July 17, 2015 |
Inside the sweltering heat of a greenhouse near the Jersey Shore, where the afternoon summer temperatures can hit 160 degrees, a bit of the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly transforming before our eyes into one of civilization's oldest treasures. "I'm literally swimming in salt," says Derrek Thomas, 43, leading us between the 2,000-gallon retention pools that line the new salt house he and his partner, chef Lucas Manteca, 38, built on Thomas' Windy Acres farm in Ocean View. "I can't get water fast enough.
July 15, 2015 |
Explaining his objections to a bill that would put New Jersey on the cutting edge of voter participation, Gov. Christie said during a recent radio interview, "I don't think that people ought to be automatically registered to vote. ... Is it really too much ... to ask someone to fill out a form?" The wisecrack was a weak attempt to dismiss the state's staggering declines in voter participation. As Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D., Camden) noted, the June primary drew only 5.1 percent of eligible voters, breaking a 90-year-old record.
July 15, 2015
ISSUE | GAY MARRIAGE A challenge that doctrine alone cannot meet The fourth of our six children - son Bob - was a happy kid, had a normal childhood, enlisted in the Air Force, and married twice ("How will church react?" July 9). Both marriages ended in divorce. After telling us he was gay, he returned home and soon thereafter took his life. He never could grasp why anyone thought he chose to be gay. Regarding the gay-marriage court decision, the more serious threats to my church's viability come from within; for example, the noticeable absence of younger people attending church.
July 12, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY - They are the boys - and girls - of summer. Bronzed by the sun and buff from the constant workout of swimming and rowing, lifeguards at beach patrols along the New Jersey coastline are ever ready to spring into action to save a desperate swimmer or locate a lost child. Their service is one steeped in tradition - and perhaps a bit of mystique. The concept of formally patrolling the beach to save lives may have, in fact, been spawned in America in New Jersey, with the founding in 1891 of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol.
July 11, 2015 |
LANCASTER - It has been a monumental week for women's sports in this country. Delran's Carli Lloyd was singled out in a tweet from POTUS - that's an acronym for president of the United States - and invited over to Barack Obama's house along with her teammates after the U.S. women's soccer team won its third World Cup on Sunday in Canada. It was the most-watched soccer game in our country's history, drawing 25.4 million viewers for the Fox telecast. The party that never ends continues Friday with a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes route in Lower Manhattan.
July 10, 2015 |
Over the last year, they were on an intelligence-gathering mission. They toured military installations across New Jersey, learned about their multibillion-dollar impact on the state's economy, and met with defense and local officials to determine their needs. Then came their plan of action. Members of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by acting Gov. Kim Guadagno - announced a series of findings and recommendations Wednesday intended to inoculate the state's five bases from federal budget cuts.
July 10, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to making wine in North America, New Jersey was an early adopter. Before wine trails and growers' cooperatives, William Alexander and Edward Antill set out to prove that New Jersey wine could stand up to a bottle of vin from across the pond. The year was 1758, and a wine smackdown was issued by Great Britain's Royal Society: Any colonist who could produce a red or white as good as a French vintage would win 200 pounds - the equivalent of some 32,000 pounds today, or more than $49,000.
July 9, 2015 |
Gov. Christie announced Tuesday that he had signed into law a measure that will increase a tax credit for New Jersey's working poor. He proposed the increase at the end of the state budget process last month. But the Republican governor wasn't the only one crowing about the law, which will increase the state's earned income tax credit from 20 percent to 30 percent of the federal credit, benefiting 500,000 households. "I am pleased the governor signed my bill to increase the tax cut for the working poor," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
July 7, 2015 |
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
July 6, 2015 |
WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Rich Kalich had an impression of Gov. Christie: "Bravado, kind of. Almost like a bully. " But that was before he saw the governor, who spoke for 55 minutes Thursday night while standing on a patio outside a lake house in Spofford, N.H., rattling through his presidential platform, boasting of bipartisanship in New Jersey, and eliciting sighs with the oft-told tale of his mother's dying words that there was nothing left unsaid between...