In Memoriam

Jack Hummel, a former writer and editor for the Bridgeton Evening News, passed away on January 14 following an extended illness.  He was 77. Raymond Eckel, Jr., who served on the Oradell councilman, died on January 13.  He was 86.  A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as council president and acting mayor. Michael Mariniello, a former chief finance officer for Teaneck, died on January 16.  He was 77. Bette Kelly,

Timberlake calls for Murphy to sign police-related death bill

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake is calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign into law a bill that would require an independent investigation whenever a person dies in police custody or during an encounter with law enforcement personnel following the death of a 27-year-old Paterson resident. Jameek Lowery died from meningitis on Jan. 7. Prior to his death, he was denied water and allegedly restrained by Paterson police. Lowrey told police he

Christie won’t attend State of the State

Former Gov. Chris Christie will not attend Gov. Phil Murphy’s first State of the State address. One of the traditions of the State of the State is the presence of former governors in the front row.  Some have been more regular in attendance than others.  Brendan Byrne rarely missed them.  Christine Todd Whitman hardly ever attends. Former acting Gov. John O. Bennett III, who served for 84 hours in 2002,