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Acupuncturist ID'd As Pedestrian Killed Walking On Route 23: Prosecutor Acupuncturist ID'd As Pedestrian Killed Walking On Route 23: Prosecutor
Acupuncturist ID'd As Pedestrian Killed Walking On Route 23: Prosecutor Karin Johnson, a 75-year-old Cedar Grove resident, was killed on Tuesday, July 9, after being struck by a vehicle walking on Route 23, authorities said. Born in Kearny, Johnson was raised in Cedar Grove, graduating from Cedar Grove High School in 1967, according to her obituary on the Shooks Cedar Grove Funeral Home website. Johnson, who worked as an acupuncturist, enjoyed being in nature and bringing people together, her obituary reads. Dearest Friends and Family of Karin Johnson, I'm so sorry to bring you this unexpected and sudden news of her passing on... Posted by Karin Johnson on&…
Goffle Creamery Voted Best Ice Cream In North Jersey: Meet High School Sweethearts Behind It Goffle Creamery Voted Best Ice Cream In North Jersey: Meet High School Sweethearts Behind It
Goffle Creamery Voted Best Ice Cream In North Jersey: Meet High School Sweethearts Behind It Some of Vinnie and Alyssa Penna's best childhood memories were getting ice cream at the Old Bar Milk Barn. If you grew up in Wayne, you know it: The brown barn with red and white signage. You could grab a cone at the walk-up window or sit in a booth or at a bar. The Pennas enjoyed many an ice cream cone at the Old Barn Milk Bar in their summers dating through Wayne Valley High School.  The two got married in 2012 and in August 2021, they opened Goffle Creamery 686 Goffle Road in Hawthorne. The Pennas always envisioned creating a shoppe that would be an ode to places like the…
Bayonne Mourns Loss Of DPW Worker Brian 'Julio' Ahern: 'Friend To All' Bayonne Mourns Loss Of DPW Worker Brian 'Julio' Ahern: 'Friend To All'
Popular Bayonne DPW Worker Brian 'Julio' Ahern Dies Tragedy strikes again in Bayonne. The city is mourning the loss of Brian "Julio" Ahern, a lifelong community member and supervisor for the Department of Public Works, who died Saturday, July 6. Mayor Jimmy Davis said Ahern was "a friend to everyone." "Julio never wasted time, it was too important to him," the mayor said. "Whether it was family time, work time, giving back to our community time, or play time, he gave it his all and enjoyed every minute of it. His zest for life was as big as he was. He lit up every room he walked into. He was larger than life." The Ahern family name runs de…
Storied Disappearing Dumont Donkey Is Hero Mascot At Builder's New Ice Cream Shop Storied Disappearing Dumont Donkey Is Hero Mascot At Builder's New Ice Cream Shop
Storied Disappearing Dumont Donkey Is Hero Mascot At Builder's New Ice Cream Shop It was 2017 and Matt Dagistanli was in the process of building the structure that stands today at 65 W. Madison Avenue in Dumont, when his donkey went missing. He wasn't a real donkey, of course, but a statue that Dagistanli and his former business partner had affectionately called Dumbo. Dagistanli grew quite fond of Dumbo, and wasn't ready to get rid of him at the turn of his career change. "I didn’t want to sell it or throw it away, so I took it home," said Dagistanli, 63, of Rutherford. "My wife said, 'You need to take this away.'" Dagistanli had nowhere to keep Dumbo except for …
Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials
Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials A community member died in what officials are calling a "tragic incident" on the grounds of a New Jersey school district on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Police responding to Highland Park High School around 6:25 a.m. found an unresponsive male, local police said. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was pronounce dead. "The patient was not affiliated with Highland Park Schools nor was the patient ever inside of a school building," local police said. Highland Park Schools Superintendent Kristina Nicosia said that a community member died before the school d…
Former Roseland Police Chief Dies At 91: 'Loss Will Be Felt Throughout Community' Former Roseland Police Chief Dies At 91: 'Loss Will Be Felt Throughout Community'
Former Roseland Police Chief Dies At 91: 'Loss Will Be Felt Throughout Community' Walter Critchett, who served the Roseland community as a police officer and later police chief for 40 years, died at the age of 91, the borough announced. After serving in the Navy, Critchett joined the Roseland Police Department in 1956. He was named police chief in 1970, serving until 1996, when he retired.  “The Critchett family name is woven into the fabric, history and legacy of the Borough of Roseland,” said Mayor James R. Spango. “Chief Critchett served our borough with distinction and honor for 40 yeasr. The loss of Chief Critchett will be felt throughout our com…
Hearts Break For Nutley's Nicholas Messina, 53 Hearts Break For Nutley's Nicholas Messina, 53
Hearts Break For Nutley's Nicholas Messina, 53 Nicholas Thomas Messina III died suddenly on Saturday, July 15 at the age of 53, according to his obituary. Nicholas was a native of Bloomfield and lived in Nutley, his obituary reads. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and his two-year-old son, Nicholas Thomas Messina IV.  Nicholas worked for Essex County’s job development unit in East Orange, "helping people find jobs and making a difference in the community," his obituary reads.  "Nicholas made friends wherever he went, all over the world. His gracious and giving nature touched so many lives and his light will shine for years to com…
Popular Hoboken Eatery Closes After 17 Years: 'This Is Brutal' Popular Hoboken Eatery Closes After 17 Years: 'This Is Brutal'
Popular Hoboken Eatery Closes After 17 Years: 'This Is Brutal' Dwight Thompson was just an employee when he began working at Hoboken's 918 Willow in 2005. It wasn't long before he was promoted to manager and, soon enough, he owned the place along with business partner Stephen Bailey. They called it "D's Soul Full Cafe," and since 2010, it's been a staple in the community, a popular hangout and late-night food stop with a focus on the arts. But Sunday, May 14 was D's last day in business. And the community is heartbroken. View this post on Instagram A post shared by D's Soul Full Cafe (@dssoulfullcafe) …
Beloved Bogota Bagel Man Dies Beloved Bogota Bagel Man Dies
Beloved Bogota Bagel Man Dies He was deeply woven into the community's fabric, so it's with deep sadness that folks are learning that Thomas Walsh died at the bagel shop in Bogota where he'd worked for as long as most could remember. Walsh, 80, of Cliffside Park kept things hummin' at Boxcar Bagels.  The general manager regularly arrived hours before sunrise so that those still asleep would have a pleasant start to their days, thanks to fluffy, jumbo-sized bagels that became the trademark of the shop in front of the train tracks. It was around 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, in fact, when borough police were called to the R…
Morris County Native, Dedicated Dad Of 2 Matthew Bell Dies At 38 Morris County Native, Dedicated Dad Of 2 Matthew Bell Dies At 38
Morris County Native, Dedicated Dad Of 2 Matthew Bell Dies At 38 Morris County native and dedicated father of two Matthew Robert Bell died at his home on Thursday, Oct. 6. He was 38. Born and raised in Denville, Matthew graduated from Morris Knolls High School in 2002, his obituary says. Matthew loved sports, live music, and spending time with friends. He is remembered as an endlessly generous person who embraced his role as a loving father to his two children, Alexander and Sophia Bell, his memorial says. “The loss of this wonderful person is a pain that will be felt by many, and he will always be remembered as a kind, caring man who was so full of l…
Danzig Bass Player, Wife Dedicate Bench In Mahwah Park In Memory Of Beloved Chihuahua Danzig Bass Player, Wife Dedicate Bench In Mahwah Park In Memory Of Beloved Chihuahua
Danzig Bass Player, Wife Dedicate Bench In Mahwah Park In Memory Of Beloved Chihuahua Sir Otis looked forward to his daily walks in Mahwah's Silver Creek Park. "He went to the park between 11:30 and 12:30 every day for 10 years," said Lana Grecco. "He knew whenever it was time. He was always ready." The spunky Chihuahua was at the park in the township's northeast corner near the New York State border when he passed on Dec. 21, 2021. He was 16. Lana made a vow with her husband, Steve "Zing" Grecco, who plays bass with the legendary New Jersey heavy metal band Danzig, among other acts. "We promised ourselves that we'd do something to honor his memory at the spot our little…
Shock, Sadness Spread: Young Harrison Police Officer Dies Shock, Sadness Spread: Young Harrison Police Officer Dies
Shock, Sadness Spread: Young Harrison Police Officer Dies People get to know their police officers in small towns like Harrison, where shock and sadness continued to spread with the news that one of its finest had suddenly died. Officer Elizabeth Yasmin Delacruz succumbed at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood following a medical procedure elsewhere, said Maureen Curran Kleinman, the manager of communications and marketing for Valley Health System. A graduate of Lincoln High School in Jersey City, and a graduate student in criminal justice at John Jay College in Manhattan, Delacruz served in the U.S. Marine Corps, She was appointed to her depar…
Big-Hearted Bergen County Sheriff's Officer Dies Suddenly Big-Hearted Bergen County Sheriff's Officer Dies Suddenly
Big-Hearted Bergen County Sheriff's Officer Dies Suddenly “A big man with an even bigger heart” is how a colleague described former Bergen County Sheriff’s Officer Scott Emerson, who died suddenly this weekend. Emerson, 34, of Fair Lawn, “wasn’t feeling well, and they called an ambulance," another colleague said Sunday. The 8-year department veteran may have suffered an infection following recent surgery, friends said. He hung on throughout the day Saturday -- as family, friends and colleagues gathered at the hospital -- before he passed away, one said. "They brought him back several times," the friend said. "Then they couldn't. He went on his o…