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TOMS RIVER - Jersey Central Power& Light and Ocean County officials mend fences mowed down by Hurricane Irene. Freeholders say that JCP+L plans to improve its communication flow during natural disasters that lead to power outages. Board director Joe Vicari estimates that Irene left about 66 percent of JCP+L’s Ocean County ratepayers in the dark. He says that company President Don Lynch has agreed to work with state utility regulators and the League Of Municipalities.

BARNEGAT - Vandals tear through three Barnegat schools and leave an estimated $2000 worth of damage. Police say playground equipment, trailers, and outer walls at the Collins, Brackman and Horbelt schools were drenched with spray paint during the weekend. Anyone with information that can help the probe can call Detective Maryann Cerulli - 609-698-5000.

BARNEGAT - Two Barnegat 19-year-olds are charged in the looting of two township homes. Police have charged Dylan Kennedy and Anthony Siculietano with last Wednesday's burglaries. A refrigerator motor and air conditioner were reported stolen and police day copper piping was ripped from behind walls. Both were placed in the Ocean County Jail.

WEST LONG BRANCH (AP) -- Monmouth University will be the new home for nearly 15,000 documents associated with Bruce Springsteen. The books, concert programs, magazines and newspaper articles had been kept at the Asbury Park Public Library but the collection became too big to stay there.

TOMS RIVER - If you're planning to vote in the November 8th election this year and aren't registered to do so, your deadline is today. Voter registration can be completed at the Ocean County Clerk's office on Washington Street in Toms River. To register, you must be a u-s citizen, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the county for 30 days prior to the election. For more information, call 732-929-2018.

WOBM AM 1160 and 1310 and WOBM.com present a live debate among the candidates for Toms River on Wednesday at 7PM moderated by WOBM News Director Tom Mongelli. Ask a question of the candidates by joining our interactive blog at WOBM.com.

FREEHOLD - Ex-Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo and two men who worked for him say they're innocent of bribery and other charges stemming from an alleged jobs-for-cash scheme in his office. Spicuzzo, Darrin Di Biasi and Paul Lucarelli pleaded not guilty in Freehold Monday. A judge says that unless they change their pleas, they'll face trial by January.

TOMS RIVER - Where did more than a ton of auto parts go? Toms River Police are probing a weekend heist at the Quick-Cash on Route 37. Investigators say suspects used the rear yard to take used batteries weighing more than three-thousand pounds, plus 200 pounds of alternators and another 200 pounds of starters. No one is in custody.

TOMS RIVER - Toms River Police again beat the drum for securing your valuables. Police say someone entered an unlocked car at Bay Lea Park between 2:30PM and 3PM Sunday afternoon, taking a gold purse containing credit cards, a $50 gift card and eight dollars cash. The investigation is still open.

TRENTON - The Atlantic County man convicted of witness tampering and theft related to an arson and insurance fraud scheme in 2006 begins his 11-year sentence. State Attorney General Paula Dow says that appeals ran out for 61-year-old Samuel Siligato of Hammonton October 7. Siligato collected $180,000 from First Trenton Insurance for a 1998 commercial building fire in Camden County that investigators determined to be deliberate.

ASBURY PARK - Clarence Clemons fans will hear the Big Man in time for Christmas. Two holiday songs recorded by the E Street sax player will be released at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park November 18th. He died at age 69 in June. Headlining the release party is the Nick Clemons Band, fronted by his son Clarence Clemons The Third.