News from Ocean & Monmouth counties and around New Jersey.

BRICK - Brick Township continues to iron out the structure of the Mayor's salary. The Council unanimously voted this week to limit the pay if the Mayor has a second job, regardless if it's public or private sector work. If passed, it would reduce the salary to $15,000 a year. Mayor Steve Acropolis has voluntarily agreed to take a dollar this year since he's getting $93,000 as head of the Toms River MUA..

STAFFORD - Another Pathmark grocery store succumbs to the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company's attempts to recover from bankruptcy. The Stafford store on Route 72 is one of 14 poor preforming Pathmark, A+P, and Waldbaum stores the company plans to close in four states. A Pathmark in Egg Harbor Township is among those scheduled to close. Foodtown has announced plans to close its Bayville store.

FORKED RIVER - New Jersey military veterans who own or manage businesses will have some help from state officials in learning the ropes for securing government contracts, under a bill that originated in Ocean County and has received the Governor's signature. The Veteran-Owned Business Assistance Act assigns the Treasury Department, Economic Development Authority and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to collaborate on methods to raise awareness and encourage participation among eligible business operators who wore the nation's uniforms. It was created and shephered through both houses by State Senator Chris Connors and Assembly members Brian Rumpf and DiAnne Gove (R-9).

ATLANTIC CITY - As Atlantic City re-invents itself, what should it look like and what should it contain for tourists and for year-round residents? The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority seeks your comments January 18 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, and January 26 at Our Lady Star Of The Sea Church in the city. CRDA officials say that feedback will help them refine the new Tourism District Master Plan. You can also take a web survey and learn more details at

TRENTON - Nine years in prison for a Freehold man who downloaded sexually explicit images and videos of children from the web. 47-year-old John Donahue learned his fate in a Trenton federal courtroom Wednesday after earlier confessing to a receipt of child pornography count. He must also register as a sex offender, spend five years on supervised release and turnover his computer.

BARNEGAT- Three arrest and the seizure of over an ounce of cocaine is the result of an investigation into drug activity in the Barnegat area. Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford says a warrant raid was conducted at a Highland Drive home last week which also led to the seizure of over $2000 in cash and a digital scale. Arrested were Joseph Gibbs of Waretown, as well as Barnegat residents Sarah Sellarole and Ravon Terry. Each faces drug distribution and possession counts with bail set at $50,000.