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DEP Adopts Dangerous Coastal (CAFRA ) Rules – putting our Coast, First Responders, at Risk

ATLANTIC STRONG: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has just adopted the new Coastal Area rules. These rules open up our coasts for more development without the consideration of sea level rise, putting more people in harm’s way. There is no program to do resiliency or restore natural systems. Instead of looking to strengthen coastal protections and encourage more regional planning we end up with more loopholes and waivers, weakening coastal protections instead of strengthening them. “These new coastal rules are shameful. The DEP, instead of working to protect our coast, has opened up our coast for more development. These rules create new loopholes that are going to put more people and property in harm’s way. The DEP…
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16 Flights Hit by Laser Pointers; 1 Pilot Injured

Four more flights in the region were hit by laser pointers Thursday night, including one in which a pilot was injured, officials said, after a dozen flights were targeted on Wednesday. "Four commercial aircraft pilots reported that lasers illuminated their aircraft when they flew over New Jersey and Pennsylvania last night," the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Friday. "The events occurred between 9 and 10:30 One pilot reported an injury." The FAA did not specify the type of injury suffered by the pilot of a FedEx cargo jet hit by a beam just after takeoff at about 2,000 feet in the air, six miles southwest of Newark Liberty International Airport. Such incidents have been known to cause temporary…
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Springsteen Appears at Asbury Park’s Wonder Bar

Asbury Park Strong  from the Wonder Bar / facebook. Bruce plays a magical night appearing unscheduled at Asbury Parks Wonder Bar. Bruce Springsteen appears at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park 7/18/2015. Thousands of fans were surprised by the unplanned concert. Asbury Park is one of New Jersey's best historic places to visit.  Photos via Facebook by Joe Lewin
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NJDEP Gives Major Set-Back for PennEast Pipeline

NJDEP Gives Major Set-Back for PennEast Pipeline   PennEast Pipeline has been hit with a serious setback by the NJDEP. The DEP comments to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) stated they cannot evaluate land use permits with such a dismal survey rate. In addition, they stated that PennEast should complete surveys before filing application to FERC and that PennEast should submit a draft EIS to NJDEP before filing. The Department stated that PennEast must obtain easements or rights to the land along the proposed route prior to submittal of application. These comments show the importance of keeping surveyors off of private  PennEast Pipeline is 110 mile pipeline that will bring natural gas from the Marcellus Region of Pennsylvania through Hunterdon and…
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CSIS, Lawmakers Launch Cyber Task Force for Next President

The next president won’t take office for another 18 months, but there is already a task force to advise him or her on the critical job of improving the nation’s cybersecurity. The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ panel, comprising technical experts on each coast, plans to issue recommendations for executive action to the next president. The task force has bicameral and bipartisan backing: Its co-chairs are Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (), ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, and Rep. Michael McCaul (RTexas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Each of the task force groups is interested in looking at key cybersecurity issues like encryption, said James Lewis, a CSIS senior fellow who helped lead a…
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17 Year Old Found Guilty of Joining Militants

Austria 7/16/2015: A court in Austria has sentenced a 17-year-old boy to 2 and a half years in prison for joining the Islamic State group. The Vienna regional court found Oliver N. guilty Wednesday of participating in a terror organization and incitement to terrorism. The boy, whose full name wasn’t released in line with Austrian privacy rules, had traveled to Syria last year and claimed to have worked as an ambulance driver collecting wounded ISIS fighters. Prosecutors said he also spread ISIS propaganda videos online. Presiding Judge Alexandra Skrdla said there was insufficient evidence to prove that the boy had actively taken part in combat. The boy’s lawyer, Wolfgang Blaschitz, said his client had turned his back on jihadist ideology…
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NJNG Soldiers Reunite with Families

  Buses carrying Soldiers with A Company, 2-113th Infantry, New Jersey Army National Guard, pass under an American flag on their way to the National Guard Armory in Jersey City, , June 25, 2015, for a welcome home ceremony. The approximately 170 Citizen-Soldiers returned home from a nearly yearlong deployment where they conducted a security force mission in Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. ( Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released)
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Responders Train to Handle Oil Train Derailment

Responders Training to Handle Oil Train Derailment. Dozens of firefighters, police officers and emergency managers in Bergen County are training to handle a potential oil train derailment in a series of drills given this week by CSX, the railroad company that hauls millions of gallons of volatile crude oil through the region. These "tabletop exercises" are the first regionwide drills to address safety concerns about the enormous growth in the amount of crude oil hauled through 11 Bergen County towns on the way to a Philadelphia refinery. The crude oil, from the Bakken rock formation in North Dakota, has been involved in a series of fiery derailments across North America, including one two years ago that killed 47 people in…
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NJ: Gunnison Beach 3rd Best Nude Beach in the US

Sandy Hook, NJ: Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook has many beaches. One beach is Gunnison Beach. It is the largest clothing-optional beach on the Atlantic Coast, has been named the third best nude beach in the by Foursquare. Sandy Hook, NJ is the farthest beach north in NJ and borders the Atlantic Highlands mountain thrust coastal region.
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Turbulent Delaware River stretch led to drownings of mother, daughter while kayaking

DELAWARE TWP. — A small but "very turbulent" patch of the Delaware River capsized two kayaks Friday evening and led to the deaths of a Hunterdon County mother and daughter, authorities said Monday. Doris Rake, 45, and her daughter Kathryn "Katie" Haney, 19, of Raritan Township, were pulled from the river by rescuers, but both later were pronounced dead. "They went over a small area of very turbulent water," said Trooper Alina Spief. "They had their life jackets with them, but neither was wearing them." State Police are continuing their investigation into the accident, which occurred north of Bull's Island State Park shortly after 8:30 on Friday. #incart_most-commented_traffic_article
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NJ Transit to Buy Train Cameras Recommended by Federal Safety Board

NJ Transit's board will vote on a $7 million contract Wednesday to install inward facing cameras in locomotives and rail cars with engineer's cabs. Inward facing cameras have been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board after several train crashes, including the fatal May 12 Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia that killed 8 passengers and injured 200. NJ Transit started the process to buy the cameras earlier this year, prior to the Amtrak crash, said Jennifer Nelson, an NJ Transit spokeswoman. NJ Transit already has outward facing cameras on dual power, electric locomotives and multi-level cab cars. This purchase would also equip the remainder of the fleet with outward facing cameras, Nelson said. The new inward cameras would face crews operating…
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Bomb Threats Force Relocation of a Paterson Summer School Program

Paterson, NJ: About 90 students taking summer classes in Paterson were evacuated to other locations Wednesday morning after authorities received bomb threats against Schools 3 and 8, officials said. City police and the Passaic County Sheriff's bomb squad checked both locations and found no explosives, officials said. The students from School 3 were relocated to the Father English Community Center nearby, while the youths from School 8 went to St. Agnes School, officials said. Classes resumed at those locations, officials said. Sessions will resume on Thursday at the regular schools, officials said.  
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Exercise Brings Heavily Armed Officers Into PATH Stations

Newark, NJ: The attention of many PATH riders was grabbed Tuesday when the Port Authority Police Department's Emergency Services unit carried out a training operation at several New York and New Jersey locations. Decked out in bulletproof vests, helmets and guns, Port Authority police were posted around the stations as part of an enhanced safety program called Operation Safe PATH, which helps both new and veteran Port Authority officers "get acquainted" with the system's various stations and surrounding areas, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. "They circulate throughout Port Authority assets in both New York and New Jersey as part of a program to ensure the safety of the travelling public," said Pentangelo. "That includes emergency service officers that are equipped…
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Denville School Shooter Drill Goes Beyond Lockdown

Denville , NJ:   Rockaway Officer Scott Haigh ripped off his belt and wrapped it around the doorknob on the inside of room B23 at Valleyview Middle School in Denville as others stacked desks, chairs, and tables behind a door to prevent a shooter from entering the room. Haigh, a school resource officer at Morris Hills High School, pulled tightly on the belt, successfully stopping the shooter from getting inside the room. It was a much more successful tactic then the one they tried before, when the classroom occupants hid silently in the corner -- "lockdown mode" -- and the shooter entered without incident, firing freely once inside. The simulations were just a few completed by about 40 area police…
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Report of School Security Task Force

Trenton, NJ – A multi-agency task force charged with studying how to improve school security for students and employees of New Jersey's public schools has issued its final report. The New Jersey School Security Task Force, representing the state Department of Education, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and the Schools Development Authority, as well as four state-level education associations, made 42 recommendations in the report, which was commissioned by the Legislature. "New Jersey has always taken an active role in developing and implementing programs designed to protect our students," said Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe, who co-chaired the 11-member task force with Christopher Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. "This task force…
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Man Accused of Killing 4 People in 2 States Faces New Terrorism Charges

Man Accused of Killing 4 People in 2 States Faces New Terrorism Charges A man accused of killing four people in two states now faces additional terrorism charges in New Jersey. Ali Muhammad Brown now faces a nine-count indictment, including new terrorism charges, for the 2014 murder of college student Brendan Tevlin. Brown also faces three murder charges in Washington State. Brown, who has pleaded not guilty to murder, is being held in New Jersey's Essex County jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 4. Fox News revealed on "Greta Investigates: The Lone Wolves of Terror" on Oct. 24 that Brown, 30, has ties to a disrupted terrorist cell, a terrorist training camp on soil, and federal investigations going…
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New SJG Pinelands Pipeline – New Issues

The Pinelands Commission said that there are many deficiencies in the South Jersey Gas application for their proposal to build a destructive natural in the Pinelands. The letter, issued to South Jersey Gas June 22nd 2015, noted a development violation for one of their proposed existing right-of- ways, does not address problems with stormwater and wetlands impacts, does not include an application for a pumping station, has major impacts on Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species, and could not be considered a permitted use for the Pinelands region. The pipeline would cut through a sensitive portion of the Pinelands region.   “This is still the wrong pipeline in the wrong place with this  new  application. This letter shows is that there are a…
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