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Paddle Out Brothers in Manasquan Begin New Venture After Superstorm Sandy

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 20:58
BY ASHLEY MANZ SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

For Andy and Brian Manser, teaching others how to paddle and kayak comes naturally. The two brothers, who grew up on the Jersey Shore, have been enjoying outdoor water sports since they were little boys. They have grown up on the water surfing and paddle boarding. Andy, who teaches math at Manasquan Elementary School and Brian, a music teacher at Old Mill Elementary School, came up with the idea to start a new business in January 2013, just a few months after Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey coastline. The new business would be called Paddle Out.

Storming Back from the Storm: Bahrs Landing Going Strong Since 1917

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 20:36
BY ASHLEY MANZ SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Lives are moving forward, homes and businesses being rebuilt, but the images of the storm will always have a lasting effect on Bahrs Landing owners Jay and Becky Cosgrove. The impact of Hurricane Sandy on Highlands and Sea Bright made international headlines.

Over the nearly century the restaurant has been in Highlands, there have been other storms that required rebuilding with improvements being added each time. Those improvements meant the location fared fairly when Hurricane Sandy hit.

Documentary Film Reveals Divide Among Indian Women

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 17:19
BY MIRIAM RINN NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The documentary films shown at the Tribeca Film Festival are almost always more rewarding than the fiction features, so it is troubling that few people ever see them. Documentaries rarely get theatrical releases, but luckily programs such as PBS’s POVand the HBO documentary series screen these wonderful films, many from around the world. One, “The World Before Her,” was shown at Tribeca in the spring and can now be seen on Monday night on PBS. It’s a fascinating examination of women’s lives and bodies in a rapidly changing society.

Mega Millions Winning Numbers Worth $119 Million: Friday, September 13, 2013

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 13:00
BY BOB HOLT NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The battle of the major lottery jackpots continues this weekend. Will Mega Millions find a lucky winner on Friday the 13th?

There’s one way to find out. Get in on the action. Since there was no winner of the Mega Millions grand prize on September 10, that total will grow for the Friday the 13th drawing.

The game’s web site reports that the estimated annuity prize for the Mega Millions drawing of Friday, September 13 will now be $119 million, with a lump sum value of $80 million.

The winning Mega Millions numbers for September 10 were: 2, 12 18, 54, and 56. The Mega Ball was 1. According to Delaware Online, four tickets had the first five numbers correct without matching the Mega Ball. None of them came from New Jersey.

Both multi-state lottery games available in New Jersey currently have jackpots above the $100 million mark. Powerball’s top prize stands at an estimated $317 million.

And Mega Millions has now been through 13 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The last Mega Millions winner came on July 26, when a New Jersey ticket won $19 million, according to the game’s web site. Mega Millions still holds the world record for highest annuity lottery prize when 3 tickets split $656 million on March 30, 2012.

Lottery World reminds us that Mega Millions will be adding changes on October 22. The starting jackpot will now be $15 million, and every time the jackpot is not won, it will rise by at least $5 million for the next drawing.

Also, the pool of numbers from which players pick the first five numbers will be increased from 56 to 75, while the Mega Ball pool to choose from drops from 1 of 46 to 1 of 15.

By the way, the price of a single ticket will remain at $1.

Monmouth Looks For Victory at Home Saturday Against Lehigh

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:58
BY JEREMY SCHILLING NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

#19 Lehigh University (1-0, 0-0 in Patriot League) at Monmouth University (0-2)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

1pm ET – Kessler Field, West Long Branch, NJ

Radio: 1160AM, 1310AM, Shoresportsnetwork.com

4 Reasons Chris Christie Picked Gurbir Singh Grewal To Be Bergen County Prosecutor

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:49
BY BOB HOLT NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Governor Christie has nominated assistant U.S. attorney Gurbir Singh Grewal to take over from John Molinelli as prosecutor for Bergen County.

Molinelli had been serving in the position since 2002. Christie took his time in making the selection of Grewal, because Molinelli’s term expired in January.

Christie chose Grewal for a number of reasons. “Mr. Grewal has the right credentials and background to be the chief law enforcement officer for Bergen County,” Christie said, according to NJ.com. “He also brings diversity to a highly diverse county.”

Some of those credentials are similar to the governor’s. According to Politicker NJ, Grewal has been working in Newark at the U.S. Attorney’s Office as Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit and Computer Hacking and IP Crimes Unit since 2010. Christie used to be the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey as state attorney.

In regards to diversity, members of New Jersey’s Sikh community say that Grewal would be the first Sikh to become a state county prosecutor, according to NorthJersey.com.  Karmjit Singh Sidhu, president of a Sikh temple, said Grewal has been going there since he was a child and still volunteers there and serves meals.

Another plus for Grewal comes from his friend Amrik Singh Sikand. Sikand said, according to NorthJersey.com, “His passion is public safety, and that’s why he is prosecuting people that have done wrong things.”

Check Out Where Gov. Christie Comes up Short in Voters' Views

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:40
BY STEVE MANAS SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A year after his response to Hurricane Sandy sent Gov. Chris Christie’s ratings into record territory, a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds New Jersey registered voters continue to embrace him, if not quite as strongly. Christie’s 66 percent positive job rating remains the envy of most politicians, even though it has dropped four points since June. During the same period, disapproval of Christie has increased six points to 31 percent, still well below its pre-Sandy highs.

“It was inevitable that the governor’s ratings would drop from their high point during the run-up to an election, but Christie continues to bask in broad support,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University.

New Challenges, Brand Building For Former Rutgers Athletic Director

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:06
BY JOE FAVORITO SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Finding and engaging new revenue partners, helping to guide major facility changes, learning the in’s and outs of broadcast relationships, dealing with an evolving support base, trying to negotiate a solid and growing niche in a very crowded sports marketplace and helping forge a new and engaging brand that can be many things to many people. These were probably some of the huge challenges then-Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was looking at as the Scarlet Knights went through their Big East football schedule last fall, while the campus was gaining its footing with the start of the new semester. No one could probably predict the well documented roller coaster Rutgers would go through in the coming months, from the elation of joining the Big Ten and all its challenges and opportunities to the highly publicized changes that came about on so many levels following Mike Rice’s ouster and the subsequent moves that changed the leadership of the Scarlet Knights.

Dangerous Chemical on Loose in Morris

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:39
BY BOB HOLT NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Medical Center in Morris County was evacuated for about five hours on Tuesday after two staff members had to be treated for respiratory ailments.

An unknown chemical in the air was believed to be the cause of their breathing difficulties.

Morris Township police said an odor similar to pepper spray was reported to the department between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Daily Record reported.

“Two patients were treated by the Morris Minute Men Emergency Medical Services and Atlantic Health paramedics,” said Jeff Paul, director of the County Office of Emergency Management.

A Revealing and Exclusive Interview with Barbara Buono

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 18:55
BY MICHAEL HAYNE NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

She is faced with limited name recognition and hears every would-be pundit with a blog telling her that she has no chance defeating New Jersey’s popular incumbent governor.

And? So what?

Unwavering perseverance is the essence of New Jersey’s vibrant and very determined Democratic State Senator, Barbara Buono, who has the herculean task of convincing voters why Christie doesn’t deserve reelection. New Jersey’s brash and forceful governor may wear his “Jersey Guy” image more often than that oversized fleece during the Superstorm Sandy. Buono, who also has deep Jersey roots, may want to call herself a “Jersey Gal.”

'The Old Friends' Off Broadway Review: Horton Foote Throws A House Party

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:27
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Folks who complain that little actually happens in Horton Foote’s dramas about Texas townspeople should get a look at the author’s “The Old Friends,” which premiered on Thursday at Signature Theater.

A story of youthful romantic rivalries that heat up again twenty-odd years later in 1965, the two-act play climaxes in a drunken housewarming party that sees a living room wrecked, costly jewelry thrown around and gunfire going off with murderous intent.

Foote, who died in 2009, is said to have rewritten “The Old Friends” over several decades. This latest version of the play dates from the early 2000s.  However much the playwright may have revised his work, the result is an agreeable soap opera with a complicated backstory and melodramatic trimmings.

While the play scarcely represents Foote at his poignant best, it still proves to be an enjoyable dark comedy about bad marriages and worse behavior. A spirited company led by Hallie Foote and Betty Buckley as contrasting widows vying for the same man’s affections lend distinction to the play.

After many years abroad, the genteel Sybil (Foote) returns to her Harrison hometown with her flop of a husband only to see him drop dead at the airport.

Temporarily lodged with her brittle sister-in-law Julia (Veanne Cox), whose marriage to Albert (Adam LeFevre) is miserable in spite of their wealth, Sybil soon secures a job, rents her family’s rundown former home and prepares to forge a new life.

But nice Sybil runs afoul of noxious Gertrude (Buckley), a rambunctious moneybags whose erstwhile brother-in-law and current business manager Howard (Cotter Smith) was once Sybil’s beau.

Rutgers’ New Ranking, and N.J. Colleges Making List

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 16:07
BY GINA G. SCALA NEWJERSEYNESROOM.COM

In a year of filled with controversy and heightened expectations, Rutgers University’s 69th place ranking on the best higher education institutions in the nation could be seen any number of ways.

The flagship school in New Brunswick took that honor; while its Newark campus ranks 142 on the national best colleges list, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report. On the local and regional universities list, Rutgers-Camden comes in at number 24.

“U.S. News strives to provide students and their families with the most comprehensive data available,” Bob Morse, director of data research, said. “Measuring outcomes is critical to understanding how well a school retains and educates its students.”

That’s the methodology behind the 2014 power rankings, which left Princeton University in the top slot for national universities. It was tied in 2013’s edition with Harvard.

Teen Charged with Faking own Abduction Pleads Guilty

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 15:22

The Clark teenager whose disappearance sparked an intensive search last year has admitted to using social media to make it appear that she had been abducted and later lying about it to investigators, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Kara Alongi pleaded guilty before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch to a third-degree charge of creating a false public alarm and a fourth-degree charge of making false reports to law enforcement authorities. Under the terms of a plea agreement, she received a disposition of 12 months of probation, a six-month suspension of driver’s license, $2,000 restitution and 40 hours of community service.

Alongi vanished on the evening of Sept. 30, 2012, around the same time she posted a message on Twitter indicating that someone was in her home and imploring her online followers to call 911, according to the investigation. Detectives quickly uncovered evidence contradicting that account, however, and the case subsequently was investigated as a report of a missing person.

It's Time to Change Course in the New Jersey Legislature!

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 14:33
BY ALISON LITTELL McHOSE SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM OPINION

What are we to make of the Democrat Party here in New Jersey, the majority party in the legislature who control what bills are voted on? The political party who holds a press conference in the middle of an economic downturn, with stubborn unemployment and record foreclosures, to tell us same-sex marriage is its “number one priority?” The party whose candidate for Governor, a legislator for almost 20 years, says it will be the first bill she signs into law if elected?

3 Reasons N.J. Keeping Hurricane Sandy Grants a Secret

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 14:21
BY BOB HOLT NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program, the Resettlement Grant, and the Fund for Rehabilitation of Small Rental Properties make up $850 million in federal funding that New Jersey received for Hurricane Sandy relief.

But nearly a year after the hurricane, questions still remain about how recipients of these grants are being determined.

The Fair Share Housing Center wants to know. The group has filed a lawsuit in Mercer County asking the state Department of Community Affairs to release documents outlining how grant recipients are chosen.

FSHC attorney Adam Gordon said, according to The Press of Atlantic City, “No more excuses, no more secrets. The documents that the Christie Administration is using to evaluate who gets money and who does not, should be public.”

As N.J. Cheerleaders Fly High, So Does the Risk of Injury

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:17
BY IRENE MASLOWSKI SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

As the fall sport season kicks off, parents, coaches and trainers are focusing their attention on the safety of their players, but statistics show that injuries on the sidelines - among cheerleaders - rank almost as high as those that take place on the field.

Cheerleading is the top sport for young female athletes, with more than 500,000 participating in high school programs alone. The sport has changed dramatically from the days of simple pom-poms and megaphones to include strenuous and challenging gymnastic routines. That has, in turn, led to an increase in injuries. In fact, more than 30,000 cheerleaders are treated in emergency rooms each year, a number that has tripled since 1980.

Great Traveling Off the Beaten Track: Where the Heck is Rockford, IL?

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:13
BY BOB & SANDY NESOFF NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM TRAVEL AND LEISURE

There are more places in the continental United States that you have never heard of. But for that matter, people from those places probably never heard of your home town either.

Some years back we stumbled onto Wisconsin Dells, north of Madison and popular with Mid-Westerners for weekend getaways and extended vacations. Anyone in Chicago could tell you about “The Dells and what a great family destination it is,” but East Coasters didn't have a clue.

Series Aims to Build Network of Citizen Journalists in N.J.

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 11:55
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Citizens Campaign announced today a three-part series of trainings to empower New Jersey residents with the skills and know-how to be community reporters. The series will prepare residents to be the eyes and ears in their community – both in good times and bad – so that citizens can help drive community decisions.

In the days and weeks following Superstorm Sandy, we learned that having access to timely and relevant information is critical. As our communities rebuild and prepare for future storms and emergencies, it is clear that communication is the key ingredient for success. Part of the series will also be showcasing best practices in municipal emergency communications, and what policies citizens should be looking for in their own community.

‘One Nation Under God’ Banned in New Jersey

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 10:49
BY BOB HOLT NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Dodger Nation is the name given to the group of fans who support sports teams from Madison High School.

Resident and Dodger sports fan Mike Waresk asked for and received permission from local officials to display a banner backing the Madison Dodgers over a local bridge.

Madison Patch reports that the sign was taken down after the borough received a complaint about its wording. The sign read: "Dodger Domination" and, "One Nation Under God."

According to The Gateway Pundit, the banner had been displayed on a train overpass at Waverly Place and Kings Road. Waresk received a call about the complaint but did not know about its nature.

Dodger Nation formed among some Madison fans before a football game against Chatham a few years back. According to Madison Patch, Waresk said the group decided, "Let's just call it Dodger Nation."

'All the Faces of the Moon' Off Broadway Review: Mike Daisey's Monologue Marathon

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 10:31
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Storyteller Mike Daisey of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” fame has returned to the Public Theater, where he in the midst of presenting his latest work, “All the Faces of the Moon,” in the Joe’s Pub space.

With his concept for this work keyed into the current lunar cycle, Daisey offers 29 different monologues that he is now performing over 29 successive days – from new moon to new moon – through Oct. 3.

Daisey says that while each piece can stand alone they are connected by characters, plot, themes, images, motifs and dreams.

After observing the opening entry, “Playing the Hand You’re Dealt,” it appears that Daisey may well be journeying in this series towards the dark side of his personal moon.

This hour-long monologue rambles around the Disney-fication of greater New York as Daisey describes his experiences with a fortune teller in St. Mark’s Place and his times as a resident in the gentrifying Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn.

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