A heat advisory takes effect Thursday, 11 AM through 8 PM. Temperatures will range in the 90S, the heat index will hover between 98 and 103, and dewpoints will be in the upper 60s and low 70s. Limit outdoor time, stay hydrated, and be sure that clothes are loose and light. See Towmsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's outlook here.

The late Sarah Stern's family celebrates her life this Saturday in their Neptune City home town, with a display of her paintings and photos in the Neptune Community Center. The teen's former classmate, Liam McAtasney, awaits trial for her murder. The body has never been found.

The father of Barnegat teen baseball phenom Jason Groome is one of three southern Ocean County men arrested on drug charges after a three-month investigation. Jason Groome, Sr., Anthony Brandt and Daniel Wunder area accused of importing and peddling heroin, cocaine, methamvphetamines, and illicit prescription opiates.

A young Marine from Colts Neck, Dan Baldassare, is identified as one of 16 KC-130 passengers killed in Tuesday's crash in Mississippi. The cause of the explosion and crash has yet to be pinpointed. The craft was ferrying personnel, equipment, arms and ammo from North Carolina to California.

Fluke sizes, bag limits and season length set by New Jersey environmental officials get approvals from the Naitonal Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). Anglers in most waters can catch up to three per day, minimum size 18 inches, and minimum 17 inches in Delaware Bay. Island Beach State Park catches must be at least 16 inches, two per day maximum. The season runs through September 5.

The admitted Bridgegate mastermind is sentenced to three years' probation, for his contribution to two convictions that prosecutors secured in the case of political revenge in the form of unauthorized lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. David Wildstein is also ordered to serve 500 hours of community service, and banned from government work.

The cost of shared municipal services becomes easier for towns to bear, under a bill enacted this week by Governor Christie. The bipartisan measure allows local governments to secure emergency appropriations for one-time costs, and lets them spread extended costs over several years.

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