Union City Police Officer passes away suddenly

UNION CITY — The Union City Police Department is mourning the loss of a veteran officer who suddenly died Monday evening. Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Fernandez, 48, suffered an undisclosed “medical emergency” at his Old Bridge home, Police Captain Nichelle Luster said today. Fernandez had 24 years on the job, having graduated from the police academy …

Reports: Transgender Secaucus youth removed from Cub Scouts for being born female

SECAUCUS — A local Cub Scouts pack reportedly said that a transgender Secaucus boy cannot stay in the group because he was born female, North Jersey.com reported. Joe Maldonado had belonged to Cub Scout Pack 87 for a month before a scouting official called his mother with the news. Though Joe’s status was well known …