The Russians are coming to New Jersey — three times a month, with huge shipments of steel. Far from being unwelcome, NLMK — short for Novolipetsk Steel — has been greeted with open arms by New Jersey officials, who credit the Russian mega-firm with revitalizing a moribund Paulsboro port and creating more than 100 local jobs. As the flagship tenant, NLMK has promised to bring in at least 1.5 million tons of Russian steel annually — with plans to upgrade to 2 million. It’s already pumping roughly 35,000 tons of steel a week to its U.S. plants — one in Indiana and two in Pennsylvania. Its ship, the Doric Warrior, docked at Paulsboro Marine Terminal March 2 with its first load — while local politicians beamed and workers hustled to move the heavy load. State Sen. Steve Sweeney, a Democrat, told NJ.com that the port was “generational” and its work would “sustain families for years to come.” … [Read more...] about U.S. steel mills question Trump’s ‘Buy America’ talk as Russian competition revives N.J. community
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The painful rollback of rail service after Monday’s rush hour derailment at Penn Station will frustrate commuters through at least Thursday. During Tuesday’s evening commute, throngs of annoyed NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road commuters had their eyes glued to the board to see where they could catch a train home, then rushed to the track to squeeze on board. Frank Petho, 63, said he couldn’t plan his commute properly, knowing his 5:01 p.m. train was canceled. He had to wait around 45 minutes for the 5:44 p.m. NJ Transit train to Trenton, without notice. “It’s like Russian Roulette,” the Robbinsville, N.J., resident said. “I’m probably going to drive tomorrow unless things change.” Brian Boder, 40, was trying to make sense of his commute back to Long Island. “I have no idea what the heck’s going on,” Boder said. He said he’s anticipating a commute up to a half hour … [Read more...] about Penn Station’s painfully limited service caused by NJ Transit derailment to continue for days
Secretly intercepted chatter suggests a deadly Russian missile system was smuggled across the border to Ukraine just hours before a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down. The Ukrainian Security Service released the incriminating tapes Friday as President Obama threatened to crank up economic sanctions against Russia and the probe of the mass murder continued. Investigators descended Friday on the sunflower fields near the Ukraine-Russia border to recover evidence and to determine exactly who was behind the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, killing all 298 people aboard. The United Nations said 80 of those killed were children. World leaders demanded an immediate ceasefire in the region, with Obama denouncing the killing of innocent passengers and crew as “an outrage of unspeakable proportions.” While Obama stopped short of laying the blame on Russia, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations tweeted about prior attacks on … [Read more...] about Russian missile smuggled into Ukraine before Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down: tapes
Located at 143 School St., in the North Stelton section of Piscataway, is a house that was the brainchild of Sam Goldman, a Russian born artist, musician, paper-hanger and follower of anarchist doctrines. Built in 1915 by Goldman, the home is adorned with reliefs of Bolshevic symbolism, along with some abstract and oddly placed columns.The area surrounding the house was once a farm commune, established as a cooperative organization called Fellowship Farms. It was a utopian enterprise based on socialist-Marxist teachings, and Sam was one of the leaders of the movement. At its center was the Modern School, conducted along progressive lines by followers of the Spanish martyr-anarchist Francisco Ferrer. The school was built on land donated by the cooperative. Weird NJ: The Moaning of Talamini Road The liberal-thinking socialist founders in the area decided to give the streets names like "International Avenue," "Brotherhood Street," "Voltaire Street," "Justice Street" and … [Read more...] about Weird NJ: Uncle Sam’s House in Piscataway
How many times has this happened to you? You’re three-quarters of the way through an after-dark trip, on some winding road with a 45 mph speed limit.All of a sudden, it appears: A big, brown deer, seemingly out of nowhere. You can’t see where it came from. It’s almost like the deer has been there the whole time, staring at you with a look that says: “Yeah? What are you going to do about it?”What a jerk.Manalapan resident Bob Leschinski saw it happen first-hand last week, while picking up his daughter from a daycare center in Aberdeen. A buck jumped out onto Route 34. It barely got two feet before it was struck by a car, Leschinski said.“I didn’t even see the deer shoot out from the side of the road,” Leschinski said. “I saw it interrupt the headlights and, a split second after that, he was on top of it.”As it turns out, this is the worst time to be a deer or the drivers that hit them. We’re in the middle of deer mating … [Read more...] about ROAD SAGE: How likely are NJ drivers to hit a deer?
If one takes the Turnpike to exit four and follows Route 70 east, they will come to Route 72 at Four Mile Circle. Taking a hard left leads to a place known as Ong’s Hat, and a trail that some say leads to a mysterious portal to another dimension. Weird NJ: Hippo Rock got a rebootThe New Jersey Pine Barrens have a plethora of deserted villages, most of them simply abandoned decades, even centuries ago. One of the most infamous of these is Ong’s Hat. The true reason as to why anyone would name a village Ong’s Hat may be shrouded in mystery forever. The facts are not clear, but the folklore surrounding the town’s name is well-known.Legend has it that at one time a resident of the area was a flashy young gentleman by the name of Ong (while his first name is unknown, Ong is an old time Pine Barrens name — one of the earliest Pines settlers was Jacob Ong). He was a fixture at local dances, where he was famous for being able to woo the ladies with his fancy … [Read more...] about Weird NJ: Was Pine Barrens town gateway to another dimension?
Ilya Kovalchuk is expected to be at Devils training camp. Despite reports to the contrary, the Russian star who played to his native country during the NHL lockout has not notified the Devils that he will not return when the league resumes play. "There is no reason to think he wasn't coming back," Devils team president Lou Lamoriello said through a spokesman. The rumors that Kovalchuk, 29, is considering staying in the Kontinental Hockey League instead of returning to North America heated up on Wednesday morning. When the KHL issued revised rosters for its All-Star Game and Kovalchuk was the only NHL player still listed. Most NHL players like Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Washington's Alex Ovechkin had backed out of the game and returned to North America after a settlement between the NHL and its player's union was announced. The collective bargaining agreement was approved by the NHL's Board of Governors Wednesday afternoon. The players are expected to vote Friday and … [Read more...] about NJ Devils expect Ilya Kovalchuk back once the NHL season starts despite rumblings Russian star wants to stay in KHL
“If you chase two hares, you will catch none.” Russians are known for speaking in proverbs and this one, preaching constraint, is a relevant cautionary tale for Mikhail Prokhorov as he prepares for his return this week to the United States. Prokhorov chased two hares, stretching himself thin in recent months. He failed in his presidential bid against Vladimir Putin. His net worth took a reported $5 billion hit in 2011. His Brooklyn-bound team is floundering under the weight of its own ambitions, losing out on Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard and, for the fifth straight season, the playoffs. The Nets lived and faltered by yet another Russian proverb: “If you’re afraid of wolves, don’t go to the woods.” They now risk being devoured by the pack of superstars they hunted. The oligarch is carrying a defeat streak into his next uphill battle, a fight for Deron Williams that might determine the fate of the Brooklyn Nets for the foreseeable future. … [Read more...] about After suffering political and financial blows, NJ Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov returns to the U.S.
Two former city workers were sentenced to jail Friday on felony raps for their part in a massive daycare scam that drained millions from city coffers.Leonid Gutnik, 40, and Aurora Villareal, 65, pocketed bribes in return for looking the other way as a host of dirty operators got city cash for providing daycare to phantom poor kids, prosecutors said."These city employees were supposed to protect the interests of children; instead they ignored them for their own personal gain," Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said."Their scheme had a heavy price: felony conviction in federal court and a prison sentence."Gutnik, a former Human Resources Administration worker, was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Villareal, a former Department of Health employee, was sentenced to 4 years in prison.The scam revolved around owners of more than 30 day care centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island - many of them Russian immigrants - who took advantage of a city program to help poor … [Read more...] about Former city workers get jail time for massive daycare scam that drained millions
Dozens of daycare centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island were nabbed in an alleged $18 million scheme to overcharge the government, prosecutors said Tuesday. Federal agents arrested 11 people, including a daycare owner and as many as seven city workers who were bribed to look the other way when the centers over-reported the number of children they enrolled, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan Federal Court by the U.S. Attorney's office. The investigation going back to 2007 centered on a slew of daycares owned by two Russian woman, Lyudmila Grushko and Liudmila Umarov, who received government subsidies for more children than were actually attending the centers, according to the city's Department of Investigation. Umarov and others allegedly bribed city workers with cash and jewelry to look the other way when they reported the number of children at their centers, according to investigators who dubbed the probe "Operation Paycare." Inspectors were also paid to overlook … [Read more...] about Brooklyn, Staten Island daycare centers nailed in alleged $18 million scheme to overcharge gov’t