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  • N.J. Powerball winner comes forward to claim $338M jackpot

    03/25/2013 4:06:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    The mystery winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot has come forward, according to a report on Pedro Quezada, a 44-year-old father of five who owns a bodega on 8th Street in Passaic, showed up at the liquor store where the ticket was sold to claim his prize this afternoon, the report said.
  • Day laborers accused of assault say their boss didn't pay them

    12/22/2007 6:41:58 AM PST · by AuntB · 54 replies · 739+ views
    N. Jersey Media Group ^ | Dec. 21, 2007 | MEREDITH MANDELL
    Martin Coyotecatl-Aca, his younger brother Jesus and a friend, Ricardo Gonzales-Gutierez worked for 10 hours as day laborers ripping shingles off a roof. At the end of the two days, they said, their boss refused to pay them for one of the days. What happened next is in dispute. The three now are sitting in the Passaic County Jail, charged with robbery and facing possible deportation, according to Detective Capt. Robert Rowan of the Clifton Police Department. A lawyer for the three Mexican nationals, whose names were supplied by police and who all live in Passaic, say the men are...
  • 2 lawmakers facing corruption charges resign (NJ Democrats)

    09/10/2007 8:42:30 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 5 replies · 267+ views ^ | 9/10/07 | JOHN REITMEYER
    Two state lawmakers accused of accepting bribes for political favors have officially resigned from the Assembly. Alfred Steele, D-Passaic, and Mims Hackett, D-Essex, both sent letters Monday to the Assembly’s clerk saying they would formally step down. Steele, Hackett and nine other public officials -- including Passaic Mayor Samuel “Sammy” Rivera -- were arrested on influence-peddling charges last week following an 18-month FBI corruption sting. All remain free on $200,000 bail. The government alleges Steele, who is also county undersheriff and a Baptist minister in Paterson, accepted $14,000 in exchange for his promotion of a phony insurance firm set up...
  • FBI Makes Corruption Arrests In NJ

    09/06/2007 7:14:55 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 32 replies · 1,487+ views
    WNBC ^ | 9-6-2007 | Jonathan Dienst
    NEW YORK -- Eleven public officials were charged Thursday in a widespread FBI corruption investigation, officials said. At least one state assemblyman, several local mayors and school board officials were arrested by FBI agents in early-morning roundups. The officials are expected to be arraigned on corruption charges in Trenton Thursday afternoon. United States attorney Chris Christie and FBI Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun are expected to explain the charges at a 3:30 p.m. press conference in Trenton. has learned that several of the officials were allegedly caught accepting payoffs from undercover agents in a sting operation. Others were...
  • Tree stump Virgin Mary draws faithful

    10/23/2003 6:46:22 AM PDT · by bedolido · 18 replies · 276+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/23/03 | Staff Writer
    <p>PASSAIC, New Jersey (Reuters) -- Believers are flocking to a rundown street in New Jersey to see a tree stump they say has the form of the Virgin Mary and is a divine sign of hope for the impoverished neighborhood.</p>
  • 2 Named (by Pope Benedict XVI) to Head (US) Byzantine Eparchies

    12/07/2007 4:32:32 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 494+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 7, 2007
    Bishop Pataki of Passaic Retires at 80 PASSAIC, New Jersey, DEC. 7, 2007 ( Benedict XVI appointed Bishop William Skurla of the Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, California, to lead the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic.Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced Thursday that the Pope accepted the resignation of 80-year-old Bishop Andrew Pataki of Passaic for reasons of age.Father Gerald Dino, 67, of the Passaic Eparchy and pastor of St. George Parish, Linden, New Jersey, will succeed Bishop Skurla in Van Nuys.Bishop Skurla, 51, will be installed Jan. 29 at the Cathedral of St. Michael the...
  • As New Jersey Democrats Meet, Corruption Arrests Steal Spotlight

    09/08/2007 8:44:57 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 669+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/8/07 | DAVID W. CHEN
    ATLANTIC CITY, Sept. 7 — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton wowed the crowd. So did Gov. Jon S. Corzine. And there to cheer them on, relishing every partisan barb aimed at President Bush’s policies on Iraq, the economy and health care, were about 1,000 of the state’s most ardent Democrats. But the person who all but upstaged the state Democratic Party’s annual convention here was a Republican who was 117 miles away in Newark: the United States attorney, Christopher J. Christie, whose office announced on Thursday the arrests of 11 current or former public officials — including two Democratic assemblymen —...
  • Another Clinton supporter facing criminal charges

    09/08/2007 5:57:25 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 30 replies · 803+ views ^ | September 7, 2007 | Glenn Thrush
    Another prominent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter is facing serious criminal charges. Passaic, N.J., Mayor Samuel "Sammy" Rivera, recently named to Clinton's national Hispanic outreach team, was one of 11 Garden State politicians snared in a federal sting yesterday involving school contracts. It's not clear if Rivera was due to attend Clinton's speech to New Jersey Democrats in Atlantic City today. Rivera's troubles surfaced just a day after Clinton super-donor Norman Hsu failed to show up for his $2 million bail hearing. The former first lady cut ties with the Chinese-born financier after news reports revealed he was a fugitive on...
  • Clinton Supporter Arrested in N.J. Corruption Sting

    09/06/2007 4:17:28 PM PDT · by PilloryHillary · 37 replies · 1,123+ views
    Among the 11 public officials arrested in an F.B.I. corruption sting in New Jersey today was a leading Democratic supporter of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign in that state, Mayor Samuel Rivera of Passaic. It was the latest legal embarrassment involving an ally of the Clinton campaign, coming only one day after a wealthy Clinton donor, Norman Hsu, missed his court date in a California fraud case and apparently disappeared. Clinton advisers this spring and summer have been aggressively touting their long list of endorsements from elected officials and prominent Democratic donors, to indicate the breadth of establishment support...
  • New float highlights workers' plight

    09/25/2006 12:37:33 PM PDT · by trappedinnj · 21 replies · 795+ views
    HERALD NEWS ^ | September 25, 2006 | SAMANTHA HENRY
    Amid the familiar sights in Passaic at this year's Mexican Independence Day Parade -- the festive floats blaring norte񯠭usic and mariachi ballads; girls in swirling rainbow-colored skirts and thick black braids woven with flowers -- a new type of pageant queen made her debut: Miss Day Laborer 2006. Katrina Ferman, 18, blew kisses to the crowd and waved a huge Mexican flag as she posed -- in ball gown, tiara and sequined sash that read "Queen of the Day Laborers" -- from the back of a streamer-covered construction pickup. Flanked on both sides by her runners-up -- 18-year-old Princess of...
  • The pride of 'people without a country'

    08/08/2005 3:39:35 PM PDT · by jb6 · 168 replies · 2,782+ views
    HERALD NEWS ^ | August 8, 2005 | MAYA KREMEN
    PASSAIC - There are few Lemkos left, and even fewer who speak their original Slavic dialect. Most of those who do remember have gray hair. But over dill chicken soup in the meeting room of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday morning, the dozen or so members of the Lemko Association agreed on one thing: They were proud to be Lemkos, even if they always have to explain themselves. "We're a people without a country," said Maryann Bacsik, 53, of Little Falls, whose grandfather came here from Eastern Europe in 1907. "Many people my age have no...
  • As School-Building Plan Fails, New Jersey Is Left With Slums (Eminent domain strikes again)

    08/26/2005 6:20:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 833+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 26, 2005 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    NEWARK, Aug. 25 - With its gangs, police shootings and struggles to modernize, this city seems to have enough problems. Now it has one more. Dewey Street used to be a proud middle-class neighborhood, a chamber of peace and quiet in Newark's gritty heart. But last year when the state cleared out tracts of land to build a school, most of the families were driven away. And now that the money for the school has evaporated, more than three dozen lots sit abandoned, one after another. James Searcy is one of the last residents here, a 74-year-old man with milky...
  • Ex-teacher gets year in jail for relationship with pupil

    A 28-year-old former math teacher at a Passaic middle school was sentenced to one year in jail for having an intimate relationship with a teenage student. Maria C. Saco of Passaic pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced Thursday to the Passaic County Jail. Saco was teaching remedial math during summer school in 2003 to seventh- and eighth-graders when she met the boy, then 14. The boy went on to high school, but Saco's attorney, Joseph Afflitto Sr., said the boy contacted her through e-mail. The two started a relationship that fall. Saco had even...
  • Armed with compassion, she's bound for Iraq

    07/20/2005 7:09:15 AM PDT · by Irontank · 16 replies · 960+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | July 20, 2005
    Sgt. 1st Class Minnie Hiller set down her M-16 and lowered herself gently into a foxhole. Forty targets would soon emerge from the scrub oaks and pine trees of a Fort Dix firing range. Hiller, a 50-year-old widow and grandmother who works in civilian life as a high school counselor, would have to hit at least 23 of them to convince the Army she was qualified to go to Iraq. "I don't care for guns," she said as she adjusted a stack of sandbags at the front edge of the hole and waited for the range master to clear her...
  • N.J. (illegal) immigrants getting N.C. licenses

    07/20/2005 4:49:17 AM PDT · by AppyPappy · 20 replies · 1,196+ views
    N.J. immigrants getting N.C. licenses Print this article Email this Article By Taft Wireback Staff Writer Courts in northern New Jersey are having trouble with fraudulent driver's licenses turning up in the hands of illegal immigrants, but they aren't licenses issued by the Garden State. They are licenses given by North Carolina to illegal immigrants who live in New Jersey but who come to the Tar Heel State by the busload or vanload to get the document that allows them to drive, work, bank and rent housing, said Sonia Barria, the court administrator for the town of Dover, N.J. "We...
  • How's this for a surprise: City seized his lot and sold it (Eminent Domain in New Jersey)

    07/11/2005 3:01:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 66 replies · 2,674+ views ^ | 7/11/05 | STEVE CHAMBERS
    One day in January, Charlie Shennett, a 60-year-old disabled mechanic, went to Passaic City Hall to find out why he hadn't received a tax bill for the vacant lot he owned on Summer Street. Shennett, who has lived in an apartment on Dayton Avenue in Passaic for decades, had dutifully paid taxes on the site of his childhood home since it burned down in 1987. At the tax collector's office, Shennett was surprised to learn that he no longer owned the property. Without his knowledge, the city had taken it several months earlier as part of a redevelopment effort. Later,...
  • Standoff in Passaic NJ: Home stormed by SWAT team over code violations (porch and windows)

    07/20/2004 9:26:08 AM PDT · by Coleus · 138 replies · 4,181+ views
    Standoff in Passaic: Home stormed over code violations   Tuesday, July 20, 2004 PASSAIC - A crackdown on city housing violations escalated into a standoff Monday when a homeowner refused to cooperate, prompting authorities to call in a SWAT team, one that broke down a door and shot her with non-lethal weapons.Code enforcement officials arrived about noon, wanting to talk about, among other things, broken windows and a deteriorating porch - violations written three months ago, said Community Development Director Donald Van Rensalier.It just so happened that 109 Quincy St. was smack in the middle of an area targeted in...
  • Boil Water Order for Several Towns after Plant Worker Found Dead in Tank (New Jersey)

    02/10/2005 10:45:08 AM PST · by TexKat · 140 replies · 4,965+ views
    WABC ^ | 2/10/05
    New York -WABC, Feb. 10, 2005) — A boil water advisory has gone out to 17 area towns this morning. All are serviced by the same water treatment tank where the body of a missing New Jersey woman was found last night. Eyewitness News reporter Ken Rosato is at the scene in Totowa with more. The medical examiner arrived at the Passaic Valley water treatment plant last night. It was clear, the news would be grim. They had found the body of a woman missing for several days. The discovery led officials to declare a boil water advisory for several...
  • Loving Hispanic woman is a state agency's ideal [White Families Need Not Apply??]

    05/28/2004 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,001+ views
    The Record of Hackensack, aka The Bergen Record | 05.13.04
    Loving Hispanic woman is a state agency's ideal Thursday, May 13, 2004 "It means so much to them to have a home, to have some stability," says Margaret Quintana, surrounded by four of her five foster children. Margaret Quintana's most prized possessions include the mementos of a typically proud mother: pictures of smiling children, and letters, cards, and poems from them that describe the difference that her love made in their lives.They are not her biological children. They are the dozens of foster children, most of them Hispanic, whom Quintana has taken into her home during the last 16 years.Quintana...
  • Newborn rescued from Trash Can

    04/28/2003 9:50:44 AM PDT · by Coleus · 47 replies · 743+ views
    Newborn rescued from trash can Monday, April 28, 2003 By WHITNEY KVASAGER, HERALD NEWS A newborn girl is in good condition after she was found wrapped in two plastic bags and left in the bottom of a Sherman Avenue trash can.Three people walking down Sherman Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday found the baby after following what they thought were noises made by a cat. City and county police responded, and an ambulance took the child to Passaic General Hospital. Police also contacted officials at the state Division of Youth and Family Services, which will determine where the baby stays until...