92.7 WOBM News – Flash Briefing May 22
Are a few weekday's worth of showers a fair exchange for barbecues, ballgames and parades throughout Memorial Day Weekend? Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow predicts showers today, tomorrow and Thursday, and then a mix of sun and clouds with temps in the low 70s Friday and Saturday. Some rain Sunday offers a breather before some sun returns Monday.
Memorial Day weekend is the start point for the heart of Ocean County's tourism season. Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, the county's tourism liaison, says that his focus is on middle-class families looking for an inexhaustible supply of inexpensive family enetertainment and educational experiences. See the extensive menu at the Ocean County Tourism web page.
Extended, and heavy, rains both present a constant flood threat to home owners along the Jersey shore's back bay regions, ever since Superstorm Sandy dropped tons of silt into the waters and marshes almost five years ago. Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora says a solution can't wait until the Army Corps is ready to address it in three or so years. He's crafted his own plan, which is gathering steam on the state and federal levels, and which he says is fully fundable through grants.
Investigations continue into the Sunday fatal offshore crash at the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix. David Raabe of Forked River lost his life, and James Byrne of Nutley sustained critical injuries when their craft crossed the path of another racing vessel. The Offshore Powerboat Association has not responded to a request for comment. Below is video of the New Jersey State Police medevac helicopter dispatched to the scene.
An NJ Transit ticket agent is accused of forging rail tickets, selling them, and pocketing the cash. Essex County investigators allege that John Davey took ticket stock from the New Brunswick station, created the passes with a thermal printer, and forced passengers to his window by placing "No Cash" signs on ticket vending machines. Davey has been with NJT for 29 years.
Today through June 4, if you neglect seat belts in the car, expect to be written up. Thirty-two police departments in Ocean, Monmouth and Burlington Counties are among 375 statewide taking part in the Click It Or Ticket safety campaign. Those departments are using grants from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. You can be sure that all the other departments are also on the alert.