Man in­jured by fall­ing ice dur­ing Ne­wark’s Wine and Dine fes­ti­val

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHANNON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A 48-year-old man at­tend­ing Ne­wark’s Wine and Dine fes­ti­val was in­jured when snow and ice fell from the Wash­ing­ton House and struck him Satur­day af­ter­noon, a wit­ness said.

The man was stand­ing on the side­walk just out­side the Stone Bal­loon Ale House when he was struck, his brother, Brett Orth, said.

“A large block of snow and ice fell off the top deck and hit him right in the back,” Orth said.

He added that the im­pact knocked his brother to his knees, though he was able to stand up af­ter an am­bu­lance ar­rived.

Orth said he, his brother and other friends reg­u­larly at­tend the Wine and Dine fes­ti­val, in which at­ten­dees stroll be­tween 14 down­town restau­rants of­fer­ing spe­cial food and wine pair­ings.

“This is our 10th year,” he said.

Po­lice and fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the scene but did not cor­don off the area, and the event con­tin­ued.

The Wash­ing­ton House con­tains lux­ury con­do­mini­ums as well as com­mer­cial space, in­clud­ing the Stone Bal­loon Ale House. It un­der­went ex­ten­sive ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions in 2014 when the brick façade be­gan fall­ing off, though there were no re­ports of in­juries then.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Po­lice and fire­fight­ers point to where snow and ice fell from the Wash­ing­ton House on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

A man was in­jured when snow and ice fell from the Wash­ing­ton House on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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