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The Barnegat Light singer placed second on ‘The Voice’ and is hunting a record deal

Adam Levine’s secret recipe for “The Voice” breakout Matt McAndrew? “Whole milk and pizza,” the skinny Barnegat Light singer deadpans. 

Seriously? McAndrew laughs and says that while Levine did want him to bulk up — “He didn’t want me to look small on camera” — the best piece of advice the Maroon 5 frontman and “Voice” mentor gave him was this: “Have fun and take it seriously, but not be like nervous wreck. The people who have the most fun are the ones who end up winning.” 

McAndrew placed second to country singer Craig Wayne Boyd, but he still rode the top of the iTunes charts and was considered a frontrunner for most of the season. Not bad for a kid who claimed he used to be “terrified” at the thought of performing in front of anyone. 

“Maybe this comes across in my performance and everything, but I guess I take it pretty seriously, it’s sort of like an intimate thing to share with someone,” he says in an interview this afternoon with NJ Advance Media. “It feels like a commitment to me.”


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Amanda PonzioOcean County jail 

BARNEGAT — A 35-year-old woman threatened teenagers in her neighborhood with a r…

Barnegat woman accused of waving rifle at children

A Barnegat woman who allegedly threatened a group of children with a rifle was arrested Wednesday afternoon on weapons and other charges, police said.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock gets contracts for 22.5 miles of Jersey Shore beach replenishment

The country’s largest dredging company was awarded $210 million for two major coastal projects at the Jersey Shore, and for deepening the Arthur Kill.

The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation will dredge millions of cubic yards of sand offshore, and pump it up on approximately 22.5 miles of beach for berms and dunes, the company announced Monday.

The first, $58 million project is for a 10-mile stretch of beach from Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet, which includes Ocean City, Upper Township and Sea Isle. The second, $128 million project is 12.5 miles of coastline from Long Beach Island and Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Harbor Inlet. The two projects have $25 million in potential options above those costs, the company said.

“The berms and dunes that Great Lakes will build will help to fortify the coast, protect the communities along the New Jersey shore and reduce future damage,” said David Simonelli, the company’s president of dredging operations.

Another contract awarded to the company is a $25 million award to de

Craig beat out Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, and Damien

Odds were on Matt McAndrew, the pure-voiced, genre-spanning singer-songwriter from Barnegat Light, to win the seventh season of “The Voice,” but honkytonk sin…

This outpouring of support for Matt McAndrew is not only pride for a talented former student who wasn’t always confident about his musical abilities, teachers and administrators say. it’s also a message to other students that they can expect that fever pitch from the school when they shoot for their dreams, they say.

STAFFORD — Before students at Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township got their usual announcements and pledge of allegiance over the public address system on Tuesday morning, they got their typical instructions for the day – with a twist.

Besides the customary announcement that they had one minute to get to their homerooms, they were reminded of something that’s become more pressing these past couple months: they had four hours to vote for Matt McAndrew in the finale of ‘The Voice’ airing live Tuesday night.

Not that that would be the only reminder the students would get on Mondays and Tuesdays before the talent show aired later those nights since October. Posters were tacked up on the walls at school, students wore T-shirts supporting their 2008 alumnus, teachers scrawled on their blackboards th

Marine Academy students concerned over threats from cars, boats and pet-seekers

MANAHAWKIN — The slow and steady efforts of students at a New Jersey shore environmental science school to protect turtles are …

The Barnegat Light singer is one of four finalists competing tonight on ‘The Voice’

It was the middle of Matt McAndrew’s senior year at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, practically the point of no return when it came to college applications, when his mother overheard him talking to a friend: “I guess I’m not going to college.” 

The next day, Brenda McAndrew rang his guidance counselor, and before he knew it, Matt, who had been playing the guitar since he was 11 but had only sung in the public for the first time the year before, was auditioning for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, recounts Kathleen Cornelius, one of Matt’s high school advisors.

The other students had portfolios, professional head shots; Matt had only his guitar. He was asked to take his mark on stage; not knowing what they meant, he wiggled around a bit and said, “Am I there now?”

He walked away from the audition with a Rising Star scholarship, the only one given out.

Tonight the Barnegat Light singer-songwriter competes on the finals of “The Voice,” his confusion over his future long since transformed into the q

Barnegat woman charged in shoplifting

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — A Barnegat woman was arrested Friday for shoplifting about $309 worth of merchandise at the Kohl’s Department Store in Stafford Township, police said.

Funding threatens project to aid Barnegat Bay

Money might stand between the Barnegat Bay and new policies that would improve its health, threatening to halt a soil restoration project that was first proposed in a 10-point plan by Gov. Chris Chris

Craig Wayne Boyd and Chris Jamison were also ushered into the finale for ‘The Voice’

Matt McAndrew, the Barnegat Light singer-songwriter who has electrified “The Voice” this season, has made it to the finale, along with Chris Jamison, the R&B-inflected pop singer with a killer falsetto, and Craig Wayne Boyd, the self-assured honkytonk country singer.

The nine ousted finalists performed again tonight for a fourth slot in the finals; host Carson Daly will announced the mystery finalist Wednesday morning on “Today.”

McAndrew becomes the third New Jersey singer in a row to make it to the finals, after Christina Grimmie of Marlton, who was the second runner-up earlier this year, and Jacquie Lee of Colts Neck, who placed second last year.

Here’s my quick take on tonight’s nine performances; voting is open until 3 a.m.:

Team Blake

Reagan James, “Put Your Records On,” Corinne Bailey

Several lanes are blocked throughout Ocean County due to flooding from the storm.

OCEAN COUNTY – Several lanes are blocked throughout the county due to flooding from the storm.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning and wind advisory that is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday. A wind advisory is also in effect until 4 p.m.

Long Beach Township police reported heavy flooding on portions of Long Beach Boulevard, closing the roadway. Vehicles will be detoured to the back roads, police said.

There is a five-mile delay on the Garden State Parkway northbound, north of the Toms River toll plaza to Exit 90, according to the state’s Department of Transportation website.

All lanes on Route 9 northbound at Cross Street in Lakewood are also closed due to emergency construction from a sewer main break, the DOT reported.

The following lane and road closures are reported by the state’s Department of Transportation around 9:45 a.m.:

Lavallette: One lane may be closed on Route 35 northbound south of Washington Avenue due to flooding.

Barnegat Township: One lane may be closed

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