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Rachel Minaya, Wife Of Yankees Exec Omar Minaya, Found Dead In Harrington Park Home: Prosecutor Rachel Minaya, Wife Of Yankees Exec Omar Minaya, Found Dead In Harrington Park Home: Prosecutor
Rachel Minaya, Wife Of Yankees Exec Omar Minaya, Found Dead In Harrington Park Home: Prosecutor Rachel Minaya, who is married to former Mets general manager and current Yankees executive Omar Minaya, was found dead in their New Jersey home over the weekend, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office confirmed on Monday afternoon. Minaya, 55, was found in the bathroom of a Harrington Park home unconscious and unresponsive, bringing local police officers to the scene just after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Minaya was rushed to the Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood after they failed to resuscitate her.…
Tragedy Strikes Again: NJ Family Killed In Second Fire Tragedy Strikes Again: NJ Family Killed In Second Fire
Tragedy Strikes Again: NJ Family Killed In Second Fire A woman who was displaced by a fire months ago is reeling again in New Jersey after a second blaze claimed the life of her own mother and two children over the weekend in Essex County. At around 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, the West Orange Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire on Liberty Street, where they were met by heavy smoke and three unresponsive victims inside the home. According to officials, firefighters located Mary Drury's 75-year-old mother, Grace, and her two children, ages 8 and 3.  All three were pronounced dead at the scene of the fire. A fundraiser h…
Bon Jovi Mourns Death Of His Mother, 83, Remembers Her 'Can-Do Attitude' Bon Jovi Mourns Death Of His Mother, 83, Remembers Her 'Can-Do Attitude'
Bon Jovi Mourns Death Of His Mother, 83, Remembers Her 'Can-Do Attitude' The mother of New Jersey rock and roll icon Jon Bon Jovi has died, according to an obituary. Carol Bongiovi died at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch on Tuesday, July 9, her obituary said. A cause of death was not given for the 83-year-old who was three days away from her 84th birthday. Bongiovi was remembered as an entrepreneur who operated several businesses and the founder of her son's fan club. "Our mother was a force to be reckoned with, her spirit and can-do attitude shaped this family," Bon Jovi said in a statement to People. "She will be greatly missed." In 195…
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…
Wrong-Way Crash Kills 2, Injures 1 On Garden State Parkway In Paramus, State Police Say Wrong-Way Crash Kills 2, Injures 1 On Garden State Parkway In Paramus, State Police Say
Wrong-Way Crash Kills 2, Injures 1 On Garden State Parkway In Paramus, State Police Say Two people were killed and one person was injured in a wrong-way crash on the Garden State Parkway overnight in Paramus, authorities confirmed. Diana J. Cruz, 38, of Newark, was heading north in the southbound lanes of the Parkway when she struck a Toyota SUV head-on just before 2:30 a.m. at milepost 163.4 on Friday, July 5, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Lebron said. Both Cruz and the Toyota driver, Sunday T. Ogundare, 55, of Newark, were killed, Lebron said. A passenger in the Toyota, a 20-year-old Pompton Plains woman, was hospitalized with moderate injuries. The crash remain…
Cops ID BMW Driver, 21, Dead In NJ Crash That Left Married Couple With Numerous Broken Bones Cops ID BMW Driver, 21, Dead In NJ Crash That Left Married Couple With Numerous Broken Bones
Cops ID BMW Driver, 21, Dead In NJ Crash That Left Married Couple With Numerous Broken Bones Brandon Amaro, a 21-year-old Roselle resident, was identified as the victim in a two-car crash on Saturday, June 29, authorities said. At 11:45 p.m., officers responded to a crash between a BMW and a Subaru on the 400 block of East 1st Avenue, Roselle police said. The crash caused the Subaru to roll over and the BMW to burst into flames, police said. A passerby pulled out Amaro of the BMW before it became engulfed in flames, police said. Amaro was pronounce dead at the scene, police said. A married couple in their 50s, both Roselle residents, sustained numerous broken bones and were transp…
Services Set For Bergenfield High School Principal James 'Jim' Fasano, 59 Services Set For Bergenfield High School Principal James 'Jim' Fasano, 59
Services Set For Bergenfield High School Principal James 'Jim' Fasano, 59 Funeral arrangements have been finalized for James "Jim" Fasano, the longtime principal of Bergenfield High School. Fasano died on Thursday, June 27. He was 59 years old. An official cause of death was not released, however, Bergenfield Superintendent Christopher Tully noted that his passing was sudden. According to the Riewerts Memorial Home, visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Conlon Hall in Bergenfield. A Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, July 3 at the St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church at 11 a.m. "Our high school will never be the same without him," Tul…
Details Released In Deadly Dump Truck Crash In North Jersey Town Details Released In Deadly Dump Truck Crash In North Jersey Town
Details Released In Deadly Dump Truck Crash In North Jersey Town Authorities have released details in a dump truck crash on Route 31 in Clinton Township that left one person dead on Tuesday, June 18. A 66-year-old man was operating a dump truck that collided with a Toyota sedan driven by a 64-year-old woman around 2:20 p.m. in front of Riley and Jake's Restaurant, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office said. Both vehicles were heading north. The Toyota then entered the southbound lane and collided with a Volkswagen, operated by a 17-year-old girl. A passenger in the Toyota, Arthur John Latzko, 70, of Stroudsburg, PA, died at the scene, the prosecutor's…
One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders
One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders One person was found dead and another unconscious in a car on a Union City street Sunday night, responders said. Initial details were scarce other than that both were found in a vehicle at a lot between two residences that's used for private parking on 13th Street between Bergenline and New York Avenues shortly before 6:30 p.m. June 16. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, responders said. The other was hospitalized, they said. It wasn't immediately certain whether or not drugs were involved, responders said. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez was expected to address the situ…
REST IN PEACE: Jersey City Police Lieutenant Dies Suddenly REST IN PEACE: Jersey City Police Lieutenant Dies Suddenly
Rest IN Peace: Jersey City Police Lieutenant Dies Suddenly She devoted her life to those in need and put others first. She was "the glue that held her family and friends together." And at only 44 years old, Jersey City Police Lt. Marina Angelica Ugolini is gone far too soon. Ugolini died Tuesday evening, May 28. The 19-year department veteran, who was promoted to lieutenant six years ago this month, worked in the city's North District. Ugolini was an alumnus of Jersey City Medical Center and Ambucar EMS who "took pride in helping people by devoting her life to serving those in need," her obituary says. "She transported the first medical patient to…
NJ College Student Dies On Bucknell University Campus NJ College Student Dies On Bucknell University Campus
NJ College Student Dies On Bucknell University Campus A Pennsylvania college student from New Jersey was found dead on campus over the weekend, according to officials and recent news reports. Christian Samay (Class of 2024) died on Saturday, March 30 at Bucknell University, according to the school's president, John C. Bravman. "This is an unspeakable loss for the Bucknell community, and our hearts go out Christian’s family and friends," Bravman said.  Samay's death is not believed to have been linked to the active shooter hoax coordinated out of Virginia. While authorities did not say where in New Jersey Samay is from, a LinkedIn p…
Freehold Dad, L.E.A.D. Marketing Exec David Kirby Dies, 48 Freehold Dad, L.E.A.D. Marketing Exec David Kirby Dies, 48
Freehold Dad, L.E.A.D. Marketing Exec David Kirby Dies, 48 Shock and sadness spread following the death of Freehold resident David J. Kirby on Thursday, Feb. 15. He was 48 years old. David, affectionately known as Dave, was born in Brick Township and died at CentraState Medical Center, according to his obituary. Dave most recently served as the vice president of marketing and advertising for Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD), and worked in radio for many years, his obituary says. His LinkedIn profile shows he held marketing positions at several different radio and media agencies. Dave's death is particularly tragic for his colleague's…
Keith Olkewicz, Jersey City Paraprofessional, Dies At 37: 'Blessing Of Decency' Keith Olkewicz, Jersey City Paraprofessional, Dies At 37: 'Blessing Of Decency'
Keith Olkewicz, Jersey City Paraprofessional, Dies At 37: 'Blessing Of Decency' Keith Olkewicz, a Jersey City native who returned to work at the district he graduated from, recently died at the age of 37, the district announced is a statement. "The early death of Keith Olkewicz, an employee and colleague, is a shocking loss," Superintendent Dr. Norman Fernandez said.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this immensely difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones." My heart is broken……. Keith I can’t believe you’re gone. We were just talking about going back to Medieval Times. How’s... Posted by…
North Bergen Mom Daniela Drago-Kascic Dies, 56: 'I Will Never Stop Missing You' North Bergen Mom Daniela Drago-Kascic Dies, 56: 'I Will Never Stop Missing You'
North Bergen Mom Daniela Drago-Kascic Dies, 56: 'I Will Never Stop Missing You' Shock and sadness spread following the death of Daniela Drago-Kascic on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Daniela, 56, was a devoted mom to her two daughters, Christina and Julianna, cheering on Julianna at her basketball games and supporting Christina and she pursued a career in nursing, her obituary on the Vainieri Funeral Home website reads.  "The love she gave was a gift to all who knew her," one person wrote on her tribute wall. In a tribute shared to Facebook, Daniela's daughter Christina writes: "Mommy I love you so much. The best mom I ever could’ve had. I will never stop missing you." Mommy …
Bruce Springsteen Mourns Mother's Death With Heartfelt Tribute Bruce Springsteen Mourns Mother's Death With Heartfelt Tribute
Bruce Springsteen Mourns Mother's Death With Heartfelt Tribute Adele Springsteen, the mother of New Jersey rock and roll icon Bruce Springsteen, has died, according to the musician. Bruce Springsteen said his mother died at 98 years old on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The Freehold native's cause of death was not mentioned. "The Boss" announced Adele Springsteen's death with lyrics to his song "The Wish", a ballad about his love for his mother from his 1998 album 'Tracks'. "I remember in the morning mom hearing your alarm clock ring," Bruce Springsteen said. "I’d lie in bed and listen to you getting ready for work, the sound of your makeup case on the sink…
Newark Police Sgt. Kenneth Brown Dies At 53: 'Exemplary Police Officer' Newark Police Sgt. Kenneth Brown Dies At 53: 'Exemplary Police Officer'
Newark Police Sgt. Kenneth Brown Dies At 53: 'Exemplary Police Officer' Newark Police Sgt. Kenneth Brown died on Sunday, Jan. 21 after being hospitalized following a series of illnesses, according to a fundraiser launched to support his family. Brown joined the Newark Police Division in 1997 and was promoted to sergeant in Jan. 2019. He worked for the Safe City Task Force and the Emergency Service Unit, among other assignments, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said on Facebook. "Known for his expertise within the Emergency Services Unit, Sergeant Brown dedicated the past 26 years to ensuring the safety of Newark residents and…
Newark Mourns Passing Of Sgt. Rafael Ramos, Jr., 59 Newark Mourns Passing Of Sgt. Rafael Ramos, Jr., 59
Newark Mourns Passing Of Sgt. Rafael Ramos, Jr., 59 Rafael Ramos, Jr., a Newark police sergeant died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, following an illness, the city announced on Facebook.  Ramos joined the Newark Police Division in Feb. 1991 and was promoted to sergeant in 2022, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said.  He initially patrolled the West Ward and later served as a liaison to the U.S. Marshal Service and also worked in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Precincts, the Fugitive Apprehension Team, the Office of Professional Standards, Baraka and Fragé said. He last served in the Crime Scene Unit, Baraka and…
Emil Savia II, Formerly Of Bergen County, Dies At 37: 'Best Supervisor' Emil Savia II, Formerly Of Bergen County, Dies At 37: 'Best Supervisor'
Emil Savia II, Formerly Of Bergen County, Dies At 37: 'Best Supervisor' Emil Savia, 37-year-old Sayreville resident died on Saturday, Jan. 13, according to his obituary. A former Wood-Ridge resident, Savia graduated from Rowan University with a degree in business, his obituary reads. He oversaw 34 Saker Shoprites and was COO of Nicolosi Meat purveyors in Union City, according to his obituary. "Working for Emil at Nicolosi was one of the most wonderful experiences in my career." wrote one mourner. "Emil was one of the best supervisors that I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He made the work environment a joy to be there. I'll miss him a lot." An avid fish…
Unidentified Man's Body Found Amid Wreckage Of Hawthorne Auto Repair Shop Fire Unidentified Man's Body Found Amid Wreckage Of Hawthorne Auto Repair Shop Fire
Unidentified Man's Body Found Amid Wreckage Of Hawthorne Auto Repair Shop Fire Authorities were trying to identify a man whose body was found at the scene of a destructive fire at an auto repair shop in Hawthorne. The blaze ignited among tires, pallets and debris, then spread to three trucks behind Luscher’s Automotive between 4th and Lafayette avenues shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, Hawthorne Fire Chief Joseph Speranza said. The fire also damaged the shop, the fire chief said. Amid the rubble firefighters found a body, he said. Authorities need to identify the man and obtain the results of an autopsy before knowing for sure whether he died accidentally, pur…
Absecon Lighthouse Shines Less Bright After Death Of 96-Year-Old Keeper Bruddy Grover Absecon Lighthouse Shines Less Bright After Death Of 96-Year-Old Keeper Bruddy Grover
Absecon Lighthouse Shines Less Bright After Death Of 96-Year-Old Keeper Bruddy Grover George "Buddy" Grover, the long-time keeper of Absecon Lighthouse, has died at 96 years old, the Atlantic City landmark announced. Absecon Lighthouse posted on its Facebook page about Grover's death on Thursday, Jan. 4. "He was loved beyond measure," the post read. "We are heartbroken." Our dear Buddy passed today. He was loved beyond measure. “Five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes…” Times 96, seasons of love. ❤️ We are heartbroken. More to follow. Posted by Absecon Lighthouse on Thursday, January 4, 2024 Many people posted their condolences and memories of Gr…
Elderly Man Killed In West Orange House Fire: Police Elderly Man Killed In West Orange House Fire: Police
Elderly Man Killed In West Orange House Fire: Police A senior citizen was killed in a West Orange house fire on Tuesday morning, Dec. 12, police said.  West Orange police and fire responded to 30 Park Drive South at 10:30 a.m. and reported heavy smoke and fire in the structure, police said.  The victim, whose name has not been released, was removed from the residence and taken to Cooperman-Barnabas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later, police. The fire was not considered suspicious, police said. 
Sudden Death Of 'MVP' Police Detective Greg Wilson Shakes NJ Town Sudden Death Of 'MVP' Police Detective Greg Wilson Shakes NJ Town
Sudden Death Of 'MVP' Police Detective Greg Wilson Shakes NJ Town The Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Detective Greg Wilson died on Wednesday evening, Nov. 22, at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, his obituary says. He was 47 years old. “Greg was one of our MVPs,” said Franklin Township Director of Public Safety, Quovella Maeweather. “He is definitely a part of our family and an intricate part of our department. This is a great loss in multiple ways.” Wilson was born on Nov. 15, 1976 in Summit and had been living in Flemington. He started as a patrolman with FTPD…
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…
New Hoboken Mom Brittney Upman Dies Of Cancer At 33: 'Loved By So Many' New Hoboken Mom Brittney Upman Dies Of Cancer At 33: 'Loved By So Many'
New Hoboken Mom Brittney Upman Dies Of Cancer At 33: 'Loved By So Many' Brittney Upman, a 33-year-old Hoboken resident and new mom, died on Sunday, Oct. 15 after battling leptomeningeal carcinoma, according to her obituary. A fundraiser has been set up for Upman's husband, Michael and her son, Jett, and had raised more than $146,000 as of press time. "Britt is a beautiful person inside and out," Nicole Molesphini, who organized the fundraiser while Upman was still alive, said.  "She is an amazing mom...and wife., Mike. She is also an incredible daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend to many. Britt celebrated her son’s first birthday in May and woul…
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…
Wyckoff Woman, 79, Who Died In House Fire Identified Wyckoff Woman, 79, Who Died In House Fire Identified
Wyckoff Woman, 79, Who Died In House Fire Identified UPDATE: Virginia D'Amelio Ingenito of Wyckoff was home alone Sunday afternoon when what quickly became an intense fire apparently began in her kitchen. Wyckoff police who arrived first at the Meer Avenue home where she lived with her son and two grandsons found the 79-year-old Italian immigrant unresponsive just after noon Nov. 5, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Ingenito was in cardiac arrest when taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, responders said. The rear of the house, where the kitchen was located, was fully involved…
One Dead In Wyckoff House Fire One Dead In Wyckoff House Fire
One Dead In Wyckoff House Fire A grandmother who was pulled from a Wyckoff house fire on Sunday died at the hospital, authorities confirmed. Virginia D'Amelio Ingenito, 79, was found unresponsive by Wyckoff police officers who were the first responders at the fire on Meer Avenue just off James Way behind Route 208 just after noon Nov. 5, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. CPR was conducted on Ingenito, who reportedly was in cardiac arrest when she was taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Firefighters found the rear of the house, where the kitchen was loca…
Man Dies In Union County Fire Man Dies In Union County Fire
Man Dies In Union County Fire A man was killed in a Union County fire Friday, Nov. 3. Flames broke out at a home on the 100 block of North Avenue in Garwood around 4:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, local police said. Multiple 911 callers said the first floor of the structure was fully engulfed.  Garwood firefighters and others from surrounding jurisdictions responded, and neighbors said a victim may be inside, Garwood police said. Firefighters found a male victim on the first floor apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The incident remains under investigation. 
Ramsey Rallies Around Man Who Lost Both Parents In Six Months Ramsey Rallies Around Man Who Lost Both Parents In Six Months
Ramsey Rallies Around Man Who Lost Both Parents In Six Months Connor Koch, a 24-year-old Ramsey resident, is reeling following the death of his parents within a six-span month.  Koch's mother, Patty, passed away from colon cancer in April and his father, Dave, died on Sunday, Oct. 29. A fundraiser has been created to assist Koch deal with the financial burden of a funeral and medical costs.. As of Friday, Nov. 3, more than $22,700 has been raised. I keep typing and deleting, trying to figure out how to describe the grief I have been carrying this week after my Uncle... Posted by Kelsey Koch on Thursday, November 2, 2023 "Connor was the center of …
Fire Kills Elizabeth Dad Weeks After Discovering Wife's Pregnancy With 2nd Child Fire Kills Elizabeth Dad Weeks After Discovering Wife's Pregnancy With 2nd Child
Fire Kills Elizabeth Dad Weeks After Discovering Wife's Pregnancy With 2nd Child Bruno Littig, a 40-year-old Elizabeth resident died in a house fire on Sunday, Oct. 1.  Just two weeks ago, Littig found out his wife Stephanie was expecting their second child, joining their 4-year-old son Michael.  A fundraiser has been set up to assist his family in the wake of his death. As of Thursday, Oct. 19, almost $41,000 has been raised. Bruno was taken from us in a terrible tragedy. Life will not be the same without you, my friend. Bruno leaves behind... Posted by Nuno Cunha on Thursday, October 5, 2023 "Bruno was an incredible father, a loving husband, a wonderful son …
Jared DeSande Of Jersey City Dies, 40 Jared DeSande Of Jersey City Dies, 40
Jared DeSande Of Jersey City Dies, 40 Jaret DeSande, a 40-year-old Woodcliff Lake resident, died on Friday, Sept. 29, according to his obituary. A passionate chef, DeSande graduated from the French Culinary Institute after growing up in Rockland County, his obituary reads.  He is survived by his son, Logan, his mother Adele, his brother Jason, and numerous other relatives and friends, according to his obituary. Life is so bittersweet sometimes. I always savor each moment i spend with each person that has ever graced me with their... Posted by Gee Dubz on Saturday, September 30, 2023 A funeral was held on Friday, Oct. 6 at…