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Forest fire burning in Berkeley, Beachwood

app.com — BERKELEY - A forest fire is underway near in the area of Fisher's Pit near the Berkeley and Beachwood boundary, said Russ Fenton, acting assistant division forest fire warden for the state's Forest Fire Services division. Fenton said the fire started at approximately 12:15 a.m.
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What's going there? Toms River building record-storage facility for $1.2M

app.com — Later this year, Toms River Township will open a record-storage facility for $1.2 million on land that it already owned on Church Road near North Bay Avenue across from its Department of Public Works. The 4,000-square-foot building, which will include an optional 1,000 square-foot space for potential expansion, will feature high-density shelves, minimal lighting and temperature-humidity controls to help preserve the documents.

Levels of child poverty hold steady in state, report says

app.com — TRENTON - While families' median incomes rose in 2012 after three years in decline, an annual report about children in New Jersey says levels of child poverty still aren't dropping in most places and child-care options have been shrinking in all but a handful of counties.
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NJ in ‘critical fire weather area’ today

blogs.app.com — Preventing outdoor fires is crucial today, with a red flag warning in effect until 8 p.m. in New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service. And that includes proper disposal of "smoking materials," according to the weather service Mount Holly Office.

Less is more: Monochromatic gardens bloom with class, simplicity

app.com — W hat is a garden? Well, it's yoga for the eyes of course. "With scent and color, it's very, very soothing," says Todd Thompson, who owns Guaranteed Plants and Florist in Middletown. "It's sort of instant gratification when you're weeding things or pruning things, to see that evolve.
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Johnson & Johnson's execs upbeat as NJ company recovers from stumbles

app.com — NEW BRUNSWICK - It has paid billions to settle lawsuits. It has begun to restock shelves with some of its best-known brands. It has rebuffed suggestions from Wall Street that it should break up. Now, Johnson & Johnson is poised for growth, Alex Gorsky, chairman and chief executive officer, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting Thursday.
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Johnson & Johnson's execs upbeat as NJ company recovers from stumbles

app.com — NEW BRUNSWICK - Johnson & Johnson is seeing little backlash from consumers as it returns its name-brand drugs to the market, the company told shareholders at its annual meeting Thursday. After its McNeil subsidiary was forced to shutter a major manufacturing plant that had fallen into disrepair, the company said it has brought back 75 percent of consumer products such as Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec.

Press' Summit for Success for Asbury Park schools set for tonight

app.com — If the old African proverb holds true, it takes a village to raise a child. That proverbial village - from parents and students to Shore area businesses and nonprofits - will gather Thursday night on a mission: to improve Asbury Park children's chances for success.

Brookdale told it must change, or face big cuts

app.com — Brookdale Community College's board of trustees has warned the school's administration to stop using surplus funds to balance the budget or face substantial changes - including a restructuring of staff and course offerings. The warning, which board of trustees chairman the Rev. Brian T.

Budget group wants NJ Transit to take over PATH

app.com — A New York Citizens Budget Commission study suggested Thursday that NJ Transit should take over the PATH rail system to eliminate a potential $500 million deficit and finance it by raising fares to $4.50 per ride and increasing sales and property taxes in five counties and the central Manhattan business district.

Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse beats Red Bank Catholic

app.com — After winning last year's Shore Conference Tournament, but losing several seniors this season to graduation, it was no surprise that Rumson-Fair Haven head coach Amy O'Keefe and her team may have felt a little slighted being ranked No. 2 behind No. 1 Red Bank Catholic in the Asbury Park Press preseason Top 10 poll.

J.R. Smith helps launch First Tee of Monmouth & Ocean Counties golf course in Lakewood

app.com — The patch of land near the entrance to Ocean County Park sits less than two miles from the Lakewood Community Center, where J.R. Smith first picked up a basketball as a 5-year-old.
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Fabulous find: $5,500 stone fountain glams up greenery

app.com — PRODUCT: Classic Four-Tier Estate Fountain by Frontgate. WHAT IT IS: A 5-foot-tall, four-tier cast stone fountain for a front courtyard or lawn. DETAILS: Revel Brown stain, 700-gallon pump with 18-foot black cord, weighs 1,382 pounds, professional assembly required.

More than a million: Rumson home has two-story foyer, first-class features

app.com — Have an appetite for a quality home with plenty of yard and space to roam free? Indulge in the amenities at 32 Bellevue Ave. in Rumson, a property that sits on 1.64 acres. The custom colonial revival home has six ensuite bedrooms, with eight full bathrooms and one half bathroom.
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