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Woman dies in Bloomfield fire

12-10-13
BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a house fire in Bloomfield has claimed the life of a woman in a wheelchair. Police found 65-year-old Esther Utkewicz in her wheelchair at the front door of her burning home on Haines Street Tuesday. She was ...

Local leaders planning for climate effects

12-10-13
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies. Now they're working to plan for sea level rise, ...

PA: Snowy owls struck 5 planes a NY area airports

12-9-13
NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that over the past two weeks five planes at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports have been struck by snowy owls. The agency released a statement Monday saying it is working ...

Jobs vs. environment in Pinelands pipe plan fracas

12-9-13
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The age-old issue of jobs vs. the environment is playing out again. This time, it's in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed ...

Fewer permits issued for NJ’s black bear

12-8-13
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Fewer people have been issued permits for this year's black bear hunt in New Jersey. State fish and wildlife officials say 6,445 bear permits out of a maximum of 10,000 permits have been issued this year. That's a decrease from ...

Search for missing NY boater called off in NJ

12-7-13
CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search off the New Jersey coast for a missing Long Island, N.Y., man whose sailboat was found adrift with no one aboard. The family of 56-year-old Vincent Tangorra of Bethpage says he had ...

Disagreement persists on how to fund open space

12-6-13
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The disagreement continues over how to fund future open space purchases in New Jersey. Sen. Bob Smith, who heads the Senate Environmental Committee, introduced a resolution Thursday that would provide funding for 30 years by ...

NJ’s black bear hunt begins Monday

12-6-13
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's black bear hunting season begins just before dawn on Monday. The six-day hunt will take place in four designated areas in parts of Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic Bergen, Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Hunters, ...
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Environmental Group Says NJ Should Tap Offshore Wind Energy

12-5-13
Environment New Jersey says the Garden State has the highest potential for offshore wind energy and should take advantage now before other states leap to the forefront.
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New Jersey Shore Likely Faces Unprecedented Flooding by Mid-Century

12-5-13
Scientists project Jersey Shore sea level to rise 11 to 15 inches higher than the global average for next century.