A coastal flood advisory stays in effect until 1 AM Friday. Be on the alert for high-standing water on shoreline roads, especially at high tide, which occurs at about 8:30 PM at the ocean, about 1:30 AM on Barnegat Bay.

Just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, New Jersey beaches get high marks for shoreline conditions and water quality from environmental researchers and state officials. At Wednesday's State Of The Shore event in Long Branch, Dr. Jon Miller of Stevens Institute of Technology credited a very mild winter. NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin reinforced weekly water quality testing.

Seven Presidents Park Beach in Long Branch (Monmouth County Park System)
Seven Presidents Park Beach in Long Branch (Monmouth County Park System)

But will the good times last through Atlantic Hurricane Season, June 1 through November 30? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 named storms, five to seven of them hurricanes, and as many as four hurricanes greater than Category Three. Experts cite the lack, or weak presence, of El Nino.

After a protracted process that involved a court battle, new business is finally scheduled to rise on Brick Township's former Foodtown acreage on Route 70, vacant for more than a decade. The developer paid $5,000,000 for the property, and plans to split it into a privately-owned recreation center and stores.

The Eatontown drug-store robbery suspect who allegedly shot at cops while escaping has a June arraignment date for a seven-count indictment reached today in Freehold. Convictions for armed robbery and attempted murder would place Aaron Riley at risk of 20-year prison terms for each. He also faces five lesser counts.

United Airlines amends its customer policies to avert a repetition of the situation that led to the forceful ejection of a doctor from a plane in April, but its overbooking procedure is unchanged. A shareholder board member said that the company's focus has shifted to a request by the Trump administration to ban electronics from flights, stemming from a new threat involving bombs disguised as laptops.

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