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    New Jersey is one of the areas that saw a dramatic increase in arrests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency last year.


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    NJ.com previews the Region 5 wrestling tournament at Hunterdon Central with a prediction at every weight class.


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    Police were called to investigate possible threats in the Bloomfield and Little Falls school districts.

    Police in the Bloomfield and Little Falls school districts have investigated questionable online posts over the past few days - including a photo of a student with a gun - but found that neither posed a threat to safety, authorities said.

    In Bloomfield, police were called after a high school student posted a photo of himself holding a gun with a caption that "made a derogatory and inflammatory reference to the tragedy in South Florida," according to Public Safety Director Samual DeMaio.

    On Monday, DeMaio said the photo was taken outside of New Jersey at a hunting camp and that the rifle in the photo is currently locked in a safe at the camp.

    "The hunting rifle is owned by a relative and is a legally purchased weapon stored at the out-of-state hunting camp and used by the adult relative for the purpose of hunting," DeMaio said. "I will also emphasize that at no time was a threat to shoot at a school ever made."

    In Little Falls, police were called over the weekend when district officials learned of a "digital exchange between students that contained potentially concerning content," schools Superintendent Tracey Marinelli said in an email to parents on Monday.

    Marinelli did not say when the exchange occurred.

    "There was an investigation and there was never a threat to our school or students," Marinelli said in an email to NJ Advance Media on Tuesday.

    The two investigations were the latest over school safety in New Jersey since 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

    Last Thursday, Nutley schools Superintendent Julie Glazer ordered schools closed for several days after a video was posted to Instagram appearing to show local students firing a rifle and handgun.

    Nutley police investigated and said they found no credible threat to safety. Glazer on Tuesday declined to comment on the investigation.

    The incident prompted 16 parents to call for armed guards to be posted at all seven of Nutley's public schools.

    In Mahwah, Mayor Bill Laforet called for armed guards at township schools after district officials learned of a threat made several months ago by an eighth-grade student.

    "We have all witnessed far too many horrific acts of violence against school children throughout our nation," Laforet said in a statement on Saturday. "As the mayor, I am committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to protect our students and district staff when attending Mahwah Township schools."

    In Somerset County, a 14-year-old boy made threats against Franklin Township High School on social media late Thursday, police said.

    Following an investigation, police found no imminent danger. The Franklin Township student was charged with making a terroristic threat and was suspended from school, Superintendent John Ravally said.

    Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany was under lockdown for 35 minutes Friday afternoon after a student found a bullet in the hallway, police said. Cops swept the school for possible threats before dismissing students at 3 p.m.

    A threatening social media post regarding Carl Sandburg Middle School was brought to the attention of Old Bridge Police Thursday night, authorities said. After an investigation, no credible threat was found. However, police have increased their presence at the school, officials said.

    In Jackson, police went to the home of a student after learning the student had a list of people he wanted to harm. However, police and school officials said the threat was unsubstantiated.

    Fake threats also circulated in Monroe Townships in both Middlesex and Gloucester counties, causing confusion in both towns. None of the threats were credible, police said.

    school-shoot-rear.jpgScreen grab from a video posted to Instagram shows a person shooting a handgun at a firing range. The video also contains a still photo of Nutley High School and students in a classroom. (Instagram)  

    Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Former Gov. Jim McGreevey opened a New Brunswick chapter of his nonprofit, which provides formerly incarcerated people with life and spiritual resources. Watch video

    Reenty.jpgFormer Gov. Jim McGreevey (right) and former inmate Kendar Hall help to open a new office Tuesday for the New Jersey Reentry Corporation in New Brunswick. (Paige Gross | For NJ.com) 

    Kedar Hall was losing his eyesight when was released from his most recent stint in prison. First, former Gov. Jim McGreevey came to his aid and lended him his glasses. Then, McGreevey's agency, the New Jersey Reentry Corporation helped him get glasses and resume his life on the outside.

    The Reentry Corporation Tuesday opened its ninth office to help former inmates like Hall, this one in a basement space in downtown New Brunswick.

    "This here is a second sight, this is a second chance," Hall said of the new office at 57 Livingston Ave. "I used to live here in New Brunswick. New Brunswick is one of those spots where they really need that help. You just need to let people know that the help is there."

    The Corporation helps former inmates deal with a myriad of obstacles, starting with obtaining housing and finding a job, McGreevey said at the center's opening. It also provides addiction treatment, legal services and healthcare and spiritual mentoring. 

    "So often people are being sent to prison instead of drug treatment, it's a big issue for our clients," said McGreevey, who runs the nonprofit. They're "just rotating in and out of prison, in and out of prison."

    The organization also assists "max-out" prisoners, or people who serve the entirety of their sentence before being released. They are often reentering their lives decades later, and don't have the same programs available to them than those who re-enter under parole conditions.

    Another client, John Sanchez, said he struggled with getting certifications for the skills he gained while incarcerated. A lawyer with the Reentry Corporation reached out to him and found him a job and stable housing.

    "And that just changed my life," Sanchez said.

    McGreevey estimates that the agency currently work with about 2,500 formerly incarcerated clients. That number will continue to rise in the coming years as more people are released back into society, he said.

    The agency's other offices are in Elizabeth, Hackensack, Jersey City, Kearny, Neptune, Newark, Paterson and Toms River. All do not offer full 

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    For the first time, New Jersey rated each public high school on a scale of 0-100. See which schools cracked the top 50.


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    Which high finishers in districts have the best chance of reaching the podium in Atlantic City?


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    Who will punch their tickets to Atlantic City?


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    Students are being kept in their classrooms, police said

    UPDATE: The "shelter in place" was lifted late Wednesday morning, police said. 


    Students were being kept in their classrooms at Irvington High School on Wednesday morning after a former student made a threat on social media, authorities said. 

    The teenager, who now attends Carteret High School, posted on Snapchat "I might shoot this s--t up", Irvington police said. Police said they believe he was referencing Irvington High School.

    Irvington students saw the post on Snapchat and reported it to school officials, who notified police. 

    N.J. schools remain on edge as reports of online posts stream in

    Students have been under a "shelter in place" for about an hour, police said just before 10:30 a.m. 

    No charges have been filed. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is assisting in the investigation.

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

     

     


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    Our wrestling writers preview all eight regions and make picks in every weight class

    The march to March and the NJSIAA Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City resumes Wednesday with eight regional tournament across the state.


    MOREComplete 2018 NJSIAA region wrestling brackets (printable)


    The top four wrestlers in each weight class, in each of the eight regions advances to the state championship March 2-3-4 at Boardwalk Hall.

    NJ.com gets you ready for the regions with preview and selections in all eight tournaments. Previews will be added as they are completed to check back often to get the latest information.

    • Region 1 at West Milford
    Region 2 at Mount Olive 
    Region 3 at West Orange 
    Region 4 at Union
    Region 5 at Hunterdon Central 
    Region 6 at Brick Memorial 
    Region 7 at Toms River North
    Region 8 at Egg Harbor

    Joe Zedalis may be reached at jzedalis@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @josephzedalis. Like NJ.com HS sports on Facebook.


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    Now serving 30 years for the murder of her young son that went unsolved for more than two decades, Michelle Lodzinski has filed a negligence suit for injuries suffered after a fall while she was in restraints. Watch video

    Michelle Lodzinski--now serving 30 years in prison for the murder of her young son whose mysterious disappearance and death remained unsolved for more than two decades--has filed a negligence lawsuit after she was hurt in a courtroom fall during the high-profile trial.

    Lodzinski, 50, charged that she tripped while chained and restrained at the wrists and ankles, as she was being escorted by three Middlesex County deputy sheriffs during her trial. The fall caused permanent injuries to her wrists and hand, she said.

    Her injury was clearly evident during the trial, with her right arm and wrist heavy wrapped and bandaged.

    The lawsuit against the county and the Middlesex County Sheriff claimed that deputy sheriffs taking Lodzinski to the holding cells in the courthouse basement moved her too quickly as she was restrained, allowing her to fall.

    Despite repeated complaints to the medical staff and others at the county courthouse, the complaint alleged she was "refused adequate medical care or treatment for her injuries, causing her additional injuries and additional pain and suffering.

    The filing of the lawsuit was first reported by Law360.

    Lodzinski's attorney, Gerald Krovatin of Newark, said she is in pain, has a loss of feeling in some of her fingers and is on limited work duty at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Hunterdon County, where she is serving her sentence.

    "She's had one surgery and will probably need another," Krovatin said. "It looks like she has permanent nerve damage."

    The lawsuit, which sought unspecified damages and costs, said the county breached its duties of care.

    A spokeswoman for Middlesex County said it was the county's policy "to not comment on pending litigation."

    Lodzinski was convicted in May 2016 of the murder of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey. The former South Amboy resident claimed the boy had disappeared one evening from a traveling carnival in Sayreville in 1991 after she left him for a moment to buy a soda.

    The missing child captured national headlines. But after fruitless searches for weeks by police and volunteers, Timmy's skeletal remains were ultimately discovered 11 months later in a marshy area near the Raritan Center in Edison, where the then-23-year-old single mother had worked.

    SMICEE RUNDQUIST MCCREATimothy Wiltsey before his disappearance and his mother, before the boy's body was discovered. (Star-Ledger file photos)

    While suspicions quickly centered on Lodzinski, sparked by her often emotionless and sometimes bizarre behavior and her changing stories, there never was anything linking her to her son's death, nor a determination as to how he died. It would be more than 20 years before the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office finally decided to charge her.

    After eight weeks of testimony from 68 witnesses, including retired police officers who had been involved in the case, as well as former neighbors and boyfriends, she was convicted by a jury of seven men and five women.

    Lodzinski did not testify during her trial.

    She was sentenced last year to 30 years in state prison with no chance of parole.

    Krovatin has filed an appeal of her conviction.

    In a recently filed brief, the defense attorney argued that prosecutors "failed to present any evidence or even to allege that she did anything which caused Timothy's death."

    The appeal also asserted that the nearly 25-year delay between the death of Timmy and the bringing of charges against Lodzinski violated her due process rights, and that a last-minute juror substitution by the judge in the case should have led to a mistrial.

    Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL. Facebook: @TedSherman.reporter. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Before convenience stores, there were neighborhood food stores.

    The time before the convenience store was the time of the neighborhood food store. And, although neighborhood food stores still exist, they're getting harder and harder to find.

    As I recall, neighborhood stores were alike in many ways, but not in the indistinguishable way of today's convenience stores. The neighborhood stores had sawdust on the wood floors, meats and cheeses hanging from the ceiling and unpackaged foods that created a heavenly aroma that those of us who experienced it will never forget. Perhaps what was most memorable for me was the total organized clutter.

    small-food033.JPGMary Morello displays a choice cut of meat for a customer in the G. Morello and Sons Market on Cherry Street in Vineland in this photo from the late 1960s. 

    I had the good fortune of having one of these stores in my family, G. Morello and Sons on Cherry Street in Vineland, where I could experience the sensory wonders firsthand. Every square inch of space in my Uncle Lou's store, and stores like it, was used to display products that ran the gamut from national brands to local specialty items. And the proprietors of such stores always knew where everything was.

    Before convenience stores, Morello's and its ilk were where you went to get cold cuts ("lunch meats" in my family) or a good cut of meat for dinner. And "Cheers" wasn't the only place where everybody knew your name; you were greeted as an old friend when you entered these neighborhood food stores.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    They were located throughout the state. There was the U-Buy Market in Somerset, Celentano's Market in Newark (the birthplace of what eventually became a national brand), the Somerset Fish Market in North Plainfield with the huge crustacean on the roof, Moe's Market in Hammonton, Cameron's Meat Shoppe in Kearny and so many others.

    Here's a gallery of neighborhood food stores from New Jersey, and links to other similar galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage photos of small food stores in N.J.

    Vintage photos of eclectic eats in N.J.

    Vintage photos of N.J. diners

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


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    Favorites, contenders and more for each section of the tournament.


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    Favorites, contenders and more on each section of the girls basketball state tournament.


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    The father of a Metuchen fifth-grade student says his son has wrongfully been labeled as a bully.

    A Metuchen dad says his fifth-grade son is not a bully, and he's willing to go to court to prove it.

    After Campbell Elementary School's vice principal concluded Robert E. Taylor's son had made fun of another student for his small size, Taylor filed a lawsuit to contest the decision. 

    "I think, really, for me it's about showing my kid that these things aren't okay," Taylor told NJ Advance Media. "You don't have to take them. There's a way of fighting them." 

    The incident that sparked the charge that Taylor's son had violated New Jersey's Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying law happened more than two years ago, according to the federal lawsuit filed in January.  

    The child, identified in the lawsuit only as "H.T.," and two other then-third grade students were in the lunchroom on Nov. 23, 2015, when one kid accidentally exposed his chest and stomach while trying to take off a sweatshirt he was wearing over another shirt, the lawsuit says. 

    H.T. and his friend laughed, the lawsuit claims, and the friend drew a caricature of the smaller child without his shirt on. H.T. encouraged him to post the picture on Facebook, but the drawing never appeared online, according to the lawsuit.

    Facing questions from the vice principal, H.T. denied laughing at the smaller child or encouraging his friend to put the photo on Facebook, the lawsuit says.

    The vice principal also learned while investigating the incident that some students previously had called the smaller child insulting names, including "skinny bean" and "strawberry shortcake," but no students accused H.T. of the name-calling, the lawsuit claims. 

    In a follow-up interview, H.T. admitted to the vice principal that he had laughed at the smaller child in the lunchroom and suggested the drawing go on Facebook, but he again denied any prior bullying, the lawsuit says. 

    The vice principal concluded that H.T. had bullied the smaller student, the lawsuit says, because although he did not admit to calling the smaller child names, he did admit he had encouraged his friend to post the shirtless picture online after he initially denied having done so. 

    Taylor told NJ Advance Media the vice principal believed his son probably was involved in the bullying because he admitted to being dishonest in his first interview. 

    Taylor appealed the vice principal's finding to the school board and then to the state Commissioner of Education, which referred the case to the Office of Administrative Law. He told NJ Advance Media that he felt OAL would not provide him a satisfactory outcome, so he filed a lawsuit. 

    Eric L. Harrison, an attorney representing the school district, declined to comment substantively on the case because the lawsuit is pending and involves children. 

    "Though we cannot stop Mr. Taylor from disclosing otherwise confidential information, the school district intends to litigate the dispute in U.S. District Court rather than in the press," Harrison said. 

    The lawsuit alleges that the finding of bullying violated H.T.'s free speech and due process rights. It claims racial discrimination, alleging the school district disproportionately disciplines Black students like H.T. 

    Taylor also alleges the school district misapplied the state law on bullying because it failed to show H.T.'s actions had substantially interfered with the school's operation or other students' rights. He asks the court to expunge the district's bullying determination against all students for whom the decision did not include a finding that the action had disrupted the school or other students.

    Although the primary punishment H.T. faced for the alleged bullying was missing a day of recess, Taylor told NJ Advance Media he wanted to show his son he does not have to accept a disciplinary outcome he feels is unjust. 

    "I just thought it was something that I wasn't going to allow them to get away with," he said.

    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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    Sorting through the madness and breaking down some of the best state tournament action so far.


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    Check out who can still finish as an unblemished state champion


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    Todd Ritter, of the Piscataway police, allegedly hit the suspect who was being detained in a police car

    A Middlesex County police officer allegedly assaulted someone while in custody and tried to cover up the altercation last week, authorities said. 

    Todd Ritter, 54, of Millstone, was charged Wednesday with tampering with public records, falsifying and tampering with records and assault, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a release. 

    Ritter is a police officer in Piscataway.

    While on duty, Ritter allegedly hit the suspect who was being detained in a police car on February 12 and filed false records with inaccurate information to try and hide the incident, Carey said. 

    Ritter -- who joined the force in 1996 and is paid $120,948 annually, according to pension records -- has been suspended without pay as a result of the charges, township police Chief Scott Cartmell said in the release.

    The Monmouth County man is due in court on March 15, according to the release. 

    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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    A breakdown of what $161 million from an increase of the state's gas tax funded.


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    Kaylon Bradley was one of four Monroe High football players to kneel for the national anthem this fall. Now, he's protesting by himself, for himself, during wrestling season.

    He’s endured attacks on social media and through online comments, unrelenting and cruel. He’s been targeted with racial taunts, and heard people call him a thug, scumbag and trash. He doesn’t care.

    The athlete who calls himself “the most hated player in Jersey” isn’t about to stop kneeling during the national anthem. Kaylon Bradley wants to make that clear.

    “I’m not going to let somebody change my mind,” says Bradley, a senior at Monroe High School and one of the best 195-pound wrestlers in the state. “You can’t threaten me. You can’t punish me. You can’t do anything to tell me not to do what I believe in.”

    Those critics don’t know that Bradley never knew his father or that he lost his mother when he was 4. His skin is tough, his shell hard. He accepts the hatred in order to stand up for what he feels is right.

    Friends commend Bradley’s convictions, knowing first-hand the animosity he’s absorbed.


    RELATED: Refs walk off in protest after players kneel during national anthem


    “He has courage,” says Monroe senior Mekhi Abbott, a close friend. “He’s not letting anybody or public opinions deter him from the stand that he’s taking. He’s still doing what he feels is right in his heart, and I respect that about him.”

    While far from a household name, you already may have heard of Bradley. 

    Four months ago, he was one of four Monroe football players to kneel for the anthem in protest of racial, social and gender injustices around the nation and in their community. Before an October game against Colts Neck, two high school officials walked off the field in response to the players’ protest. Coverage of that story led to much of the backlash leveled at Bradley, so he decided wrestling season would be different.

    Now, he protests by himself, for himself. Only he does it more discreetly, slipping out of line during the anthem and kneeling alone in a hallway, out of sight.

    “It’s kind of something between me and me,” Bradley says.

    Few people, including opposing wrestlers or coaches, even realize he’s protesting.

    “It’s brave,” says Amol Sinha, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. “He’s doing something that takes a lot of courage. He’s following in the footsteps of a long legacy of athletes taking a stand for justice, from Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick to Malcolm Jenkins. 

    “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a professional athlete or a high school athlete because it certainly has an impact.”

    ‘A WHOLE BUNCH OF NAMES’

    It wasn’t one moment or incident that led Bradley to protest, he says.

    This fall, he and some football teammates started texting about moments of racism they’ve encountered growing up in and around Jamesburg, a Middlesex County borough that’s 74 percent white and 9 percent black, according to the 2010 census. Bradley says he and a teammate once were called the N-word, and the relative of another was called a racial slur at the Monroe Rec Center. He says he’s also noticed some trucks in town with Confederate flag decals.

    Around the same time, the shooting of unarmed black men by police across the nation sparked unrest in urban communities. NFL players began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of the killings, prompting strong rebukes from President Donald Trump and disfavor from about half of Americans, according to some fall polls.

    Bradley and his teammates texted about it all and hatched the idea to start a protest of their own, deciding to kneel for the first time before their game against New Brunswick on Sept. 28. The goal was to bring attention to what they felt were injustices around the nation and in their community.

    For weeks, few seemed to notice their protest, until the officials stormed off the field before the Colts Neck game on Oct. 27. The story went viral, and Bradley and his teammates were called every name in the book, he says.


    RELATED: Officials who walked off field at N.J. game made racist posts on social media


    “It definitely hurt seeing four of my close friends receive scrutiny like that by people who are grown men and women,” says Abbott, a football player who is black and did not kneel during games but supported his teammates’ decision. “Even friends’ parents made comments about how they’re thugs, they’re ignorant, they should get kicked off the team. A whole bunch of names.”

    Bradley says he never lashed out in response to the criticism, even though it hurt, because “they have the right to say what they want, just like I have the right to kneel.”

    While national attention from the football protest has quieted, the experience appears to have left marks at Monroe. The district superintendent, Dr. Michael Kozak, did not return two phone messages seeking to discuss Bradley’s recent protests. One of Bradley’s teachers said he wasn’t allowed to discuss Bradley’s kneeling, and his wrestling coach did not return messages on the topic.

    In any case, before football season ended, Bradley decided to keep protesting for wrestling season. He looked forward to his meetings with the school’s African American Club, where he helped lead hearty discussions, according to John Murphy, the teacher who runs it.

    Then Bradley watched a Netflix documentary called “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” about a Bronx teenager who spent three horrifying years in jail, despite never being convicted of a crime. Two years after his release from prison, Browder committed suicide, likely do to abuses he sustained while incarcerated, according to his supporters.

    Bradley felt even more emboldened to keep kneeling.

    “The circumstances or environment, it doesn’t matter,” he says. “I’m going to do what I stand for. I don’t really see a reason to back out.”

    ‘ALWAYS JUST ME’

    Adversity is hardly new to Bradley, who says he never met his father and lost his mother to a car accident when he was 4. Bradley and his twin sister, Kaylynn, and older brother, Dezmen, were placed in foster care after their mother’s death and bounced from one temporary home to the next, Kaylon and close friends say.

    “It’s always been tough,” Kaylon says. “It’s still tough. There’s really no break from it.”


    RELATED: Coach says 'coward' refs screamed at players after anthem protest


    Even now, Bradley and his siblings live with their aunt in a home that, at times, has been without heat or running water, according to Bradley and others.

    “These kids went through hell,” says Tyrone Lawrence, a family friend and surrogate uncle.

    Bradley played sports from a young age, trying baseball, basketball, football and wrestling. Friends recall never seeing a family member in the bleachers to cheer him on.

    Despite the difficult circumstances, Kaylon was always a free-thinker, family members say.

    “It’s like part of his persona,” says Karon Henderson, who dated Bradley’s mom until her death. “That’s just how Kaylon’s always has been. He’s been outspoken. He’s going to speak his mind and let you know exactly how he feels about it.”

    Bradley says he’s always been independent.

    “It’s kind of always just me,” he says. “I didn’t have a lot of influences in my life. I didn’t really have anybody.”

    ‘SOMETHING IMPORTANT’

    The lights go down inside the gymnasium at Monroe on a chilly January evening. On the command of the PA announcer, fans rise and wrestlers stop bouncing around the giant purple mat.

    Everything is as it’s supposed be.

    Then, Bradley quietly leaves the row of wrestlers, slips through a side door and heads down a sterile hallway lined with gray lockers.

    There, he drops to his knees, bows his head and begins his silent protest during the anthem.

    After the music finishes and the fans drop back in their seats, a man from Monroe walks over to the door and lets Bradley know the anthem is over. He walks back in the gym and takes his place with teammates, the protest almost like a secret.


    RELATED: These 50 public high schools are the best for sports in New Jersey


    “I didn’t even notice,” says Perth Amboy coach Rob Morales, whose team was facing Monroe that night. “That’s his prerogative if he wants to go ahead and kneel. I don’t have any issues with that.”

    Bradley says the different approach to kneeling in wrestling season makes it less of a distraction. And as the only black wrestler on the team, he fears reactions may be more severe than during football season.

    “Wrestling’s a whole different story,” Bradley says. “I just save my coach from all the problems.”

    Bradley says he is focused on finishing wrestling season with a bang. Last Saturday, he won the 195-pound District 20 championship. He enters Friday’s Region 5 tournament as the No. 4 seed, hoping to qualify for next month’s state championships in Atlantic City and finish on the podium in the top eight.

    If all goes well, he wants to wrestle or play football next year, probably in junior college. He hopes to eventually transfer to a four-year school.

    People have told him his protest could hurt his prospects, that no college will want to deal with him. He thought about letting it break his convictions. But it wouldn’t feel right.

    “If I’m going to a school and they really like me, they should like me for me, right?” Bradley says. “This is something that I feel is important. So I think I should just stay true to that.”

    Matthew Stanmyre may be reached at mstanmyre@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattStanmyre. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Jimmy was found on the Busch Campus at Rutgers University.

    mx0225pet.jpgJimmy 

    NEW BRUNSWICK -- Jimmy is a male brown tabby in the care of Scarlet Paws Rescue.

    He was found on the Busch Campus at Rutgers University, hungry and looking for shelter from the cold.

    Currently living with a foster family, Jimmy should make a good pet in most any home. He is FIV/FeLV negative, neutered and up-to-date on shots.

    For more information on Jimmy, call Scarlet Paws at 609-575-5428 or email mcancio@comcast.net. Scarlet Paws is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing strays and the humane treatment of domestic animals.

    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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