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.
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.
One woman in Rockland County is making a big difference by getting out a pair of scissors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Sleepy Hollow volunteer firefighter has been accused of intentionally setting a fire and then joining his colleagues in putting it out.
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.
With more and more hybrid electric cars on the roads, fire companies are faced with new challenges.
After a rash of burglaries, Orangetown residents are teaming up to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
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.
Overall, statistics show that crime is down in the northern suburbs, with just a few exceptions.
When college students in New York City learn about conditions at their dining halls, they might lose their lunch.
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.”
Listening to Chris Carrino, the radio voice for the New Jersey Nets, you would never know he has a progressive muscle weakening disease.
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.
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.
Crosswalks can be a dangerous place. Recently, a van struck and killed a 60-year-old woman.
For fifteen years, Elissa Montanti has, in relative obscurity, run the Global Medical Relief Fund from a makeshift office in her walk-in closet.
Fire departments are opening their doors this weekend across the state to recruit more volunteers.
Drivers didn’t need a state report to tell them this!
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.
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.
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.
The latest Census figures revealed that Lower Manhattan is growing rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down.
The Mothers of Multiples Bargain Bonanza is back and mothers of twins and triplets can cash in on multiple tag sales.
Once upon a time, downtown would become a ghost time after the trading day ended. But things are changing.
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.
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 are organizing to block the construction of a mega mall in the neighborhood.
Federal officials are investigating what part oil speculators may play in the skyrocketing price of oil.
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.
With the Tri-State area less than a week into spring, old man winter is back for a late March visit.
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.
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.
The Greenwich Village fire in 1911 caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of whom were immigrant women.
Allergist researchers from Rutgers University say because of the cold and wet winter, the Tri-State is going to have a high pollen count.
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.
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 were examining the wreckage of a bus that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike Monday night to try to figure out why it crashed.
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.
The mayor and council believe raw crime statistics alone could give people the wrong impression of their city.
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.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will be moved from Seventh to Sixth Avenue next year.
They witnessed history and in some cases had a hand in shaping it, and now they’re sharing their incredible stories.
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.
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.
It’s a wee bit early, but perhaps the recent warm spell has roused sleepy hungry bears and lured them from their winter dens.
They speak with their hands, but the message comes from the heart, and they want it heard loud and clear in Albany.
The West Haverstraw Volunteer Fire House is hosting a blood drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
One woman, tired of high prices, is taking cigarette making into her own hands.
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.
Rockland County fire chiefs are fed up.
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.
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.
New Jersey courts expect foreclosures to shoot back up this year even as the economy begins to look up.
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?
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.
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.
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.
She has the skills, but Shabbas has left her without the scores.
On Staten Island, LifeStyles Radio has given a voice to some special and exceptional people.
With all the ice, snow, salt, plowing, freezing and thawing this winter, road craters are opening up all over.
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 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.
Mind your snow, or else!
Shop owners have given police a litany of complaints – noise, rowdy behavior, vandalism, and garbage, plus people urinating in the street and getting sick.
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.
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.”
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.
It’s not just the police who want the drivers to slow down in Clarkstown.
The city’s own weather-predicting groundhog emerged from his solar-powered home at the Staten Island Zoo and delivered the news Wednesday morning.
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.
Truike Boekholt-Daly of Mamaroneck went to India to learn yoga and she ended up discovering a calling.
There’s an app for that. That phrase now holds true for 20,000 leagues under the sea.
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.
The Regional Plan Association also calls for upgrades at LaGuardia Airport, which doesn’t have room to expand.
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.
You know the economy has gone down the drain if there is no money to keep a public restroom open.
As more and more baby boomers retire, they’re taking on a new full-time job – caring for an ailing parent.
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.
When Jordana Holovach’s son Jacob was six-months-old, doctors diagnosed him with Canavan Disease.
Police in northern New Jersey say they’ve arrested three women for selling the alcohol energy drink Four Loko to undercover officers.
You aren’t the only one who needs help with your New Year’s resolution.
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.
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.
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.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be in New York City Thursday night to swear in his new Attorney General, Eric Schniederman.
Steven Alpert wants his $195.51 back.
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.
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.
A Rockland/Bergen support group is fighting a digestive disease in children.
One man from Westchester County is going to new heights for wounded veterans.
Two simple words profoundly changed Matthew Long’s life. “I will.”
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.
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.
Washington Heights residents mourned the loss of a man who was a positive force in their community this past week.