Connor Bruggemann is a 16-year-old from Bergen County, New Jersey who is not your average teen. He saved up all the money he made from a few years of working odd jobs, which was about $10,000, and his father opened up an E-Trade account for him. Well, between classes and in his free time, he turned that $10,000 into $300,000 by trading penny stocks. He's since bought himself a BMW, and treated his family to Mac-Book computers and iPads. Bruggemann talked about the tricks to his trade! http://www.my9nj.com/story/27747104/whiz-kid-makes-300000-trading-penny-stocks
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A video of an Atlantic City man breaking up a fight between two teenagers -- and getting them to shake hands- - has drawn hundreds of thousands of views and acclaim from far and wide, including the AC mayor and NBA star LeBron James. Brian met with peacemaker Ibn Ali Miller on the streets of Atlantic City where his gentle, wise ways are as clear in real life as they are in the now famous video.
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18 Frick Drive is located in Alpine, New Jersey, only 8 miles from the heart of Manhattan. The 30,000 sq ft home includes 12 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, indoor basketball court, personal movie theatre, 4,000 bottle wine cellar and much more. The home has a fully equipped staff apartment and separate pool house.
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Sixteen-year-old Sydney McLaughlin of Dunellen is a track superstar who is headed to the Olympics! She's the youngest American track athlete to head to the Olympics in 44 years. She's the pride of Union Catholic High School, of New Jersey -- and of the USA. At the entrance to the Scotch Plains school, there are posters showing Sydney racing and the moment she qualified for the Olympics including her qualifying time 54:15. She holds the world junior record of all time and has the fourth-fastest time for the 400-meter hurdles going to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sibile chased Sydney to her high school and spoke to her coach. Mike McCabe started working with her when she was a freshman. "After a couple weeks of training I could tell that she was unlike anybody I've ever coached or seen before," said McCabe. McCabe hopes Rio will be the first of many Olympics for Sydney.
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The awe-inspiring new Hindu Mandir or Temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey is drawing a lot of attention. This magnificent structure is only sixth of its kind in North America. Thousands of Hindu faithful's are already on-hand for this weekend's temple inauguration which will involve age-old rituals, storytelling, food and celebration. Construction Coordinator Yogi Trivedi discussed the intricacies of this incredible building and what it means to those who visit. “The spirit of the sacred deities is brought into the sacred images, it is invoked, and then those images are not just statues or idols or just stone. They're actual embodiments of the God, of the deity,” he explained. The Mandir is buzzing with activities where workers are applying finishing touches and youngsters are practicing their spiritual dances. The Mandir itself is a marvel of Italian marble. It was carved by Indian craftsmen, all according to spiritual guidelines, sent block by block to New Jersey to be built. Sachi Construction worker Rohit Patel said it was all done in the spirit of service so highly valued in Hinduism.
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ISLAND OF LOST SOULS Hart Island is New York City's potter's field: a tiny island in the Bronx where more than 1 million people have been buried since the 1860s. A thousand more are added every year, buried in open trenches in rows of two stacked three high in pine boxes. They include loners and criminals to veterans and folks who simply outlived everyone they knew, or got lost in the system. The island contains a million stories, but until now, few have been told. That is in part to the secretive nature of the island, which is run like a prison by the New York City Department of Correction. But the secrets of Hart Island are slowly being told, thanks to the loved ones of those buried there, journalist and artists. Brian took a rare trip to Hart Island to tell the story of an amazing place.
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PROF ON THE HOT SEAT The John Jay College professor who tweeted it is a "privilege to teach future dead cops" was recently suspended from his job. Isaacson is a self-proclaimed member of the Antifa and doesn't believe police officers are necessary. He joined Chasing News via Skype along with NJSPBA President Pat Colligan
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Last week on the F-train in New York City, a video was taken of a woman taunting a man. After the situation escalated she hit the man from behind with her purse, which resulted in him turning around and slapping her in the face. 6”6' bouncer and new dad, Jorge Pena, is the man who hit the woman. Prosecutors have dropped the charges against Pena after seeing the video and determining he was acting in self-defense, but Pena still issued an apology saying “a man should never hit a girl”. It was revealed that the harassment began when the woman started making fun of Pena's 8-ball jacket, which was given to him by a friend. http://www.my9nj.com/story/27385931/charged-dropped-against-the-subway-slapper
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GIMME MY MONEY A Queens woman who thought she won a $43 million jackpot is suing Resorts World Casino in Queens after being told the slot machine had malfunctioned. Last August, Katrina Bookman said she won millions on the "Sphinx Lot Machine." but her joy was short-lived when officials told her the machine had malfunctioned and she didn't actually win, referring to a disclaimer on the machine which states, "Malfunction voids all pays and plays." The casino offered Katrina a steak, which she refused. Resorts Casino officials declined to comment.
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A 12-year-old from Suffern NY is being labeled "the next Taylor Swift" after her appearance on "America's Got Talent." Chasing News caught up with Grace VanderWaal during open mic night at Bean Runner Cafe in Peekskill. Until recently, that stage was the only place where Grace had performed. But after auditioning for "America's Got Talent," the judges fast-tracked Grace to the semifinals. She says life has been hectic since her audition aired, but she's looking forward to what's next.
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Almost a year ago, retired homicide detective Gary Britton and Alex Zdan went to Gilgo Beach, Long Island on the trail of the Long Island Serial Killer. Scattered along the side of a windy beachfront highway, authorities had found at least 10 bodies, victims, they believed of that serial murderer. The mystery remained: who murdered women selling their bodies over Craigslist and dumped them along Ocean Parkway? Today there is yet another storm brewing on Gilgo, and another angle to investigate: police corruption. James Burke was the colorful and powerful chief of the Suffolk County Police Department. In November, Burke was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for the beating of a suspect who stole his gun belt, sex toys and other items from Burke's SUV and for getting other officers to lie about it. But just last week, we found that the corruption investigation may go deeper than we thought. Buried in a filing to expunge the conviction of the man Burke beat - Christopher Loeb - Loeb's attorneys say "numerous" other cops have been indicted and pleaded guilty, and that "their files are sealed as the investigation is still ongoing." What do the feds think is going on in Suffolk County?
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If you've ever dreamed of living in a home designed by a mobster, now you have your chance. The former home of Albert Anastasia Jr. will go up for auction on Dec. 8 with a starting price of $5.5 million. The home is on 1.3 acres in Fort Lee NJ with waterfront views of Manhattan. It was designed by Anastasia in the 1940s, roughly a decade before he was shot dead in NYC's Park Sheraton Hotel. "This building is solid as a rock," said Arlan Ettinger, president at the auction house Guernsey's. "I can just imagine when the mob figure owned this place." Anastasia remains one of the most feared mobsters in U.S. history. Following his death, the home came to be owned by Del Webb, American real estate developer and part-owner of the New York Yankees, and later by comedian Buddy Hackett. Today, the home is owned by the founder of New York Waterway's ferry system, Arthur Imperatore, who has decided to sell the house following the death of his wife. Despite a number of owners, remnants of the mob still remain. "The basement to this house is something you have to see to believe: a movie theater, a spa. And, the stories in the late '40s and '50s of the mob is something you certainly can imagine," added Ettinger. There's also a rumor of a secret tunnel from the house that leads into the cliffside.
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Two teenagers from Neptune City, NJ were charged Thursday in connection with missing teenager Sarah Stern's murder. According to the prosecutor's office, Liam McAtasney, 19, is charged with murder, robbery, desecration of human remains, conspiracy to desecrate human remains and hindering apprehension. Preston Taylor, also 19, is charged with desecration of human remains, conspiracy to desecrate human remains, hindering apprehension and contempt. Both teenagers are being held and will be in court next on Feb. 7. 19-year-old Sarah Stern of Neptune City NJ was last seen leaving her home the afternoon of Dec. 2. Hours later her silver 1994 Oldsmobile 88 was found on the Rt. 35 bridge in Belmar with keys inside.
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ISLAND OF LOST SOULS This is Part 2 of a series on Hart Island, New York City's potter's field where more than 1 million people have been buried in mass graves since 1960. Brian took a rare trip to the island in the Bronx and looked at the debate over whether the island, which is run under tight security by the New York City Department of Correction, should be more open to the public.
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Jermaine Dennis is a subway driver who loves his job, but he can never forget the woman who jumped in front of his train, right as he was pulling into the North Conduit station in Queens. "There was a lady, she was walking on the platform and she jumped right in front of my train," Jermaine recalled. "I hit the emergency brake and about four cars down, I happened to find her underneath my train."
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Enchantments in the East Village is New York City's oldest occult store. The store carries items needed for practicing magical traditions and spiritual paths. In the store you'll find things like broomsticks, black cats and incense, but custom-carved candles are their specialty. Enchantments believes in the principle "harm no one" and does not endorse items that hurt others. For more info visit enchantmentsincnyc.com.
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Ashley and Sergio headed Amy Ruth's Restaurant on 117th Street in Harlem to get a taste of some amazing soul food . It's been an icon since 1998 and Jannette Robinson, who is the head chef, has been there from the start. She took Ashley and Sergio on a tour of the kitchen highlighting some of their signature dishes like candied yams, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and collard greens. Jannette says Amy Ruth's is about creating a family-friendly atmosphere. "It's the typical down home grandmother, auntie family-type restaurant where a family could come and like have a conversation not just to dine, but to spiritually get in contact with one another," Robinson said. For more info visit amyruths.com.
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COUNTRY GIRL! Twenty-year-old NJ native Payton Taylor is making a name for herself in the country music world in Nashville. Payton's family moved down South so Payton could pursue her dreams. She has recorded with songwriters and producers including Wade Kirby and Phil O'Donnell. She performed her song "Famous" on the Chasing News set. Patyon wears several hats including fashion blogger for "Music City Pretty." She also runs a radio segment for the legendary Grand Ole Opry station in Nashville. You can check out Payton at https://www.paytontaylor.com/.
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LI'L GIRL, BIG HEART Eight-year-old Mikayla Raji's decision to pay a police officer's dinner tab at Villa Borghese in Helmetta NJ last month made headlines. Sibile met Mikayla and Jamesburg police officer Joseph Quinn at Mikayla's home in Monroe NJ. "When I went to go pay my tab, I was told that it was paid forward. ... We did some detective work at police headquarters, I was advised who paid for the tab. ... it was special," Quinn said. The Jamesburg Police Department was so impressed by Mikayla's act of kindness, that they set up a GoFundMe page for her. Mikayla's father, Thomas Raji, was a Perth Amboy police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
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Robin Miller calls Rikers Island a plantation, describing it as slavery for prisoners and correction officers. The retired NYC correction officer spent 20 years working inside NYC's jails. Now, she's ready to share her story in a tell-all book, "The Dark Underbelly Of Rikers Island." For more info visit robinmiller.com.
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All Broadway shows take a huge amount of effort especially from the stars who pour their hearts out night after night. When it comes to making these shows happen, as the saying goes, it takes a village. In the case of Matilda on Broadway, it takes four very special, very insightful little girls. Meet Alexandra Vlachos, Mimi Ryder, Mattea Conforti, and Rileigh McDonald, the four ladies playing Matilda. The ladies that rotate in the lead role reiterated that Matilda is more than a fun show, it teaches an important lesson. A lesson taken straight out of the pages of this classic Roahl Dahl Children's book that hit Broadway in 2013. Since then the hit has earned five tony nominations and this year was named Time Magazine's Number one Show of the year. That lesson is that Bullying is never ok. To see this special show head to matildaonbroadway.com.
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In a quiet, secluded glade up a long driveway from a florist shop and plant nursery, Joseph Comunale's body was buried in a foot of dirt after his killers tried and failed to set it on fire. Comunale, police said, had been murdered by James Rackover and Larry Dilione after a party inside Rackover's New York City apartment. The motive in the killing remains unclear, but Rackover and Dilione have been charged with murder and are being held in lieu of $300,000 bail. Their ride from New York City late Sunday night happened in a Mercedes owned by Rackover's purported foster father, who paid for the younger Rackover to have an apartment in the same building as he and take the same last name. Rackover and Dilione allegedly drove to Dilione's hometown, where their secret would stay hidden for barely two days before police were led to the crime scene. Alex retraced the steps they took that night and got a first look at the burial site.
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Mourners gathered in the Bronx Monday night to pray for 22 year old Angelikque Sutton, who was brutally stabbed to death on Friday. Angelikque was eight and a half months pregnant when childhood friend Ashleigh Wade allegedly slashed her throat with a knife inside her home. Wade, who according to reports had faked her own pregnancy, then carved open Sutton's stomach and pulled the unborn child from her mother's womb. The child was safely admitted to an area hospital and is in good condition. Wade has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
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The most heartwrenching version of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was sung by three high school girls Wednesday as hundreds filled Bridgeton High School's stadium to remember three beautiful teen girls whose lives were cut short in car accidents. Family and friends mourned the loss of15-year-old Mikayla Mosley and 17-year-old Daisia Sulton, who died early Saturday driving back from a post-prom event at the Shore after their car flew off the road and struck a tree on Rt. 49 in Maurice River Township. Police say drugs and alcohol weren't a factor. The community also remembered 18-year-old Luz De La Cruz-Antonio who died in an accident April 29 in Salem County. Luz played on Bridgeton's soccer team and had recently written an essay about her parents. Mikayla was known for being the life of the party. And people say Daisia always put others first. "This is what I think Daisia would want us to know: As I sit in heaven and watch you everyday I try to let you know through signs I never went away," Marie Amendt-Smith said. The community held lights and sang "Missing You." They continue to pray for two other girls in Saturday's crash who remain hospitalized. For info on helping with funeral expenses, search GoFundMe.com.
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Steffon Josey-Davis is a 24-year-old NJ man who is now considered a felon when he was pulled over and police said that he was transporting his legal, employer-issued, handgun improperly.
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Is Donald Trump a sexist? His controversial comments about abortion have outraged women across the country, but what's it like to be a woman working for the Donald? Sibile interviewed Barbara Res, a former executive vice president of the Trump organization, to get her insight into what it's like to work for Trump. Barbara helped build Trump Tower and renovate the Plaza hotel. Res says she was one of the few women in the male dominated field of construction. "He liked me, I spoke up. I was one woman with all these men. I was able to hold my own and it impressed him and his wife Ivana," said Res. Their relationship has since soured and she would not vote for Trump as president. "He doesn't have the vocabulary, he doesn't come across as someon presidential, scholar, statesman, he's a business man, an in the gutter guy and that's what people like about him," said Res.
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19-year-old Sara Gebert of Pittstown, New Jersey hasn't had food or drink for two years. The teen suffers from a rare disorder called Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, ‘pseudo' meaning that her body behaves as if there's an obstruction when in fact there really isn't. “It is not in my head, but I have been told that. I was diagnosed just recently actually because it took a lot of testing and no one wanted to believe that I was really dealing with this because it's so rare,” Gebert said. Since she is unable to orally ingest foods, Gebert is forced to eat through a central line in her chest. “I hook that up to a big bag of what's called TPN each night and that stands for ‘total parenteral nutrition' and it has all the calories, nutrients, vitamins and everything I need to sustain myself,” she said. http://www.my9nj.com/story/27364311/nj-teen-hasnt-eaten-food-in-2-years
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A Moment of Magic is a nonprofit in which college students dress up as princesses and visit kids in the hospital. The volunteer group was started two years ago by Kylee McGrane and Margaret McAndrew. The College of Mount Saint Vincent students were looking for a way to give back and thought this would be a great way. The group has around 40 volunteers and does up to seven visits a week. A Moment of Magic makes visits to hospitals and homes in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. For more info visit amomentofmagic.org.
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The 2016 snowpocalypse has people updating their grocery lists. On the top of that list are two key items: bread and milk, a combo made famous by New Jersey native, Vic Dibitetto. The standup comedian took notice of these anticipatory days leading up to a storm like the one on our horizon and he made a YouTube video. Fourteen million views later he has become the face of storm preparation. Chasing News headed to Marlboro to get Vic's advice on stocking up. We also checked in with AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno, who gave us his recommendations on how many jugs and loaves to buy depending on where you live.
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Is NJ closer to legalizing recreational marijuana? Senate President Steve Sweeney thinks there are enough votes to move it forward. We're talking with our A+ panel about the delays on this and what could be the hold up. Watch more Chasing News with Bill Spadea weeknights at 11pm on My9nj, 1:30am on FOX 5, and 3am on @FOX 29. Coverage from Chasing News with Bill Spadea
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Fright Fest has officially started at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey where the park is transformed into a true house-of-horrors just in time to celebrate Halloween. Chasing New Jersey got a behind the scenes look at how ordinary people are transformed into zombies, ghosts, ghouls, witches, warlocks and more. “There's about 170 ghouls this year that the makeup team is responsible for. All the prosthetic features I manufacture in-house. Everything that you see that an actor's wearing is something I sculpted, I created a mold for, and I make new prosthetic appliances every day for it. So we'll go through about 400-600 prosthetic pieces for the entire run of Fright Fest,” Tony Mandile with Anatomy FX explained. He said that mimicking the undead is a big craze now with many towns across the Garden State hosting their own zombie walks and with the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, now on My9! http://www.my9nj.com/story/26745992/behind-the-scenes-at-six-flags-great-adventure-fright-fest
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Does Etiquette really matter in todays day and age? According to Beaumont Etiquette founder, Myka Meier, its definitely important, and its not just for the weathly or regal. Chasing Jillian heading to Columbus Circle in NYC to learn a little bit about proper manners from the expert.
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The movie of the real "Rocky" is finally being made. Chuck Wepner, the born and bred Jersey fighter from Bayonne whom the movie Rocky is based off of, is finally getting a movie based on his life- and it is going to be a blockbuster. "The Bleeder" is a new movie currently in production based on famous New Jersey heavyweight boxing champion Chuck Wepner, also known as "The Bayonne Bleeder.' It stars Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, who plays Linda Wepner, Chuck's wife. Chaunce Hayden, publisher of the magazine Metropolis Nights, gave some insight on what we might expect in the upcoming film starting with Chuck's early life. "He was bouncing at a strip club and a boxing promoter found him there and offered him a chance to fight in the ring." Chuck took on the challenge and the rest is history. The movie will highlight the ups and downs of the boxing champ, including his bout in the ring with Muhammad Ali and the infamous naked pool party. The film is slated to come out next winter.
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Emily Rand, 19, can be seen in a Snapchat video from late October throwing a punch at a man in New Brunswick NJ. The man responds by punching Emily in the face. She fell to the ground, fracturing her skull and falling into a coma. Emily has a long road of recovery ahead of her, though she has recently regained consciousness. Police questioned the suspect and have decided not to press charges. See how her friend Beth Noble reacts to the news.
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QUADRUPLE DIPPER? You may have heard of double-dipping public officials who have two jobs or collect two pensions. Or maybe even triple dippers. But a councilman in the tiny Hudson County town of Harrison, NJ, was recently sworn in for his fourth paid public position. Meet James Doran, quadruple dipper. Brian Donohue of Chasing News picked up some ice cream and cones and set out across the streets of Harrison to find Doran and have him show how the quadruple dip is done.
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Earlier this summer, 20 year old Xavier Ingram was confronted by police outside a liquor store in Camden, New Jersey. Surveillance video shows him running from police before ending up on the ground. Authorities say Ingram fell to the ground while running, but his lawyers say the cops pushed him down and repeatedly stomped on his neck and upper back, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. “It's a lot to see someone going through being independent to dependent on you just to wipe their eye,” Ingram's cousin Hameemah Abdur-Rahmaan said at a press conference where Ingram's attorney is demanding the rest of the surveillance video. “According to what Mr. Ingram has told us, that he heard his neck crack and felt excruciating pain and then everything went numb,” Ingram's attorney, Beth Baldinger said. http://www.my9nj.com/story/27343111/man-paralyzed-after-run-in-with-police-in-camden
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The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ is home to wolves, bobcats and foxes. The preserve is owned and operated by Jim Stein and Becky Mace. Stein and Mace raise and care for all of the animals on-site. Twice a day, the couple takes visitors on a tour. Not only is it an educational experience, but a perfect opportunity to take photos. Please note: In the state of New Jersey, it is against the law for the public to have contact with a pure-breed wolf. Therefore, there is no contact, petting or feeding of the wolves at Lakota Wolf. To learn more visit: Lakotawolf.com
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His voice has given life to some of our favorite characters from the '80s, '90s and today. But would you recognize Larry Kenney's face? "I always joked that I would love to have nickel for every teacher who said, 'You know, Larry, I hope when you grow up you find a way to make a living for the little jokes and voices you do," Larry said. Larry an entertainment business veteran, lending his voice to cartoons, commercials and films. He's famously known as Lion-O in the 1985 cartoon "ThunderCats," which he later replicated for the animated series "Family Guy." Today, he's the voice for several breakfast cereals, like Sonny The Bird of Cocoa Puffs fame
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TROPICAL JERSEY Wild quaker parrots are hard to miss in Edgewater, NJ. Their chirping can be heard all throughout the Bergen County town. The flock has been in the state for nearly five decades. Locals say they're a hidden treasure, but the state has a different view, listing them as a potentially dangerous species. Alison Evan-Fragale is doing everything she can to change that. As the founder of the Edgewater Parrots Society, she talked to Diana Blass of Chasing News about supporting a bill to change their designation in the state.
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