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    See how teams moved around in the Top 20 following this week's upsets.

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    Football is filled with surprises. These 35 N.J. teams have exceeded expectations early in 2018.

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    Alejandro Garciamerino was crossing Route 71 North in Brielle when he was hit by a car driven by Dr. James S. McCaughan, police said

    The pedestrian who was killed crossing Route 71 North in Brielle this week was identified Thursday as a 47-year-old Ocean County man, authorities said.

    Alejandro Garciamerino of Point Pleasant Beach was crossing Route 71 North near Bradley Avenue in Brielle about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a car driven by Dr. James S. McCaughan, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

    Garciamerino was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:56 a.m., the prosecutor's office said.

    McCaughan, a thoracic surgeon at Community Medical Center in Toms River, was charged with third-degree causing death while driving with a revoked or suspended license, as well as two additional motor vehicle offenses.

    He was released pending a court date.

    Investigators took blood samples from McCaughan, which were sent to a laboratory. McCaughan was not given a breathalyzer test, police said.

    "When it's a fatal accident we do a blood test," said Brielle police Lt. Gary Olsen, adding the results are pending.

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

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    'I'm going to win her love back,' says Roger Mathews, who married Jenni 'JWoww' Farley in 2015. 'I have no intention of being a single dad.' Watch video

    Fans of "Jersey Shore Family Vacation," MTV's revival of "Jersey Shore," are familiar with the relationship woes of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley, the mother of his young daughter.

    The pitfalls of the volatile union -- which produced at least one arrest for domestic battery -- have been captured by cameras as the cast filmed this past season in Las Vegas. The second season of the show, which was also filmed in various New Jersey locations, including a brief visit to the cast's former home base in Seaside Heights, is still airing on MTV.

    But it turns out that another cast member, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, was weathering a crisis in her marriage all along. 

    Farley, 32, has filed for divorce from Roger Mathews, her husband of three years, the Asbury Park Press reported on Thursday night. The divorce complaint, filed on Sept. 12 in Superior Court in Ocean County, cites irreconcilable differences between Mathews and Farley, who have two children. 

    Mathews addressed the subject in a video on Instagram. 

    "My wife filed for divorce," he said. "It's true. I'm just going to keep it simple. I don't blame her. There's no cheating or any dumb s--t or any juicy details," he continued. "She just grew tired of the repetitive pattern that we fell into. Again, I am not going to get into detail but it was a repetitive pattern and not a good one."

    "But here's what's also true," said Mathews, 43. "I'm not done fighting. I'm going to win my wife back. I'm going to win her affection back. I'm going to win her love back. I have no intention of being a single dad. We're in counseling, so there is hope. It ain't over till the fat lady sings."  

    Farley's public relationship with Mathews has been characterized by playful insults documented for the cameras both this season and last season before the show headed to Miami. She was part of the original "Jersey Shore" cast when the reality show debuted in 2009. Farley also starred in the spinoff "Snooki & JWoww" with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, which was MTV's most successful "Jersey Shore" offshoot. The series, which premiered before "Jersey Shore" ended in 2012, lasted four seasons until 2015 and was filmed in Jersey City and at the Jersey Shore.

    Even though one of the key maxims of the original reality series was always, "never fall in love at the Jersey Shore," Farley did just that. She paired up with Mathews as the show became a ratings juggernaut. In 2012, she told The Star-Ledger that she decided to veer from a planned career in graphic design and animation to pursue the world of reality TV. 

    "It was intern with Pixar or go on the 'Jersey Shore,'" she said. 

    After becoming an MTV celebrity, Farley, who hails from New York, settled down with Mathews, a truck driver from Maine, in Toms River. They got married in October 2015. The couple has a daughter, Meilani, 3, and a son, Greyson, 2.

    Even after "Snooki & JWoww" came to an end, Farley continued to connect with her fans through the Awestruck series "Jenni & Roger: Domesticated" on YouTube (see clip above). Filmed at their home, the series follows the family's daily life.  

    According to the divorce complaint, Farley, who was recently seen on "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" urging Ortiz-Magro to go to court to seek custody of his baby daughter, is now herself seeking joint custody of her son and daughter, along with primary residential custody. She also wants child support and health insurance from Mathews for their children. 

    Farley recently revealed on the MTV series that her son Greyson has not been able to meet developmental milestones. On her popular YouTube channel, where she chronicles her home life with Mathews and her children, Farley said Greyson is speech delayed and that she is pursuing early intervention therapies for him.

    "I think sharing stories and educating each other is one of the best ways to break a stigma," Farley said in a video posted two days before she filed for divorce, adding that she would dedicate her channel to spreading awareness about speech delays and the autism spectrum. 

    "At the end of the day, just like you, just like myself and every other parent, we just want the best for our kids," she said.

    More than five years after those last days in their Seaside house, "Jersey Shore" cast members have proven they can still party all the time -- whether at the beach, at the club or on a casino floor in the wee hours of the morning -- but most are now focused on children, family and spouses. 

    Polizzi lives in Florham Park with her husband, Jionni LaValle, and their two children. She was the first "Jersey Shore" cast member to get engaged and married after she became pregnant with her first child, son Lorenzo, in 2012.

    Her fellow cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, 36, who lives in Long Beach and is scheduled to be sentenced for tax evasion on Oct. 5, got engaged on Valentine's Day in a moment that was filmed for the show. New Egypt's Deena Nicole Cortese, 31, another "Jersey Shore" alum, only appears in a small portion of the revival's second season because she's expecting her first child. 

    Apart from Ortiz-Magro, who isn't married but has a daughter (and sometimes-relationship with her mother), Vinny Guadagnino, 30, and Pauly "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, 38, are the only cast members who are still single, though DelVecchio has a daughter from a previous relationship.

    Hazlet's Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, 31, who opted not to return for the revival series, is in a relationship with a fellow New Jerseyan after ending her famously rocky relationship with Bronx native Ortiz-Magro, 32. 


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


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    Legendary Max's Famous Hot Dogs in Long Branch will re-open as Max's Bar & Grill on Saturday.

    If Jennifer Maybaum has heard the question once, she's heard it a hundred times in recent weeks: Will Max's Famous Hot Dogs in Long Branch, about to reopen as Max's Bar & Grill on Saturday after a yearlong renovation, still serve hot dogs?

    Not to worry, folks, not to worry.

    "I've had people tell me they put hot dogs in the coffin (of deceased friends and family members),'' Maybaum said.

    So that would be a "yes" to hot dogs staying on the menu at Max's, for decades the Jersey Shore's most iconic hot dog joint.

    Max Altman started selling foot-long hot dogs in 1928 on the Long Branch boardwalk. (He had opened a small restaurant there in 1916.) His business partner, Milford "Mel'' Maybaum bought the business in the 1940s.

    After his death, his wife, Celia Maybaum, ran the business with Maybaum's son, Bobby, for 30-plus years. Celia Maybaum - "Hot Dog Queen of the Jersey Shore'' by official proclamation of the state of New Jersey, who once said she was known "the world over'' - passed away in 2016.

    But restaurants can run on tradition only so long, and Max's was in urgent need of a makeover. It was imperative to attract a younger clientele, especially in light of the manic pace of new residential housing along Ocean Avenue, and to update Max's longtime image as a hot dog joint. The renovation took a year and cost $1-million-plus.

    "We are re-inventing ourselves here, we're taking a big risk,'' said Jennifer Maybaum, Celia Maybaum's granddaughhter. "What worked for 90 years worked. This will ensure our continued growth.

    "This place means everything to me,'' she added. "Everything.'' 

    Max's Bar & Grill, unlike the old Max's, will be open year-round. The look is what Maybaum calls "industrial traditional nostalgic,'' with exposed ducts, stripped concrete floor, garage doors that swing open, and a seating capacity of 99. Maybaum would love to add a rooftop deck, with views of the ocean, at some point.

    You'd never find computers in the old Max's, but they're here. There's an expanded wine and beer list, with 11 wines, plus 12 beers on draft and 18-20 available in cans.

    On a screen above the bar, you can even find out how much draft beer remains in any of the kegs. You know, so you can keep tabs on your favorite brew before it runs out. Technology was not one of the old Max's strong suits. 

    Signs just inside the front door offer two choices: One, for "Classic Max's,'' points you in the direction of a 10-seat counter, with its front-row seat to the ancient grill, one of the few things from the old Max's. Another sign, for "New Max's,'' aims you toward the bar/dining room.  

    The Schickhaus brand of hot dog remains, but there are now 11 hot dogs on the menu, including the Mrs. Max (stuffed with melted American cheese); the Spicy Jockey (with melted pepper Jack cheese and jalapenos) and the Surf and Turf (topped with lobster meat and drawn butter). The basic foot-long dog will cost $6.

    There are healthy options - salads, homemade turkey burger ($11), a vegan Impossible burger ($12), grilled shrimp skewers ($23). A menu section titled "Handhelds'' includes burgers, grilled cheese and Max's "famous lobster roll'' ($16), previously available on special occasions only.

    And don't forget executive chef Jake Moschberger's homemade sausage bread, with hot and sweet sausage and "secret spices.'' 

    "We tried it at the restaurant,'' general manager Chadwick Alvis said. "It was one of the best things I've ever had.''

    Which is saying something; Alvis was a managing partner at the Bonefish Grill and worked at Morton's The Steakhouse for 14 years before joining Max's as general manager.

    Add daily specials and a fresh fish of the day, and you have a Max's that old-timers will scarcely recognize.

    One thing Max's is not, Maybaum emphasized, is a sports bar. There are just two TVs, above the bar. 

    "I just don't want to be the stopover to another bar, I want to be that bar,'' she said. 

    For the time being, Max's will open at 11 a.m. seven days week.

    The old Max's was known for the photos of celebrity customers - Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen, among others - lining the walls. They will remain.

    Asked if The Boss will show up at Max's at some point, Maybaum replied, "I'd love to see him on Saturday. Bruce and Jon (Bon Jovi). Jon Stewart. Brian Williams.''

    Peter Genovese may be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @PeteGenovese or via The Munchmobile @NJ_Munchmobile. Find the Munchmobile on Facebook and Instagram.  

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    After a school threat last year, the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District is asking parents to sign a pledge.

    Young students at one New Jersey school district will spend their time off social media -- if educators have their way. 

    The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District's plan to ask parents to stop their kids from using social media all started with an online threat last school year.

    When a group of Clark Mills Elementary School students were threatened on an app, causing the school to shut down for a day last March, Superintendent John Marciante decided something had to be done. 

    A group of five students reported being threatened on "Houseparty," a group video-chatting application in March.

    The other users threatened to come and "shoot Manalapan," Marciante said. 

    Like many other social media and chatting applications, Houseparty requires that users be at least 13-years-old, but children can misrepresent their ages when signing up. 

    Marciante met with Cindy Cimino, the district's anti-bullying coordinator and supervisor of special education, to discuss what the district's next steps would be.

    Cimino brought up the nonprofit campaign, "Wait Until 8th," which is a pledge that parents can sign promising to wait until their child reaches eighth grade until giving them a smartphone. 

    "We decided let's start with third grade because it's before the kids are going to start using social media," Marciante said. 

    Tuesday night after a back to school presentation at Millford Brook School, parents were given the opportunity to sign a pledge stating they would ban their children from using social media until age 13. According to the superintendent, parents gave positive feedback about the idea.

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    Media reports say about half the parents in attendance that night signed the pledge.

    The goal of the program is that if enough parents sign the ban, their children will not miss out on social interactions with their peers, Marciante said.

    "We had a line in the presentation that said if you're not ready to have the conversations with your kids about pornography, sexual predators, (and) sexting, then those kids aren't old enough to be on those apps," Marciante said. 

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find on Facebook

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    Some people heckled the comedian and later demanded refunds at the Count Basie Theatre.

    President Donald Trump has become a go-to punchline for comedians across the country, but some comedy fans in Red Bank weren't having it on Thursday. 

    Comedian Wanda Sykes was heckled and some fans even left after she opened her set at the Count Basie Theatre with jokes about Trump, according to a report from The Asbury Park Press.      

    Sykes reportedly opened the show by joking about how Trump was laughed at by the United Nations when he boasted about his accomplishments earlier this week. Then she quipped that while its typically presidents who age while in office, the public has aged more quickly during the Trump presidency.

    Shortly after the show started, one attendee yelled "do some comedy!" and another said "too political!"

    Sykes, who has been consistently critical of Trump, paused and asked what they expected to see at her show before continuing with the comedy.

    Attendees told the APP they believed one of the hecklers and his group were removed by staff from the theater, while some said they walked out on their own because they thought it was unfair the heckler was made to leave. The dispute then reportedly erupted in the theater lobby when attendees and staff began arguing, with some patrons demanding refunds.

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find on Facebook.

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    The jokes shouldn't have been a surprise to ticket-holders at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

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    In all, seven great games available live and on-demand this weekend.

    The New Jersey high school schedule continues to roll and the marquee matchups keep on coming.

    NJ High School Sports Live will broadcast live from seven games on this weekend, including a meeting of two of the top four team in the Top 20 in No. 1 St. Peter's Prep and No. 4 DePaul.

    MORE: Learn about NJ High School Sports Live

    If you couldn't make it to the games or want to watch an on-demand replay, NJ High School Sports Live was made for you. Our technology allows us to broadcast from member schools and a handful of select games, such as St. Peter's Prep-DePaul. You can watch on your computer, phone or tablet - and you can watch live or on demand. Our season pass also give you access to any in-network game. The schedule is listed below, click on the links to watch.

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
     Asbury Park at Donovan Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
     Lincoln at No. 15 West Essex, 7 p.m.
     Pope John at No. 10 Don Bosco, 7 p.m.
    Jackson Liberty at Shore, 7 p.m.

     No. 4 DePaul at No. 1 St. Peter's Prep, noon
    Irvington at No. 2 Bergen Catholic, 1 p.m.
    Belleville at Kearny, 1 p.m.

    Andrew Koob can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @AndrewKoobHS. Like High School Sports on Facebook


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    It's the time of year when we start to think about ghouls and haunted places. If your looking to ramp up the scare factor Six Flags Fright Fest is the place to go. The park features more than 25 Halloween-themed shows and attractions, including the terrifying Hell Fest maze based on the new horror movie, Hell Fest, currently in theaters.

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    What went on in New Jersey high school football Friday? We've got you covered.

    JHW_6981.JPGSalem's Jamael Bundy drops back to throw a pass during football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media 

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    The chief allegedly offered other officers to touch his girlfriend sexually as a reward

    A Manalapan police officer says the town's police chief was "hell bent" on getting him fired after he reported the top cop for sexual harassment and making crude comments.

    Officer Edward Hedden, 43 years old and a 21-year officer, makes his claims in a lawsuit filed in Monmouth County. He is president of the department's PBA union.

    In it, he alleges Police Chief Michael Fountain subjected him to unwarranted suspension and threats of baseless charges, disciplinary action and termination. 

    The sexual harassment claims come from a hockey club in which the police chief, Hedden and other officers played in 2016, according to the suit, filed Sept. 17. 

    During one of the games, the chief instructed officers that anyone who scores a goal could grab the chief's girlfriend's buttocks, and anyone that scored a hat trick (three goals in a game) could grab the chief's girlfriend's breast.

    Following another game, the chief and officers were at a bar when the chief became unruly and crudely told Hedden's girlfriend that he was going to commit sex acts on her.

    Initially, the suit says Hedden felt helpless to his superior. He later wrote an anonymous letter to internal affairs and eventually came forward with his claims. 

    After a meeting with Hedden, Fountain and internal affairs, Fountain told Hedden not to come back to work for filing the claims, and questioned the chief's mental health.

    Hours later, three officers came to Hedden's home to collect his personal firearms without justification or cause, the suit says.

    It it not clear from the suit what exactly Hedden was suspended for this past April, but following the suspension, he was ordered to complete a fitness for duty evaluation. However, once passing the evaluation, he still was not allowed to go back to work.

    Fountain created a "totalitarian culture" through out the department that silenced officers who spoke up, and he ruled with threats of retaliation, the suit says. 

    Manalapan township attorney Roger J. McLaughlin says Hedden previously threatened to sue unless the town allowed him to retire with an increase his retirement benefits, something McLaughlin says the officer he was not entitled.

    "Patrolman Hedden is not a whistleblower. He is an officer who has recently been under suspension and under investigation," McLaughlin said in an email.

    "The allegations made by Mr. Hedden, which were originally made in the form of an anonymous letter, have already been thoroughly investigated and appropriate action taken," he went on. "Most of the allegations he made were found to be without basis."

    "The Township will not be intimidated or allow its taxpayers to be burdened by increased retirement costs because of such threats," McLaughlin said.

    Other claims in the suit include Fountain having his "henchman" or other officers follow other officers to their homes on sick days to make sure they were really home, and punishing officers by switching their shift when they didn't attend the chief's promotion ceremony. 

    Hedden also accused his police chief or permitting an off duty scheme that stole thousands of dollars from unknowing contractors with the township. 

    Hedden said he was accused by Fountain of misappropriating union funds, but the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office declined to investigate the claims and an internal audit within the PBA revealed finances were in order, the suit says

    His attorney did not immediately return request for comment Friday afternoon. 

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyo.

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    Prosecutors say the accident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m.

    Authorities say they are investigating after a Rutgers student was killed after being hit by a car Friday night. 

    The student has been identified as 19-year-old Cory Aufiero, of Colts Neck, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a release.  

    Prosecutors said the accident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Friday in New Brunswick when Rutgers student lost his footing and stumbled into traffic near Albany and Somerset Streets.

    Aufiero was pronounced dead on the scene, the release said. 

    The driver of the Nissan Sentra, David Stewart, 36, of Somerset, was issued a summons by New Brunswick Police for driving with a suspended license. 

    It was unclear if any additional charges were expected. 

    An autopsy is pending. 

    The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Cahill (732) 745-5200 or Detective Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-4336.

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyo.

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    The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission formed earlier this year with no real Jersey representation.

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    Springsteen played with the iconic California punk band at the massive Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park Sunday night

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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    Canines and their owners are invited to Roosevelt Park in Edison on Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the fourth annual DogFest New Jersey benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.

    dogfest.jpgDogFest New Jersey takes place on Oct. 7 at Roosevelt Park in Edison. 

    DogsFest will include speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more. The annual event raises funds for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit provider of trained assistance dogs with six regional training centers across the country.

    Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides "highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people." There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-2275.

    Individuals who raise at least $250 will receive a special DogFest gift. Information on DogFest New Jersey and fundraising for Canine Companions is available by going to

    Roosevelt Park is located on Roosevelt Drive.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

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    A third team takes over the top spot in rankings, while No. 5 falls again

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