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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.
Ronstin and Eva Smith
Ronstin and Eva Smith (Photo courtesy of Laura Eye)

‘Metal for Life’ to be held in Eva Smith’s memory, raise money for suicide prevention

A friend of New Jersey musician Ronstin Smith, who lost his teenage daughter to suicide last December, is organizing a fundraiser that will take Ronstin's passion for music and use it to help ease his and others' pain.

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McKenzy Hupke
Screenshot via Youtube

Fighting cancer, Jersey Shore teen still able to use talents to help others

It has been a long four years for McKenzy Hupke, who has spent most of her time as a teenager battling obstacle after obstacle, but never losing sight of the gifts she has to offer the world — especially in her home state.

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Stop the Heroin
Photo courtesy Stop the Heroin via Facebook

One year after son’s death, NJ couple heads thriving anti-opioid group

Last Easter morning, Bill and Tammy Schmincke found their son Steven, who had struggled with opiate addiction for the past four years, unresponsive in their home. They do not want their son's story to be swept under the rug.

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Anya LeFrancis
Anya LeFrancis (Photo courtesy of the LeFrancis family)

Bone marrow match needed for NJ girl whose leukemia relapsed

When Anya LeFrancis was in kindergarten, she was diagnosed with leukemia. She responded well to initial treatments, but now Anya's illness has relapsed, and she's in the fight of her life.

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Perth Amboy-area partnership seeks to improve prenatal care

A $28,000 March of Dimes grant for the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center will help to realize the common goals of ensuring proper prenatal care for healthy pregnancies, reducing pre-term birth rates, and providing support for Central Jersey families.

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Sandy-damaged home
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Deadline is June 30 for Sandy homeowners to file for stay of foreclosure

Homeowners in New Jersey's RREM programs will be notified by the state Department of Community Affairs commissioner if they are eligible to apply to avoid foreclosure actions on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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Erica Schaeffer with Justin Robinson
Erica Schaeffer with Justin Robinson (Photo courtesy of Eric Schaeffer)

Future agent? Pt. Pleasant girl writes NBA GMs about Monmouth star

She's just 11 years old, but a Point Pleasant fifth-grader is drawing the attention of NBA general managers by telling them about her favorite Monmouth University basketball player.

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