked Medaglia up and took him to Walmart to buy new clothes, according to testimony. Morrell pleaded guilty in 2014 to a charge of hindering Medaglia's arrest.

    The judge sentenced Morrell on Thursday to a year of probation. Of the three defendants, Morrell appeared to show the most remorse in court, apologizing to the family and saying he never imagined the decision to pick up his friend that day would change his life.

    "I feel for you," he said as he held back tears and raised his right hand in the direction of Dumo's family members seated in the second row. 

    Before Doce was sentenced, his defense team filed a motion for a retrial, arguing that the judge abused his discretion by exposing jurors to graphic photographs that one of his attorneys, Eric Breslin, described as "nothing but inflammatory." 

    Breslin said he would spend the rest of his career trying to get justice for Doce, who the judge described during Medaglia's sentencing as a pathological liar. Breslin said numerous people wrote letters to the judge in support of Doce.

    Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Vitale said since the killing, the Dumo family has endured pain like he has never seen. As he showed a photograph of Dumo smiling on a projector screen, his mother, father and sister held hands.

    "Michael Doce is a destroyer of lives," Vitale told the judge. "He's the center of all of this."

    Luke Nozicka can be reached at lnozicka@njadvancemedia.com or on Twitter @lukenozicka.

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    Officials released few details on the incident late Thursday.

    PERTH AMBOY -- A 9-year-old boy died and another child was hospitalized after the cousins fell from a second floor balcony in Perth Amboy Thursday afternoon, officials and reports said. 

    The surviving boy, a 13-year-old, was listed in stable condition, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Andrea Boulton.

    The incident occurred at a residential building on Brighton Avenue around 5 p.m. 

    Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey told WABC-TV a railing gave way and the incident appeared to be a "tragic accident."

    Boulton said the prosecutor's office was investigating along with Perth Amboy police.

    Police and city officials referred calls to the prosecutor's office, which did not immediately release more details.

    Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahyc and on Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP -- Maverick is a 3-year-old male tabby in the care of Holisticat Rescue. His owners surrendered him to a shelter when they had a baby. Maverick has been described as "an extremely friendly cat" who loves attention. He has been neutered and is up-to-date on shots. For more information on Maverick, email holisticatrnr@yahoo.com or go to holisticatrescueandrehab.weebly.com. Shelters...

    maverick.jpgMaverick 

    WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP -- Maverick is a 3-year-old male tabby in the care of Holisticat Rescue. His owners surrendered him to a shelter when they had a baby.

    Maverick has been described as "an extremely friendly cat" who loves attention. He has been neutered and is up-to-date on shots.

    For more information on Maverick, email holisticatrnr@yahoo.com or go to holisticatrescueandrehab.weebly.com.

    Shelters interested in placing a pet in the Paw Print adoption column or submitting news should call 973-836-4922 or email middlesex@starledger.com.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    The Middlesex County squad is 12-0 this season and shows no signs of slowing down.

    The veteran offensive combination of Mya Stolarski and Rory Josell have been a game-changer for Metuchen and with the pair healthy and roaming the pitch, there hasn't been a team on the schedule yet that can slow down the Bulldogs.

    Stolarski has a goal or an assist in every single game this season and Josell matched that feat in all but two games. Together, the duo has piled up a total of 32 goals and 26 assists during a 12-0 start to the season.

    "Mya and Rory, while both very talented, had not played together very much," said Metuchen coach Mike Knoth. "They almost immediately developed a chemistry together (this year) on the field. They are pretty interchangeable and have the freedom to switch back and forth as the situation dictates. I encourage them to make decisions during the game and I've told them that they are playing the game, not me, so make good choices. They have really taken ownership (of that) on the field."

    Metuchen has already wrapped up the Blue Division in the Greater Middlesex Conference, but the Bulldogs have their eyes set on bigger things in 2017. Knoth's squad would like to pick up a few wins in the county tournament and make a deep run in the Group 2 playoffs.

    Stolarski will be the center piece of that pursuit and the junior has already proven she's one of the most gifted offensive playmakers in the state with 22 goals and 14 assists.

    A rare piece like that alongside a talent like Josell — who missed most of last year with an injury — gives Metuchen the confidence to chase those dreams and the Bulldogs will prepare for those tournament games with a matchup on Monday against Somerville, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20.

    "We can only learn more about ourselves," Knoth said about playing Somerville, which is also unbeaten. "I hope we can hang with them. In the county and state tournaments, the stakes and pressure only increase so playing out-of-conference games against good teams can only help us in the long run. We want to play tough teams. We started doing that last year in preseason and want to do that with our out-of-conference games going forward."

    To compete with those upper-tier teams, Metuchen knows that it must bring more than just a talented offense.

    Defense will be another important factor and the Bulldogs feel they have a solid back line that is ready for the challenge. Seniors Molly Walters, Drew Schuchman, Erin Hausser and Christine Laskowski bring experience to that defense and all four have the skills to shut down opposing offenses along with keeper Julianna Mullen.

    Walters played in the midfield last season, but made the move to defense permanently to solidify that area of the field. She is tasked each game with playing in the middle of the back line alongside Schuchman, while Hausser and Laskowski slow down runs on the wings.

    "My defense has really jelled as a unit," said Knoth, who also mixes in Natalie Tiu and Skye Nowicki on that back line. "I graduated three seniors and was not sure how I was going to handle the back line. (The girls) have developed a real sense of trust with each other though; really organized and composed."

    Hope Kenny, who plays on the flank, has been a leader this year as well and is one of four captains for Metuchen, which also awarded that honor to Schuchman, Stolarski and Walters. Each player makes an impact in a different way, but all four have the best interest for the Bulldogs in mind when they step onto the pitch. 

    "The girls each have their own personality and let that guide them but as a unit each one supports the other and all the players," Knoth said. "They set a strong example for the team, on and off the field, and are not afraid to speak up when necessary. They have been very compassionate and supportive of all the players; super cooperative and really nice kids. They are the strongest team captains I have had."

    The offense relies mostly on Stolarski and Josell, but at times, those two are doubled-teamed, and sometimes Stolarski faces a triple-team effort from opposing defenses. When that happens, Metuchen tends to look to Sophie Lipshutz for a play and the sophomore has done well with mixing in from center midfield.

    Senior Kerri Farrell has shown an ability to create as well and, so far, has seven assists for Metuchen, which will need everyone to contribute to go on runs in the county and state tournament. The Bulldogs currently have the most power points in Central, Group 1 and will find out next week what seed they'll have in the Middlesex County Tournament.

    It will be hard to compete in a county loaded with Group 4 teams, but Metuchen will leave it all out on the field and make a statement when tournament play starts next week.

    "There are some really good teams in the (Greater Middlesex Conference), especially in our Red and White Divisions, where the bigger schools are," said Knoth. "We ultimately will see some of them. I think we can hang. We'll see. We are excited."

    Brandon Gould may be reached at bgould@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonGouldHSLike NJ.com HS sports on Facebook.


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    Jamie Rios, Perth Amboy's director of code enforcement, said Friday morning the failed railing appeared to be normal wear-and-tear

    PERTH AMBOY -- There were no code violations in the home where two cousins fell from a second-floor balcony Thursday night, killing a 9-year-old boy, city officials said Friday.

    Dariel Sosa, 9, died in the fall. His 13-year-old cousin Jason Huerta was hospitalized.

    A sobbing man walked out of the apartment Friday morning, kissing a framed picture of the child in a Mets shirt and placed it on the stoop where a makeshift memorial was set up, adorned with a bouquet of white daisies set in a glass vase, candles and a single red rose.

    IMG_1406.JPGA memorial set up outside of the Brighton Avenue home for the 9-year-old who died Thursday.  

    Jamie Rios, Perth Amboy's director of code enforcement, said balcony railing appeared to fail from normal wear-and-tear in the more than 100-year-old multi-family house on Brighton Avenue and didn't expect the landlords to be fined. 

    County authorities are still investigating the incident. 

    Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey said earlier that the fall appeared to be a "tragic accident" but declined to comment further Friday. 

    The New Jersey Bureau of Housing Inspection found no structural violations on the porch in 2015, according to the building's inspection records obtained by NJ Advance Media. 

    A woman who answered the door at the what property records show is the landlord's home wouldn't identify herself and said the owner did not live at the adjacent multi-family house on Lewis Street.

    The Brighton Avenue house was last sold to an LLC in 2013, records show. 

    Seven other properties around the city are owned by a person using the Lewis Street address, property records show. 

    In a statement, City Mayor Wilda Diaz said, ""On behalf of the City of Perth Amboy, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the family, their loved ones and classmates.  Our Perth Amboy Chaplains were with the families yesterday evening to offer grief counseling. We ask our community to join in prayer and good faith, as they mourn the loss of their 9-year old son."

    Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    EDISON -- The world's largest lightbulb, measuring at 14 feet in height, is shown shortly after completion in 1948. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey Originally, the interior featured 960 incandescent lights and a 24-inch reflector. Mounted atop a 118-ft. art deco tower in Edison, it was renovated for the reopening of the Menlo Park Museum in 2015 and is...

    EDISON -- The world's largest lightbulb, measuring at 14 feet in height, is shown shortly after completion in 1948.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    Originally, the interior featured 960 incandescent lights and a 24-inch reflector. Mounted atop a 118-ft. art deco tower in Edison, it was renovated for the reopening of the Menlo Park Museum in 2015 and is now illuminated by LEDs.

    If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history in your community, please call 973-836-4922 or send an email to middlesex@starledger.com. And, check out more glimpses of history in our online galleries on nj.com.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Everything you need to know for this week.

    Below is NJ.com's mega-coverage guide for Week 5. Keep track of schedules, predictions, previews, features and breaking news from around the state all the way up until kickoff.

    ESSENTIALS 
    Bosco stuns SJR, P'way rolls and 18 more bold predictions for Week 5 of HS football
    Can't-miss football: Top 5 matchup and 27 more great Week 5 games
    Week 5 schedule/scoreboard
    Schedule/scoreboard by conference
    Statewide stat leaders through Week 4
    Power points updated through Week 4
    Statewide standings through Week 4

    RANKINGS
    Top 20
    Group and conference rankings

    PICKS 
    NJ.com predicts every winner in the state
    Scores and predictions for Top 20 teams
    Picks for each of N.J.'s six conferences

    MUST-READ CONTENT  
    Coaching swap just 1 key matchup in Game of the Week clash between Bosco, SJR
    What will be the difference in No. 11 Rancocas Valley at No. 9 Lenape game?
    Meet Timber Creek, N.J.'s No. 5 football team, and winners of 20 straight
    Sharkey Week: Bergen Catholic transfer set to take over as Verona's quarterback
    Who is N.J.'s best HS mascot? Nominations open for NJ.com's Mascot Challenge
    Hunterdon Central football young and improving
    12th Man TD Club honors weekly Trenton area football players
    Times of Trenton Football Players of the Week: Allentown's Merkel, New Egypt's Healy
    Burlington City, New Egypt will keep things simple in WJFL Freedom showdown

    A LOOK BACK AT WEEK 4
    Results and links for Week 4
    Who were the best N.J. football players last week? Here are 40 Week 4 stars
    N.J. football hot takes: The biggest, best, brightest of Week 4
    Week 4 stat leaders
    •  Best photos from Week 4

    RECRUITING NEWS  
    3-star California QB Sean Chambers decommits from Rutgers

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Anthony Corraro had thousands of rounds of ammunition in his Freehold Township home, cops say

    MONMOUTH COUNTY -- A 49-year-old alleged motorcycle gang member accused of having 16 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and chemical compounds in his home when police raided it was Thursday ordered held without bail, according to a report.

    Anthony Corraro's house on Route 33 in Freehold Township also contained a flame-thrower pipes, fuses and books on how to make bombs, APP.com reported.

    47 guns seized, 4 charged

    Corraro, who authorities say is a member of Pagan's Motorcycle Club, is charged with attempted possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose, possession of destructive devices, possession of firearm silencers and possession of body-piercing ammunition. He made a first appearance in court Thursday in Freehold, the report said.

    A former housemate turned him in, the report said. Among the guns were six long guns and 10 handguns, the report said.

    Corraro is already facing drugs and weapons charges in Middlesex County.

    A raid of a home on Ford Road in Howell last month turned up a numerous guns and piles of ammunition. David Tash, 53, and Christopher Tash, 49,were arrested and charged. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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    Monmouth Superior Court Judge Dennis O'Brien ruled Thursday all the defendants acted appropriately in a "media crazed case."

    SAYREVILLE -- A judge has thrown out a civil rights suit brought by a former high school football player who faced charges in the hazing scandal that led to the cancellation of the 2014 season and made national headlines.

    The former Sayreville student, only identified by the initials L.C. in the lawsuit, accused the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office of implying that he was involved in an alleged sexual assault after his case was resolved in juvenile court. The suit also claimed the Sayreville Board of Education illegally barred him from returning to school and both the board and prosecutor's office shared records illegally. 

    Monmouth Superior Court Judge Dennis O'Brien ruled Thursday the lawsuit could not move forward, dismissing the majority of the counts saying that all the defendants acted appropriately in a "media crazed case."

    The Sayreville High School football team was thrown into the national spotlight in 2014 when seven players were charged in a series of alleged sexual assaults on four other younger players. The school superintendent, Richard Labbe, responded by calling off the season as parents came forward detailing an alleged extreme hazing ritual.

    A year later, four of the players pleaded guilty in Family Court to hazing, a disorderly persons offense, and third-degree endangering the welfare of their teammates. The prosecutor said three of the defendants admitted to digitally penetrating one of their victims through clothing. 

    L.C. took his case to trial where he was convicted of simple assault and disorderly conduct, along with another student. The outcome of the remaining student's case was not released, as it was pending at the time. 

    O'Brien, who dismissed a similar suit earlier this year involving another student, former team captain Dylan Thillet, said L.C.'s civil rights were not violated by the school because the student and his parents did not exhaust all options in their appeal to have him return the high school. 

    The judge also said he found "nothing objectionable" about the press release in question and how the juvenile's records were handled. L.C.'s attorney, Kevin Flood, had argued that the wording and saying that those involved avoided registration under Megan's Law implied sexual assault. 

    O'Brien dismissed the majority of the case outright, but Flood can amend his complaint with additional information by November to be considered.

    The suit was originally filed in February in Middlesex County Superior Court but has since been transferred to Monmouth County to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. 

    Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Your one-stop shop for everything you need.

    WEEK 5 ESSENTIALS 
    Mega-coverage guide
    20 bold predictions
    28 can't-miss games
    Top 20 picks and schedule
    Picks for all 6 conferences
    Week 5 schedule/scoreboard
    Rankings: Top 20, Group & conference

    FRIDAY'S FEATURED GAMES 
    No. 3 DePaul at No. 1 St. Peter's Prep, 7
    Live updates
     Game story 
    • Box score

    No. 11 Rancocas Valley at No. 9 Lenape, 7 
    Live updates
    What will be the difference?
    No matter position, RV's Kondras has bond with QB
    • Game story 

    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score


    PLUS: Don't count them out - 28 teams that are better than their record


    Eastern at No. 5 Timber Creek, 7 
    Live updates
    Meet Timber Creek
    • Game story 

    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    No. 19 Piscataway at Sayreville, 7 
    Live updates
     Game story 
    •  Photo gallery

    • Box score

    Belvidere at Manville, 7 
    Live updates
    • Game story 

    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    Wallington at Emerson, 7 
    Live updates
     Game story 
    • Box score

    Lakeland at Newton, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    Rahway at Somerville, 7 
    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score


    RELATED: Who is N.J.'s best mascot? Nominations open


    Bridgewater-Raritan at North Hunterdon, 7 
    • Game story 
    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    New Egypt at Burlington City, 7
    Teams will keep things simple
    • Game story 

    • 
     Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    Delran at Bordentown, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    Hamilton West at Burlington Township, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    Trenton at Notre Dame, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    Gloucester at Schalick, 7 
    Live updates
    There's so much at stake 
    • Game story 

    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    St. Augustine at Bridgeton, 7 
    • Game story 
    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    Buena at Highland, 7
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    Middle Township at Triton, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    Shawnee at Kingsway, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    West Deptford at Sterling, 7 
     Game story 
    • Box score 

    TOP 20 SCOREBOARD
    Friday
    No. 3 DePaul at No. 1 St. Peter's Prep, 7
    Eastern at No. 5 Timber Creek, 7
    No. 11 Rancocas Valley at No. 9 Lenape, 7
    Wall at No. 15 Red Bank Catholic, 7
    No. 17 Westfield at Union, 7
    No. 18 Howell at Neptune, 7
    No. 19 Piscataway at Sayreville, 7
    Saturday
    No. 14 Don Bosco Prep at No. 4 St. Joseph (Mont.), 1
    No. 8 Paramus Catholic at No. 6 Pope John, 1
    No. 12 Manalapan at Colts Neck, 2
    No. 13 Montclair at East Orange, 1
    Bergenfield at No. 16 River Dell, 6
    No. 20 Old Tappan at Fair Lawn, 2:30

    SATURDAY'S LIVE COVERAGE 
    No. 14 Don Bosco Prep at No. 4 St. Joseph (Mont.), 1
    No. 8 Paramus Catholic at No. 6 Pope John, 1 
    Glassboro at Penns Grove

    SATURDAY'S FEATURED GAMES 
    No. 14 Don Bosco Prep at No. 4 St. Joseph (Mont.), 1 
    Live updates

    Coaching swap just 1 key matchup
    • Game story 

    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    No. 8 Paramus Catholic at No. 6 Pope John, 1  
    Live updates
    • Game story 

    • Box score

    Glassboro at Penns Grove, 2 
    • Live updates
    • Game story 

    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    Lawrence at Ewing, 2 
    • Game story 
    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    Lindenwold at Haddon Heights, 2 
    • Game story 
    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Nottingham, 2
    • Game story 

    • Box score

    Allentown at Pemberton, 2 
    • Game story 
    • Box score

    Steinert at Princeton, 2 
    • Game story 
    • Box score

    Old Tappan at Fair Lawn, 2:30 
    •  Photo gallery 
    • Box score

    Lincoln at Parsippany, 4 
    • Game story 
    • Box score

    STATEWIDE SCOREBOARD


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    Highlights of Week 5 football - check back again Saturday evening.


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    Patrick Petro is now Woodbridge royalty.

    Patrick Petro, an 18-year-old with Down syndrome, has been Woodbridge football's team manager for the past two years — leading the team onto the field and partaking in the opening coin toss among other responsibilities. Woodbridge defensive coordinator Joe Liquori went as far as to say as he is "the heart and soul" of the team.

    On Friday night as Woodbridge faced Iselin Kennedy, he became even more than that. Now, he's Woodbridge royalty. Petro was named Woodbridge's homecoming king in a ceremony at halftime of Woodbridge's 27-21 overtime victory.

    "Patrick brings more enthusiasm than almost every other player. He’s a joy to be around. His love for the game puts things in perspective for you," Liquori told MyCentralJersey.com. "You can be any size, you can have any background. If you have that love and passion, that’s what the game is all about.”

    Petro is at every practcie with the team and helps organize equiptment for drills and focusing on helping with kickers and punters getting their kicking tees and balls. He's been a ball boy and water boy during games and is on on every meeting during timeouts. He has developed a close relationship with the players.

    “The kids seem to like when he’s there. They look out for him. It’s really nice," Darin Petro, Patrick's father who played football for Woodbridge told MyCentralJersey.com. I think (Patrick’s presence) probably hits everybody a little differently. It’s got to be special to see this kid rooting them on. They are capable of being on the field and he’s not. I’m sure it teaches them compassion, without a doubt, to say, ‘Look how fortunate I am.’”

    Check out MyCentralJersey.com's video of the homecoming ceremony below.

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Their limbs limp, their faces gored, zombies took over the Asbury Park boardwalk Saturday for the 10th annual Zombie Walk. Watch video

    ASBURY PARK -- Their arms limp and their gored heads lolled back, a mass of the undead lurched down the boardwalk on Saturday looking for brains. 

    Or in the case of the four undead Disney princesses from Neptune, the nearest bar. 

    "I love the dressing up and the horror," said Jordan Armstrong, 27, whose neck looked blood-soaked and blistered in her Little Mermaid costume.

    She and her friends -- zombie-versions of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Belle -- joined hundreds for the 10th annual Zombie Walk at Asbury Park.

    People gathered in the morning to get their makeup done by professional artists, eat jello in a "brain-eating" contest or perform Thriller before the 4 p.m. march down the boardwalk. The Zombie Walk started at Convention Hall then crawled down Cookman Avenue, ending at Main Street.

    "It's like 'Walking Dead,'" said 71-year-old Willie Martin, a first time participant in the walk who also performed Thriller for the crowd. "I love it, I wanted to do something exciting."

    Despite tighter security and a ban on fake weapons, the boardwalk was packed with zombie brides, an undead Santa and even ghoulish versions of President Trump.

    "Does anyone need saving?" one Trump zombie yelled as he pushed a tombstone with his name on it and threw paper towels into the crowd. 

    Kayley Gregalis, 9, came dressed in a "zombie wedding girl dress" with her arms "looking like they've been ripped open."

    "It's pretty fun, I'm not scared at all," said Gregalis, who is from Nazareth, Penn. and comes every year to the walk. She said her mom did her makeup, "but I do the blood."

    Heather Panza, of Brick, dragged two of her friends with chains, as she walked in a pink dress and what looked like ripped skin around her eyes.

    "I'm big into Halloween," said Panza, 23. She said it's her fifth year attending the walk and the added security calls in light of Sunday's Las Vegas mass shooting didn't concern her at ll. 

    "It's a really good crowd, we've never really had an issue," she said as she yanked her undead friends forward.

    Karen Yi may be reached at kyi@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at @karen_yi or on Facebook


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    There are at least 42 statues of the famous Italian explorer across the state


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    Newark, Jersey City, New Brunswick and Camden reportedly have advanced in the state's consideration of which town to support in the bid for Amazon's new headquarters.


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    Police responded to the rear of a home on Market Street in Perth Amboy after they received a 911 call about an unresponsive man.

    PERTH AMBOY - A city man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Saturday after authorities say he beat a man so badly he is currently in the intensive-care unit at an area hospital. 

    Isaias Eduardo Silva-Baeza, 32, was charged with the second-degree crime following an altercation behind a house on Market Street in Perth Amboy, announced Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Perth Amboy police Chief Roman McKeon.

    The police found the victim after they received a 911 call about an unresponsive man behind the home. 

    The victim, only identified as a 33-year-old Perth Amboy man, was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy and then transferred to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he remains in stable condition in the hospital's intensive-care unit.

    Authorities said a verbal argument turned physical.

    No additional details about the incident were immediately available.

    The incident remains under investigation.

    Authorities urged anyone with information to call Detective Jose Rosario of the Perth Amboy Police Department at 732-324-3800 or Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Detective Craig Marchak at 732-745- 3254.

    Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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