New Jersey News

Friday, March 22, 2019

Program to explore Williamson fire company’s 100-year history

The Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society will travel to the East Williamson Fire Department, 6329 E. Townline Road, to learn about the nearly 100-year-old company at 7 p.m. on April 3. Housed in what was once a Williamson school house, firefighter and historian Gary Dick will trace the history of the organization and the school. Attendees will hear from former students and learn about the EWFD Serviceman’s Board. The free program will feature input from firefighters Chuck Brust, Ron Buerman and Don Holcomb.
Wayne Post

Crest Fire Company receives grant from The Wawa Foundation

The Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Volunteer Fire Company has received a $2,500 grant from The Wawa Foundation to support the company’s emergency services efforts. According to Wildwood Crest Fire Chief Ron Harwood, the grant money will be used to help purchase new fire gear, maintain existing fire apparatus, upgrading equipment and replace 15-year-old self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs. The Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Company applied for the grant online earlier this year. According to its website, The Wawa Foundation is a registered non-profit corporation founded by Wawa, Inc., that supports organizations committed to championing life-saving research and care for people in need, leading hunger-relief efforts and supporting the heroes making a difference every day.
Cape May County Herald

Harrison: 3 charged in drug mill linked to dozens of overdoses, deaths

VIDEO: Three men stand accused of running a drug mill that allegedly sold heroin and fentanyl stamped with "brands" linked to dozens of overdoses, including 84 deaths. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the arrests Thursday. He estimated that the drug mill, set up in a luxury apartment in Harrison, supplied 15,000 doses of fentanyl and heroin per day. Authorities say the operation was run by 45-year-old Timothy Guest, of Irvington, along with at least two associates, 27-year-old William Woodley, of Belleville, and 25-year-old Selionel Orama, of Cedar Grove. All three face numerous drug possession counts and a charge of maintaining a narcotics production facility. Authorities say the mill has been linked to 227 overdoses. They say about 32,500 individual doses and four kilos of fentanyl and heroin have been seized.
ABC7 New York

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Fighting fire, donating goats: two Monmouth County teens’ innovative service projects

They are ambitious Monmouth County teenagers, trying to make the world a better place. They’re doing it in unconventional fashion. Meet Ciara DiMaiolo and Presley Ferullo, who defy any stereotypes you may have about their generation. DiMaiolo, a junior at Howell High School, has earned the Congressional Award gold medal for completing 400 hours of community service and other initiatives. Much of her service was performed at Robertsville Fire Company in Marlboro, where she continues to volunteer. Ferullo, a sophomore at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, raised $1,300 to donate a herd of goats to a family in Kenya and is a candidate for her school’s Christian Service Recognition Award.
Asbury Park Press

Follow-up: Stillwater acquires former Swartswood firehouse

The Township Committee unanimously voted to enact an ordinance to acquire the now-defunct Swartswood Volunteer Fire Department's firehouse and cell tower lease -- concluding a three-year ordeal that involved the closure of the fire department, the arrest of two members and the recent disposition of their cases. The township will now acquire the former firehouse building, located on roughly two acres on Swartswood Road. Discussions about the building's use have been kicked around among committee members; among the ideas were moving fire equipment to the building to cover fires in that area and using it as a community center. Mayor Lisa Chammings said the revenue from the cell tower has yet to be disclosed to the township pending a contract that the township had not signed, awaiting the enactment of the ordinance. She said she believes it garnered about $2,500 a month to the Swartswood Fire Department.
New Jersey Herald

No injuries in Glen Ridge house fire

No one was injured but a family was left displaced after a Wednesday night fire on Hawthorne Avenue. The fire started shortly before 8:30 p.m. and left extensive damage on the third floor, Montclair Fire Chief John Herrmann said. "When our guys arrived there were flames coming out the left side of the house," Herrmann said. "Our firefighters got in there quick, got it out really fast but it was in the walls." The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Herrmann said. The rest of the house also had water damage.
North (Bergen County Record & Herald News)

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