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FEMA seeks millions from NJ Sandy victims — Many New Jerseyans, who are still displaced from superstorm Sandy, have received letters from FEMA telling them to get out their checkbooks because the agency gave them too much disaster aid. When Catherine Tango opened the letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late October, she began to panic.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @Erik_Larsen: FEMA wants money back from some superstorm Sandy victims via @AsburyParkPress @jeanmikle @russzimmer

Nov 26, 2014

RT @dpwillis732: Return the money! FEMA says to some Sandy victims via @jmikle @russzimmer

Nov 26, 2014

FEMA wants money back from some superstorm Sandy victims via @AsburyParkPress @jeanmikle @russzimmer

Black Friday scams; don't get fooled — Jackson resident John Wolff makes sure he covers the basics when he's out shopping for holiday gifts. Does he have a receipt? Did he take his credit card with him? When can he return something? "Myself, my family and my wife, are we being smart?" Wolff said. "Are we protected?

The new "white flight" in school districts — As the population of Monmouth and Ocean counties has become more racially mixed in the last two decades, a new form of "white flight" has sent some local schools backward in terms of racial diversity, a review of school data since 1991 shows.

Colorful, mysterious origins of high school nicknames — Doug Wilkins' first season as head coach of the Mountain Lakes High School football team was a mess. The Lakers finished 2-6, and Wilkins decided he needed to shake things up. So he changed the nickname. "We came up with The Herd," he said.
Nov 26, 2014

Ever wonder about the origins of some of the stranger NJ high school nicknames? @NJHoopsHaven did too: #njfootball

APP’s Mikle to document AP music tour on Instagram — Follow APP investigative reporter and music history columnist Jean Mikle on Instagram as she travels for the fourth straight year with Light of Day Europe. The music tour departs Thanksgiving night and has 15 shows over 17 days in 11 countries before its Winterfest hits home in Asbury Park Jan.

Judge halts Lacey Rail Trail road work — A judge halted work Tuesday converting a trail popular with hikers and bicyclists into Lacey's newest bypass road. Critics blast trail to road construction Read: "Critics blast trail to road construction" A Superior Court Appellate Division judge issued a stay on a permit that stops the ongoing road work on a 1.9-mile section of the Lacey Rail Trail.

Family thankful for hope and joy delivered by community — It's going to be a glorious Thanksgiving inside the neat home on the cul-de-sac in Silverton, just beyond the water's reach when superstorm Sandy struck just over two years ago. Jill and Matt Zane can't see how it would be any other way. They understand the battles that lie ahead.
Nov 26, 2014

ICYMI: Local family thankful for hope and joy delivered by community via @AsburyParkPress

Nov 26, 2014

RT @SteveFeitl: ICYMI, here's the story of a family with a lot to be thankful for this year. Fundraiser today! @SteveEdelsonAPP

Nov 26, 2014

ICYMI, here's the story of a family with a lot to be thankful for this year. Fundraiser today! @SteveEdelsonAPP

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LIVE: APP's Panissidi tweets Shore shopping deals — Join APP business reporter Anthony Panissidi for his Shore area shopping tweet-along today! Join APP business reporter Anthony Panissidi for his Shore area shopping tweet-along today! Panissidi, our " What's going there?" columnist, is out at Shore shops this week getting the scoop on the deals businesses and retailers are offering to lure shoppers this holiday season.

Vote: How much Thanksgiving football will you watch? — Thanksgiving is here and that means many things: large balloons invading the New York City skyline, second and third helpings of the stuffed bird and, of course, football. But just as you have to determine how much turkey is too much turkey, how much NFL is too much NFL?

Tilghman’s strong weekend proof he can be a factor for Monmouth — By all accounts, Monmouth University freshman point guard Austin Tilghman played well enough during the preseason to put himself in line for rotation minutes when the Hawks opened the season Nov. 14 at West Virginia. That was the plan, anyway.
Nov 26, 2014

Austin Tilghman has been good for Justin Robinson, who is off to a pretty nice start through for games for Monmouth.

Nov 26, 2014

Austin Tilghman had a strong weekend for Monmouth after a tough debut at West Virginia. Story: (Cc: @jmverlin)

Parkway DWI checkpoint — The New Jersey State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway at mile marker 98 in Wall on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Motorists can expect delays during the checkpoint, in which troopers will be looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Nov 26, 2014

Wall Township Police to conduct DWI checkpoint on Garden State Parkway via @AsburyParkPress

Music reviews: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Finding Fela’ and Love — There's no denying it, folks. The holiday shopping season is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of releases now available for the music lover on your music list. We recently gave some of them a spin.
Nov 26, 2014

Want to win a copy of the @FindingFela soundtrack? Check out my review for all the details!…

Singer Audra Mariel on 'The 1940s Radio Hour' — Audra Mariel is ready to take audiences back in time. The jazz singer, a Colts Neck native, will be lending her smoky voice to a revived production of Walton Jones' musical "The 1940s Radio Hour," which will be staged for a run of seven performances from Saturday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on 'Interstellar' — Spoiler alert: This article discusses plot details of "Interstellar." If you haven't seen the movie yet and want to stay in the dark about its surprises, this piece may not be for you. When director Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" hit theaters earlier this month, inquiring minds wanted to know what Neil deGrasse Tyson thought of the film.

Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at NJPAC — As far as pop culture is concerned, space is the place to be these days. Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" did boffo box office last year on its way to taking home seven Academy Awards, and Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is now loudly wowing cinema-going audiences.

Mantoloking appoints new police chief — Two years after this barrier island town was all but wiped off the map in superstorm Sandy, the Borough Council on Tuesday night named its emergency management operations chief as the top cop in its small Police Department. Sgt. Stacy S.

The Beer Keeper: Thanksgiving Day beer? — Did you ever think of having beer with your Thanksgiving Day meal? If not, host Shannon Mullen offers up 3 unique beers that could change your mind.
Nov 26, 2014

Looking for some beers to pair with your a turkey? The Beer Keeper: Which brews are best for Turkey Day?…

Bill Corbett on comics, Christmas and 'Santa Claus' — Even more than the rest of us, Bill Corbett has Christmas on his mind these days. Corbett, the Brooklyn native veteran of the cult classic TV series "Mystery Science Theater 3000," recently released the holiday-themed graphic novel "Super-Powered Revenge Christmas." And on Thursday, Dec. 4, he and his RiffTrax cohorts, fellow "MST3K" alumns Michael J.

Wednesday's forecast: Nor'easter slows holiday travel — The national weather forecast for Wednesday, November 26th calls for snow from DC to Boston.