Jersey Shore Headlines
Area schools are trying to get rid of teachers and sports programs. Gunfire leaves several wounded in Asbury Park. Those stories and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County news:
Some of Fair Haven’s most popular teachers, including two full-time Kindergarten teachers, are not being rehired. News of the cuts prompted more than 100 parents to turn up at the Knollwood School last night to speak out against a plan to replace the staff with part-time teachers.
All extracurricular activities, including sports, would be cut from Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Neptune City in the school board’s proposed budget up for adoption tonight. The spending plan would also reduce five full-time teachers to part-time to help balance the budget.
A one-year old girl and her 29-year old mother suffered gunshot wounds in Asbury Park shortly before 7:30 last night when a gunman opened fire on a street. According to police, a 19-year old man was also wounded. None of the injuries are life-threatening. No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.
A black bear continues drawing the attention of residents in Lakewood, and now Jackson, after being spotted in backyards and wooded areas. Police are not equipped or trained to use tranquilizers on the animals and say state wildlife officials will not respond unless the bear acts aggressively toward people.
Lakewood cops use Narcan for the first time to save an overdose victim. A 20-something year old female was given the heroin antidote Saturday night.
700 Sandy displaced NJ families are reportedly losing their federal housing assistance this week. Sources say the FEMA aid will end this Thursday. However, the agency said HUD and the state are working with the families to find long-term housing solutions. Those living in FEMA trailers and at the former Fort Monmouth have until the end of August.
In addition to repairing the roads, the Rt. 35 construction project from Point Pleasant to Seaside promises revamped safety features. By the time most of the work is done in the summer of 2015 over ten miles of bike and pedestrian walkways will be seen along the busy stretch of highway. the state DOT says construction will be mostly halted along Rt. 35 during this summer, with the exception of a stretch between Toms River and Brick. You’ll also see crews working on side streets.
A Toms River couple chased down a gunman moments after he burst into their Bayway home and took off with $60. The robber tossed the gun and ammunition, the woman chased the suspect on foot Sunday night at 9 pm while the man followed in a car until police caught the robber. Mario Ortiz of Toms River faces multiple charges.
Cameras on the back of a car so the driver can see what’s behind the vehicle when it’s in reverse will be as common in cars as air bags and antilock brakes one day. The transportation department has issued a rule that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles. The new rule requires vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built after May 1, 2018 to meet the new standards. The agency says it believes the cameras will help reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. Backup accidents involving light vehicles cause an average of 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries a year, with the victims often children and the elderly.
14 Jackson middle schoolers were uninjured when their bus collided with an SUV on south Hope Chapel Road yesterday morning. Police say the SUV tried passing the bus on the left as it was turning left, and ended up flipping. Patrick Fisher of Ocean Gate was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The party’s over for three women accused of taking about $400-worth of favors from the Party Fair store in Ocean Township Sunday. Police say Channel Cutler, Keyasia Robinson and Tina Smith, and the goodies, were in the Chevy that was flagged down on Deal Road. Smith also has to answer for a warrant issued in Asbury Park.
Point Boro residents will get a chance tonight to discuss planned improvements to the recreation center on Arnold Avenue. A meeting is being held at 7 pm. The boro paid $3 million for the vacant property in September.
Jon Bon Jovi will be in the comics. Bluewater Productions say Jon will be the star of tomorrow’s print and digital release in their tribute series. They’re calling it a classsic rags-to-riches tale from his early years to the present.