Local Beat: Farmingdale Mourns Passing of Longtime Mayor

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FARMINGDALE MOURNS PASSING OF LONGTIME MAYOR
The borough of Farmingdale, NJ is mourning the loss of Mayor John P. “Jay” Morgan, who died earlier this week after serving his community for 13 years. The Howell Times says Morgan had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

TEAM MASTRANGELO CAUGHT IN A LIE
Accusations are flying in Morris County after the son of freeholder candidate Thomas Mastrangelo admitted his father sent him to film an opponent’s campaign event. Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus says Republican freeholder candidates Lou Valori, Roman, Hirniak, and Peter King called on Team Mastrangelo to apologize.

EMAIL REVEALS PRINCIPAL & BUSINESS ADMIN KNEW OUT-OF-TOWN RELATIVE WAS TO BE TUITION-FREE
After pouring over a hundred pages of emails obtained via an Open Public Records Act request, Saul Qersdyn of Roselle Park News came across an email that revealed the Roselle Park School District Business Administrator and Robert Gordon School Principal were aware that an out-of-town relative of the principal was attending school tuition-free.

SEASIDE BEACHFRONT LAND SWAP PROPOSES USING TRL IN LAND DEAL
A beachfront land swap in Seaside Heights now includes the possibility of including 30 to 60 county-owned acres of land in Toms River. Catherine Galioto of Micromedia Publications says the area north west of the Garden State Parkway and Route 37 will become Green Acres land to make up for the loss of Seaside Heights’ Green Acres beachfront.

NEW BRUNSWICK FIREFIGHTER REMAINS ON THE JOB AFTER DRUNK DRIVING ARREST IN NY
A New Brunswick firefighter is still on the job after being arrested out of state for driving while intoxicated with two young children in his vehicle. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says the story was first reported by News10.com, but the firefighter remains on the job even after the New Brunswick City Hall confirmed that the man was a member of the New Brunswick Fire Department.

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SAVE THE DATE: The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University is hosting a panel on the historical and contemporary role of Italian media in the U.S. on Tuesday April 12 from 6:30-8:30. The program features visiting scholar Bénédicte Deschamps (University of Paris Diderot – Université Paris Sorbonne Cité), newspaper editor Maurita Cardone (La Voce di New York), TV producer Lucia Grillo (Italics, CUNY TV) and journalist Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush. Click here for more information.

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