Rain that soaked us for 24 hours begins its exit, but Hurricane Gert,far off in the Atlantic, left a more ominous reminder behind - dangerous ripcurrents that are likely to last through midweek, as sun worshippers and swimmers return to sunny beaches. Swim where lifeguards are posted, and heed red flags that warn against swimming.

John Russo
John Russo (courtesy Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home)

Grassroots vigils for harmony, such as the one that took place in Toms River last night as a response to weekend racial and ideological violence in Virginia, continue at the shore tomorrow in Long Branch, led by Monmouth religious leaders and shore Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6).

A viewing for former New Jersey State Senate President John Russo take place Friday in his home town of Toms River. The Democrat, who rose to the Legislature's top position in the aftermath of the Watergate case and backlash against Republicans, was instrumental in the shutdown of the township's Ciba-Geigy factory after groundwater tozins were traced to the site, and pediatric cancer rates spiked.

A Brick Township couple is accused of manipulating the Lowes Home Improvement Centers web page to amass hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of goods for free, then trying to fence them. Investigators said that Romela and Kimy Velazquez had enough merchandise to fill an 18-foot trailer.

On Wednesday, neighbors of Central Regional High School in Berkeley Township, and drivers passing by, will see a massive turnout of police and emergency responders. The sprawling campus is the site of an active shooter drill, the first of what local officials hope will be an ongoing series to remain vigilant against the threat of terror.

The onetime nursery school aide and summer camp counselor from Red Bank who downloaded child porn at home is sentenced to eight years and a month in prison, and 10 years of parole supervision. James Paroline admitted trawling a porn site under the identity "jimbobtropolis."

Jackson's Holbrook Little Leaguers, Mid-Atlantic Championship in hand, open their quest for World Series glory Thursday in Williamsport PA, facing New England. It's the first New Jersey team since 2010 to reach the finals.

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