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Lake Hopatcong Algae Getting Worse Again

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Lake Hopatcong NJ, According to NJDEP testing conducted on August 21, 2019, Hopatcong State Park Algae bloom levels increased to 45,000 cells/mL compared to last week’s count at 18,374 cells/mL. Word Port Bay also saw an increase at 60,250 cells/mL compared to last week’s count at 17,250 cells/mL. Algae levels at East of Davis Cove Mid-Lake, S.E of State Park Beach, Prospect Point, Mouth of Wood Port Bay, Bertrand Island saw decreases in cyanobacteria levels, however they remained higher than NJ Heath Guidance Levels.

“Some areas at Lake Hopatcong that were opened last week are now closed. Algae levels spiked almost 4 times last week’s count at the State Park and at Wood Port Bay. This shows that conditions at Lake Hopatcong are backsliding.  Even though cyanobacteria counts have dropped in some areas, they are still above the health advisory levels, and can cause serious problems to people, their pets, and wildlife. The status of our lakes are still bad, and DEP has yet to make any progress on cleaning up and protecting our lakes and reservoirs. As we are getting towards the end of summer, our lakes still have serious problems,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.

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More Calls For Realistic Affordable Housing Reform

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Middletown NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) issued a statement following Middletown’s decision to withdraw from affordable housing negotiations:

“We stand behind Middletown’s decision to pull out of COAH discussions,” said O’Scanlon. “They’re tired of trying to play by the rules for years and years only to be told the hundreds of units they’ve built are never enough, and I completely understand their frustrations. For people to claim Middletown doesn’t want working-class families in their town is completely misguided.”

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Snake Left at Newark Airport Checkpoint

This ringed-neck snake made an appearance at a TSA checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, August 19. (TSA photo)

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Newark NJ, It appears that someone left their pet snake at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport last night.

The 15-inch ring-necked snake, a thin black snake with a bright yellow band around the back of its neck, was spotted on the floor of the checkpoint in Terminal C by a youngster who heeded the advice, “If you see something, say something” when she spotted it and notified a TSA officer.

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FBI and ATF Arrest Morris County Man with Firearms and Bombs

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Newark NJ, A Morris County, New Jersey, man admitted today possessing bombs, precursor materials, and being a felon in possession of guns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Christopher Faschan, 31, of Landing, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of unlawful possession of destructive devices and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

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Hepatitis Outbreak at New Jersey golf club

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Mendham NJ, according to News12 , Morris County Office of Health Management is reporting that two dozen people contracted hepatitis A last month from a food handler at a New Jersey golf club.

The 23 people contracted the virus at the Mendham Golf & Tennis Club between June 9 and June 30.

All who were exposed were notified on July 5.

The township says the outbreak was contained to the club, which is members only.

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Over 20,000 People Sign Petition to End Jersey City’s Short Term Rental Ban

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Jersey City NJ, Statement from Airbnb on Jersey City Referendum Campaign the Jersey City Clerk certified the petition submitted by the Jersey City short-term rental community, backed by Airbnb, against Ordinance 19-077.

This ordinance — passed by the Jersey City Council and signed by Mayor Fulop in June — would severely restrict residents’ ability to share their properties as short-term rentals.

The following statement can be attributed to an Airbnb spokesperson: “Today, the 20,000 individuals who stood against Mayor Fulop’s short-term rental ban by signing our community’s referendum petition have been heard. Their message is simple: The people of Jersey City will not remain silent as elected officials push through bad policy that jeopardizes the financial livelihoods of their neighbors. Now, we call on the City Council to respect the wishes of their constituents by throwing out this unpopular ordinance and starting over, collaborating with the short-term rental community and small business leaders to craft and implement common-sense regulations without destroying a thriving economy. We stand ready to work with them to find this path forward — and if not, our community looks forward to bringing this issue to the polls in November.”

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Hoboken Debates Safety Tax for New eScooter Contracts

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HOBOKEN NJ, Following weeks of advocating by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher for better contracts to improve the safety of Hoboken’s nascent eScooter pilot program, the City Council voted on amended contracts that will allow Hoboken to collect additional revenue to help address growing public safety concerns. While the terms of the new agreements are a step in the right direction, they fall short in addressing the immediate and tangible safety initiatives that Hoboken needs to properly ensure responsible ridership and safety for its residents.

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Dump truck hits three NJ State troopers investigating an accident on Interstate 280 in West Orange

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West Orange NJ, New Jersey State Troopers reported that at 10:22 a.m., a dump truck struck two troopers outside of their patrol cars and multiple pedestrians at an accident investigation on I-280 EB MP 9.8 in West Orange. Both troopers were transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

No serious injuries reported by pedestrians. Dump truck remained on scene. All lanes closed due to the investigation. Expect delays. No additional information is available.

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Tractor Trailer Takes Out Traffic Signal in Hawthorne

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Hawthorne NJ, Hawthorne Police responded to investigate a Thursday afternoon, 07/25, accident in which a tractor trailer hit and dislodged a traffic signal stanchion at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Wagaraw Road, Hawthorne. No injuries were reported. Traffic was diverted away from a portion of Lafayette Avenue until the device could be removed from on top of the trailer.