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Bear activity is ‘normal behavior,’ even in lower Central NJ elevations

In Central Jersey, black bears often roam the higher elevations west of Interstate 287 and north of I-78, but this spring they have been making their way out of the woods and down the mountains into busier communities.

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The remains of JB's Diner in Freehold following a fire (Dave Kirby)
The remains of JB's Diner in Freehold following a fire (John Zalepka)
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Beloved JB’s Diner in Freehold burns in fire (WATCH)

"It's amazing how a tragedy brings people together," says neighbor who recorded video of the blaze.

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Sunny Landscape
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New Jersey to taste summertime heat and humidity Wednesday

High temperatures across the interior of the Garden State are forecast to come close to 90 degrees for both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
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Take a look at the wild orchids of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens

Some stunning examples of the orchid can be seen right here in the Garden State's biggest garden...the Pinelands.

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Sports Authority, West Long Branch
Sports Authority, West Long Branch (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Does NJ have too many stores? Retail industry is changing

Consumer habits are the main culprit in this wild shift, according to retail expert Howard Davidowitz.

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A carousel and ticket booth at an amusement park
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Broken collar bone and ankles, amputated finger: How safe are NJ amusement rides?

New Jersey officials insist rides are safe, for the most part, because regulators routinely conduct inspections.

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Pork Roll
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Taylor Ham vs. pork roll: Poll shows NJ almost evenly split on what to call it

A new poll shows you can tell whether someone is from the northern or southern part of the state based on whether they refer to the pork-based product as Taylor Ham or pork roll.

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smoking ban on beaches
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Smokers not allowed on these Jersey Shore beaches

"The beach isn't an ashtray; the ocean isn't one either," Seaside Park's borough administrator said.

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(Credit: borough of Red Bank website)
(Credit: borough of Red Bank website)
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Red Bank: The coolest things to do in this very hip town

Red Bank is quickly becoming one of the nicest places to hang out in Monmouth County and for Jersey Shore tourists.

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Charlie Puth performs at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City.
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Wiz Khalifa Forgets to Thank Charlie Puth After Billboard Music Awards Win

Perhaps it was an oversight. Perhaps it was adrenaline. Maybe Wiz Khalifa forgot to write out an acceptance speech.

Still, it was hard not to feel like Monmouth County was a little bit dissed at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night (May 22) when Wiz thanked everyone under the sun EXCEPT Rumson, New Jersey native Charlie Puth, who wrote "See You Again...

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The skies over New Jersey will feature hit-or-miss thunderstorms and mild temperatures for Monday afternoon.  (Maps: College of DuPage Meteorology)
The skies over New Jersey will feature hit-or-miss thunderstorms and mild temperatures for Monday afternoon. (Maps: College of DuPage Meteorology)
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Unsettled weather for now, 80s return to NJ later this week

A coastal storm system will keep a chance for showers and storms over the Garden State for Monday and Tuesday, before temperatures and humidity soar midweek.

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Law Enforcement Torch Run
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NJ cop ‘superheroes’ ready to honor their real-life heroes at Special Olympics

As New Jersey gears up to host its annual Special Olympics Summer Games in June, one group of law enforcement officers is again bringing attention, awareness and funding to the athletes in their own unique way.

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