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  • Writer's pictureKaren Brittingham-Edmond

Afternoon Tea With K.Britt. Topics of Discussion: Possible Snow In April, Familiside Incident In Sayerville NJ, Segregated School Issues In NJ, Sean Puffy Combs Accused Of Human Trafficking & More

Did Someone Say Snow In April in New Jersey?


The National Weather Service has forecasted that a developing coastal storm will bring rainfall ranging from two to four inches in the next few days and possibly snow in some areas. Snow in springtime is not common in New Jersey, but it is not unheard of either. It can snow in April or May but is usually light and does not accumulate on the ground. The amount of snowfall depends on the weather conditions, and it varies from year to year. This week's rainfall began on Monday and will likely continue until Thursday here on the east coast. The National Weather Service Mount Holly station has stated that while significant flooding is not likely, some creeks, rivers, and streams could experience minor flooding or rises. The weather service has advised that periods of rain with a forecast of 1-3 inches through Wednesday night could cause some flooding, and there is a possibility of tidal flooding on Tuesday night to Wednesday, with the possibility of wet snow in some areas of the northeast. According to Ojibwe tradition, sacred stories are told when snow covers the ground. Hence, this week could be an excellent time to reflect on family members' wisdom as we witness snow in springtime in some areas of the northeast. To learn more, please click the links.

"Tragic Familicide Incident In Sayreville NJ: Understanding The Impact of Overenmeshment And Emotional Distress"

Per a report shared by Carly Baldwin of the Middletown NJ Patch article titled "NJ Dad Left Suicide Note Before Killing Son, Slashing Throat: Police." Reports that a 43-year-old man by the name of Manuel Rivera was charged with first-degree murder for the death of his 9-year-old son." In January, Rivera joined the school district as a part-time cafeteria worker and school bus driver. Baldwin's article further shares that Rivera "left a suicide note to his wife, saying he "wished to be cremated" and "This is how it ends for me and (the boy's name). I know we couldn't live without each other. Today is the day that death does us part."

Per the report, the blood-curdling message rang true as Sayreville Police were called to a car fire on Washington Road behind the Sayreville War Memorial High School, where Rivera stood next to the car doused with gasoline plus burns. In addition, a self-inflicted "cut through his neck but was still alive." The child was pronounced dead on the scene. Baldwin's report shared that Rivera was sent to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. 

Psychological viewpoint on familicide.

Definition: the murder of one or several members of one's own family.

Gelles, professor, and dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, shares that "90 percent of the time, the best predictor of domestic violence is past behavior, suggesting that this difficult disruption mixed with an "over-enmeshment" in one's family could underlie these familicides." Per Gelles, over-enmeshment is a condition in which perpetrators either view "their family members as possessions that they control or [they] don't see any boundaries between their identity, their wife, and their children."

Per the above scenario, one parent's suicidal tendencies can overflow to affect the entire family adversely. In situations where a person feels disconnected from society and is too emotionally attached to others, they may find it difficult to move on from their emotional distress. The anomic, overly enmeshed individual can't bear to leave the pain of their suicide behind and so takes his wife or, in Mr. Rivera's case, his child with him. To learn more, please click the link: 

Ben Crump Esquire Listed On Forbes Magazine's Top Lawyers List!

Forbes Magazine's Top Lawyers list recognizes the most prominent and successful lawyers in the United States. The list is compiled based on peer review, client feedback, and the individual's track record of success in their respective practice areas. The list includes lawyers from a variety of practice areas, including corporate law, litigation, intellectual property, and many others. Forbes publishes the list annually and is widely considered one of the country's most prestigious accolades for lawyers. It is a valuable resource for individuals and businesses looking to work with the best legal minds in the industry. This year, nationally renowned Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump was selected as one of America's top lawyers. Congratulations, Ben Crump Esquire!

75-Year-Old Woman Accused Of Murdering Her 81-Year-Old Lover In Mays Landing NJ

An older woman by the name of Eileen Bright is currently being accused of murdering her lover, Mr. Gary Johnson, in his home located in Mays Laning per an article shared by Veronica Flesher of the Middletown Patch on Easter Sunday. The details of this unfortunate occurrence have shocked community members plus the public because it is rare to hear elders of reputable ages act out with such a dangerous facade.

Per Flesher's report, "Hamilton Township police responded to the Lewis Drive home shortly before 6 P.M. on March 31, 2024." Officers were called in response to a report of a dead man found in his home. Authorities said. The report further shares that "Bright was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and two counts of third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose."

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Sean Puffy Combs Accused Of Depraved Conduct And Human Trafficking

The Southern District Of New York is seeking to bring a case against Mr. Combs as a result of numerous complaints filed by Cassie Ventura, plus other victims accusing him of sexual assault and, worse yet, human trafficking. The 54-year-old artist and record producer Sean Love Combs, known by the stage names P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy, founded Bad Boy Records in 1993. Additionally, he is a renowned rapper and executive. He owns two luxury residences in Florida. Plus a father of five children.

Combs was known for constructing his former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez's success and stardom. The dynamic duel was considered the "it" couple for many years, plus comrades of the Hip Hop World. Per an Us Magazine article written by Shelby Stivale on March 29, 2024, titled: "Jennifer Lopez's Quotes About Diddy Through the Years: Their Relationship, Why They Split, Nightclub Arrest and More." 

According to Stivale's article, "The duo dated for about two years after meeting on the set of a music video in 1999." The former couple experienced significant highs and lows in the public eye throughout their time together.

During the early days of their relationship, Diddy and Lopez were arrested on weapons and bribery charges following a New York City nightclub shooting in December 1999. While the charges against Lopez were dropped, Diddy was acquitted in 2001."


As a child, Sean Puffy Combs earned the nickname Puff due to his tendency to huff and puff when angry. Known as a fierce child football player, Combs went on to attend Howard University and landed an internship with Uptown Records in 1990. Combs' mother was a model and a school teacher, while his father served in the U.S. Air Force. Raised Roman Catholic, Combs graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1987.

In 1995, Combs established "Daddy's House Social Programs" with a mission to assist the underprivileged youth living in the inner city. Daddy's House offers tutoring, life skills classes, and an annual summer camp. Furthermore, Combs and Jay-Z contributed $1 million towards aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other relief efforts.

The accusations against Combs are truly horrendous. It's interesting to note that Sean "Diddy" Combs has seven children, named Quincy, Justin, Christian, Chance, Jessie James, D'Lila Star, and Love Sean. He has formed Combs Cartel as an umbrella company for his children's joint ventures. Combs fan base anxiously awaits further information on the case and cases against him. As of 2024, Combs's net worth is estimated at 800 million dollars. In closing, the relaunched Echo reflects on the famous quote of Sean Puffy's good friend Biggie Smalls: "More money, more problems." Further reports by the relaunched Echo will follow up on the story and hope justice is served.

School Segregation In N.J. Is Being Called Out By New Jersey Journalist.

School segregation is a serious problem that has been affecting our society for far too long. It's unacceptable that in this day and age, students in New Jersey are still being denied equal access to quality education because of the color of their skin or their family's income. As highlighted by a New Jersey journalist, Nicole Rosenthal of the Middletown Patch, titled "How Segregated Is Your School See District Breakdown," reveals that New Jerseyeans need to take a hard look at the root causes of segregation and take concrete steps to address them. This is not just a matter of fairness and justice but also a matter of ensuring that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Research has shown that integrated schools can positively impact academic achievement, social skills development, and overall well-being of children. Promoting diversity and inclusion in our schools can help create a more just and equitable society for all.

Dear Echo readers, let's come together as a community and demand change. Let's work towards creating a future where every student in New Jersey has access to a high-quality education, regardless of their background or zip code. It's time to put an end to school segregation once and for all and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive in New Jersey.

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