A New Jersey State Trooper has a narrow escape on Route 195 in Howell Township. Authorities said that a squad car was rear-ended this morning, and that the officer was briefly hospitalized.  Nearby is the spot where State Trooper Marc Castellano was hit by a car in 2010. His death from resulting injuries led to New Jersey's Move-Over Law.

New Jersey State Police vehicle (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

The death of a dolphin that washed up on the beach in Spring Lake Sunday wasn't recent, or startling, say researchers at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. They note that many die of ailments or old age at sea.

Leave some food in your mailbox this Saturday, and help someone in need at the shore. The U.S. Postal Service's annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign supplies food pantries nationwide. Toms River mail carriers are collecting for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune.

A Manahawkin mom and son, and a third suspect, are charged with heroin possession after being pulled over on the Parkway in Stafford Township. Christopher and Christine Triandafilous and Nicholas Hoover will have to answer in Ocean County Superior Court.

Ocean County seniors can help create the roster of services they'll receive for the next 12 months. The public hearing for the County's annual Senior Plan takes place Tuesday at the Brick Township VFW on Adamston Road.

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