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    There are certain emotions that are wonderful and almost impossible to put into words. Falling in love for the first time ... holding your newborn child ... your lifelong favorite team winning the Super Bowl for the first time ever.

    Now, close your eyes and try to recapture the feeling from childhood just before you walked through the gates of a carnival, circus or amusement park. It certainly ranks right up there.

    gregferris.jpgAnd try not to trip getting off the ferris wheel. 

    There was a magical feeling of anticipation mixed with a happy mystery. You remembered your favorite rides and games and couldn't decide which was the first you were going to do. And you didn't know what new ones might have been invented, what new things a circus might bring to town.

    The sensory stimulation was almost too much to handle - the sounds, sights, aromas, even the air had a unique quality to it. It was one of the few times in life that having things coming at you from all sides couldn't have been happier.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    I'm one of those people who grows a little melancholy when something happy draws to a close, but at those places, the only thing you felt at the end of the day was a magnificent exhaustion. Kind of like celebrating a Super Bowl victory.

    Here's a gallery of vintage photos from amusement parks, fairs and circuses in New Jersey. Don't see one of your favorite places to visit? Check these links to previous galleries.

    Vintage photos of amusement parks, circuses, fairs and rides in N.J.

    Vintage photos of amusement parks, circuses and fairs in N.J.

    Vintage photos of amusement parks, fairs and circuses in N.J.

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


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    No hard liquor? Bad dorms? Poor profs? How N.J. colleges fare in new Princeton Review rankings.


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    Matthew Poole and Isabel Brodsky, both 17, would have started their senior year at Livingston High School this September

    The Livingston community came together Wednesday night for a vigil in honor of two students who drowned during a storm at Ramapo Lake this week.

    Matthew Poole and Isabel Brodsky, both 17, would have started their senior year at Livingston High School this September, according to friends.

    "The outpouring of support from the Livingston community and everyone in New Jersey has just been extraordinary," wrote Alanna Dixon, who created a GoFundMe page for Poole's family.

    The page had raised more than $32,000 by Thursday morning.

    Poole and Brodsky were swimming Tuesday evening with a group of friends at the isolated lake off Skyline Drive in Oakland when an intense storm kicked up, churning the waters.

    Brodsky "was overcome by the water. Matthew jumped in to help his friend. Sadly, he was unable to save her and they both perished," Dixon said.

    Swimming is not permitted at the lake, which is in a 120-acre state-owned park located in Bergen and Passaic counties.

    poole-brodsky.jpgMatthew Poole and Isabella Brodsky were set to begin their senior year at Livingston High School in September.

    Brodsky was a member of the high school's track and field team. She also volunteered with the Roseland First Aid Squad.

    Poole played football for the high school's football team, the Livingston Lancers.

    At a vigil on Wednesday at the high school, members of the community laid wreaths and flowers at a growing memorial for Poole and Brodsky, according to reports. Classmates spoke about the students, telling others to cherish the moments they have with their friends.

    "Enjoy every moment that you've got," said a classmate of Poole's, who said he last saw his friend two days earlier. 

    In confirming the student's death, the school district said they would provide counseling services and resources for students, staff and families in the community.

    In a statement, Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt also condolences to the victims' families on behalf of the town council, employees and residents.

    "It really goes to show how fragile life is at times and we are very sorry that this took place," the mayor said.

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


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    Heritage Action said it would help 12 candidates, including Jay Webber, in their congressional campaigns this fall.

    WASHINGTON -- Republicans are running one of the state Legislature's most conservative lawmakers in the scrap to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen -- a seat Democrats believe they can grab from the GOP in their national effort to ruin President Donald Trump's midterms. 

    Now Assemblyman Jay Webber's congressional campaign is getting a boost from one of Washington's leading conservative groups. 

    Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative policy group Heritage Foundation, has named him as one of the 12 House Republican candidates it would work to elect this fall.

    Heritage Action said it would spent $2.5 million on behalf of nine incumbents and three challengers, including Webber R-Morris. The group said it has no plans to support any other candidates.

    "We believe our organization is uniquely positioned to protect conservative seats in Congress and preserve the Republican majority," Executive Director Tim Chapman said.

    Republicans make Webber top priority

    The group emphasized its support for the Republican tax bill, which singled out New Jersey and other high-tax states, most of which send billions of dollars more to Washington than they receive in services.

    Webber supports the measure, while his Democratic opponent, former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill, has highlighted how the law's cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes slaps high property tax New Jersey.

    Studies have shown that the tax bill hits New Jersey more than any other state.

    The decision by Heritage Action could help Webber close the financial gap with Sherrill in the 11th district race. She entered July with $2.9 million to spend, compared to his $171,720.

    The two Washington-based publications that track congressional races, the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections, give Sherrill an edge.

    In addition, Vice President Mike Pence is coming to north Jersey Friday to help raise money for Webber.

    "I'm grateful for the support and glad to have the help spreading our message of lower taxes and economic opportunity that crosses party lines and makes America stronger, freer, and more prosperous," Webber said.

    "Looking at their criteria, picking candidates who are 'in trouble' and 'need help,' it's no surprise that they want to shore up Assemblyman Webber's campaign," said Sherrill's campaign manager, Mollie Binotto.

    "His ideological agenda -- support for a tax bill every north Jersey congressperson voted against, opposition to health care for those suffering from opioid addiction, opposition to equal pay for equal work -- aligns much more closely with national groups like Heritage Action than with the values of New Jersey families," she said.

    Heritage Action has been influential on Capitol Hill by tracking lawmakers' votes on key issues and opposing legislation that deviates from conservative positions. Four of its five highest-scoring members belong to the Freedom Caucus of the most conservative House Republicans.

    It cheered the House Republicans' refusal to pass a spending bill in September 2013 unless the measure cut off funding for the Affordable Care Act, which led to a government shutdown.

    Heritage Action broke with Republican-leaning business organizations and supported the nomination of former Rep. Scott Garrett, R-5th Dist., to lead the Export-Import Bank.

    Its list of endorsed candidates also includes Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., who has led the so-far unsuccessful fight to prevent the federal government from paying any share of the Gateway Tunnel project; and Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., who drew national attention when he ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in the 2014 Republican primary.

    Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant or on Facebook. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook. 


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    2 tickets were sold in Monmouth County, the other in Essex.

    The holders of three tickets will share Wednesday's $1,357,344 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot.

    The lucky tickets, which matched all five numbers drawn, were sold at the following locations, state lottery officials said Thursday.

    • Barbara Grocery and Deli on Barbara Street in Newark
    • Bray Ave Deli & Grocery on Bray Avenue in Middletown
    • the Shell gas station on Route 79 in Marlboro

    Each ticket is worth $452,448. Wednesday's winning numbers were 6, 10, 16, 27 and 40. The Xtra number was 4. Lottery players bought 1,109,773 across the state for Wednesday's drawing. 

    The jackpot grew following seven straight daily drawings without a top prize winner. It was the largest Jersey Cash 5 jackpot since two winners split a $1.68 million prize on July 13.

    Thursday's jackpot resets to $100,000.

    The odds of a $1 ticket matching all five numbers are 962,598 to 1. 

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

     

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    Ross Kasun was most recently the superintendent in Freehold Township

    Lawrence's board of education announced Thursday they've hired Dr. Ross Kasun as superintendent of schools.

    He's scheduled to start Sept. 1. His salary will be $196,584 per year.

    Ross Kasun.jpegRoss Kasun, provided photo 

    Kasun, who's been the superintendent in Freehold Township the past seven school years, replaces Dr. Crystal Edwards, who left earlier this year for a superintendent job in Virginia.

    Kasun also almost left New Jersey for a superintendent job this year.

    He was publicly named the superintendent of the Billings, Montana school district - the largest in Montana - this past spring, but never signed a contract and withdrew from the job weeks later.

    The Billings Gazette reported in May that Kasun withdrew from that post due to family reasons, that he has school-aged children and didn't plan on relocating there.

    However, in interviews with Billings school trustees, Kasun said he wanted to work in Montana because one of his children is considering attending college in the region, the Gazette reported.

    Earlier this year, Kasun was also a named finalist for the superintendent post in Montclair.

    In Lawrence's search, the board said they interviewed six finalists from 41 applicants.

    The board said in an announcement that Kasun has racked up an impressive record and resume in his 23 years as an educator.

    He was chosen as the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, was selected by the White House to attend the Future Ready Summit in 2014, for his efforts to infuse technology into daily practice, and won a Lexington Education Leadership Award fellowship.

    "We believe that Dr. Kasun will be a visionary leader and a great match for our students, staff, and community," Lawrence board President Kevin Van Hise said in an announcement.

    In the statement, Kasun said he is eager and excited to join the Lawrence district. "Creating learning experiences focused on the growth of every student is my passion. I was attracted to the diversity of this community, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to provide every student with an exceptional educational experience."

    Before Freehold Township, Kasun was an administrator in the South Orange-Maplewood district, a principal in Millburn, an assistant superintendent in Summit and superintendent in Colts Neck. He started his career as an elementary school teacher.

    Lawrence plans a public meet-and-greet on August 29 at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence High School Commons.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Self-described "craftivists" are doffing their pink "pussy hats" for white bonnets and crimson robes. Watch video

    For at least a year now, their crimson robes and white bonnets have been springing up at anti-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., and inside statehouses around the nation.

    On Friday, the Handmaids will appear in Essex County to taunt Vice President Mike Pence, but with an unusual source of costuming: The newly discarded graduation robes of Columbia High School students in Maplewood.

    "I think it was like 75 bucks for this hot, acrylic, nasty gown they wear once and then they leave to sit in the closet until someone decides to get rid of them," said Kathleen Kargoll, the South Orange resident organizing a "Handmaid's Tale" protest and march planned for lunchtime this Friday in nearby Springfield.

    (For the perplexed, "The Handmaid's Tale" is an Emmy-winning TV series set in a post-America totalitarian theocracy called Gilead wherein the few remaining fertile women are forced to wear crimson cloaks and bear the children of their religious overlords.)

    After Kargoll heard that Pence was coming to Springfield's Baltusrol Golf Club to stump for the GOP's congressional candidate in the 11th District, Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris, she decided "there must be some kind of counter-statement" she could make.

    "He's the voice of everything that is the opposite of our values," said Kargoll, noting that Maplewood recently painted a rainbow crosswalk in front of its town hall to celebrate LGBTQ pride.

    As a congressman, Pence co-sponsored a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman, and voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees.

    As vice president, Pence has been one of Trump's most vocal defenders of the president's new anti-gay policies in the U.S. military.

    "That guy is coming to our backyard," said Kargoll, "and it gave me this just kind of a spontaneous visceral reaction."

    Spying a red graduation robe still hanging in the closet of her son -- who graduated from Columbia High School two years ago -- she put out a call on Facebook's SoMa Lounge asking to gather up other used graduation robes from fellow villagers so she could start making "Handmaid's Tail" costumes.

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    By Wednesday evening, she'd created 20 finished Handmaid outfits and had more protesters interested than she had costumes.

    "I don't know how many people will be coming, but I will make as many as I possibly can," Kargoll said. "I'm not bothering to put hoods on them like in the show."

    Kargoll said that she doesn't "have anything specifically against Webber, except that he's in the GOP, and right now, that's enough for me, because they've bought into all this."

    Webber, for his part, declined to speak to NJ Advance Media, but did offer an emailed statement.

    "As the father of four beautiful daughters, I'm committed to a better present and brighter future for all Americans, women and men," wrote Webber, adding, "As a Congressman, I will work with people from both sides of the aisle who want to continue our country's progress."

    Unlike the story's main character Offred, who took the name of her new master Fred Waterford ("Of Fred"), she has no plans to rename herself OfMike.

    "Not gonna do that," Kargoll said. 

    Her group of Handmaids plans to march the two and a half miles between Briant Park in Springfield, pass along Shumpike Road in front of the Baltusrol Golf Club where Pence will be campaigning, and Patriot Park on Wabeno Avenue.

    The Webber event is private and closed to press, "but the sidewalk is still free," Kargoll said.

    Claude Brodesser-Akner may be reached at cbrodesser@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClaudeBrodesser. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

     

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    Prosecutors say he faces three to five years on the weapons charges and at least 18 months on the impersonation conviction.

    After Newark police officer Eddie Gonzalez was convicted of harassing a 14-year-old neighbor, he was fired.

    Eddie Gonzalez (mug)Eddie Gonzalez. (Essex County Correctional Facility)

    After he continued to use his uniform to obtain favors around town, prosecutors said, he was arrested and convicted of impersonating an officer and filing false police reports against his ex-girlfriend.

    Now Gonzalez, 39, faces three to five years in prison for failing to turn over two handguns in the wake of a temporary restraining order.

    A jury sitting before Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli on Thursday convicted Gonzalez of two counts of possessing weapons as a prohibited person, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. After a two-day trial, prosecutors said, it took the jury just 55 minutes to return the guilty verdicts.

    At the heart of Gonzalez's case is what Assistant Prosecutor Tony Gutierrez described in a statement as the former cop's knowing disregard for the restraining order, obtained by a former girlfriend who accused Gonzalez of stalking and harassing her.

    Prosecutor's detectives, a Newark police tactical team and Essex County sheriff's officers in March served a search warrant at Gonzalez's home after learning he might be in possession of the handguns despite the restraining order, the prosecutor's office said.

    Gonazlez, Gutierrez said, "chose to disregard an order of the court when he knew that he had an affirmative duty to surrender the two handguns that we ultimately discovered in his home."

    Gonzalez, who was free on bail while awaiting sentencing in the impersonation case, was immediately jailed at the Essex County Correctional Facility following his conviction Thursday.

    The prosecutor's office said it plans to seek consecutive sentences for Gonzalez in the two cases. He faces a minimum of 18 months in prison on the impersonation conviction alone, authorities said.

    Information regarding Gonzalez's most recent defense attorney could not immediately be located Thursday evening.

    Thomas Moriarty may be reached at tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriartyFind NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Treach, lead rapper of Naughty By Nature, lends his voice to the anti-violence rally for Kofi Owens, a popular East Orange teacher who was shot and killed.

    It's not just his friends, family, and students who said they'll be inspired to make change by the shooting death of a popular East Orange high school teacher. It wasn't just the local officials who called for peace at an anti-violence rally Wednesday inspired by Kofi Owens' tragic death.

    Celebrities have been called to action, too.

    Treach, lead rapper of Naughty by Nature -- a group originally from East Orange -- lent his voice to the cause at an event organized by the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition.

    He stood at the site where Owens was killed - South 16 Street between Central and Ninth Avenues - and told the crowd what has to happen in his city.

    "We need some love in the hood,'' said Treach, whose real name is Anthony Criss. "I see some good in East Orange.''

    He encouraged men, particularly fathers, in the community to look after younger kids who do not have a man in their lives.

    "Take them to park with your kids and play with them,'' he said. "You can't blame the police for everything. We've got to police our own neighborhood."

    This theme was echoed by city leaders.

    Mayor Ted Green called on residents to do what the community did when he was growing up.

    "When we have individuals in our community that we know that is foul, that is disrupting the community, we need to go in front of their house 200 deep, 300 deep, 400 deep, knock on the door and tell those cats you're out of this community,'' Green said. "You can't be here.''

    Tera L. Allen, a close friend of Owens, set up the shrine of balloons and candles the night he was killed. 

    Allen said Owens, a husband who was a father of two and a grandfather, said she was happy with the crowd that came out to a candlelight vigil Tuesday to honor Owens, but disappointed that the crowd at Wednesday's event was not so large.

    "It would of taken five minutes, a dollar candle from the Dollar Tree to come show your respect," she said.

    No arrests have been made and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office has not determined a motive for the shooting. The Essex County Sheriff's Department's Crime Stoppers program is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

    Allen said Owens' life is worth more than that.

    "He touched 10,000 lives,'' she said.

    Barry Carter may be reached at bcarter@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BarryCarterSL. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Frank Meletti robbed a bank n Cedar Grove in 2008. Ten years later, authorities allege he tired to do it again. It didn't quite work out.

    Frank Meletti tugged on the doors of the Investors Bank in Cedar Grove on Friday morning at 10:05 a.m., but could not get in.

    Banks are usually open by then.

    He tugged some more and looked inside. Then cops arrested him.

    Meletti was going to rob the branch, federal authorities alleged later Friday.

    The 53-year-old Hoboken resident - a convicted bank robber released from prison in 2016  - had been planning the heist since at least last weekend, authorities say.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey and the FBI said in statements and court documents that Meletti's getaway driver was a confidential informant and drove him right into a pair of handcuffs. He's been charged with one count of attempted bank robbery.

    It went down this way, the feds allege:

    Last Saturday, Aug. 4, Meletti asked the informant to be his partner, and driver. "I'm READY to do what we've talked about. Need driver. Easy," he wrote to the person in an online message.

    (Authorities did not further describe the informant/driver.)

    On Tuesday, Meletti gave his supposed driver the target, Investors Bank in Cedar Grove, and a suggested escape route and where to park the car adjacent to the bank. He asked the informant if he had a gun. No, the informant replied

    On Thursday, they cased the bank. The driver picked up Meletti at his home and they drove to Cedar Grove. Meletti asked the driver to go in and check out the security, and to see if they had an armed guard. It would be better if the driver went inside, Meletti told him, so Meletti would not be recorded on bank security cameras.

    Meletti asked the informant to pick him up at 9 a.m. Friday, and he'd rob the bank at 10 a.m.

    On Friday morning, as the informant drove to Cedar Grove, Meletti worked on a demand note, writing several drafts in the car. The driver asked Meletti if he wanted to go through with it.

    Meletti said he did.

    At 10:05 a.m., with the getway car in place, Meletti walked toward the bank wearing dark sunglasses, a dark hat, black sweatpants and a black sweatshirt.

    In his pocket was the final draft of the note: "Place money in bag. No dye. No cops. No alarms." He also carried a bag for the cash.

    Federal authorities did not say in the court documents if they locked the bank's doors, or if anyone else was alerted, but cops were waiting for him. Cedar Grove and Verona police officers assisted FBI agents, the documents say.

    Meletti's prior bank robbery, records show, was also in Cedar Grove, a TD Bank branch that he successfully robbed of about $2,500 in March 2008. He was arrested an hour later by local police, in a wooded area where witnesses saw him flee on foot. 

    He confessed to that robbery, court documents in that case say.

    Meletti used a gun in that robbery, and a note, which instructed: "I have a gun. This is a robbery. Fill bag with $100.00, 50.00, 20.00. No dye, no alarm. Empty the drawer. Don't speak. Move away from the counter. Be silent."

    In June 2009 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervision. Records show he was freed from federal prison in December 2016.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    They were abandoned Amerasian children at an orphanage in Korea until an unbelievable blessing in the person of Sgt. Singley entered their lives.


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    While the Archdiocese has on occasion provided information on abuse cases against priests, there has been scant public accounting.

    The head of New Jersey's largest Catholic diocese has ordered a re-examination of sexual abuse cases involving clergy, officials said Friday.

    With recent disclosures of secret settlements going back decades, and ongoing revelations by former seminarians and others about abuse allegedly suffered at the hands of priests, Cardinal Joseph Tobin has "arranged for an external firm to audit all the personal files" of the Newark Archdiocese, according to a spokesman for the archdiocese.

    "When the audit is complete, a protocol for determining how to identify and release names will be determined," said Jim Goodness.

    The announcement came after the Archdiocese was questioned by NJ Advance Media about the decision of several dioceses in Pennsylvania that said they would be publishing the names of clergy members facing credible allegations of child sex abuse. Those cases involve more than 300 clergy members accused of abusing children over a period of decades, officials there.

    Goodness said the Newark Archdiocese has for years informed civil authorities when any allegation is received, and "also has informed parish communities when a priest or deacon who is alive steps aside when an allegation is received, and again after it is determined that there is sufficient information to support that allegation."

    But while the Archdiocese has on occasion provided information on abuse cases against priests--most recently with the stunning revelations that it had paid out secret settlements to two individuals who accused former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexual misconduct--there has been scant public accounting of such abuse.

    The New Jersey settlements involving McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Newark and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., who was removed from public ministry in the wake of allegations he abused a teen 50 years ago while serving as a priest in New York, were secret, and the terms never disclosed by the Newark Archdiocese.

    Among the settlements included $80,000 paid to Robert Ciolek, a former priest turned lawyer, who said McCarrick would invite him and other young seminarians and priests to a Shore house in Sea Girt where they would be expected to share a bed with the former archbishop of Newark, a report said. Ciolek, who told his story to The New York Times, said he was abused by McCarrick for years, but felt unable to say no.

    In 2004, a former seminarian from the Newark Archdiocese who is now a priest in Albany, Rev. Desmond Rossi, reported a 1988 case of abuse by two transitional deacons. While the allegations were deemed "credible" by the Archdiocese of Newark's Review Board, they could not be substantiated, and Rossi said he agreed to a settlement to cover the cost of counseling, and put it in the past.

    Tobin has agreed to reopen the matter, which involves a still-active priest who is in ministry in New Jersey.

    McCarrick, 88, resigned from the College of Cardinals last month after an allegation he sexually abused an altar boy nearly 50 years ago in New York City was found to be credible. Pope Francis ordered the priest, who is living in Washington, D.C., to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" as he awaits a church trial.

    The Newark Archdiocese has not had a public disclose of the full extent of its settlements involving the abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests since 2004, when it reported with the other major New Jersey dioceses that almost $13 million in settlements and counseling to victims had been paid out during the past half century.

    That report came after the dioceses of Trenton, Camden, Metuchen, Paterson and the Archdiocese of Newark all released statistics to the public from reports they had submitted for a national survey commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    The announced audit planned by Cardinal Tobin comes as the Diocese of Metuchen said it was bringing together a group of senior advisers to consider changing how priests can report sexual misconduct by fellow priests. Bishop James Checchio, head of the Diocese of Metuchen, said the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick raised questions about whether his diocese needs to make big changes.  

    Checchio said the Diocese of Metuchen is ready to reconsider its systems for reporting abuse by priests.

    "I have begun to bring together a senior team of advisors to examine reporting processes. Clearly, the safety of an independent reporting structure that allows for anyone to bring an allegation forward without the fear of retribution of any kind is needed," Checchio said in a letter to the diocese sent last week.

    Goodness could not offer any details on Tobin's planned audit.

    "It's a developing situation," he said. "It's evolutionary. I don't know the scope."

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this post was unclear over when the Rev. Desmond Rossi reported a case of abuse to the archdiocese. It was 2004.

    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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    The city wants to provide free legal representation to low-income residents facing eviction.

    Newark has taken the first step to codify into law its intent to provide low-income tenants facing eviction with free legal help

    Citing the lack of affordable housing opportunities and "frivolous" eviction actions, the city plans to create a nonprofit that connects eligible tenants with legal representation in landlord-tenant court. 

    "People need help and as a result, we are going to make sure that a nonprofit is created so this will be done the right way," Newark's legal counsel Kenyatta Stewart said. 

    About 78 percent of Newarkers are renters. And when faced with eviction, nine out of 10 don't have an attorney, city officials said. 

    Newark City CouncilNewark's corporation counsel Kenyatta Stewart speaking at Wednesday's City Council meeting. Aug. 8, 2018.  

    The first nationwide database of evictions, compiled by The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, show 22 evictions were filed for every 100 renter homes in Newark in 2016, or about 17,000. Nationally, that number is significantly lower: about 6 for every 100 renter homes.

    Mayor Ras Baraka first announced his plans to emulate New York City's "right to counsel" law in May. It ensures a free lawyer for low-income renters in eviction proceedings whose income is 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less.

    On Wednesday, the City Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would create a nonprofit to handle those services. The ordinance does not cite funding sources or detail the responsibilities of the nonprofit.

    Stewart said those details are still being worked out and the nonprofit has yet to be formed. 

    "We're working fast; we recognize that the residents need help," Stewart told NJ Advance Media. He said the mayor would appoint the members of the nonprofit's board and the city will likely fund the organization in part -- but how much is not clear. 

    It's also not clear what organizations the city will partner with, but Newark-based law firm, McCarter & English has already signed up.

    The firm announced a pro-bono fellowship last month to hire a full-time, one-year renewable fellow to represent tenants and focus on other housing issues. The fellow will start in the fall; applications are due by Aug. 31.

    "The firm's partners have always believed that McCarter's unique relationship with Newark warranted a unique commitment to the city's residents," Robert Mintz, managing partner of the firm's Newark office, said during the July announcement.

    Maria Lopez, an organizer with the Ironbound Community Corporation that has led efforts around the plan, said it was great to see the city move ahead on its promises. 

    "I want to see the city keep the community involved as we move forward," she said. "We need to make sure there is a financial commitment to the most vulnerable in the city so they are not displaced by the revitalization of Newark."

    James Powell, a representative of Homes for All Newark, was pleased with the legislation but said many housing organizers didn't know the ordinance would be discussed during Wednesday's meeting.

    "All these things had been sought out and decided upon without sharing with us," he said. "This is the first that we learned of it and I think there's some contributions we can make to the ordinance."

    That same day, the council approved a $2 billion tax incentive package to lure large corporations like Amazon to town. 

    Speaking during the McCarter & English announcement in July, Baraka said he wanted the city's growth to be inclusive.

    "This is part of Newark's beautiful renaissance as it grows not only for the people coming into our city but also strengthens the roots of those who have been here for 20, 30, 40 years and gives them the opportunity to choose Newark, to stay here and be a part of this growth at the same time," Baraka said at the time.

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


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    The stolen car from Summitt was wanted for a shooting that occured earlier that day in Newark.

    Two 17-year-olds from Essex County are awaiting a court appearance after their arrest Friday night after their stolen vehicle crashed into a parked truck, authorities said.

    Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said authorities arrested one teen from East Orange, the driver, and the other from Montclair following the chase.

    Fontoura said a search for a third suspect who was in the car, but ran away from the scene is also underway. 

    The series of events which lead to the arrest unfolded in Newark Friday evening when a sheriff's officer on patrol spotted a 2015 Volkswagen Passat sedan at North 7thStreet and Sussex Avenue which was reported stolen on Thursday from Summit.

    The stolen car was also wanted by Newark Police in connection for a shooting that occurred Friday at Avon Avenue and South 12th Street in Newark, the sheriff said.

    Fontoura said the patrol officer turned on his lights and siren to get the teens to pull over, but they sped off in an "erratic" and "reckless manner" going at least 65 mph and ignoring traffic signs. 

    Once the chase started, Newark police alerted a nearby police helicopter that began following the teens along with Newark police. 

    Less than two miles down, the teens' car blew a tire and crashed into a truck at Brenner and Kent streets, but the teens got out of the car with sheriff's officers and Newark Police pursuing them on foot, officials said.

    Officers captured the teens shortly after, Fontoura said, and during a pat-down, officer found gloves and a black face mask on the Montclair teen. 

    During the pursuit, officers also reported finding a 9mm masterpiece arms machine pistol with a high capacity magazine that was fully loaded with 30 rounds of illegal hollow point bullets according to Fontoura.

    The Montclair juvenile is currently in Essex County Youth Detention Center where he is being charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a large capacity magazine, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

    The East Orange juvenile, who officials say was released to the custody of his mother, was charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

    They both face a family court appearance.

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at tharris@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyo.

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    Andrew Search wanted to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame with his father. The sport's greatest players embraced him when he came on his behalf instead.


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    The county said it's loaned the services of Anthony Ambrose to the city of Newark and is happy with the results.

    Newark's public safety director Anthony Ambrose will to continue to oversee the city's police and fire departments for a second term -- but won't receive a penny from city coffers. 

    Since Ambrose first took the reins in Newark in 2015, Essex County has paid his salary, now listed at $200,000, payroll records show. 

    Ambrose, who worked as the chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office prior to his position at the city, is listed as a Sheriff's Officer Chief in what county officials say is a shared services agreement with Newark. 

    "We agreed to do this because it was good for the city, it was good for us, it was good for everyone," Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said. 

    "We have people assigned to the FBI, Marshal's Service, DEA, U.S. Customs, to the Secret Service, everywhere. This is the same approach, we just assign him to Newark and we are very excited and pleased with the results he was able to achieve."

    City officials have touted historic crime lows and beefed up the number of officers on the streets. Homicides have decreased 38 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to the city. The number of non-fatal shootings, however, increased by 27 percent last year when compared to 2016. This year, there have been 37 Newark homicides in the first six months of 2018, records show. 

    "Newark really is at the center of much of what the county does," Newark Police Capt. John Zutic, a spokesperson for Ambrose, told NJ Advance Media. "There were financial issues going back a few ago with the city. On the county level, what's good for Newark is good for the county."

    Ambrose cut his teeth as a Newark cop, eventually making his way to chief and then police director in 2006 before moving on to work for the county. In 2015, Baraka announced an overhaul of the police and fire departments, naming Ambrose to the newly created position of public safety director

    Records show the municipal council approved the departmental overhauls and set the salary for the public safety director between $176,000 - $190,000 in January 2016. 

    It's not clear when the county agreed to loan Ambrose to the city but his hire date as a Sheriff's Officer Chief is Dec. 28, 2015, county records show -- about a week after the city announced his role.

    Anthony Puglisi, a spokesman for the county, said though the county pays Ambrose's salary, it's up to the city to delegate his duties. 

    "All law enforcement are trying to work together, everyone has strained resources so this is another example of county and the city of Newark working together," he said. 

    A similar arrangement exists in Mercer County, where Mercer County undersheriff Pedro Medina is on loan to Trenton as its police chief for up to three months. The move was publicly disclosed by newly elected Mayor Reed Gusciora, according to media reports

    Asked whether Fontoura wanted Ambrose to one day return to the county, Fontoura said "that'll be up to him."

    "But I'm very happy with where he is," he added. "The city of Newark is the epicenter off all that we do. Everything that happens in Essex County begins and ends in Newark."

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


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    Here is a list of 15 news stories that were really, really huge. One changed world history, one shaped modern media, one was a shocking precursor to the ongoing acceleration of mass shootings and one introduced a technology we take for granted today.

    Envisioning NJ 2A photo of Thomas Edison and his staff inside his Menlo Park lab. Edison worked at the location on several inventions between 1876 and 1881. The image is one of more than 650 in "Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrated History of the Garden State," a new book from Rutgers University Press. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Thomas Edison National Historical Park) 

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    The waters receded Sunday after flash flooding soaked parts of the state Lt. Frank Pumphrey of the Cedar Grove Police Department said he hasn't witnessed flooding like this since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.


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    State Police said a car hit the guardrail before striking the bus on the left side. The car did not stop. Watch video

    A hit-and-run driver caused a school bus carrying 42 people to overturn on the New Jersey Turnpike, sending dozens to the hospital on Saturday after an afternoon spent at a Newark-sponsored picnic at Black Bear Lake, police said.

    New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said Sunday that a car traveling north on the turnpike along mile post 79.9 in East Brunswick struck a guardrail before colliding into the school bus's left side.

    The car did not stop, Flynn said. The bus then struck a Mercedes before overturning shortly after 5 p.m., he said. 

    The bus was returning from Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's annual picnic, a city-sponsored event, held this year at the Black Bear Lake Country Club in Millstone.

    Baraka said 36 passengers, which included children, were taken to area hospitals but were in stable condition. 

    Seventeen passengers were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and others were taken to St. Peter's University and JFK Hospital in Edison. Of the 36 people taken to hospitals, 19 were a adults and 17 were under the age of 18.

    All but four patients had been discharged from University Hospital as of Sunday afternoon, a Newark spokesperson said. Three patients had been released from St. Peter's and all were released from JFK Hospital.

    "It scared us half to death," Baraka said at a press conference Saturday night. "People were having an outstanding time there, unfortunately this thing happened."

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


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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey patiently await adoption.

    This information on dog safety was compiled by members of the Dog Bite Prevention Coalition -- the U.S. Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Humane Society, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance.

    If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Parents should also remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

    People often assume that a dog with a wagging tail is a friendly dog, but this is far from the truth. Dogs wag their tails for numerous reasons, including when they're feeling aggressive. A tail that is held high and moves stiffly is a sign that the dog is feeling dominant, aggressive, or angry.

    Dogs, even ones you know have good days and bad days. You should never pet a dog without asking the owner first and especially if it is through a window or fence. For a dog, this makes them feel like you are intruding on their space and could result in the dog biting you.

    ALL DOGS are capable of biting. There's no one breed or type of dog that's more likely to bite than others. Biting has more to do with circumstances, behavior, and training.

    Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures. You can tell how a dog is feeling (sad, tired, happy, angry, scared) by looking at the position of a dogs' ears, mouth, eyes, and tail.

    Dogs are social animals who crave human companionship. That's why they thrive and behave better when living indoors with their pack -- their human family members. Dogs that are tied up or chained outside are frustrated and can become aggressive because they are unhappy. They can also become very afraid because when they are tied or chained up, they can't escape from things that scare them.

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


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