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New Jersey faces another potential major storm without policies to mitigate climate change. While we have seen the devastating impacts from severe storms and extreme weather, the Christie Administration has done little to curb overdevelopment, climate change, and sprawl that make residents vulnerable to flooding and storm surges. Instead of moving people away from flood zones, the Administration has proposed to weaken rules to protect us from flooding. Now thousands of residents live in low lying and flood prone areas, putting communities at risk during the next storm.  This weekend Hurricane Joaquin will arrive on the East Coast which could be a potential threat for across the state. While the NJDEP has rolled back protections, Rutgers found at the Jersey…
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Flood Resiliency Project Forgets About Climate Change

Flood Resilience Project Forgets About Climate Change NJ: The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is looking for community input for their $230 million flooding resiliency project for three cities in New Jersey. The proposed RBD-Hudson River project would encompass all of Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City. They will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 24. The project hopes to address flooding and improve resiliency in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Sierra Club believes that this project is incomplete because it does not include how to deal with climate change and its consequences. “The state’s focus in urban areas does not look at the real impacts from Sandy, sea level rise, and storm surges.  Sandy was a disaster along…
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Lindenwold Teen Arrested in Threat Against Pope

Camden, NJ: Teen Arrested in Threat Against Pope is from Lindenwold Federal law-enforcement sources acknowledged Tuesday that a Camden County teenager was charged last month with plotting an attack against Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia, but they downplayed the seriousness of the threat. The 15-year-old from Lindenwold, whose name has not been disclosed, is accused of viewing ISIS propaganda over the Internet, making overseas contacts online, and receiving information on building explosives through social media, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The purported plot was more "aspirational" than fully formed or imminent, they said, and they questioned the teen's mental health and ability to carry out his plan. Share More: 
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Drone Bot Works Flys Into Bell

Holmdel, NJ: The 2015 DroneBot Works, drown and robot conference,  flys at Bell Works on September 17th. The latest in technology and innovations gathered along with several speakers. Homdel, NJ:—Experience the latest in drone and robot technology that the region has to offer. NJ Tech Council is hosting the DroneBots Works Conference at the former Bell Labs facility now being renovated by Bell Works on Thursday, September 17th . The drones and bots will be flying and roaming about the million square foot space. Nothing short of a work of visual art, where technology's latest creations will soar about, this is the event you don’t want to miss. In addition to extended demonstrations of drones and robots, this conference will have…
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Atlantic City Miss America on Deflated Pro Footballs, Brady Cheated

Atlantic City, NJ: Miss America Pageant contestant on US National Football New England Patriots Football team Deflated Footballs, Miss Georgia said, "Did he cheat? That's a really good question. I'm not sure, I think I'd have to be there and see the ball and feel it and make sure it was deflated or not deflated. If there was a question there, then yes, I think he cheated." Share More: 
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9/11 Survivor Tree

We all know exactly where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. Events shape our lives—personal events, family events, professional events, world events.  They shape who we are, what we value, and how much we care.  After September 11, 2001, none of us who witnessed what happened in New York, Washington DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania will ever be the same. At the 9/11 Memorial, I heard firsthand the story of the “survivor tree”—the only flowering pear tree among the 400 swamp white oak trees planted at the plaza. When debris was being removed from the site in the months following the 9/11 attack, they found a charred stump that looked dead.  Richie Cabo, a horticulturist with the Parks Department,…
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9/11 Memorials 2015: Walk with Joe

Patrick“Joe”Driscoll, a Manalapan resident for 35 years, was killed on September 11th, 2001, aboard United Airlines Flight #93 in the attack on America. A great athlete and outdoorsman, Joe was heading to Yosemite National Park in California for his annual hiking trip when terrorists hijacked Flight # 93. Joe and his wife Maureen were looking forward to celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary that year. He was a father of four children and had five grandchildren. As a member of the US Navy, Joe served during the Korean War. He graduated from the New York University School of Engineering and earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Joe retired from Bellcore as Executive Director of Software Development. As…
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September 11, 2001 Remembered across the Nation

Hamilton, NJ 9/11/2015: Hamilton Police monument to fallen first responders at Veterans Park 9/11 Memorial. Photograph by Stanley Brick (C)2015. Jersey City, NJ 9/11/2015: Jersey City’s Riverfront 911 Tribute displays a twisted steel beam draped with an American flag. The New York skyline stands tall with the Freedom Tower and beams of light representing the World Trade Center Twin Towers glowing in the evening skyline. Photograph by Stanley Brick (C)2015.
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New Jersey American Water Granted New Rates

Cost of Water Service Remains Less Than a Penny a Gallon; Sewer Rates Formula Also Adjusted to Provide Relief to Some Customers VOORHEES (September 11, 2015) The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) today approved new water and wastewater rates for New Jersey American Water, effective September 21, 2015. The new rates represent a $22 million annual increase in water and wastewater revenues for New Jersey American Water. The cost of water service for the company’s customers remains less than a penny a gallon. The average bill for a customer using 6,000 gallons of water per month will rise from $ to $, an approximate three percent increase. Since New Jersey American Water’s last rate adjustment in May of…
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EPA Addresses Stormwater Concerns with DEP

Sierra Club , NJ: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has written to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over their concerns with the proposed changes to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules. Their concerns have coincided with many of those of the Sierra Club. The EPA’s concerns include changes to pollution permits, stormwater discharges, anti-degradation requirements, Municipal Stormwater Plans, Category 1 streams and Special Protection Water Areas, and other requirements of the Clean Water Act. “This letter from the EPA is an alarm bell going off that clean water in New Jersey is at risk. What the EPA is saying in their soft-spoken bureaucratic way is that New Jersey citizens should be concerned about water pollution and…
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Drone Halts Ocean City-Middle Township Football Scrimmage

Cape May, NJ: A football scrimmage between Ocean City and Middle Township high schools on Sunday was halted when a drone hovering overhead came within yards of players' heads, NBC10 reported. Referees postponed the scrimmage for nearly 20 minutes, the station said. A 911 call was placed to police, who arrived after the drone had left, according to the report. But hazy guidelines over drone usage means police may not have been able to do much had they found the drone and its operator. Use of unmanned, radio-controlled helicopters equipped with cameras has risen, driven by technology advances and increased affordability of drones. This is leading to new incidents throughout the country and South Jersey -- on the ground and…
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NJ Aided in Hurricane Katrina Response

  The New Jersey State Police assisted in the response to Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. The category 5 hit New Orleans, Louisiana, from August 23 through August 31, 2005 and killed between 1,245–1,836 people.   It was the costliest natural disaster, $108 billion, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Winds reached 178 miles per hour. Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as its levee system failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city and large…
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Body Camera Directive for Police

  NEWARK via ACLU NJ:– The Statehouse today announced an initiative to equip the New Jersey State Police with body-worn cameras, and provided state funding to help municipal police departments purchase the cameras. “The use of body-worn cameras will bolster trust and better provide for the safety and protection of residents and officers alike," Christie said. The announcement included the release of a 24-page directive (PDF) to law enforcement from Attorney General John Hoffman that spells out policies and practices for the use of body-worn cameras. Following is a statement attributable to Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ, about the use of body-worn cameras and the law enforcement directive: “The Attorney General directive released today on police use of body…
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Media Station cautions staff: ‘Don’t go live’ if unsafe

In the wake of the horrific murders of a Virginia TV reporter and her cameraman that played out on live television, on-air reporters at one Boston station are being told to go straight to police headquarters if they feel like a broadcast may turn violent, according to one veteran journalist…. Share More:  graphic via facebook
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DEP NEW INTERACTIVE FLOOD WARNING MAPS

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NEW INTERACTIVE FLOOD WARNING MAPS FOR PASSAIC RIVER BASIN MAP DETAILS SIX-MILE STRETCH OF RIVER RUNNING THROUGH WALDWICK, HO-HO-KUS AND RIDGEWOOD IN BERGEN COUNTY TRENTON - The fourth in a series of online, interactive flood-preparation maps designed to aid emergency management personnel and to inform residents in the Passaic River Basin about flooding events in real time has been launched, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The Ho-Ho-Kus Brook Flood Inundation Map, covering a 6-mile span of the river in Bergen County's Waldwick Borough, Ho-Ho-Kus Borough and Ridgewood, is the fourth map designated for the Passaic River Basin in response to recommendations made by Governor Christie's Passaic River Basin Advisory Commission. The map was developed…
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New Interactive Flood Maps Will Not Protect Us from Flooding

The Administration has released new interactive flood-warning maps for the Passaic River Basin; however they have failed to implement updated flood maps and proposed to weaken flood rules in our state. The tool is designed to aid emergency management personnel and to inform residents at the exact time of a flood. Though it can be a useful tool, unless the Christie Administration addresses flooding and base regulatory decisions on the maps, flooding will get worse for the Passaic River Basin. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club released the following statement:   “These maps are like the computer game Sin-City. While New Jersey has been hit by flood after flood, the NJDEP has been weakening protections for flooding. The interactive…
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