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Thursday, March 24, 2005
- THIEVES STRIKE CARS IN TOWN -
Be Vigilant Fellow Citizens. Keep your car doors locked and spotlights on. Several burglaries have occured over the last few weeks. About 15 cars were broken into between Wednesday and Friday. The culprits struck around Vernon Street, Bridge Street, E. Summit ave., and Calvin st. A rash of thefts occured 2 weeks ago near the "Glen Cove School" section, more specifically Bailly Place and Old Road. A similiar Spree also occured in late December, a few days before Christmas. Thieves also broke into cars. Items taken include, but are not limited to - Electronics, tools, credit cards, & spare change.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

- LANDMARK HOUSE DESTROYED IN EARLY MORNING FIRE -
It's gone folks, it's gone. I am almost at a loss for words, and it brings me great pain to say that the Toombs' house on 360 Cliff Road burnt down early this morning. The "Big White House", which was the center piece for the 19th century victorian houses on Cliff Road fell victim to a very fast moving fire fed by high wind and 100 year old, dry wood. The call came in at 4:26 a.m. for a structure fire. Within minutes, Woodbridge Police were getting calls from as far away as New York City reporting flames.
Woodbridge firefighters tried to fight the fire, but it extended too fast to keep up. The roof over the front porch collapsed and all firefighters were told to evacuate the building.
This is a very Sad Day for Sewaren. We can only Pray the building can somehow be salvaged.


Friday, February 13, 2004

- HUMAN ERROR CITED FOR TRAIN DERAILMENT -
The second tanker-car train derailment in 3 1/2 years occured on Tuesday, as 3 tankers filled with 28,000 gallons of Ethanol, An alcohol-like product derailed from the tracks behind East avenue, near Holton Street. Conrail officials stated that a DE-RAIL device was in position, but the train's engineer was not aware of it.

Sunday, October 5, 2003

- 6th ANNUAL "LEAVE YOUR WIFE HOME" FLUKE TOURNAMENT ANOTHER SUCCESS. -
Even though late in the fishing season, Ray Deliman Held his 6th annual "leave your wife home" Fluke Fishing tournament a day after the originaly scheduled date. Ray scheduled the tournament for Oct. 4, however there was a small craft advisory placed by the National Weather service, thus cancelling the tournament for a day. The weather was better the next day so the tournament was on. A total of 27 boats participated in the event. Winning this Year's Tournament was Joe Reilly, who caught a 3.32 lb. fluke and the winning prize was $900.00. Jim Thompson came in second & Mike Rizzo came in third place.
Joe Pizano won the prize for the heaviest Sea Robbin at 2.84 lbs. On a related note, Mike Hapstack won the heaviest clam shell.

Ray will now Donate the procedes to the Child Burn center at Saint Barnabas hospital in Livingston, NJ.
For 6 years now, the "Leave your Wife Home" Fluke fishing Tournament (yes, ladies are allowed, even encouraged to join) has raised over $8,000.00 to the Burn Center. Everyboidy interested is urged to assist for next year's tournament.


Saturday, October 4, 2003

- CHANNEL OF ARTHUR KILL BEING DREDGED. -
You may have noticed a barge with a crane on it in the middle of the bay doing work. Well, this is a dredging operation that will deepen the channel to enable bigger ships to come through and make it easier for the ships that already come through.
According to The United States Coast Guard local notices to mariners (LNM), this dredging project is expected to take place until June 1, 2004.


Friday, August 7, 2003

- ATTN: BOATERS, BEWARE OF PLAIN-CLOTHED BOATERS PRETENDING TO BE U.S. COAST GUARD. -
I just heard a disturbing story from a buddy that was approached by a few men when he returned from a rather successful day of fluking. The men claimed to be from either the marine police or U.S. Coast Guard and demanded to board his boat to measure if his catch was limit. Even though my Buddy's fish were of legal size (18 inches from head to tail), they demanded that he either give him his catch, or face a stiff penalty.
After listening to this story, we all thought about it and agree that it sounds like some type of a new flim/flam scam where scam artist impersonate ones with authority, this time to prey upon unsuspecting fishermen.

If this happens to you, I advise you to ask for their credentials, and write down the liscence & any identification on their boats.


Thursday, June 5, 2003

- 1ST ANNUAL WATERFRONT FEST SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 22. -
The Woodbridge Township Chamber of Commerce will be spponsoring the first annual Waterfront Festival on June 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This will be held at the Sewaren Penninsula, Alvin Williams Park. The Fest is open to the Public and is Free of Charge.
The rain date is June 28 th. There will be several activities for kids, lots to eat, & prizes to win. Sounds Fun!!! try to attend.


Monday, May 19, 2003

- WOODBRIDGE COPS CATCH BURGLAR BREAKING INTO CARS AT MARINA. -
Around 10:00 p.m., on monday night, Woodbridge police cars #2 & 8 were dispatched to 476 Cliff road on a report of a suspicious person who was "looking into cars". Upon arrival, they found a man at Cliffside Marina, which is across from 476. The officers discovered that 2 cars were recentlly broken in and burglarized. The suspect had stolen property in his possesion, along with tools. He was placed under arrest & taken to Police Headquarters.

Great Job Boys! Another Scumbag off the streets and behind bars! Keep up the good work WPD, you have my support.


Friday, Febuary 21, 2003

- BREAKING NEWS: SEWAREN RECOVERS FROM STATEN ISLAND BARGE EXPLOSION. -
At 10:13 a.m., a gasoline barge loading at Staten Island's Exxon/Mobil depot exploded, sending huge flames & thick, black smoke into the air. The Arthur Kill was engulfed in flames from the escaping Gasoline. Cliff road was initially shutdown and the waterfront area was blocked off. Shell oil company, located directlly across the waterway from mobile was, temporarily shut down as township fire departments stood by just incase the fire moved East. People were allowed back into the area around 11:30 a.m., as Helicopters flew overhead & Coast Guard cutters moved by. The fire was under control around that time, but was allowed to burn itself out. There were no evacuations, but several houses suffered broken windows, all residents and businesses reported their houses shook like an earthquake.
Click onto the headline for pictures i Took since 11:00 a.m..


Sunday, Febuary 16, 2003

- HUGE BLIZZARD BURIES SEWAREN WITH 23 1/2 INCHES OF SNOW. -
A massive snowstorm moved up the east coast and dropped a tremendous amount of snow from Virginia to New England, with some places having as much as 46 inches fall. We were caught directly in the middle. This is the biggest snowstorm we had since the Blizzard of January 1996.


- UPDATE ON PREVIOUS STORY -
it is being said that a 33 year old individual was apprehended after the second fire. Officer Kenny Gallop of the Woodbridge Police department, who lives next door to the scene, caught the suspect. This just goes to show how vigilant the people of Sewaren are and it is not easy to get away with crime in this town!

Way to Go Kenny, Great Job.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003
- LARGE HOUSE ON CLIFF RD. DEMOLISHED, SET ON FIRE. -

One of the big houses on Cliff road was demolished over the weekend. Demolition crews have actually been in the house weeks prior, taking out windows and other interior furnishings.
The house has been abandoned for 4 years, until local Developer Ralph Mocci bought the property. Determining the house was beyond repair, Mocci decided to knock the house down.
The plans now are for A new House to be built on the property.


Sunday, December 8, 2002
- BREAKING NEWS: WATER MAIN BREAK CAUSES LOW WATER PRESSURE -.

A Water Main Break On Chevron's Property on the Sewaren-Perth Amboy Border is Effecting Water Pressure. In the Middle of the Night, A 20 inch Water Main Broke, causing a drastic decrease in Water Pressure for Residents of Sewaren & Port Reading, and Other Partsz of Woodbridge and Perth Amboy. It is not known at this time if any restrictions have been placed. I will update as Soon as I get the Information.


Monday, November 11, 2002
- PSE&G DISMANTLING PART OF GENERATING STATION -.

PSE&G Has Been in the Process of Demolishing Their Number 5 Generator. The Generator Building was recentlly Taken Down. The Big Smoke Stack, Which Stands Alone May Be Taken Down as Well.
The Smokestack was To Be Destroyed By Dynamite, But Plans were not Approved. On a side note, Port Reading Fire Department Just Hosted the Woodbridge Township Emergency Drill, Similating a Plane Crash into the Building.


Saturday, September 21, 2002
- FLIM-FLAM ALERT. -

Area Residents are urged to be on The Lookout. An Older woman, Living Alone was the Victim of a Theft By Deception Incident This week. Over $1,000 was Stolen. According to the victim, The Perpertrator Entered the residence to make an inquiry about a possible sale on the house. After the Victim let the Suspect Look At the inside of the house, She noticed Money was missing. The Woodbridge Police Department was Called.
On a related note, a Home on Old Road was burglarized this week, as was the Sunny Mart on Port Reading Avenue.

Remember, DO NOT LET ANYONE INSIDE YOUR HOME IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THEM, especially if you are older, disabled, or live alone.
If you notice anything suspicious, Call the Woodbridge Police Department at (732)634-7700, or in case of emergency 9-1-1.


Tuesday, July 23, 2002
- MOVIES TO BE PLAYED AT PENNINSULA PARK. -

Tom Hanks' Castaway will be Shown on Thursday, August 15 and John Travolta's Classic Grease will be played A Week Following On August 22.
Both Films will Start at 8:15 p.m. Admission is Free.

Remember to Bring The Lawnchairs and Popcorn!!!


Sunday, July 14, 2002
- RASH OF VANDALISM INCIDENTS OCCUR SATURDAY NIGHT. -

Several Homes and Cars on Central Avenue and Old road were Victims of Property Damage Late Saturday Night/Early Sunday Morning. As A Result, Woodbridge Police have increased Patrols in The Area by Doing Special Checks. This Probably looks like a One-time Incident, maybe by Local Youths, or Out-of-Towners from Local Areas.
Please, Keep An Extra Eye out and Check for Anything Suspicious.

UPDATE: - thursday night - Individual(s) were caught on Old Road Throwing Eggs At Cars. Its unknown to me if this party was responsible for the keying incidents on Old Road and Central Avenue.


Friday, May 31, 2002
- OPERATION: CLEAN SHORES NETS 7 TONS OF TRASH FROM BEACH -

The Yearly practice of Inmates from Rahway Prison Working To Clean Up Debris On The Sewaren Waterfront Was Successful Once Again This Year. About 20 Inmates Were Involved With The Clean Up.
The Shoreline, Boat Ramp And Riverwalk Were Cleaned.


Thursday, May 30, 2002
- WOMAN CRITICALLY BURNED IN CAR FIRE ON RAILROAD TRACKS. -

an elderly woman was seriously burned this afternoon after her car caught fire on the railroad tracks behind the woodbridge township impound yard and shell oil company on state street in sewaren. woodbridge police called in a brush fire, but firefighters discovered it was a car. after they were working on it, they found a woman was inside. a medivac helicopter was called in to transport the woman. i have no idea how this catr even got back there or what.


Saturday, May 18, 2002
- SEWAREN LIBRARY CELEBRATES 8th ANNIVERSARY. -

Over 50 Dignitaries, Local Officials, and Neighbors Joined in Saturday with The Sewaren Library Staff & Trustees To Celebrate Their Eighth Year In Organization.
One Of The Highlights Was When Patrick Kenny and His Father Jack Presented A Computer To Be Donated To The Library of Patricia Kenny A Member of The Library Who Passed Away in 2000. Money Was also Donated In The Memory of Michael Sasso, Who also Passed on In 2000. Mr. Sasso Used To Donate Money To The Library That he Found On The Street While Riding His Bicycle.
The Event Was Great For Our Community Library.


Monday, March 25, 2002
- MASSIVE FIRE BURNING ON PENNVAL ROAD!!! -

There is a large fire burning on the property of American Maritime Transportation, a trucking company on Pennval Road, which Is alongside the NJ Turnpike.
The fire is visible for miles. Pallets, dumpsters, trucks, part of a building, and other "Unknown" Objects are burning.
The Woodbridge Fire Department is on scene working on the blaze. There may be a few tie & road closures on Woodbridge Avenue due to Fire Hose.

Hopefully, I'll have the Video Made within a day.


Monday, March 11, 2002
- TEMPORARY WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL LIGHTS VISIBLE IN SEWAREN. -

Monday, March 11, Marks the 6 month Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks On America On September 11. Hard To Believe It's Been That Long. It's Also Hard To Realize That The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were so close. As a Memorial, New York City Is Placing High Powered Blue Lights On The Sight of "Ground Zero" To Shine Into The Sky. These High Powered Lights Go Into The Sky For Miles.
They Are Somewhat Visible From Sewaren, Especially The Waterfront on Cliff Road. The Lights Are On From 6:50 p.m. till about 11:30 p.m.


Sunday, Febuary 10, 2002

- WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP WARD CHANGES, SEWAREN TO BE IN WARD-1 -
As Reported In The Home News & Tribune, Woodbridge Township Is Changing It's Voting Ward Structure. This Change Was Brought On By The 2000 Census.
State Law Requires That Once A Particular Ward Exceeds The Population Of 17,000, The Ward Must Be Altered. Sewaren Is The Only Town In The Township To Be Affected.
We Have Been Previously Been A Part Of Ward 3, Which Represents Sewaren, Port Reading, & Avenel Sections Of The Township. Now We Are Going To Be A Part Of Ward 1, Which Represents Woodbridge Proper.
As A Result, We Are Getting A New Council Member To Represent Us. We gained a New Council Member, Sandy Beni of Port Reading In January, As 3rd Ward Councilman Frank Pelzman Became Woodbridge Mayor. It Is Unknown when Our Ward Change Will Happen.
Charlie Kenny, Of Woodbridge Proper Is Going to Be Our New Councilman. Kenny Grew Up In Sewaren And lived There For Quite Some Time, Before Moving To Woodbridge. He Still Has Family That Lives In The East Summit Avenue Home.
Mr. Kenny and His Family Have Been In A wide range of Community Organizations and events For Quite Some Time.
I Welcome Charlie Kenny As Sewaren's New Council Man, (Personally, I would rather have someone with Sewaren ties represent Sewaren.)


Friday, December 28, 2001

- EARLY MORNING GASOLINE LEAK CAUSES FOUL ODOR, ROAD CLOSURE. -
- At About 2:00 a.m., Woodbridge firefighters were called to West avenue, by Moby Dick's Bar & Restaurant for the usual gas odor in the air. With the wind coming from the west, the odor was stronger than usual.
A search was conducted by the FD at the Motiva/Shell plant. A short time afterwards, Motiva personnel and Woodbridge Fire Captain Len Minkler discovered a connection to tank #43 was leaking with some gasoline o the ground.
State street between the Perth Amboy border and Fery street was closed incase any foam, or water hoses were needed. An hour later, the leak had stopped and it was reported that between 100 and 150 gallons of product had spilled. Middlesex County HazMat confirmed shell's cleanup contractor that there were no harmful vapors. All readings were negative.


Saturday, October 27, 2001

- SEWAREN PENNINSULA OPENS, DEDICATED TO FALLEN HERO. -
Today Was Marked By The Long Awaited Opening Of The Sewaren Penninsula, Which Will Be Named Alvin Williams Memorial Park. There Was A Dedication Ceremony That Began At 3:00 p.m., And Lasted To 4:00 p.m.
In 1979, During A Tropical Storm, Woodbridge Police Officer Alvin Williams And His Partner, Officer Zullo Tried Franticly To Rescue 4 Children That Were Drowning In Succor Brook In Colonia. Officer Williams Drowned During His Attempt.
Williams' Widow And Children Were Present At The Ceremony As They Made A Few Nice Speeches Before A Flag Raising Ceremony Was Conducted By Some Of Woodbridges' Finest Of Today. Alvin Williams's Memory Will Live On Especially At A Time When People Have Recognized The Sacrifice That Police And Public Safety Personnel Give To Save The Lives Of Others'.


Tuesday, October 2, 2001

- RESURFACING OF WOODBRIDGE & WEST AVENUES BEGINS. -
At 7:00 am, On Monday, Crews From Middlesex County Road Department Began Scraping The Asphalt Surface On Woodbridge Avenue. By The End Of The Day, Both Sides Of Woodbridge Avenue Were Completed. Scrapping Will Begin On West Avenue.
Woodbridge Avenue Is Being Resurfaced FromHarriot Street In Woodbridge Proper, To West Avenue In Sewaren.
West Avenue Will Be Resurfaced From Arbor Street To Port Reading Avenue.
This Work Should Last A Few Days. No Traffic Disruptions Are Expected, However, People Are Asked To Not Park Their Cars Along Either Street Due To The Construction.


Friday, September 21, 2001

- SEVERAL SEWAREN RESIDENTS REPORT LAWN EQUIPMENT STOLEN -
You Should Keep All Of Youir Lawnmowers And Garden Tools Locked Up In A Safe Place. There Has Been A Few Break & Enterings Where Resident's Lawn And Garden Power Tools Have Been Taken.
The Locations Have Been Along Woodbridge Avenue, Sherman Street And Surrounding Streets. Everybody, Please Keep An Eye Out.
On A Somewhat Related Note, Several Boats At The Township Boat Marina And Pirates Cove Marina Were Also Broken Into And Electronics And Fishing Poles Were Stolen. Thankfully, Our Boat Wasn't Harmed.


Tuesday, September 11, 2001

- BREAKING NEWS -
Terrorist Attacks In New York City
The Twin Towers, World Trade Center Destruction Was Visibly Seen In Sewaren. Pray For Our Country And Those Who Are Victims.


Friday, September 7, 2001.

- WOODBRIDGE AVENUE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION FINISHED. -
at 4:00 p.m. construction crews assisted by woodbridge police removed the lights on both sides of the turnpike bridge.
all work is completed - the new road surface is all new concrete and steel. also, portions of the sidewalk and curb were also repaired.
now, both sides of woodbridge avenuee are now open.

On A Side Note - the last time the woodbridge avenue bridge was resurfaced (1970's, or 1980's,) penval road was used as detour. penval road simply connected to fulton street in woodbridge.


Wednesday, September 5, 2001.

- WOODBRIDGE AVENUE BRIDGE WORK IS NEARING COMPLETION. -
Both Sides of the Turnpike Bridge have been poured with concrete, now, it appears that there is only minor "touch up work" being done.
i will update as soon as the construction crews open up both sides of the road and remove the lights.
any other updates or news reguarding the bridge project will be posted as soon as i hear it.


Monday, September 4, 2001.

- WORLD'S LARGEST ETHANOL FUEL PRODUCER TO DISTRIBUTE FROM SEWAREN. -
archer daniels midland (ADM), an illinois based corporation which produces the alternative fuel ethanol, recently announced that they are going to start a distribution operation from motiva. motiva, also known as shell oil company, is going to be the new distributor for adm for the new york area. Motiva's Terminal on state street will transport the ethanol by barge and truck to local areas, then railroad to the midwest.
ADM is the world's largest producer of ethanol. ethanol is an alcohol - like fuel that is derived from corn. Last Year, over 900 million barrells were produced by adm.
this new facility will provide the new york metro area with a new clean burning, alternative fuel to use.
Motiva's Sewaren Plant will be ADM's largest producer. Work is currently under way at motiva for the new operation.
methanol distribution at shell will begin on December 1, 2001.


Thursday, August 9, 2001.

- CHEMICAL SPILL ON WEST AVENUE CAUSES TRAFFIC BACKUPS. -
in case anyone was wondering why there was such bumper to bumper traffic around town today, especially woodbridge avenue it wasn't all due from the red light at the bridge construction site. west avenue was shut down from milos way in port reading to state street at the perth amboy border.
At about 4:00 p.m., a tractor trailer truck from the hess plant that was hauling sulfuric acid had sprung a leak most likely due to the record breaking hot temperatures. the acid had dripped the entire length of west avenue where the truck finnaly stopped at the shell/motiva oil company at 111 state street. The road was closed down for a few hours as the middlesex county hazardous materials response team (HAZMAT)assessed the situation. Members of the woodbridge and port reading fire departments washed down the roadways. The scene was finally cleared at about 8:00 p.m. West avenue was then opened up. It is now clean safe to use.


Thursday, August 9, 2001.

- TEMPERATURE REACHES 105 DEGREES IN NEWARK. -
undoubtedly one of the worse heat waves in recent memory has struck. after 4 days with temperatures over 100 degrees, today was the hottest day. to make matters worse there has not been any rain for close to 4 weeks. We have seen several days reach 90 degrees or more.
Today's temperature is not to be taken carelessly. everyone shopuld try to stay cool indoors.


Friday, July 20, 2001.

- WOODBRIDGE AVENUE BRIDGE TO BE REPAIRED. -
on, or about august 6, the woodbridge avenue bridge to woodbridge, over the new jersey turnpike will undergo much needed repair work.
most likely, the work will consist of removal of the old concrete in the center roadway span of the bridge to replace a new layer of concrete. similiar work was just completed on the port reading avenue bridge over the turnpike.
this work should take a few weeks to complete and the bridge will probably be reduced to one lane of traffic.
this work is being done to remove large potholes and bumps that have been on the bridge for years now.


Wednesday, June 6, 2001.

- Fire Department Fund Drive Under Way. -
starting monday, june 4, volunteer members of woodbridge fire department # 1 will be going door to door collecting donations for their annual fund drive. the monetary donations are used to fund several fire company related programs for the volunteer firefighters, including their uniforms and some equipment. the woodbridge fire department covers all of woodbridge proper and sewaren. the drive will begin in woodbridge and end in sewaren. due to varying participation, it is unknown when sewaren will be done. so you can expect members of the fire department to either ring your doorbell or knock on your door within the next few days.
to prevent theft, or deception, keep in mind that all members will be wearing company uniforms and carry proper official identification. also remember that anyone that phones to solicit money from the fire department, or police department is likely a scam artist. any REAL solicitors either go door to door, or send a letter in the mail.


Wednesday, May 16, 2001.

- OPERATION: CLEAN SHORES REMOVES 4 TONS OF TRASH FROM BEACH. -
operation: clean shores, a program organized by the nj. department of corrections that has several inmates pick up trash, debris, and wood on the arthur kill shoreline in sewaren proved effective once again. this year, four tons of garbage was disposed of. the program started in 1993, since then over 400 tons of garbage was removed from the environment.


Friday, March 30, 2001.

BREAKING NEWS
- FIRE AT ROY ROGERS ON TURNPIKE. -
at 7:30 p.m. port reading fire company was dispatched to the roy rogers restaurant at the grover cleveland service area on the nj turnpike on a report of a kitchen fire. initially, flames were visible and smoke filled the air.
Arriving crews found that a grease fire had spread to the roof. the roy rogers was evacuated as was the sunoco store.
due to the fact that there are no hydrants, woodbridge fire department was dispatched to the hydrant at calvin street and central avenue to supply port reading. as a result, central avenue between calvin streeet and vernon street was detoured.
the fire was contained within a few minutes.
the cause was speculated to be from grease in a grease trap that burned wood surrounding duct work in the roof.


Monday, December 18, 2000

- STOLEN CAR CRASHES IN HOUSE. -
- today, at approximatelly 3:45 p.m., a customer parked his white pickup truck in the parking lot of the woodbridge quick check. he also left his black dog in the truck. when he came out, he saw a young man take his vehicle. the owner alerted police officers at next to quick check. woodbridge police station. the officers soon were in high speed pursuit of the stolen truck. the chase went to woodbridge avenue, in sewaren, where it went up austin street and then east summit avenue. when the suspect saw that the road ended, he made a quick left turn onto old road when the pickup spun out of control. the truck went on the lawn where it broadsided a parked car, then finally hit into the house. the driver of the car was placed under arrest and treated and transported to the hospital by the woodbridge emergency squad. the suspect was believed to have a fractured skull. the dog which was in the stolen car the whole time was fine.
thankfully, no one else was injured. members of the woodbridge fire department helped secure the house. the house recieved considerable damage to the front part of structure.


Thursday, October 26, 2000

- WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP TO CONTRACT ARCHITECT & ENGINEER FIRM TO STUDY MARINA. -
- the township announced plans to award a contract to a middletown, nj architecural/ engineering firm, t&m associates $65,000 to study the township marina. the plans are calling for a new bulkhead on the western side, possibly new slips, dregging of the creek, paving of the parking lot, and adding a handicap accessible bathroom. the whole project is expected to cost near $500,000 with money from a green acres loan and grant. -


BREAKING NEWS

Friday, September 29, 2000

- TRAIN DERAILMENT CAUSES THE EVACUATION OF 300 SEWAREN HOMES -
- early this morning, a set of rail tanker cars derailed on the northbound tracks behind west avenue. the tanks were filled with 40,000 pounds of liquified propane gas. officials from the woodbridge fire department and the middlesex county hazardous materials response team feared a leak of one, or more of the cars.woodbridge police began an evacuation of the area first on elf road and holton street. the whole waterfront area was then evacuated. the other side of west ave. up to sewaren ave. was then ordered to leave. shelter was set up at the parking lot of woodbridge center mall. & woodbridge high school. around 11:00 a.m., the cars were lifted and put back on the tracks after it was determined that there was no leak. area residents were allowed back into their houses.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2000

- FAILED ROBBERY ON WOODBRIDGE AVENUE RESULTS IN 2 TEENAGERS IN JAIL -

- around 11:00 p.m., 2 teenagers, 1 from woodbridge proper, the other one from the iselin section of woodbridge township held a person up at knifepoint on the corners of woodbridge avenue and sherman street, near pj's deli. the 2 young men fled on foot, but woodbridge police were summoned to the area as a passer - by witnessed the crime. the 2 youths were caught towards the turnpike bridge as they were returning home.
this just goes to show that sewaren is not a place to be robbing people. if you try something, more than likelly you will be caught. -


FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2000

- SPRAYING TO CONTROL MOSQUITOES POSSIBLY CARRYING WEST NILE LIKE VIRUS TO BEGIN. -

- woodbridge township recentlly announced that beginning on monday, august 28, the middlesex county mosquito commision will start spraying in woodbridge township.
this will be done to help prevent the west nile virus from spreading. 11 dead crows tested positive in woodbridge and many more dead crows were probably not tested.
neighborhoods in woodbridge proper, port reading, avenel, iselin, and colonia will be sprayed.
at this time no streets in sewaren will be sprayed EVEN THOUGH SEWAREN HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST POPULATIONS OF MOSQUITOES IN WOODBRIDGE AND MIDDLESEX COUNTY.
however, when spraying begins, it will be good to close your windows for a little while.
as you may know, west nile virus is a serious disease that causes flu lie symptoms in humans. the disease can cause coma and could cause death.
if you find a dead crow please do your community benifit by calling the middlesex county health department. if it is on the weekend, then call the woodbridge police deartment. do not hesitate to call in order for the bird to be tested, it must be examined as soon as possible.
mosquitoes spread the disease by biting birds and humans. many of the birds fly over the arthur kill from staten island, new york.


SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2000

- WORK TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, ON SEWAREN PENNINSULA. -

- today, sewaren residents recieved a letter from woodbridge mayor jim mcgreevey, that work will begin on the sewaren penninsula, weather permitting.
this is very important news.
the mayor goes on to say that traffic on woodbridge avenue and west avenue may be congested at times, however, there will be police officers on traffic duty. construction and truck traffic will be the heaviest by debra place and milos way, near the hole-in-the wall. traffic will also be heavy on woodbridge avenue and west avenue. the remediation work will be completed hopefully near november. after the remediation, construction for the park will begin with a finish date in the fall of 2001.

please be carefull and watch out when you are driving, biking, or walking.


SUNDAY. JUNE 25, 2000

- MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY TO FLUSH HYDANTS ON JUNE, 27. -

- middlesex water company announced that they will be flushing hydrants between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., on june 27 in sewaren and port reading. this is a normal procedure that is done a few times a year, this is to clean out the system. a water color change may occur, or loss in water pressure.


TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2000 -

- TOWNSHIP ANNOUNCES PLANS TO REVITALIZE SEWAREN RECREATIONAL AREA. -

- last week, woodbridge mayor james mcgreevey announced thatwoodbridge township will contact killiam associates to conduct a study on the sewaren waterfront. mayor mcgreevey said that killiam will look into several ways to improve the waterfont. killiam will also study the proposed sewaren penninsula green acres project. mcgreevey stated that the following is to be planned -

- addition of 10 - 15 more docks/ boat slips at the township marina.
- dredging of a portion of smith creek to eliminate super - low tides.
- adding a bulkhead to the western side of the penninsula and township marina.
- adding a floating dock.
- paving of the township marina parking lot.

this study will be an important step to the proposed penninsula project. with the captain carlsen park, township boat launch, sewaren pier, sewaren river walk, township marina, and penninsula project, sewaren will have many important recreational areas. -


MONDAY, MAY, 26 2000 -

- 21 TONS OF TRASH CLEANED FROM THE SEWAREN WATERFRONT. -

- operation: clean shores once again proved to be successful. each year, for the last 9 years, inmates from east jersey state prison in avenel clean up trash that accumalates over the year. the waterfront should be free of trash for the summer season, due to the cleanup. over 400 tons of garbage has been accumalated from operation clean shores since 1992. -


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2000 -

- SEWAREN PUBLIC LIBARY CELEBRATES IT'S 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY. -

- the sewaren public libary, an all - volunteer establishment, celebrated it's 5th anniversary. the libary originaly belonged to the the woddbridge township public libary system until funding was cut. a group of sewaren residents got together and rebuilt the libary. -


FRIDAY, MAY 12,2000 -

- 2 MEN KILLED IN WEST AVENUE CAR ACCIDENT. -

2 men on a motorcycle were killed at around 5:00 p.m. the 2 men, from carteret were traveling northbound on west avenue, on their motorcycle, when they struck a car that was making a turn into a driveway. the men were transported to the shell oil company helicopter landing pad, then flown to robert wood johnson university hospital in new brunswick, where they later died.
our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families. -


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2OOO -

- BREAKING NEWS

POLICE DISCOVER DEAD BODY ON RAILROAD TRACKS - . -

- a perth amboy senior citizen died alongside the railroad tracks. the man, reportedly walked the railroad tracks from his perth amboy home, to visit family in sewaren. he did this on a daily basis. the man apparentlly had a heart attack.
our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. -


FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2OOO -

- MAYOR'S OFFICE SENDS A LETTER TO SEWAREN RESIDENTS REGUARDING TRANSPORTATION OF NEW YORK CITY TRASH BY RAIL ROAD -

- in a letter addressed to residents living along conrail/cxs rail lines, mayor jim mcreevey, along with councilmen frank pelzman, and charles kenny urged all residents that live along conrail tracks to write a letter to the enviromental protection agency. the letter explains that new york city will transfer garbage in linden, where it will be transported by rail through woodbridge township and middlesex county. mcgreevey goes on to say that conrail has been an "irresponsible", and used such words as "arrogant neighbor with a poor track record making a misreble relationship working together with the township & community." conrail tracks run between west avenue and cliff road in sewaren.
if you are interested in writing a letter to the epa reguarding this situation here is the contact information -

Ms. Carol m. Browner, Administrator
Enviromental Protection Agency
Areil Rios Building
12OO Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2O46O


THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2OOO -

- WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING CONCERNING THE PENNINSULA -

- you probably recieved a post card in the mail today, inviting you to an open meeting tat will take place on march, 12, 2OOO at the trinity episcapol church of woodbridge on rahway avenue. the meeting, held by mayor james e. mcgreevey, and the woodbridge township council will focus on the begining of the penninsula project and the 32 acre penninsula will be discussed.


TUESDAY, FEBUARY 15, 2OOO -

- TWO MEN CHARGED WITH VANDALIZING AT THE WATERFRONT -

- i just got word that a few weeks ago 2 men from cliff road, here in sewaren were caught in the act damaging property at the waterfront. the 2 men were in the middle of vandalizing the gazebo when woodbridge police officers arrested the 2. in december the woodbridge township veterans memorial had green paint spilt all over it. it is not known whether
these 2 cases are related.
the 2 men that were arrested are also suspected of several break - ins & robberies in the area


WEDNESDAY, FEBUARY 3, 2OOO -

- MIDDLESEX COUNTY APPROVES $ 2, OOO, OOO FOR SEWAREN PENNINSULA CREATION -

last night in their regular meeting, the Middlesex county board of freeholders announced that they have agreed to release over $2, OOO,OOO for the start of the sewaren water front penninsula project. the money will help pay for ball fields, & nature trails.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2OOO -

- TOWNSHIP ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 10 - 15 MORE BOAT SLIPS -

the woodbridge township council, along with woodbridge township mayor jim mcgreevey announced plans for 1O - 15 new boat slips at the township marina. this is part of the project to re - vitalze the penninsula. the creation of the new docks is going to be funded by the new jersey department of enviromental protection (dep)


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21,1999 -

- DEP APROVES WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP PLANS FOR PENNINSULA. -

- the new jersey department of enviromental protection announced that it aproved woodbridge township plans to place fill on top of the existing surface. the penninsula is being planned to be revitalized to contain a park, nature trail, and nature preserve. origional plans called for a 2 foot layer of dirt fill to be placed on the surface, but the dep decided that a 1 foot layer of dirt fill would be enough on areas that are paved. the land had been contaminated from soil that was placed on the penninsula from dregging projects on the aurthur kill that was conducted by the dep. also it is believed that the penninsula was also contaminated from the former u.s. metals in carteret, n.j. samples from the site show heavy pollution from several metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury. the proposed project will be partlly funded by epa brownfields project, and also from a settlement to woodbridge townshp from exxon oil company, linden, n.j. the 7 acre site will be a great finishing touch to the new river walk, & boat launch park.


Monday, December 7, 1999-

- TRACTOR TRAILER JACKNIFES - ON FRONT LAWN OF WEST AVENUE HOUSE. -

- at 7:15 p.m. an 18 wheeler - tractor trailer belonging to the A. DUI PYLE TRUCKING COMPANY, based in maryland, just turning off of woodbridge avenue, traveling on west aveneu to approach the railroad overpass jacknifed. the incident happened on west avenue, between south robert street & dunlop drive. first reported as the truck into the house, the truck actually missed the house, but came within 8 feet from the front door of the house. no one was injured. 2 heavy - duty tow trucks were used to remove the truck, as the woodbridge fire department, and middlesex county haz - mat were on scene just in case the side saddle fuel tanks had been damaged, but did not. traffic was tied up for over 1 hour, as cars were detoured. it is believwed that the truck has skidded on the wet road do to heavy rain.


Monday, November 6, 1999 -

- FIRST BABTIST CHURCH ON SEWAREN AVENUE REPORTS VANDALISM. -

sewaren has been in the news headlines for the last few weeks. members of the first babtist church of woodbridge reported anti - semetic vandalism on their building on 13O sewaren avenue, the old # 12 school. members also claim that their tires on their cars were slashed. broken windows, and spray painting have been done on the building. the building has been abondoned for the last 1O years, when 5 years ago the woodbridge church purchased the building that belonged to an air conditioning company, a computer wharehouse, and a school. the church believes that these incidents are racialy motivated, and they were singled out. some of the residents state that the church was not singled out because several of the nearby residents say that they had damage, including a resident that live directly across the street that had the car windows smashed out, and a swastika, and the numbers"666" spray painted on them. several other sewaren residents blocks away, go on to report slashed tires on their own cars. longtime neighbors of the building say that most of the vandalism, such as the broken windows, & spray painting was done long before the church bought the building. most sewaren residents can remember the infamous tire slashings that occured between 1994 - 1995.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 3O, 1999 -

- ELECTION DAY THIS TUESDAY. -

november 2, 1999 will be election day this year. voting polls for sewaren are going to be held as usual at the matthew jago elementry school # 28 on glen cove avenue, in sewaren.

this year is very interesting for woodbridge residents. up for reelection is the position for mayor. democratic mayor james e. mcgreevey is going to defennd his seat for a third run against republican nominee chris struben, a lawyer from colonia, and independent conservative "mr. john" john vretce also up for grabs is 4 seats for woodbridge township council, which is currently held by democrats - caroline ehlrich, james carrol, patricia osborne, and brenda yori velasco. republican challengers will be sewaren"s own diane hauselt, audry la penta, john c. regep, and cristopher ruzich.

also woodbridge township residents are going to be asked a question if they are against a state plan to build a sex offender prison in the avenel section of woodbridge township.

i urge everyone to take a few minutes and please vote.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 23, 1999 -

- BOATING COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN SEWAREN. -

a course focusing on boating safey & skillsmanship will be held at st. john"s episcipal church (the brown church) on the corners of woodridge, and east avenues here in sewaren on saturday november 2O, 1999. the class will be from 8:3O a.m. - 3:3O p.m. this coure s 1 of 3 classes that is approved by the new jersey state police. it is also coast guard approved the fee is $ 5O. those who are interested should call the following phone number for registration information/ details

- MR. John Shannahann - 1 - 8OO - 237 - 17O8


- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER, 16, 1999 -

HURRICANE FLOYD HITS NEW JERSEY -

late wednesday night - late thursday evening, hurricane floyd, which was once a 4 - scale hurricane on the saffir - simpson scale, and considered one of the largest coastal storms in history made it"s way into the new jersey area affecting mainlly coastal, and low - lying areas that are often prone to high - tides & flooding do to heavy rains. woodbridge township schools closed on thursday, and friday will be a 2 - hour delayed opewning.,- a shelter was in place at the avenel middle school. we recieved between 6 - 8 inches of rain, which will help our gardens, flowers, lawns, etc. and especially the drought.,-


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 1O, 1999 -

- FIRE AT C P CHEMICALS -

just in case anyone was wondering, why are all of the fire trucks on arbor streetnear shell oil company tank farm ? about 2:3O P.M. a call came in reporting a smoke condition at c p chemicals 7 arbor street, which is adjacent to the shell tank farm property. woodbridge firefighters under the leadership of disrict 1 career captain jeff moran, volunteer leutenant patrick kenny, and chief michael hapstack discoverd that c p chemical plant workers had been disposing chemicals in a dumpster indoors that caused an uncontrolable chemical reaction that caused a smoke condition in one of the buildings. fire crews from fords, keasbey, carteret, avenel,colonia, and iselin responded, as id middlesex county haz - mat - the chemicals involved were t known. C P CHEMICALS IS IN THE PROCESS OF CLOSING.,-


TUESAY, SEPTEMBER O7, 1999 -

- RISK MANAGEMENT PLANS ARE NOW AVAILABLE -

find out the worst case - scenario are for motiva (shell) hess oil refinery, chevron perth amboy.,- required from the enviromental protection agency, (EPA) under the clean ? air act, these ockumens contain alot of information/ details. you can acces them from the - other, darker side of sewaren web page, off of the main page.,-


FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1999 -

-FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE ON WEST AVENUE -

the call came in about 4: OO P.M. on friday afternoon reporting a structure fire. at number 66O west avenue in the sewaren section as soon as firefighters from the woodbridge fire department arrived the whole house had smoke and flames pouring out of it. after the fire had been brought under control firefighter jimmy boelhower rescued 2 dogs that were in the basement, 1 of whhich neded help from firefighters, that administered oxygen, afterwards the 2 dogs were running around fine, however a few cats were found dead from the blaze. the pets were in the basement. the homeowners are reportedlly on vacation.,-


- TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1999

- MAYOR JAMES E. MCGREEVEY, AND THE WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL HOLD OWN MEETING

- several residents gathered at the sewaren waterfrot, some of them addrressed the mayor and council members with their concerns, and questions. the meeting lasted from 7: OO P.M. - 9:3O P.M. .,-


- MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 1999

- AREA RESIDENTS WHO HAVE CARS SHOULD LOCK THIER CARS.

- a few residents claim on a few occaissions to have scared away a man that they say was looking into their, and others cars. supposedlly this man was seen at night, and also morning, ad day.,- this man is descibed as a black male on a bicycle.,- Information



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