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Arthur Augustyn

Community Reporter aaugustyn@dailyvoice.com

Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts, went to school in New York and lived in California before joining Daily Voice's team in New Jersey. His past work at local newspapers and global websites has given him a broad range of experiences to pull from when he's out reporting. 

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  1. Why Does Garfield Police Department Need Armor Plated Military Truck?

    Why Does Garfield Police Department Need Armor Plated Military Truck?

    GARFIELD, N.J. — Mine Resistant Ambush Protected is the official name for Garfield's recently acquired military-grade vehicle. Its daunting size has drawn criticism with some residents asking: Why does a local police department need something like this?"We know there are no mines in Garfield," Lieutenant Michael Marsh said. "That's what it was built for but we're ...

  2. Fountain That Killed Christmas In Lodi Will Be Removed

    Fountain That Killed Christmas In Lodi Will Be Removed

    LODI, N.J. — The fountain outside of Lodi's borough hall will be removed after its chlorinated water was blamed for killing a Christmas tree and other flora surrounding it, NorthJersey.com reports.According to North Jersey, heavy winds will splash water out of the fountain onto nearby grass and trees. The water's high chemical content causes any flora touched by the water to wither and ...

  3. Billion Dollar Mall In East Rutherford On Hold With No End In Sight

    Billion Dollar Mall In East Rutherford On Hold With No End In Sight

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The American Dream mall stalled work in December, since then the billion dollar development in East Rutherford hasn't shown any signs of actual work, NJ.com reports.The developer showed intent to resume work after a six-month delay but hasn't followed through.According to NJ.com, even the East Rutherford Mayor James L. Cassella doesn't know when the project will ...

  4. Pig Racing Banned In East Rutherford If 14,000 Have Their Way

    Pig Racing Banned In East Rutherford If 14,000 Have Their Way

    RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A petition to stop using pigs as racing animals at East Rutherford's Meadowlands Fair has amounted more than 14,000 signatures.The petition cites cruel treatment of the pigs as the reason to discontinue their use as racing animals. According to the petition creator, pigs are transported in cramped spaces, exposed to extreme temperatures and lack adequate food and ...

  5. Lodi 911 Dispatcher 'Mama Jo' Can't Catch A Break

    Lodi 911 Dispatcher 'Mama Jo' Can't Catch A Break

    LODI, NJ. — Between open heart surgery, cervical cancer and lymphedema, Lodi's Joann "Mama Jo" Ibach Pernice can't catch a break.The Lodi resident has become a surrogate mother for many in the community, according to a GoFundMe started in her name. "Mama Jo is a loving, selfless person who always put everyone else first and continues to do so which is completely ...

  6. Cliffside Park Market Puts Armenian Twist On Pizza

    Cliffside Park Market Puts Armenian Twist On Pizza

    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — Like many places across New Jersey, Arenie in Cliffside Park sells a lot of pizza. But it's far from the traditional cheese and sauce you might be used to.Primarily comprised of ground beef and spices, Lahmajoon is what's known as "Armenian Pizza." It's the most popular item for the Armenian Market.Arenie specializes in authentic Armenian foods. Going so ...

  7. Garfield Therapist Specializes In Mankind's Oldest Medicine: Leeches

    Garfield Therapist Specializes In Mankind's Oldest Medicine: Leeches

    GARFIELD, N.J. — Andrew Plucinski of Garfield is not a doctor, but he has an idea of what might help with some ailments: Leeches.Officially titled a Hirudotherapist, Plucinski specializes in how leeches can relieve many ailments in the human body. Despite the medieval approach, he doesn't think his work is strange."This is the oldest medicine there is," Plucinski ...

  8. Former New York Jet Shares Cautionary Tale Of Painkiller Abuse In Tenafly

    Former New York Jet Shares Cautionary Tale Of Painkiller Abuse In Tenafly

    TENAFLY, N.J. — Ray Lucas' NFL career ended with an injury that started him toward painkiller abuse. Now, recovered from his addiction, Lucas will share his cautionary tale in Tenafly.Tenafly's Our Community Allied with Youth (OCAY) will host Lucas and other panelists for their first event of the year meant to raise awareness about drug addiction.Lucas is a Rutgers alumni who played for ...

  9. Wife Sues Driver Who Struck And Killed Husband In Tenafly

    Wife Sues Driver Who Struck And Killed Husband In Tenafly

    TENAFLY, N.J. — The wife of a jogger who was struck and killed by a car in October 2016 is filing a lawsuit against the driver, NJ.com reports.Robert E. Hyer Jr. was out for a morning jog when he crossed the intersection of East Clinton Avenue, and was struck by a car driven by Raffaella Garritano, the article says.The lawsuit says Garritano was under-insured and recklessly caused the ...

  10. $9,000 Raised For Hospitalized Leonia Father With No Home

    $9,000 Raised For Hospitalized Leonia Father With No Home

    LEONIA, N.J. — More than $9,000 has been raised for a Leonia father who suffered severe health problems only to get booted from his home by a realtor.Lenny of Leonia was hospitalized for severe pain and bleeding and discovered the cause was a large tumor in his kidney. He suffered a heart attack but eventually recovered. He returned home to find the house he had been renting for 20 ...

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