Two girls who jumped into the surf at crowded, unguarded Bradley Beach today likely owe their lives to bystanders who also jumped - into action. Witnessses reported that the Tinton Falls 14- and 11-year-olds were not hospitalized, and that their parents were beachside. Municipal lifeguard posts traditionally end when Labor Day weekend concludes. Island Beach State Park keeps lifeguards on the stands each weekend for the rest of September.

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Hurricane Irma hits Category Five in the Atlantic, on track to hit the Caribbean by midweek and, possibly, parts of Florida by the weekend. Sustained winds are spinning at 175 miles per hour. Hurricane warnings have been activated in the Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.

Shorebirds who flocked to Belmar with contributions for Rockport, Texas on Labor Day are giving the storm-damaged town a financial boost. Mayor Matt Doherty said that the exchange of donations for free beach access raised more than $56,000.

The unsolved March of a Maple Shade mom and son returns to the front burner. The FBI and Burlington County investigators are posting a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the deaths of Sasikala Narra and her son Anish. They'll reveal details at the Fox Meadow apartments where the family lived.

New Jersey's first Eastern Equine Encephalitis fatality of 2017 is a five-year-old, unvaccinated mare in Cumberland County. State agriculture officials say that the death was reported August 28. The mosquito-borne disease swells and inflames brain tissue. Horse owners, farmers and breeders are urged to ensure that EEE and West Nile Virus inoculations are current.

A fire in a construction trailer in Stafford, that touched of a propane tank explosion that left a New Jersey Forest Fire Service worker hurt, is under investigation. Police said that the state worker was treated on site after the Monday afternoon blast on the Clayton Block grounds.

Drivers, time to re-awaken those back-to-school instincts that help prevent tragedies. AAA Mid-Atlantic urges you to be especially wary of youngsters heading back and forth to school on foot, approach parked cars with caution, stop for school buses with their red signals flashing, and heed the speed limits in school zones.

Small business owners have an opportunity, right now, to tell the US Small Business Admnistration what works, and what doesn't, in helping commerce grow. Comments given to SBA become part of a white paper headed to President Trump. The agency hopes to maximize efficiency and response and to cut red tape.

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