A kindergarten student at Lincoln School in North Bergen has died after exhibiting flu-like symptoms, WABC reports. The state Health Department is working to determine whether the 5-year-old girl had influenza. Meanwhile, the North Bergen school superintendent said that workers have been disinfecting all the district schools over the last three weeks.
NJ MAN TO BE SENTENCED TODAY IN CHELSEA BOMBING
Ahmad Khan Rahimi of Elizabeth is scheduled to be sentenced today for his conviction in the 2016 bombing of the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, CNN reports. On Monday, his father said in an interview with WNBC that his son is a terrorist. Mohammad Rahimi also said he told the FBI in 2014 that he suspected that his son was a terrorist.
DRUG COMPANY EXECUTIVE TO CHALLENGE MENENDEZ FOR U.S. SENATE
Bob Hugin, the former chief executive of the drug company Celgene, is scheduled to announce today that he’s running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, Bloomberg News writes. Hugin seeks to challenge Sen. Bob Menendez, the Democrat who is seeking a third term. The health care website STAT says Hugin’s candidacy is likely to make the New Jersey race a referendum on drug costs.
ACCUSED OF RACISM, MENDHAM TOWNSHIP OFFICIAL RESIGNS
Rick Blood, the deputy mayor of Mendham Township, resigned Monday after residents chastised him for a Facebook post in which he referred to undocumented immigrants as “rabid raccoons,” the Daily Record reports. At a township council meeting, more than two dozen people used the public comment period to criticize Blood, calling him “vile,” “disgusting” and “inherently racist.” Blood, who issued an apology earlier in the meeting, stepped down after the council held a brief closed session.
WEEHAWKEN JOINS LEONIA IN CLOSING STREETS TO NONRESIDENTS
Police will begin ticketing drivers who are are not residents of Weehawken today if they use certain streets near the Lincoln Tunnel as shortcuts, Patch.com writes. The use of traffic apps, like Waze, have clogged local streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and emergency vehicles to get through, Mayor Richard Turner says.
GOVERNOR CREATES COMMISSION TO AID PUERTO RICO
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday aimed at helping Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria, The Record reports. The action creates a temporary commission to ensure that displaced Puerto Ricans in New Jersey have access to services. The Commission on Puerto Relief is also charged with helping to coordinate relief efforts, determining the capability of utilities to help restore power on the island and studying whether local colleges can host displaced students and professors.
AT 108, TOMS RIVER WOMAN SEES THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE
Nancy Manno of Toms River celebrated her 108th birthday over the weekend, and while she’s not New Jersey’s oldest resident, she may be one of its funniest, the Asbury Park Press says. When she saw her birthday cake, she said, “You’re not going to put 108 candles on there, are you?” So what’s the secret to her longevity? She advised, “Try to be happy all the time.”