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Patrick Lavery

I am New Jersey 101.5's Morning Drive Producer/Reporter, formerly the station's Evening News Anchor from 2013 to 2016. I'm proud to be a member of our on-air and digital teams which were honored by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for coverage of the 2016 Seaside Park bombing, and by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, for the 2015 fatal Amtrak derailment. I got my start in radio at The College of New Jersey, on student-run WTSR-FM, and graduated from TCNJ in 2009. Before coming to 101.5, I did news and sports for WGHT-AM in Pompton Lakes and WYNY-FM in Milford, PA. In a previous life as a child actor, I appeared in the Broadway cast of "Beauty and the Beast" from 1994 to 1996. I live in Hunterdon County with my wife, Kristen, and our 6-pound toy poodle (and king of any room he enters), Archie.
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Jersey Shore families in need continue to get a little help from their Friends

In the eight years since a group of friends began a partnership with a mutual pledge to "pay it forward," the organization now known as Friends Helping Friends of New Jersey has raised over $600,000 for Ocean County-area families in need.

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Timothy Piazza, center, with his parents Evelyn Piazza, left, and James Piazza (Patrick Carns via AP)
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Timothy Piazza’s parents: ‘Penn State failed our son’

James and Evelyn Piazza have detailed the changes they want made on the campus where their son was injured at a fraternity house party and left to die overnight in February.

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Lung cancer is deadlier than you know — here’s what NJ students are doing about it

Warren County Technical School Key Club members have chosen to cap off their service commitments for this school year by putting together a 5K run/walk to raise money for a charity that focuses on funding lung cancer research.

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Tyler Gambardella, from left, Carolina Gamarra and Patrick Monaghan (Photo credit Lauren H. Adams/TCNJ)
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TCNJ students’ app enlists college kids to do random chores

Juggling a full load of college classes is hard enough, but add to that a full-time job and a leadership position within a fraternity, and you'd barely have time to breathe, let alone have the energy to take care of everyday tasks like laundry and dishes.

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Union County corrections officers don superhero suits for Special Olympics

Once again this year, corrections officers from the Union County Jail in Elizabeth will be dressing up as superheroes to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which leads up to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Ewing.

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NJ Transit train at the Hamilton Station (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)
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This NJ Transit train barreled down the tracks for a half hour — with an open door

Video taken by a New Jersey Transit passenger depicted a dangerous ride for commuters on Tuesday evening, when a door on an outbound Northeast Corridor train was allowed to remain open for about 30 minutes, covering eight stops on the route.

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It costs truckers HOW much to sit in Jersey traffic?

The worst-in-the-nation congestion of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area causes the trucking industry to lose $3 billion a year in the Garden State alone, accounting for nearly 5 percent of congestion costs nationwide.

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‘Action for Distraction’ 5K nets record amount for hospital games for kids

The inspirational story of Long Valley teen Zach Rice has continued this spring, with his fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Atlantic Health System Goryeb Children's Hospital bringing the total amount of money donated to the facility into the six-figure stratosphere.

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Timeline emerges in NJ fraternity pledge’s death at Penn State

The timeline spelled out in a grand jury report revealed Timothy Piazza made attempts to stand as late as eight and a half hours after falling down a set of stairs, to try and get help when none of his fraternity brothers sought medical attention for him.

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