New Jersey News

Friday, June 22, 2018

Wreath Placed in Perth Amboy for 9 Firefighters in 1921 Horrific Accident

On June 15, 1921, the Eagle Engine Company was responding to a fire and had to cross the railroad tracks on Second and Market Streets. (At that time the train tracks were even with the street) The Fire Engine was struck by a locomotive causing the death of 9 firefighters. This was the largest line of duty deaths in the history in the State of New Jersey. The Perth Amboy Fire Department hopes to commemorate this spot with a memorial plaque at Market and Second Streets and at the Perth Amboy Train Station. On Friday, June 15, 2018, the PAFD watched as Mayor Wilda Diaz and Council President Petrick laid a wreath honoring these fire firefighters killed in this horrific train accident. Also in attendance was Councilman Irizarry. The 1921 Memorial Committee will be accepting donations, no matter how large or small, to help pay for the final plaque.
Amboy Guardian

NJ lawmakers once again moving quickly to boost pensions for some of their own

New Jersey lawmakers are rushing ahead with a bill that would boost retirement benefits for their colleagues as they plan votes on a budget that likely means a state government shutdown, all while the pension system remains one of the nation's most troubled. Who would get the pension perk is not exactly clear. How much they get and how much it would ultimately cost taxpayers are also questions lawmakers are not answering. If they do go ahead with the pension boost, it would be the second time this year that lawmakers agreed to increase benefits for one of their own. The proposed bill would be an extension, lawmakers say, of a measure signed earlier this year by former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, which seemed to primarily benefit his ally and former Camden Mayor Dana Redd, a Democrat. Under the proposed measure, which was advanced by the Assembly budget committee Monday, an elected official could submit a written request to re-enroll for Public Employee Retirement System benefits if the official had been removed from the system as a result of a 2007 law.
Morris County Daily Record

Westville Brewery opens doors at former firehouse

If you love history, you can’t step up to Westville Brewery without feeling a little giddy. The big garage door beside the town’s iconic sidewalk clock on Broadway offers windows resembling portholes that allow you to peek inside at South Jersey’s newest brewery. It’s clear this space was once a firehouse, or rather, half of a firehouse — the portion that housed a ladder truck for the former Westville North Station. When two fire companies within the borough consolidated to form one new unit in the late '80s, everything was relocated to the South Station, on Olive and Broadway. Before the brewery's partners converted the space, this portion of the building was vacant for some time. Before that, it had been used as offices for a fruit arrangement business, but the throw-back garage door was left tucked against the ceiling when the space was subdivided into offices.
Vineland Daily Journal & Hammonton News

Thursday, June 21, 2018

4 vehicles damaged in Stafford parking lot fire

Four vehicles erupted in flames in the parking lot of the Southern Ocean Medical Center Health Village in the Manahawkin section of the township Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Township police arrived in the parking lot shortly after 2 p.m. after receiving a report of a vehicle fire. Officers found four vehicles "engulfed in flames" in the parking lot next to the main entrance of the building, according to a news release from Stafford Police Lt. James Vaughn. The fires were quickly extinguished by firefighters from Stafford and Barnegat. Stafford Township EMS also responded to the fire. No one was injured in the incident and the damaged vehicles were later taken out of the lot, Vaughn wrote. The Stafford Township Bureau of Fire Prevention is investigating the blaze.
Asbury Park Press

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