Ocean City tops NJ best beaches voting

Ocean City has reclaimed its status as New Jersey's most popular beach in an annual voting contest. The Cape May County resort took top honors in the New Jersey Top Ten Beaches contest. It's sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and ...

Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal forecasters are predicting a slower than usual hurricane season this year because of an expected El Niño system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in New York City on Thursday that the periodic ...

Invasive beetle found in Somerset County

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's first confirmed case of an invasive beetle that kills ash trees has surfaced in Somerset County. A landscaper checking unhealthy trees in Bridgewater discovered insect larvae that are the emerald ash borer. The ...

Feds charge 3 men with disturbing Pa. falcon nest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three men on a Philadelphia bridge repair crew are accused of disturbing a nest of peregrine falcons and lying to investigators. The men, who worked for the Maryland-based Liberty-Alpha Joint Venture, face conspiracy, witness ...

Christie picks 2 new members for Pinelands board

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has nominated two new members to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, which voted earlier this year not to allow a natural gas pipeline that his administration supports. New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roorhr and ...

State awards $23.8M contract for steel sea wall

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey firm will get a $23.8 million contract to build a protective steel sea wall in two of the shore communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The state's Environmental Protection Department announced ...

Birds gone, work to resume on water tower

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Workers in a northern New Jersey town can resume painting the water tower after a pair of nesting ravens have flown away. Fair Lawn officials had to put the $1.5 million on hold when a resident spotted the nest on the ...

Jersey shore beaches are in great shape post-Sandy

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Experts say the Jersey shore beaches are in their best shape in years heading into the second summer after Superstorm Sandy. That's due to a massive replenishment project after the enormous storm and some simple good luck: ...

Testing inconclusive, suspected bobcat returned

STAFFORD, N.J. (AP) — A judge has returned a 38-pound feline to a New Jersey woman after DNA testing couldn't conclusively say whether it was a purebred bobcat. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/1oA0Am1) that Municipal Court Judge ...

Rutgers Researcher: Could Cost NJ Up to $9 Billion to Fix Water Infrastructure

Rutgers University Associate Research Professor Dr. Daniel Van Abs says it could cost New Jersey anywhere from $4 billion to $9 billion to fix the over 100-year-old water infrastructures in about 21 municipalities.