Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:18:45 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Undocumented Border Children Heading to New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/undocumented-border-children-heading-to-new-jersey christieGO72614_optBY BOB HOLT

The numbers of immigrant children crossing United States borders have increased by alarming levels over the past few years. And many of them are going to New Jersey.

Immigrant children landing with sponsors in New Jersey is among the highest in the country.

According to an Associated Press report in the Washington Times, Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families figures revealed that out of 30,340 children being placed across the U. S. between January 1 and July 7, 1,504 unaccompanied children came to New Jersey. Texas had the most placements at 4,280.

Governor Chris Christie said he would consider accepting the children based on each case. “We'll take every request that comes based on its merits and make those decisions," Christie said, according to CNN. He said he didn’t want to encourage border crossings but "we are an empathetic people in this country and we don't like seeing people suffer."

frontpage Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:11:28 +0000
NJ drops in rankings as suitable state to raise children despite strong grade for education http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/nj-drops-in-rankings-as-suitable-state-to-raise-children-despite-strong-grade-for-education childrenplaying_optBY MARY MARSHALL

New Jersey recently dropped in the rankings for best state to raise children in. The Garden state fell from fifth place to eighth in the newest report listed in the 25th annual edition of the Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday.

According to app.com, this is the third year in a row that NJ has slipped in the rankings released yearly by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The yearly data book states that children’s overall well-being is evaluated on the basis of four factors: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

The highest-ranking states according to the list were Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire. The states at the bottom of the list were Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi.

New Jersey came in second in the education category; this is one of the main reasons that kept the state steadily in the top 10. According to nj.com, 62 percent of New Jerseyans have their children enrolled in preschool while 87 percent of students are graduating high school on time. These statistics put NJ just behind Massachusetts in the education ranking.

frontpage Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:06:15 +0000
Jersey City Now Has Grillgate http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/jersey-city-now-has-grillgate jerseycitydpw_optBY BOB HOLT

It apparently never occurred to Jersey City Department of Public Works head Michael Razzoli to use a propane tank for his barbecuing.

Razzoli, who has a private balcony at his office, reportedly wanted to add a few extras for the summer.

NJ.com reported that plans for the new DPW complex included a gas line leading from the boiler room to Razzoli’s third-floor office to be used for a private barbecue grill. An architect questioned the gas line to officials, saying it was very expensive and not up to fire code standards.

Razzoli also wanted a water line for his office, according to NJ.com. Jersey City assistant business administrator Greg Corrado put a stop to those plans, and the city has taken away some of Razzoli’s power.

NJ.com reported that Jersey City’s architecture, engineering, traffic and transportation department decisions were taken away from Razzoli, and he would no longer have the last word on construction changes to the DPW complex.

frontpage Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:27:15 +0000
Ramsey prostitution spa took year to bust http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/ramsey-prostitution-spa-took-year-to-bust 72614RamseyNJ_optBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY

RAMSEY — The Ion Spa owner, Shunfu Jin, was arrested Friday night for owning, controlling and managing a house of prostitution.

Ion Spa is located at 875 Route 17 South in the Lincoln Plaza shopping center.

Nj.com reports that an undercover sting at the spa led to the arrests of its owner and a massage therapist on prostitution charges. The masseuse, Shounan Piao, 47, solicited an undercover officer posing as a client during a visit to the spa.

Jin, 44, and Piao were arrested immediately. Piao and another therapist, Yingua Zhao, were issued summonses. Zhao was unlicensed, according to cliffviewpilot.com.

The arrests came after an almost year-long investigation and complaints about prostitution at the Lincoln Plaza business.

frontpage Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:37:07 +0000
Teen gets 232 teeth pulled with chisel and hammer http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/teen-gets-232-teeth-pulled-with-chisel-and-hammer teethpulled_optBY KRISTEN LAULETTI

A teen boy from India had 232 teeth removed as a result of a benign tumor growing in his mouth.

According to The Washington Post, when the boy, 17-year-old Ashik Gavai, was experiencing growth in his mouth causing a swollen right cheek, his parents sought out a doctor.

According to CNN.com, Gavai, underwent the procedure at JJ Hospital in Mumbai lasting six hours in order to get out “232 denticles – abnormal teeth-like growth.”

CNN reports that the reason the surgery had to be done at JJ Hospital was because the doctors of the village near Gavai’s home in Buldhana District were not able to do the procedure.

CNN.com also reports that Gavai’s doctors say that despite Gavai not noticing the abnormal growth until a month ago, the “denticles” actually began forming when he was the age of 6.

frontpage Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:20:06 +0000
Chris Christie helping Gov. Cuomo in New York http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/chris-christie-helping-gov-cuomo-in-new-york 72514ChristieBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY

Gov. Chris Christie was campaigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in Connecticut, stating that it is unlikely that he will be supporting the Republican hoping to oust New York’s Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Nj.com reports that the Sienna College polls show that Cuomo holds a 37 percentage-point lead among likely voters over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Cuomo led Astorino 60 percent to 23 percent.

Christie stated that he “will spend time in places where we have a chance to win.” Christie sees New York as a lost cause and chooses to pull his resources into areas that stand a fighting chance. “If the New York race becomes competitive, I’ll consider campaigning in the New York race. But right now, by the public polls, there’s a lot more competitive races like this one in Connecticut.”

frontpage Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:01:40 +0000
UPDATE: Tornado kills Jersey City parents at campground, leaving their three children http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/update-tornado-kills-jersey-city-parents-at-campground-leaving-their-three-children tornado_optBY KRISTEN LAULETTI

While camping in Virginia, a couple from Jersey City was killed in their tent by a tree that fell as a result of a tornado.

According to philly.com, the couple has been identified as Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega. The two 38-year-olds were camping with their children at Cherrystone Campground.

According to CBS New York, Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State police, said, “Their 13-year-old son was in a neighboring tent. A tree fell on that tent,” and, “He was one of three transported to King’s Daughters hospital. He has life-threatening injuries.”

CBS New York also reports that the couple had two other children – a 6-year-old and an 11-year-old and both were also hospitalized according to Dave Carlin of CBS 2.

Nj.com reports that Geller said about three dozen other people at the campground were also injured “from cuts to broken bones to more serious.”

According to CBS New York, The National Weather Service had “issued a tornado warning for the area around 9 a.m.”

According to nj.com, Joe Colony, who had been coming to the campsite for 30 years, said, “All hell broke loose,” and “"We got an emergency message on a cellphone and within 30 seconds, the thing hit and it blew down 40, 50 trees in the park.”

frontpage Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:00:53 +0000
StubHub Scam Went Through New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/international/stubhub-scam-went-through-new-jersey petryszyn72514_optBY BOB HOLT

The story of two Russian hackers who obtained information from StubHub ticket accounts took a turn through Kearny along the way.

Vadim Polyakov and Nikolay Matveyehuk are accused of hacking into 1,600 StubHub accounts and buying about 3,500 tickets.

According to NJ.com, the hackers then emailed the tickets to Daniel Petryszyn and Bryan Caputo of Kearny, who resold them and laundered the money they received into several other accounts. StubHub and their customers were defrauded of $1.6 million in the ring.

The New York Times reported that the two Kearny men were charged with reselling tickets and laundering money into a number of PayPal accounts, and accounts in Germany and Britain.

frontpage Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:56:35 +0000
People not deterred from living in unhappiest cities of U.S. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/people-not-deterred-from-living-in-unhappiest-cities-of-us unhappyperson_optBY KRISTEN LAULETTI

A new report shows just about the unhappiest places you can live in the U.S., yet studies show people are still willing to live there.

According to UBC News, researchers at both the University of British Columbia and Harvard analyzed the happiest and least happy areas of the country, as well as how happiness compares to other deciding factors in whether to move to a new city.

According to ScienceDaily, a survey asked people about their “satisfaction with life.” The results concluded that people might put money (higher salaries and lower housing payments) above their own happiness.

According to UBC News, Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, said, "Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness,” and that "This means that researchers and policy-makers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective."

frontpage Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:20:03 +0000
Family Tradition Pays off in Ocean County with 14M Pick-6 Lottery Cash Prize http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/family-tradition-pays-off-in-ocean-county-with-14m-pick-6-lottery-cash-prize money_opt_copyBY MARY MARSHALL

It was a one in almost 14,000,000 shot, but Ocean County, New Jersey-native Sigrid Endreson defied the odds with the winning numbers in a $1 dollar Pick-6 Lottery ticket on Thursday, winning over $20 million dollars.

What will she do next? Endreson plans on sharing the cash prize with her 16 other siblings. According to CNN, the Endresons plan on taking the lump sum payment of $14 million dollars, which will amount to around $10 million after taxes.

Sigrid Endreson said she unknowingly purchased the winning ticket before checking on a machine at Grand Union, according to nj.com.

She said: "One ticket said: 'See your cashier,'" she said. "Then I waited in line. ... I thought I was a criminal. Then I started to cry and I called my sister to come and get me. She (asked what happened) and I said 'I think I won the lottery.' And that was it," according to nj.com.

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