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West Caldwell, NJ

Storm Knocks Power To 2,000 In Essex County Storm Knocks Power To 2,000 In Essex County
Storm Knocks Power To 2,000 In Essex County A fast-moving round of thunderstorm knocked power to thousands of New Jersey residents Thursday morning, May 23. PSEG was reporting approximately 2,000 outages in Bergen County (1,156 in New Milford, 398 in Paramus); 2,341 in Essex County (983 in Caldwell, 448 in West Caldwell); 1,230 in Gloucester County (1,206 in Woodbury City). JCP&L was reporting approximately 1,300 in Franklin Township, where a downed tree closed Route 57. JCP&L also said 1,000 residents in Lebanon were in the dark, as were 1,000 in Bethlehem. Knowlton, Hope, Liberty, and Independence …
Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings
Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings Essex County is rife with top-rated schools. US News & World Report released its list of best high schools in the nation this week — and many of them are in Essex County. ALSO SEE: Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Glen Ridge High School came in at No. 11 in all of New Jersey, and No. 1 for Essex County. According to US News & World Report, here are the top-rated schools in the county: No. 10: James Caldwell …
Paterson Car Thief Also Stole From Walgreens: Fairfield PD Paterson Car Thief Also Stole From Walgreens: Fairfield PD
Paterson Car Thief Also Stole From Walgreens: Fairfield PD A 35-year-old Paterson man was arrested in Fairfield on Tuesday, Feb. 26 after he stole a car and $545 worth of items from Walgreens, police said. At 7:52 a.m., police in Fairfield were alerted a Toyota Camry stolen from Passaic the day before had entered the town, traveling east on Route 46, officers said on Facebook. The vehicle was located on Route 46 East near Hollywood Avenue and the driver, Rafael Romero-Perez, was arrested, police said. The car was searched and police found $545.16 worth of items shoplifted from a Walgreens in West Caldwell, police said. Romero-Perez matched the desc…
Former West Caldwell Police Officer Jason Clemente Dies After 7-Year Cancer Battle: Former West Caldwell Police Officer Jason Clemente Dies After 7-Year Cancer Battle:
Former West Caldwell Police Officer Jason Clemente Dies After 7-Year Cancer Battle: Eric "Jason" Clemente, a police officer who served in Wayne and West Caldwell died recently after a 7-year battle with cancer, according to Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano. "Detective First Class Jason Clemente was a caring friend and inspiration not only to me as I fought cancer but to all that knew him," Vergano said on Facebook. "We are all better for knowing and working with him. Vergano said he was directing all flags in the township to fly at half-staff in honor of Clemente.  Today, our beloved brother, Detective First Class Eric Jason Clemente “Jay”, passed from this world …
All About The Ovens: Patsy's Tavern Turned Down Portnoy's Pizza Fest Invite — For Good Reason All About The Ovens: Patsy's Tavern Turned Down Portnoy's Pizza Fest Invite — For Good Reason
All About The Ovens: Patsy's Tavern Turned Down Portnoy's Pizza Fest Invite — For Good Reason Patsy's Tavern in Paterson may have turned down their invitation to Barstool Sports' One Bite Pizza Fest, but New Jersey was still well-represented as several others were in attendance. The One Bite Pizza Fest was held Saturday, Sept. 23 in Coney Island, and featured 35 pizzerias all highly-rated by Barstool CEO Dave Portnoy. Patsy's Tavern owner Steve Barbarulo said his shop was invited to the pizza fest, but Barstool was providing the ovens for all the attending pizzerias and couldn't get them the same 90-year-old oven they've had in the shop since Barbarulo was a kid. And the oven is w…
DRUG FRAUD: Crimebusters Smash Statewide NJ Ring That Stole, Forged Prescriptions For Codeine DRUG FRAUD: Crimebusters Smash Statewide NJ Ring That Stole, Forged Prescriptions For Codeine
Drug Fraud: Crimebusters Smash Statewide NJ Ring That Stole, Forged Prescriptions For Codeine An elaborate drug fraud ring operating in more than half the counties in New Jersey stole doctors’ prescription pads as part of a scheme to stock up on opioid-boosted cough syrup, authorities charged. Medical offices in various parts of the state – including Wayne, Morristown and Bridgewater – were broken into by Divinete Jeffries, 30, of East Orange, Attorney General Matthew Platkin said. Jefferies snatched prescription pads that were then forged and given to accomplices who submitted them to various pharmacies using stolen IDs and bogus driver’s licenses, according to an indictment return…
Six Kids Crashed Stolen Car While Fleeing From Officers: Fairfield Police Six Kids Crashed Stolen Car While Fleeing From Officers: Fairfield Police
Six Kids Crashed Stolen Car While Fleeing From Officers: Fairfield Police Six kids between the ages of 12 to 14 were arrested after they crashed a stolen car while fleeing from Fairfield Police on the early morning on Sunday, June 4, authorities said. Police said they initially received a call at 3 a.m., of a group of kids trying to break into a vehicle on Big Piece Road. They were then seen heading toward Horseneck Road driving a red sedan, police said. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, police said. Due to the high speeds and concern for public safety, police said they terminated the pursuit. The red se…
WINNERS: Mega Millions Players Take Home $30K, $10K WINNERS: Mega Millions Players Take Home $30K, $10K
Winners: Mega Millions Players Take Home $30K, $10K There were two third-tier prizewinning tickets sold for the Friday, March 24, drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball. One of those tickets was purchased with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prize to $30,000.  Those tickets were purchased at the following locations: Gloucester County ($30,000): Collings Lakes Food Market, 10 E. Blackhorse Pke, Williamstown; and Essex County ($10,000): Stop & Shop #2807, 875 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell. The winning numbers for the Friday, March 24, drawing were: 14, 17, 33, 42, and 66. The Gold Mega Ball w…
Bus Driver Was DWI When He Drove Through West Caldwell Home: Police Bus Driver Was DWI When He Drove Through West Caldwell Home: Police
Bus Driver Was DWI When He Drove Through West Caldwell Home: Police A 37-year-old school bus driver from Newark has been charged after plowing his bus into a West Caldwell home on Friday, Jan. 27, police said. Anthony R. Stuckey had just dropped students off at West Caldwell Tech High School, before he drove his bus into an unoccupied Passaic Avenue home just before 8:40 a.m., West Caldwell police said. Stuckey was treated for minor injuries on scene and refused further medical attention.  He was charged with 15 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, DUI with minor passengers, operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04% or highe…
Best Doughnut Spots In North Jersey Best Doughnut Spots In North Jersey
Best Doughnut Spots In North Jersey It’s a new year, which means we’re back again with a new list of North Jersey’s best spots for everyone’s favorite dessert disguised as breakfast — the deliciously decadent doughnut. The spots you see on this list were top-rated on several user-generated review sites, featured in local publications, and recommended by Daily Voice readers. Some are longtime favorites while others have only recently opened their doors. All of these bakeries, however, are dishing out creamy, frosted, and jelly-filled doughnuts we think you'll love — some might even have a line out the door before dawn when th…
Arrest Made In Pepper-Spray, Stun Gun Ski Barn Robbery In Wayne Arrest Made In Pepper-Spray, Stun Gun Ski Barn Robbery In Wayne
Arrest Made In Pepper-Spray, Stun Gun Ski Barn Robbery In Wayne Detectives from Wayne arrested one of three robbers who pepper-sprayed and tried to zap a Ski Barn employee with a stun gun, authorities said. The victim had confronted Shavani C. Robinson, 34, of Newark and two accomplices -- a man and a woman -- as they tried to flee the Route 23 store with more than $1,000 worth of stolen goods late last year, Detective Capt. Dan Daly said. Store video shows one of the bandits pepper-spraying the employee while another tries using a stun gun that he knocked away, the captain said. Responding officers found the victim still recovering from the spray, Dal…
North Jersey Shopping Center Sells For $47M North Jersey Shopping Center Sells For $47M
North Jersey Shopping Center Sells For $47M A North Jersey strip mall home to a Stop & Shop has sold for $47 million, Jersey Digs reports. The owner of the Essex Mall on Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell was represented by CBRE Group, Inc., who also procured the buyer, Milbrook Properties, the outlet said. Millbrook has properties along the East Coast, including nine in New Jersey. Click here for more from Jersey Digs.
West Caldwell Baseball Player Bryan Norton Dies Suddenly, 24 West Caldwell Baseball Player Bryan Norton Dies Suddenly, 24
West Caldwell Baseball Player Bryan Norton Dies Suddenly, 24 Lifelong West Caldwell resident Bryan Norton died suddenly on Monday, July 11. He was 24 years old. Bryan graduated from James Caldwell High School in 2016, where he played varsity baseball and football. and Caldwell University in 2020, having earned his bachelor's degree in sports management, his obituary says. He landed his dream job working as a partnership activation coordinator for Major League Baseball, and previously worked for the New Jersey Devils and the New York Yankees. A GoFundMe page was launched to create a scholarship in Bryan's name. Bryan is survived by his parents;…
Gen Z Is Doxxing Lawmakers And Hate Mail For Justice Alito Is Ending Up At His Old NJ Address Gen Z Is Doxxing Lawmakers And Hate Mail For Justice Alito Is Ending Up At His Old NJ Address
Gen Z Is Doxxing Lawmakers And Hate Mail For Justice Alito Is Ending Up At His Old NJ Address Hate mail intended for Supreme Court Justice and former New Jersey resident Samuel Alito is ending up in the wrong hands, thanks to Gen Z doxxing lawmakers responsible for the Roe V. Wade overturn. West Caldwell police responded to multiple calls at Alito's former home since last week's overturn, they said. Alito drafted the majority opinion to revoke women's constitutional rights to an abortion, however, he does not live in West Caldwell anymore and hasn't since 2007. "Justice Alito moved out of West Caldwell just after being confirmed to the US Supreme Court, 15 years ago in 2007," polic…
NJ Dating Coach Featured On Hit Netflix Show 'Love On The Spectrum' NJ Dating Coach Featured On Hit Netflix Show 'Love On The Spectrum'
NJ Dating Coach Featured On Hit Netflix Show 'Love On The Spectrum' New Jersey native Jennifer Cook sits on the floor and rolls three balls in rapid succession to Abbey Romeo. The 25-year-old Los Angeles woman is on the Autism spectrum, and often struggles with keeping conversation. And so, every time Cook, who grew up in West Caldwell, rolls a ball to Abbey, she asks her a question. The balls are coming fast and Abbey struggles to keep up. But then, Cook — who is on the spectrum herself — rolls the balls slower, waiting until Abbey rolls one back with a response to ask another one. After a few turns, Cook looks at Abbey and asks, "Do you know what y…
Stuck Truck Throws Monkey Wrench Into Ridgewood Rush-Hour Routine Stuck Truck Throws Monkey Wrench Into Ridgewood Rush-Hour Routine
Stuck Truck Throws Monkey Wrench Into Ridgewood Rush-Hour Routine A major Ridgewood thoroughfare was closed for more than an hour after a delivery driver's truck got stuck in the middle of a U-turn. The driver told village police his brakes locked up as he headed down Garber Square and realized the truck wouldn't clear the railroad bridge off North Broad Street around 8 a.m. Friday, April 29. The FreshPro Distributors truck out of West Caldwell ended up stuck on the median, blocking traffic in both directions. All Points Towing got the driver out of his predicament while police detoured motorists coming off Franklin and West Ridgewood avenues. No injur…
Details Released In Easter Sunday Plane Crash At Essex County Airport Details Released In Easter Sunday Plane Crash At Essex County Airport
Details Released In Easter Sunday Plane Crash At Essex County Airport A pilot and his two passengers escaped uninjured when the plane they were flying in ran off a runway and crashed at the Essex County Airport on Easter Sunday, authorities said. The 2020 Citation CJ3 Plus was found at the end of Runway 22 in a drainage brook around 2:40 p.m., Fairfield police said. As police and EMS were arriving, the pilot and two passengers were climbing out, police said. They were identified as a 45-year-old man from Danbury, CT, a 57-year-old man from Poughkeepsie, NY and a 66-year-old man from Bernardsville, the plane's owner. The plane was trying to land on Runway 22 …
Beloved North Jersey Dad Dies Suddenly, 34 Beloved North Jersey Dad Dies Suddenly, 34
Beloved North Jersey Dad Dies Suddenly, 34 Beloved North Jersey father Franklin Long died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the age of 34. Long attended Hackensack High School before graduating from Union County College in 2010, his social media pages say. He then moved to Newark, where he lived at the time of his death, his Facebook page says. Long worked as a field technician for ROI in West Caldwell. He was remembered as a devoted father and brother. “My heart is broken,” reads a tribute on Long’s obituary. “I was a big sister to such [a] beautiful baby boy…I love you and miss you dearly.” Long’s funeral will be held at Ca…
Accountant From Morris Charged With Sexually Abusing Bergen Pre-Teen Accountant From Morris Charged With Sexually Abusing Bergen Pre-Teen
Accountant From Morris Charged With Sexually Abusing Bergen Pre-Teen A Lyndhurst preteen was sexually abused by an accountant from Morris County, authorities said. Amit Bhatt, 42, of Denville was charged with sexual assault by contact and child endangerment, records show. Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said a joint investigation by members of his Special Victims Unit and Lyndhurst police “revealed that (he) sexually assaulted the victim." Bhatt is accused of masturbating in front of the child, court records show. Bhatt, who has a practice in West Caldwell, was graduated from Rutgers University and received a Master of Business degree in account…
How Much Snow Did You Get? These Are Totals By Town In New Jersey How Much Snow Did You Get? These Are Totals By Town In New Jersey
How Much Snow Did You Get? These Are Totals By Town In New Jersey New Jerseyans on Friday woke up to several inches of snow on the ground in the first major storm for some and second for others this week. Most of the state got somewhere between four and six inches, according to the National Weather Service. Areas in Sussex County got the last amount of snow, average between 1.8 and 3 inches. The most amount of snow seems to have landed in parts of Bergen and Gloucester counties: 6 to 7.3 inches. Here are the averages across New Jersey from north to south, according to the National Weather Service's legend: Newton: 3 inches Lake Hopatcong: 3.6 Jefferson…
North Jersey Mom, Beloved Special Education Worker Lauren Marek Dies, 35 North Jersey Mom, Beloved Special Education Worker Lauren Marek Dies, 35
North Jersey Mom, Beloved Special Education Worker Lauren Marek Dies, 35 A North Jersey family is mourning the loss of the "center of their universe." Lauren Marek of West Caldwell died on Dec. 19 at Mountainside Medical Center in Glen Ridge, her obituary says. She was 35 years old. Marek was married to John Marek and was the mother of Audrey, 7, and John, 4. A GoFundMe page launched for Marek's family had raised $35,000 as of Tuesday evening. "Lauren was a kind and compassionate person who was always first in line to help anyone in need," the page reads. "She was always volunteering, asking what else she could do and never asked for anything in return." …
Twin Who Lost His Leg Trying To Stop North Jersey Brother From Drunk Driving Dies, 19 Twin Who Lost His Leg Trying To Stop North Jersey Brother From Drunk Driving Dies, 19
Twin Who Lost His Leg Trying To Stop North Jersey Brother From Drunk Driving Dies, 19 A 19-year-old North Jersey man who lost his leg trying to stop his brother from drunk driving has died, his obituary says. West Caldwell's Joseph N. Dattoli -- "a protector by nature" -- died on Oct. 19. Joe lost his leg after authorities said his drunk twin brother, Anthony Dattoli, drove into a tree with him on the hood of the car on June 27, according to a GoFundMe launched by the Dattolis' sister. The crash occurred at the corner of Central Avenue and Taylor Drive, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and West Caldwell Police Chief Dennis A. Capriglione Jr. said in a…
Essex Prosecutor: DWI Driver Flees After Crashing Into Tree With Twin Brother On The Hood Essex Prosecutor: DWI Driver Flees After Crashing Into Tree With Twin Brother On The Hood
Essex Prosecutor: DWI Driver Flees After Crashing Into Tree With Twin Brother On The Hood An 18-year-old North Jersey man lost his leg after authorities said his drunk twin brother drove into a tree with him on the hood of the car, his sister said. Anthony Dattoli of West Caldwell surrendered with his lawyer on Monday in connection with the June 27 hit-and-run crash that severely injured Joseph Dattoli, authorities said. Anthony Dattoli "was intoxicated and drove with his twin brother on the hood of his vehicle, ultimately crashing into a tree and leaving his brother with life-altering injuries," Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and West Caldwell …
Best Doughnuts In North Jersey Best Doughnuts In North Jersey
Best Doughnuts In North Jersey Simply glazed or topped with outrageous concoctions, doughnuts seem to be that timeless sweet treat that will satisfy you any time of year. When Dunkin Donuts just won't cut it, North Jersey boasts plenty more to choose from. The spots you see on this list were top-rated on several user-generated review sites, featured in local publications and recommended by Daily Voice readers. Beignets, Denville View this post on Instagram A post shared by Glaze Donuts (@glazedonuts) Glaze Donuts, New Milford/Fort Lee/West Caldwell …
80-Year-Old Victim Slashed By Paterson Woman In Her West Caldwell Home: Police 80-Year-Old Victim Slashed By Paterson Woman In Her West Caldwell Home: Police
80-Year-Old Victim Slashed By Paterson Woman In Her West Caldwell Home: Police An 80-year-old woman was recovering after being slashed inside of her West Caldwell home earlier this week, police said. A 911 caller said a woman armed with two knives, later identified as Laila M. Alayat, of Paterson, was banging at her door and trying to force her way in around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, authorities said. Alayat -- who apparently frequents a neighboring home -- ran across the street and went into a different house, where police found her holding two knives, and an 80-year-old woman bleeding in the living room, authorities said. Officers began giving Alayat verbal command…
‘Brought Out The Best In All:’ Sussex County Native, Horizon HS Grad Collin McDonough Dies, 29 ‘Brought Out The Best In All:’ Sussex County Native, Horizon HS Grad Collin McDonough Dies, 29
‘Brought Out The Best In All:’ Sussex County Native, Horizon HS Grad Collin McDonough Dies, 29 Sussex County native and Horizon High School graduate Collin James McDonough died July 17 at the Homestead Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Frankford. He was 29. Born in Newton, McDonough lived in Sparta throughout his life and attended the Clifton E. Lawrence School in Wantage for 11 years, participating in a program for students with disabilities, his obituary says. McDonough later attended Livingston’s Horizon High School, which also helps students with special needs, and graduated in 2013. “He listened to the voices of all those around him and smiled or laughed when he heard ha…
WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Ticket Sold At North Jersey Stop & Shop WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Ticket Sold At North Jersey Stop & Shop
Winner: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Ticket Sold At North Jersey Stop & Shop A New Jersey Lottery ticket good for $514,159 was sold at a North Jersey supermarket. The Jersey Cash 5 ticket from the Wednesday, April 14, drawing was sold at Stop & Shop in West Caldwell. The winning numbers were 06, 27, 31, 36, and 42 and the XTRA number was 04.  The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold 
NJ Officer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen For Years, Trying To Get Her To Lie About It NJ Officer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen For Years, Trying To Get Her To Lie About It
NJ Officer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen For Years, Trying To Get Her To Lie About It A North Jersey police officer was arrested on accusations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl multiple times and then tried getting her to lie about it to law enforcement agents, reports say. Richard F. Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell -- currently suspended from the Roseland Police Department -- was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a teenager and trying to hire a person as a prostitute, NJ.com reports. Last Friday, he was charged with trying to engaged in prostitution on accusations he tried to offer an acquaintance money for sex in January, court records show. He was suspended with…
Police: Trio Used Stolen $1M To Renovate North Jersey Deli During Pandemic, Buy Engagement Ring Police: Trio Used Stolen $1M To Renovate North Jersey Deli During Pandemic, Buy Engagement Ring
Police: Trio Used Stolen $1M To Renovate North Jersey Deli During Pandemic, Buy Engagement Ring Two women and one man stole more than $1 million from a North Jersey business and blew it on memorabilia from some of most famous athletes in the sports the world, an engagement ring, exercise bike and renovations to their local deli, authorities said. Regina DeComa, 36, of Cedar Grove; Dawn Becker, 55, of Oakland; and Allan Soriano, 42, of Cedar Grove were arrested on various fraud charges, Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna said. DeComa was an office manager and Becker the financial comptroller of a Fairfield business made "unauthorized distributions of corporate funds" to themselves b…
Amazon Delivery Station Opens In Bergen County Amazon Delivery Station Opens In Bergen County
Amazon Delivery Station Opens In Bergen County A new Amazon delivery station has opened in Bergen County, creating 300 full- and part-time jobs. The 231,000 square-foot building opened this week at 118 Moonachie Ave., in Carlstadt. The new jobs all pay at least $15.75 per hour in addition to hundreds of driver opportunities for Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners and Amazon Flex drivers. This is the third delivery station to open in the last several weeks in North Jersey -- the others in West Caldwell and Newark. Delivery stations power the last mile of our order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are s…
Amazon Opens Another North Jersey Facility This Week Amazon Opens Another North Jersey Facility This Week
Amazon Opens Another North Jersey Facility This Week Amazon is opening another new delivery station in North Jersey this week.  The 640,000 square-foot building Newark facility on Delancy Street will create 100 full- and part-time jobs all paying at least $15 an hour. Hundreds of driver opportunities for Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners and Amazon Flex drivers are also opening up. Last week, Amazon opened a delivery station in West Caldwell, making this the second delivery station to open in Essex County this month. Delivery stations power the last mile of our order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packa…