Memorial Day parades and observances take place in nearly all of Ocean and Monmouth County's municipalities, with special commemorations being undertaken by American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Our web page has the full rundown.

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Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's weekend forecast offers a mostly sunny, dry start for the weekend, with increasing clouds and stronger chances of showers by Sunday into Monday. See his outlook and his daily Beach Report here.

Ocean County's biggest tourism booster, Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, visits Shawn and Sue to kick off the shore's biggest time of year to attract visitors and generate revenue. He exudes confidence in the County's ability to entertain, indoors and outdoors, equal to anything to be found in cities and more costly resorts.

"We have a planetarium at Ocean County College. We have an aquarium at Jenkinson's. We have the most coastline in the state of New Jersey, 44 miles," Vicari bragged.

The shore's newest bear sighting is in Middletown. The report reached police Thursday night from the area of Nut Swamp Road - apparently with no human encounters and no damage. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife keeps a list of bear safety tips on its web page.

A vintage 'Vette and its Toms River owner are reunited after three months apart - and the Howell Township man who allegedly separated them is under arrest. ThomasMcNiece allegedly took the 1977 Chevy model - and its trailer - from a Toms River parking lot in February.

A likeness of the syringe-brandishing thief who held up a Jackson service station attendant last Sunday night has been issued by police. They hope that the artist's sketch will jog someone's memory and lead to an arrest. The victim said that the vial contained an unidentifiable fluid.

How about a free cuppa joe, to keep your senses sharp on the long weekend drive? They're serving it up, midnight 'til 5 AM, Saturday and Sunday at the Frank S. Farley Service Area on the Atlantic City Expressway. HMS Host revives its Safety Break every holiday weekend.

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