I'm the Digital News Reporter for NJ101.5.com covering news from all over the great Garden State. With the exception of a year in Hartford, and six months in Amish Country, I've spent my whole life in New Jersey, and wouldn't have it any other way. I've covered everywhere from Somerset County to the Jersey Shore, and am now looking forward to looking at the whole state. I'm a proud father, a lifelong Mets fan, and longtime lover of college and New Jersey high school wrestling.
Middletown woman and dog die in house fire
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office reported 18-year-old Aubree Larusso and a family dog were killed in a fire on Neptune Place Tuesday morning.
No more plastic straws at NJ’s many McCloone restaurants
The McCloone's Restaurant group phased out plastic straws a month ago as part of an overall effort to become more environmentally friendly.
One injured as Howell mulch fire burns home
At least one resident was injured trying to leave the house. It was originally reported to be a mulch fire before reaching the home.
6 years later, NJ man recovers jet ski blown away by Sandy
Douglas Ferrigno thought his jet ski was lost forever after Super Storm Sandy. He had no way of knowing almost six years later that it would turn up and be ready to ride again.
Barnegat Bay jellyfish can cause ‘severe pain,’ NJ officials warn
The clinging jellyfish is no bigger than a quarter and is not native to New Jersey, but people stung can end up hospitalized.
Man at Holmdel birthday party crashes go-kart into tree and dies
A 60-year-old Edgewater man lost control of the go-kart and crashed into a tree on Sunday night.
Family thankful NJ man recovering after being run over by truck
Robert Braden Junior was seriously injured while trying to load a disabled truck onto a trailer. His family has established a GoFundMe to help raise money for his bills.
Multiple drownings at Jersey Shore on July 4 — many more rescues
Multiple deaths were reported on July 4th, in the ocean and inland. The Atlantic City Beach Patrol also rescued several people on Wednesday night.
Can’t help trapped Raritan Bay whale until after holiday weekend
The whale was spotted in Raritan Bay on Saturday. It is not believed to be at risk with efforts in place to help the whale after the holiday weekend.
Dogs suffer more than you in the heat: How to keep them cool
Anything from a hot car to a hot sidewalk can be a safety hazard for dogs in the summer.
Dogs and fireworks — how to protect yours this Fourth of July
Dogs are more likely to run away from home after being spooked by fireworks on July 4 than any other night of the year, experts say.
All the NJ taxes going up now that there’s a budget deal
The budget that avoided a budget shutdown included a tax on Airbnb-style rentals, but not on short-term Jersey Shore rentals among various concessions made on both sides.