Monday, May 6, 2013
New Jersey is ranked as the seventh friendliest state for bicyclists, according to the League of American Bicyclists
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Monday, May 6
(Editor's Note: The map above was created by the League of American Bicyclists) For the second straight year, The League of American Bicyclists has named New Jersey one of the 10 friendliest states for cyclists. The league, a national bicycling advocacy group, ranks all fifty states for bicycle friendliness based on a variety of characteristics including legislation and enforcement, programs and policies, infrastructure, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning. New Jersey, which ranked third on the East Coast behind Delaware and Massachusetts, scored highest in "policies and programs" and "education and enforcement," but trailed behind other states in "infrastruture and funding." Along with conducting its annual ranking, …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Accuweather predicting a solar flare may create Northern Lights effect from Arctic to NJ
The chance to marvel at streams of color in the sky should be possible Saturday evening. A solar flare could create a Northern Lights display Saturday, according to a report by Accuweather. Accuweather's astronomy report includes a graphic of the U.S. showing that the occurrence of the Northern Lights, also called an aurora, could best be visible over New Jersey and DelMarva. A cloudless Saturday sky over New Jersey would improve viewing conditions, whereas the rest of the nation is predicted to have cloudy skies impacting the view. Accuweather reports: "Viewing conditions will be best in the mid-Atlantic, specifically for parts of Pennsylvania and the Delmarva. Most of the country will have poor to fair views as a result of cloud cover, …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
But violators face only a disorderly person's charge
Gun owners who live with minors are required to keep guns locked or secured, but face only a potential disorderly person's offense if they are found guilty of violating that law, according to a copy of a state statute. The statute, on the state legislative website, says: "2C:58-15. Minor's access to a loaded firearm; penalty, conditions 1. a. A person who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to a loaded firearm at a premises under the person's control commits a disorderly persons offense if a minor gains access to the firearm, unless the person: (1) Stores the firearm in a securely locked box or container; (2) Stores the firearm in a location which a reasonable person would believe …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Marine Fisheries Council makes decision on annual regulations
New Jersey's 2013 recreational summer flounder fishery will open May 18 and run through Sept. 16, the state Marine Fisheries Council decided Thursday. The council chose one option out of several presented, which all complied with management quotas determined by federal fisheries agencies. The size limit will remain at 17.5 inches, the same as in 2012, and anglers will be able to keep five fish per day. The council had the option of extending the season for a longer period into the fall, though anglers would have had to contend with an 18 inch minimum size limit. Overall, New Jersey's recreational summer flounder quota was reduced by 15.2 percent from last season. Richard Herb, acting council president, said at the Thursday meeting that …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Point Beach is 1 of 5 NJ schools competing for nation's best high school mascot.
Are you a Garnet Gull fan who would love to see the mascot and Point Pleasant Beach High School win a national contest? Then you better move fast because voting in the statewide round of a USA Today contest ends at 3 p.m. March 5. The Garnet Gull, the mascot for Point Beach High School, is one of five high school mascots in N.J., and one of 255 schools across the U.S., competing for the title of "Best High School Mascot" in a national contest. There are five high schools from each state and the District of Columbia up for the title of "Best High School Mascot" in a USA Today contest that began Monday. Anyone at least 13 years of age is eligible to vote as many times they like. Click here to vote for the Garnet Gull. First comes the state…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The governor will appear at Woody's Ocean Grille
Gov. Christie will make a campaign announcement in Sea Bright today, according to a media advisory issued by his campaign staff. With no further details regarding what the governor will announce, the advisory said Christie is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. at Woody's Ocean Grille, 1 East Church St., Sea Bright. The governor was in the small, Sandy-ravaged town less than a month ago. He and his wife, Mary Pat, have been supportive of Sea Bright Rising, the charity for Sandy-afflicted locals, headed by Woody's owner Chris Wood.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Tonight's commute will be "treacherous," says state Police and Emergency Management
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the National Weather Service, is monitoring a major coastal storm expected to impact the state today and tomorrow. State emergency management officials anticipate coastal flooding, high wind conditions, snow, sleet, and even blizzard conditions in the northeast corner of the state, according to a prepared statement from state Emergency Management. The State Emergency Operations Center in West Trenton will be activated at 7 a.m. today, and will remain open as long as necessary to meet anticipated challenging conditions. "This is a dangerous storm; and we ask motorists to be careful while driving. There is also the potential for downed trees and wires because of wind …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Flying Fish to give 100% proceeds to NJ Sandy victims
Wednesday, January 23
Huffington Post reports that Flying Fish Brewery Company is ready to give Hurricane Sandy a big F.U. with "F. U. Sandy," a hybrid wheat-pale ale inspired by the storm. (The F.U. stands for "Forever Unloved.") One hundred percent of the proceeds from the beer will go to New Jersey Sandy victims, according to the Huffington Post story. For the full story, click here.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Mayors Against Illegal Guns gathered for a press conference to tell legislators enough is enough.
Cranford wasn't the only town where officials from the advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns were gathered today. From Vermont to New Mexico, members of the 800-strong coalition of elected officials gathered to voice their frustration to Washington and push legislators to support laws that ban violent assault weapons, makes gun trafficking a federal crime and increases the background checks on potential gun owners. "It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, it's about gun violence," said former N.J. Gov. Jim Florio, who joined the group of local legislative leaders and law enforcement officials. Florio took much of the credit for getting tough with N.J. gun laws in the 1990s. "We formulated this issue in terms of whether the …
Monday, November 5, 2012
What the first devestating week looked like from my Mantoloking Road vantage point
It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy hit and like many others, we still have no electricity at my house off Mantoloking Road. Our neighborhood is humming with the sound of generators, but I’ve been worried about the silent households ever since the temperatures dropped. In the past week, I (like you) have seen a lot, starting with a house strewn in the middle of Gale Road. A homeowner there said it washed across the bay and through the marsh onto his low lying street—a street that still reeked of diesel fuel on Thursday. Homeowners were shoveling thick, smelly muck from their driveways like it was snow that day. They thanked me for stopping and listening, even though that’s all I did. My brother-in-law lost most of his belongings in a …