Precautions for West Nile, Uzi Sentencing in Top Local News
Also, Verizon and unions tentatively settle long contract dispute — but not quite.
It's a bad year for West Nile Virus, and the Bernards Township Health Department offered some precautions for how to avoid West Nile, especially after Somerset County issued an announcement the previous week that a Somerset County woman was this year's first confirmed case of West Nile Virus. Health Department Director Lucy Forgione also outlined some information about the disease.
Samuel Medway of Bernardsville was sentenced in Somerset County court on Friday to six years in state prison, three without eligibility for parole, following his conviction earlier in July on charges on charges related from accusations that he sold an Uzi and ammunition to an undercover agent in 2011. Meanwhile, Medway still awaits the disposition of a Bernardsville municipal charge after a warm June night when authorities, both local and county, and a SWAT team surrounded Medway's Anderson Hill Road in Bernardsville.
The public may have been thinking nervously of that tornado that hit Rockaway Beach in New York at the beginning of this month when a tornado watch was put into effect for all of New Jersey on Tuesday. Instead, we had lots of wind, some rain and the preK and kindergarten Back to School night was canceled at the Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville.
Cyclists from Bernards Township, including those from Liberty Cycle's Team Liberty, reached Washington, D.C. in a funds and awareness-raising trip for "Lou Gehrig's Disease" which had robbed some of the cyclists of family members. But they weren't just like any other group of marathoners heading for the nation's capitals. These guys were welcomed with a reception by the Secret Service at the White House.
Verizon, Unions Tentatively Settle Contract Talks, But NJ IBEW Still Seeking Resolution for Terminated Employee
Verizon Communications announced at the beginning of this week that a tentative settlement had been reached with 45,000 communications and wireline workers in the East, but the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 827, in New Jersey's leader cautioned that the pact has not yet been ratified. Moreover, that local expressed concerns over a member dismissed last year due to reported strike-related activities. At the beginning of last August, union members were poised to strike as their contract was due to expire. The workers returned to job, but it took more than a year, and the assistance of a federal mediator, to reach a proposed bridge across a big gap on major issues.