92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: November 20
One quick affordable housing deadline bring two shore nonprofits before the Pine Beach Borough Council tonight. Homes For All and Ocean Inc display individual plans for six units on Washington Avenue, which would satisfy the borough's state requirement.
New Jersey's minimum wage will rise, if Governor-elect Phil Murphy has anything to do with it. The Democrat today joins legislative and labor leaders in a show of support in Trenton. His campaign platform included a phase-in from $8.44 to $15 an hour. Small business advocates immediately slammed the idea.
Apparently blindsided by Murphy's comments during the weekend, shore Congressman Tom MacArthur invited him to either Ocean or Burlington County to discuss taxation issues. Murphy told News 12 that he doesn't understand why MacArthur, alone among New Jersey's House delegation voted for the federal tax reform package sought by President Trump and leading Republicans. He replied that he can't fathom Murphy's plan, which he says involves massive tax hikes.
A report in Lakewood of a house intruder who wore a mask on his face, but kept himself totally unmasked below the waist, spark beefed-up plainclothes and uniform patrols. Police said they are probing several similar reports. Residents Saturday said that he demanded and took nothing but ran when they screamed.
Fire in a Quinnipiac University dorm is traced to a student from Manalapan. Carmelo Fazzolari and a student from Norway are accused of lighting up trash bins and rest room stalls. Both are free on bail in Connecticut, and both are under suspension.
Megan's Law is now international. New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith says that American sex offenders are identified by special passport stamps taking effect this month.
Charles Manson is dead at age 83. The onetime cult leader was convicted of orchestrating a mass ritual murder in Los Angeles in 1969 that took the lives of Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger and others closely associated with director Roman Polanski. He never gained parole.
Also being mourned are longtime country music star Mel Tillis, at age 83, and singer and TV actress Della Reese, 86.