Friday, April 26, 2013
Play around with our searchable database of New Jersey baby names from 1910 to 2011, with data courtesy of the Social Security Administration.
"The Boss" was born during the heyday of New Jersey's infatuation with the name Bruce, according to Social Security Administration Data on baby names. Springsteen — born in Long Branch on Sept. 23, 1949 — entered this world in the early stages of New Jersey's Bruce craze, which lasted from about 1947 to 1956. Between 500 and 650 boys were given the name Bruce annually during that period, more than at any other point in New Jersey history. The name remained relatively popular into the early 1960s, but has gradually fallen from popularity in spite of Springsteen's lasting legacy. Whitney Houston, on the other hand, was born at a time when her name was nearly unheard of in New Jersey. When Houston was born in Newark in 1963, she was one of …
Monday, November 5, 2012
What the first devestating week looked like from my Mantoloking Road vantage point
It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy hit and like many others, we still have no electricity at my house off Mantoloking Road. Our neighborhood is humming with the sound of generators, but I’ve been worried about the silent households ever since the temperatures dropped. In the past week, I (like you) have seen a lot, starting with a house strewn in the middle of Gale Road. A homeowner there said it washed across the bay and through the marsh onto his low lying street—a street that still reeked of diesel fuel on Thursday. Homeowners were shoveling thick, smelly muck from their driveways like it was snow that day. They thanked me for stopping and listening, even though that’s all I did. My brother-in-law lost most of his belongings in a …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Monmouth U., Brookdale and Georgian Court also closed
Due to weather conditions, Ocean County College in Toms River is closed Monday and Tuesday. Also, Georgian Court University, in Lakewood, and Brookdale Community College, in Middletown, will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. "If possible, residents should vacate on Sunday," Georgian Court states on its website. Monmouth University is also closed Monday and Tuesday. Ocean County College officials said they will decide tomorrow whether to close. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College are closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Rowan University, and Rider University are also closing Monday and Tuesday. An open house at Rider on Sunday is canceled. Rutgers University is still open; its website does not …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Search our interactive database to see how much your neighbors gave to Obama and Romney.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Patch has created an interactive database so you can see how much your neighbors are donating to the presidential campaign—and to which candidate they’re writing their checks. We’ve included communities across New Jersey, so if you want to see what the campaign contributions in nearby towns are like, go right ahead. The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports, and is current through July. The data will be updated in mid-October.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Rulemaking authority would still go to municipalities, with caveats
Following numerous rounds of public comment that took place within the past year, state officials on Monday formally proposed a slate of revised beach access rules that they say represents a compromise between a number of stakeholder groups. The plan would still allow municipalities – rather than the state – to develop local beach access plans, though the municipalities would be required to include both day and night public access to the shoreline. Municipalities would also be required to hold hearings on the access plans before they could be formally adopted and approved by the state. Last year, the Department of Environmental Protection held numerous public hearings on a Christie administration initiative that would have put several …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Think your town's ocean beach has the softest sand, the most exquisite natural beauty or the coolest clientele? The polls to New Jersey Sea Grant's annual online survey asking beachgoers where they most like to plant their chairs and blankets opened at 12 noon Tuesday. The prize: prestige, of course. Everyone wants their town's beach to be declared the best. The results of the 2012 New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches Survey will be featured during the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium's annual State of the Shore Media Event on Thursday, May 24, just before the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season. But while this year's vote has been separated into specific categories – best beaches for a family vacation, a day trip or …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New Jersey's governor is giving his State of the State address, outlining his goals for 2012.
Governor Chris Christie delivered his "State of the State Address" to the 215th Session of the Legislature and New Jersey residents at 3 p.m. Tuesday. In his address, Christie outlined his goals for the coming year and what he has accomplished his first two years in office. In his speech, he touched on hot button issues of education and pension reform and called for a 10 percent state income tax cut. For more details on Christie's speech, read our wrap-up article here. Patch live blogged the speech from 2:30 to about 5 p.m. You can read the minute-by-minute updates with commentary from Huffington Post Political Reporter John Celock in the attached blog. If you missed the live chat and want to leave a comment, please do in the comment …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Hurricane conditions expected within 36 hours
As Shore residents dealt with a hurricane warning, home and boat preparations and calls to evacuate, a meteorologist has said the worst of Hurricane Irene's wrath will come during the day on Sunday. The monster storm has weakened just a bit, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Its winds have decreased from 115 to 105 m.p.h., but forecasters are secure in its track that will eventually bring it to New Jersey. The hurricane center released an advisory at 11 a.m. Friday stating that computer models are now in "good agreement" on Irene's path. "The worst of the impacts at the Jersey Shore are going to be from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Sunday," said Meteorologist Steve DiMartino, of NYNJPAWeather.com. "We're looking at a storm …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
National Guard mobilized
Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irene just before 1 p.m. today, urging a voluntary evacuation of shore areas. In a news conference at State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center, he urged tourists to abandon their plans for a weekend trip to the Jersey Shore and for residents to instead immediately focus on hurricane preparedness. The forecast track of Hurricane Irene will cause significant impacts regardless of its exact course, forecasters from the National Hurricane Center warned in an update released at 11 a.m. Thursday. The state of emergency mobilizes the National Guard to address the hurricane preparedness.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Where will you be fishing for summer flounder on Saturday?
In one of the great portrayals of journalism Hollywood has ever put out, the Stars and Stripes team patrolling Vietnam in Full Metal Jacket has to be one of the best. In explaining the meaning of the Tet holiday, one Marine Corps journalist said to another that it was like "Christmas, New Year's and the Fourth of July all wrapped into one." Here in New Jersey, anglers look at the start of fluke season much in the same light. It's Christmas as we're getting the gift of another season, New Year's because (let's face it) the year revolves around fishing and the Fourth of July because, well, it's a day to celebrate our God-given right to fish. Of course, Uncle Sam never wanted for us to be that free. There is an 18 inch minimum size limit and…