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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…
US Congressman's Nephew Shot In Neck At PA Trump Rally US Congressman's Nephew Shot In Neck At PA Trump Rally
US Congressman's Nephew Shot In Neck At PA Trump Rally A US congressman from Texas has announced that his nephew was shot while in the audience of former president Donald Trump's rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 13.  Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas's 13th District explained how his nephew was shot as follows, reading in part: "My family was sitting in the front, near where the President was speaking. They heard shots ringing out — my nephew then realized he had blood on his neck and something had grazed and cut his neck. He was treated by the providers in the medical tent." Jackson's nephew was not among the two audience members who wer…
North Jersey Native, Husband Killed By Pickup Truck In Florida North Jersey Native, Husband Killed By Pickup Truck In Florida
North Jersey Native, Husband Killed By Pickup Truck In Florida Monica Hong  a 40-year-old Secaucus native, was killed along with her husband on Saturday, July 6, after they were struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Florida, authorities said. At 10:10 p.m., Hong and her husband, Ben Steigner were crossing U.S. Highway 98 when they were fatally struck by a Toyota Tacoma traveling westbound in Franklin County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. It is with much sadness that we learn of the deaths of Ben Steigner and Monica Hong. They were a blessing to me and to... Posted by Jeff Oakes on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Born in South Korea, Hon…
Community Rallies For Family Of 6-Year-Old Killed In Fire Community Rallies For Family Of 6-Year-Old Killed In Fire
Community Rallies For Family Of 6-Year-Old Killed In Fire A fundraiser has been set up to assist the family of Saniya Felton, a 6-year-old who was killed in a fire in Bayonne on Monday, July 1. "This is an extremely vulnerable and emotional time for my family and I," Saniya's mother Latrice wrote. "I could have never imagined losing any of my children. Saniya was my only daughter – my youngest child. "As I write this I am thinking of all of the fun times we spent together and the massive void that I will live with forever. My son and I watched the house burn down, as we stood there helpless. It goes without saying that our lives will never be the …
NJ Murder Victim, 21, Killed As Puppy Tried Protecting Her, Campaign Says NJ Murder Victim, 21, Killed As Puppy Tried Protecting Her, Campaign Says
NJ Murder Victim, 21, Killed As Puppy Tried Protecting Her, Campaign Says The victim of a recent murder that rattled a small New Jersey town has been identified in various social media posts and by a campaign launched for her family as a 21-year-old animal lover. Amanda Pulver, of Hackettstown, was shot and killed on Thursday, June 27, the Warren County Prosecutor's Office said. Amanda's 8-month-old puppy, Dunkin, was also apparently killed. As reported by Daily Voice, the shooting happened that morning on Alphano Road in Independence Township. Later that day, Anthony Garvin, 34, of Netcong, was arrested in connection with the shooting in Berks County, …
Biden Is NJ-Bound: President Headed To Murphy's Mansion This Weekend After Weak Debate Biden Is NJ-Bound: President Headed To Murphy's Mansion This Weekend After Weak Debate
Biden Is Nj-bound: President Headed To Murphy's Mansion This Weekend After Weak Debate President Joe Biden is visiting New Jersey this weekend for a private campaign fundraiser at Gov. Phil Murphy’s mansion in Middletown, a source confirmed. The Saturday night event at Murphy and First Lady Tammy’s home is on despite a less than stellar performance in his debate with former Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday, June 27. The press will not be invited. Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know. But this election is still a choice between someone who has fought for ordinary folks his entire life and someone who only cares about himself. Between someone who tell…
Man, 30, Killed By Falling Tree During Backyard NJ BBQ, Authorities Say Man, 30, Killed By Falling Tree During Backyard NJ BBQ, Authorities Say
Man, 30, Killed By Falling Tree During Backyard NJ BBQ, Authorities Say Jose Angeles Lopez, a 30-year-old New Jersey man, was enjoying a barbecue in his backyard when he was killed by a falling tree on the evening of Wednesday, June 26, authorities. Lopez was having the barbecue at 105 N. Munn Ave. in East Orange, when the storm began at 8 p.m, East Orange Mayor Ted Green and the Department of Public Safety said.  #njmornings Storm related tragedy in #EastOrange after Juan Jose Angeles Lopez is killed by tree while in backyard with family on Wednesday. A father of three and his wife is 7 months pregnant. Go Fund Me has been set up. Story today on @News1…
Bicyclist, 47, Dies After Being Struck On Route 9W Bicyclist, 47, Dies After Being Struck On Route 9W
Bicyclist, 47, Dies After Being Struck On Route 9W Jake Kim, a 47-year-old Englewood resident was killed after his bicycle was truck by a vehicle on Wednesday morning, June 19, according to a fundraiser created to assist his family. As of Thursday, June 27, more than $12,000 has been raised.  "The famous 9W leaving from Fort Lee, will no longer feel the same without him," Jang won Woo, who organized the fundraiser said." Kim was struck by a Mercedes Sprinter Van at 9:50 a.m. at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs police said.  Kim was transported to Englewood Hospital and Medical Cen…
Boy Who Drowned On First Day Of NJ Summer Camp Defied Odds Since Birth, Campaign Says Boy Who Drowned On First Day Of NJ Summer Camp Defied Odds Since Birth, Campaign Says
Boy Who Drowned On First Day Of NJ Summer Camp Defied Odds Since Birth, Campaign Says The 6-year-old boy who died after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool at a South Jersey summer camp has been identified, authorities said. Michael Stewart was a rising first grader at the Lumberton Township School District, Superintendent Colleen Murray said in a letter to the community posted on the district's website. A GoFundMe campaign launched for his mother, Enjoli, said Michael drowned during free swim at Liberty Lake Day Camp in Mansfield Township. "Michael came into this world a fighter from the day he was born," reads the campaign launched by Kayla Ogletree. "He…
$62K Raised For NJ Mom Battling 'Cancer With No Real Cure' $62K Raised For NJ Mom Battling 'Cancer With No Real Cure'
$62K Raised For NJ Mom Battling 'Cancer With No Real Cure' Danielle Rolon was in remission for two months before her cancer came back, but worse. Rolon, a Somerville mom, was diagnosed with breast cancer triple negative breast cancer when her third child was four months old, she said on a GoFundMe page she launched for herself and her family. She underwent five months of weekly chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and 25 rounds of radiation. Then, Rolon underwent a clinical trial and her cancer went into remission but it was short- lived.  "I started to feel great and decided to get back to the gym," she writes. "After three days at the gy…
Bayonne Sports Icon Marty Reed Dies At 76 Bayonne Sports Icon Marty Reed Dies At 76
Bayonne Sports Icon Marty Reed Dies At 76 Marty Reed, a beloved institution in youth sports in Bayonne, died on Saturday, June 15, at the age of 76, according to his obituary on the Sweeney Funeral Home website. Reed was involved in youth sports for more than 60 years and was a "walking encyclopedia" who remembered every player from Little League and PAL basketball, going back to the 60s, his obituary reads.  He was a regular fixture at Little League games, working the scoreboard and telling stories, and at PAL basketball games, he always greeted people as they arrived, according to his obituary. Bayonne Legend Marty…
Teen Thought He Was Saving GF After Fiery NJ Crash — But Really She Was Saving Him Teen Thought He Was Saving GF After Fiery NJ Crash — But Really She Was Saving Him
Teen Thought He Was Saving GF After Fiery NJ Crash — But Really She Was Saving Him Jack Insinga was supposed to be graduating high school on June 18. Instead, he's in the hospital with third-degree burns on his legs, coming to terms with the loss of both feet. The 18-year-old Branchville resident, a senior at Sussex County Tech, was dropping his girlfriend at home just before 1 a.m., Monday, June 3, when he struck a guardrail on Sunrise Mountain Road in Sandyston, his mom, Gillian Insinga, tells Daily Voice. "He's not sure what happened," Insinga said. "He thinks something broke in his truck, because he couldn't slow down." The truck overturned, ejecting Jack, who …
NJ High School Hockey Player Collin Zavoda Dies, 15 NJ High School Hockey Player Collin Zavoda Dies, 15
NJ High School Hockey Player Collin Zavoda Dies, 15 Collin Zavoda, a 15-year-old student athlete at Bridgewater High School died unexpectedly on Monday, June 10, according to a campaign launched for his family. A native of Edison, Zavoda moved to Bridgewater in 2013 and was active in the community, playing baseball and hockey, his obituary on the Bridgewater Funeral Home website reads.  An avid hockey fan, Collin also worked as a hockey referee, according to his obituary and helped lead his club hockey team to a championship. The rising sophomore was also an active Boy Scout who enjoyed fishing, boating and skiing, his obituary rea…
Summit Police Officer Suffers Partial Blindness, Paralysis After Brain Surgery, Campaign Says Summit Police Officer Suffers Partial Blindness, Paralysis After Brain Surgery, Campaign Says
Summit Police Officer Suffers Partial Blindness, Paralysis After Brain Surgery, Campaign Says Brian Werthmann is in the fight for his life and the community is coming together to help. Werthmann, a sergeant in the Summit Police Department, recently underwent an 8-hour surgery to remove a large acoustic neuroma from his brain.  While surgeons were able to successfully remove the tumor from his brain, Werthmann has experienced complications including paralysis on the left side of his body, partial blindness and the inability to walk without assistance. A fundraiser has been created by the Summit PBA to assist Werthmann, his wife Cristina and their two daughters. As of Wedne…
Dad, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On NJ Turnpike: State Police Dad, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On NJ Turnpike: State Police
Dad, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On NJ Turnpike: State Police A 37-year-old Monmouth County motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark on Saturday June 8, authorities said. At 2:31 a.m. Ryan Schamlz, a Keyport resident, was opearting a Harley Davidson south on the ramp of the Turnpike by Interchange 14 when he crashed into an international truck hauling a utility trailer that was stopped on the access road at the intersection, Jeffrey Lebron, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said. Schmalz suffered fatal injuries, Lebron said. The crash remains under investigation, Lebron said.  I have no words right no…
3-Alarm Fire Leaves 15 People Displaced In Elizabeth 3-Alarm Fire Leaves 15 People Displaced In Elizabeth
3-Alarm Fire Leaves 15 People Displaced In Elizabeth Five families comprised of 15 people were displaced following a fire in an apartment building in Elizabeth on Friday, June 7, authorities said. At 4:15 p.m., firefighters responded to the building at 1035 Elizabeth Avenue, Ruby Contreras, a spokeswoman for the city said.  The heavy blaze necessitated firefighters to call a second and third alarm, requesting additional units to the scene, Contreras said.  No injuries were reported and the fire declared under control after two hours, Contreras said. Multiple fundraisers have been set up to assist those displaced by the blaze.&…
Collin Jimenez, Bartender With Linden Roots, Dies Suddenly At 27 Collin Jimenez, Bartender With Linden Roots, Dies Suddenly At 27
Collin Jimenez, Bartender With Linden Roots, Dies Suddenly At 27 Collin Jimenez, a Linden native, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 15, according to his obituary.  Born in New Brunswick, Jimenez lived in South River and Linden, graduating Linden High School in 2016, his obituary reads. He was manager for Bonefish Grill in East Brunswick and worked at 33's Tavern in South River as a bartender, according to his obituary. In his free time, Jimenez enjoyed playing video games and spending time with his family and friends, especially his daughter Emily, his obituary reads. A fundraiser has been set up to support Emily. As of Friday, May 24, more than …
'Miracle of Morristown:' How Woman Who Lost Leg After Being Struck By Train Saved Her Own Life 'Miracle of Morristown:' How Woman Who Lost Leg After Being Struck By Train Saved Her Own Life
'Miracle of Morristown:' How Woman Who Lost Leg After Being Struck By Train Saved Her Own Life Lisa Fitzgerald was two weeks shy of her birthday and commuting to New York when she lost her leg after being struck by train in Morristown on Saturday, May 4.  Fitzgerald was on the Morristown platform with the injury when responders arrived at the scene, just before 7:25 p.m., a spokesperson for NJ Transit said.  She saved her own life by pulling herself off the train tracks, onto the platform and screaming for help, according to a fundraiser set up to support Fitzgerald. Her supporters are calling it "The Miracle of Morristown." Fitzgerald was then rushed to the hospital …
Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says
Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says A 28-year-old Irvington resident was killed after she was struck by a vehicle in Maplewood on Monday, May 13, authorities said. At 9:10 a.m., Maria Ganzhi Zhao was struck by a vehicle on the 1400 block of Springfield Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.  Zhao, a native of Ecuador, was a single mother who is survived by her two daughters, Noemi, 7 and Genesis, 9 months, according to a fundraiser set up to support the family.  A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Mt. Alvarez Funeral Home in Newark from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., a…
Scotch Plains Dad, Coach Battling Brain Cancer Sees Overwhelming Support Scotch Plains Dad, Coach Battling Brain Cancer Sees Overwhelming Support
Scotch Plains Dad, Coach Battling Brain Cancer Sees Overwhelming Support Phil Orsini, a Union County dad, is in the fight of his life. But he won't do it alone. Orsini, of Scotch Plains, was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, brain cancer, last year. He had surgery at Morristown Medical Center and underwent nine months of treatments, according to a campaign launched for his fight.  Despite his diagnosis, Orsini continued to live his life, coaching youth softball and basketball, fishing, golfing, performing punk rock karaoke and spending time with his wife Jill, and his two daughters, Lena and Amelia. Dear Friends, Phil Orsini, a softball e…
Kevin McGrath, Ridgefield Park Resident, Dies At 62 Kevin McGrath, Ridgefield Park Resident, Dies At 62
Kevin McGrath, Ridgefield Park Resident, Dies At 62 Kevin McGrath, a Ridgefield Park resident died on Thursday, April 11, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary. Born in The Bronx, McGrath worked for Cardella Trucking in North Bergen, his obituary reads. In his free time, McGrath enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and listening to the Grateful Dead and bluegrass music while making repairs around the house, according to his obituary. The greatest guy," said one mourner on his tribute wall. "Kevin was always eager to help anyone. I remember him working so many hours to provide for his family. He always had a joke t…
Newark Rallies Around Families Displaced By Blaze Newark Rallies Around Families Displaced By Blaze
Newark Rallies Around Families Displaced By Blaze A three-alarm blaze in Newark on Monday, April 22 displaced 39 people. Now the community is coming together to lend a hand. At 6:59 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 576 Broadway, an occupied 3-story, multi-use, multi-family building, that also houses a supermarket and El Kiosko Restaurant and Grill, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Firefighters observed a heavy fire upon arrival, and immediately called a 2nd alarm, requesting additional firefighters to the scene, Fragé said. The fire extended to adjacent occupied buildings, including a liquor store with apartments ab…
Community Rallies To Save Orange Barbershop Community Rallies To Save Orange Barbershop
Community Rallies To Save Orange Barbershop Blade Barbershop has been an institution in Orange for over 20 years. Now the community is giving back. A fundraiser has been launched to help keep Blade Barbershop open, as its owner Eli Simmons, battles several health issues. As of Tuesday, April 23, more than $1,000 has been raised. Simmons is facing hip surgeries, leaving him unable to work behind the chair, his son, Eli Simmons, Jr. said. The financial burden has been become overwhelming, threatening the barbershop, the younger Eli said. "My father's commitment to his craft and his customers remains unwavering," Eli, Jr. said. "His ba…
Lauren Brecher, Longtime Teacher, Morris County Resident, Dies At 50 Lauren Brecher, Longtime Teacher, Morris County Resident, Dies At 50
Lauren Brecher, Longtime Teacher, Morris County Resident, Dies At 50 Lauren Brecher died on Friday, April 12 at Morristown Medical Center at the age of 50 after battling cancer, according to her obituary. Born in Massachusetts, she grew up in Oakland in Bergen County before moving to Lake Hiawatha in 1996, her obituary reads. Brecher was a longtime teacher at Suburban Hills School in Chester and later taught OLPH Early Childhood Center in Oakland, her obituary reads. I met Lauren in 10th grade gym class; she was a junior. We had exercise aerobics and we hid in the back both lazy and I... Posted by Deborah Butturini on Monday, April 15, 2024 "Those w…
Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom, 43, From NJ In PA: State Police Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom, 43, From NJ In PA: State Police
Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom, 43, From NJ In PA: State Police Molly Dowd, 43-year-old New Jersey mother, died Monday, April 1, the day after a deer jumped through the windshield of the car she was riding in on a Pennsylvania highway, according to her PA State Police and her obituary on the Dangler Funeral Home website. Dowd was a passenger in the vehicle operated by Michael Bird on I-276 east when a deer crossed the westbound lanes, jumped over the center concrete barrier and onto the hood of the vehicle at 6:25 p.m. March 31 in Lower Southampton, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. The deer came crashing through the windshield, seriousl…
John Dabrowski, Bayonne Salon Owner, Dies At 57 John Dabrowski, Bayonne Salon Owner, Dies At 57
John Dabrowski, Bayonne Salon Owner, Dies At 57 John Dabrowski, a Branchburg resident and Bayonne resident, died on Monday, April 8, at the age of 57, according to his obituary on the Stellato Funeral Home website. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Dabrowski worked as an IT consultant before making a career transition and becoming co-owner of About You Salon in Bayonne, his obituary reads. In his free time, Dabrowski was a history buff who enjoyed watching documentaries and was a movie buff who could quote lines and discuss trivia, according to his obituary. https://www.stellatofuneralhomes.com/obituaries/john-da…
Investment Banking Frat VP From NJ Found Dead On College Campus Was 'Team Player' Investment Banking Frat VP From NJ Found Dead On College Campus Was 'Team Player'
Investment Banking Frat VP From NJ Found Dead On College Campus Was 'Team Player' Services have been finalized for Christian Samay, a New Jersey native, who died while attending Bucknell University on Saturday, March 30 at 22 years old, as previously reported by Daily Voice. Samay, a political science major, was active in the Phi Gama Delta fraternity where he was elected vice president and treasurer his junior year, according to his obituary on the Norma Dean Funeral Home website. In the summers, he worked as an investment banker, his obit says.  Growing up in Mountain Lakes, Christian played lacrosse and soccer: "He was the consummate team player, a loya…
BF Killed, GF Survives Hit-And-Run Valentine's Day Nutley Crash, Fundraiser Says BF Killed, GF Survives Hit-And-Run Valentine's Day Nutley Crash, Fundraiser Says
BF Killed, GF Survives Hit-And-Run Valentine's Day Nutley Crash, Fundraiser Says Jocelyn Pietri was walking hand in hand with her boyfriend, Wiston Perlaza, on Valentine's Day in Nutley when they were struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Perlaza died from his injuries while Pietri suffered serious injuries and has been in a hospital and rehabilitation facility.  A fundraiser has been launched to support Pietri and her family with the financial burden of caring for her expenses, including a wheelchair and travel expenses for Pietri's family. Dhkir Robinson, 42, was arrested and hit with numerous charges including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death; …
Geromy Bonilla, Elizabeth Resident, Dies At 30 Geromy Bonilla, Elizabeth Resident, Dies At 30
Geromy Bonilla, Elizabeth Resident, Dies At 30 Geromy Bonilla, a 30-year-old Elizabeth resident, died on Friday, March 15 at the age of 30, according to his obituary. A fundraiser has been set up to support Bonilla's family and to assist with funeral expenses. As of Tuesday, March 19, almost $9,000 has been raised.  "In this time of immense grief, we find solace in the prayers and support from our dear family and friends," Jennifer Martinez, who organized the fundraiser said. "Your compassion will forever be etched in our hearts, just as Geromy's love will forever illuminate our lives." Bonilla is survived by father, Dulce, his ch…
Morris County Teacher, Mom Cheryl Granito Dies After Breast Cancer Battle Morris County Teacher, Mom Cheryl Granito Dies After Breast Cancer Battle
Morris County Teacher, Mom Cheryl Granito Dies After Breast Cancer Battle Cheryl Granito, a teacher in Morris County, died on Sunday, March 10, after battling metastatic breast cancer, according to her obituary. Born in Toronto, Granito moved to Chatham and grew up in Madison, graduating from Madison High School, her obituary reads.  Graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, she met her husband Mark in 2002, and the two married in 2008 before settling in Denville, according to her obituary. This is unbelievably heartbreaking 😢 💔 Cheryl was a teacher at the boys’ elementary school. She was also a Denville... Posted by Charlene Scott on&nbs…
Summit Supports 'Superhero Sam's' Fight Against Leukemia Summit Supports 'Superhero Sam's' Fight Against Leukemia
Summit Supports 'Superhero Sam's' Fight Against Leukemia Sam Davydov is just five years old, but is already in the fight of his life. The Summit five-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last week, right before his sixth birthday. A fundraiser has been created to assist his family with the financial burden of treatment and allow his parents, Yan and Katie to take time off work to be by his side. As of Monday, March 4, more than $95,000 has been raised.  Please pray for our little superhero, Sam Davydov, a kindergarten student in my class. Sam has the most loving parents,... Posted by Alissa Mauro Rust on Friday, …