As we think about the hard working men and women who keep us safe every day in Ocean County, something struck me yesterday while I was grabbing lunch and I thought it was a perfect opportunity for a friendly competition.
From a week-starting range of nearly 20, the number of beach closures monitored by the Ocean County Health Department winnows down to five, with no new entries - plus, for the first time this week, no swim advisories.
Sunshine returns, and beaches again fill with swimmers and sun worshipers. Before taking a dip, be aware of high bacteria counts that have some beaches monitored by the Ocean County Health Department either closed or under swim advisories.
Following the pattern set in Toms River, South Toms River, Pine Beach and Ocean Gate in deference to the October 31 Toms River Halloween Parade, Beachwood officials shift trick-or-treating one day earlier, to Friday, October 30.
Unfathomable setbacks that have befallen a young Pine Beach - including the mother's sudden descent into illness and death - family inspire a massive effort to help the surviving father and sons rebound.
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