While it’s the shortest month of the year it often feels like the longest but for the second straight year February was much more like a lamb then a lion.

Last year we set a record for the month in New Jersey with an average statewide temperature of over 39 degrees and we will be in that range this February.  Just as important for those of us who detest winter there was a little bit of snow earlier in the month but nothing major. In past years February has produced some monster snow storms, especially around President’s weekend.

We have had our share of rain with more on the way which will not help the growing and I do mean growing pothole problem that is plaguing our area roadways.  Route 37 in Toms River which was once a pleasure to drive on is now loaded with potholes and in some spots better suited for off road vehicles.

On an unrelated note, in the wake of the school shooting in Florida this month police and school officials will obviously have to take every threat seriously.  In Lakewood yesterday that caused two schools to be placed on lockdown after a student sent a threatening email to the police department.

It turned out to be a hoax and the 17-year old was caught and charged with creating a false public alarm and making terrorist threats.  That’s not enough.

I would very much be in favor of immediate legislation that toughens laws against fake threats, even if done so by a juvenile.  The chaos that is caused is not to be taken lightly and a message needs to be sent that actions like those of yesterday will be dealt with in a swift and strict manner.

Way off subject but worth noting.  In the opening round of the NJSIAA Girls Basketball Tournament Tuesday night Brick Memorial outscored Kingsway 21-2

in the fourth quarter to rally for a 49-43 victory.  Shaunna Bruker led the 15th seeded Mustangs with 16 points as they beat the #2 seed in South Jersey Group 4.

That’s what we call an upset.


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