92.7 WOBM News – Flash Briefing May 24
New Jersey State Police tighten security around mass-gathering places and locations considered either volatile or vulnerable, in the aftermath of Monday's concert explosion in Manchester, England. Another arrest took place early this morning in connection with the suicide bombing. Governor Christie ordered flags on state government buildings lowered to half-staff.
The fatal offshore crash of racing boats during Sunday's Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix is on record as an accident, and it can be considered an anomaly. But can it be safer? Borough Mayor Stephen Reid, who engineered the race's revival as a family-friendly event, suggests that every possible precaution is already in place, and adds that it's entirely likely that the occupants of each vessel were unaware of the other craft. Reid adds that any discussion of a return next year will take place only after tragedy's impact has abated for racers, their families, and fans.
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties unveils a new, briefer branding: "Fulfill." Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez says that the new identity more accurately describes a broadening range of services that include tax preparation, mobile food pantries, and assistance to obtain health coverage and social services. The old and new brandings will share space outside the Neptune headquarters on Route 66 for up to two years.
In Jackson, no cause has yet been disclosed in the death of actress Lisa Spoonauer, 44, the star of 1994's "Clerks," which was the breakout production for another shore native, Kevin Smith. He recalled that he was struck by her honesty when they met at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, and called Spoonauer the "chief architect" of the film that rocketed him to fame.