Opinion: The Coming Federalization of NJ Pension and Benefits Crisis

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff Prediction: Sometime in the foreseeable future, the federal government will step in to address the self-inflicted crisis in state and local government pension and health-benefits funding. The only real question for us in New Jersey is whether it will happen soon enough to save us from ourselves. How and why? Let’s review where we… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

$435M Powerball jackpot winner sold in Indiana; $2M ticket bought in N.J.

After more than nine weeks without a top prize winner, someone has finally hit the Powerball jackpot. It wasn’t won in New Jersey, though one ticket sold in the Garden State for Wednesday’s drawing is worth $2 million. The jackpot winning ticket for Wednesday’s $435.3 million jackpot was sold in Indiana, Powerball officials said. An Indianapolis… Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump ends transgender bathroom protections in schools

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. Stepping into an emotional national debate, the administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration… Read the rest of this entry »

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Police in standoff with man at Long Branch house

LONG BRANCH – A man has barricaded himself inside a house Wednesday morning in Long Branch, prompting a large police presence including members of the SWAT team. Police have blocked off a section of Ludlow Street. A woman who lives in the home said the man, who said he was homeless, showed up two days ago… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, February 24-26, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, February 24:

  • Jim Breuer at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) MORE INFO
  • David Duchovny at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • College Men’s Basketball: Monmouth U. vs. Siena (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Seussical at Spring Lake TheatreMORE INFO
  • The Laramie Project at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • A Raisin in the Sun at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • “Drones by Karina Aguilera Skvirsky” Photo Exhibit at Monmouth U. (WLB)MORE INFO
  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO

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Posted: February 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

N.J. bail system just went through massive change on who stays locked up. Is it working?

TRENTON — Since the start of the new year, thousands of New Jerseyans charged with crimes have passed through courthouse metal detectors and into the new reality prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys had been bracing for since 2014, when the Garden State started to move away from a cash bail system. The stakes set by the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

$1 million Powerball ticket sold in N.J. as jackpot climbs to $403M

No one won the Powerball jackpot on Saturday night, but one ticket sold in New Jersey is worth $1 million. The $1 million ticket matched five numbers but not the Powerball, according to Powerball officials. The location of the sale in New Jersey was not made public Sunday morning. With no big winner, the jackpot for… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | No Comments »

O’Scanlon: We must decide if addiction is like a bad habit or like cancer

By Declan O’Scanlon

(Editor’s note: This is the original unedited edition of an OpEd published in The Asbury Park Press. “They edited out some good stuff,” O’Scanlon said)

Last month, my brother passed away…..almost exactly 33 years from the day our mother died. He was the same age as my mother when she died, and he died of exactly the same cause – addiction.

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Posted: February 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Feds investigating Red Bank charter school over discrimination complaint

RED BANK — A New Jersey charter school that has divided a community over the issues of school funding and segregation is now under federal investigation as a result of a civil rights complaint, one of several filed against local charter schools. The U.S. Department of Education last month began a probe of the Red Bank… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. bail reform opponents lose first challenge to overhaul enacted by Christie

TRENTON — Opponents of the sweeping changes to New Jersey’s bail system that took effect this year suffered a defeat Wednesday when an oversight body threw out their case. The state Council on Local Mandates, an obscure panel with the power to strike down laws if it determines they don’t meet the New Jersey constitution’s “state… Read the rest of this entry »

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