Superstorm Sandy didn’t make heroes, it revealed them

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Two years ago today, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. The storm caused close to $62 billion in damage, making it the second-costliest weather disaster in the nation’s history, next to Hurricane Katrina. It damaged at least 650,000 homes and affected over 300,000 businesses. While the storm drastically changed the landscape of many coastal towns, it also gave some people a new direction to their lives that gave their own lives a sense of purpose and mission. NewsWorks spoke with three people whose lives changed forever when Sandy hit. Continue Reading →

Report: Teenager airlifted after suffering injury bodysurfing in Seaside Park

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A 17-year-old Toms River boy was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune after suffering a injury in the ocean Tuesday afternoon, according to a report on APP.com.Around 2:30 p.m., the teenager was bodysurfing off the Second Avenue beach when he struck his chin on the sand, the report said.The report said he complained of numbness in his extremities. Lifeguards were not on duty Tuesday. JSHN contributor Edie Klink reported a heavy presence of emergency personnel at the Seaside Park Marina, where a medevac landed to transport the teenager. Continue Reading →

Man arrested in Brick gas station stabbing, robbery

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A man has been charged with numerous crimes in connection with a stabbing and robbery at a Brick gas station early Monday afternoon. Members of the Brick Township Police Special Enforcement Team (S.E.R.T.) arrested Samuel Patriaco, Jr. for the incident that occurred at the K and D Gulf located on Burnt Tavern Road in the township, said Sgt. Henry J. Drew in a release. Police continued the investigation through the night, culminating with officers from the township’s Detective Bureau and S.E.R.T. executing a court authorized search warrant at a residence on Cherrywood Circle, according to Drew. “Based on evidence recovered during the investigation, Patriaco was ultimately charged by Detective Brian Farnkopf with attempted murder, robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose,” Drew said. Continue Reading →

Air Quality Alert issued due to heat Tuesday

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An air quality alert is in effect for Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued the alert for the entire state. “Ozone is forecast to reach the unhealthy [level]for [the]sensitive groups category across New Jersey due to southwest winds, mostly sunny skies, and hot temperatures,” the alert advises. “Sensitive groups including the very young, the elderly, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma should avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon and early evening hours.” Forecasters expect Tuesday to be the hottest day of a very warm week. Continue Reading →

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer: very warm week ahead

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If you’ve been waiting for an summery week, it’s finally here. “While the calendar says September, it will continue to feel like the heart of summer as the heat and humidity remains across the area,” forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ wrote in Forecast Discussion this morning. High pressure centered in the western Atlantic Ocean is “helping to pump up the heat and humidity within a southwesterly flow,” according to the forecasters. Inland temperatures Tuesday are expected to reach the lower to middle 90s, while coastal areas will be slightly cooler in the 80s. Relief will be found at the beaches all week. Continue Reading →