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Bill Signed to Improve Communication With First Responders

US Rep. Donald Payne Jr.'s bill to ensure that the federal Department of Homeland Security and first responders can talk to each other became law Monday. President Obama signed the measure, the DHS Interoperable Communications Act, into law, the White House announced. Under the bill, Homeland Security would have to take steps to ensure that communications systems and those of first responders such as police and fire departments be compatible. "The Department of Homeland Security does not have in place the policies and procedures necessary for successful communication among its components," saud Payne, D-NJ. "This makes it impossible for the department to fully carry out its mission of protecting our nation against disasters and threats. And it is why the…
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Cyber Attacks Atlantic City

Cyber-Attack Hits 4 Atlantic City Gambling Sites State and federal authorities are investigating a cyber-attack on four Atlantic City online casino gaming sites, which were apparently targeted by a hacker who promised more disruption unless a ransom was paid in Bitcoin, officials said Monday. NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck said the attack was launched Thursday, before the long July 4th holiday weekend, and continued through Sunday. "At least four casinos were impacted and experienced downtime," he said. "We're continuing to monitor." He said the four internet websites were the targets of a so-called "distributed denial of service," an attack that "floods" a network with information, rendering it inoperable. He said the attack lasted approximately 30 minutes. According…
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TEAM USA DEFEAT JAPAN TO WIN WWC Soccer

Former Monmouth University standout Christie Rampone and the United States Women's National Soccer Team captured the 2015 Women’s World Cup with a resounding 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday in Vancouver. Rampone, the team’s captain since 2008 and a member of the National Team since 1997, has now won two WWC titles. The team’s incredible performance in the final included four goals in the first 16 minutes. The US is now the most successful team in the history of the World Cup with three titles, breaking a tie with Germany. Rampone is currently the second most-capped member of the USWNT with over 300 caps, and her appearance in this WWC made her just one of two Americans to appear in…
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“Patriot’s Palette”

Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen A patriot’s palette comprises more colors than red, white and blue. A vast array of tones is a testament to true devotion to country. A Coast Guardsman in South Jersey shows his true colors and patriotism through the gift of art, a talent he considers a hobby. Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Lacy, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, has created a work of art that will adorn the boat station’s walls for generations to come. He calls it chart art. “It’s a pretty traditional practice amongst units to have an artist do chart art,” said Lacy. “It’s typically done by a painter. They’ll take the…
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NJDEP Cuts Flood & Water Quality Protections

The NJDEP has proposed changes to weaken the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, Coastal Zone Management Rules, and Stormwater Management Rules.  These changes are essentially loosened water and habitat protections and will be detrimental to New Jersey.  These rules do not look at the frequency of storms, storm surges, or climate impacts.  Sierra Club urges members, supporters, and concerned citizens to submit comments and speak out against the rollbacks to water protections before the comment period ends at the end of July.   “In a state that has been so devastated by flooding, these regulations are not only outrageous, but dangerous.  These rules will cause more flooding, and put more people and property in harm’s way.  This is the…
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Princeton Battlefield State Park Buy Out

The Historic Princeton Battlefield State Park when the original tree stood. Photo by Stanley Brick (C)Copyright. The DEP Green Acre’s program has announced an acquisition of a addition for Princeton Battlefield State Park. The park was the location of the Battle of Princeton during the Revolutionary War. The property directly borders the main battlefield site and consists of slightly rolling land and a series of connected ponds and streams that drain to stony brook. The site will eventually have access for visitors to utilize and will bring the park to a total of 80 acres.   Jeff Tittel, Director of the Sierra Club, released the following statement: “We are glad to see that the DEP Green Acres decided to buy this…
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving Honors

 Tpr. Echeverri, Tpr. Brooks, Tpr. Corrales, Tpr. Dabrowski This past Friday, law enforcement officers from throughout New Jersey were honored by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for their commitment in DWI enforcement and arrests of impaired drivers. These four troopers from Netcong Station received a MADD law enforcement distinguished service award. These dedicated troopers are patrolling day and night, removing impaired drivers from the road, ensuring that the citizens of New Jersey travel to and from their destinations safely. As we embark upon the Independence Day weekend, we urge drivers to make good decisions. Have a designated driver or make arrangements to get a ride home if you plan to drink. The last place you want to end up this…
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List of Potential Terrorists Grows With Arrest of West New York Man

The list of potential terrorists in northern New Jersey grew Monday with the arrest of a Hudson County man whose brother recently left the United States, allegedly to join the Islamic State. Alaa Saadeh, 23, a US citizen, was picked up at his home in West New York Monday morning and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, also known as ISIL. At a brief hearing in federal court in Newark, he was ordered held without bail. Until recently Saadeh lived in Fort Lee and, prosecutors said, conspired with Samuel Rahamin Topaz, also of Fort Lee, who was arrested on June 17 on similar charges. Saadeh's brother, whose name was not disclosed, is under arrest in Jordan on…
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SEC Hunts Hackers Who Stole Corporate Emails to Trade Stocks

SEC Hunts Hackers Who Stole Corporate Emails to Trade Stocks. US securities regulators are investigating a group of hackers suspected of breaking into corporate email accounts to steal information to trade on, such as confidential details about mergers, according to people familiar with the matter. The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked at least eight listed companies to provide details of their data breaches, one of the people said. The unusual move by the agency reflects increasing concerns about cyber attacks on US companies and government agencies. It is an "absolute first" for the SEC to approach companies about possible breaches in connection with an insider trading probe, said John Reed Stark, a former head of Internet enforcement at the…
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Renewable Energy Coalition Rallies Statehouse

NJ Statehouse. Trenton. Director of the NJ Sierra Club Jeff Tittel speaks as the Renewable Energy Coalition rallies at the Statehouse Annex to support clean energy, call for action against polluting, and dangerous fossil fuels. NJ Sierra Club Press Release: Trenton, NJ- Today, hundreds of people came to the Statehouse to lobby and rally for legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy.  Over 40 environmental, labor, religious, community, and citizen groups were also opposing pipelines, oil trains, proposals for LNG terminals, and fracking.  The groups called for action by the Governor and Legislature against this onslaught of dirty, dangerous, unneeded fossil fuel projects as they threaten our drinking water, open space, ocean, property values, communities, and neighborhoods; exacerbate the…
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Business PAC of NJ holds a Central Jersey Legislative Reception

Trenton, NJ: The Business PAC of NJ holds a Central Jersey Legislative Reception at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple Thursday 6/24/2015.  The event has many sponsors including Archer & Greiner , Axeon Specialty Products, Ballard Spahr LLP, Bayada Home Health Care, Blue-PAC, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co., Burton Trent Public Affairs, LLC, Campbell Soup Company, Campbell’s Express Inc., Cardolite Corporation,Coalition for Insurance Professionals PAC, Cooper Levenson, PA, Duane Morris Government Strategies, DuPont, EFO the Realtors PAC, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Express Scripts, FedEx PAC, Flemington Car & Truck Country, Food Council Committee for Good Government, Fuel Merchants Association of NJ, Greater Atlantic City Chamber,HDR, Inc PAC., ICSC PAC NJ, IMPAC, IEW Construction Group, Inc., JEB PAC State Fund, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, Key-Tech Laboratories, Management & Government Resources Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc., Michael Baker Jr., Inc., MICRO, MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, Mondelēz Global, LLC, MWW Group LLC, New Jersey CPA PAC, New Jersey Farm Bureau, NJ…
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DEFEND NEW JERSEY INFRASTRUCTURE FROM CYBERSECURITY THREATS

Trenton, NJ – Ensuring that the 21st century threats against New Jersey’s cyber and digital security are met with 21st century solutions and a coordinated, prepared response across government and with the private sector, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 178 creating the State’s first-ever New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) within the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “Cybersecurity is not just a national issue – it’s a local one that demands shared responsibility, collaboration, and constant vigilance across industries and sectors, especially in a digitally-dense state like New Jersey,” said Governor Christie.  “Our interconnectivity is one of our state’s strengths, but it’s also increasingly a threat for those who would seek to disrupt or harm people in our state. Through the NJCCIC,…
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Boardwalks Beaches Gallery’s Eats Ready

Asbury Park, NJ: The boardwalk is open and shops at Historic Convention Hall are exhibiting contemporary and historic fine art, clothing, postcards, and a wide array of beach accessories at the Asbury Galleria. Wall Art lines the  gallery walls. Framed Canvas Giclee's are a premium find. Jewelry and even Asbury Park decals. Food and beverage businesses are also open and rated at above the average seacoast standard.
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Prevention of Targeted Violence

Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (IEPHS) and NJOHSP hosted a presentation by the Secret Service to discuss "Threat Assessment and the Prevention of Targeted Violence in K-12 Schools" at Rutgers University. NJOHSP Director Rodriguez, Rutgers IEPHS Director Clifton Lacy, and Carl Agnelli, Acting Special Agent in Charge at the Secret Service Newark Field Office, all gave welcoming remarks and applied insights from homeland security initiatives to protect K-12 students from violence.
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