The Top-10 most read, watched Jersey Shore Covid stories of 2020: #3
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3rd Most Read Covid Article...Lakewood Police Break Up Another Large Gathering Of People. (29,439 page views), Story Date: March 30, 2020.
Police broke up another large gathering of people in Lakewood and in addition to violating Governor Phil Murphy's executive order, two parents are in trouble for endangering their children.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Lakewood Police Chief Gregory Meyer announced that Eliezer Silber, 37, and Miriam Silber, 34, both of Lakewood, were charged with five counts of Child Endangerment.
Lakewood Police Department were summoned to a residence on Alamitos Drive for a report of a gathering of people blocking the street.
The gathering was in violation of Executive Order No. 107 signed by Governor Phil Murphy on March 21, 2020, which bans gatherings of individuals, whether they be at weddings, parties, celebrations, or other social events.
Lakewood Police Officers discovered a gathering of approximately 40-50 people, including children, on the front lawn and in the street in front of the residence.
Officers ordered the crowd to disperse, and they then made contact with the owners of the residence, Eliezer and Miriam Silber.
Eliezer Silber was charged with Violating Any Rule or Regulation Adopted by the Governor as well as Endangering the Welfare of his five children who were at the gathering.
Miriam Silber was likewise charged with Endangering the Welfare of her five children.
They were both required to appear at a future court date in Ocean County Superior Court.
“As I have previously stated, it is my sworn duty to protect all of the residents of Ocean County. That obligation applies across the board,” Prosecutor Billhimer said. “My Office will prosecute any individual who defies or breaks the law, State of Emergency or otherwise. Everyone must respect and follow the law. The men & women of the Lakewood Police Department have done an exceptional job in the face of a public health crisis. Their efforts are truly commendable."
3rd Most Watched Covid Video...Ocean County Summer Beach Plans. (4,368 video views), Story Date: May 7, 2020.
While restrictions were gradually being lifted in May, towns across Ocean County were determining the best and safest ways to open up beaches and boardwalks.
In Point Pleasant Beach, Mayor Paul Kanitra had plans to open their Maryland Avenue beach and the beach associations coming north from there on May 15 at which point they would discuss the opening of short term vacation rentals and add in parking restrictions as they won't have Class 1 and 2 police officers until after Memorial Day so resources will be limited.
Kanitra's hope was to open all the beaches by the 4th of July weekend for residents and tourists with safety being a top priority during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
"For us locally, we want when people return to Point Pleasant Beach in July and August, we want to welcome them back with big open arms and make sure that they feel incredibly safe here, that there's no second wave and we're doing everything possible so we can keep everyone safe and get back to normal as quickly as possible" Kanitra told WOBM News.
Before Point Pleasant Beach opens up anything, Kanitra explains that they need to take all the precautions necessary to keep everyone safe.
"On a busy weekend here we can get 50-60 thousand people here in Point Pleasant Beach," Kanitra said. "When we do open for 4th of July, in many ways we're opening ourselves up to the masses in general which is why we're taking these measured safe approaches."
In Toms River, which includes the section of Ortley Beach, Mayor Maurice "Mo" Hill said they planned to open up their beach that week for residents but were waiting for the neighboring towns to open their boardwalks and then follow suit.
At this point, the boardwalk remained chained off.
Hill was confident that residents will abide by social distancing regulations on the beach.
"I think that most people get it, the're going to practice social distancing," Hill told WOBM News. "If you've been on the beach in the summer season nobody has their blanket right on top of somebody else, there's 6-10 feet between blankets. I anticipate that people will follow the rules."
As the summer rolled in, Hill said class one and two officers will patrol the beach to ensure compliance with social distancing.
There will certainly be an increase in foot and vehicle traffic as beaches open back up and it's something the township is keeping an eye on.
"The cars are going to be apart anyway. The important thing is that when people are interacting there's that maintenance of social distancing," Hill said. "We're going to have traffic, we're going to have the parking issues and right now there hasn't been any guidance from the state as far as restrictions on parking. We anticipate using our parking lot here on 3rd Avenue."
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Top-10 Covid Stories Recap:
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10th Most Watched Covid Video....Monmouth County Opens Up Six Free Covid-19 Test Sites.
9th Most Read Covid Article...Ocean County Police Chiefs Monitoring Coronavirus Activity.
9th Most Watched Covid Video...Monmouth County Covid Business & Primary Plans.
8th Most Read Covid Article...Monmouth County Government Declares Local State of Emergency.
8th Most Watched Covid Video...Monmouth County Summer Plan, 'Know Before You Go'.
7th Most Read Covid Article....Ten People Charged As Lakewood Police Break Up Engagement Party.
7th Most Watched Covid Video...What Have We Learned About Covid-19?.
6th Most Read Covid Article...18 People In Lakewood Charged With Violating Executive Orders.
6th Most Watched Covid Video...Beach And Boardwalk Covid-19 Safety Tips.
5th Most Read Covid Article...Police Investigating Whether Lakewood School Is Still Open After Pulling Over A Bus.
5th Most Watched Covid Video...Six Flags Is Back Open!
4th Most Read Covid Article...Lakewood Police Break Up Large Gatherings At Two Wedding Receptions.
4th Most Watched Covid Video...How EMS Squads Are Keeping Safe During Pandemic.