Pollution-related swim advisories are lifted at bayfront swim areas Long Beach and Lavallette. A second straight day of testing yielded bacteria levels within New Jersey health and environmental guidelines in the aftermath of Tuesday's rain. Another round of showers is due Friday.

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The prospect of oil rigs off the Jersey Coast prompts state environmental chief Bob Martin to send strident opposition to the Department of the Interior. The federal agency's Board of Ocean Energy Management takes public comment until midnight August 17 before proceeding with plans to lease undersea acreage from Maine to Florida for oil and gas exploration in a five-year plan.

Proposed budget cuts to the same Department of the Interior that's planning Eastern Seaboard offshore drilling, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, draws angry environmental activists and community leaders to Brick Township tomorrow. Shore Representative Frank Pallone (D-6) called for the gathering on a fishing dock in Mantoloking Bridge County Park.

The hunt is on for a thief who looted an unlocked cash drawer in a Jackson convenience store. Police said that he strode straight to the box behind the counter, leaped over the countertop when the manager shouted, and darted in to nearby woods, chased by a resident. See his description in the story on our web page.

Buying special shades to watch Monday's solar eclipse? Beware of knockoffs that leave you risking blindness. Toms River fire official Kevin Esposito urges sky gazers to buy specs that have been tested to meet American Astronomical Society standards.

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson marks Naitonal Rollercoaster Day by setting the world record for rollercoaster pajamas. One hundred-sixty-seven brave souls whipped along the Batman ride for an hour, clad in superhero PJ's - in line with the theme park's DC Summer of Superheroes.

Ocean County's first Little League World Series appearance since 2010 starts Thursday, as the Holbrook All-Stars of Jackson face New England in the tournament opener. Team President Tony Del Vecchio said that he hopes their performance will inspire the township to invest more in its youth baseball programs.

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