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    Police said one person died in a one-car crash early Saturday in Old Bridge.

    OLD BRIDGE -- One person died Saturday after a motor vehicle accident on Route 18 near James Avenue, police said. 

    Old Bridge Police Sgt. Bryan Doel said the accident involved a red Honda Accord and occurred around 1:30 a.m. The details of the crash were not immediately available but Doel said only one car was involved. 

    The victim has not been identified. 

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

     

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    Another child was seriously injured and is in stable condition, police said

    Editor's note: This post has been updated with additional and corrected information from police.

    RAHWAY -- A child is in critical condition after a stolen car crashed into another car in Rahway on Friday and the suspects ran away, police said.

    An adult and five children were in the car stolen from Bridgewater, which struck another car around 3:23 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and West Emerson Avenue, police said.

    Two children, of seven people who were in that other car, were brought to University Hospital in Newark with "very serious" injuries, police said. One went by ambulance, and one was flown by a State Police helicopter after being thrown from the vehicle and getting a head injury. 

    The child who was ejected is in critical but stable condition, while the other child is in stable condition, police said. 

    Three other people in the car that was hit were treated for minor injuries. 

    A 17-year-old, who police say was driving the stolen car, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury, receiving stolen property and joyriding. The 17-year-old is being held at the Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden. 

    Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Detective Lt. Richard Long at 732-827-2117 or the Rahway Tips Line at 732-388-1553. 

    Marisa Iati may be reached at miati@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Iati or on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook

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    Janina Grzelczak, of Brooklyn, New York, was trying to cross Washington Road

    SAYREVILLE -- A 69-year-old woman is dead after a driver struck her while she tried to cross a Sayreville road Friday night, authorities said.

    Janina Grzelczak was hit by a 34-year-old Sayreville resident who was driving a 2008 Ford Explorer east on Washington Road around 6:14 p.m., the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said. 

    Grzelczak, of Brooklyn, New York, was found lying in the road and was pronounced dead around 7 p.m. at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy. Prosecutors said she was crossing the road in the middle of a block and not in a crosswalk. 

    Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Sayreville Police Sgt. John Bartlinski 732-525-5431 or prosecutor's office Detective Greg Morris at 732-745-4054.

    Marisa Iati may be reached at miati@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Iati or on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook

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    Anyone with information about the crash asked to call police.

    COLTS NECK -- A passenger died after the car he was riding in veered off Route 18 and crashed into a tree in Colts Neck early Saturday, authorities said.

    Mina Salib, 46, of East Brunswick, was in a 2006 BMW X5 when the car went off the southbound road and hit a tree on the passenger side shortly before 5 a.m., near the Normandy Road Bridge, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

    Salib was pronounced dead at the crash scene, the prosecutor's office said.

    The BMW driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was being treated at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

    Police closed the road from 6:30 to 10 a.m. as authorities worked at the scene. Investigators with the prosecutor's office and Colts Neck police continued to probe the wreck.

    Anyone with information can call Morgan Savage of the Colts Neck police at 732-780-7323.

     

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

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    New Jersey traffic deaths remain under investigation.

    Four people were killed and another woman was left in critical condition within less than 24 hours through early Saturday in separate traffic-related incidents on roadways around New Jersey.

    The deadly toll came days before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. No charges were announced in any of the cases and authorities said investigations were continuing.

    Janina Grzelczak, 69, of Brooklyn, died after she was struck by a 2008 Ford Explorer traveling east on Washington Road in Sayreville around 6:15 p.m. Friday, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

    Grzelczak was trying to cross the road in the middle of a block and not at a crosswalk when she was hit, the prosecutor's office said.

    Also on Friday evening, an 80-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle as she walked across New Hampshire Avenue in Toms River, according to township police. The woman remained hospitalized in critical condition as of Saturday.

    At least three people died in crashes within hours early Saturday.

    In Monmouth County, Mina Salib, 46, died after the BMW he was a passenger in veered off Route 18 in Colts Neck and struck a tree, authorities said. The East Brunswick resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The BMW driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, which was investigating along with local police.

    Old Bridge Police Sgt. Bryan Doel confirmed one person died in another single-vehicle wreck on Route 18 in the Middlesex County township around 1:30 a.m. Police have not yet released more information on that crash.

    A driver was ejected from a vehicle and died at the scene of a one-car crash in Paterson around 4:45 a.m., according to Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco. City police were investigating and did not immediately release details.

    Sayreville police took to Facebook to urge drivers to take precautions after what the department said was "a long night of accidents."

    Police reported three rollover crashes overnight, but none with serious injuries.

    "These next seven days are some of the busiest of the year for us. Unfortunately, we started today off with several serious accidents," Sayreville police said in a social media post, which included a photo of a vehicle on its side from one overnight crash scene. 

    "Please, please, please slow down, be aware, be awake and of course don't drink and drive," the post added.

    Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said city police would be cracking down on drunk driving during the holiday season, part of a state grant-funded effort.

    "Just last evening a police sergeant was injured after his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver," Ambrose said.

    "We will continue to arrest people who think they are going to drink and drive in the City of Newark - especially during the holiday season, when celebrating individuals may attempt to drive drunk."

    Karen Yi, Taylor Tiamoyo Harris and Allison Pries contributed to this report.

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

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    Ramp and highway closed late Saturday, according to police and state transportation department.

    SAYREVILLE -- A section of southbound Route 9 was closed in Sayreville Saturday night as authorities investigated a fatal accident, according to officials.

    rt9closd.jpgA section of Route 9 was closed Nov. 18, 2017 in Sayreville (photo: 511nj.org) 

    The highway was closed from Bordentown Avenue to Ernston Road until further notice as of around 9 p.m., the Sayreville Police Department said in a Facebook post.

    Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Andrea Boulton confirmed a fatal accident occurred.

    The prosecutor's office was working with local police, the spokeswoman said. Additional details were not immediately released.

    The incident came after four people were killed in separate traffic-related incidents through early Saturday across the state.

    A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle in Sayreville earlier Saturday and police said they responded to several rollover crashes overnight.

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

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    The cause of the industrial accident is being investigated in conjunction with OSHA, police said.

    A 20-year-old man died Sunday after falling 60 feet at a construction site in Piscataway Township, police said.

    Police responded at 8:25 a.m. to the site at 171 River Road, where construction was being done on a warehouse, Piscataway Lt. Robert Garnecki said.

    Additional details were not immediately available. The man's name was not released.

    The industrial accident is being investigated in conjunction with OSHA, Garnecki said.

    Sara Jerde may be reached at sjerde@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @SaraJerde.

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    In an age where coaches are leaving the profession early, I am thankful for all the "life lessons" I continue to learn from my student athletes

    By Bryan Fisher

    Pele described the game of soccer as "jogo bonito," the beautiful game.

    Pele played the game with heart, courage, passion and a sense of gratitude.

    I just finished my 17th year of coaching boys' soccer at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction.

    Bryan FisherBryan Fisher is a head coach for the boys soccer team at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. He is also a history teacher at the high school. (courtesy photo)

    I was talking with a younger coach the other day and he was asking me advice on dealing with players and parents and everything else that encompasses high school coaching in 2017.

    I started thinking about all that it took to get to this moment in my own career and simply told him that he should surround himself with the best people possible.

    I told him that he must be relentless in his pursuit to build positive and meaningful relationships with his players, parents, colleagues, administrators, friends and family for they all play a significant role in his development as a coach and leader of young adults.

    I am thankful for Pirate Soccer.

    This past summer my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The "C" word evoked feelings of shock, sadness and fear. I always talk about life lessons with my team and how to overcome adversity but now I was faced with that "life lesson" myself.

    My father decided to have surgery in mid-October but the thought of him having cancer weighed heavily on my mind. Every day was a new adventure in the high school and the spirit and energy of my students, athletes and colleagues were a welcome distraction.

    At my house, it was business as usual; my wife (thankful) bearing the responsibility of taking the girls to softball, dance and CCD while I navigated through the fall soccer season. As I said earlier, everyone plays a part.

    A mentor of mine told me long ago to never be afraid to show your team that you care. On a late September afternoon, I stopped practice early and I told the team that my dad had prostate cancer, that I was scared, and that I was thankful for my time with them every day.

    The pain in your own life can be a powerful teaching tool for student athletes.

    I got a text that night from one of my senior leaders and it said, "you always preach about perseverance and family and now we are going to get through this together."

    My team that afternoon truly became a part of my life. When your team knows you would do anything for them and they would do anything for you, that's a powerful dynamic.

    My father's surgery was a success and he is recovering well.

    With the help of the boys and girls soccer teams at Robbinsville High School (my brother Jeff is the head coach), we played a doubleheader for Prostate Cancer Awareness and raised over $1,200.

    The boys made a memorable run to the Mercer County Championship game and learned that it's not always about winning but playing with passion and being thankful for the moments that they shared together along the way.

    The opportunity to educate, inspire and empower others is a responsibility I do not take for granted. In an age where coaches are leaving the profession early, I am thankful for all the "life lessons" I continue to learn from my student athletes. The beautiful game continues to bring me hope and I am thankful for all the relationships I have made along the way.

    Have an attitude of gratitude this holiday season.

    Bryan Fisher is a head coach for the boys soccer team at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. He is also a history teacher at the high school.

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    It was the second fatal crash involving a pedestrian over the weekend in Sayreville

    A pedestrian was killed Saturday night after being struck by at least three vehicles while crossing Route 9 in Sayreville, authorities said.

    The man, who has not been identified, was initially hit by a SUV traveling north near Starbucks, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

    The impact sent the man over the concrete median into the southbound lanes, where he was hit by at least two more cars.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:06 p.m. 

    Busy travel week off to deadly start on N.J. roadways

    Authorities are looking for other vehicles involved in the crash as the investigation continues. Route 9 was closed for hours between Bordentown Road and Ernston Road while officials were on the scene.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. John Bartlinski of the Sayreville police at (732) 525-5431 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-8842.

    The Route 9 fatal was the second of the weekend Sayreville. A 69-year-old woman was killed while crossing Washington Road just after 6 p.m. Friday. 

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

     

     


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    A 23-year-old man was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16 who he had been acting as a case worker for.

    A 23-year-old case worker for a nonprofit agency was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16 he had been assigned to oversee.

    Miguel Garrido, 23, of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and using marijuana with the victim.

    miguel-Garrido.jpgMiguel Garrido, 23 

    Garrido was a case worker with Coordinated Family Care, a private, non-profit care management organization that provides resource to Middlesex County youths and their families, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

    He was investigated by the prosecutor's office and the Highland Park Police Department.

    The investigation determined that the alleged sexual assault took place at the victim's home, authorities said.

    The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Pardo of the Highland Park Police Department at (732) 572-3800 ext. 4253 or Detective McCall of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-3652.

    Sara Jerde may be reached at sjerde@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @SaraJerde.

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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption in shelters and rescues.

    Pets Plus of Delran hosted a grand reopening on Nov. 19 to celebrate its transition from selling commercially-raised puppies to only offering rescued shelter dogs and puppies for adoption.

    The dogs will come from the Hub City Humane Society in Mississippi, Animal Aid USA and St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in Virginia, the Humane Society of Raleigh County in West Virginia, the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society in Louisiana, Natchez-Adams County Humane Society in Mississippi, Oktibbeha County Humane Society and other shelter partners.

    The store will join more than 2,600 other pet stores around the country that have signed the Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge of The Humane Society of the United States, making it their official policy not to do business with puppy mills.

    The Pets Plus Natural pet store chain has converted all of its stores to the new humane model.

    "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Pets Plus of Delran for improving the community's pet adoption rate and taking a stand against inhumane puppy mills," said John Moyer, corporate outreach manager of the Stop Puppy Mills campaign for The HSUS.

    Pets Plus of Delran is located at 1321A Fairview Blvd.

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


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    Teams tumbled and two new teams entered.


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    The three New Jersey residents were among the 32 American recipients announced Sunday

    Three New Jersey residents have been chosen as Rhodes Scholars.

    rhodes-scholars.jpgFrom left, Jasmine Brown, of Hillsborough, Jordan Thomas, of South Plainfield, and Christopher D'Urso, of Colts Neck.

    Christopher D'Urso, a Colts Neck resident who attends the University of Pennsylvania; Jordan Thomas, a Princeton University student who lives in South Plainfield, and Jasmine Brown, a Hillsborough resident who attends Washington University in St. Louis, were among the 32 American recipients announced Sunday.

    The 2017 scholars were chosen from a group of 866 applicants who were endorsed by 299 colleges and universities for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study starting next October. In some cases, the scholarships may allow funding for four years.

    The scholarships are worth about $68,000 per year, according to the Rhodes Trust.

    D'Urso is a senior who will receive a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in public administration through the University's Fels Institute of Government. He has a perfect grade point average in both programs.

    D'Urso is interested in consumer protection and testified before Congress in 2014 on revamping country of origin labeling laws. He also is the founding president of "Penn CASE," a community service organization that provides consumer assistance, support and education to Philadelphia residents and Penn students. He will study for a master of science in criminology and criminal justice at Oxford.

    Thomas is a senior at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He's also studying Portuguese language and culture and African-American studies. He was a Fulbright Summer Institute Fellow at the University of Bristol where he studied the culture, heritage and history of the United Kingdom.

    Thomas also interned at the Office for Civil Rights' Program Legal Group at the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative. He plans to seek a master's degree in philosophy in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation at Oxford.

    Brown is a senior majoring in biology with a focus in neuroscience. She also has done cancer research at the Broad Institute, pulmonary research at Johns Hopkins and behavioral science at the University of Miami.

    She has done extensive research on genetics and the West Nile virus. She also founded the Minority Association of Rising Scientists that works to help minority students in science and technology. She also has tutored high school students and danced in a theater production.

    Brown will seek a doctor of philosophy degree in physiology, anatomy and genetics at Oxford.


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    Who stole the show in in the playoffs?


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    Matchups will be determined after the semifinal round is complete

    Two more rounds to go. The 2017 state football semifinal round is this weekend — 46 games  where the winners will move on to the championship finals. 


    MORE: Follow NJ.com's coverage of the semifinals on Friday and Saturday


    The NJSIAA has released the locations, dates and times for the championship games, to be played Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3. 

    NOTE: The matchups will not be determined until after Saturday's semifinal games are complete. Check back Saturday night for updates.

    Ticket prices are as follows: 
    MetLife Stadium: $9 adults, $3 students and seniors, $12 parking
    Rutgers: $9 adults, $3 students and seniors, $12 parking
    Kean: $5.50 adults, $2  students and seniors, free parking
    Rowan: $5.50 adults, $2 students and seniors, free parking

    BY DAY

    THURSDAY, NOV. 30 — 2 games

    AT METLIFE STADIUM

    North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2, 5 p.m.
    1-Rutherford vs. 6-Hackettstown

    North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5, 8 p.m.
    1-Westfield vs. 3-Bridgewater-Raritan

    FRIDAY, DEC. 1 — 3 games

    AT METLIFE STADIUM
    North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5, 5 p.m.
    1-Montclair vs. 3-Union City

    Non-Public, Group 4, 8 p.m.
    1-Bergen Catholic vs. 2-St. Peter’s Prep

    AT KEAN
    North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2, 7 p.m.
    2-Lakeland vs. 4-Newton

    SATURDAY, DEC. 2 — 15 games

    AT METLIFE STADIUM
    North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3, 10 a.m.
    1-West Essex vs. 3-Voorhees 

    North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4, 1 p.m.
    1-Phillipsburg vs. 2-North Hunterdon

    North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3, 4 p.m.
    1-Ramapo, vs. 2-River Dell

    North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4, 7 p.m.
    1-Old Tappan vs. 3-Mount Olive

    AT RUTGERS
    Central Jersey, Group 2, 10 a.m.
    1-Point Pleasant Boro vs. 7-Hillside

    Central Jersey, Group 5, 1 p.m.
    1-Manalapan vs. 2-South Brunswick

    Central Jersey, Group 4, 4 p.m.
    3-Long Branch vs. 8-Freehold Borough

    Central Jersey, Group 3, 7 p.m.
    1-Rumson-Fair Haven vs. 2-Somerville

    AT KEAN
    North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1, 10 a.m.
    1-Weequahic vs. 2-Shabazz

    Non-Public, Group 3, 1 p.m.
    1-DePaul vs. 3-St Joseph (Mont.)

    Central Jersey, Group 1, 4 p.m.
    4-Middlesex vs. 7-Point Pleasant Beach

    North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1, 7 p.m.
    5-Hasbrouck Heights vs. 6-Pompton Lakes

    AT ROWAN  
    South Jersey, Group 3, 11 a.m.
    4-Delsea vs.  2-Woodrow Wilson

    South Jersey, Group 1, 2:30 p.m.
    1-Paulsboro vs. 2-Penns Grove

    South Jersey, Group 5, 6 p.m.
    1-Lenape vs. 2-Rancocas Valley



    SUNDAY, DEC. 3 — 3 games

    AT ROWAN
    South Jersey, Group 2, 11 a.m.
    1-West Deptford vs. 6-Haddonfield

    Non-Public, Group 2, 2:30 p.m.
    1-St. Joseph (Hamm.) vs. 3-Mater Dei

    South Jersey, Group 4, 6 p.m.
    4-Shawnee vs. 6-Hammonton


    BY LOCATION
    MetLife Stadium — 8 games total
    Thursday, 11/30 - 5 and 8pm
    Friday, 12/1 - 5 and 8pm
    Saturday, 12/2 - 10am, 1, 4 and 7pm

    Kean — 5 games total
    Friday, 12/1 - 7pm
    Saturday, 12/2 - 10am, 1, 4, and 7pm

    Rutgers - 4 games total
    Saturday, 12/2 10am, 1, 4 and 7pm

    Rowan - 6 games total
    Saturday 12/2 - 11am, 2:30 and 6pm
    Sunday 12/3 - 11am, 2:30 and 6pm


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    Students share their project with a panel of space experts.

    mx1119schooledison.jpgRetired astronaut Sam Durrance with Dane Soaper of Fullerton, Calif., and Team EON members Aarav Zutshi, Ujwal Linga, Pramodh Miryalav and Siddhant Vashisht at the entrance to the Kennedy Space Center. Team EON was the team winner and Soaper the individual winner in the Lockheed-Martin 2016 Generation Beyond Video Challenge.

    EDISON -- Earlier this month, Team Eon, four students from John Adams and Woodrow Wilson middle schools, visited the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they answered questions and shared their ideas about their Lockheed Martin 2016 Generation Beyond Video Challenge entry with a panel of space experts.

    Last summer, the team -- Ujwal Linga, Siddhant Vashisht, Pramodh Miryalav and Aarav Zutshi - were named the grand prize winners in the contest that challenged students in grades 6 to 8 to design the living quarters for a future spacecraft that will go to Mars. The team won $10,000 and the chance to meet with officials at the Kennedy Space Center.

    To submit school news send an email to middlesex@starledger.com.


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    Micah Dunn was the third person in his family, across three generations, to be born on November 19.

    Clara Gregory just had a feeling her grandson was going to be born Nov. 19, even though he wasn't due until Christmas day. The day is special to her, not only because it is her birthday, but also because it is her daughter's.

    "I don't know why, but I kept saying to my daughter that the baby was going to come on our birthday," Gregory said.

    Theresa Dunn gave birth to Micah Dunn on Sunday afternoon at the University Medical Center at Princeton and he became the third person in the family, across three generations, to share a November 19th birthday.

    theresa.jpgTheresa Dunn, 31, shares her birthday with her mom, and now her son. (Photo courtesy of Chris Gregory) 

    Theresa Dunn said she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure in pregnant women. She had to visit the hospital a few times, she said, but doctors were hoping to get closer to her December due date before inducing labor. 

    But, she said, her son came about five weeks early, anyway. He weighed 4 pounds 2 ounces, and was 18 inches at birth.

    Dunn, a resident of Lawrence, was admitted to the hospital Thursday night, and doctors attempted to induce labor. 

    "My husband kept saying, 'he's going to be born on your birthday,'" she said. "And I finally came to the realization Saturday night that he really could be born on our birthday."

    Micah is several weeks early but "doing amazing," Dunn said. She and her husband also have a 2 1/2-year-old son, Mason. 

    grandma.jpegClara Gregory, 67, now shares a birthday with her daughter and grandson. (Photo courtesy of Chris Gregory) 

    Gregory said that her daughter was delivered a bit earlier than her due date, too. Gregory moved from South Carolina to New Jersey and gave birth to her daughter at Saint Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

    "My doctor kept saying that it was good the baby was going to be born on Thanksgiving because I wouldn't need to to any cooking," Gregory said. "And I knew then too, I just had this feeling, she was going to come on my birthday."

    On Sunday Clara turned 67 and her daughter Theresa turned 31. Now that they share the day with Micah, Theresa said, she's sure the day will be all about him. 

    "We'll obviously cherish this for the rest of our lives."

    Erin Banco may be reached at ebanco@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @ErinBanco. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Where did your favorite team land in the season's final ranking?


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    Sen. Joseph Vitale said his wife, Robin and the baby a all nine pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches of her a are both doing well.

    It's been awhile since The Auditor reported straight-up good news without an ounce of wit. But it's Thanksgiving week, and we were overdue.

    So was Alexandra Elizabeth Vitale.

    The first child for Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale and his wife Robin arrived about a week past her due date at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, after 12 hours of labor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

    Vitale said Robin and the baby -- all nine pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches of her -- are both doing well, Vitale told The Auditor Monday. 

    The proud papa posted a bassinet photo of his daughter on Facebook Monday.

    "It's the best thing that ever happened to us," Vitale said. "People tell you what to expect but you don't realize what a miracle it is until it happens to you.

    This is the couple's first child. They also have a dog, Rosie, a 7-year-old Labrador-Great Pyrenees mix. They have been married for nine years. 

    Robin Vitale is a vice president for health strategies with the Heart Association in New York. Joseph Vitale owns Vitale Sign Corp. in Rahway, and chairs the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Next year, will mark his 20th year in the Senate.

     

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    NJ.com looks at 25 unhealded performances from the state football semifinals


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