Thunderstorms hit the shore tonight, with punishing winds. A small craft advisory runs through Tuesday, 8 PM, Manasquan to Little Egg Inlets. Forecasters expect sustained southerly winds to 25 knots, gusts to 30, with seas six to nine feet.

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Calling President Trump's executive order to expand offshore gas and oil drilling dangerous, Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Frank Pallone (D-6) vowed to revive the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Act, which would ban Atlantic drilling. They spoke this morning in Belmar.

The President, meanwhile, triggers security drills in New Jersey and New York this weekend as he prepares for the first visits of his term to the area - holding meetings at his Bedminster golf club, and stopping by his lofty digs in midtown Manhattan.

Oceanfronts have all the attention in post-Superstorm repairs. Stafford is one of the struggling communities with bigger worries on the back bays, where flooding is worsening. Mayor John Spodofora is taking a mitigation plan that he crafted up the ladder in the New Jersey Legislature, and it has the full support of State Senator Chris Connors (R-9). You can see all about that, along with advances in veterans' housing and Alzheimer's research, in our newest edition of WOBM'S Ask The Senator.


Funeral services take place this week in Toms River for Nicholas Paggi, the MIT graduate from Bayville who plunged to his death from atop a building at his alma mater. Investigators concluded that he slipped while scaling the structure.

The foundation that commemorates a Jackson teen who died tragically six years ago, now reaches Monmouth as well as Ocean County to provide scholarship opportunties for Jackson high schoolers. The James Volpe Foundation's annual golf tournament, June 26 at Marlboro's Bella Vista Country Club, continues the tradition of granting a new car to the lucky duffer who snags a hole in one.

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