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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    Folks have long been delighted by informal photos and videos - like those on 'Candid Camera.'

    This week's collection of vintage photos depicts New Jerseyans captured in candid images. We have posted candid photos for the past few years and they have proven to be quite popular among our audience. But, we are not charting new territory here; folks have long been delighted by informal photos and videos.

    According to the Archive of American Television, "Candid Camera" was the first and longest-running reality-based comedy program in TV history. It evolved from a radio program called "Candid Microphone."

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    The archive notes that "the format of the program featured footage taken by a hidden camera of everyday people caught in hoaxes devised by the show's host Allen Funt. He and his crew had to contend with burdensome equipment that was difficult to conceal. The cameras were often hidden behind a screen, but the lights needed for them had to be left out in the open. Would-be victims were told that the lights were part of 'renovations.'"

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    "Candid Camera" ran from 1949 through 1967 and again -- using the original format and some variations such as "Candid Camera Goes to the Doctor" -- from 1974 through 1993. In many ways, it was the precursor to today's reality programming. But, it maintained one principle many of its offspring can't claim -

    Candid Camera never scripted a single segment in its history.

    Here's a gallery of candid moments from New Jersey, as well as links to older galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage photos capturing candid slices of life in N.J.

    More vintage candid photos from N.J.

    Vintage photos of celebs from N.J. when they were young

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


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    Crimes and incidents reported to the Hamilton police department

    HAMILTON

    Jan. 8 - Shoplifter - 1100 block S. Olden Ave.

    Jan. 9 - Theft - Zachary Lane
    Jan. 9 - Theft - 2400 block S. Broad St.
    Jan. 9 - Burg/Auto - 3700 block Nottingham Way
    Jan. 9 - Burglary - 100 block Norway Ave.
    Jan. 9 - Shoplifter - 1100 block S. Olden Ave.
    Jan. 9 - Shoplifter - 1700 block Nottingham Way

    Jan. 10 - 200 block Elmore Ave.
    Jan. 10 - Theft - 100 block Natrona Ave.
    Jan. 10 - Theft - 1700 block Nottingham Way
    Jan. 10 - Burg/Auto - 100 block Johnston Ave.
    Jan. 10 - Burglary - 200 block Bonnie Ave.
    Jan. 10 - Robbery - 900 block Arena Dr.

    Jan. 11 - Burglary - 400 block Lynwood Dr.
    Jan. 11 - Burglary - Newkirk Ave.
    Jan. 11 - Theft - Hamilton Lakes Dr.
    Jan. 11 - Theft - 2900 block Klockner Rd.

    Jan. 12 - Theft - 100 block Leonard Ave.
    Jan. 12 - Theft - Kay Rd.
    Jan. 12 - Theft - 1700 block Nottingham Way
    Jan. 12 - Theft - Wagner St.
    Jan. 12 - Theft - 1000 block Klockner Rd.
    Jan. 12 - Burg/Auto - 100 block Jarvie Dr.
    Jan. 12 - Burg/Auto - 600 block Hunt Ave.
    Jan. 12 - Burglary - Miry Brook Rd.
    Jan. 12 - Shoplifter - 2000 block Nottingham Way
    Jan. 13 - Theft - 600 block Rt. 130 Hwy.

    Jan. 14 - Theft - Dailey Dr.
    Jan. 14 - Theft - 2600 block S. Broad St.
    Jan. 14 - Burg/Auto - 1700 block Roberts Ave.
    Jan. 14 - Burglary - 200 block Woodlawn Ave.
    Jan. 14 - Burglary - 1700 block Greenwood Ave.
    Jan. 14 - Shoplifter - 100 block Marketplace Blvd.

    Jan. 15 - Theft - Fenway Rd.
    Jan. 15 - Theft - 600 block Rt. 33 Hwy.
    Jan. 15 - Burg/Auto - 300 block Johnston Ave.

    Jan. 16 - Theft/Auto - 100 block Jeremiah Ave.
    Jan. 16 - Theft/Auto - 200 block Buchanan Ave.
    Jan. 16 - Attempts/Burglary - 200 block Yardville/Allentown Rd.
    Jan. 16 - Burglary - Arlington Ave.
    Jan. 16 - Burglary - 200 block Randall Ave.
    Jan. 16 - Robbery - 1100 block Chambers St.

     

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    Pet owners are required to be residents of either municipality, and will have to prove residency

    Hamilton and Trenton are offering free rabies clinics for dogs and cats this month.

    In Hamilton, the town will have a clinic this Saturday, Jan 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and in Trenton on Jan. 22nd and 29th, both Mondays, from at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Pet owners are required to be residents of either municipality, and will have to prove residency, and show identification, officials said.

    "In New Jersey, it's mandatory for dogs to have these vaccines in order to receive a New Jersey dog license," said Jeff Plunkett, Hamilton Township director of health.

    Additionally, he said: "If an animal has rabies and it's not treated, it could be fatal." He also reminded that if a rabid animal bites a human being, there could also be human fatality as well.

    New Jersey sponsors these free rabies clinics statewide, with Hamilton offering about five each year.

    In Trenton and Hamilton, pet owners are asked to make sure their dogs are muzzled, and cats need to be in carriers when they arrive at the clinics, said Officer Jose Munoz, chief of the Trenton Humane Law Enforcement Division and manager of the Trenton Animal Shelter.

    In Trenton, the clinic will take place at the city's shelter at 72 Escher St..

    Owners are also asked to bring previous vaccination paperwork. If eligible, their pets will receive a three-year shot.

    In Hamilton, the clinic will take place at the McManimon Building, 320 Scully Ave. The animals should be 6 months, or older.  

    Hamilton expects around 300-350 pet owners to participate this weekend.

    Plunkett said it has always been a free clinic and it is economically helpful to residents.

    Kathryn Gist of Trenton, the owner of an 8-year-old Boston Terrier said, "I might check it out. That's a good thing because sometimes I might not have the money, but my dog already has a doctor."

    Plunkett advises that these rabies vaccines protect the dogs and other animals and the humans they interact with in our communities.

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    Eet Gud Bakery in Hamilton has a new owner, but the classic recipes are here to stay Watch video

    When the doors to Eet Gud Bakery in Hamilton reopened Wednesday morning under new ownership, longtime customers wanted to know one thing.

    Will the cream donuts taste the same?

    "All I heard was, people begging, 'please don't change the recipes," Tracey Destribats, new owner of the 90-year-old Hamilton staple said.

    Though Destribats implemented a few changes -- new lighting, some pictures from the bakery's history on the walls, and added seating -- it's maintained the same general look and feeling of its storied history. And the donuts.

    Destribats, director of development at Trenton Catholic Academy, believes Eet Gud could be a place that could support students financially.

    Destribats and Trenton Catholic co-worker Mike Knowles, who is helping with the administrative side of the bakery, envision eventually setting up scholarship fund for the school, funded with a percent of the bakery's proceeds.

    Regulars will still many of the bakery's workers, Destribats said. Anyone who wanted to stay on board was more than welcome to do so, including former owner Donna Gorish.

    Gorish said at age 14, she couldn't wait to start working at her family's bakery. She's worked at or run the bakery ever since, only taking a break for a few years when her daughter was born.

    Now, at 67, Gorish said she's comfortable handing over much of the responsibility of the day-to-day operations. She'll still be behind the counter and decorating cakes, but said her daughter, now 35, is expecting her first child.

    "And I'd like the time to be with her and have that freedom," Gorish said.

    Gorish, her mother and her uncle ran the bakery for many years, but more recently, she's been in control of the day-to-day operations. The family has entertained the idea of selling the building and adjacent parking lot for almost 10 years, she said.

    "It doesn't feel weird," to be handing over responsibility to Destribats, she said. "From the beginning, it's felt comfortable."

    While speaking with NJ Advance Media, both Gorish and Destribats were inundated with compliments from friends, neighbors and longtime customers.

    Despite snow coming down consistently all morning, the shop was busy, with many eager to get their hands on their favorite pastries after the store was closed for about two weeks for renovations.

    "I was coming here before Donna was running the place," Joe Lucania, the shop's first customer said Wednesday morning, said. "I was here when the grandfather was running the place."

    Later in the morning while waiting in line, Ray Staub told Destribats the only donut he eats is the shop's signature cream donut.

    "I used to be more of a regular, but I'm back now," he said. "I'm not a donut fan but I am of the cream donut."

    Gorish was pleased to see so many familiar faces and their reactions to the small changes inside the store.

    "I'm really happy to be here," she said. "I think my grandfather would be happy, too."

    - Michael Mancuso contributed reporting to this story.

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


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    The popular burger and milkshake restaurant opened its first location in New Jersey in 2013. The four Shake Shack spots double its locations in the state

    The popular burger chain Shake Shack has plans to open at least four new locations in New Jersey this year, continuing its expansion into the state.

    The fast-food restaurant known for its gourmet burgers and milkshakes will open a Parsippany location at Waterview Marketplace shopping center in Parsippany later this year, Ripco Real Estate announced this week. The firm negotiated the deal for the location.

    The shopping center, which is anchored by Whole Foods, is located in the jug-handle intersection of Waterview Boulevard and Route 46 and has direct access to Routes 202, 80 and 287.

    Another Shake Shack is set to open later this year in Wayne, Ripco announced earlier this month. The exact location and planned opening date hasn't been revealed.

    Shake Shack previously announced plans to open its first Burlington County location at the intersection of Route 70 and 73 at the Marlton Commons Shopping Center in Evesham. Construction on the free-standing restaurant is underway, though no opening date has been announced.

    In addition, Shake Shack received local approvals for a new location on Route 1 in Lawrence Township, Mercer County late last year. An opening date has not been announced. 

    The three additions would bring the total number of New Jersey locations for Shake Shack to eight.

    Shake Shack's first New Jersey restaurant opened in 2013 in Paramus, where there are now two locations. There is also one in Livingston and one in Bridgewater.

    Shake Shack started out over a decade ago as a hot-dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Restaurateur Danny Meyer eventually obtained permission from the city to build a permanent kiosk in the park, naming it Shake Shack.

    New Yorkers have been lining up for Meyer's burgers and frozen custard ever since. 

    According to its website, there are 126 Shake Shack restaurants worldwide including Bahrain, Japan, Kuwait and Russia.

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


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    Mayor Eric Jackson described the events led to the boil water advisories as "temporary operational issues," and the "public's health was never in danger."

    Elected leaders representing the 64,000 customers served by Trenton Water Works are asking for state, county and local officials to meet about continued problems at the utility, which issued another boil water advisory on Monday.

    The water utility - serving Trenton and parts of Hamilton, Ewing and Lawrence - has come under fire recently by the state for failing to provide reliable and safe water to Mercer County residents.

    Monday's boil water advisory sparked reaction from Hamilton Township leaders and Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-Hamilton).

    Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede said the utility waited more than six hours before issuing the advisory.

    "Residents and ratepayers deserve to know immediately when their water might not be safe for drinking," Hamilton Councilman Rick Tighe said in a statement. "We need to explore legislation that will ensure residents know as soon as possible when, and if, their drinking water has been contaminated."

    Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, in a statement made public Thursday, described the circumstances that resulted in the boil water advisories as "temporary operational issues," stating the "public's health was never in danger."

    More violations, failed tests at Trenton's water utility

    "(The) TWW has operated according to state and federal standards, supplying water to its customers that either meets or exceeds federal standards."

    Jackson said the city followed state guidelines in issuing the water advisory through automated calls to customers, social media posts and through the city website.

    He also responded to suggestions TWW could be taken over, stating, "under no circumstances will I allow (New Jersey), nor any special interest groups, force us to sell or privatize our utility for personal or other political gain."

    He said the city is contracting with a water management company to oversee the water filtration plant, and has been "deliberate and thorough" in vetting of contractors.

    Jackson said his administration has been in regular contact with the state Department of Environmental Protection after the agency, in October and again in November, raised concerns about inadequate staffing and a failing infrastructure at the TWW.

    State to Trenton: Water utility needs help and you must act

    Jackson said he will continue to meet with the leaders in Hamilton and Ewing and at the Mercer County level to keep them "fully informed of the status of our water system."

    DeAngelo on Tuesday called for "rapid action" to develop and implement fixes at the water utility.

    "As the days continue to pass, Trenton Water Works customers are being faced with increasingly alarming alerts about contamination levels, boil water directives and conserving use," DeAngelo said. "What they are not being told is how the problems will be fixed in the immediate future, and how permanent solutions will be put in place to prevent such public health risks in the future."

    Three Hamilton Township Council members on Tuesday called for state, county and local officials to meet regarding continued problems at Trenton Water Works.    

    "Public health and safety is priority number one for government," Hamilton Township Council President Anthony Carabelli, Jr. said in a statement.

    "While there are no easy solutions to the problems at Trenton Water Works, it is imperative for leaders at the state, county and local level to work together and ensure these issues get solved," the councilman said.

    Yaede, in a letter Wednesday to acting DEP Commissioner Ray Bukowski, reiterated concerns she raised in 2013 with the utility. In the letter, she asks for a meeting with Bukowski.

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    Troopers found the girl walking along Interstate 295 in Mercer County

    Authorities say a teenage girl found walking along Interstate 295 in Mercer County last week was a victim of human trafficking and had escaped from a motel, where she was forced into prostitution.

    New Jersey State Police troopers were dispatched to a stretch of the highway in Lawrence at about 11 p.m. on Jan 11 to check a report of someone walking on the side, which isn't allowed on limited access highways. Troopers usually escort pedestrians to a safe location.

    The girl told police she had escaped from a hotel where she was being forced to perform sex acts, the State Police said Thursday.

    An investigation led to the arrests of Ashley Gardener, 29, and her partner, Breon Mickens, 26, both of Trenton.

    Mickens and Gardener had transported the teenager to multiple hotels against her will and forced her to engage in prostitution, police said. 

    Gardener allegedly forced the victim to engage in sexual activity with multiple men and allegedly collected the money paid by the clients. She also placed sexually suggestive ads on Backpage.com with photos of herself and the victim, police said.

    The ads offered adult entertainment and listed a phone number police say belonged to Gardener.

    "The allegations in this case starkly illustrate how human traffickers will isolate young victims from any support network and force them into a cruel life of sexual slavery," New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in a statement. 

    Gardener was charged with promoting prostitution, and multiple counts of human trafficking. Mickens was charged with human trafficking and possession of marijuana. 

    Both are being held at Mercer County Correction Center awaiting detention hearings. 

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook


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    At least four statues of the polarizing historical figure were vandalized this week.

    A Christopher Columbus statue in Trenton's Chambersburg neighborhood has become at least the fourth of the explorer's likeness to be vandalized in New Jersey this week. 

    Lawmakers, officials and residents discussed the colonizer's place in American history on Columbus Day in October

    Many lumped Columbus and his statues in with other historical figures that were being defaced across the country because of their ties to slavery and marginalization of certain racial groups. 

    Others, like Andre' DiMino, an executive board member of the Bloomfield-based Italian American One Voice Coalition, argued he created a bridge between two worlds. 

    "He was no angel, but his efforts and his expertise opened up the New World to the settling that occurred," DiMino said.

    A letter left at the statue in Trenton's Columbus Park titled "F--k your new world" explains that the writers feel communities can be hurt by "progress that is quickly swallowing neighborhoods across the country."

    The note also says the group will be acting on Columbus statues throughout the state. It was signed, "Lovingly, NJ Anti-Facists."

    A statue in Dahnert's Lake County Park in Garfield and two in Camden County were also splattered with red paint at some point in the last four days. 

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


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    Just before leaving office, then Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill outlawing bump stocks, making the sale or the possession of these accessories a third-degree crime carrying a sentence of three to five years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000 - or both.

    On an otherwise unremarkable night in October, a lone gunman opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel room onto a crowd of music lovers at a festival below.

    By the time he finished his macabre spree, 58 people lay dead while another 500-plus were injured - and a new term had entered the public's conscience.

    As a grim legacy of one of the nation's deadliest mass shootings in recent history, we came to know all too well the horror of "bump stocks," devices that essentially convert semi-automatic rifles into automatic weapons capable of inflicting major damage in a heartbeat.

    This week, in one of his last duties as governor, Chris Christie signed a bill outlawing bump stocks, making the sale or the possession of these accessories a third-degree crime carrying a sentence of three to five years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000 - or both.

    The measure was also a welcome parting gift from former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), who sponsored the bill before retiring from the Senate after 35 years of service.

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    In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, amid the usual empty "thoughts and prayers for the victims" recited by rote by our nation's leaders, President Trump resisted all pleas to tighten gun-safety measures.

    Instead, the White House issued a talking-points memo to his supporters saying that "New laws won't stop a mad man" but will "curtail the freedoms of law-abiding citizens."

    But where is it written in the Second Amendment that a person has the freedom to acquire a device that turns a rifle into a highly efficient killing machine able to mow down 58 people enjoying good music on an early fall evening?

    That's not our interpretation of the Second Amendment's right to bear arms as part of a "well-regulated Militia," and we doubt it would have been that of the Founding Fathers, who selected their language meticulously and with much forethought.

    Our lawmakers apparently saw things the same way, voting 28-0 (with 12 abstentions) in the Senate and 60-0 in the Assembly to pass the new bill.

    Until now, New Jersey law deemed it legal to own a bump stock, but owners were prohibited from affixing it to a weapon - or even keeping it near a weapon.

    The new legislation takes effect immediately. Anyone who owns a bump stock has until April 15 to hand it over to law-enforcement authorities.

    The cynics will be quick to sneer that the change will do little to alter the sobering frequency of fatal shootings in the country. But even the most rabid NRA supporters have expressed doubts about this firearm accessory, and concern about its ability to sow death in its path.

    The Garden State, which already has a laudable record on gun safety, took a small but important step in passing this bill. It's appropriate to say thanks to the two leaders who made it happen before taking their leave.

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    Nolman Vidal Rodriguez's family wanted to continue his legacy after he was shot nearly two years ago

    Losing a loved one, especially in an act of violence, is often coupled with an unimaginable amount of grief, for which survivors look for a way to heal, and allow the person to live on.

    For the family of Nolman Vidal Rodriguez, slain in Trenton in 2016, the way is organ donation.

    Last week, Rocelia Vidal Rodriguez heard her brother's heart beat inside Robert Fisher's chest.

    "It is very hard to explain because there are a lot of mix emotions," Rocelia said through a translator.

    She was happy to be able to hear her brother's heartbeat again, but also sad that the person she was hugging was not her brother.

    Nolman donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas.

    Last weekend, Nolman's family was able to meet Fisher, of Ocean Gate, who received Nolman's heart and one of his kidneys, at NJ Sharing Network's headquarters in New Providence.

    Nolman was 24-years-old when his life was cut short in July 2016, shot in the head while attending a child's birthday party in Trenton.

    Nolman was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced brain dead. His family then made the decision to donate his organs in order to help others.

    Through a translator, Rocelia said the family ultimately made the decision, "Because of the person that he was, to continue his legacy of giving and being such a kind person in spite of the way that he died."

    Nolman's slaying is unsolved to this day, and investigation is ongoing, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

    The NJ Sharing Network organized the meeting since strict organ donation anonymity rules prevent direct communication. Rocelia waited the mandated year before writing a letter to Fisher asking to meet, she said.

    The letter then went through NJ Sharing Network to protect the confidentiality of both the donor and recipient. After the first contact, the donor and recipient families may decide to contact each other directly. 

    Fisher had been on the transplant list for a year and a half, and his life was ultimately saved by the donation Nolman made.

    Rocelia said her brother, "was a very kind man, he was a dreamer, he was a very kind person, he had a lot of dreams and he came to this country in search of fulfilling those dreams and taking care of his family."

    "But unfortunately due to being a victim of violence in this community those dreams were cut very short," she said.

    The sister said she knows that her brother would be happy with their decision, and that she feels like her brother is still alive in some way.

    Both the Rodriguez and Fisher families feel like they have grown in size since Saturday, Rocelia likened the experience to gaining a new brother, and they plan to keep in touch, she said.

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook


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    The Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in Wildwood continues through Sunday.

    Hundreds of dogs competed for top honors during the Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in Wildwood Thursday.

    More than 150 breeds -- from Chihuahuas to St. Bernards and every size in between -- are scheduled to compete during the 5-day event, which wraps up Sunday.

    Competitions include Best of Breed, Best of Group and Best of Show, as well as obedience and rally trials. 

    Wildwood was recently ranked second in the nation for its dog-friendly beach and offers a number of pet-friendly hotels-motels.

    The action begins each day at 9 a.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for children 12 and under.

    Lori M. Nichols may be reached at lnichols@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @photoglori. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips 


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