Jersey Shore Headlines
The causes of the brush fires, The state of Asbury Park since the shootings, and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County news.
The shooting of three people, including a one-year old, in Asbury Park has law enforcement on heightened alert. Police are looking for the person who fired shots Monday night that ended up injuring three innocent people by accident. Still no motive for the shootings. Authorities say the victims were not the intended targets. Even with the heinous crime happening during daylight hours, the Prosectuor’s office says that overall, Asbury is safer that it used to be. And since September there has only been one homocide in all of Monmouth County.
One was intentional, the other accidental. That word from investigators today who have determined the large fire that broke out in Berkeley last Thursday was intentionally set with a flame and a pile of dry leaves. Another blaze in Beachwood that same day that burned about 300 acres was accidental; a result of improperly discarded smoking materials.
FEMA is extending the deadline for Sandy victims to file flood insurance claims. The last-minute reprieve comes after pressure from Governor Christie and politicians. The new deadline is October 30th.
As many as 20 people are homeless after wind-swept flames gutted a condo complex in Keansburg. No one was injured, but the blaze destroyed or damaged six units at a Beachside Gardens building. The cause hasn’t been determined.
Seaside Park’s fire-damaged boardwalk could be rebuilt in time for Memorial Day. The borough planning board last night approved designs submitted by Funtown Pier Associates, which owns the section between Stockton and Porter Avenues. Now construction plans can be submitted immediately.
An arrest has been made in a St. Patrick’s Day shooting in Neptune. 21-year old Omar Jackson of Neptune is charged with trying to murder 19-year old Sean O’Rourke of Asbury Park. Police say a single bullet wound caused life-threatening injuries to the victim.
A Middletown family is safe after a fire last night on Center Avenue. The first aid squad revived their dog, too. Authorities believe the fire started in the kitchen.
Moms-to-be will no longer be giving birth at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood. As the hospital closes its newborn unit, patients are being transferred to other Barnabas Health facilities. Kimball is working to place impacted employees at other hospitals in the Barnabas network as well.
It’s not getting any cheaper for the beaches around here. Spring Lake and Sea Girt beach badges are the most expensive — $105 for the season, followed by Deal and Sea Bright at $100. Martell’s in Point Pleasant Beach also is charging $100 for a season beach badge, and Jenkinson’s is charging $90. Ortley is charging $35 for season beach badges, and a couple of LBI beaches are charging $40.
40 employees of the Stafford Township school district are being let go due to the financial impact of Sandy and state-mandated changes in curriculum and testing, officials confirmed last night. Even with the cuts, the proposed school budget includes a nearly 5-cent tax hike.
Need a summer job? Love the beach? The annual Seaside and vicinity Summer Job Fair takes place this Saturday. Employers are looking for game and ride operators, cashiers, servers and more. The event runs from Noon – 3 pm on the boardwalk at Webster Avenue.