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    Which school produces the most D1 talent? The answer might surprise you.

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    Here are the 32-best boys soccer games coming up this week.

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    Streep, who grew up in Basking Ridge and Bernardsville, will join Colbert onstage at NJPAC in December for a Montclair Film Fest benefit.

    Each year, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert sits down with a fellow celebrity at NJPAC to raise money for the Montclair Film Festival.

    Last year, his former fellow "Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee ("Full Frontal with Samantha Bee") joined him onstage. The year before, another former "Daily Show" correspondent, John Oliver ("Last Week Tonight") did the honors. In 2015, director and producer J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Star Wars" and "Star Trek") was the featured guest.

    Colbert's next act claims 21 Oscar nominations -- the most for any actor in the history of the awards -- and three wins. 

    None other than New Jersey's own Meryl Streep will join Montclair resident Colbert, 54, for this year's benefit at NJPAC. "An Evening with Stephen Colbert and Meryl Streep" is set for Dec. 1. 

    Streep, 69, was originally supposed to be honored at an induction for the New Jersey Hall of Fame in May, but she had to scrap plans to attend at the last minute because of her shooting schedule for the second season of HBO's "Big Little Lies."

    The acclaimed actress, who was born in Summit, grew up in Bernardsville and Basking Ridge and went to Bernards High School, where she was both homecoming queen and a cheerleader for the Mountaineers. 

    Streep's last Oscar win was for playing Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film "The Iron Lady." The next season of "Big Little Lies," in which Streep plays (spoiler alert) Mary Louise Wright, mother-in-law to Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), is set to air in 2019. 

    Colbert's wife, Evelyn McGee-Colbert, is the president of the Montclair Film Festival's board. This year's festival will run from May 3 to May 12. Proceeds will go toward festival programming as well as nonprofit Montclair Film's film education and community programming.

    "Meryl Streep is one of the greatest film artists of our time and to have her join Stephen Colbert onstage is an extraordinary gift," said Tom Hall, executive director of Montclair Film, in a statement. 

    "Meryl Streep is a magnificent dramatic actress, but she'll also be a great comedic foil to Stephen Colbert," said John Schreiber, president and CEO of NJPAC, in a statement. "I know the two of them will have a lot of spontaneous fun in Prudential Hall and so will 2,800 of their biggest fans."

    "An Evening with Stephen Colbert and Meryl Streep" will start at 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at NJPAC's Prudential Hall (One Center St., Newark). Tickets, which start at $79.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday for Montclair Film members. American Express cardholders can buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and public ticket sales open at 10 a.m. on Friday. Call 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), visit the NJPAC box office or buy online at and Montclair Film:

    Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.


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    Yes, United is the largest carrier at Newark Liberty and would gain from a PATH extension. No, United would extend the tax hike to customers, making N.J. less competitive.

    Editor's note: The state Senate Appropriations Committee was to hold a hearing today to discuss Senate Bill 2892, which calls for a jet fuel tax increase to help fund a PATH train extension to Newark Liberty airport and airport improvements. The tax would affect United Airlines, in particular, because it is the largest carrier at Newark.

    Should United Airlines pay a higher jet fuel tax to fund a PATH extension? Below are excerpts from two opposing views. Vote in the informal Twitter poll below to let us know which way the Legislature should go. 

    Yes, the jet fuel tax should go up to help pay for transportation into Newark Airport

    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is an economic engine for New Jersey. It is also among the most valuable hubs in the world for United Airlines. That is why United should pitch in to make sure the PATH extension gets done. 

    Last year, the Port Authority earmarked $1 billion for the PATH extension, a project which would create a one seat-ride from Manhattan's World Trade Center to EWR's AirTrain. However, the project still lacks $700 million in capital funding and competes for scarce federal dollars with other projects like the Gateway Tunnel and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Finding new revenue streams is therefore critical to realizing this long-anticipated project.

    Read the full op-ed in favor of increasing the jet fuel tax

    State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, have proposed a bill to do just that. Senate Bill 2892 would eliminate United Airlines' jet fuel tax break -- which currently saves the carrier millions of dollars every year -- and dedicate that money to the PATH extension.

    While New Jersey drivers pay a 37.5 cent tax on every gallon of gas they buy, airlines like United pay just four cents per gallon of jet fuel, and they only pay that on the fuel used during take-off. This is akin to only paying taxes on the gas you burn pulling out of your driveway. S2892 would simply eliminate the exemption and tax all United's jet fuel purchases at four cents per gallon.

    -- Bill Granfield is president of UNITE HERE Local 100, which represents more than 1,500 members at Newark Liberty International Airport.


    path-extension-pa-mapjpg-de8565a18c865c81.jpgThis Port Authority diagram illustrates the present configuration of the PATH system, as well as its proposed extension, indicated by the dotted yellow line. (PANY&NJ) 

    No, raising the jet tax makes our state less competitive, and it may be illegal to do so

    Senate Bill 2892 places the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at direct risk of losing tens of millions of dollars in federal airport funding it receives each year and risk of having its prior federal grants "clawed back," not to mention substantial penalties and higher costs to the flying public.

    This proposal is bad for business and bad for passengers.

    Newark Liberty International is one of the busiest airports in the country. It is a self-supporting economy. Air service is growing, and airlines are investing millions of dollars in New Jersey to upgrade facilities and provide better services to New Jersey's flying public. It would be a grave error to do anything which would make the aviation partners who serve our state less competitive, especially when states like New York and Pennsylvania are holding the line on fuel taxes and other states are reducing or eliminating them.

    New Jersey is surrounded by states (except Connecticut) which have low or no jet fuel tax.

    Read the full op-ed in opposition of the jet fuel tax hike

    By comparison, data available from air carriers serving Newark airport indicates that the senate president's proposal would increase the tax burden by a multiple of almost 20. This tax increase would not only make our state less competitive, but more importantly, the flying public in New Jersey would be left picking up a hefty tax bill. To offset the significant tax increase, the airline would be forced to pass the cost of doing business in the state to its residents making travel more expensive and preventing New Jerseyans from flying out of the state.

    Federal law dictates that revenue generated on certain airports like Newark Liberty -- including aviation fuel tax revenue -- must remain on the airport and be used for aviation purposes. Enforcement of this requirement has been a particular focus of the Federal Aviation Administration in recent years in light of the age-old temptation to take airport revenue "downtown" for purposes unrelated to aviation. Airport revenues may be used only for the capital and operating costs of an airport, the local airport system, other local facilities owned or operated by the airport owner or operator, or the state aviation program and directly and substantially related to the air transportation of passengers or property.

    While there are some narrow exceptions to this rule, they are inapplicable to the PATH extension as proposed.

    -- Kirk Shaffer, an attorney, is the former associate administrator for airports at the Federal Aviation Administration. 


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    Gov. Phil Murphy and other dignitaries got a tour of a new Amazon facility in Edison, one that's filled with robot technology. Murphy also briefly discussed the HQ2 search.

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    'Give me your keys or I will kill your daughter,' one of the robbers growled

    A man who admitted threatening to kill a teenage girl while stealing a Range Rover from her family was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday.

    Ahmed-Anthony.jpgAhmed Anthony

    Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark, must serve at least 12 years of that sentence before he is eligible for parole, the state Attorney General's office announced.

    Anthony admitted in a June guilty plea that he was one of the three men who attacked a Millburn family who had just gotten home from vacation.

    Around 2 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2017, the family was bringing luggage into their home when Anthony grabbed the 13-year-old from behind and put her in a choke hold in front of her father. 

    "Give me your keys or I will kill your daughter," one of the men said.

    As Anthony maintained the hold on the younger daughter, another man approached, pointing a handgun at the father. The father handed over his money and keys to the family Range Rover, and the second man drove away, the Attorney General's office said. 

    Anthony then demanded keys to the older daughter's Range Rover, and the father went inside to get them, then handed them over to Anthony. Anthony let go of the 13-year-old and tried to start the remaining SUV unsuccessfully.

    While he struggled with starting up the vehicle, the father grabbed a gun from inside the house, pointed it at Anthony and told him to get down on the ground.

    He didn't.

    Anthony ran and climbed into a minivan driven by another man, the office said.

    The family Range Rover was tracked using a locator app and found abandoned in Newark.

    Investigators arrested Anthony in January.

    "We have ensured that this defendant will spend many years behind bars, where he cannot bring violent crime to our communities or terrorize a family and a young girl the way he did during this armed carjacking," Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement.

    "This lengthy prison sentence reflects our determination to protect New Jersey residents from this type of dangerous criminal," he said.

    "Carjackings are inherently violent and terrifying crimes, but Anthony's conduct was especially heinous because of his cruel assault on a child," Criminal Justice Division Director Veronica Allende said.

    The other two men involved have not been identified or charged, a spokesman for Grewal said Monday.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find on Facebook.

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    If you're looking for your 5 minutes of fame, Grant Wilfley Casting, Inc. is looking for paid "extras" work when the new "Joker" films in Jersey City and Newark over the next few months.

    If you're looking for your 15 minutes of fame, Grant Wilfley Casting, Inc. is looking for paid "extras" work when the new "Joker" films in Jersey City and Newark over the next few months.

    Adults of all ages can apply for extra work by emailing You must submit your full name, phone number, confirm you are 18 years old, your height, weight, clothing, shoe size, a list of dates you are available, and attach a current photo of yourself (selfies can be used). Write "NJ Local Flyer" on the subject line of the email.

    Kato Lee Figueroa - Joker Extra_edited.jpgJersey City local Kato Lee Figueroa, who applied to be an extra in the upcoming "Joker" film. 

    The pay rate is $143 for 10 hours and you must have a valid ID to fill out a federal I9 form on set if you're selected. People can also visit

    The movie is being directed by Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix. The company is seeking extras for shoots in Jersey City on Sept. 30 and Nov. 9 and in Newark on Oct. 15 and 16. 

    Jersey City resident Kato Lee Figueroa, 58, sent in an email for being an extra after reading about the film in Saturday's Jersey Journal. Figueroa worked as an extra on several movies in the past, claiming the one that stuck out to him the most was the 1979 cult classic "The Warriors." 

    "I figured why not since they're filming it right in the neighborhood," said Figueroa. "After looking at the dates and the schedule for filming, I felt that I could give them some of my time." 

    Figueroa currently works as a security guard and devotes his time to volunteer work for United Rescue. He's currently waiting for a response from Grant Wilfley Casting. 

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    The results from The Mountains vs. The Seas showcase twist up the rankings.

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    The 767 experienced hydraulic failure and a delayed flight took off for Paris more than 7 hours later

    A planned flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Paris on Monday evening blew multiple tires in an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after the plane experienced hydraulic failure, officials said. 

    Delta Airlines flight 20 made a hard landing at JFK, the Port Authority Police union said on Twitter. Smoke was pouring from the 767 plane's brakes and several of its tires blew upon landing, the union said.

    "The flight landed without incident and Delta dispatched an alternate aircraft to continue the flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle," Delta Airlines said in emailed statement. "The safety of Delta's customers and crew is always our top priority."

    The plane, which has 205 passengers aboard, departed Newark at 6:28 p.m. and landed at JFK at 8 p.m, according to Delta. The flight diverted specifically to Kennedy because it had an aircraft to swap if needed.

    The delayed flight didn't take off from Kennedy for more than 7 hours - at 3:13 a.m. It's scheduled to touch down at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport Airport at 3:57 p.m. local time (9:57 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time).

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find on Facebook.



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    The 65-year-old was struck while crossing a street in Newark in May 2016 when a turning NJ Transit bus ran over her legs

    A 65-year-old woman who had to have both legs amputated after being run over by a New Jersey Transit bus more than two years ago settled her lawsuit against the agency for $10 million, one of her attorneys said. 

    Claire Dertouzos, of West Orange, was hit as she attempted to cross Mount Prospect Avenue at Heller Parkway in Newark on May 28, 2016. first reported the settlement, which was reached earlier this month.

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    The bus driver, who was making a left turn, alleged he didn't see Dertouzos before the vehicle's rear wheels ran over her legs as she was in the crosswalk.

    Dertouzos' legs were seriously injured and had to be amputated above the knee, according to Michelle Greenburg of Frier Levitt, who represented the plaintiff along with Jonathan Levitt. Dertouzos now uses a wheelchair. 

    NJ Transit declined to comment on the settlement. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find on Facebook.


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    Fred Rivers, 46, of Newark is charged with receiving $100 in bribes for each package he delivered

    A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was indicted Monday on charges he accepted bribes for delivering packages containing marijuana to a drug dealer, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

    Fred Rivers, 46, of Newark, is charged with receiving bribes as a public official and conspiracy to defraud the United States by interfering with and obstructing the lawful function of the USPS, according to an indictment handed up in U.S. District Court in Newark.

    Rivers was a mail carrier at the USPS Springfield station in Newark, authorities said. From October 2016 to September 2017, he accepted $100 in cash bribes to deliver packages containing marijuana to Glenn Blackstone, 48, of Newark.

    The marijuana was mailed from California and Nevada to New Jersey where it was intercepted at the Springfield station and later distributed to drug dealers and sold, authorities said.

    The package labels had false names and addresses on them and Rivers allegedly intercepted them and delivered them on several occasions to Blackstone in the Springfield station parking lot and other locations, according to the indictment.

    Blackstone pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme on April 17 and is awaiting sentencing, Carpentino said.

    Rivers was allegedly asked to participate in the scheme by another USPS carrier, Leonard Gresham, 50, of Rahway, when Gresham was unavailable, Carpentino said.

    In a text message from October 2016, Gresham asks Rivers, "You want to make some money tomorrow sir?"

    Rivers replies, "HELL YEAH!" according to the indictment.

    In a text exchange that followed, Gresham asks if everything went OK that morning, to which Rivers replies: "Yes sir. Thanks for that."

    "That's what friends are for," Gresham texted back.

    Gresham, who pocketed $14,900 from October 2014 through September 2017, pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme on Feb. 13 and awaits sentencing, Carpentino said.

    If convicted, Rivers faces 15 years on the bribery charge and another five years on the conspiracy charge.

    Both charges carry a fine of up to $250,000, Carpentino said.

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


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    The thieves cracked open mail collection boxes in five New Jersey counties

    Six people have been charged with using pry bars to force open U.S. Postal Service collection boxes in five New Jersey counties to steal at least $300,000 in checks, authorities said.

    The checks were fraudulently deposited in various bank accounts, usually within a day after being stolen from mailboxes in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic counties, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

    Mail carrier charged with taking bribes to deliver pot-filled packages

    Those charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud include Paterson residents Ismael Alicea, Jr., 25, Yerrisson Garcia-Rodriguez, 23, Jerry Lake-Rodriguez, 25, Johan Lake-Rodriguez, 26, Brayan Ulloa-Ulloa, 24, and Jefersson Quezada, 21. All but Alicea also face a charge of bank fraud.

    Garcia-Rodriguez, Jerry Lake-Rodriguez, Johan Lake-Rodriguez, and Quezada were also charged with identity theft. Alicea and Johan Lake-Rodriguez face an additional charge of possession of stolen mail.  

    The conspiracy and bank fraud charges carry a potential penalty of up to 30 years in prison.


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    Several communities in Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties were hit with intense flooding on Sept. 25, 2018.

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    He was shot early Sunday morning

    A man shot to death early Sunday in Newark has been identified as a Camden County resident.

    Newark police responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and South Street shortly before 3 a.m. and found two wounded men.

    Both were hospitalized, but Michael Shendock, 38, of Voorhees, was pronounced dead around 5:30 a.m., authorities said.

    The second victim, who has not been identified, survived.

    The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made, officials said Tuesday afternoon. 

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office's tip line at 1-877-847-7432.

    Matt Gray may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us:


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    Officials said he was on his way to a bomb-detection training in Florida as part of his profession

    An Israeli man found with a fake bomb in his carry-on luggage at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month won't face criminal prosecution, according to county law enforcement officials.

    Alon Felman had been arrested by Port Authority police on Sept. 4 after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers discovered what they said was a replica of an improvised explosive device in his carry-on bag.

    Felman, 50, faced charges of creating a false public alarm and interfering with transportation.

    The Essex County Prosecutor's Office ultimately had the charges against him administratively dismissed after determining Felman, a defense contractor, had a legitimate purpose for possessing the simulated explosive device, spokesperson Katherine Carter said.

    The TSA said Felman had been on his way to a training event in Florida at the time of his arrest. He had arrived in Newark from Tel Aviv on his way to the conference, a Port Authority police spokesperson said at the time.

    "We determined the device was not something that could explode," Carter said.

    Airport security officials said they had to shut down six checkpoint lanes until the Essex County bomb squad determined the device was inoperable.

    Thomas Moriarty may be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriartyFind on Facebook

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    A memorial service was held for the Newark native at the midtown Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library.

    Philip Roth had it all planned.

    "Many years ago, I received in the mail a letter in which he outlined the instructions for his memorial service," his close friend Joel Conarroe told a gathering of hundreds Tuesday during a tribute at the midtown Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library.

    The author of "American Pastoral," ''Portnoy's Complaint" and other celebrated novels was as precise about his death, Conarroe explained, as he had been about his life and work.

    Attendees included Robert Caro, Salman Rushdie, Mia Farrow and Don DeLillo and speakers ranged from Conarroe, president emeritus of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, to fellow authors such as Edna O'Brien, Norman Manea and Judith Thurman. The setting, the library's Celeste Bartos Forum and its glass domed ceiling, was requested by Roth. So were the speakers, even though the list changed over time as such previous choices as Saul Bellow and William Styron passed away. Roth also picked out the music, Gabriel Faure's "Elegie in C Minor, op. 24, which ended the nearly 2 1/2-hour ceremony.

    Roth died in May. He was 85.

    According to Conarroe, Roth wanted as much laughter as tears, and guests shared memories of his wit and of the surprising tenderness for a man so direct and unsparing in his work. Thurman spoke of driving around Connecticut with Roth as he searched for a proper burial spot, what he called "A tomb with a view." New Yorker staff writer Claudia Roth Pierpont noted that he referred to his Manhattan neighborhood, where other authors lived nearby, as "Writers' Block." Roth never had children, but friends remembered his rapport and sense of play with their kids, whether collaborating through email on stories with them or sitting on the floor of his darkened studio and shining a light on the ceiling to make the room seem like a planetarium.

    Roth despised sentimentality nearly as much he hated death, but he apparently had exceptions. Bernard Avishai, a Dartmouth College professor who wrote a book about "Portnoy's Complaint," remembered Roth's improbable joy after adopting two kittens. "I am really hypnotized," he said of them. But his feelings changed and his mood was darker the next time Avishai spoke with him.

    "I had to return my dear two kittens," Roth told him. "I fear I have become dependent."

    Roth often struggled with depression and physical ailments but his friends described a contented man over the last few years, after he shocked the literary world by revealing that his 2010 novel "Nemesis" would be his last book. Retirement did not leave him helpless, but liberated. He read, swam, walked, socialized and referred to his post-publication years as a welcome return to the rebellious but loving son he had been when growing up in Newark, New Jersey. "I am home," he liked to tell friends. "I won."

    His health rapidly failed in 2018 and he spent his final weeks in the hospital, a farewell poignant and comical. Various ex-girlfriends looked in on him. Manea, just three years younger than Roth, recalled that he and his friend competed over who had more stent procedures. Pierpont remembered Roth looking around his hospital room and expressing relief that he didn't have to write about it. Even the nearness of death, what the longtime atheist called "the enemy," did not throw him.

    "I have been to see the great enemy and walked around him and talked to him," he told the writer Ben Taylor. "And he is not to be feared. I promise."

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    An old Honda is worth more on the street than a new one to a car thief, because it's easier to steal and it can still be sold for parts.

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