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Aircraft Crashes Off Coast of Long Beach Island

June 17, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — Authorities are responding to a small plane that reportedly crashed in the water off LBI Thursday morning. The crash happened off 26th Street in the Spray Beach section of Long Beach Township,

The glider went down around 11:30 a.m. about a mile off the coast, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said.  

It was unclear how many people ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Greenstein Bill Offering Increased Flexibility to Charities Passes Senate

TRENTON, NJ  – A bill sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou and Senator Linda Greenstein that would ease reporting requirements for charitable organizations in receipt of in-kind contributions was passed 37-0 on Thursday.

The bill, S-844/A-4635, excludes non-monetary donations from counting as gross revenue for the purpose of financial reporting requirements, before triggering the ...

Applicants for a NJ Driver License Can Now Submit an Affidavit in Lieu of Social Security Number or ITIN

TRENTON, NJ  – Are you in need of a NJ driver license or non-drive ID card but don't have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? No problem. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), as of June 1, 2021, will allow applicants without a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to submit a sworn ...

Prepare for Cicadas to Plague New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — Well, Jersey Girls and Guys, we mostly endured a hurricane, a pandemic, some flooding, lantern fly infestation, and a temporary shortage of toilet tissue, but nobody (outside the science community) could have predicted this -- a cicada invasion.  Get ready for the shed shells, the insect romance, the din of the arrival of cicadas in the Garden ...

New Jerseyan Trapped in India Amid COVID Crisis Returns Home

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday welcomed home Ashu Mahajan, a Scotch Plains resident who recently traveled to India to visit his ailing father and became trapped by tightening COVID-19 restrictions.

Sen. Menendez celebrated the man's return at a ceremony held at Brookside Park in Scotch ...

Murphy Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

House Party Mass Shooting was a 'Targeted Attack,' One Arrested on Multiple Gun Charges

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ -- A birthday party that became the scene of a mass shooting at a house party is still an active investigation according to a Monday morning briefing by Governor Phil Murphy. The Saturday night shooting killed two individuals and injured 12 others, some of whom remain in "dire" medical condition. 

The two victims have been identified as Kevin ...

Mass Shooting at Large South Jersey House Party Leaves 12 Wounded, 2 Dead

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police is investigating a mass shooting at a large house party that left two dead and 12 others wounded n South Jersey on Saturday night. 

According to the State Police, at approximately 11:50p.m. Saturday night, troopers from Troop “A” Bridgeton Station responded to the report of a shooting at a residence on East ...

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Aircraft Crashes Off Coast of Long Beach Island

June 17, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — Authorities are responding to a small plane that reportedly crashed in the water off LBI Thursday morning. The crash happened off 26th Street in the Spray Beach section of Long Beach Township,

The glider went down around 11:30 a.m. about a mile off the coast, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said.  

It was unclear how many people ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Greenstein Bill Offering Increased Flexibility to Charities Passes Senate

TRENTON, NJ  – A bill sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou and Senator Linda Greenstein that would ease reporting requirements for charitable organizations in receipt of in-kind contributions was passed 37-0 on Thursday.

The bill, S-844/A-4635, excludes non-monetary donations from counting as gross revenue for the purpose of financial reporting requirements, before triggering the ...

Applicants for a NJ Driver License Can Now Submit an Affidavit in Lieu of Social Security Number or ITIN

TRENTON, NJ  – Are you in need of a NJ driver license or non-drive ID card but don't have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? No problem. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), as of June 1, 2021, will allow applicants without a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to submit a sworn ...

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Mercer County to Commemorate Juneteenth, Highlight History of Black Cowboys

June 15, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Through a collaboration with the Mercer County Park Commission, the African American Cultural Collaborative, and the Outdoor Equity Alliance, Juneteenth will be commemorated at the Mercer County Stables. Juneteenth marks the date - June 19, 1865 -- that many consider denoting the end of slavery in America.

Last year, Governor Murphy declared the third Friday ...

Mercer County Farmer's Market Nutrition Program Providing Produce for Seniors

TRENTON, NJ  -- Older adults in Mercer County will once again be able to receive fresh-produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands under the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mercer County Office on Aging have had to change the process for receiving checks in order to keep ...

Aircraft Crashes Off Coast of Long Beach Island

June 17, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — Authorities are responding to a small plane that reportedly crashed in the water off LBI Thursday morning. The crash happened off 26th Street in the Spray Beach section of Long Beach Township,

The glider went down around 11:30 a.m. about a mile off the coast, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said.  

It was unclear how many people ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

First They Ran the Field in State Softball Semi Final, Then the Rville Ravens Walk at Graduation

June 15, 2021

EGG HARBOR CITY, NJ -- High School graduation is a day that students, family members, friends, and faculty will never forget. For Robbinsville softball seniors AlexaKlepper, Mackenzie Martin, and Brynn Hopkins, graduation day included an extra special win on the softball field. 

Before the three received their diplomas at Arm & Hammer stadium in Trenton they had business to ...

Robbinsville Softball Clinches Sectional Title in a Shut-Out Against Bordentown

BORDENTOWN, NJ - The last time the Robbinsville Ravens played the Bordentown Scotties in the Group 2 Sectional Finals was two years ago and the Ravens lost 10-0. Fast-forward two years and a pandemic later, the second seeded Ravens got their revenge on the top seeded Scotties and beat BTown 4-0.

Ravens starting pitcher Shea Krebs pitched a shutout and struck out four batters and only gave up ...

Patients Are Still Waiting— More Medical Marijuana Permits Are Needed Now in NJ

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- The Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s repeated recognition of the significant supply issues in the medical marijuana marketplace at its initial meetings is greatly appreciated by the 110,000+ qualified medical patients across New Jersey who face challenges accessing the quality, affordable medical cannabis they need to treat their qualifying conditions. However, the time is ...

The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Welcomes Nationally Recognized Specialty Oncologists

HAMILTON, NJ, May 19, 2021 -- The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are pleased to announce that Malini Patel, MD, will officially be joining The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton as Director of Medical Oncology in June 2021;  she is available for immediate ...

Relationships are Messy: Some Keys to Embracing the Messiness

“Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” Hugh MacKay

My husband Gus and I just finished watching the Netflix series Last Tango in Halifax. The jumble of thoughts and good feelings I am left with inspire me to explore the messiness of relationships. Ooh, can they be messy! 

The two main characters, ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

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Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

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Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 6, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Investigating the “Facts and Causes” of the Attack

Below are the comments given by Representative Chris Smith on May 19, 2021 in support of a House Commission investigating the Capitol Attacks of January 6: 

Madame Speaker, the chairman and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee have negotiated in good faith over several weeks a bipartisan bill—H.R. 3233—to establish a ten-member national commission to ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

June 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Letter to Editor: Living with obesity is not a lifestyle choice

June 15, 2021

Living with obesity is not a lifestyle choice. Yet, as someone who works directly with many patients living with this chronic disease, too many of them often blame themselves for the burden that they carry. They face great vulnerability and existential challenges, including being objectified and alienated as human beings. Instead of leaving folks to battle this medical condition on their own, we ...

Proposed Warehouse Would Impact Local Rural Nature

Dear Editor,

I'm writing this in response to Robbinsville's recent statement concerning the warehouse proposal for Mercer Corporate Park on Robbinsville-Allentown Rd. I do not believe it provided residents a complete and accurate assessment of the proposal.  

1. Unlike the previous industrial park, this application to build two massive warehouses was done as quietly as ...