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Purple Heart recipients could soon be exempt from parking fees in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Assembly Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs approved Assembly Bill 506 with specific amendments. This bill, scheduled for the 2024-2025 session, would provide significant parking benefit benefits to disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients.

As revised, the bill allows these individuals to avoid parking fees when they are either driving or are passengers in any vehicle, regardless of the vehicle's owner. However, this exemption is limited to parking periods not exceeding 24 hours at a single location.

This committee's final amendment included removing an unnecessary article from the bill, streamlining the text after technical review. The bill will now advance in the legislative process and signals a step toward additional support for veterans and Purple Heart recipients in New Jersey.

  • Purple Heart recipients could soon be exempt from parking fees in New Jersey

    TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Assembly Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs approved Assembly Bill 506 with specific amendments. This bill, scheduled for the 2024-2025 session, would provide significant parking benefit benefits to disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients.

    As revised, the bill allows these individuals to avoid parking fees when they are either driving or are passengers in any vehicle, regardless of the vehicle's owner. However, this exemption is limited to parking periods not exceeding 24 hours at a single location.

    This committee's final amendment included removing an unnecessary article from the bill, streamlining the text after technical review. The bill will now advance in the legislative process and signals a step toward additional support for veterans and Purple Heart recipients in New Jersey.

  • Trump-backed Senate candidate loses to gay, pro-abortion Republican

    Curtis Bashaw, a gay-vote activist and hotel developer, has secured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Bashaw's victory in Tuesday's primary over Mendham Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, signals a significant shift in the state's political landscape.

    “Good luck trying to pigeonhole me,” he said. “I'm Curtis Bashaw. A lifelong Republican. I'm gay. I've been with my husband for 20 years. I'm a small business owner. I'm for freedom and domestic peace in our homes. I'm for free choice. I'm for parents. I support law enforcement. I support Israel. I support Ukraine, but know that America must be strong at home to be able to help others, and that means securing our borders.”

    Trump endorsed Glassner at his rally in Wildwood in May.

    In the upcoming November election, Bashaw will face Democrat Andy Kim, currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Also in the race is incumbent Senator Bob Menendez, who plans to run as an independent depending on the outcome of his ongoing federal corruption case. Menendez's participation could potentially split the Democratic vote and increase Bashaw's chances of winning.

    Bashaw's victory presents a dynamic challenge to Democrats seeking to maintain or expand their narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate. The last time New Jersey elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate was in 1972.

    Bashaw's campaign focuses on advocating for change and using his outsider status to get results.

  • Weather update for New Jersey this weekend

    NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey weather forecast for Sunday calls for a chance of rain, mostly occurring before 1 p.m. The day is expected to be partly sunny, with highs around 27 degrees. Winds from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph will shift to the west in the afternoon, with gusts reaching 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

    On Sunday night, skies will be mostly clear, with temperatures dropping to around 58 degrees. Winds will ease and come from the northwest, reaching speeds of around 5 miles per hour.

    Sunny weather will continue through Monday, with highs again around 79 degrees. West winds will be steady at 5 to 10 mph. The Monday night forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and lows around 58 degrees, with a light northwest wind around 5 mph.

  • Toms River Porch Pirates dress up as Amazon delivery drivers

    TOMS RIVER, NJ — Toms River police are warning residents about a series of package thefts involving perpetrators disguised as Amazon employees. The warning follows several reported incidents in various communities.

    According to Toms River police, these thefts are coordinated by people wearing Amazon vests who rob homes immediately after Amazon, FedEx or UPS deliveries. “Multiple agencies, including our own, are investigating these thefts,” a police department spokesperson said.

    Most of the items stolen are iPhones. Police are asking anyone with information about these thefts to contact Detective Joseph Mastronardy at 732-349-0150, extension 1346.

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  • Ex-husband of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star convicted of planning mafia attack

    NEWARK, NJ — Thomas Manzo, the ex-husband of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member, was found guilty on several counts after staging a robbery in exchange for a free wedding reception. U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced the conviction today following a trial in federal court in Newark.

    Manzo, 59, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, stood trial before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in a two-and-a-half-week trial. He was found guilty of committing a violent crime in support of organized crime, conspiring to commit a violent crime in support of organized crime resulting in great bodily injury, and falsifying and concealing documents related to a federal investigation.

    According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in the spring of 2015, Manzo hired John Perna, a soldier in the Lucchese crime family, to attack his ex-wife's then-boyfriend. The attack, which occurred on July 18, 2015, resulted in significant injuries to the victim. In exchange for the attack, Perna was offered a free, lavish wedding reception at a Manzo-owned venue.

    This criminal act, as well as Manzo's efforts to conceal documents related to the wedding from a grand jury, led to his conviction.

    The charges carry significant penalties, including a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the violent crime and forgery charges, with an additional three years in prison for the conspiracy charge. Sentencing is scheduled for October 15.

  • New Jersey Urgent Care Company agrees to $12.04 million settlement for false claims

    NEWARK, NJ — W City Medical of the Upper East Side PLLC, Summit Medical Group PA, Summit Health Management LLC and Village Practice Management Company LLC, doing business collectively as “CityMD,” have agreed to a $12.04 million settlement to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing for COVID-19 tests through a federal program intended for uninsured patients.

    CityMD, which manages about 177 urgent care facilities in New Jersey and New York, was accused by the Department of Justice of submitting false billings from February 4, 2020, through April 5, 2022. The billings were for COVID-19 tests performed on insured people but billed through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Uninsured program.

    HRSA's Uninsured Program reimburses health care providers for the cost of testing, treating and vaccinating uninsured individuals for COVID-19 at Medicare rates. The allegations allege that CityMD did not adequately verify insurance coverage before billing the Uninsured Program, despite having insurance information for some patients.

    The settlement was reached following CityMD's voluntary disclosure and cooperation with the federal investigation, which included engaging a third party to help determine the extent of the government's losses as a result of these unjustified claims.

    U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger and Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton emphasized the critical importance of the Uninsured Program during the pandemic and reaffirmed the government's commitment to protecting these emergency funds from misuse. The settlement underscores ongoing efforts to ensure that pandemic relief funds are used appropriately.

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