Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Diane Young and her daughter died in their Middletown home early Wednesday morning.
A mother and daughter were found dead early Wednesday morning at the scene of a house fire at 30 Ideal Avenue, a street in the North Middletown section. The victims of the fire are Diane Young, 53, and her daughter Jacquelin, 27, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The victims were the only residents in the home. Autopsies performed Wednesday for the two victims determined the cause of death was due to smoke inhalation. They were pronounced dead by the Monmouth County Medical Examiner's Office at 3:50 a.m. Diane Young began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1999, said George Flood, a spokesman for the agency. She was assigned to the Perth Amboy post office, but her route took her into the Fords section of …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Highland Grove Pool, which was closed last year due to PCB contamination, is up for an executive session at Tuesday's council meeting.
Kids in the Fords section of Woodbridge had their summer fun interrupted when the local public pool was closed because pesticide and cancer-causing PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination was found in the soil. That might be changing. The Woodbridge Council will be meeting in an executive session Tuesday to discuss action that may be taken about the pool. The announcement was made in a township legal notice, which said that Highland Grove Pool was on the agenda, as well as "other sites." They were not named. The executive session will be held at 6:30 pm, a half hour before the regular council meeting at 7 pm. After the pool was closed in late July to allow for additional testing, Mayor John McCormac held a public meeting on August 6 …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The new convenience store is marking its return to Woodbridge - this time, in Fords, and with a gas station.
It's official: this Friday, Wawa will be marking its return to Woodbridge with the grand opening of a new store in the Fords section of the township. The combination store and gas station is located near the intersection of Route 9 and King George Road, across from the old Syms store. The festivities begin at 10 am on October 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Wawa’s Chief Financial Officer Jim Morey, Wally Goose, the store's mascot, and Mayor John McCormac. Immediately following will be a hoagie-building competition between members of the Woodbridge Police Department and and the Hopelawn Fire Squad. Each team will be challenged to build as many hoagies as they can in three minutes. Wawa will make donations to the charities of …
Friday, September 14, 2012
The former railroad is now a garden for Woodbridge, Metuchen, and Edison residents.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Deborah Bell
Friday, September 14, 2012
It's 'rails to trails' - the transformation of the old Lehigh Valley railroad corridor into a lush oasis for Middlesex County residents is complete. The 3.5 miles of renovated acreage, the Middlesex Greenway, is going to be dedicated this Saturday, September 15, at 11 am. The dedication will be held at the trailhead, located at the intersection of Middlesex Avenue and Memorial Parkway in Metuchen. Middlesex County freeholders and dignitaries from all three towns touched by the Greenway will be on hand for the dedication ceremonies. The Greenway spans the Fords section of Woodbridge, through Metuchen, and into Edison. It's been almost 10 years since the property was transferred to Middlesex County, and now it'll be open as a biking, …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The family-run business does dove releases for weddings, memorials, marathons - and even the Pope.
Doves are the family business for Harry Witt. Witt - the proprietor of Kaila's Love Doves in Fords, has been in the dove release business for fourteen years, all at the behest of his granddaughter, Kaila Kraft. "I started the business when she was seven years old, she's now a senior at Monmouth University. So time flies," said Witt of his granddaughter, a psychology major at Monmouth and the namesake of Kaila's Love Doves. "She was the inspiration that bought this business about." Kraft continues to work with her grandfather when not in school, working on the Kaila's Love Doves website. (Witt's wife, AnnMarie, also works for the company, doing office work.) Witt initially got into the dove release business through an in-law. "Before …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The alternative rockers, promoting a new CD and 90s-heavy tour, played an acoustic set at the Fords record store Saturday.
It was like the 90s never ended at Vintage Vinyl in Fords this weekend, as alternative rockers Everclear stopped by to play a set before their headlining show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel later in the evening. Playing a short acoustic set at the record store, the band tore through hits such as "I Will Buy You A New Life" and "Father of Mine," as well as "Be Careful What You Ask For," the single from their most recent album, Invisible Stars. The band, perhaps best known for the song "Santa Monica," is lead by singer/guitarist Art Alexakis, who lead the band in an impromptu cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac," noting that "...we're in Jersey, you know we had to do some Bruce." After closing with "Santa Monica," the band …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Independent candidate is running for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Robert Menendez.
Robert "Turk" Turkavage is walking neighborhoods throughout New Jersey, hoping to drum up enough support to allow him to walk right into the United States Senate come November. "I'm going door-to-door every day for the next four months," said Turkavage during a break in his campaigning Wednesday afternoon in Fords. Turkavage is running as an Independent for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Robert Menendez, along with Republican Joseph Kyrillos and seven other Independent or smaller party candidates. So what is Turkavage doing to make his campaign stand out in the field? "I am running for one term only," said Turkavage. "I am not interested in re-election." Turkavage goes on to state that because of his one-term ambition, he …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Two years later after his father's murder, his son is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the killer.
Dennis Clement still can't forgive himself for moving out of Fords. It's almost two years to the day he got a phone call from a neighbor in the old neighborhood where he used to live. The neighbor called to tell him his father was found dead. "Is this a joke? C'mon, it's a joke, right?" Dennis said. It was no joke. On March 25, 2010, police found the beaten and broken body of his father at the tidy King Georges Post Road home James Clement had built more than 50 years ago with his own hands. Now two years later, despite a Herculean effort by Woodbridge police and county investigators, the trail on who killed James Clement has grown cold. That's why his son is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the crime. "My dad didn't believe …
Monday, September 26, 2011
From The Club at Woodbridge to Fords, Sewaren, Iselin, Colonia, and more.
Dozens of cycling enthusiasts gathered in the pre-dawn hours in the parking lot of the Club at Woodbridge Sunday morning, eager to kick off the fourth annual Tour de Woodbridge – a 30-plus mile bike tour that takes riders throughout the township. “We want to get people from Woodbridge and the surrounding communities to get out and be active,” said Jeff Marmelstein, director of the Tour de Woodbridge, as bikers trickled in to the Club to gather their racing bibs and complementary tour shirts. “We’re letting people see that you can bike around Woodbridge.” Marmelstein, an avid cyclist himself, organized and participated in the 30 mile trek that passed through Woodbridge proper, Avenel, Colonia, Fords, and Sewaren. Approximately 50 cyclists…
Monday, August 1, 2011
The bi-annual roller hockey tournament is still collecting donations for the winning captain's choice of charity.
It was a beautiful - albeit warm - day for a little roller hockey, and the Fords Cup was decided at the end of three games, with Fu Manchu defeating the Jersey Lumberjacks by a score of 7-4. Local hockey players chipped in $10 each to participate in the four-team, two-round tournament on Saturday. The winning team's captain, Chris Frolich, chose to donate the collected money to the Nikolai Ruck fund, set up to help offset the medical bills of Ruck, who was severely injured in a car accident last fall. Over $300 was raised Saturday afternoon, with more to come now that a definitive charity has been selected, said Rob Cacioppo, who runs the bi-annual tournament. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the winning team's charity can do so by …