PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Friends, family, city officials and community members mourned the loss of Perth Amboy's Fire Chief, Abraham Pitre, on Wednesday, June 21.

Pitre apparently died in his home on the evening of Saturday, June 17, reportedly after committing suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Former Chief of Police of Perth Amboy, Benjamin Ruiz, was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, June 2, on counts of stalking and impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.

The charges stem from a period of time in 2016, while the Chief was suspended over allegations that he used police resources to repair a personal vehicle, among other charges.

They say that their investigation determined Ruiz was hiding outside a Smith Street convenience store to watch an unidentified neighbor.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two candidates with the newly-formed Central Jersey Progressive Democrats (CJPD) are striving for seats on the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The primary election for the Freeholders will take place on June 6, along side primaries for New Jersey State Governor, Assembly, State Senator, and County Surrogate, as well as seats on the State and County Committee Democratic Party Committee.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two highrise apartment buildings in downtown New Brunswick, including the county government's former headquarters, were quietly sold last year, but it's proven to be a challenge to find out the sale price.

Both the buyer, Oxford Realty Group, and the seller, Pennrose Properties, have not responded to inquiries about the multi-million dollar deal.  Records available at the County Clerk's Office also did not provide basic information about the sale.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) has expanded their partnership with Enterprise CarShare, offering vehicles at two new locations on city streets.

The service is provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a national company based in Clayton, Missouri.  In densely-populated urban areas like New Brunswick, car-sharing has increasingly become a transportation trend.

This program is available in 29 cities within the U.S., and allows people to rent a vehicle by the hour, the day, overnight, or for the weekend.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In 1913, on the eve of President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, Alice Paul and the National American Woman Suffrage Association took to the streets of Washington D.C, in the most reliable and oldest form of protest there is, marching.

This historic parade attended by 8,000 marchers, demanded that the President grant Women the right to vote.

PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Perth Amboy’s Police Department will soon be getting a Mine-resistant, Ambush-protected (MRAP) military vehicle from the federal government.

The original price for this vehicle was $65,000, but the PAPD only had to pay shipping costs, $6,500, through the controversial Federal 1033 Program, which gives municipal and county law enforcement access to military grade equipment such as aircrafts, weapons and vehicles.