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New relief for allergy sufferers and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County News from Townsquare Media.

For decades there have been a few options to ease the misery of hay fever. You could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or you could get allergy shots . Now you can try another type of therapy to train your immune system. New once-a-day tablets that dissolve quickly under your tongue and steadily raise tolerance to grass or ragweed pollen. The downside is that the pills must be started a few months before the grass or ragweed pollen season. That means it’s too late for people with grass allergies, but the time is now for ragweed allergy sufferers, according to a press release from the drug’s manufacturer.

Governor Christie is set to sign into law a bill that toughens penalties for sex offenders who prey on children. Today’s signing of the ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ would impose a mandatory 25-year term without parole for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a child younger than 13. The bill is named after a 9-year old girl who was kidnapped, raped and buried alive by a convicted sex offender in 2005. Similar laws around the country are intended to keep child sex offenders locked up longer to reduce their ability to re-offend.

The woman charged with beating her 94-year old grandmother to death in the Brick Township home they shared is expected to make her first court appearance today. Katherine Shubert remains in the Ocean County Jail on $750,000 bail.

A crash in the Six Flags Great Adventure parking lot sent three people to the hospital Friday night, according to APP.com. Two of them suffered head injuries. Police say a Pennsylvania man pulled out from between two rows of parking spaces in front of a pick-up truck.

The strong current pushed two swimmers out to sea in the ocean off of Seaside Park’s unguarded L Street beach Friday afternoon, according to NJ.com. Lifeguards from neighboring Seaside Heights spotted the men and pulled them to safety.

A Lakewood intersection where a fatal school bus accident occurred now has flashing stop signs. A resident initially requested the safety improvements at county Line Road and Monmouth Avenue and offered to pay for the signs. The county installed them

NJ’s Aggresive Driver Tip Line, #77, sees a lot more use this time of year. The State Police say while you might not think of yourself as an aggressive driver, driving above the speed limit and quickly changing lanes qualifies someone as an aggressive driver.

Officials are trying a new strategy to get people to move out of the homeless camp ‘Tent City’ in the woods of Lakewood. A judge has ordered the town to provide a year’s worth of housing, but to also offer cash buyouts. Some have been paid up to $4,000 to get out. But critics say with no other support, that cash is gone quickly and many end up worse off than before they took the money.

A Middletown man faces drug charges after apparently dropping a bag of heroin in a cop car. Holmdel police were giving Francis Olbrys a ride home last week because a driver he was riding with was arrested for having a suspended license and Olbrys had an expired license.

Are you still texting while driving? Many area residents admit they continue to send and receive text messages while operating a motor vehicle, but the numbers are starting to drop. Last year 25% of Garden State drivers said they would pull off to the side of the road to send a text message, but this year that number is 55%, according to a recent study.

Wanted: your organs and tissue after you die. Hundreds of Garden State residents are signing up to become donors every year, but thousands of people are still waiting for life-saving organ transplants. According to the State Sharing Network, there was a 14% increase in the number of donated organs last year in our state, which helped save 699 lives. But demand far outweighs supply. By becoming a donor, one person can save up to 8 lives.

 

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