Regional Briefs – October 19, 2015

25 Displaced After Fire Roars Through Apartment Building

PINE HILL, N.J. – A fast-moving fire destroyed three units at a two-story apartment building Saturday afternoon, displacing 25 residents, The Associated Press reported. Nobody was reported injured.

New Jersey College Win National Solar Decathlon

HOBOKEN, N.J. – A New Jersey college on Saturday earned a national honor for building a hurricane-resistant home that was inspired by Superstorm Sandy, The Associated Press reported. Stevens Institute of Technology won the Energy Department’s Solar Decathlon. The school was one of the smallest of the 14 schools in the competition.

Massive 110-Ton Girder Falls at Goethals Bridge

ELIZABETH, N.J. – A massive 110-ton girder fell shortly after its installation atop two concrete column caps at the Goethals Bridge construction Friday night, The Associated Press reported. The 170-foot-girder caused some minor damage to other equipment but there were no injuries or travel problems.

Six Flags Scales Back Plans for Controversial Solar Project

JACKSON, N.J. – Six Flags Great Adventure is scaling back plans for a controversial solar project, the Asbury Park Press reported. The old proposal would’ve required cutting down 19,000 trees. The 21.9-megawatt facility would provide all the park’s electrical needs.

NY: More Than 132,000 Listings on Job-Listing Site

ALBANY – New York officials say there are more than 132,000 job listings on their statewide website, a record high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants employers and job seekers to use www.labor.ny.gov/jobs. It’s sorted by region and occupation.

New Trail Opens Along Scene Of 1777 Siege of British Army

VICTORY, N.Y. – A new trail along a creek where a British army was surrounded after the Battle of Saratoga was opened on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. That’s where British Gen. John Burgoyne’s army retreated and were surrounded by American forces on Oct. 7, 1777. The battle is considered to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War.