Should NJ drivers be exempt from other states red light traffic cameras?

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TRENTON — One New Jersey lawmaker wants to keep New Jersey drivers from getting fined by other states’ red light cameras.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) introduced a bill this month (A3527) that would block the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission from sharing drivers’ information with other states for the purpose of ticketing them based on alleged traffic violations caught on camera.

The bill is modeled on a recently enacted law in South Dakota.

O’Scanlon claims the cameras do nothing to improve safety and are merely a way for governments and private companies that run the cameras to generate revenue.

New Jersey’s traffic camera program will expire in December if lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie do not renew it.

A State Department of Transportation report claimed that the cameras have reduced accidents at the intersection, but O’Scanlon has pointed to what he said are faults in the data.

What do you think? Should New Jersey drivers be ticketed if they’re caught on camera for allegedly running red lights are speeding in other states? Vote in our informal, unscientific poll.

Mt. Carmel Church hosts another great feast

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Yet another great feast is being held this weekend in Newark’s Ironbound, as the 124th annual feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is on the way and put together for the 14th year by Regina Oliveira and her staff of volunteers.

“this is a great event, good food, good people and a great cause”… stated Salome Cardinali as she ate some Zeppole’s while watching the Toga Band.

The event is one of the oldest feasts in the State of NJ as it reaches it’s One and a Quarter anniversary, many of the attendees enjoy the family atmosphere and laid back style… “There aren’t loud DJs and alcohol vendors trying to get as much money as possible, by getting revelers drunk which only leads to problems down the road” stated Luis Correia, a local resident and long time patron of the feast. “my first time at this event was in 1986, we did the mass and then came out for the food and fun, my family has been coming here ever since then” stated Fred Correia, Luis’ brother, who was attending the feast with his daughter Brtiney. In all there were 3 generations of the Correia family, but in previous years it had been 4 generations, and the family meets here on this weekend as a manner of enjoyment but also remembering what the neighborhood and the church mean to the community.

Tomorrow, Sunday July 20th 2014 is the last day of the feast, but not the final installment of this great celebration that has developed and adopted itself to the new changes of this great community.

124th ANNUAL FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

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Newark man arrested and charged with early morning homicide

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NEWARK — A Newark man was arrested and charged hours after an early-morning homicide in the North Ward.

The suspected shooter was detained at the scene by Newark police shortly after the shooting, authorities added.

James Tindal, 45, has been charged with the shooting death of Joey Reyes, 32, of Newark, on the 200 block of Mount Prospect Avenue, said Carolyn Murray, the acting Essex County prosecutor, and Newark Police Director Eugene Venable.

Tindal and Reyes were apparently involved in a dispute at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

Newark police detained Tindal at the scene, and he was later charged by investigating detectives from the county’s Homicide Task Force, said Anthony Ambrose, the prosecutor’s chief of detectives.

Tindal is charged with aggravated manslaughter, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Ambrose added.

Tindal was being taken to the Essex County Correctional Center today, and a judge set his bail at $750,000.

Murray praised the quick response of both the Newark police and task force detectives.

Section 8 Housing Scam

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EVERYONE please be careful and please make this know, there is a scam designed to go after people that have been applying for Section 8 Housing….

The NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has been made aware of a scam that is occurring regarding the Section 8 waiting list in New Jersey. Individuals and families are being directed to this website: http://section8programs.com/newjersey, which is being falsely identified as a State of NJ website.

This is not a State of NJ website. It requests credit card information, and is clearly a fraudulent site.

Please share this scam alert as widely as possible with individuals, families and provider staff, and reiterate that there should never be money paid to be put on a Section 8 housing wait list or any Public Housing wait list. (Developers may require an application fee for apartments – to cover background checks)

Newark couple arrested for deadly shooting in Hackensack

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NEWARK — A Newark couple was arrested Thursday in the killing of a Hackensack livery driver who was shot as he drove on Route 80 after leaving a club last month, state police said.

The shooting followed a June 12 argument involving the couple — Mujahideen Abdullah, 25, and Jomaris Gonzalez, 28 — and Jeff Mansilla at the Wet Gentleman’s Club in Belleville, according to a police statement.

Mansilla left the strip club in his 2013 black GMC Yukon around 2 a.m. with a man and woman, state police said. Meanwhile, Abdullah and Gonzalez followed the SUV in a silver Infiniti.

About ten minutes later, Abdullah drove up along the driver’s side of the Yukon, pulled a semi-automatic gun from his waistband and fired into the SUV near milepost 63 in Saddle Brook, police said.

Mansilla was shot in the hip, but managed to pull over and switch seats with his male passenger, who drove him to Hackensack University Medical Center, police said. The 39-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital.
mansilla.jpgJeff Mansilla Photo courtesy of James Mansilla

State police captured Abdullah and Gonzalez after serving a search warrant at their Newark home, authorities said.

Investigators found heroin, cocaine and marijuana at the residence, according to Lt. Brian Polite, a state police spokesman.

Polite declined to specify the quantity of drugs seized or detail a motive in the slaying.

Authorities did not identify Mansilla’s two passengers, but family members told NJ.com one was a regular client of his fledgling limo company.

One of Jeff Mansilla’s brothers, Stephen Mansilla, has described him as an innocent victim who was in the “wrong place at the wrong time” when he was shot.

“Do I believe he was a target? Absolutely not,” he said in an interview last month. “They got the wrong guy. He was too good of a person to be taken like that. All he did was work.”

Jeff Mansilla, who grew up in Hackensack, was set to marry his girlfriend in August, family members have said.

Abdullah was being held at the Bergen County Jail on $2 million full cash bail, charged with murder, distribution of controlled dangerous substances, weapons possession and hindering apprehension.

Gonzalez was charged with hindering apprehension and distribution of controlled dangerous substances. Her bail was set at $250,000, full cash

Mayor Baraka unveils the “summer crime-fighting strategy”

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NEWARK — Tonight Newark Police Director Eugene Venable and Chief Anthony Campos were leading a group of clergymen and concerned residents along Bergen Street when they stopped to tell Johnie Caulton that officers planned to play a larger role in patrolling city’s violent neighborhoods.

“You’re gonna take back the community?” Caulton asked as he sat in a jeep parked outside his auto body shop.

“We are,” Campos said.

The exchange was one of many that police officials hope to have over the next several months as they try to improve relations between the department and the community.

City officials announced today the department would start taking “neighborhood walks,” during which police officers, representatives from city agencies, members of the clergy and civic activists walk around various sections of the city and talk to residents about the problems in their neighborhoods.

“What we’re doing is putting more police on the street,” Venable said. “It will help in the future keep crime down.”

The department also plans to shift their regular roll calls — when they take stock of personnel and address the day’s incidents — outside for the remainder of the summer, officials said.

In the long term, city leaders envision having at least 70 percent of the approximately 1,000-member police force patrolling the streets.

The initiatives are part of a long-term strategy to increase the visibility of a police on the street.

“There is no one magic bullet,” Campos said at press briefing in the South Ward. “There are many things that we’re doing.”

The changes in the police department arrive as most types of crime in the city during the first half of this year have declined compared with the same period last year, according to recently released statistics.

Robberies declined by 20 percent, from 1,223 by the end of the week of July 13, 2013, to 982 this year, the department said; similarly, auto thefts dropped from 1,766 at this point in 2013 compared with 1,415 this year.

Smaller reductions were also seen in aggravated assault, burglary and theft, the department said. And with 46 homicides by the end of last week, the murder rate remained unchanged from last year.

The number of rapes increased this year, however, up to 23 so far this year compared with 22 during the same period last year, the statistics showed.

The new efforts were welcomed by Caulton, who said he had been worried by some of the crimes reported in the newspapers and on TV.

“I feel good,” he said. “They’re gonna get it straightened out.”

Is the city of Newark going through a “Progressive Reduction”?

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earlier today Mayor Baraka announced the curtailing of city owned vehicles by municipal employees which do not require the vehicles to complete their jobs.

This comes at a time the city faces a $100,000,000.00 budget gap, and many residents and business owners brace themselves for another tax hike… all the while questioning what spending cuts the city of Newark would propose.

Residents and business owners alike, are happy to see the city look to their own spending habits, before cutting down services or increasing taxes. So the question on everyone’s mind; “is Newark going trough a Progressive Reduction”?

Newark man gets 20 years in prison for Carjacking

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NEWARK — A Newark man previously convicted of carjacking three vehicles in the same day was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison, authorities said.

Louis Holmes, 25, was one of several men who took two cars at gunpoint in Newark and one in Jersey City on March 27, 2012, U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey Paul J. Fishman said in a release.

Holmes, who was also convicted of one count of brandishing a firearm, will serve five years of supervised release when he is released.

Holmes and his accomplices took a 2009 Acura TL in the area of South 17th Street in Newark; a 2010 Nissan Maxima parked in a McDonald’s parking lot on Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City; and a 2008 Nissan Altima in the area of Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Newark.

Holmes was arrested the day after the string of carjackings when he and two others in an Acura reported carjacked hours earlier led police on a chase. The lengthy pursuit looped out of Newark into Irvington, then onto the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 280 before ending on Munn Street in East Orange when the car hit a marked Newark police car and the three occupants attempted to run away, police said at the time.

The driver, Rosendo Perez of Irvington, as well as Holmes and a teenager from Newark were all arrested. A handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets was also confiscated.

Holmes had previous convictions for drug possession, receiving stolen property and making threats of violence, records indicate

Newark Municipal Employees will have limited access to city cars

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NEW BRUNSWICK — The average Rutgers University undergraduate will have to come up with another $300 or more to pay tuition and fee bills for the upcoming school year, campus officials said today.

Rutgers’ board of governors voted unanimously to hike undergraduate tuition and fees 2.3 percent on the state university’s New Brunswick campus despite students’ calls for a tuition freeze.

Undergraduates who live in New Jersey will pay $13,813 in tuition and fees on the main campus in New Brunswick-Piscataway for the 2014-2015 school year. That is a 2.3 percent or a $314 increase.

Students on the Newark and Camden campuses will face similar hikes. The average undergraduates on the Newark campus will pay $13,297, a 2.3 percent or a $300 increase. Their counterparts in Camden will pay $13,683, a 2.5 percent or a $335 increase.

The cost of living on campus will also go up. When room and board fees are added to tuition and fees, the typical in-state undergraduate living on the New Brunswick campus will pay a total bill of $25,561 to attend Rutgers. That is a 1.9 percent increase or $484 more than last year.

“Keeping the increase in total charges below 2 percent reflects the board’s commitment to continue to provide some of the nation’s finest academic programs and experiences at a competitive cost for our students and their families,” said Greg Brown, chairman of the board of governors.

The board also voted to raise tuition and fees for out-of-state and graduate students on the New Brunswick-Piscataway, Newark and Camden campuses. Rutgers’ tuition and fee rates vary greatly from campus to campus and school to school.

This year’s increase was lower than last year, when the board imposed a 3.3 percent tuition and fee hike for undergraduates.

At a spring tuition hearing, student activists called for the 15-member board of governors, which oversees the 65,000-student state university, to freeze tuition at last year’s rate. But no students spoke before the tuition vote in New Brunswick, which was attended by less than two dozen people. Unlike previous years, there were no student protests during the meeting.

Rutgers raises tuition and fees 2.3% for 2014/2015

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Newark/Camden/NEW BRUNSWICK — The average Rutgers University undergraduate will have to come up with another $300 or more to pay tuition and fee bills for the upcoming school year, campus officials said today.

Rutgers’ board of governors voted unanimously to hike undergraduate tuition and fees 2.3 percent on the state university’s New Brunswick campus despite students’ calls for a tuition freeze.

Undergraduates who live in New Jersey will pay $13,813 in tuition and fees on the main campus in New Brunswick-Piscataway for the 2014-2015 school year. That is a 2.3 percent or a $314 increase.

Students on the Newark and Camden campuses will face similar hikes. The average undergraduates on the Newark campus will pay $13,297, a 2.3 percent or a $300 increase. Their counterparts in Camden will pay $13,683, a 2.5 percent or a $335 increase.

The cost of living on campus will also go up. When room and board fees are added to tuition and fees, the typical in-state undergraduate living on the New Brunswick campus will pay a total bill of $25,561 to attend Rutgers. That is a 1.9 percent increase or $484 more than last year.

“Keeping the increase in total charges below 2 percent reflects the board’s commitment to continue to provide some of the nation’s finest academic programs and experiences at a competitive cost for our students and their families,” said Greg Brown, chairman of the board of governors.

The board also voted to raise tuition and fees for out-of-state and graduate students on the New Brunswick-Piscataway, Newark and Camden campuses. Rutgers’ tuition and fee rates vary greatly from campus to campus and school to school.

This year’s increase was lower than last year, when the board imposed a 3.3 percent tuition and fee hike for undergraduates.

At a spring tuition hearing, student activists called for the 15-member board of governors, which oversees the 65,000-student state university, to freeze tuition at last year’s rate. But no students spoke before the tuition vote in New Brunswick, which was attended by less than two dozen people. Unlike previous years, there were no student protests during the meeting.