If an ocean dip is on the agenda today, use extreme caution. The slowly-departing coastal storm has churned up powerful ripcurrents, and some ocean waves are 10 feet high or more. See his Jersey Shore Report here.

The beach in Ocean City (Ocean City Chamber of Commerce)

Jersey mobilizes for Texas. This morning alongm 12 New Jersey National Guard enlistees took off from the Joint Base this morning to assist in emergency management, Lakewood's Orthodox community sent a truckload of supplies and medical technicians, and the Diocese of Trenton set up a storm relief donation portal on line. Enter this portal for ways that you can help.

Sixteen rest areas on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike will be completely rebuilt or refurbished, using no toll or tax money, Governor Christie announced today. Sunoco and two private businesses plan to spend $250,000,000 for the overhauls, in exchange for 25-year contracts to operate the fuel and food concessions.

The woman who overdosed on heroin inside the rest room at Ocean Township police headquarters will survive, and will face a possession charge. Police said that three applications of Narcan were required to revive Amy Mauer.

An alleged bank thief from Farmingdale risks up to 20 years in prison if convicted of robbing TD branches in Tinton Falls and Wall Township in the past five days. Michael Volek was arrested in a Neptune motel room, only a short while after the second heist on August 28.

Middletown mourns former Police Chief Joseph McCarthy, whose watch ended Monday, one month after his 92nd birthday. McCarthy devoted 36 years to the force and remained active in civic causes long afterward. His family asks that contributions be given in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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