Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:58:50 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Tick Tock Diner Murder Plot Ends With Prison http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/tick-tock-diner-murder-plot-ends-with-prison JAIL_opt-1_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The former manager of Clifton’s Tick Tock Diner has said he didn’t believe he was getting enough money from the restaurant co-owned by his uncle.

So Georgios Spyropoulos went to extreme lengths to get money from Alexandros Sgourdos, and now will be paying a severe price for it.

NJ.com reported that Spyropoulos received an 8-year jail sentence on Friday for conspiring to hire a hit man to kill his uncle. A letter from Sgourdos read, “He has still managed to manipulate his family into believing he is a victim and we are to blame.”

Spyropoulos pleaded guilty to planning Sgourdos’ murder in July.

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Keeping the Port Authority Accountable: Transparency Act Advances http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/international/keeping-the-port-authority-accountable-transparency-act-advances HotTopics_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TRISH GRABER

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to impose comprehensive transparency and accountability standards at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was approved unanimously yesterday by a Senate Committee.

The original law creating the Port Authority was enacted in 1921 and there has been little change since that time. The legislators’ bill, to provide for a systemic overhaul of the agency, represents the first major bi-state reform effort for the port authority since the George Washington Bridge lane closings a year ago. An identical bill passed both houses of the New York Legislature unanimously in June. Since the Port Authority is a bi-state authority, identical legislation must be passed and enacted in both states before it can take effect. With today’s action, the bill (S2181/A3147) next heads to the full New Jersey Senate.

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This is Where I leave You: A Grieving Family Finds that Mourning Becomes Them Well http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/this-is-where-i-leave-you-a-grieving-family-finds-that-mourning-becomes-them-well leaveyou_optBY NANCY R. MANDELL

There are so many familiar faces in the film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-seller THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU that it’s easy to believe you’ve walked in on a family you already know. That sense of déjà vu keeps this movie and its talented ensemble cast from delivering much in the way of surprises. But it makes for an entertaining hour and three-quarters and provides a nostalgic reminder of the zany family sagas that were once a Hollywood staple.

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Powerball Winning Numbers for Saturday, September 20, 2014 Worth $196 Million http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/powerball-winning-numbers-for-saturday-september-20-2014-worth-196-million powerballticket_optBY BOB HOLT

Another day, another Powerball drawing going by without a jackpot winner.

The last time Powerball reached its current level was on June 11, when a player from Tennessee won a $259,800,000 jackpot.

The eleventh consecutive drawing without a top prize winner means the Powerball top prize is continuing to shoot skyward. According to the game’s website, the annuity jackpot for the next Powerball drawing on Saturday, September 20 now checks in at an estimated $196 million. The lump sum payout will now be $116.9 million. The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday September 17 were 18, 25, 36, 48, and 50. The Powerball was 27.

We’re seeing more second tier winners as the jackpot continues to climb. According to USA Mega, 6 tickets matched the first 5 numbers without getting the Powerball to win $1 million. The tickets were purchased in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri.

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Climate Change March a Monumental Event http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/science-updates/climate-change-march-a-monumental-event climate_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

They’ll be talking climate at the United Nations next week, but a whole lot of people will let their voices be heard regarding global warming this Sunday.

The People’s Climate March, beginning at 11:30 Sunday morning in New York City, is expected to bring a large group from New Jersey.

As many as 5,000 people from New Jersey are expected to march. NorthJersey.com reports that environmental groups from the state have chartered 30 buses. David Pringle of Clean Water Action said, “True clean renewable energy like solar, wind and water are cheaper and safer than fossil fuels.”

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Getting Ripped Off by Coin Exchange Machines? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/getting-ripped-off-by-coin-exchange-machines diegnan_opt_copyBY COLLEEN ROACHE

TRENTON – Legislation Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Vice-Chair Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. sponsored to require coin redemption machines to disclose fees received panel approval yesterday.

The bill (A-1462) would prohibit operators of machines that sort and count a consumer’s coins and provide cash in exchange from charging a fee for the service unless a notice advertising the fee is prominently posted on the machine. The legislation also would require a notice to be posted if coins cannot be refunded once deposited.

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NJ Politician Finds Mooning Can Come Back to Haunt You http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-politician-finds-mooning-can-come-back-to-haunt-you oops2_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT

Former South Plainfield Borough Council Democratic Council candidate Joseph Sorrentino may need to stay out of diners.

Two incidents at Sherban’s Diner in the community a few years back have turned Sorrentino into a former candidate.

The Alternative Press reported that Sorrentino was arrested on disorderly conduct charges in September 2007 after mooning a woman and her daughter, and calling them “sluts.” After police arrived, they found Sorrentino with his pants down yelling the N word into the diner. In 2008 at Sherban’s, two women called police accusing Sorrentino and his brother of calling them dykes, and threatening to hit one of them.

Joseph Sorrentino is a teacher in the Rahway School District, according to NJ.com. Superintendent Edward Yergalonis said, "I’m extremely troubled by it.  I can assure you that our Board of Education and each of our schools takes this type of instance seriously." Sorrentino was hired in 2009.

Sorrentino announced that he was dropping out of the race for South Plainfield Council in a statement. "Seven years ago, as a young man, I made a stupid mistake, but I learned from it," Sorrentino said, according to mycentraljersey.com. "I regret what happened, and I have worked every single day to prove that I am not the man that the report says.”

Borough Republicans released Sorrentino’s police reports to media through the Open Public Records Act. His running mates backed him up with their own statement. Candidate for mayor Chrissy Buteas and council candidate Joe Lambert said, according to mycentraljersey.com, "This in no way reflects on the Joe Sorrentino we know today as a dedicated teacher and coach, and positive influence on the lives of everyone around him.”

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Columbia High School Teacher Charged with Sexually Assaulting Students http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/columbia-high-school-teacher-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-students police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY KATHERINE CARTER

NEWARK –  A teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood was arrested yesterday and charged with sexually assaulting three students.

Nicole Dufault, 34, of Caldwell, was arrested last night at her home. She was charged yesterday with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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'Love Letters' Broadway Review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Co-Star As Classy Correspondents http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/love-letters-broadway-review-mia-farrow-and-brian-dennehy-co-star-as-classy-correspondents mia_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

Many dedicated theatergoers are likely to have seen “Love Letters” at some point since A.R. Gurney’s play arrived in 1988. A cunning little character study of a privileged class, “Love Letters” is frequently produced and rightly so.

The play’s minimal requirements – two veteran actors seated at a table read their texts aloud upon an otherwise empty stage – have made it a mortgage lifter for many a theater company. Especially when bona fide stars or local dignitaries appear in the show.

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'Almost Home' Off Broadway Review: Look What Crawled Out of the Kitchen Sink http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/almost-home-off-broadway-review-look-what-crawled-out-of-the-kitchen-sink almost_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

With its squabbling working class characters, Bronx color and mid-20th century period, “Almost Home” suggests the first act of a domestic drama by Paddy Chayefsky. The author here is Walter Anderson, the former publisher-editor of Parade Magazine, and unfortunately he proves to be no Paddy Chayefsky.

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