Buyer’s remorse: Loans impacting grant money for Sandy victims

assetContent (15)NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson’s home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town. She got more than $150,000 from the SBA to help fix her family’s Bellmore home, but the loan has left her with a $651 monthly payment and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Obamacare enrollment deadline looms

Heathcare.govThis time, the Obamacare deadlines actually mean something. New and returning enrollees have until late Monday to sign up for health insurance on the federal online exchange and be covered by Jan. 1 – a hard deadline and stark turnaround from last year, when glitches on HealthCare.gov blurred pre-Christmas deadlines. Instead of fretting over a website,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The holidays are around the corner

Happy Holidays

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Posted: December 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Government Averts Shutdown; $1.1T Spending Bill OK’d

U.S. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, walks to the Senate floor during a long series of votes, many on procedural matters or to confirm members of the Obama administration, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Dec. 13, 2014.Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, walks to the Senate floor during a long series of votes, many on procedural matters or to confirm members of the Obama administration, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Dec. 13, 2014.Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

UPDATE 10:10 p.m. EST: The U.S. Senate Saturday voted 56-40 to approve a $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” spending bill that funds the federal government through September. The measure now goes to President Obama for his signature. The vote came after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tried to force a procedural vote on the president’s executive order on immigration… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Congress, U.S. Senate | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Crazy Christmas Light Show returns to Jersey Shore neighborhood this weekend

assetContent (13)Crazy Christmas Light Show 2013 Portions of the over-the-top annual Christmas Light Show that attracts thousands of visitors to a quiet Wall Township neighborhood each year. WALL TOWNSHIP – An over-the-top holiday tradition, complete with rocking music, strobe lighting and 20-foot-high flames, is scheduled to begin its 2014 show schedule this weekend. The annual Christmas Light… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

President Obama should reconsider phasing out aircraft at Lakehurst, Smith says

assetContent (12)LAKEHURST — When President Obama visits Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday to thank American service members, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith wants the Commander in Chief to use the time to also reconsider plans phase out certain refueling aircraft. In a letter sent Friday to Obama, Smith (R-4th Dist.) said the “misguided proposal” of phasing out KC-10… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Chris Smith | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Study finds dramatic jump in heart attacks after Superstorm Sandy struck

Downtown HIghlands Monday morning during Hurricane Sandy2
Superstorm Sandy ripped houses from their foundations, reshaped the Jersey Shore and shuttered countless businesses in October 2012, but now researchers at Rutgers University tell of another devastating consequence: It increased the rate of heart attacks and stroke among people grappling with the disaster, leading to many additional deaths. In one of the first studies of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

President Obama to visit N.J. military base Monday

assetContent (11)TRENTON — President Obama is scheduled to visit New Jersey Monday with an appearance at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to thank military service members and Department of Defense civilians for their service, the White House confirmed today. The base in amalgam of the United States Air Force’s McGuire Air Force Base, the United States Army’s Fort Dix… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, New York, News | Tags: , , | 8 Comments »

N.J. revenue growth lags behind Christie projections

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State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff testifies before Assembly Budget Committee on Governor Christie’s announcement yesterday to grab $2.43 billion meant for the pension system to balance the state budget. Trenton, NJ 5/21/14 (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

TRENTON — New Jersey’s revenue, which last month was on track to meet Gov. Chris Christie’s forecasts, has fallen behind the 5.2 percent growth rate built into this year’s budget, according to a new report released today. After November tax collections fell behind the governor’s expectations in a number of areas, the growth rate through the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chick-fil-A, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

The oil slick in Sandy Hook Bay that was reported to be two miles long by 900 feet wide on Thursday afternoon was observed to be one mile long by 150 wide at 10AM this morning, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons during a phone interview with MMM.

Iannazzo-Simmons said a unified command consisting of personnel from the Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA and the National Park Service were still working to identify the both the source and product of the sheen.  The color of the sheen changed from a rainbow to a “silverish” metallic color.  Last evening it was reported that authorities believed the product to be diesel fuel.  Today, they are taking samples to determine what it is.

20 feet of boom was installed at Horseshoe Cove yesterday as a precaution to protect the environmentally sensitive area.  Today 70 feet of “hard boom” was installed to shore up the precautionary protection.  Horseshoe Cove was deemed to be the only environmentally sensitive area that could be impacted by the sheen.

The sheen remains located at the northern end of Sandy Hook on the bay side.

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Energy, Environment, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »