The first of four planned home demolitions in a superstorm Sandy-ravaged community has begun. An excavator’s claw ripped through 25 years of memories at Martin and Theresa Kuczynski’s Sayreville home.
So far, the state has funding for 424 buyouts statewide. The Department of Environmental Protection said 169 property owners have accepted buyout offers in South River and Sayreville.
According to police, Jaclyn P. Melillo, 25, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The buyout offers homeowners the pre-storm market value for their home, through a $300 million program introduced by Gov. Christie in May.
Sen. Robert Menendez says almost 130 homeowners are being offered pre-Sandy value for their properties.
On Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie announced a plan to buy out homes in flood-prone areas of Sayreville and South River so no houses are built there in the future, and some residents are eager.
The governor announced the “willing seller” buyout plan Thursday, just before appearing in Sayreville, where about 270 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by a tidal surge during Sandy.
Makenna Switzer of Sayreville said the project started with two orders and has since grown to 180 orders.
A reputed member of a white supremacist pleaded guilty to hate crime charges Tuesday, after be beat two Middle Eastern men in New Jersey.
Lifelong Foodtown shoppers were shocked and saddened by the announcement, many of them wondered what impact the store’s closing would have on the community.
“I told them not to open the hatch like three or four times,” Alex Franco, a security guard on the bus, said. “But kids, they don’t understand.”
While travelers are hoping to beat the traffic, it’s estimated that 1.6 million cars will be on the Garden State Parkway Thursday, which is slightly fewer than what was expected Friday.
Detective Matthew Bandurski said 58-year-old William Pittel used a six-inch steak knife to stab a 70-year-old man and two women, ages 86 and 87.
It’s the second week in a row that a crew of burglars made off with an ATM along Ernston Road in Sayreville.
Police say it took only 54 seconds for three “experienced” thieves to break into a New Jersey convenience store and rip the ATM from the cement floor.