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- 09/07/18--13:46: Mold closes N.J. high school until further notice
- 09/07/18--14:23: Spill sends diesel fuel into Arthur Kill
- 09/09/18--04:47: Frats without hard liquor -- How will N.J. colleges enforce new ban?
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- 09/10/18--06:16: Shake Shack to open at revamped Garden State Parkway rest stop
- 09/10/18--14:37: 81-year-old killed, 11 others hurt when van allegedly runs stop sign
- 09/11/18--04:59: 300-pound heroin, cocaine bust sends N.J. man to prison for decade
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Traffic is slow near the crash, which took place just south of Exit 9
An overturned dump truck is slowing traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike through Middlesex County.
The dump truck flipped in the northbound lanes just south of Exit 9 in East Brunswick, according to 511nj.com, the state department of transportation's traffic website.
All truck lanes were blocked as of 1:35 p.m. Delays are at least three miles and increasing, according to Sigalert.com. By 2:15 p.m., at least one of the lanes had been reopened.
State Police couldn't immediately be reached for additional information.
Students at North Brunswick High School were sent home early Friday after mold was discovered in a wing of the school.
Students at North Brunswick High School were sent home early Friday after mold was discovered in a wing of the sprawling school.
The district conducted air quality tests after an HVAC unit broke and was rush repaired overnight, Superintendent Brian Zychowski said.
"Because of what we're seeing at other schools throughout the state ... I just wanted to use an abundance of caution," he said.
Garden State Environmental visited the school at about 6 a.m. to conduct testing and found surface mold that was not visible to the naked eye, Zychowski said.
The high school's 1,800 students and more than 300 staff members were dismissed at about 10:15 a.m., according to a letter on the school's website signed by Principal Michael Kneller. He "deferred all questions" to Zychowski.
The mold issue is confined to the 500 wing of the building, which houses World Language and Business classrooms, the superintendent said.
It's unclear when the building will be safe to occupy.
"I don't want to give a date because I'm at the mercy of the testing lab," Zychowski said.
Several other New Jersey school districts are dealing with mold problems because of the warm, wet weather in August, backing-up testing labs. Dumont High School had to relocate its art classes. Students in two Hopatcong elementary schools will start their school year on Sept. 10 instead of Sept. 6 because of mold. And three Ocean County Schools had to be scrubbed down before students could return.
North Brunswick High School only lost one day of classes, so far. It had a scheduled half day Wednesday, when it opened. Thursday turned into a half day because of the heat and the broken HVAC system. Then Friday was lost.
The entire district was already scheduled to be closed Monday. "Hopefully we can open (the high school) Tuesday, but I can't promise that because I'm not going jeopardize anything by trying to fast track the results," Zychowski said.
Consolidated Environmental will do a clean up of the mold, Vertex Environmental will provide oversight and Dynamic Earth will do additional air quality testing, per the district's insurance carrier.
The mold-related expenses are not expected to be significant because North Brunswick School District added mold coverage to it's insurance policy several years ago, the superintendent said.
Officials suspend some operations at terminal after spill.
Authorities were at the scene of a spill at the Buckeye Terminal in Port Reading that sent an unknown amount of diesel fuel into the Arthur Kill Waterway, officials said Friday.
The mishap was reported around 7:15 p.m Thursday and occurred during a product transfer at the terminal, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
"Due to high winds and rain at the time of the incident, facility personnel were unable to calculate the exact amount of fuel spilled into the waterway," the Coast Guard said in a statement.
"All fuel transfers at the facility are temporarily suspended until investigators can determine the cause of the spill and the facility can safely conduct fueling operations," the statement said.
A representative for the Buckeye Terminal could not be immediately reached.
The Coast Guard said it deployed a pollution response team to the scene and an oil spill removal company was called to handle the cleanup. Crews put a containment boom in the water.
More information was not immediately available Friday. The cause of the spill was being investigated.
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Following a ban on hard-liquor at most fraternities in the U.S., experts and educators wonder how the new policies will be enforced at New Jersey universities.
They generally agree that the recent hard liquor ban at sororities and fraternities across the U.S. is a good thing, but experts and educators in New Jersey are still questioning how the rule will be enforced.
The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), which represents over 80 percent of fraternities nationwide, voted last week to ban drinks above 15 percent alcohol by volume from "any chapter facility" or event -- unless a licensed third party sells it.
The hard alchohol ban applies to everyone, including adults over the age of 21, and comes in the wake of several instances of students dying at fraternity events after drinking. NIC member fraternities and their more than 6,000 chapters must approve a policy compliant with the hard alcohol ban by Sept. 1, 2019, according to the resolution.
Representatives for many New Jersey colleges said they were happy with the ban, but not yet sure just how it will play out on their campuses.
"We don't have a way of enforcing it," said Marybeth Boger, dean of students and campus life at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Most of NJIT's fraternity houses are off-campus and privately owned by the fraternities themselves, Boger said. NJIT has imposed several rules about drinking on its Greek Life groups for over a decade, including no kegs, no selling alcohol, and requiring students must provide identification at the door to fraternity and sorority parties. If university officials hear of an infraction of those rules -- for example, an underage student is caught drinking -- the student is reprimanded through a process that includes alcohol education.
Only NIC-member fraternities will be forced to adopt the policy, meaning NJIT will have about 10 frats that do, and a handful of others that don't. Still, Boger said she supports the NIC's ban and thinks it is the university's role to work with the affected fraternities to develop ways in which the groups can monitor themselves.
She said NIC's decision "opened the door" for universities to take similar hard-line approaches in the future and it is only a matter of time before all NJIT students see more alcohol-related restrictions.
It's unclear exactly how many NIC-member Greek organizations there are in New Jersey. The NIC does not track their member chapters by state, but on "virtually all campuses that have fraternities (or) sororities, there are NIC organizations," Chief Communication Officer Heather Kirk said.
Some Jersey fraternities are ahead of the curve. Sigma Phi Epsilon, which has a chapter at Rider University, adopted alcohol-free common spaces by August 2018 and voted for all of the chapter facilities to be dry by 2020.
Carristian Brown, a senior and the Sigma Phi Epsilon president at Rider, said the fraternity decided to go dry to make it easier to insure.
Insurance can cost anywhere from $20 to $300 per student member, and those numbers have been on the rise because of the recent tragedies, Marc Mores, Executive Vice President of James R. Favor and Company said.
"If somebody died, God forbid, their insurance policy would go up," he said.
Mores said his company insures about 40 percent of all U.S. fraternities, including 60 different chapters at various campuses in New Jersey. According to him, although beer, wine and malt drinks will still be allowed, the absence of hard liquor could reduce the risk of injury to members and severity of insurance claims fraternities file.
"Nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages," the NIC policy said.
Tim Piazza, a sophomore from Lebanon, New Jersey, who died after consuming a dangerous amount of alcohol at a Penn State fraternity event last year, is still on the minds of many school officials. Piazza suffered a series of falls that left him with a fractured skull and severe abdominal injuries at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity event.
Monmouth University, a private college in West Long Branch, took matters into its own hands, announcing last week it's suspending its entire Greek life system indefinitely. A letter obtained by NJ Advance Media cited a series of "serious conduct violations," involving hazing, alcohol, drug use and lack of academic focus.
In 2014, another New Jersey student, 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs died of alcohol poisoning after a party at Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house near Rutgers University.
Rutgers fraternity members will seemingly be unaffected by the new ban. The school's "long-standing policy on parties by registered fraternities or sororities requires that beer is the only alcoholic beverage allowed at parties," Neal Buccino, the school's associate director of public and media relations, said. Beer is typically below 15 percent ABV, and therefore within the NIC's standards.
Montclair State University, which has eight fraternities associated with the NIC, will largely go unaffected by the ban, as well, Director of Media Relations Erika Bleiberg said. All of the fraternity houses are off-campus, so drinking policies are an issue between the students and the landlords, not the university, she said.
The various set-ups have led some to question the efficacy of the hard liquor ban.
"The rule is as only as good as its being enforced," Mores said, adding that fraternities and sororities often depend on student leaders to monitor their peers.
Rowan University has a "grey area" when it comes to enforcing its existing alcohol rules, Gary Baker, who works in Rowan's Greek affairs department, said.
Rowan formally recognizes several fraternities, but not the houses or facilities the fraternities own or rent. Some houses are completely filled with residents of only one fraternity or sorority, but it is more common for indivdual students to face disciplinary measures, rather than a whole organization to recieve a sanction.
Still, the new hard alcohol ban is a good thing, Baker said, as it will assist administration in making it easier to hold students and organizations accountable and promote social responsibility.
It didn't take long for Attorney General Grewal to act. But there is still work to do in the Legislature. Watch video
For decades, the leaders of the Catholic church have mouthed the language of virtue as they protected child rapists.
It is heartbreaking to think of the 1,000 sexual abuse victims described in the Pennsylvania grand jury report - most of them children, some of them in diapers or hospitals - but more chilling was the bishops' meticulous strategy to cover up this criminal rampage over more than half a century.
The policy lobbyist for our state's Catholic bishops asserts that "New Jersey is not Pennsylvania," but that doesn't exactly merit an amen. New Jersey is where Archbishop John Myers' tenure was marked by victim payoffs, coverups, and predator protection. Myers' predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, had a history of abusing seminarians and a minor as he ascended to be the highest prelate in the nation.
So the offer to review sexual abuse allegations in the Newark archdiocese by Cardinal Joseph Tobin, while appreciated, doesn't change an institutional legacy of moral cowardice and manic secrecy that allowed corruption to flourish.
This could only end through the intervention of the law, so it comes as a relief that state attorney general Gurbir Grewal - compelled by the depravity in Pennsylvania and a two-decade quest for justice from Joseph Vitale, the intrepid state senator from Middlesex County - has seized this moment as an inflection point for abuse victims and the church itself.
Grewal announced Thursday that he will form a task force to investigate allegations of abuse by clergy members in our five Catholic dioceses and examine the 2002 agreement requiring them to report abuse to county prosecutors, which is the only place to start the long process of healing and validation for past and present victims. The force, led by Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino, will have every investigative tool necessary to compel testimony, including subpoena power.
The AG also set up a clergy abuse hotline (855-363-6548), which advocate Mark Crawford of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) predicts will lead to "a deluge - they will be overwhelmed by the calls they get."
This is a good start, but judging by the 900-page Pennsylvania report, which covered 70 years, it's going to be a harrowing process. While we know the vast majority of priests are not child molesters, the opening words from the Pa. investigation - a plea of terrified bewilderment - warns us to be prepared for anything.
"We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this," it began. "There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere."
So the task force is merely a step. Other measures are needed to get a headlock on this crisis, as Vitale sees it.
He has drafted legislation that removes name redactions from grand jury proceedings if there is a "credible" accusation of abuse or a coverup, which Pennsylvania shows is best for transparency.
And Vitale wants another crack at extending the civil statute of limitations for abuse cases, as the existing window is ludicrously short: A victim currently has to bring a case before they are 20, or within two years after they connect the abuse to existing trauma. Vitale has been trying to eliminate the statute since 2002, but the church has proved a formidable opponent. The Legislature needs to support this effort.
We know why the church wants to maintain the status quo: Victims of assault take time to come forward. Some are children, too young to understand what happened to them, and by the time they figure it out, justice is out of their reach.
Yes, the church, like any institution, has a right to protect itself. But when children are raped and the crime is hidden, the law must step in. Lawmakers must engage - starting by extending the window to prosecute - because this is the moral calling of our age. The Catholic Church in New Jersey cannot be a subsidiary of a global child sex ring or just another nonprofit corrupted in the name of God.
Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey patiently await a permanent home.
According to gulfnews.com, a dog lover in Dubai is supplying fresh home-cooked meals for pets in order to provide them with an alternative to processed foods.
Egyptian expat Nael Basily, 35, said it was his pet dog's medical condition that led him to launch the initiative "Just Chew."
Basily said his 6-year old golden retriever, Twixy, was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, and veterinarians attributed unhealthy diet and lifestyle to be one of the reasons for the ailment.
"Back home in Cairo, I used to cook for my pet every day. But ever since I moved to Dubai two years ago, I began feeding her processed food. Although I relied on only premium brands that promised the best nutrition, it was not helping her. So I decided to start cooking for her again and it's working wonders on her health and looks," said Basily.
"There are 40 pet owners ordering food from me. I have a set menu prepared for all days of the week. I cook two days a week - Sunday and Wednesday. Delivery is done on the same days. I pack food boxes with days of the week marked. Initially I used to do the delivery myself, but now I have a delivery boy," he explained.
The dishes on his menu include: Chunky Chic, a mix of steamed potatoes, carrots and brown rice topped with a boneless chicken leg, eggshell powder and a splash of olive oil; Jerkey Turkey made of sweet potatoes, zucchini and brown rice topped with Turkey eggshell powder and olive oil a meal containing a mix of steamed veggies, brown rice and salmon bites.
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The Monmouth Service Area on the Parkway and the Thomas Edison Service Area on the Turnpike are closed until May as they get refurbished
A Shake Shack will be among the offerings when the renovated Monmouth Service Area along the Garden State Parkway re-opens next spring.
That rest stop and one on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County closed for renovations on Saturday and are expected to remain shuttered for nine months until refurbishments are complete prior to Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to the popular fast-casual burger joint, other new eateries and shops at the Monmouth Service Area in Wall will include Chick-fil-A, Auntie Anne's, Starbucks and Z Mart, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority announced last week.
There will be no food, fuel or restrooms available while the $11.45 million project takes place at milepost 100. Parking lots will remain open for Academy Bus riders who use the stop there.
The nearest service areas where motorists can grab a bite to eat or fuel up along the Parkway are Cheesequake in Sayreville to the north and Forked River in Lacey to the south. Both are 24 miles away.
A similar renovation is also underway at the Thomas Edison Service Area on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge between exits 12 and 11.
That rest stop will feature a Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Pret, Starbucks, Auntie Anne's, Z Mart, and a Sunoco convenience store when it re-opens in late May. It's expected to cost $14.9 million.
In all, HMS Host will replace eight service areas on the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway and remodel six others. Sunoco will either add or refurbish gas stations and convenience stores at 21 Turnpike and Parkway service areas.
HMSHost and Sunoco will spend about $250 million in the projects in exchange for new contracts to keep operating the food and fuel concessions there for the next 25 years.
Monmouth and Thomas Edison are the first two on the list.
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez appeared in New Brunswick to publicly question U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Watch video
Fresh off his headline-grabbing -- and controversial -- turn in last week's hearings on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker visited New Jersey on Monday to continue railing against president Donald Trump's pick.
Booker and the state's other Democrat senator, Robert Menendez, stood together in a New Brunswick church to question the civil and voting rights record of Kavanaugh, a U.S. appeals court judge and former White House staff secretary that Trump, a Republican, picked to fill a vacancy on the nation's highest court.
Booker said senators -- and the public -- have seen only about 10 percent of Kavanaugh's "relevant work product."
"It should be an outrage to us all," Booker said during the news conference at Zion AME Church with Menendez, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th Dist., local officials, and leaders from the black community.
"The public has a right to know who we're putting on the Surpreme Court," added Booker, a potential challenger to Trump in the 2020 presidential election. "The public has a right to know what he stands for. The public has a right to know his record."
Mendendez said this all comes as the U.S. is faced with "reminders that our nation's long struggle with hate is far from over" -- including "voter suppression laws" and white supremacists committing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He also said the country has been "living under tremendous uncertainty and division under Donald Trump" and Kavanaugh will continue that.
"I fear his confirmation could create lasting damage to America's trust in the Supreme Court for years to come," said Menendez, who is running for re-election in November against Republican Bob Hugin.
This was Booker's first appearance in New Jersey since last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C.
During those hearings, Booker questioned Kavanaugh over emails that a Republican lawyer initially made off-limits to the public. He then dared Republican senators to oust him from the Senate by releasing documents before the committee acted.
The lawyer, Bill Burck, later revealed he already gave permission to Booker to make at least some of the documents public, and some Republicans accused Booker of grandstanding to draw attention to his possible presidential campaign.
Also, Booker questioned publicly whether Trump nominated Kavanaugh to protect himself from a criminal investigation.
Booker said Monday he will "continue to release these documents" because "it's a sham process."
Menendez thanked Booker on Monday for speaking "truth in a process designed to conceal the truth."
"You exposed the process that was rigged to hide documents about his record," Menendez told Booker. "It showed incredible leadership."
It was announced this weekend that Booker will deliver the keynote address at the Iowa Democratic Party's fall gala Oct. 6.
One man was killed and eleven other people were hurt when a van apparently ran a stop sign and collided with a car in Monroe Monday morning, authorities said.
One man was killed and eleven other people were hurt when a van apparently ran a stop sign and collided with a car in Monroe Monday morning, authorities said.
A passenger in the van, Shashikant Patel, 81, of Monroe, died at the scene of wreck, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
The driver of the Chevy Express Van and eight other passengers were taken to area hospitals for "serious to moderate injuries," according to authorities.
"The preliminary investigation has determined that the driver of the Chevy Express Van failed to yield to a stop sign at the intersection of Matchaponix Avenue and Spotswood Gravel Hill Road, and collided with the Honda Civic," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The driver and passenger from the Honda Civic were treated for minor injuries.
Authorities did not announce any charges in connection with the deadly crash. The investigation was continuing.
Anyone with information may call Monroe Police Officer Daniel Mosakowski at 732-521-0222, ext. 242 or prosecutor's office Detective Erik Larsen at 732-745-3263.
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The new partnership is the first of its kind in New Jersey and aims to prevent impaired and distracted driving
Rider University students can catch a free ride home from Lyft late at night, thanks to a new partnership the school started with the widely used on-demand transportation company.
The new partnership is the first of its kind in New Jersey, and it's part of an initiative by Lyft called "Ride Smart," which aims to prevent impaired and distracted driving.
"The safety and well-being of our students is paramount to our mission," Rider's Vice President of Student Affairs Leanna Fenneberg said in a statement. "Partnering with Lyft to implement our Safe Rides program makes sense using technology that is familiar to our students. We look forward to putting this program into operation."
Students seeking a late-night ride can get back to campus safely in just a few simple steps, the university said.
After registering for a Lyft account with a Rider email address, a student has to call the public safety office to get a discount code that credits their Lyft account with $20 for a ride.
Students have to be within 10 miles of either Rider University or the university's Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and will be brought back to a designated drop-off location. The rides are available between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Thursdays through Saturdays.
"We are not only offering the convenience of using Lyft, but helping to ensure that students can get around with ease and increase the opportunity for drivers in the area to earn additional income," Ann Ferracane, general manager for Lyft in New Jersey and New York, said.
Rider is among three other New Jersey universities who have introduced a Lyft partnership.
Rutgers, Princeton and Seton Hall have all initiated rides for students in recent weeks for athletic events at the schools, Lyft spokesman Zachary Kizer said. And Rowan College at Burlington County also started a program with Lyft in 2017 to bring students to and from class.
However, Rider is the first university in the state to offer late-night rides to students.
Uber has been forging partnerships with universities too. In February 2017, La Salle University in Philadelphia was the first college in the area to introduce discounted rates for students, and the University of Pennsylvania followed soon after.
Michael Reca, vice president of facilities at Rider, said the Lyft partnership "illustrates our commitment to providing reliable and convenient options for student transportation when they might be in an unsafe situation."
The 40-year-old from Cranford also admitting assaulting federal officers by ramming their vehicle with an SUV
A second New Jersey man who was planned to distribute more than 300 pounds of heroin and cocaine was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison.
Siddeeq Q. Williams, 40, of Cranford, will also be subject to five years of supervised released after finishing his prison term, the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey said in a statement.
Williams previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and five kilograms of cocaine. He also admitted to assaulting federal officers.
Williams was arrested Aug. 30, 2017, three days after a tractor-trailer carrying drugs arrived in New Jersey and was pulled over when the driver committed traffic violations.
Cops found five duffel bags which contained more than 123 pounds of heroin and more than 187 pounds of cocaine.
When federal officers attempted to pulled Williams over, he sped away, ramming an SUV into the officers' vehicle during a pursuit.
Williams later admitted he and his co-conspirators planned to meet the truck to collect the drugs and sell them.
One of Williams' partners, Gemal Singleton, 41, of Edison was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July. Both were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in federal court in Trenton.
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