New Jersey's second small-plane crash this week occurs in Eagleswood, and this time the pilot survives with only minor injuries. Police did not disclose the identity of the solo flyer whose antique Stinson dove into a tree, about a mile from Eagle's Nest Airport. Two days ago, two died aboard a Lear jet that crashed in Carlstadt.

Antique Stinson single engine plane in a tree after crashing in Eagleswood (Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy)

Eight million dollars in advance aid from New Jersey's Department of Education saves 127 jobs in the Lakewood school district. Imminent layoffs in the $15,000,000 budget crisis affected 108 teachers and 19 staffers. It isn't clear how the aid will affect the 2017-2018 budget.

With New Jersey communities again under the gun to create or convert living space for affordable housing obligations, state lawmakers in the shore's 30th district craft a bill to revive Regional Contribution Agreements (RCA). Assemblyman Sean Kean contends that RCAs give urban centers needed cash to place housing near mass transit, and help suburbs avoid sprawl that would threaten environment, health and expenses.

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