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A child hit by a car, funeral arrangements for a young Brielle woman hit by a taxi, and how to file for an extension if you don’t have your taxes done by today’s deadline. Those stories and more in today’s news for Monmouth and Ocean Counties:

The IRS deadline is just hours away. If you procrastinated and think you owe Uncle Sam, you can request an extension online. The IRS website has links to file a form 4868. But you won’t be off the hook. Even with an extension, you’ll have to pay a late filing penalty and interest on the taxes owed.

A wake is being held today for the Brielle woman struck and killed by two taxi cabs in NYC last week. Visitation for 22-year old Kelly Gordon will take place from 4 – 8 pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home on Burnt Tavern Road in Brick. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 am in Red Bank at St. James on Broad Street.

A Brick Township resident was killed after crashing into a telephone pole at the intersection of Lanes Mill and Joe Parker Roads last night. Authorities say 71-year old Loannis Vandolas’ vehicle left the roadway. The accident is under investigation.

Jersey Shore communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy are turning to residents for ideas on how to guard against the next big storm. At public meetings, in volunteer committees and in an online survey, residents have suggested building bulkheads, installing flood valves, rebuilding dunes and tying down boats and docks more securely.

Authorities are investigating a crash in Wall Township in which a 9-year old child was struck at Arnold Avenue shortly after 11 am yesterday. The child was taken to the hospital.

A Lakewood cop had his faced scratched by a 29-year old woman he was trying to arrest for allegedly shoplifting beauty products at the Shoprite in Lakewood Sunday night. Township resident Kimberly White was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and robbery.

New details about a shooting in Asbury Park Sunday night. Authorities say a man was shot during a robbery on Bond Street around 10:15 pm. Police say two armed men approached the victim and shot him in the knee when he tried to run away. No arrests have been made.

Six people were arrested in a fight in Asbury Park Saturday night involving 100 people. One person injured in the fight on Springwood Avenue was hospitalized. Cops from neighboring towns had to be called in for back-up.

A driver killed in a one-car crash in Upper Freehold Sunday night is identified as 18-year old Tyler Hettel of East Windsor. State police say the man’s pick-up truck caught on fire when he struck a tree on Clarksburg-Robbinsville Road.

A Red Bank man is in custody for last week’s shooting of a borough resident. A joint investigation led to Anthony Sims Jr. Monday in what they determined to be a targeted shooting. Sims faces attempted murder and weapons charges. His victim remains in critical but stable condition.

A book about chemical dumping in Toms River wins the author a Pulitzer Prize. NYU Science Journalism Professor Dan Fagin won the General Non-Fiction Award for ‘Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation’ about the cancer cluster impacting children.

Bring your plants in tonight. A freeze warning is in effect for 2 am to 9 am tomorrow morning for temperatures in the upper 20′s to low 30′s.

Holmdel’s oldest fire company is no more. Fire Company Number One on Rt. 520 was disbanded last week. The existing Company Two firehouse on Centerville Road will become the North station.

Alan Cohen, known as “Mr. Alan the Original Florist’ of Brick has died. He passed away last Wednesday at home. Mr. Alan was a florist for over 50 years and a Brick municipal employee for 25. He was 72.

For decades the school dance has been a pretty big deal. But today’s teens seem to be less interested in getting together at a dance, and more interested in staying home and texting. with young people relying more and more on social media these days, attendance at school dances is dropping. Sociology professors say rejection is easier to take if it comes in a text. But kids won’t be able to handle the real world if they’re always hiding behind technology.

 

 

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