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When voters go to the polls next Tuesday, they’ll be asked whether they support a Constitutional amendment dedicating a portion of the state’s corporate business tax to create a steady stream of funding to preserve open space

A proposal to use part of the state’s corporate business tax to pay for open space preservation has environmental groups and lawmakers divided over whether other environmental initiatives will be sacrificed or diluted.

When voters go to the polls next Tuesday, they’ll be asked whether they support a Constitutional amendment dedicating a portion of the state’s corporate business tax to create a steady stream of funding to preserve open space.

That sounds like a no-brainer, but the devil is in the details, say Gordon MacInnes, executive director of New Jersey Policy Perspective and Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club.

A Democratic-controlled state legislature in August passed a bill proposing the funding stream as a way to avoid the state’s traditional way of paying for open space preservation: borrowing money.

Tittel says that&

My Small Biz: Black-Eyed Susan's Florist in Barnegat Township

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A Barnegat man who allegedly caused a fatal September crash was driving high on heroin, police said Sunday.

Kenneth BusardoKenneth Busardo, 27, of Barnegat, was charged with vehicular homicide in a fatal crash last month, authorities said. Ocean County Jail 

LACEY – A Barnegat man who allegedly caused a fatal crash in September was driving under the influence of heroin at the time, police said Sunday.

Kenneth Busardo, 27, was arrested at around 10 p.m. on Sunday at his home and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane, police said.

On Sept. 18, Busardo was driving northbound on Route 539 around 6 a.m. when his car crossed into the southbound lane and struck a Chevy Cavalier driven by Suzanne Kessler, 54, of th

The box jellyfish found earlier this week is capable of delivering an extremely painful, but not deadly, sting

jellyfish.jpgA 2008 file photo of a jellyfish in the water at Cattus Island park in Toms River.Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger 

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Jerry Meaney walked to the end of Baltimore Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach Tuesday, looked down at the Manasquan River and spotted something dangerous in the water.

“As ugly as it was, it was actually quite beautiful,” Meaney told the Asbury Park Press about what’s believed to be a nasty stinging jellyfish. The Point Pleasant retiree said “it was a little frightening to look at, thinking I don’t particularly want to swim with that thing,”

The sea creature is believed to be a box jellyfish — an exotic species with a severe sting, said P

Sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Squad, the Monster Dash 5K is in its fifth year and keeps on growing.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH —When her friends decided to throw Alycia Hoffman a bachelorette weekend bash, they made sure the Monster Dash 5K in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday would play a big part in it.

“She’s a gym teacher so she loves to run and she loves Halloween, so we made this the start of her bachelorette weekend,” said Lauren Pfluger of Lacey, who is soon to be Hoffman’s sister-in-law.

And the costume of choice? Hoffman, a Lacey resident who works in the Jackson school district, was the bride – but one of the living-dead variety. And her four friends, decked out in sequence gowns, were her zombie bridal party.

For much of the course, Hoffman’s half-dead bridesmaids carried the train of her ripped bridal dress in preparation for the Jan. 17 wedding.

Sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Squad, the Monster Dash 5K is in its fifth year and keeps on growing, said Chet Nesley, chief diver of the squad’s dive team.

“It was a cool idea and no one ran

Nelson Sanabria-Flores, 41, of Lakewood, was arrested after he was observed going through an unlocked car parked at 500 River Ave. shortly before noon on Thursday, said Detective Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith.

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A retired Toms River High School North teacher and another man were charged with sexually abusing a teenager for several years, authorities said Thursday.

TOMS RIVER – A retired township teacher and another man were charged with sexually abusing a teenager for several years, authorities said Thursday.

Raymond Waters, 63, and Allen Harbatuk, 68, both of the same Hillsborough address, were charged Wednesday with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

A 10-month investigation revealed that Waters, who was the teenager’s art teacher at Toms River High School North, started abusing the victim in 2002, and continued for years, authorities said. The victim was a freshman student when the abuse started, authorities said.

Waters introduced the victim to Harbatuk, who also began sexually abusing the teenager, authorities.

Harbatuk is accused of sexually abusing the teenager when he was 14 years old and continued until he was 17 years old, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The sexual abuse occurred in both T

The 38-pound feline, Rocky, was captured around 7:15 Wednesday morning in trap placed by animal control around, Stafford police Cpt. Tom Dellane said.

An Ocean County woman’s pet bobcat has been caught after its …

In a trip to the beachfront in Brick on Tuesday, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said all of the major work on the steel wall along 3.5 miles of the two towns is nearly completed.

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Ginny Fine’s 38-pound bobcat, Rocky, is on the loose again, according to a published report.

STAFFORD — An Ocean County woman who was given one more chance to take her pet bobcat home may now be in danger of losing him for good.

Ginny Fine’s 38-pound bobcat, Rocky, is on the loose again, according to a published report.

Capt. Thomas Dellane told the Asbury Park Press that a neighbor on Fine’s Beach Haven West street called police Tuesday morning to report the feline was on the run.

Fine was granted permission in September to take custody of Rocky after she made renovations to her home, ensuring the bobcat wouldn’t run away.

She was informed that if Rocky gets out one more time, he’ll never be allowed to live in her house again.

On Tuesday, animal cont

Another Jersey singer advances on “The Voice”

Never has “You’re No Good” been so prophetic. On the second-to-last night of the battles rounds on “The Voice,” there was one major clunker — the Linda Ronstadt classic — and a couple of home run performances, including an emotional “Yellow” by Barnegat Light singer and guitar teacher Matt McAndrew, who moved through the next round.

Adam Levine used both his steals tonight, beating out Gwen Stefani both times, while Blake Shelton buzzed in for one of Gwen’s rejects. Only Gwen has a steal left coming into the final round of battles Tuesday night.

Team Adam with mentor Stevie Nicks

LAX shootout survivor Damien vs. single mother Kelli Douglas, “Knock on Wood,” Eddie Floyd: Adam and Stevie have concerns about both singers’ lack of confidence, although you wouldn’t know it from Damien’s performance — he exudes confidence, whereas Kelli is stuff. They both add some new licks to the classic. Blake says Damien just has more “explosive voice,” but he also admires Kelli’s warmth. “I have to be honest,” Gwen tells Kelli, “I was so distracted by your body.” Blake: “Dreams do come

The town is full of seashore history: Two railroads once ran through it, there was an early Great Atlantic & Pacific food store, even an opera house

IF YOU GO

Unshredded Nostalgia
323 S. Main St. (Route 9)
(609) 660-2626
unshreddednostalgia.com

The Barnegat Historical Society’s Heritage Village, which consists of seven buildings and structures, is open the first Sunday of each month, from
1 to 4 p.m. Visit barnegathistoricalsociety.com.

There’s Barnegat, the bay, and Barnegat, the lighthouse, and Barnegat, the toll plaza on the Parkway.

This story is about none of them.

Instead, it’s about Barnegat, the town, one of the Shore’s great little secrets, a blink-twice-and-you’re-out-of-it hamlet between larger, more commercialized Manahawkin and

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