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SANDY HOOK: RED BANK MAN’S BODY FOUND

just_in1The body of a swimmer who went missing off Sandy Hook at dusk Wednesday was found by a fisherman early Friday, according to a news report.

The victim was positively identified as 25-year-old Andros Vega-Pena of Red Bank, according to National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun.

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SANDY HOOK: CREWS SEARCH FOR SWIMMER

sandy hook 070415 3Sandy Hook as seen from the Azzolina Bridge footbridge last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

just_in1Searchers resumed their hunt Thursday morning for a swimmer who went missing off Sandy Hook at dusk Wednesday, a National Park Service spokeswoman tells redbankgreen.

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SANDY HOOK: TEEN DROWNS IN OCEAN

sandy hook 061712Sandy Hook as seen from the Azzolina Bridge in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A Middlesex County teenager died hours after being pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook Tuesday evening, NJ.com reports.

Sarmad Rizvi, 17, of South Plainfield, “disappeared into the ocean” while swimming with family and friends off an unguarded beach between areas C and D,  the news site reported.

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RUMSON CRASH INJURES TEEN

rumson crash 2rumson crash 1A 19-year-old man was in serious condition Sunday after an early-morning accident in which he drove his car through the foundation of a house “near Hance and Rumson roads” in Rumson, according to the Asbury Park Press. The newspaper reports borough police did not respond to requests for details. The uncredited photos are from the Monmouth County Police Fire & EMS Facebook page, which is not affiliated with any official agencies. (Click to enlarge)

Update, Monday, 10 a.m. from Rumson PD:

The Rumson Police Department is investigating a single car motor vehicle accident which occurred on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at approximately 3:45 am. The operator, Ethan Danzi age 18 of Rumson, was alone in the vehicle when it left the roadway and struck a home located near the intersection of Rumson Road and Hance Rd. in Rumson. Danzi was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Fire and EMS Units from the following towns responded and assisted: Rumson, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Sea Bright, Asbury Park, and MONOC. The following law enforcement agencies that assisted at the scene included: Little Silver, Fair Haven, and Monmouth County SCART. The investigation is being handled by Rumson Patrolman Daniel J. Campanella and Monmouth County SCART. Anyone with information is requested to  call the Rumson Police Department at 732-842-0500.

Police have no condition report on the victim, said Captain Jeff Nixon.

RED BANK: TEENS HOPE TO BE GAME-CHANGERS

creativ 2 101313Tommy Murray, CJ Bevacqua and Evan Leifman at CREATiV MIND headquarters, in Bevacqua’s bedroom. Below, a duct-taped prototype of their mobile gaming device. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

creativ 3 101313Five years from now, if dreams pan out, a handheld gaming device called CREATiV Mind will be as ubiquitous as iPhones.

And just about then, its creators will be turning old enough to vote.

Based in a prototypically messy teenager’s bedroom on Red Bank’s South Street, CREATIiV Mind is the brainchild of three 13-year-olds who count Steve Jobs and Nikola Tesla among their idols. Just a month old, their prototype product is an awkward mix of high technology and duct tape.

But the three – CJ Bevacqua and Evan Leifman of Red Bank and Tommy Murray of Atlantic Highlands – are serious about building a market-changing device.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN BADLY HURT IN HEAD-ON

Volunteer firefighters peel open the roof of the minivan to extricate its driver. (Click to enlarge)

An 18-year-old Little Silver man was helicoptered to a trauma center after the minivan he was driving collided head-on with a truck along the Red Bank-Tinton Falls border Sunday afternoon, Red Bank police said.

The driver, whose name was not available Sunday night, was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with serious injuries following the 2:11 p.m. accident, said Captain Darren McConnell.

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AUTHOR OPENS SERIES WITH HARD TRUTHS

By DAN NATALE

What does it take to become a published author of fiction? Will power, says Aryn Kyle, author of the national best-selling young-adult novel The God of Animals.

Kyle served up sometimes harsh truths on what it takes when she appeared at Brookdale Community College last Wednesday as the first author in this year’s visiting writer series.

“The amount of time where writing is fun is a small percentage,” she told an audience of more than 100 students, faculty members, fans, and aspiring writers. “It’s fun to start something. It’s awesome to finish something. The middle is hard.”

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CIRCUMSTANCES OF TEEN’S DEATH A MYSTERY

A roadside memorial to Jillian Dinger, below, at the scene of the accident in which she was fatally injured. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A 19-year-old Fair Haven woman home from college for Easter weekend died as a result of a pre-dawn accident on Harding Road in Little Silver last Friday, police said Monday.

Jillian Dinger, of Spruce Drive, died at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune eight hours after being struck by a car driven by another Fair Haven resident at about 3:15 a.m., said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

Authorities are still piecing together the circumstances under which Dinger, a 2011 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High, was found alone and severely injured near the center line of the road, opposite the entrance to the Alderbrook condo community, he said.

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