Bear Spotted in Middletown

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A black bear was spotted in the River Plaza section of Middletown Township last evening, near Nutswamp Road and the federal road connecting Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Leonardo and Colts Neck facilities, which is not far from Middletown High School South.

Lt. Paul Bailey of the Middletown Police Department confirmed reports of the bear sighting and said that Animal Control and The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife have been notified.  Bailey said that as of noon on Friday, no Middletown Police Officers have seen the bear.

“Don’t approach the bear, feed it or give it a picnic basket,” Bailey said in a warning to residents.  “If you see the bear, call the police. Try it keep it in your line of sight, but do not approach or engage the animal.”

Middletown Township released the following guidelines for dealing with bears:

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Ken Kurson Resigns As Observer’s Editor-in-Chief

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Ken Kurson has resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Observeraccording to multiple published reports.

Kurson will be joining Teneo Strategy, a division of Teneo Holdings, a global CEO advisory firm, as a senior managing director.

Described as a close friend of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor who owned Observer prior Trump’s inauguration, Kurson was publisher since 2013.  During his tenure, Observer dropped “New York” from its title, becoming an online only publication. Kurson merged PolitickerNJ, another Kushner property into Observer.

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Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Media, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

President Trump Meets Pope Francis at Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths. The two men, meting for the first time, shook hands. The pope appeared somber. The president grinned. “It’s a very great honor,” Trump said to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, News, Pope Francis | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

N.J. police are cracking down on seat belts

TRENTON — Police across New Jersey will be cracking down on seat belt violations starting Monday, likely handing out more than 20,000 tickets over the next two weeks. Part of a national campaign known as “Click It or Ticket,” New Jersey law enforcement agencies will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy for motorists and passengers not wearing… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Watch the Republican Gubernatorial Debate, 8PM

Friendly rivals? Lt Gov Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli

The final televised debate of the 2017 NJ Republican Gubernatorial primary campaign will take place this evening, 8PM at NJTV’s studio in Newark.  The debate can be view here via YouTube, courtesy of NJTV and NJSpotlight.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli are vying for the GOP nomination to replace Governor Chris Christie as the chief executive of New Jersey’s state government and as the titular head of the NJ GOP.  NJTV’s Michael Aron will moderate the debate.  David Cruz, NJTV’s statehouse reporter and John Mooney, CEO and Founding Editor of NJSpotlight will question the candidates.

The Democrat candidates for Governor held both of their televised last week.

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Posted: May 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

N.J. teachers layoffs must be based on seniority, not performance, judge rules

TRENTON — A group of Newark parents has lost a legal battle to overhaul the way public school teachers in the state are laid-off — dealing another blow to education reform groups that have tried to dismantle similar protections across the country. In New Jersey, school districts must lay off teachers based on seniority, regardless of… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, Newark, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Christie expands public worker fertility insurance coverage to include lesbians

TRENTON — Lesbians and other people who want to use non-conventional means to conceive a child are entitled to insurance coverage for fertility treatments if they work for state government or the public schools, under a measure Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Monday. The law mandating coverage for infertility was defined narrowly, sponsors say, taking… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

More than $100M in taxpayer money spent on public worker lawsuits each year

The legal settlements and jury awards have come rapid-fire, month after month, year after year: $400,000 to the public works employee who claimed a hostile work environment; $2.1 million to the fire inspector whom a jury found had been harassed; $200,000 to the former police dispatcher who said she was improperly fired; $3.65 million to the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Sex

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In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes away. A study by Rassim Khelifa, a zoologist from the University of Zurich is the first time scientists have seen odonates feign death as… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Coast is cleared for 2 new artificial reefs for Jersey waters

TRENTON — Recreational fishermen in New Jersey are a step closer to getting artificial reefs of their own in state waters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave New Jersey permission to build two artificial reefs – one off the Manasquan Inlet and one in the Delaware Bay, state Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said Thursday.… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Coast is cleared for 2 new artificial reefs for Jersey waters