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Toms River is Party Town Saturday, and everyone's invited. The township's Semiquincentennial celebration takes place in Huddy Park, starting at 11 AM, rain or shine. Stay with WOBM for any details of last-minute moves indoors to Town Hall, just across Water Street.

Shawn Michaels

Long Beach Island home owners lose a round in their battle to steer clear of the coastwide beach replenishment project. Appellate judges today dismissed their claim that the state has no authority to take private property for it, and they added that public access could be a requirement. Owners of about 24 properties are involved in the court challenge.

A former Asbury Park police officer becomes a fugitive, as his trial continues without him in Freehold Keith German of Tinton Falls is accused of cooperating with gang leaders who terrorized the city, in exchange for their help in stalking a woman who turned him down.

The controversial solar energy farm project on the grounds of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson gets a green light in court. It entails clearing about 15,000 trees. A judge struck down environmentalists' claims of inconsistency with the township's master plan.

Lakewood High School's football program survives for the next academic term, while district officials sort through multiple budget obstacles. The Township Committee is supplying $84,000.

Deep blue water of artificial lakes in quarry sites look tempting on a hot summer day, but they're no place to take a dip. Manchester police take a zero-tolerance stand with people who ignore the "No Trespassing" sign at its Heritage Minerals tract. Authorities say that the sandy edges offer no support, and that ankle-deep water can suddenly become a 60-foot plunge into icy conditions and the likelihood of drowning.

No injuries, but gunfire during the opening night of the annual Meadowlands State Fare in East Rutherford has police on edge. Several suspects are under arrest, and charges are pending.

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