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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    Jennifer Clarey was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide, according to court papers.

    A Bucks County woman killed her 2-year-old son by putting a heavy dose of pain medication into his sippy cup, according to court records.

    Jennifer Clarey and her son, Mazikeen Curtis, were found in a blood-covered bed late on Aug. 25, 2018, at their home in Tullytown, according to court records provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

    mazikeen curtisMazikeen Curtis 

    Clarey, 42, had cuts on her wrists consistent with a suicide attempt, according to her arrest paperwork. The child was stiff and cold to the touch, records say.

    Police found hydrocodone in the child's sippy cup, court records say. The medication is prescribed for severe pain. An autopsy of the child Aug. 27 found his brain was "swollen and dusky" and he died from an overdose, records say.

    Clarey is charged with criminal homicide. She was arraigned Tuesday and sent to Bucks County Prison by District Judge Leonard J. Brown with no bail, online records say.

    A neighbor told police Clarey was at home alone most of the day, court records say. A man left the home at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 25 but didn't return, the neighbor allegedly told police.

    A social worker conducting a wellness check at 10:04 p.m. Aug. 25 said Clary appeared intoxicated and didn't cooperate with her, records say. By the time police arrived at 10:25 p.m. no one answered Clary's door, records say. Police got a key and found the pair on the bed, records say.

    Clarey's wounds required numerous stitches on each arm, records say. Police found a knife and bloody razor blades in the apartment. A hydrocodone prescription was inside a lock box, records say.

    Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.


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    After an Alabama pastor ripped up his Nike headband on the altar, one N.J. reverend clapped back.


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    NJ.com's complete coverage from the quarterfinal round of the region wrestling tournament.

    2018 REGION WRESTLING QUARTERFINAL ROUND

    We are one step closer. The road to Atlantic City continues with the Region quarterfinals Friday night. Winners will advance to the semifinal round on Saturday morning. Wrestlers losing in the quarterfinal round still have a chance to make it to Atlantic City, battling through the wrestleback rounds on Saturday.   


    MORE: Wednesday night's coverage


    NJ.com will be your place to follow all of the action. We'll have live updates, results, stories, photos and more from around the state. Check back all night on Friday. 


    REGION HOMEPAGES
    R-1 | R-2 | R-3 | R-4
    R-5 | R-6 | R-7 | R-8


    NOTE: All brackets will be updated as results come in. Click on a weight within each region to see the brackets.

    Region 1
    • Freshman delivers biggest surprise
     Look back at live updates
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
      Continually updated R-1 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    Region 2
    Look back at live updates
     Recap
      Photo gallery
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-2 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    Region 3
    • Look back at live updates
     Recap
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-3 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    Region 4
    • Milestone is quarterfinal steppingstone
     Undefeated Zach DelVecchio of S. Plainfield withdraws
    • 
    Photo gallery

    • Look back at live updates
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-4 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    Region 5
    • Tenth seed continues to surprise
      Photo gallery
     Look back at live updates
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-5 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    Region 6
    Look back at live updates 
     Recap
     Cooper stuns unbeaten Andre
    •  WATCH: Top-seeded Koehler of CBA scored a 2nd-period fall 
    •  WATCH: Allentown's Lamparelli scored a pin in quarterfinals 
    •  WATCH: Xavier Kelly of Howell advances on decision
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-6 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    Region 7
    • Paulsboro advances 7, Camden Catholic 6
     
     WATCH Seneca standout wins by fall
     
    Photo gallery
     Look back at live updates
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-7 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
    152 | 160 | 170 | 182 | 195 | 220 | 285

    Region 8
    Look back at live updates
     Recap
       Photo gallery
     Quarterfinal results
     Semifinal pairings
    •  Continually updated R-8 brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
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    2 days after Hamilton police sought the public's help, detectives made an arerst

    Authorities have arrested the man caught on security footage they say robbed a Santander Bank on South Broad Street in Hamilton Monday morning.

    After multiple tips were reported to Hamilton police's tip line, police identified Robert Sandusky, 34, of Hamilton as the suspect.

    The U.S. Marshals Service found and arrested Sandusky Wednesday morning in New Brunswick. He's charged with robbery. 

    Police said Sandusky is the person who entered the branch at about 9 a.m., and slid a note to a bank clerk demanding money. 

    Sandusky allegedly threatened that he had a gun, the clerk told police, but did not show that he had one.

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross.


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    The abuse happened 'on multiple occasions,' prosecutors said

    A Trenton police officer has been charged with raping a minor multiple times, the Burlington County Prosecutors Office said Wednesday. 

    William Sanchez-Monllor copy.jpgWilliam Sanchez-Monllor 

    William Sanchez-Monllor, 36, of Burlington Township has been charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

    Sanchez-Monllor has been a Trenton officer since 2010 and has worked as a detective.

    Court documents showed that the abuse started as early as 2014. 

    The prosecutor's office did not give an age or gender of the minor victim, or the nature of any relationship the victim may have had with Sanchez-Monllor. 

    "The abuse occured on multiple occasions in Burlington County," the prosecutors office said in a statement.

    The details of the assaults were sealed by a Superior Court judge, the office said.

    Sanchez-Monllor was taken into custody Tuesday at the Burlington Township Police Department, prosecutors said. He will make a court appearance Wednesday in Superior Court and prosecutors have made a motion to have him detained pending a trial.

    The Trenton Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment. Sanchez-Monllor currently makes about $102,000 annually, state records show. 

    Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Eife, supervisor of the prosecutor's office's Major Crimes Unit, Special Victims Section, will prosecute the case.

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross.

     

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    Gordon MacInnes, president of the New Jersey Policy Perspective, write a tribute to the former state treasurer. Watch video

    By Gordon MacInnes

    Cliff Goldman, one of New Jersey's greatest assets, died Sunday morning.

    He was unknown to most New Jerseyans who are unaware of the great contributions he made to them and to this great state.

    He shunned the spotlight, but not the mission.

    Over a span of 50 years -- both inside state government and as a citizen financial advisor to nearly every governor since Richard Hughes -- he tackled the state's most pressing issues and served as the midwife to some of our most celebrated public projects.

    At the age of 25, Cliff became the special assistant to the Commissioner of Community Affairs and was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the Hackensack Meadowlands Commission, serving as its first executive director.

    The HMDC orchestrated the preservation of thousands of acres and, ultimately , the stadium to attract the New York Giants. Cliff assisted both governors William Cahill and Brendan Byrne in creating the Sports and Exposition Authority and the construction of Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Race Track.

    He was crackling bright, creative, disciplined, well-spoken and a clear, strong writer. Plus, he was poised and funny. A strategic thinker, he was mindful of the higher purpose of government: the common good. He was a calming voice in the howl of angry debate.

    Cliff was soft-spoken, but stood up to power for what he believed to be right, sensible and effective.

    He was a member of the state board responsible for funding the state's pension funds.

    When the Whitman administration opted to stop funding pensions in 1994 to pay for its tax cuts, Cliff voted "no" predicting that the state would rue the day it adopted this short-sighted, financially-unsound policy. It passed. Cliff was not reappointed and was shunned by the architects of our current financial disaster.

    He was right. Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin are desperately dealing with the consequences 24 years later.

    Born in the Bronx -- an accent he never lost -- his family moved to Teaneck. He graduated high school and Rutgers. At age 20, he was accepted at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, finishing near the top of his class with a master's of public affairs. He returned to the Wilson School to be one of its first recipients of a Ph.D. and as a visiting professor teaching course in public finance.

    Byrne named Cliff the state's deputy treasurer in 1974. Two years later, at the age of 33, he was confirmed as rreasurer, a position he held until early 1982.

    New Jersey's treasurer is the most influential unelected person in state government with the responsibility for producing and managing its $37 billion budget, $75 billion in pension assets, controlling state purchasing and facilities, issuance and management of $45 billion in debt and managing risk and insurance.

    Cliff Goldman was a central player at a critical time in New Jersey.

    The most obvious example was the New Jersey Supreme Court's orders in the school finance case and the mandate that the state find the additional funds to enact a more progressive school aid formula for schools in poor urban areas. Even with strong Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, enacting the income tax was no simple task. Frustrated by legislative inaction, the Court ordered that state government shut down effective July 1, 1976.  

    In the pre-computer era, Cliff calculated the consequences of a myriad of competing proposals and worked closely with legislators of both parties for the passage of the state's income tax to fund local schools. State government re-opened and New Jersey took a big step in easing the most common complaint of Jerseyans -- high property taxes.

    Cliff Goldman was a wizard at tackling complex problems, working with mayors, Wall Street and legislators to come up with solutions.

    One quick example: the state's old cities were suffering from the effects of 1960s riots and business and middle-class exodus to the point where their capacity to issue bonds was endangered. Cliff came up with the idea of "qualified bonds" where the interest and principal owed on bonds would be managed by the state diverting state aid to bondholders as a guarantee. A simple, creative, effective and essential idea.

    Cliff believed in the inherent greatness of New Jersey despite his discouragement over its imprudent finances and political shenanigans . He spent his life, mostly behind the scenes, devoted to that quest.

    Gordon MacInnes is president of the New Jersey Policy Perspective.

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    The 21-year-old attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and was engaged, according to his Facebook page.

    The U.S. Navy says a sailor from New Jersey who died aboard an aircraft carrier was struck by the turning propeller of a plane.

    The Navy said in a statement on Wednesday that Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak had just secured an E-2C Hawkeye radar plane to the flight deck. Naglak's death occurred Monday aboard the USS George H. W. Bush while it was in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Navy said the incident remains under investigation and that his death has been a heartbreaking experience for those on board the carrier.

    Naglak attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and was engaged, according to his Facebook page.

    His sister, Stephanie Blair Naglak, said he was adopted when he almost 2-years-old and that he "should always be remembered as a hero with a big heart."

    "He wanted to join the navy to give back to a country who gave him so much," she said.

    The 21-year-old enlisted in the Navy in his home state in April 2017. Four months later he had completed his training in Pensacola, Florida, and reported to the ship.

    The ship remains at sea, and flight operations have resumed.


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    There were no struggles for Ajax in one of the early matches, or for the three-time defending champions Real Madrid and Manchester United in two of the late matches

    Wednesday brought lots of drama, as the UEFA Champions League finished with its first match day contests.

    There was a high profile red card for the player Juventus brought in to finally get back to the top of the European football summit, while the one of the two tournament favorites, Manchester City, crashed and burned at home in front of a half empty stadium.

    Three teams cruised to easy wins: Ajax in one of the early matches, plus three-time defending champions Real Madrid and Manchester United in two of the late matches. All three came away with three-goal wins.

    So what have we learned so far?

    Probably not much more than we knew before match day one. But with match day two set to kick off on October 2-3, and some teams already in a hole, we should find out which teams will set themselves up nicely after two games, and which ones may have to start thinking about a UEFA Europa League spot.

    WEDNESDAY RESULTS

    Group E

    Ajax 3-0 AEK Athens

    Benfica 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Group F

    Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Hoffenheim

    Manchester City 1-2 Lyon

    Group G

    Real Madrid 3-0 Roma

    Viktoria Plzen 2-2 CSKA Moscow

    Group H

    Valencia 0-2 Juventus

    Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United

    WEDNESDAY'S THREE STARS

    Nabil Fekir, Lyon

    Scored the second goal, as the French side shocked Manchester City at home. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.73 rating.

    Paul Pogba, Manchester United 

    The midfield maestro powered the Red Devils to the top of Group H with a first half brace. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.31 rating.

    Nicolas Tagliafico, Ajax

    The Amsterdam side got its campaign off to a flying start in the early slot, in large part to the its left back. Tagliafico had two goals, and was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.56 rating.

    MATCH DAY ONE STAR

    Lionel Messi, Barcelona

    A perfect 10 performance from Messi, who had a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over PSV. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 10 rating, and had Barcelona primed to compete for the title.

    Messi hat-trick leads Barcelona, as UEFA Champions League returns

    RONALDO RED CARD, CITY SHOCKER, BALE SCORES AGAIN

    Real Madrid opened its quest for a fourth-straight Champions League title by rolling Roma, a semifinalist from last season, 3-0. Isco scored on the stroke of halftime, while Gareth Bale continues to score big goals for Los Blancos. Both of those players will have to keep scoring, to make up for the deficit left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Speaking of the Ballon D'Or winner, he was sent off in the 29th minute of Juventus' 2-0 win over Valencia. He appeared to have pulled the hair of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, and after referee Felix Brych spoke to the fifth official behind the net, Brych brandished the red card.

    Here is the incident.

    Ronaldo will miss at least the next Champions League match, October 2 at home against Young Boys. He may miss additional matches, after UEFA rules on the red card.

    Manchester City found itself two goals down at the break at home to Lyon, and could not find an equalizer late, after Bernardo Silva pulled the Citizens within a goal in the 67th minute. 

    Maxwell Cornet scored in the 26th minute for Lyon, while Fekir's goal right before the break gave the French side the lead in Group F after one match day. 

    Manchester City has now lost its last four Champions League matches (thank you Kishore Gunturu for the stat). 

    BEST OF THE REST

    CSKA Moscow stormed back in the second half from two goals down to draw Viktoria Plzen 2-2, after Nikola Vlasic dispatched a penalty in the four minute of stoppage time.

    Bayern Munich won comfortably over Benfica, powered early goals in either half from Robert Lewandowski (10') and Renato Sanches (54').

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/box-to-box-football/id1208561351?mt=2



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    A shuttered, decrepit Trenton pool will come alive - and have a spray park, officials pledged


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    New Jersey lawmakers first considered a physician-assisted suicide bill in 2012. Twice, the bill stalled in the Senate.

    Supporters of a long-overdue piece of legislation designed to give terminally ill patients the right to a peaceful death will be out in force later this month.

    They will come Trenton to urge their representatives in the state Assembly to act - finally - on the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, a measure New Jersey residents support by an overwhelming margin.

    We hope their pleas, heartfelt and in many cases stemming from personal experience with a loved one, find a receptive ear.

    The bill, which passed the Assembly's Judiciary Committee in March with a 5-2 vote, has not had an easy journey.

    The lawmakers first considered a so-called physician-assisted suicide bill way back in their 2012-2013 session. Twice, the measure passed the full Assembly before stalling in the Senate.

    Former Gov. Chris Christie made no secret that he would likely veto the bill if it wound up on his desk.

    Let the terminally ill decide when they want to die | Editorial

    Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of New Jersey residents surveyed at the time agreed that it is "morally acceptable" for patients with six months or less left to live to take their own lives.

    Most recently, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll found that 63 percent of our neighbors favor the notion, versus 29 percent who reject it.

    Now a more receptive administration under Gov. Phil Murphy has advocates hoping that the Garden State will become the seventh state to allow terminally ill patients to legally obtain a lethal dose of medication, prescribed by a physician, to end their lives.

    Under the lead sponsorship of Assembly Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties) and Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Middlesex,) the legislation has been tweaked to address concerns about potential abuses.

    Among other safeguards, it sets stringent limits on who is eligible, requiring that the patients themselves be able to administer the drugs their physicians prescribe, and that two individuals testify that the patients are of sound mind.

    The patient must be a resident of New Jersey, must be 18 or older, and must be capable of making healthcare decisions and communicating them to his/her doctor.

    Even as you read this, a dying man who who faces unimaginable suffering would find hope in the knowledge that an end to the agony is in sight. A pain-wracked cancer patient would sleep better knowing the blessed relief is on the horizon.

    Evidence from other states shows that Aid-In-Dying bills have improved the mental health in patients, and that even knowing that the option is available is often enough.

    Our legislators have the power to make this happen. We pray they have the human decency to do so.

    Bookmark NJ.com/Opinion. Follow on Twitter @NJ_Opinion and find NJ.com Opinion on Facebook.


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    The Roebling Museum will premiere a newly re-mastered Brooklyn Bridge, the first film by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, at a special outdoor screening at the museum on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. The Roebling Museum is proud to partner with Burns and his production company Florentine Films to present the re-mastered film. Burns will introduce the film, himself, and...

    The Roebling Museum will premiere a newly re-mastered Brooklyn Bridge, the first film by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, at a special outdoor screening at the museum on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m.

    The Roebling Museum is proud to partner with Burns and his production company Florentine Films to present the re-mastered film.

    Burns will introduce the film, himself, and share outtakes and previously lost footage with the audience. Following the screening, New York Times reporter and columnist Jim Dwyer will serve as special guest moderator for a live and streamed discussion with Burns, Daniel White and others about the restoration and remastering of this influential Academy Award-nominated documentary.

    In Brooklyn Bridge, Burns tells the story of the 14-year construction of the span, then the longest in the world, by suspension bridge innovator John A. Roebling, his son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily. Building the bridge cost John A. Roebling his life and Washington Roebling his health, but the Brooklyn Bridge has become a cultural touchstone with power and resonance undiminished over its 135-year history.

    The outdoor screening will be held on the grounds of the Roebling Museum, in Roebling, the company town built by the John A. Roebling's Sons Company in 1905.

    The museum is located in the historic gatehouse to the Roebling steel and wire mill, where the company manufactured wire for the Golden Gate and George Washington bridges.

    The remastered Brooklyn Bridge film features pristine color and sound.

    The film was restored in 2017 using the original camera negative AB rolls that were retrieved from the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y. Each roll was inspected, cleaned and repaired and scanned at 4K resolution. Once that process was complete, the files were assembled to perfectly match the original broadcast cut. The restored version has 10-percent more image area than the original broadcast due to early cropping for standard definition broadcast.

    In Brooklyn Bridge,' made between 1977 and 1981 for a total of $180,000, Burns introduced the practice of pan-and-zoom on archival photos - what he calls "waking them up'' but is more widely known as "the Ken Burns effect.''

    In this film, narrated by historian David McCullough, Burns also pioneered the use of voice actors to read letters, newspaper articles and other contemporaneous sources: in Brooklyn Bridge, actor Paul Roebling reads the letters of his great-grandfather, Washington A. Roebling.

    Tickets to the film screening are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors 62 and over. A $35 Friends and Family ticket is also available which includes up to 5 people ages 3 and over.

    All children 2 and under are Free. Thanks to the generosity of Dean and Jenny Foundation and Amazon, all Florence Township and Burlington County children in grades K-12 and younger will be admitted free of charge. All minors must be accompanied by adult supervision. Affordable ticket options for adults and seniors make this a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to enjoy.

    This is an all lawn seating event. Tickets are purchasable in advance at the museum or on roeblingmuseum.org. The event is bring your own blanket. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets are also welcomed.

    Family-friendly snack vendors available for purchase onsite include Smylie's Ice Cream Shop, House of Cupcakes, and fresh popped popcorn from the Roebling Museum. Current event sponsors include the Dean and Jenny Foundation, the Burlington County Division of Parks, and the Township of Florence. Additional thanks to Florentine Films, Made in Brooklyn Tours, Brooklyn Historical Society, and DionaNicole Design Studio. Live Streaming, iMag and Technical Services provided by Riverview Studios.

    Submitted by the Roebling Museum

     


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    The places, large and small, we went to hear great music.

    I was on my way to Peddler's Village this past summer and passed the New Hope Winery on Route 202 ... and had a teenage flashback.

    The roadside sign listed all the bands that were appearing that week. A different one each night.

    FountainCasinoroute35northaberdeennj.jpgYou couldn't say "there's nothing to do" when signs like this were everywhere in New Jersey. 

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    Whoa.

    There certainly are places you can go nowadays to see live music. There are venues where bands that have achieved success perform along with groups and individuals trying to get their start. But there was a time when signs like the one I saw in Pennsylvania were everywhere.

    It was truly a golden age for music in New Jersey. Most are familiar with the stories of the beginnings of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but for every Bruce there were 200 bands playing just as hard and dreaming just as big.

    And we had the opportunity to see them pretty much for free - many of these clubs didn't even have a cover charge. It was a special time for rock and roll in the Garden State.

    Vintage photos of clubs and bands in N.J.

    Vintage photos of clubs and music venues in N.J.

    Vintage photos: Music with a N.J. connection

    If you didn't see your favorite music place in this gallery, you'll likely find it by clicking the links above.

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


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    Carlo Amato, 57, who ran a practice in Lakewood, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to tax evasion and failure to file a report of foreign financial account

    A former Ocean County chiropractor pleaded guilty Wednesday to evading more than $500,000 in income taxes and failing to report a Russian bank account where he deposited more than $1.5 million.

    Carlo Amato, 57, of Beachwood, pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion and failure to file a report of foreign financial account, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

    Amato owned and operated Chiropractic Care Consultants Inc. and Accident Recovery Physical Therapy in Lakewood from 2012 through 2015, according to court documents.

    "He deposited, or caused to be deposited, checks for chiropractic services into accounts held in the names of his minor children," Carpenito said in a news release. "Amato knew that these checks were taxable as income, but he did not disclose the payments to his accountant, nor did he report them on his tax returns."

    Amato also failed to report more than $500,000 in taxable income deposited into his business bank accounts, including an account he opened in Russia, according to the government.

    "For example, Amato reported $0 in taxable income and $0 in tax due on his 2014 income tax return," Carpenito said. "His taxable income for 2014 was, in fact, $561,258, and Amato admitted that the tax due and owing to the IRS for 2014 was $197,036."

    Amato, a U.S. citizen, admitted that in 2014 he had an account at UniCredit Bank in Russia. He admitted to wiring more than $1.5 million to the UniCredit account and other accounts in Russia, Carpenito said.

    The guilty plea includes an admission by Amato that he failed to file a report of a foreign account, also known as an FBAR, for 2014, Carpenito said.

    "He knew that he was obligated to report any foreign bank account with an aggregate value of more than $10,000," Carpenito said.

    Amato also admitted he evaded more than $300,000 in taxes for the tax years 2012, 2013, and 2015, according to Carpenito.

    Amato also admitted that the funds he failed to report were part of fraudulent scheme in which Amato over-billed at least six insurance companies by more than $1 million by receiving money for services that were never rendered.

    Amato previously pleaded guilty in Ocean County Superior Court to first degree financial facilitation of criminal activity for money laundering of funds from the over-billing scheme.

    The tax evasion charge to which Amato pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain to any person or loss to any victims of the offense, Carpenito said.

    The failure to file a report of foreign account charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 or twice the gain to any person or loss to any victims of the offense, Carpenito said.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

    Under the terms of his plea agreement, Amato will file amended tax returns and make full restitution for 2012 through 2015 and file accurate FBARs for 2012 through 2017, Carpenito 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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    Only 1 lane on Route 206 will be open during the morning rush and Rider University's main entrance will be closed

    UPDATE: All lanes of Route 206 were reopened by 8:30 a.m., though residual delays were expected. 


    A gas main break near Rider University forced the evacuation of students from campus dorms early Thursday and ongoing repairs are expected to create a traffic mess on Route 206 for the morning rush, officials said.

    Some Rider University students were evacuated from residence halls at 2:20 a.m. after construction crews working on Route 206 near the campus' main entrance struck a gas line, Rider spokeswoman Kristine Brown said in an email.

    Students were sent to the campus recreation center until 4 a.m. There were no injuries, Brown said. The gas line has been fixed and crews are working to fill the hole in the road.

    While the university is open and classes will proceed as normal, the main entrance to the campus remains closed as of 6:30 a.m.

    Pricey N.J. college has the country's worst dorms, new ranking says

    All traffic must enter and exit through our Rider's south entrance, Brown said. Only one lane of Route 206 between Darrah Lane and Interstate 95 will be open until about 9 a.m, Lawrence police said. 

    The road work that led to the ruptured main was related to the construction of new homes near Cobblestone Creek Country Club, Brown said. 

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

     

     


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    The West Windsor native was remembered fondly by his friends, family and fellow Navy members.

    Joseph Min Naglak, the New Jersey-born U.S. Navy sailor who tragically died this week when he was struck by an airplane propeller while working aboard an aircraft carrier, was a man who often put others before himself.

    "He wanted to join the Navy to give back to a country who gave him so much," his sister Stephanie Blair Naglak said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. "He was everything that I hope to be one day and he should always be remembered as a hero with a big heart."

    Joseph Naglak, who grew up in West Windsor, was adopted by the Naglak family from South Korea when he was almost 2 years old, his sister said.

    Heartbreak struck his life early on when his mother, Jeanne Naglak, died in 2011. His sister said Joseph was always by her side through her illness.

    "He took care of our mother when she was sick, and kept our family together when she passed when he was only 14," Stephanie Naglak said. "My brother was one of the most thoughtful and compassionate people."

    In addition to giving back to those who were less fortunate, Joseph loved sports, music and food. Stephanie Naglak said that every friend he had was "someone he called family."

    Joseph Naglak attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and attended Monmouth University, where he studied homeland security and counter-terrorism.

    Joseph enlisted in the Navy in April 2017, and was an Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice, according to a release from the Navy.

    He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, where he lived with his fiance, Niki Weber. The couple had just gotten engaged earlier this month.

    Naglak reported to the USS George H.W. Bush four months after he completed training in Pensacola, Florida, the Navy said in a statement Wednesday.

    During his time with the Navy, Joseph continued his tradition of giving back by volunteering with the Special Olympics and by helping low income children near his naval base, his sister said.

    Naglak died Monday when he was struck by the turning propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye after securing the aircraft to the flight deck and his death shocked the entire crew.

    "The loss of a shipmate is a heartbreaking experience for a crew of a Naval vessel and those aboard USS George H.W. Bush will mourn Naglak's passing and remember him always for his devoted service and sacrifice to our nation," the Navy's statement said.

    As Naglak's death was announced, many took to social media to offer their condolences.

    "Thank you for your service, Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak. Your selfless work will never be forgotten," tweeted Cecily Steppe.

    Jim Inhofe, a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, said he and his wife were "keeping the family and friends of Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak in our prayers."

    The USS George H.W. Bush also mourned Joseph on its Facebook page and said he will "always be part of Avenger family."

    "He lost his life while doing his job to ensure that naval aviators are safely trained to be worldwide deployable in support of our national defense," the post stated.

    His friend and fellow Navy officer, Alexander Mackenzie, called Joseph a "brother" and sent his condolences to his family.

    Anthony A. Attrino contributed to this report.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Sometimes groups of young riders band together, snarling traffic and having a good laugh as drivers try to avoid hitting them.

    Teenagers do the darndest things. Some of those things can kill them.

    Remember the so-called "Tide Pod Challenge?" It enticed young people to post videos of themselves popping the small pouches of detergent in their mouth before chewing and swallowing them.

    Not surprisingly, the thrill-seekers experienced vomiting, abdominal pain, breathing problems and damaged digestive tracts, among a long list of ills.

    Now we're seeing a dramatic rise in the use of electronic cigarettes - a phenomenon the federal Food and Drug Administration this month called an epidemic among teenagers.

    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine warns that the nicotine kids ingest through "vaping" is highly addictive. In addition to raising blood pressure and adrenaline levels, the toxins also increase the likelihood of heart attacks.

    Right up there on the list of The Most Dangerous Habits for the Teen Set is the phenomenon known as "swerving."

    You may have seen it in your neighborhood: A bike rider takes aim at your car, heading straight at you while performing and forcing you to veer away, often with grim results.

    Sometimes groups of young riders band together as a lark, snarling traffic and having a good laugh as drivers try to maneuver around them. Then they post their exploits so friends can share in the merriment.

    It's a fad. It's dangerous, and police just want kids to stop doing it

    In a suburb of Boston, police arrested four teenagers and took away their bikes after they caused traffic to come to a stand-still with their antics.

    Kids think it's fun. But it could be fatal.

    Kids think they are immortal. But they're not.

    In Hertforshire, England, police put together a video warning about the ways the stunt could go horribly wrong after a boy was hit by a car he was pranking, hurling head first over the handlebars.

    Now municipalities throughout the state are finding ways to ban swerving, warning that perpetrators could be arrested. Others are trying positive reinforcement.

    The Logan Township police force turned to Facebook to educate residents about the dangers of swerving, cautioning that bikers are often breaking laws when they indulge in the habit - among them riding without a helmet, practicing tricks or fancy riding while on a bike, and failing to stay on the right side of the road.

    In Delran, police began issuing coupons for goodies at local stores to kids they saw riding bikes safely and wearing protective gear.

    Teenagers, bicycles and cars can be a deadly combination. The fad shows no signs of abating, and that should be a real concern for parents, teachers and clergy members.

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