Sean Adams

88adams1 Sean AdamsDo you have a minute? Turn up your radio and let me tell you a story!

It’s a simple thing, really. Humans have been doing it for thousands of years, around campfires, on paper, through the magic of electromagnetic waves and vacuum tubes, and now across the boundless expanse of cyberspace. Technology has shrunk our planet, allowing more of us to talk with one another, but no matter how sophisticated the communication device, the essence of storytelling remains the same. I consider it an honor to be your storyteller, to be your eyes and ears on the street, and I aim to transport you to the action.

My own story starts in New Jersey. I was born in Paterson and raised in Jersey City. After interning at WCBS 880, I graduated from New York University in 1995 and went to work at WRKL radio in Rockland County. I moved on to Associated Press Radio and NBC Mutual in New York City before returning to WCBS.

Every morning as I sit in my car and write my script, I remind myself of one thing- my job is to tell you a story, a clear, concise, accurate story.

Whether you’re listening to your radio or your computer, we’re really still just sitting around that old campfire.

Tree Pollen Count In N.J. Soars After Wet Spring, Snowy Winter

Coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes are all signs that allergy season has hit New Jersey with a vengeance. Holy Name Medical Center allergy director Dr. Theodore Falk said tree pollen “just exploded” a week ago because it has been a cool spring.


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Stories From Main Street: ‘Coupon Queen’ Of Valley Cottage Clips Savings For Charities

One woman in Rockland County is making a big difference by getting out a pair of scissors.


9/11 Responders Learning Details Of Zadroga Act

Responders, volunteers and downtown residents met with officials on Saturday morning to learn for the first time how the James Zadroga Act will help them deal with illnesses from the toxic dust released on 9/11.


Oil Prices Keep Making Experts Raise Eyebrows

Federal regulators aren’t sure if there’s anything fishy going on with oil prices but the recent volatility—the sharp rise and quick decline—is raising eyebrows.


9/11 Memorial Staff Prepping For Crowd Control At Upcoming Anniversary

As the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza gets closer to opening, the center’s staff is preparing to make sure that all visitors have enough time to safely explore the site.


The 9/11 memorial is seen at Ground Zero from Chopper 880 - New York, NY - May 5, 2011 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Victims’ Names Won’t Be Listed Alphabetically At 9/11 Memorial

Friends, relatives, co-workers and strangers who died together on Sept. 11 will have their names listed next to each other on the national memorial at ground zero.


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Summit, N.J. Considers Adding More Sidewalks To Make Walking Safer

Part of the appeal of upscale Summit is the shady streets, the impeccably maintained Colonials and Tudors, and the lush lawns that stretch right up to the curb.


Pasquale Buzzelli's house - River Vale, NJ - May 3, 2011 (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

Patriotism On Display At 9/11 Survivor Pasquale Buzzelli’s River Vale Home

Buzzelli was a Port Authority engineer who was in a stairwell on the 22nd floor of the north tower when it collapsed around him on 9/11.


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N.J. Police: Hide Your Jewelry Elsewhere Besides Your Bedroom

As word spreads that a string of burglaries in North Jersey and Rockland County might be the work of the new James Bond gang or an offshoot, Bergen County police are hoping that people will take simple steps to avoid becoming victims.


Sleepy Hollow Firefighter Accused Of Arson

A Sleepy Hollow volunteer firefighter has been accused of intentionally setting a fire and then joining his colleagues in putting it out.


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Stories From Main Street: New Providence Jewelers Bring Smiles To Cancer Patients In Operation Bling

In three years, Operation Bling has delivered jewelry to nearly 7,000 cancer patients at 13 hospitals across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York City.


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Firefighters Receiving Training On Hybrid Electric Cars

With more and more hybrid electric cars on the roads, fire companies are faced with new challenges.


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Town Brings Back Neighborhood Watch System Following Burglaries

After a rash of burglaries, Orangetown residents are teaming up to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.


One Dead, 15 Rescued In House Fire In Orange, NJ

A woman is dead following a fire that broke out in a duplex early Friday morning. The death toll would have been far worse if firefighters hadn’t been able to rescue more than a dozen people trapped on the second floor.


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Crime Down Overall In Westchester And Rockland

Overall, statistics show that crime is down in the northern suburbs, with just a few exceptions.


Health Department: Some NYC College Dining Halls Don’t Make The Grade

When college students in New York City learn about conditions at their dining halls, they might lose their lunch.


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NY State Health Officials Back Down On ‘Micromanagement’ Of Summer Camp

Officials from the department said the new list of rules that classified Wiffle Ball, kickball, dodgeball and freeze tag as “risky” were “too detailed” and amounted to “micromanagement.”


Chris Carrino does play-by-play for the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center - Newark, NJ - Apr 8, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Stories From Main Street: Nets Sportscaster Opens Up About Living With Muscular Dystrophy

Listening to Chris Carrino, the radio voice for the New Jersey Nets, you would never know he has a progressive muscle weakening disease.


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Tick-Borne Disease Babesiosis Spreads In Hudson Valley

Lyme Disease is still the most prevalent tick-borne illness in the Hudson Valley, but doctors at the New York Medical College in Valhalla are warning about another disease.


New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is seen at P.S. 10 in Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY - Apr 15, 2011 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

New Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott Cooks Waffles In Park Slope

Brand new New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott wore an apron and a pair of plastic gloves and used a from-scratch recipe for healthy and tasty waffles.


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Parents Patrolling Montclair Streets To Watch For Wayward Children

Crosswalks can be a dangerous place. Recently, a van struck and killed a 60-year-old woman.


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Stories From Main Street: Donations Quadruple At S.I. Charity Following ’60 Minutes’ Profile

For fifteen years, Elissa Montanti has, in relative obscurity, run the Global Medical Relief Fund from a makeshift office in her walk-in closet.


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Fire Departments Seeking Volunteers Across The State

Fire departments are opening their doors this weekend across the state to recruit more volunteers.


A road collapse is seen on Route 17 - Hasbrouck Heights, NJ - May 19, 2010 (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

Report: Half Of New Jersey Roads Are Deficient

Drivers didn’t need a state report to tell them this!


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Group Petitioning For Dogs To Be Allowed On Rye Beach

When the winter winds howl, dog owners grab a towel and head to Playland Beach in Rye but come April the beach is off-limits to furry friends. Now, a grassroots group is petitioning Westchester County to create a year-round doggie beach.


First Responders, NYPD Conduct ‘Dirty Bomb’ Drill In NYC

The NYPD and 70 other law enforcement agencies across our region will test their ability to detect radiological materials and prevent an attack orchestrated by four fictional terror cells.


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Stories From Main Street: Gilda Radner’s Spirit Lives On In Hackensack

More than twenty years after her death from ovarian cancer, Gilda Radner’s spirit and lust for laughter live on in Gilda’s Club — a warm, inviting place with seminars and support groups for every type of cancer.


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Census: People Living In Lower Manhattan Doubled In Past 10 Years

The latest Census figures revealed that Lower Manhattan is growing rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down.


Mothers Of Twins And Triplets Can Cash In On Annual Sale

The Mothers of Multiples Bargain Bonanza is back and mothers of twins and triplets can cash in on multiple tag sales.


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Lower Manhattan Population Blossoms Years After 9/11 Attacks

Once upon a time, downtown would become a ghost time after the trading day ended. But things are changing.


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Some Not Pleased By Bright Lights At Mamaroneck High School

Some residents are complaining the stadium lights at the new synthetic turf athletic field at Mamaroneck High School are blinding and invading their homes at night.


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Stories From Main Street: Montvale School Ditches Books, Chalkboards For Laptops

In the Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern New Jersey, teachers don’t say “Open your textbook.” They say, “Open your laptop.”


Mahwah Residents Hoping To Block Construction Of Mega Mall

Mahwah residents are organizing to block the construction of a mega mall in the neighborhood.


Federal Officials Examine Role Of Oil Speculators

Federal officials are investigating what part oil speculators may play in the skyrocketing price of oil.


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Brooklyn Couple Diagnosed With Cancer 9 Days Apart

Just 18-months-ago, Nathan Bond and his wife Elisa celebrated the birth of a baby girl. Now, they are painfully planning their daughter’s future without them.


Where’s Spring? Tri-State Sees More Snow

With the Tri-State area less than a week into spring, old man winter is back for a late March visit.


Stories From Main Street: Going On ‘Purse Patrol’ In Mamaroneck

You wouldn’t think that a grocery store was a likely spot to get robbed. Police in the Village of Mamaroneck are suggesting otherwise, and want shoppers to remain vigilant.



Police Warn Rye Residents Of Coyotes

After two coyote attacks last summer, the town of Rye is not taking any chances. Town officials are keeping their guards up and police commissioner William Connors wants residents to be aware.


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100th Anniversary Of Deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Approaches

The Greenwich Village fire in 1911 caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of whom were immigrant women.


Pollen Begins Exploding Across Tri-State After Cold, Wet Winter

Allergist researchers from Rutgers University say because of the cold and wet winter, the Tri-State is going to have a high pollen count.


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Rye Police Have New Weapon To Fight Coyotes

Rising temperatures are raising concerns in many suburban communities over the return of coyotes. Law enforcement shared their new battle plan in the war between man and beast.


Irish Pride Shines In New York City For St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A sea of green flooded Fifth Avenue as spectators and marchers took to the streets for the country’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.


Police Seek Answers After N.J. Turnpike Bus Crash That Killed 2

Police were examining the wreckage of a bus that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike Monday night to try to figure out why it crashed.


Ellis Island is seen from Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ - Oct 11, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Stories From Main Street: Queens, NY

After a man died and it took over a week for anyone to notice, the Gallagher Initiative was created to keep track of the aging Irish in Queens.


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New Rochelle Yanks Public Access To Crime Tracking Website

The mayor and council believe raw crime statistics alone could give people the wrong impression of their city.


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Pink-Footed Goose Spotted In New Jersey For First Time

Bird watchers are all a flutter after a pink-footed goose was spotted in New Jersey. Serious birders have been getting up early to see the unusual sight.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Gets New Route For 2012

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will be moved from Seventh to Sixth Avenue next year.


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Stories From Main Street: Pompton Plains, NJ

They witnessed history and in some cases had a hand in shaping it, and now they’re sharing their incredible stories.


Thieves Nab Several Artifacts From Ringwood Manor In NJ

Thieves were able to get away with a dozen firearms from the 1800’s, antique clocks, silverware and two paintings by an artist named Jasper Cropsey.


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Gas Price Spike On New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway

There’s seemingly no end in sight for the pain at the pump. The price of a gallon of regular gas jumped 17 cents on Friday, to about $3.26, on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.


Bears are seen in Pompton Lakes, NJ - Mar 1, 2011 - Photo: Scott Santers for WCBS 880

Black Bears Have North Jersey Residents On Edge

It’s a wee bit early, but perhaps the recent warm spell has roused sleepy hungry bears and lured them from their winter dens.


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Stories From Main Street: White Plains, NY

They speak with their hands, but the message comes from the heart, and they want it heard loud and clear in Albany.


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‘Black Sunday’ Survivor Reminds Public To Donate Blood

The West Haverstraw Volunteer Fire House is hosting a blood drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Brooklyn Woman Defiantly Grows Own Tobacco

One woman, tired of high prices, is taking cigarette making into her own hands.


Couple Reunites With NJ Family After Escaping Libyan Unrest

Two Pennsylvnia natives have arrived back home to the U.S., and are now staying with friends in New Jersey, after narrowly escaping the chaos and unrest in Libya.


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Illegally Subdivided Homes A Fire Hazard In Rockland

Rockland County fire chiefs are fed up.


N.J. Drivers Of Snow-Covered Cars Risk Fines

This is the first winter since a new state law took effect, holding drivers responsible for clearing snow and ice from their vehicles, and police have been writing citations.


Kelly To City Council, Banks: Bullet Proof Barriers Will Prevent Robberies

After the holiday bandit struck more than half a dozen times since December, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is renewing his push for banks to install bullet proof partitions around tellers.


Home Foreclosures Expected To Rise In New Jersey

New Jersey courts expect foreclosures to shoot back up this year even as the economy begins to look up.


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Upper Nyack Considers Split From Clarkstown

The core of the issue has to do with property taxes, and the services they get in return. Upper Nyack village officials are wondering: are they getting their money’s worth?


Dozens Arrested In Major Undercover Drug Sweep In Jamaica

During the investigation, police seized 60 pounds of marijuana, more than four ounces of cocaine and other narcotics, about $30,000 in cash and seven guns. Six cars were also seized for forfeiture.


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Upper West Side Residents: Fashion Week Generators Pollute Air, Make Too Much Noise

While the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week may be fabulous for some, many people on the Upper West Side say it is making their lives miserable.


A deer is seen at the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Dec 31, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Clarkstown Official: Wild Animals Struggle To Find Food This Winter

Wild animals have been struggling to survive this harsh winter as nature’s bounty remains buried under hard-packed ice and snow leaving their major source of food, such as nuts and seeds, out of reach.


Sabbath Holds Back Jewish Athlete In New Jersey

She has the skills, but Shabbas has left her without the scores.


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Stories From Main Street: Staten Island, NY

On Staten Island, LifeStyles Radio has given a voice to some special and exceptional people.


N.Y. Town Using New Machine To Fix Potholes

With all the ice, snow, salt, plowing, freezing and thawing this winter, road craters are opening up all over.


Mamaroneck Officials Seeking To Lower School Zone Speed Limit

Officials in Mamaroneck want to lower the speed limit in a school zone, but the New York Department of Transportation believes the lights, cross walks and signage are sufficient for the zone and its students’ safety.


A car is seen nearly submerged in a street in Little Falls, NJ - Mar 16, 2010 - Photo: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880

$3.4B Needed For Flooding Problems Along Passaic River

A panel has called for a moratorium on new construction in the basin’s flood plains, which span the eastern Highlands region, Pompton Valley and the Watchung Mountains.


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Westchester Communities Target Street Snow Dumpers

Mind your snow, or else!


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Hopping Nyack Bar Scene Leaves Behind A Mess

Shop owners have given police a litany of complaints – noise, rowdy behavior, vandalism, and garbage, plus people urinating in the street and getting sick.


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Stories From Main Street: Midtown Manhattan

Before Westminster crowns best in show over at MSG, across the street at the New Yorker hotel, there’s a chance for regular old dogs to strut their stuff.


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Jersey Fans Cheering On Local Green Bay Packer Raji

When asked who lives next to her, Washington Township’s Ruth Rice was proud to wave her Green Bay Packer flag and say, “BJ Raji.”


NY Towns Aware Of Snow Supplies, Costs

With storm after storm after storm, towns across the Tri-State are taking one beating after another with salt supplies low and machinery getting used everyday. Clarkstown, however, is pulling through this winter despite the obstacles.


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Clarkstown Targets Speeding Drivers

It’s not just the police who want the drivers to slow down in Clarkstown.


Staten Island Chuck Predicts A Shorter Winter

The city’s own weather-predicting groundhog emerged from his solar-powered home at the Staten Island Zoo and delivered the news Wednesday morning.


A worker stands in front of a train on a platform at a newly-opened subway station - Beijing, China - Dec 30, 2010 - Photo: LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images

Sliding Doors Could Make NYC Subway Platforms Safer

Last year, subways killed 40 people in New York City. In the future, sliding mechanical doors at the platform’s edge could save lives, preventing people from falling, jumping, or getting pushed.


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Stories From Main Street: Mamaroneck, NY

Truike Boekholt-Daly of Mamaroneck went to India to learn yoga and she ended up discovering a calling.


New App Allows Users To View The Sea Floor

There’s an app for that. That phrase now holds true for 20,000 leagues under the sea.


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With Chainsaws And Chisels, Locals Create Art In Ice Festival

They may wield chainsaws, but it’s not what you think. Instead they create beauty, and in the Knickerbocker Ice Festival you’ll find just about anything.


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Report Calls For Newark, JFK Airport Expansions

The Regional Plan Association also calls for upgrades at LaGuardia Airport, which doesn’t have room to expand.


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Move Over Congestion Pricing, Say Hello To ‘Traffic Pricing’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to charge people to drive into key parts of Manhattan during the week was back on the highway on Wednesday.


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Bathrooms Shut Down At New Rochelle Train Station

You know the economy has gone down the drain if there is no money to keep a public restroom open.


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Stories From Main Street: Upper Saddle River, NJ

As more and more baby boomers retire, they’re taking on a new full-time job – caring for an ailing parent.


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Is Snow Cleanup Clearing Lane Markers On SI?

On the Staten Island Expressway from Clove Road to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, drivers dodge, weave, slam on the brakes, and struggle to hold their lane.


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Stories From Main Street: Harrison, NY

When Jordana Holovach’s son Jacob was six-months-old, doctors diagnosed him with Canavan Disease.


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Three Young Women Busted For Selling Four Loko In NJ

Police in northern New Jersey say they’ve arrested three women for selling the alcohol energy drink Four Loko to undercover officers.


A dog is seen on a treadmill at the Morris Animal Inn - Morristown, NJ - Jan 5, 2011 - Photo: Sean Adams / WCBS 880

Stories From Main Street: Morristown, NJ

You aren’t the only one who needs help with your New Year’s resolution.


NYC Kicks Off MulchFest To Recycle Christmas Trees

The two day event will feature many sites, where city residents can drop off their trees and have them turned into wood chips, which will be used to nourish trees, plants and gardens across the area.


Bar Association Offers Free Help For NYers In Debt Cases

With consumer debt cases clogging the courts on Staten Island, the Richmond County Bar Association is stepping up its efforts to help those who remain unrepresented.


Police Install License Readers That Scan In Real Time

In Nutley, N.J., the police department is installing automatic license plate readers in cop cars in order to scan plates in real time. Three cameras run the numbers to check for expired plates, to identify stolen vehicles and criminals with warrants.


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Gov. Cuomo Headed To Big Apple

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be in New York City Thursday night to swear in his new Attorney General, Eric Schniederman.


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What Happened To Suffern Property Tax Checks?

Steven Alpert wants his $195.51 back.


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Explosion Rocks Nutley Neighborhood

No one was hurt and nothing was damaged, but the small explosion on Walnut Street last evening before 7 o’clock shook homes and scared folks right out of their skin.


Firefighters battle a blaze at an incomplete condominium complex - Rahway, NJ - Jan 4, 2011 - Photo: Sean Adams / WCBS 880

Fire Destroys Incomplete NJ Condominium Complex

Bright orange flames devoured the roof of a three-story condominium complex in Rahway and lit up the night sky while columns of gray smoke wafted over Route 1 and could be smelled for miles around.


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Stories From Main Street: Nyack, NY

A Rockland/Bergen support group is fighting a digestive disease in children.


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Stories From Main Street: White Plains, NY

One man from Westchester County is going to new heights for wounded veterans.


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Stories From Main Street: New York, NY

Two simple words profoundly changed Matthew Long’s life. “I will.”


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White Plains Salvation Army Still Needs More Hams

After starting the week with just 10 hams, folks in the area delivered 400 hams to families in need, but the organization still needs a few more.


Suspect Arrested In New Jersey Purse Snatchings

Police have arrested 50-year-old Steven Trainer in connection with the serial purse-snatching incidents that have plagued New Jersey shopping mall parking lots over the past two weeks.


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Washington Heights Mourns For Loss Of Community Activist

Washington Heights residents mourned the loss of a man who was a positive force in their community this past week.