A New Jersey State Trooper has a narrow escape on Route 195 in Howell Township. Authorities said that a squad car was hit this morning, and that the officer needed hospital attention, but that he'll recover. It is near the spot where State Trooper Marc Castellano was hit by a car while responding to a stranded-driver call in 2010. His death from resulting injuries led to New Jersey's Move-Over Law.

New Jersey State Police vehicle
New Jersey State Police vehicle (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

One sign of economic recovery in New Jersey that police find encouraging is the gradual resurgence of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programs. Ocean County Undersheriff Rick Bergquist says that municipal leaders are opening space in town budgets more frequently, and donations are rising after a nearly 10-year drought. He estimates that 125 school districts are furnished with DARE officers.

The death of a dolphin that washed up on the beach in Spring Lake Sunday wasn't recent, or startling, say researchers at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. They note that ti's common this time of year, and that many die of ailments or old age at sea.

US Postal Service workers will leave reminders in mailboxes this Wednesday, asking you to set aside some nonperishable food on Saturday. The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive takes place nationwide. Ocean County mail carriers hope to amass 30,000 pounds of food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune.

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