Tremors run through the financially-distressed Lakewood school district, with delivery of tentative layoff notices to an estimated 140 teachers and staffers. The Lakewood Scoop reproduced a copy of the letter that also notifies recipients of the next Board of Ed meeting, Monday, May 8. Requests for response by phone and e-mail to Superintendent Laura Winters went unreturned.

Empty Classroom In Elementary School

Hundreds of dead fish lining the banks of the Navesink River in Red Bank pose a conundrum for New Jersey environmental officials, who are examining specimens. The river's water quality underwent several downgrades after a 2005 study that revealed pollutants. A spokesman suggests that they evaded a predator and ran out of oxygen.

New Jersey drinking water fares poorly in a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council - which cited more than 1,100 federal violations in 2015. A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection responded that every instance either has been, or is being, corrected.

If a family member was hooked on opiates or heroin, would you know? And if so, what would you do? Learn the signs of addiction and find recovery resources in two upcoming forums in Toms River: Thursday, May 4, at the Ocean County Library; and Tuesday, May 9, at Ocean County College. Admission to both is free of charge.

Joe Piscopo abandons his quest to be New Jersey's next governor, throwing his support to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. In one month, primary voters will decide the major-party combatants for the November election.

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