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'We Back Blue': Hundreds of police supporters rally in Wall, 'It's about peace and love'

'We Back Blue': Hundreds of police supporters rally in Wall, 'It's about peace and love'

Asbury Park PressWALL TOWNSHIP - Darius Mayfield said he understands the "grievances, aggression and violence" from the Black Lives Matter movement. But Mayfield, a Black man from East Brunswick, wants protesters to realize that each community must work to stop hate against everyone - including police officers. "We need to have a real vision and a sensible vision," said Mayfield. "Disbanding police departments is not a sensible vision. We've seen in places like New York City and areas around the country where they have tried to already do that and the violence, killings and murders are...

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COVID-19: Manasquan suspends recreation programs after outbreak infects employees

COVID-19: Manasquan suspends recreation programs after outbreak infects employees

Asbury Park PressMANASQUAN - The borough is tracing a COVID-19 outbreak that has thrown a wrench into its high school graduation ceremony and its summer beach and recreational program.The Manasquan Public School District said a few graduating seniors tested positive for the disease and won't attend Monday's in-person graduation.Meanwhile, the borough's Beach and Recreation Department said several of its employees tested positive. It will suspend its programs for a week while it awaits more results."Right now we're able to trace all the contacts for all the cases that we have," Council...

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Toms River Halloween Parade canceled

Toms River Halloween Parade canceled

Asbury Park PressTOMS RIVER -- There will be no Halloween Parade this year in Toms River.Toms River Fire Co. 1, which sponsors the annual march of ghouls, ghosts and goblins on downtown streets, announced today that the parade, scheduled to take place on the night of Oct. 31, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fire company sponsors the annual parade."The Toms River Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 has decided for the safety of the community and all first responders involved, due to the ongoing pandemic, to cancel this years Halloween Parade," a statement issued by the fire...

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Staff at Ocean Grove restaurant receive $1,000 tip from longtime customer

Staff at Ocean Grove restaurant receive $1,000 tip from longtime customer

Asbury Park PressOCEAN GROVE — Arnold Teixeira debated whether to share it publicly but decided others would be touched by the act of kindness and generosity recently bestowed upon his restaurant staff.A long-time customer who Teixeira declined to identify left a $1,000 tip on a $43.18 tab after dining at The Starving Artist restaurant, which he has owned for 22 years. "We read the note together after he was all gone, we were all crying," Teixeira said. "Thank you so much for working through this tough time, my family looks forward to our mornings with you every summer," the note read. "We...

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Six Flags Great Adventure Jersey Devil Coaster delayed until 2021

Six Flags Great Adventure Jersey Devil Coaster delayed until 2021

Asbury Park PressThe Jersey Devil will have to wait a little longer before taking flight over Six Flags Great Adventure.A new thrill ride honoring the Garden State's homegrown cryptid, the Jersey Devil Coaster, and had been expected to welcome riders this summer. The ride is now set to open in 2021, the park announced Tuesday."Due to the pandemic, most construction projects were delayed or halted all together," . "For this reason, Six Flags is making plans to debut Jersey Devil Coaster in 2021. We look forward to sharing more construction updates as we complete this record-breaking scream...

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Your NJ medical marijuana is about to get cheaper. Here's why.

Your NJ medical marijuana is about to get cheaper. Here's why.

Asbury Park PressThe New Jersey sales tax on medical marijuana will be cut to 4% on July 1, down from 6.625%, the first step in a three-year plan to phase out state taxes on medicinal cannabis purchases.On July 1, 2021, the state sales tax will be reduced even more — to 2%. In 2022, it will be completely erased.That doesn't mean medical weed will be completely tax-free: Municipalities are still permitted to levy a 2% "transfer tax" on purchases within their borders, though no town has instituted such a tax yet.The sales tax phaseout was a which also legalized medical marijuana edibles,...

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Brielle accident: Wall woman, 77, died after SUV went into Manasquan River

Brielle accident: Wall woman, 77, died after SUV went into Manasquan River

Asbury Park PressBRIELLE - A Wall Township woman died after her SUV went into the Manasquan River at Bogan's Basin Deep Sea Fishing Center Sunday night, according to Police Chief Gary Olsen.At approximately 9:30 p.m., township police responded to a report of a black Toyota Highlander in the Manasquan River underneath the Route 35 bridge. A 77-year-old woman was trapped inside the vehicle, Olsen said."She actually went down the docks and then maneuvered the vehicle and she ended up going front first into the river," said Olsen. "Because of the tides and that one bulkhead, the vehicle...

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Ocean police chief defends officers after video shows them pull guns on Black man

Ocean police chief defends officers after video shows them pull guns on Black man

Asbury Park PressOCEAN TOWNSHIP - The township police chief is defending his officers after videos spread on social media showing officers responding to an altercation at a convenience store Sunday pull their guns on a Black man they suspected was involved in the dispute.The video, initially streamed on Facebook Live, shows a man standing in a parking lot with his hands raised, surrounded by Ocean Township police vehicles. At least two officers standing outside a patrol vehicle have their guns drawn and order the man to get on the ground.Videos of the confrontation quickly ignited outrage...

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