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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Season's first boat ride was pleasantly uneventful – and unusually meaningful
Barnegat Bay seems, well, okay. And yes, I have the video to your right to prove it. Dire predictions of floating debris, extreme shoaling and death traps lurking behind every channel marker didn't seem to pan out on my first boat ride of the 2013 season, which took place last weekend between Manahawkin and Long Beach Island. As we reported here on Patch, a few weeks ago, a group of folks from the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey hopped on board their vessels and took a ride through the bay to prove the waterway was safe following Superstorm Sandy. Things went well for them, as it did for my dad and I as we took the maiden voyage of 2013 together. "Lots of people are hearing rumors, we thought the best way to go is show them," Brick…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Even as spring arrives, allergies from mold created when homes and were flooded last year are turning into a big problem all across the tri-state area.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Mayor says city is developing design plans for boardwalk
The following is a message from Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider: Sandy is still the number one topic of conversation around town. Six months after New Jersey got whacked upside our collective heads, many of us are still in recovery mode. But Memorial Day weekend is six weeks away, crowds are anticipated, and we need to be ready. From Sandy Hook to southern Ocean County, every town is scrambling for what we all hope will be the usual throng of people from North Jersey and New York that clog our roads, eat in restaurants, spend in our stores, buy beach passes, and otherwise boost our local economy. We need them to come, maybe this summer more than ever. Beach access came up at the last council meeting in February for the first time and …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Letter to the editor
The following letter to the editor was submitted by Jennifer Velez, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services: It’s hard to believe how quickly time has gone by since Superstorm Sandy devastated many of our New Jersey communities, damaging homes and businesses and wreaking widespread havoc on the lives of Garden State families in its path. In the wake of Sandy’s destruction, we also saw the character of our New Jersey communities. Our people stood up in remarkable ways to help each other, to stabilize our state, and to take care of each other – because it’s what New Jerseyans do. The extensive physical damage from the rare superstorm was immediately evident, with storm-beaten homes, buildings and scattered debris …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Assemblyman pushing for regulation, saying it relates to gun violence between minors
Assembly Republican Sean Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s anti-violence recommendations which he outlined today: “Violence is a problem that has increasingly permeated our society like a cancer. The prudent proposals Governor Christie outlined today are necessary and practical if we are to be successful in protecting our citizens. “Certainly mental health screening and treatment services must be part of the equation as must the regulation of video games as studies have shown a correlation between the games and aggressive behavior. The governor is to be commended for taking an inclusive, sensible approach to addressing this difficult issue.” Kean is the sponsor of legislation to prevent …
Friday, April 19, 2013
'It is well documented that tourism played a major role in jump starting the economy in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.'
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A column by Princeton Patch editor and former Bostonian Greta Cuyler.
The news came quickly and out of nowhere. Two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Dozens of people were hurt. Some had lost limbs. Like everyone else, I watched in horror as the events unfolded on Monday. The news came first over social media, then in photos, then video. For me, it hit home. I grew up in Newton, a suburb of Boston. I went to college nearby, attended graduate school in the city and lived in the area for many years. One year I lived along the race route about five blocks from the finish line and hosted a marathon party. We cheered on the runners from the fire escape. My childhood friend Dana Vecchione spent Monday at a friend's party at Mile 18, at the beginning of infamous "Heartbreak Hill" …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The former coach, fired for abusive behavior towards his basketball players, was spotted coaching a seventh grade girls basketball league this weekend.
Mike Rice was fired for hurling basketballs at his players and unleashing insulting homophobic rants, but the former Rutgers mens basketball coach was spotted over the weekend coaching a seventh grade girls AAU team in Holmdel. Deadspin.com reported that Rice, who lives in Little Silver, was seen coaching a 12-year-old girls basketball team at Holmdel High School on Saturday night. The article cites tweets by contributor Brian Geltzeiler of hoopscritic.com reporting that Rice was acting "crazy as ever yelling @ both refs and kids." Geltzeiler posted in a follow up tweet, "Just to clarify. I'm not joking. Mike Rice is actually coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team today and he's still acting like a mad man." The news elicited a number of …
Christie Proclamation Encourages Organ Donation
Statement as released by the Office of the Governor: Creating greater public awareness about the life-saving importance of organ donation, Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation designating April as Donate Life Month in New Jersey. Last year, Governor Christie took action to increase donorregistration by signing legislation requiring the State to disseminate organ and tissue donation information to all State employees reminding them of the need for organ donors. In addition, the law calls on the Department of Treasury to encourage all businesses with contracts with the State to notify their employees of organ donation options through information and materials or through an awareness program. “Becoming an organ donor is one simple …