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Black History Month Mass to be Celebrated at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica, Sunday, Feb. 25

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Newark NJ, The Archdiocese of Newark will celebrate its annual Black History Month Mass on Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. in Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. This year’s liturgy will feature guest celebrant Father Anthony Bozeman, SSJ, a prolific evangelist who also serves as the academic dean of St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C.; assistant vocations director for the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart; and administrator of Our Lady of Grace Church in Reserve, La.

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Sacred Relics to Be Displayed in Montclair

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Montclair NJ, an exhibit featuring over 100 sacred relics of Jesus Christ; the Holy Family; and numerous saints, martyrs, and blesseds will be on display at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Oratory in Montclair on Saturday, February 24, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Case of Highly Contagious Whooping Cough Reported in North Jersey

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Wantage Township NJ, a case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has been reported within the High Point Regional High School community, according to a letter issued by school officials on Thursday.

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Four Individuals Charged in North Jersey Stolen Car Ring

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Newark NJ, four individuals were charged for their roles in a conspiracy to receive, retitle, and “re-VIN” stolen vehicles, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

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Priceless Painting Returned to Owner After Being Stolen in North Jersey in 1969

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Newark NJ,a historic and priceless English painting, “The Schoolmistress” by artist John Opie, stolen over 50 years ago by New Jersey mobsters, has been returned to its owner, Francis Wood, after a two-year FBI investigation. The painting, taken from Wood’s Newark home in 1969, was recently ruled as his rightful property by a judge in Washington County, Utah. The FBI, along with detectives from the Metropolitan Police in London, played a crucial role in the investigation. The painting, dating back to around 1784, depicts an elderly woman teaching children in a classroom in Cornwall, England. It was found in Utah in 2021, among the property of a deceased client who unwittingly purchased a house containing the stolen artwork. The painting, previously thought to be in the possession of organized crime gangs, has now been returned to the Wood family.

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FBI Offers $10,000 Reward For Indian Tech Student Missing From North Jersey

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Jersey City NJ, five years ago, Mayushi Bhagat left her Jersey City apartment in pajama pants and was never seen again. Despite efforts by family and friends, including a fundraiser, to find her, there are still no answers nearly five years later. Last month, the FBI Newark Field Office announced a new $10,000 reward for information about the missing student. Mayushi, born in India on July 12, 1994, was in the U.S. on an F1 student visa, studying at the New York Institute of Technology.

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Paterson Man Charged Threatening to Shoot and Bomb Government Buildings

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Paterson NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of BRANDON M. HERNANDEZ (DOB: 6/1/1995; single; unemployed) of 56 Park Avenue, Paterson, NJ, on charges of terroristic threats and cyber-harassment. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

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SOWING SEED SCHOOL ANNOUNCES SECOND LOCATION IN WEST NEW YORK

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West New York, NJ, Sowing Seed School, located in Weehawken, New Jersey, announces its second location at 17 Ave at Port Imperial, West New York in New Jersey, which is set to open in the Fall of 2024. 

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Son Faces Charges in Morris County Christmas Eve Killing Father

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Boonton Township NJ, on Christmas Eve, a Boonton Township man faces charges in connection with the killing of his father, as announced by Morris County’s prosecutor and Boonton Township police on Monday.

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FBI Coordinates Multi-agency, “Operation Clean House” to Locate and Arrest Violent Offenders

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Newark NJ, FBI Newark Safe Streets Gang Task Forces based in Newark Headquarters and the North Jersey Violent Crime Task Force based at the Garret Mountain Resident Agency worked with law enforcement agencies in Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties to organize a month-long effort titled Operation Clean House to proactively locate and arrest violent offenders in a strategic effort to address violent crime. FBI agents, task force officers, and detectives made 29 arrests beginning November 1, through December 1, 2023. The charges range from drug possession, conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and heroin, to manslaughter and murder.

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Two North Jersey Men Charged with Kidnapping

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Paterson NJ, two men have been charged in connection with their respective roles in an armed kidnapping for ransom of a Paterson, New Jersey, resident, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Antisemitism on Campus: Rutgers University Under Federal Investigation

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Newark NJ, Rutgers University is now under the federal government’s scrutiny due to allegations of antisemitic incidents during October and November 2023, a period marked by the Israel-Hamas war. This investigation is part of a broader initiative, with 29 U.S. universities and school districts facing civil rights inquiries since the onset of the conflict. The heightened focus on these institutions revolves around concerns regarding the handling of free speech and incidents of bullying amidst student protests linked to the Israel-Hamas war.

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