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    We know Kenilworth superintendent Thomas Tramaglini was caught pooping on the Holmdel football field. We don't know a whole lot else. So we have lots of questions.


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    A school superintendent was charged this week with defecating at a high school running track. Watch video

    Ben Teixeira was participating in the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., years ago when he spotted something surprising.

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    Runners had just crossed Arlington Memorial Bridge when a group of them made a beeline for a stand of trees. 

    In full view of anyone watching, men and women were dropping their drawers and heeding nature's call.

    "They didn't care if they were exposed or not and they're going," said Teixeira, president of the Clifton RoadRunners Club. "I was completely shocked at this point because I was new to running."

    They were experiencing runner's trots -- or runner's diarrhea -- the sudden urge to go as you're pounding the pavement on a multi-mile jog.

    New Jersey school superintendent charged this week with relieving himself at a high school football field may suffer from that same condition.

    Thomas Tramaglini was arrested this week after authorities set up a sting to identify the person responsible for defecating daily at Holmdel High School's football field and track. Cops caught him in the act early Monday morning. He was charged with defecating in public, lewdness and littering.

    Tramaglini, who lives in Aberdeen, hasn't commented on why he had such a public bathroom break, but in 2010, Thomas Tramaglini of Tinton Falls completed the New York City marathon with a time of 03:48:25. So is Superintendent Tramaglini a serious runner?  

    A few factors can contribute to this urgent need among runners, including the gut-jostling act of all those footfalls. Diet is a big factor, too. The Mayo Clinic suggests limiting high-fiber foods at least a day before a big run and avoiding caffeine and high-fat foods 3 to 6 hours before you strap on your sneakers.

    Teixeira said it all comes down to planning.

    If you know the route you are running, make yourself aware of nearby portable toilets and other restroom options ahead of time, he suggested. He knows all about preparing, since he suffers from Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder with symptoms including severe diarrhea.

    "I know if it's going to be one of those days," he said.

    In the heat of competition, some don't let runner's trots break their stride.

    "I've seen races were runners get to the finish line and their legs are completely drenched," Teixeira said.

    This subject gained national attention last year when a female jogger was dubbed the "Mad Pooper" for her habit of letting go on sidewalks and yards in a Colorado Springs neighborhood.

    While Atilla Sabahoglu, president of the Freedom Running Club in Somerset, hasn't seen issues with runner's trots among his club members, he said the key to avoiding a mid-run emergency is a good diet.

    He stops eating by about 6:30 p.m. when he has a race the next morning and he skips breakfast. Sabahoglu recommends foods made with whole wheat flour, as well as plenty of fruit and water. He also avoids red-meat a week out from a race since it takes longer to digest, robbing a runner of needed energy.

    Doug Rice, president of the Sandy Hookers running club in Monmouth County, suggested runners avoid greasy foods the night before competition. He recalled training for an Ironman competition in Lake Placid, New York, where competitors would visit a popular barbecue joint nearby.

    Spareribs and endurance events don't mix.

    "I had to run in the woods a few times," he chuckled.

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us: nj.com/tips.

     

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    Jimmy Glovich was hit Tuesday evening along White Road in Howell, his hometown

    The 19-year-old bicyclist who died this week after being struck by a car Tuesday evening in Howell was "the strongest, funniest brightest kid there was," his sister said. 

    glovich.jpgJimmy Glovich, right, with his sister Krissy at his Colts Neck High School graduation in 2016. (Courtesy Krissy Glovich) 

    James Glovich, of Howell, was hit on White Street between Conover Street and Georgia Tavern Road around 6:11 p.m. and flown to an area trauma center, police said.

    YouCaring.com page set up by friends said Jimmy, a Howell resident, suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain. 

    "He always had a huge smile on his face and would help anybody who needed it," his youngest sister Krissy Glovich wrote in a message to NJ Advance Media.  "He was a tough boy and a hard worker and he did everything he could to make people happy.

    "His smile was contagious, and his laugh was too. He was a beautiful soul and a kind hearted kid."

    Jimmy's organs will be donated, which could help save 8-10 people, his sister said.

    Glovich, a 2016 graduate of Colts Neck High School, is survived by his parents as well as sisters Krissy, 17; Kaity, 25; and Karly, 24. 

    "Jimmy is a hero," Krissy wrote. "Jimmy is our hero."

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    A man is in custody following the late-night shooting on a highway ramp in Route 33

    UPDATEHighway killing suspect ID'd, possible link to prior shootings ongoing

    A man is in custody after shooting and killing a 24-year-old woman as she was driving with her boyfriend and a 1-year-old child in Freehold Township late Thursday, authorities said. 

    Sciasia Calhoun was on the ramp from Route 33 onto northbound Halls Mill Road when a gunman in another car opened fire at 11:44 p.m., a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said. 

    The gunman, who has not been named, is suspected in two other shootings in Monmouth County, authorities said. The locations and details of those shootings have not been released.  

    Calhoun was taken to CentraState Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. The boyfriend and the 1-year-old were not harmed. 

    The shooter, who has not been named, was alone in a late model Chevy Impala, the spokesman said. 

    It is unclear if the Freehold shooting is connected to last weekend's fatal shooting along Route 18 in Colts Neck.

    This story has been updated to reflect additional information provided by authorities about previous shootings. 

    Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Kenilworth schools Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini, who is on paid leave from his $147,504-a-year job, faces charges of defecation in public and lewdness Watch video

    A day after making national headlines for being charged with pooping at a high school track near his home, Kenilworth Superintendent of Schools Thomas Tramaglini trotted into his home in gym shorts and running shoes.

    "I have no comment," Tramaglini said as he quickly ducked into his Aberdeen townhouse at about 10 a.m. Friday morning, with his mail in hand.

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    Tramaglini has declined repeated requests to explain how or why he ended up in the custody of Holmdel police at sunrise on Monday.

    School officials and police set up surveillance at Holmdel High School's track and football field to catch a serial pooper who had been defecating daily, police said. The human feces had been discovered by track coaches and staff at the school, Holmdel police said.

    The track is about 3 miles from Tramaglini's townhouse in neighboring Aberdeen. He is on paid leave from his $147,504-a-year job as superintendent in Kenilworth, a school district roughly 22 miles to the north.

    Tramaglini faces three municipal charges of public defecation, lewdness and dumping of litter. His initial court date of next week has been bumped to May 30.

    Since news of the arrest went public on Thursday, Tramaglini has shut down his social media accounts and declined to talk.

    On Friday morning, his neighbors went about their typical workday routines and said Tramaglini had always struck them as a pleasant person.

    "He was a nice guy," said one neighbor. "Except for pooping on the field."

    N.J. mystery pooper scandal: We have so many unanswered questions

    Tramaglini's home is within a small circle of townhouses painted neutral colors and decorated in front with large, manicured shrubs and fresh-cut grass. Each unit is assigned parking spots and the area, located at the end of a long road off a busy highway, is quiet during the day save for the conversations of dog-walkers and a contractor painting trim.

    Most in the neighborhood didn't want to get involved and noted that, if not for Tramaglini's position as a school official, the story wouldn't have gotten much attention.

    "If he wasn't a super this wouldn't even be news," said a neighbor, a retiree who didn't want to give his name.

    Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    A 24-year-old woman was killed as she drove along Route 33 with her baby in the car

    Authorities in Monmouth County Friday afternoon said ballistic tests on handguns seized during the arrest of the man they say killed a woman on Route 33 in Freehold Township Thursday night will tell them if he's responsible for two other recent shootings.

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    Kader Mustafa, 34, is the gunman who opened fire on a car driven by Sciasia Calhoun, 24, on the ramp from Route 33 to Halls Mill Road at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office alleged. He's charged with murder and several related felonies.

    Calhoun died about an hour later at a local hospital. Her boyfriend and their 1-year-old child were in the car, and not physically injured.

    Police caught Mustafa shortly after 8 a.m Friday on Oakland Mills Road in Manalapan. He was inside his vehicle, a white Chevrolet Impala, and police recovered two firearms during the arrest, a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .38-caliber revolver.

    Investigators are waiting for the results of tests on the weapons that will help determine if there's a connection to two recent, nonfatal shootings - April 27 in Neptune Township and April 28 in Holmdel -  First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said at an announcement.

    "Last night's incident was a substantial break (in the prior shootings)," Linskey said. The investigations into those incidents continues, and Linskey appealed to the public for more information about them.

    Linskey said the office is confident, though, that there is no connection between Calhoun's murder and the killing of Lloyd Earl Sanders this past Sunday morning in Colts Neck. And the investigation of Mustafa has found no evidence of terrorism.

    Sanders, 54, of Neptune City, was also fired upon while driving on Route 18. His car was riddled with bullets, and his passenger was wounded. No arrests or charges have been reported in that crime.

    Holmdel police had posted on their Facebook page about the April 28 shooting in their town. A motorist reported his car was shot while northbound on South Holmdel Road, the post said.

    Anyone with information for authorities can contact Monmouth prosecutor's Detective Andrea Tozzi at 800-533-7443 or Freehold Township Detective Jamie Burdge at 732-462-7500.

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook

     

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    The Kenilworth Board of Education has scheduled a meeting for May 5, 2018, to discuss Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini, who was arrested April 30 after he was caught on video defecating on the Holmdel High School track. Watch video

    The Kenilworth Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. on Saturday to discuss Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini, who has been charged with defecating in public.

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    Track coaches and staff at Holmdel High School told the district's resource officer that they had been finding human feces on or near the football field and track daily, Holmdel police said in a statement Thursday.

    School employees began monitoring the area and on Monday police arrested Tramaglini at 5:50 a.m., it was previously reported. Tramaglini was also charged with lewdness and littering.

    Saturday's special meeting will be held at David Brearley High School, 401 Monroe Ave., Kenilworth, in the board of education conference room.

    According to the agenda, posted online on Friday evening, the board will open go into executive session to discuss "matters involving the office of superintendent of schools." The public will not be allowed to hear the board's discussion, but the matters "will be disclosed to the public as soon as final decisions are made and voted upon."

    Questions pile up as superintendent stays silent

    The board will then hold a public comment period where anyone who would like to speak will be given five minutes to address the board and ask questions.

    The board may then take action on a resolution "Status of Dr. Thomas Tramaglini, Superintendent of Schools," following the public session.

    Kenilworth Board of Education Attorney Vito Gagliardi said Friday night it is "unlikely under the circumstances that they wouldn't take action," on the resolution.

    A second resolution, "Status of Brian Luciani, Director of Academics," will also be up for a vote.

    Luciani assumed Tramaglini's responsibilities after Tramaglini requested - and was granted - a paid leave from the district on Wednesday evening. Luciani previously has served as the principal of Brearley High School in Kenilworth and has a "superintendent certificate," Gagliardi said earlier this week.

    Tramaglini has declined repeated requests to discuss his arrest. His court date, which was originally scheduled for next week, has been moved to May 30.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Howell dogs 9/29/2016Authorities seized 12 dogs and two horses from the rear of a residence in Howell Township on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Monmouth County SPCA) 

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    Tramaglini has been charged with public urination/defecation, lewdness and littering. Watch video

    The superintendent accused of defecating on the Holmdel High School track has been suspended with pay for the rest of the school year.

    Kenilworth superintendent Thomas Tramaglini, 42, will remain on paid leave through June 30 after he was arrested Monday while he was running at the high school track, the school board decided Saturday in a special meeting. 

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    The board on Saturday did not say what would happen with Tramaglini's job after June 30. 

    Holmdel police previously said they had set up surveillance after track coaches and staff told the district's resource officer they had found human feces on or near the football field every day. 

    After school officials began watching the area, police said they saw Tramaglini in the act of relieving himself. Police arrested him around 5:50 a.m. Monday. He is charged with lewdness, public urination/defecation and littering. 

    Brian Luciani, the Kenilworth district's director of academics, will serve as the superintendent while Tramaglini is on leave. He took over for Tramaglini after the superintendent requested, and was granted, paid leave from the district Wednesday evening.

    Luciani was previously the principal of Brearley High School in Kenilworth and has a "superintendent certificate," school board attorney Vito Gagliardi said this week. 

    Board President Nancy Zimmerman said in a prepared statement after the meeting that Tramaglini's contract runs through June 30, 2020, and state law prohibits suspensions without pay unless there is an indictment or tenure charges. 

    "The board is mindful of its rights and responsibilities under these challenging circumstances and looks forward to refocusing its energies on educating the children and serving as responsible fiduciaries of our tax dollars," Zimmerman said.

    Tramaglini has declined to comment on his arrest. The law firm he has hired to retain him, The Law Offices of Gerard A. DelTufo and Gerard L. DelTufo, could not immediately be reached Saturday. 

    Tramaglini, who is paid $147,504 per year, lives about three miles from Holmdel High School in Aberdeen. He previously was the chief academic officer in Keansburg and also worked in Plumsted and Freehold Borough. 

    He was once a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, but a spokesman said he does not currently work there. 

    A court appearance for Tramaglini is scheduled for May 30. 

    Carmen Bucco, who said he is a former school board member, at Saturday's meeting urged the board to more carefully vet future hires. He asked the board how they will change the background check process. Board members said they were not going to discuss it at this time.

    Amy Reithel, who has two sons in the Kenilworth school district, said Saturday in an interview that the situation is "embarassing." 

    "I'm okay with it," she said about the board's decision to put Tramaglini on paid leave through the end of the school year. "It is what it is."

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook

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    Portable toilets have long been located around the Holmdel High School athletic fields, those familiar with the site say. Watch video

    Portable toilets have been located around the Holmdel High School athletic fields for as long as many people familiar with the space can remember.

    "They're always here," said a man who was visiting with his wife as their children were practicing the long jump on the track Saturday.

    The man, who declined to give his name, says his family's visit to the athletic complex aren't that frequent, but he remembers one thing -- the outdoor toilets have always been there.

    So why then didn't the superintendent from the neighboring Kenilworth school district, Thomas Tramaglini, make use of them instead of allegedly defecating on the track? It's one of many questions left unanswered in this bizarre story that has captured international attention. 

    No one answered the door at Tramaglini's townhome in Aberdeen Saturday. Other than a terse "I have no comment" offered to a NJ.com reporter who approached him on Friday afternoon, Tramalglini has issued no formal statement about the accusations. 

    img-8375jpg-9064a2e8a78e0d84.jpgThese three portable toilets are about 80 steps from the running track. (Allison Pries | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) 

    Police arrested Tramaglini last Monday after surveillance cameras allegedly caught him in the act. During a hastily arranged Kenilworth Board of Education meeting on Saturday morning, the superintendent was placed on paid leave until June 30 for allegedly repeatedly using the open track as a place to relieve himself.

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    In the absence of any public defense from the accused, theories have abounded, including the possibility that Tramaglini (who has competed in the New York City Marathon) might have suffered from a common affliction known as "runner's trots" -- a sudden and not entirely controllable need to void mid-run. But as many others have noted, if this was occurring on a regular basis, that would suggest intent.

    "The fact that it's repeated means that it's intentional," clinical psychologist Edward Hollenbach told NJ.com on Friday. "The person is weaponizing the emotion of disgust and using it to upset people."

    However, at least one mystery -- the question of whether there was a place Tramaglini might have properly relieved himself on or near the Holmdel High School running track -- would appear to be solved.

    The red synthetic Holmdel running track is about 80 steps from a bank of three portable toilets -- one which is handicapped accessible and two regular size units.

    All three were unlocked on Saturday afternoon.

    Whether these portable toiliets are left unlocked around the clock or just during certain hours was not clear Saturday.

    Calls and an email to Holmdel Board of Education President Vicky Flynn, who is also on the building and grounds committee, were not immediately returned.

    Attempts to reach other board members, school officials and coaches were unsuccessful.

    The few people at the complex on Saturday said they either didn't know about the alleged acts of Tramaglini case or they didn't want to talk about it.

    Two men leaving the field said they didn't know anything about it.

    A few steps later, one turned around and said, "That guy isn't the superintendent of this school, you know."

    Allison Pries may be reached at apries@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 


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    Meryl Streep couldn't come, but there was still plenty of star power in the room for the 10th anniversary of the New Jersey Hall of Fame in Asbury Park. Bruce Springsteen, a surprise guest, showed up to help induct Steven Van Zandt. Watch video

    Where can you find Debbie Harry from Blondie and "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro embracing Bruce Springsteen after he jams alongside Steven Van Zandt, with author Harlan Coben, Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen and Joe Piscopo swaying in the background as astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly stand there, smiling? 

    Asbury Park, that's where. More specifically, the New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Springsteen was a surprise guest at the ceremony on Sunday night at the Paramount Theatre, which both welcomed the 17 members of the 2017 class and marked the 10th anniversary of the state hall of fame.

    The Boss, who has been no stranger to the hall's inductions over the years, stopped by to laud Van Zandt, a 2017 inductee. He told the audience he knew he had found a kindred spirit in his future bandmate shortly after meeting him. 

    "One look at Steve and I knew we both drank the same Kool-Aid," said Springsteen, 68, paying tribute to their friendship. Springsteen himself was inducted in the hall's inaugural class back in 2008, alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra. 

    "Steve is one of the greatest living white soul performers we have," Springsteen said, calling Van Zandt, 67, "the sole creator of the male babushka" -- a man who, not unlike Hugh Hefner, had managed to spend his whole life "in his pajamas." 

    After Van Zandt, a member of the E Street Band who played Silvio Dante on "The Sopranos" and has enjoyed a long solo career, took to the stage to perform a song, he reunited with Springsteen for a rousing performance of "I Don't Want to Go Home," a song Van Zandt sang on the first Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes album, released in 1976.

    "We were lucky to grow up when we did," said Van Zandt, who hails from Middletown, crediting a culture of teenage leisure with allowing him to be creative in a band and meet Springsteen in the first place. 

    "We did the impossible," he said. "We made New Jersey hip." 

    Whoopi Goldberg, who has lived in the exclusive Llewellyn Park neighborhood of West Orange for 10 years, hosted the ceremony, vamping when the teleprompter failed.

    "I've never been to Asbury Park before," said Goldberg, 62, explaining that she was still getting the hang of being a New Jerseyan as she introduced Gov. Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy. Former governors Tom Kean and Christine Todd Whitman followed, as did former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley. Other surprise guests included legendary Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who walked onstage to his signature Metallica favorite "Enter Sandman" in order to introduce Valastro.

    "I was a baker, I'm a just a baker," said Valastro, the Little Ferry-bred star of the TLC reality series "Cake Boss." The owner of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken seemed in awe of "The Closer" introducing him for anything. 

    "We are lucky," said Valastro, 41, accepting the honor. "We are the melting pot. We are the diversity of America right here in New Jersey."

    Meryl Streep, one of the inductees that surely would've generated the most excitement, had to bow out of the induction ceremony earlier in the week because of a conflict in her production schedule for the upcoming second season of HBO's Emmy-winning drama "Big Little Lies."

    Streep, 68, was actually chosen for the hall of fame 10 years ago alongside Springsteen, but like other would-be inductees -- who are chosen by way of a combination of a public vote and the hall's preference -- hadn't yet been able to attend the ceremony. 

    But there was still plenty of star power in the performing arts category, which included Blondie's Debbie Harry, who grew up in Hawthorne, and Newark's The Four Seasons, including Frankie Valli (who was previously inducted as a solo artist), 84, and singer Gloria Gaynor, also from Newark. 

    Harry, who wore a Time's Up pin in solidarity with the Hollywood movement to support survivors of sexual assault and misconduct, was introduced by John Roberts, the Edison-bred voice of Linda Belcher on the Fox animated series "Bob's Burgers."

    "I really hate to miss tomato season in New Jersey," Harry said, especially while on tour. The "Rapture" singer said she even considered making a "Jersey tomato" album.

    "I encourage you all to have a happy life in New Jersey," said Harry, 72, even though she grew up wanting to leave the state and see the world. 

    Gaynor, 68, minted a shining moment onstage as she belted out her massive career-defining hit "I Will Survive," leaving Goldberg the impossible task of following the performance -- the puzzled look on her face said it all. 

    Introducing Gaynor, Felipe Rose of the Village People, an Asbury Park local, appeared onstage in full fringe and headdress alongside first lady Tammy Murphy, causing Gov. Murphy to later joke that she had left the state to tour with the "Y.M.C.A." band. 

    Mark Ballas of "Dancing with the Stars," the last actor to play Valli in "Jersey Boys" on Broadway, paid tribute to the group with a performance. Singer Tommy James, a 2016 inductee, reminisced about being "starstruck" when he first met the singers decades ago.

    In the arts and letters category, the hall inducted author Harlan Coben, who lives in Ridgewood. Giants star Harry Carson introduced Coben, who expressed many points of admiration for the state. 

    "I have lived my entire life in the state of New Jersey," said Coben, 56, who was born in Newark, grew up in Livingston and currently lives in Ridgewood. 

    Sure, New Jersey has an attitude and a chip on its shoulder, he said, but it's also a state "loaded with hope." 

    debbie-harry-blondie-new-jersey-hall-of-fame.jpgDebbie Harry of Blondie was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame's 2017 class. Harry, who grew up in Hawthorne, said one of her main goals when she was younger was to leave New Jersey and see the world. (Bernadette Marciniak | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
     

    Another inductee in the category, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Anna Quindlen, from South Brunswick, was introduced by former Sen. Bradley.

    Quindlen, 64, who now works exclusively as a novelist, thanked the staff of the Home News (now the Home News Tribune), where she started as a "copygirl" in New Brunswick, for giving her the knowhow that help her power a remarkable career in journalism. She used her time on stage to stress importance of the press. 

    "Knowledge is power," she said. "Ignorance is not bliss. A free press today stands between us and disaster." 

    Rounding out the hall's enterprise category was estate developer Jon Hanson, chairman of the Hampshire Companies who was also chairman of the state Sports and Exposition Authority in the 1980s; Forbes magazine editor (and former Republican presidential candidate) Steve Forbes, from Far Hills; and Lakewood's Joe Buckelew, a GOP powerbroker and chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, an insurance and risk management firm, who was introduced by none other than Democratic boss George Norcross.

    Astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly, 54, who got their start in West Orange and are known for their participation in NASA's Twins Study, which monitored the effects of long-term space travel, were inducted in the public service category. So was nurse Clara Maass, a volunteer test subject in a yellow fever study who died in 1901, and politician Millicent Fenwick, a Republican congresswoman from Bernardsville who died in 1992 and had worked as an editor at Vogue and served as the U.S. ambassador to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    Montclair's Buzz Aldrin, one of America's most vaunted spacemen himself, introduced the Kelly brothers alongside Goldberg.

    "You know the great thing about being in space for a year? You can't hear your twin brother wining," mused Scott Kelly. 

    "I have to say there is no place greater than the state of New Jersey, even after you guys allowed them to shut down Pal's Cabin," said Mark Kelly, whose wife, gun control advocate and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, also got a big round of applause when named. 

    Veteran baseball pitcher and Yankees player Al Leiter, 52, from Berkeley Township and soccer champion Carli Lloyd, who grew up in Delran, were inducted in the hall's sports category.

    Joe Piscopo, previously inducted into the hall, introduced Leiter but also delivered an ode to New Jersey, talking about the flame he loves to see when passing the oil refineries on the New Jersey Turnpike. 

    "I make a cross when I see that flame," said the 66-year-old former "Saturday Night Live" star, before breaking into a Sinatra-style song about the Yankees pitcher. 

    Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand, 27, was on hand to induct Lloyd, a fellow Rutgers standout and gold medalist. 

    "The plan is to stay in New Jersey and hopefully end my career here," said Lloyd, 35, who currently plays for Sky Blue, a soccer club in Tinton Falls. 

    Kevin Hoagland, Middlesex County surrogate, was inducted as the hall's "unsung hero" for 2017.

    The New Jersey Hall of Fame has no physical home apart from a mobile museum housed in a trailer. But organizers say the hall should be getting a permanent home soon, though they haven't announced details yet on when or where.

    In the meantime, thanks to a $400,000 Department of State grant and financial support from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the hall has an exhibit at Newark Liberty International Airport that includes an electronic wall of fame in Terminal C and "hologram units" featuring astronaut Mark Kelly and Wyclef Jean.

    More displays are yet to come for author Mary Higgins Clark, TV journalist Connie Chung and singer Tommy James. Also on the way: 150 Jersey pride posters that will be dispersed in all three of the airport's terminals.  


    Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.

     


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    Dogs and cats throughout the state await adoption.

    Petfinder, the for-profit internet company that operates the largest online pet adoption website serving all of North America, put this list together of common adoption myths in the hope that more people will adopt dogs and cats from shelters and rescues.

    * "I don't know what I'm getting."

    There is likely more information available on adoptable animals than pets for purchase in pet stores. Many of the pets from rescue groups are in foster care, living with their fosterer 24/7; information on their personality and habits is typically vast. Even shelters have a very good idea about how the dogs and cats in their care behave with people and other animals.

    * "I can't find what I want at a shelter."

    Not only are their breed-specific rescue groups, but some rescues and shelters maintain waiting lists for specific breeds. There are even means on Petfinder.com to be notified when certain breeds are posted for adoption.

    *"I can get a pet for free from a friend or acquaintance; why pay an adoption fee?"

    The 'free pet' from a source other than a shelter or rescue group isn't necessarily free. Adoption fees usually cover a number of services and treatments including spay/neuter and veterinary checkups. Covering these costs on your own would call for spending the following estimated amounts:

         * Spay/neuter: $150-$300

         * Distemper vaccination: $20-$30, twice

         * Rabies vaccination: $15-$25

         * Heartworm test: $15-$35

         * Flea/tick treatment: $50-$200

         * Microchip: $25-$50

    * "Pets are in shelters because they don't make good pets."

    Here are the main reasons animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups:

         * Owners have to move, pets not allowed

         * Allergies

         * Owner having personal problems

         * Too many, no room for littermates

         * Owner can no longer afford a pet

         * Owner's health does not allow for pet care

    While no one can say that every pet adopted from a shelter or rescue will work out perfectly, it's important to remember that misinformation about these homeless animals often keeps them from finding loving homes.


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    Another week of upsets rocks the Top 20 again


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    With divisional and county tournament titles on the line, there are a bevy of must-see, can't miss high school baseball games this week.


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    Philadelphia's The Wonder Years were triumphant with new tunes to play in Asbury Park Sunday night


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