Day: December 13, 2022

Airman First Class From 175th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Dies While Snowboarding At Big Snow American Dream

December 13, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (BERGEN)– Tpr. II Charles Marchan of the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit said that on Thursday, December 8th at approximately 9:14 p.m., troopers responded to American Dream Big Snow for the report of an unresponsive male who was snowboarding. When troopers arrived, EMS was on scene providing first aid. He was then transported to an area hospital.

In a statement from Big Snow, we can confirm that our ski patrol responded to a guest incident last Thursday evening. First aid was administered, and the guest was transported to a local hospital for further care. In the interest of the guest’s privacy, no additional information will be provided. Our thoughts are with this guest’s family at this time.

The 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard posted on Facebook, It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the loss of one of our own.

Airman First Class Peter R. Mathews was a traditional guardsman who served in the Maryland Air National Guard since 2020. He was a crew chief assigned to the 175th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, where he was currently serving on orders until his tragic passing off-duty.

Earlier this year, Mathews mobilized with his squadron and A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 104th Fighter Squadron to support two U.S. Army Europe-led exercises in Eastern Europe: Swift Response and Defender Europe 22. He was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for his accomplishments during those exercises.

“Peter was genuinely an amazing person, and his smile lit up the room. If you had a chance to talk to him, you knew instantly he had a remarkable future and was destined for greatness,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Golabiewski, 175th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron senior enlisted leader. “He was in the process of following in his father’s footsteps to become a pilot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and anyone who knew Peter.”

Rest easy, Airman.


Newsday Long Island was the first to report on the tragic incident and New Jersey 101.5

Airman First Class Peter R. Mathews

Missing New Jersey Sailboat Found Two Men Rescued At Sea 214 Miles Off Delaware

December 13, 2022

CAPE MAY, NJ –The U.S. Coast Guard, with assistance from the tanker vessel Silver Muna, located the sailing vessel Atrevida II, approximately 214 miles east of Delaware.

Found were Kevin Hyde, a 65-year-old male, and Joe Ditomasso, a 76-year-old male. They were last in contact with family and friends on Dec. 3, 2022, when they departed Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Hyde and Ditomasso were traveling aboard Atrevida II from Cape May, New Jersey to Marathon, Florida.

The Atrevida II was found to be without fuel and power, rendering their radios and navigation equipment inoperable. Hyde and Ditomasso gained the attention of the Silver Muna crew by waiving their arms and a flag.

Hyde, Ditomasso, and a pet dog were brought aboard Silver Muna at 4:18 p.m. They were evaluated by the vessel’s medical staff with no immediate concerns. Hyde and Ditomasso will remain aboard Silver Muna as it proceeds to its next port of call in New York, New York where they will be transferred to a Coast Guard vessel for further evaluation and reunification with their family and friends.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Fifth District command center were notified of Hyde and Ditomasso being overdue. The Coast Guard began urgent marine information broadcasts and direct communication with commercial vessels in the area in an attempt to locate them. The Coast Guard launched multiple aircraft and cutters to search for the Atrevida II. Additionally, vessels from the U.S. Navy’s Second Fleet and commercial and recreational vessel traffic within in the search area contributed to the effort.

Coast Guard, Navy, and maritime partners searched a combined 21,164 square miles of water, spanning from northern Florida to the waters east of New Jersey.

“This is an excellent example of the maritime community’s combined efforts to ensure safety of life at sea,” said Cmdr. Daniel Schrader, spokesperson for Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “We are overjoyed with the outcome of the case and look forward to reuniting Mr. Hyde and Mr. Ditomasso with their family and friends. We also want to highlight the importance of proper safety equipment and preparedness when going to sea. Having an emergency position indicating radio beacon, or ‘EPIRB’, allows mariners to immediately make contact with first responders in an emergency.”

Search and Rescue assets involved in this effort included:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews 
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crew 
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew
  • USCGC Oak (WLB 211), homeported in Newport, Rhode Island
  • USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1121), homeported in Atlantic City, North Carolina
  • USS San Jacinto (CG 56), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Multiple commercial and recreational vessels along the U.S. eastern seaboard

Multiple Accidents Reported In Cranbury

December 13, 2022 — Updated

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)-Late Saturday afternoon December 10, 2022 a crash occurred at the intersection of Station Road and Liberty Way. Upon arrival one vehicle was on its side and another had heavy front end damage. There were reports that this was a double fatal accident.

There was another crash at Brickyard and U.S. 130, that was a separate incident that occurred later in the evening.

Photos by: Steven Kadir

East Windsor Participates In Womanspace “Communities of Light”

December 13, 2022

Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg, and John Zoller joined with police officers and residents to participate in the 2022 Township Womanspace “Communities of Light” event at the East Windsor Municipal Building.  The purpose of “Communities of Light” is to raise funds for Womanspace and focus public awareness on the important issue of domestic violence and services available to victims.  Mayor Mironov issued a Proclamation to kick off the event, where Township officials and residents joined together to light candles around the entire perimeter and walkways of the Municipal Building for Communities of Light, sponsored by Womanspace, the primary non-profit organization in Mercer County providing a comprehensive array of services, crisis intervention and support for victims of domestic violence and their families.

Mayor Mironov stated, “‘Communities of Light’ is intended to serve as a beacon of hope for individuals and families who are impacted by the dreadful situation of domestic violence.  Our participation is to demonstrate our support of victims and their families, as well as recognition that domestic violence knows no boundaries and impacts every community regardless of race, religion or socio-economic background.”

Mayor Mironov added, “As a community we wish to express our strong support for organizations like Womanspace and our local Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and to recognize the important assistance they provide to victims of domestic violence.  We hope that our participation will help focus public attention on the important subject of domestic violence and to encourage residents to become more aware of support efforts and resources available to victims and families.”

Communities of Light raises funds for Womanspace, the primary non-profit organization in Mercer County providing crisis intervention and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The mission of Womanspace is to provide a comprehensive array of services to individuals impacted by domestic violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and their families.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with other participants at the municipal building for “Communities of Light” event to raise funds and public awareness for Womanspace, the primary provider of services for victims of domenstic abuse.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Sergeant Ryan Ballard;  Detective Kenny Azambuja;  Council Member John Zoller;  Lieutenant Matthew Oehling;  Chief of Police Jason Hart;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Township Manager James Brady;  Mayor Janice Mironov;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Womanspace Representative Yvonne Rivera;  Lieutenant Ryan Mattek;  Detective Michelle McCandrew;  Lieutenant Thomas Meyer;  Lieutenant Cory Paieda;  Detective Timothy Purpuri;  Detective Philip Melhorn;  Detective Sergeant Paul Wille, and former East Windsor Chief of Police and past President of Womanspace Board William Spain.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with Police Department members at the municipal building for Township participation in “Communities of Light” event to raise funds and public awareness for Womanspace, the primary provider of services for victims of domestic abuse.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Sergeant Ryan Ballard;  Detective Sergeant Paul Wille;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Lieutenant Cory Paieda;  Mayor Janice Mironov;  Detective Timothy Purpuri;  Lieutenant Ryan Mattek;  Chief of Police Jason Hart;  Detective Kenny Azambuja;  Lieutenant Thomas Meyer;  Lieutenant Matthew Oehling;  Detective Michelle McCandrew, and Detective Sergeant Philip Melhorn.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members issue Proclamation designating December 5, 2022 as “Communities of Light” day on which East Windsor Township participated by lighting up the municipal building, to raise funds for Womanspace and focus public awareness on the important subject of domestic violence an support for victims and families.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Council Member John Zoller;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Womanspace Representative Yvonne Rivera;  Council Member Alan Rosenberg;  Mayor Janice Mironov;  former East Windsor Chief of Police and past President of Womanspace Board William Spain;  Chief of Police Jason Hart, and Township Manager James Brady.

Asbury Park Man Who Sexually Abused A Juvenile Found Guilty

December 13, 2022

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH) –   A Monmouth County Jury has returned a guilty verdict against an Asbury Park man who sexually abused a juvenile over the course of a period of multiple years, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Tuesday.

On Wednesday December 7, 2022, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Richard W. English, Julian B. Hart, 38, of Asbury Park, was found guilty of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials.

The charges stem from an investigation that was launched by the Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Bureau following a report made by the victim in the summer of 2021. The investigation revealed that Hart repeatedly sexually abused the victim, who was under the age of 12, on multiple occasions from September 27, 2014 through December 16, 2015. Hart was arrested and charged in August of 2021. Hart was later indicted on October 22, 2021.

The investigation also revealed that Hart was already on Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life when these acts occurred.

Anyone who may have information about Hart can contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Joseph Pahopin at 800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Detective James R. Crawford at 732-774-1300.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android –, by calling 800-671-4400 or by going to the website at

Sentencing has been scheduled for Friday April, 28, 2023, at which time Hart, pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act, faces a sentence of up to life in prison. Hart will be subject to Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan.

Hart is represented by Michael Kuhns, Esq., of Lawrence Township.

Outpatient Infusion Unit Named after Pine Belt Family

December 13, 2022

LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has named its outpatient infusion unit, the Pine Belt Family Infusion Center in honor of long-time philanthropists and hospital supporters, the Pine Belt family.

For more than three decades, the Pine Belt family of car dealerships has provided unwavering support to MMCSC and the surrounding communities. The Sickel family together with the Trebino family, led by Mike Trebino, President of Pine Belt Automotive, have donated $750,000 toward the naming of the Outpatient Infusion Unit, where patients are treated for cancer and receive other life-saving infusions on a daily basis.

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus together with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options including clinical trials, close to home.

“Our families are proud advocates for Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, and the RWJBarnabas Health system,” explains Robert Sickel. “The hospital is a vital part of the Lakewood community and the compassionate care and excellence shown by the team in the Pine Belt Family Infusion Center mirrors our commitment to the community we all serve.”

“We are very thankful for such a generous donation from the Pine Belt families,” said Eric Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) and MMCSC. “Their steadfast commitment to our hospital and the wider community is truly admirable.”

Staffed by nurses specialized in oncology and chemotherapy, the Outpatient Infusion Unit at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus is committed to personalized, quality care and education.  It offers state-of-the-art technology in newly renovated semi-private and private rooms with reclining chairs and flat screen televisions to make patients as comfortable as possible.

About Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC) is a fully accredited acute-care hospital located in Lakewood. An affiliate of RWJBarnabas Health, Monmouth South is a sister hospital to Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch.

For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, visit

About The Pine Belt Family: The Pine Belt Family, Lakewood, Toms River and Keyport, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Cadillac, Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, RAM and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.

The Pine Belt Family of Dealerships has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., two in Toms River, NJ and one in Keyport, NJ, and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.

The Pine Belt Family of Dealerships were founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. After graduating Franklin & Marshall and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, his son David Sickel joined the family business and became the dealer in 1975. In 1986 David partnered with long time General Manager, Lou Trebino in Pine Belt Automotive. When David retired in 2019, his son Robert Sickel became the current president and CEO of Pine Belt Cars, a third-generation dealer. Robert Sickel graduated from the University of Miami. When Lou retired in 2018 his son Michael became president and CEO of Pine Belt Automotive and runs the dealership alongside his brother-in-law Joe Hill.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit

Gathering in the newly named Pine Belt Family Outpatient Infusion Center at MMCSC are, from left, Robert Sickel, President, Pine Belt Enterprises and Chairman of the MMCSC Foundation Board as well as a member of the MMC/MMCSC Board of Trustees; Mike Trebino, President of Pine Belt Automotive; Dr. Philip Passes, Chief Administrative Officer, MMC & MMCSC, and Eric Carney, President and CEO, MMC & MMCSC.