Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:34:53 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb NJ Man With Cancer Gets Last Laugh in Viral Obit http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/nj-man-with-cancer-gets-last-laugh-in-viral-obit HotTopicslogo_optBY BOB HOLT

According to his obituary, Westwood native Jeffrey Albert Rieck never wanted nothing from nobody.

Except the opportunity to write the obituary by himself.

Before he died of pancreatic cancer, Jeffrey Rieck wrote his own obituary, to be sent to the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. The paper turned down Rieck’s obit.

Perhaps it was because of the ways Rieck described his family. According to NorthJersey.com, he described his sons as Jeffrey "no sense of humor" Rieck and John "free is for me" Rieck. His sister Susan Nester was called "good for nothing but beloved.”

Regarding the obituary, son Jeffrey Rieck commented, according to NorthJersey.com,  “It could be seen as poor taste. But they were his words. My father cursed like a sailor, so I had to remove the obscenities.”

The Herald-Record ran a scaled down version of the obituary.

Susan Nester had no problem with her name. Jeff Rieck’s son said he learned one thing from his father, according to NorthJersey.com: Even when things are grimmest, try to smile.

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Should God Save Gambling in New Jersey? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/should-god-save-gambling-in-new-jersey god82114_optBY BOB HOLT

A lot of Hollywood stars and professional athletes thank God when they win awards or sports championships.

If God does preside over such decisions, is there a chance that He would help the casino workers in Atlantic City who are about to lose their jobs?

The workers hope so. A rally and prayer service was organized for displaced workers from the casinos that will be shutting down within a month.

"We're praying for God to open new doors to them,” Reverend Eric McCoy, president of the Atlantic City Fellowship of Churches said, according to an Associated Press report on WPVI. "He had plans for us before casinos existed, and he'll have plans for us after they're gone."

Philly.com reported that on Wednesday at about 6:30, clergy members led a march of about 400 Unite Here Local 54 members from the Revel and Showboat casino hotels on the Boardwalk to the New Shiloh Baptist Church on Atlantic Avenue.

The AP report on WPVI says that Revel and the Showboat have been given final closure notices by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Showboat will be closing Sunday August 31, while Revel shuts its doors September 2. The Trump Plaza is slated to close on September 16.

Philly.com reports that about 6,400 casino employees will lose their jobs from the closings. Revel has about 3,200 workers, the Showboat has 2,133, and the Trump Plaza employs 1,100.

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Monmouth football has positive and teachable moments in first scrimmage http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/monmouth-football-has-positive-and-teachable-moments-in-first-scrimmage callahankevin81414_optBY JEREMY SCHILLING

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Scrimmages are about opportunities and this past Saturday at Kessler Field was no different for Monmouth football.

For head coach Kevin Callahan, those opportunities presented some positive and negative outcomes.

“I think we got a lot of plays in,” Callahan said. “We were just around 120 plays, which was good. We got to see everybody out here to show what they can do a little bit…I think for me, while we’re making progress and I’m happy with our effort we still have a long way to go. First of all, our play wasn’t as tight as I would like to be. It was a little too sloppy for me. We had 13 or 14 penalties, and that’s what we would have over three over four games a year ago. That’s too many.”

He was also upset about the three turnovers and the big plays the defense gave up. Additionally, he noted that the team’s conditioning may not have quite been up to regular season levels, which can of course lead to tiring on long drives. One factor in that might be a cool summer that hasn’t created those grueling two-a-days we so often see in training camp.

For kicker Lucas Santangelo, it was his first time as the probable starting kicker, as he takes over for the now-graduated Eric Spillane, who holds most Monmouth kicking records. He had a solid day in field goals, kickoffs and extra points, though he knows he has things to work on.

“I could have done a lot better,” he said. “With the kicks that I did make, I hit them pretty well. With the kicks I didn’t hit, I definitely could have made some adjustments to help improve, but it happens.”

Kicking stats in scrimmages aren’t to be taken as gospel as protection and blocking personnel are being interchanged left and right, so some misses are the kicker’s fault while some aren’t. On a whole, however, Santangelo made many more field goals and extra points than he missed.

Meanwhile, middle linebacker Dan Sullivan is back after being away from the team for all of last season and his excitement is palpable.

“I was just very excited – excited to be back out here,” Sullivan noted. “I’m not nervous at all because I know I train so hard. There’s nothing to be nervous about. I come out here knowing that I train hard enough to be the strongest and fastest guy out here and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Also of note today was the use of the play clock, which Callahan said was in play for the first time all summer. It led to a number of delay of game penalties, but for in a way, according to him, that was a good thing.

“[It was about] just getting used to operating with a play clock -- when it’s 40 [seconds], when it’s 25, what stops it, what starts it – all of that,” Callahan said. “Getting into that routine is important. Everybody thinks it’s a 40 second clock, but there’s times on certain plays where it switches to 25 they’ve have to get accustomed to that. It’s part of the whole learning curve.”

Practice highlights included touchdowns by wide receivers Vinny Grasso and Thaddeus Richards, and running backs Michael Jolly and K.B. Asante. Noteworthy defensive plays included an interception by defensive back Nick Carroll.

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Revel Casino Lost Another $21K Off Roof of Truck http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/revel-casino-lost-another-21k-off-roof-of-truck revelresort021012_optBY BOB HOLT

Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City is just days from closing down, and it’s still dropping money faster than ever.

After an incident about two weeks ago, the struggling casino has about $21,000 less with which they can buy a break.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that a GardaWorld armored car services truck stopped at Revel the morning of August 6 for a cash pickup, and left a bag of cash on the roof of the truck’s rear driver’s side. Nearly $21,000 was reported to be missing.

According to surveillance video, the truck moved on to Resorts Casino for another pickup, and then left the area down Pennsylvania Avenue.

With the bag of cash still sitting on the roof. Where the bag disappeared to is unknown.

GardaWorld is investigating. Joe Gavaghan, director of corporate communications said, according to The Press of Atlantic City, “We are cooperating with the authorities in investigating this incident and cannot provide any additional details.”

frontpage Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:05:06 +0000
New Jersey’s Food Stamp Failure: Hundreds of Thousands of Struggling New Jerseyans Losing Nutritional Benefits http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/new-jerseys-food-stamp-failure-hundreds-of-thousands-of-struggling-new-jerseyans-losing-nutritional-benefits 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_copyBY JON WHITEN

New Jersey’s inadequate support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is resulting in the delay or the denial of critical food benefits to hundreds of thousands of struggling New Jerseyans and the potential loss of up to $500 million in federal funds annually, according to a report released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective.

The report finds that New Jersey is failing to serve hungry New Jerseyans who rely on SNAP in three major ways:

* The Christie administration has rejected “Heat and Eat” benefits, resulting in SNAP cuts to the most vulnerable.

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UPDATE: Freehold Crash http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-freehold-crash police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The Tuesday afternoon three-vehicle accident in Freehold that claimed the lives of three people has left another man in critical condition.

Monmouth County prosecutors are still investigating the accident, and looking for witnesses.

According to NBC New York, prosecutors are saying that a Volkswagen Jetta was going south on the Kosloski Road overpass at business Route 33 when it crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a Honda Pilot. The Pilot was driven into the air, and landed on a Toyota Camry.

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N.J. Buyer Beware: Consumer Guide to Buying Fall Concert, NFL Tickets Online http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/nj-buyer-beware-consumer-guide-to-buying-fall-concert-nfl-tickets-online ticket_optBY RYAN CARBAIN

MONTCLAIR – With many of the top recording artists on tour through the fall and the NFL season about to kickoff, the National Consumers League (NCL) in conjunction with the Consumers League of New Jersey (CLNJ) today released a “Practical Guide to Buying Live Event and Sports Tickets” to help fans navigate the often confusing and cumbersome process of buying tickets online.

Once as easy as going to the box office, stadium, or the local record store, buying tickets to live event and sporting events has become a maze of ticket websites, resellers, online classified ads, and street vendors all competing for consumer dollars.

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Ferguson Ugliness Spreads: Kansas City Cop Posts Photo Of Thug Holding Gun, Falsely Claims It's Michael Brown http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/ferguson-ugliness-spreads-kansas-city-cop-posts-photo-of-thug-holding-gun-falsely-claims-its-michael-brown Brownn_optBY MICHAEL HAYNE

You may recall dring the Trayvon Martin saga when Stormfront, a neo-nazi group, flagrantly twisted the perception of the murdered black Florida teenager in order to satisfy its ridiculously racist agenda. Stormfront circulated a photo of

what they claimed was Trayvon Martin looking all gangsta and very scary to nice, white block captains. Of course the photo was not of Trayon and Stormfront had egg all over their white hoods.

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Saga of an Atlantic County Hotel and Price Gouging http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/saga-of-an-atlantic-county-hotel-and-price-gouging CONSUMER_opt.pngBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

NEWARK – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that Amy Hotels, LLC, d/b/a “Econo Lodge” (“Amy Hotels”) in Egg Harbor Township, has agreed to pay $64,543.96 to resolve the State’s allegations that the hotel engaged in 545 instances of unlawful price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“New Jersey’s laws specifically prohibit price gouging for needed commodities during a declared state of emergency,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “This settlement, and the many other victories we have obtained against alleged Superstorm Sandy price-gougers, should deter other businesses from violating this law in the future.”

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Why The Militarized Police Response In Ferguson Should Matter To You And Your N.J. Town http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/why-the-militarized-police-response-in-ferguson-should-matter-to-you-and-your-nj-town police_opt-2BY MICHAEL HAYNE

If you've been watching the 24-7 horror fest that is the news as of late, you may not be able to tell the difference between what's war-torn Gaza in Israel and what's a small Midwestern town in Missouri. The small town of Ferguson, Missouri got international focus after its local police responded to week long protests of the Michael Brown shooting as though it was Al-queda in the streets. Police shot of tear gas, rubber bullets, and rolled around in heavily-armored MRAVs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Armored Vehicles) like they were marines seeking out brutally violent Taliban in Afghanistan. Worse yet, the police force employed Gestapo tactics when they brazenly (and unconstitutionally) placed two journalists under arrest who were charging their equipment in an area McDonalds.

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