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Rahway Woodworker Elevates Everyday Items

Woodworker Justin Bailey loves the outdoors, and it shows. Before a cutting board, saltbox or cracker tray leaves his Rahway garage turned woodshop, it’s stamped with his self-designed Campfire Woodworks logo—a flame fueled by a hammer and saw. “When I moved to New Jersey four years ago, I...
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Attempted murder for brutal HB beating that left woman without vision

The man allegedly captured on film brutally beating a woman at a Howard Beach subway station, causing her to lose vision in one eye, has been indicted on attempted murder and assault charges, facing up to 25 years if convicted. “We have had enough,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz...

We may have found the best empanadas in NJ

One good thing about growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Union City that turned Hispanic was the food. Especially the empanadas. If you're looking for the best empanadas look no further than Latin Bites in Manalapan. Latin Bites has been in business since 2018 and serves Puerto Rican and...

Car crashes into commercial building, sparking fire in Springfield, N.J.

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - A car crashed into a commercial building in Springfield Friday morning. Chopper 2 flew over Springfield Avenue. The car had been pulled free and tire tracks were visible on the pavement. The car apparently hit a cinderblock wall and struck a gas line. There was a brief fire and some windows on the building were cracked. So far there has been no word on injuries.

Sign honoring Jennifer Metzger removed by NJDOT

Colonia High School’s student, Jennifer Metzger, passed away May 14, 2009 in a fatal car crash as a result of speeding. The Metzger family put up a sign on Route 9 in Woodbridge, New Jersey where the crash occurred following the accident. The sign has been there for over ten years. It has recently come down by way of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Woman, 25, Gunned Down In Broad Daylight In Newark

A 25-year-old East Orange woman was shot dead in Newark earlier this week, authorities said. Juan Sharonda Fonrose was found having suffered gunshot wounds on the 400 block of Central Avenue around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II said. She was taken...

Hurricane Ian downgraded as it moves out to sea, swamps NYC region

Hurricane Ian has mostly moved out to sea after cutting a deadly path across Cuba, Florida and parts of South Carolina earlier this week, but heavy rain from the remnants of the storm will continue swamping the New York City metro area. Downpours and flooding are forecast for the Mid-Atlantic region and up the Northeast coast to Cape Cod as one of Ian’s arms continues into the Atlantic. Now downgraded to a post-tropical storm with maximum 35-mile an hour winds, the remnants of a second arm of Ian were moving north through North Carolina on Saturday, and were forecast to weaken further...

Ex-con allegedly pummeled woman in NYC subway after being freed on parole violation

A ex-con vagrant accused of beating a woman in a Queens subway station had been arrested for violating his parole weeks before the caught-on-video attack — only to be cut loose thanks to a state “reform’’ backed by Gov. Hochul, critics charge. Waheed Foster, 41, was still on parole for an assault rap when he was arrested twice for misdemeanors in August, records show. But instead of being held on the parole violation — as his parole officer wanted — a judge freed the career criminal, who also killed his grandma when he was 14. New York state’s new “Less is More” act...

Union County Residents Can View New Flood Study Online

Residents will be invited to participate in public meetings on reducing the risk of coastal storm surge flooding. The Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages members of the public to review a new coastal flooding study covering parts of Union County and the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area, prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The new “NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study” is available online at

Woman fatally struck by NYC subway train at Penn Station: cops

A homeless woman was fatally struck by a Manhattan subway train early Saturday, police said. The woman, believed to be in her forties, was on the tracks when she was hit by the subway on the 1/2/3 line at 34th Street and 8th Avenue in Penn Station at around 6:25 a.m., cops said. The train’s operator tried to brake in time, but ended up striking the woman, police said. First responders with the FDNY tried to save the woman, but she was pronounced dead a short time later. It wasn’t immediately clear how the victim ended up on the tracks, police said.

United Airlines temporarily suspending flights at JFK

NEW YORK -- United Airlines announced Friday it's leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport.The airline has four daily flights out of JFK but failed to get additional slots from the Federal Aviation Administration to expand.READ MORE: United Airlines threatens to stop all flights out of JFK Airport if more slots aren't greenlitAirline officials say flights will temporarily be suspended beginning Oct. 29.Workers will be shifted to other airports, and affected travelers will be offered a refund or rebooking options.

Father, son may have been drunk when van plunged into East River

NEW YORK -- A father and son were inside a van when it plunged into the East River early Saturday morning. The two are expected to be OK, but police believe alcohol was involved, CBS2's Zinnia Maldonado reported. According to the FDNY, the white van was traveling on East Loop Road on Roosevelt Island and went into the water just before 2 a.m. At least two people, a man in his 60s and his 40-year-old son, were inside.While officials did not immediately say what caused the van to veer off the road, they said the two may have been intoxicated. The son was behind the wheel, according to officials. A witness who was on his way home from work said he ran over to the scene and saw someone swimming out of the water. "I just hear like a pretty close, like really loud, 'bang, bang, bang,'" he said. "As I came around the cars and got a good view of it, I saw the side of this just taken out, a car in the water, headlights on." Officials said the father was uncooperative and left the scene. His son was taken into custody, but so far no charges have been filed.
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Unknown Woman Murder of 1887 Still Outstanding Crime in City

Submitted by Al Shipley, City Historian and Rahway Library Research Consultant. It’s hard to imagine that news of a strange crime which took place in Rahway 135 years ago could captivate attention and excite interest all across the United States and even reach countries on the other side of the Atlantic. But the brutal murder of a young woman and the ensuing layers of mystery that unfolded during the investigation, created one of the most intriguing murder mysteries of the nineteenth century.