October 11, 2014 |
When I ran toward the end of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon on Sunday, I was focused on two things: pass the woman in the alpine-themed shirt, and get to the finish line in under my time goal. What I did not expect at that finish line was for a member of the Civil Air Patrol to put a medal around my neck. It was, after all, a $35 race. This may be the least I've paid for a half marathon ever (in comparison, the Philadelphia Half Marathon costs $125). The Jersey Shore Half Marathon is a 42-year-old event at New Jersey's Gateway National Recreation Area, a national park more commonly known as Sandy Hook.
October 15, 2014 |
TURNS OUT, the chain around Brayden Schenn's neck was more choker collar than leash - given how quickly and how hard it was yanked by Craig Berube last week. Schenn's experiment on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek did not last five full periods during the regular season. He was pulled from the line during the second period of last Thursday's loss to New Jersey. It wasn't just a momentary shake-up, either. When the puck dropped on Saturday night against Montreal, it was Michael Raffl flanked to Giroux's left for the opening draw.
March 19, 2014 |
TRENTON - The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures released new documents Monday that show more communications involving Gov. Christie's former campaign manager than previously disclosed. The e-mails and text messages, filed with Superior Court, indicate that the campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was notified of the Fort Lee mayor's frustration with the lane closures while they were underway in September. They do not show exactly what Stepien knew about the lane closures, or include new revelations about the incident.
August 22, 2013 |
FLEMINGTON, N.J. - Gov. Christie on Tuesday endorsed Republican Steve Lonegan for the U.S. Senate, rebuking political observers who speculated that the governor would not campaign vigorously on his former adversary's behalf. As he delivered a strongly worded, five-minute endorsement for Lonegan in a packed room at the Hunterdon County Republican headquarters, Christie said he had been asked by a reporter earlier in the day "what kind of energy" he would have for his Lonegan endorsement.
October 10, 2014
NEW JERSEY is heading to federal court this month in a bid to allow its struggling casinos and racetracks to offer betting on sports events. We wish New Jersey good luck, but most experts feel that the odds are against the state succeeding. States have broad powers to sanction and regulate most kinds of gambling, but a federal law passed in 1992 blocks them from making book on sports events. That is, the law blocks most states. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act provided exemptions for four states that already had laws permitting sports betting - Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana.
August 26, 2014 |
When the calls for help came that September day in 1934, volunteer first aid squads were still new - and about to face a very real test. A fire had spread through the luxury liner Morro Castle as it rocked and rolled through a nor'easter off the New Jersey coast. Scores of passengers were burned and injured; 137 died. First aiders from 34 squads sprang into action, triaging victims and transporting many to area hospitals. Three years later, they were again called on for a major disaster when the luxury airship Hindenburg was engulfed in flames while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Ocean County.
May 11, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The location of the trees that Joyce Kilmer wrote were more lovely than any poem has long been in dispute, with a handful of towns from Massachusetts to Indiana claiming to have inspired the verse. But a New Jersey historian said he now has irrefutable proof that Kilmer was stirred by the woods of the Ramapo Valley when he wrote the well-known words, "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. " Alex Michelini, founder of the Joyce Kilmer Society in Mahwah, said Friday that a letter written in 1929 by Kilmer's widow, Aline, to a graduate student shows that "Trees" was written on Feb. 2, 1913, at the couple's former home in Mahwah.
October 6, 2014 |
Rick Short is convinced that red-light cameras are little more than "right-turn-on-red cash cows" for New Jersey municipalities. The self-employed father of four is so sure the devices don't make intersections safer - as proponents insist - he's challenged Cherry Hill officials to "prove me wrong. " And if they can do that, the township resident promises to "stand in the rain or snow for five hours at Route 70 and Springdale Road with a sign" acknowledging the mistake. I interview Short, 47, at a Cherry Hill Starbucks, where he arrives with charts, spreadsheets, and talking points.
January 17, 2012 |
TRENTON - More than five years after New Jersey passed a law to start tracking prescription drug use, the state will launch a database to monitor use of dangerous drugs with the intent of helping doctors spot abusers more quickly and authorities stop drug dealers. The database, which has been collecting information since Sept. 1, contains more than four million prescriptions. Starting this month, doctors and pharmacies, including mail-order operations, can access detailed patient information on prescriptions for painkillers, steroids, sedatives, and stimulants.
November 8, 2012
Question 1 Do you approve an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, as agreed to by the Legislature, to allow contributions set by law to be taken from the salaries of Supreme Court Justices and Superior Court Judges for their employee benefits? (93% of the vote) Yes . . . 1,274,618 No . . . 774,121 Question 2 Do you approve the "Building Our Future Bond Act"? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $750 million to provide matching grants to New Jersey's colleges and universities.