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News from Monmouth County, New Jersey

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    New Jersey law requires that taxpayers in most districts cover the cost of transporting students to schools, including private, religious schools.

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    Two new HomeGoods stores are slated to open in Monmouth and Hudson counties in the next two weeks

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    Who is heading back to the high school gridiron after earning All-State honors last season?

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    Summer is almost over, but there's still time to fit these trips and events in before fall is here.

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    See the 38 defenders that made the list as N.J.'s best defenders this season.

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    New Jersey State Police will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint outside the PNC Arts Center Saturday.

    State Police will set up a sobriety checkpoint at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel where an alternative rock band is performing on Saturday, officials said. 

    The DWI checkpoint is set up "in an effort to make our roads safer and reduce crashes attributed to driving while under the influence," New Jersey State Police said in a press release. 

    Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch are performing Saturday night at PNC Bank Arts Center

    Troopers will be looking for signs of impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and urge drivers to arrange transportation or have a designated driver if they plan on drinking. 

    Police asked those who see a driver posing a hazard to call the aggressive driver tip line from a hands-free mobile device by dialing #77.

    "It's not worth the risk of hurting or killing yourself, a friend, a loved one, or innocent motorist," authorities said. 

    Sophie Nieto-Munoz may be reached at Follow her at @snietomunoz. Find on Facebook.

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    New Jersey's ultimate emo band delivered fans' favorite album at 1st of 4 nights at Asbury Lanes

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    Which top returning saves leader will rule the state in 2018?

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    A horse in Monmouth County died this month from a serious, mosquito disease; the first case of its kind in New Jersey this year.

    A horse in Monmouth County died this month after contracting a serious, mosquito-borne disease, the first case of its kind in New Jersey this year.

    The 5-year-old mare was euthanized on Aug. 18 after it acquired eastern equine encephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain tissue and, in most cases, kills any horse that acquires it, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture in a release issued Friday.

    The horse had been vaccinated against the disease in 2017, but not this year. 

    "Horse owners need to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes," New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said in a release. "Vaccinated animals are much less likely to contract deadly diseases such as eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus."

    More mosquitoes in N.J. carry the West Nile virus

    New Jersey had six cases of eastern equine encephalitis in 2017 and two cases of West Nile virus, another mosquito-borne viral disease that affects a horse's neurological system, according to the release. However, eastern equine encephalitis has a "significantly higher" risk of death in horses than West Nile virus.

    Humans are unlikely to catch eastern equine encephalitis from horses as the animals are considered to be "dead-end" hosts for the virus, officials said.

    The Department of Agriculture encouraged all horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against both eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.

    Both viral diseases must be reported to the state veterinarian at 609-671-6400 within 48 hours of diagnosis, the department said.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find on Facebook.


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    How did those shells get those holes in them? And what's a mermaid's purse? A guide to almost every shell you'll find at the Jersey Shore.

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    Sports betting began in New Jersey in June. Borgata casino and Monmouth Park racetrack were the first to take sports bets, but others have soon followed in anticipation of a busy NFL betting season

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    EPA Estimate: Even without regulations, the amount of electricity produced by coal will drop 23 percent by 2030. But keep shoveling, Mr. President. Watch video

    In a blowtorched American summer that now seems to be the new normal, we have experienced record-shattering heatwaves from L.A. to New Hampshire, devastating wildfires that can be seen from the space station, Arctic ice melts that cause rising sea levels and coastal flooding even on dry days, and storms that inundate entire cities and pulverize islands.

    With that as his guide, President Trump is taking another shot at converting the planet into a cosmic hothouse, which is even more nonsensical than it sounds.

    The Environmental Protection Agency, which under Trump doesn't protect much of anything other than fossil fuel interests, announced it will relax the rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants, an inexhaustible source of the greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and cause the climate change we see in real time.

    This is remarkable for multiple reasons: These rules, known as the 2015 Clean Power Plan - which was designed to reduce coal plants emissions by 32 percent by 2030 - were already held up by the Supreme Court, but the energy industry was acting as if they were in effect because it was the pragmatic and profitable thing to do.

    And Trump's stated reason for the rollback is to give a coal another life by eliminating regulations, even though domestic power companies are phasing out coal plants as fast as they can. They know that the so-called war on coal was a devastating rout, as market forces, health concerns, and technology effectively consigned it to an irreversible fate.

    So the president figured it's time to wage war on breathing.

    The proposed rollback, which will face legal challenges, will expose the population to more fine particulate matter that is linked to heart and lung disease. Perhaps you've seen the most startling number: The EPA readily admits that eliminating the Clean Power Plan will cause up to 1,400 more premature deaths every year.

    What is Jersey's best response to Trump's coal fixation? | Editorial

    It will also increase the number of asthma attacks in children by 40,000, increase the number of heart attacks by 1,700, and create 200,000 more missed school or work days. Every year. So much winning.

    But the president's coal obsession is almost as unsettling as his indifference toward the health of the public and the planet.

    Utilities have moved away from coal because natural gas, wind and solar are better investments. But Trump can't find another way to reward the Appalachian region and fossil fuel billionaires other than to keep coal plants open as long as possible. At his rallies, he does not mention the coal plants being shuttered in Kentucky and West Virginia. He never mentions how the green tide rolls on: Nationally, there are now 2.3 solar jobs for every coal job.

    His coal coquetry is especially damaging to New Jersey. We have only one such plant, but pollution doesn't respect borders: Between one-third and one-half of our air pollution comes from out of state, as we are downwind from Ohio and Pennsylvania, and Jersey ranks second only to Florida in damage from rising sea levels.

    So we need a national solution, the only guardrails are on Capitol Hill, and the silence of the New Jersey delegation from Trump's party is troubling. Reps. Tom MacArthur, Leonard Lance, Chris Smith and Rodney Frelinghuysen won't say whether they agree with gutting these standards.

    The one exception is retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), who reminds us that he supported reducing carbon emissions from new power plants, but not existing power plants, which is the heart of the Clean Power Plan.

    Most states are still on pace to meet their own emission reduction goals by 2030, but New Jersey may not be one of them, according to one study.

    Gov. Murphy could, however, set a strong emissions cap through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; once New Jersey rejoins RGGI, the 10-state carbon market can effectively protect our state from Trump's treachery.

    But we need the Plan as a safety net, and it's bad enough that those who oppose it are driven by bad science. They ignore the lives and land fated to be collateral damage in a pointless debate between regulation and the climate calamity that is now all around us.

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    The beach is great. Don't be that person that ruins it!

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    Millions of baby oysters joined a reef in Raritan Bay, the next step in an operation to restore the creature's population.

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    Jack Antonoff's boutique festival in Asbury Park has become the uniquely satisfying summer event N.J. desperately needed

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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption at shelters and rescues.

    Holmdel volunteer wins international award in dog photography competition

    The Kennel Club in London recently announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition with Sonya Kolb of Holmdel selected as the winner of the competition's 'Rescue Dog' category.


    The award comes with a PS500 prize for the charity of the winner's choice. Kolb has chosen to donate the money to the Monmouth County SPCA where she has been taking photos for seven years.

    The dog in Kolb's winning photograph is rescue dog Cooper, whose family adopted him after their first rescue dog tragically died before they had even brought him home.

    "I am extremely grateful to have won the Rescue category in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition," said Kolb. "I can remember every second of this photo shoot as if it were yesterday. This image reveals what is so important in life - our emotional connections with others. Dogs fulfill our deepest emotional needs, giving us so freely an abundance of love, comfort and joy. I love creating images that spread happiness and connect us heart to heart, hand to paw, with our most positive emotions."

    Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands was chosen overall winner of the competition with an image of Noa the Great Dane which placed first in the 'Oldies' category. The other first place category winners were:

    • Elinor Roizman, Israel, 'Dogs at Play';
    • Klaus Dyber, Germany, 'Puppy';
    • Carol Durrant, the UK, 'Portrait';
    • Tracy Kidd, the UK, 'Dogs at Work';
    • Joana Matos, Portugal, 'Man's Best Friend';
    • Dean Mortimer, the UK, 'Assistance Dogs';
    • Tamara Kedves, Hungary, 'I Love Dogs Because...;
    • Mariah Mobley (age 11), United States, 'Young Pup Photographer'

    All of the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from through Oct. 5. To view all the winning images, go to

    Greg Hatala may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

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    George Amadeo of Belford was undergoing surgery Monday morning in a Florida hospital, his mother, Annmarie, told NJ Advance Media. Watch video

    A gamer from Middletown was among the 11 injured in a mass shooting where at least three people were killed Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida.

    George Amadeo of Belford was undergoing surgery Monday morning in a Florida hospital, his mother, a registered nurse, told NJ Advance Media.

    "It was a very rough night," Annmarie Amadeo said. "We are all praying right now."

    Amadeo was expected to emerge from surgery "with plates and screws in his ankle," his mother said.

    The shootings occurred Sunday afternoon during the "Madden 19 NFL Classic" esports tournament in Jacksonville, authorities said.

    Champion gamer David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, opened fire after being knocked out of a competition at The Landing shopping center. He later killed himself, according to police.

    The annual tournament draws about 15,000 people, according to published reports.

    In addition to the three killed, nine were injured, reports said.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report

    Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find on Facebook.


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    North Jersey powers top the preseason Top 20 football rankings

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    Which players are on the verge of breaking out this season?

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