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Charges against the Whale are Pending in Jersey Shore Boat Sinking

Photo courtesy of the NJ State Police

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Deal NJ, the New Jersey State Police have reported :

“that suddenly the great beast was before them! He was ten stories high if he was a foot!”

Yes, folks, earlier today, two people in a 20-foot boat were fishing approximately one mile off of Deal, Monmouth County when they had a close encounter with a whale. The whale surfaced beneath the vessel, causing it to capsize.
Both occupants fell overboard as a result, but fortunately no one was hurt. Troopers from the New Jersey State Marine Services Bureau are conducting the vessel accident investigation.
Charges against the whale are pending its apprehension.


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The beach towns most likely to slap a parking ticket on your car. A ranked list


file photo by ArtChick “snookie”

Updated July 15, 2017
Posted July 15, 2017

By Bill Duhart | For

Got any quarters? If you plan on parking for a day at the beach you’ll likely need plenty to feed the meters. And we all know what happens if your meter runs out and your car is still there— That’s right, parking tickets!

The truth is, you’re a lot more likely to get a ticket in some shore towns than others. We’ve compiled a list from state municipal court records for a year-long period in July 2015 to June 2016.

We’ve calculated how many tickets Jersey shore towns write per square mile and ranked them from 44, the least likely place you’ll get a shore ticket, to the No. 1 town for papering over cars.

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Dangerous clinging jellyfish found in N.J. river



Updated on June 8, 2017 at 7:19 AMPosted on June 8, 2017 at 6:42 AM


NJ Advance Media for

The jellyfish with a dangerous sting that caused a scare on the Jersey Shore last summer, prompting the cancellation of several events, have reappeared in a Monmouth County river, researchers say.

Clinging jellyfish – whose sting can cause “excruciating pain”, muscle weakness and serious medical problems, including kidney failure – were observed and recorded in New Jersey for the first time last June, specifically in the Manasquan and Shrewsbury rivers, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

As a result, the DEP and Montclair State University initiated a sampling plan to assess the abundance of jellyfish in New Jersey waters.

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MTV Beach House headed back to the Jersey Shore

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Chris Jordan , @ChrisFHJordanPublished 7:41 p.m. ET June 2, 2017 | Updated 12:00 p.m. ET June 3, 2017

MTV is coming back to the Jersey Shore.

A new version of the “MTV Beach House,” last in Seaside Heights more than 10 years ago, will be filmed in the Loveladies section of Long Beach Township on Long Beach Island later this month, MTV has announced.

Filming will take place in a Loveladies house for less than a week. An MTV Beach House Festival featuring MisterWives and Kyle and more will take place June 8 at a park on LBI to kick off filming. Elements of the fest will be shared on MTV social and digital channels. Fans must follow @MTV on Twitter and retweet the designated sweepstakes tweets to win tickets.

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Shore town looks to tax Airbnb, VRBO


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Updated: APRIL 10, 2017 — 2:05 PM EDT

by Mari A. Schaefer , Staff Writer  @MariSchaefer |  [email protected]

Asbury Park has become the latest New Jersey town to try to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb or VRBO.

On Saturday, officials in the beachfront city held an open meeting with about 50 residents to discuss possible regulations that would provide a uniform structure for properties rented for 30 days or less and address nuisance complaints, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The city plans to introduce an ordinance this spring, the paper reported.

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Bridge between 2 Jersey Shore towns deemed unsafe, closed indefinitely

The Townsend Inlet Bridge

The Townsend Inlet Bridge between Sea Isle and Avalon has been closed indefinitely after underwater inspections deemed it unsafe. The bridge is shown on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. ( )

By Rajeev Dhir | NJ Advance Media for

on April 04, 2017 at 9:49 AM, updated April 04, 2017 at 11:43 AM

AVALON — The Cape May County bridge linking Avalon and Sea Isle City has been shut down indefinitely for emergency repairs after an underwater inspection deemed the span unsafe, officials said.

An underwater inspection of bridge pilings found structural damage 20 feet below the water.

The dive team found a crack and movement in one piling that appeared to be very recent, along with heavy deterioration in another three-pile cluster that supports one of the piers on the Avalon side of the bridge.

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Summer Jobs Season Approaching at Shore


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The approach of Memorial Day means it’s summer jobs season at the New Jersey shore.

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — With Memorial Day soon approaching, it’s summer jobs season at the New Jersey shore.

Business owners tell The Philadelphia Inquirer ( fewer international students have been applying for the seasonal positions in recent years, opening the door for more locals to get in on the action.

Businesses in Ocean City such as Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and numerous eateries hire hundreds of workers between the ages of 14 and 21 to start around mid-June. Most get paid a little more than minimum wage.

Above all, the business owners say, intelligence and an outgoing attitude is a must.

John Kavchok, personnel director for the Wonderland Pier, said most summer employees work six days a week and start at $8.50 an hour. Among the fringe benefits are a 25 percent discount on pizza and free rides.

Speaking of rides — ride operators must be 16 or older under state law, and Kavchok said the pier chooses employees for those jobs who are responsible and attentive.

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Unseasonably Warm Weather Brings Out the Crowds for the Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge
all photos by Josh Barnett
February 26,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Seaside Heights NJ, over 6,884 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday for the 24th for the annual Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights.

Many groups raised money from Newark Firefighters, the fraternal orders like the Polar Bear Plunge and Hiram on Ice team.

The water temperatures were reported at 44 degrees and the temperature around 54 degrees, according to organizers, which was much warmer than in years past. Around 1 p.m. the action started with the plunge, thousands crowded the beach dressed as Vikings, polar bears and even Santa Claus.

The annual event raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics and organizers say they expect to raise more than $1.875 million this year.

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jersey shore bomb
September 17,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Seaside Park NJ ,  Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that authorities are investigating an explosion in a trash can near the boardwalk in Seaside Park, N.J., that occurred this morning as a charity 5K race was about to begin.

No one was injured in the blast, which is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police, FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and Seaside Park Police Department. All of those agencies are at the scene.

Attorney General Porrino and Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, have briefed Governor Chris Christie on the incident and the investigation into the blast.

“Working with the FBI and ATF, we are taking every step to ensure the safety of the public and to determine who was responsible for this explosion, which occurred at a time when runners in this charity race could have been in harms way,” said Attorney General Porrino. “We are grateful that nobody was injured, but this is a serious act of violence against the people of New Jersey. We will not rest until we find the person or persons responsible.”

The explosion occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. The Semper Five 5K run had been scheduled to begin shortly after 9 a.m., but the start was delayed and no runners were in proximity to the trash can when the explosion occurred. The race was canceled after the blast.

Authorities cordoned off the scene of the explosion at the corner of D Street and Ocean Avenue and are conducting a search of the surrounding area. No additional explosions or secondary locations have been identified. Initial reports of a second device found in another trash can have been refuted. However, State Police bomb technicians have rendered safe items located in the same trash can in which the explosion occurred.

Law enforcement partners have been performing a wide search in the area and roads remain closed during the ongoing search and investigation.

No suspects have been arrested in connection with the explosion. Attorney General Porrino urged any with information related to the explosion to call the New Jersey State Police Homeland Security Tipline at 1-866-4SAFENJ.