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Locals share Super Bowl memories — They form the personal highlight reel from the pinnacle of a professional career, the mental snapshot all framed within the greatest sporting spectacle there is. They are the moments frozen in time that linger long after a player's appearance in a Super Bowl, from the behind-the-scenes incidents and on-field encounters, to the emotions in the immediate aftermath that range from pure elation to unfathomable despair.
Jan 30, 2015

Super Bowl memories last a lifetime for local players. Great behind-the-scenes stuff on big game via @AsburyParkPress

Jan 30, 2015

Edelson: Super Bowl memories last a lifetime for local players

Shore Boys Basketball: Stats after Jan. 28 — Week 7 in Shore Conference boys basketball is halfway over and here are the latest stats for individual players in the Shore Conference this season. See where your favorite player ranks among the best STATISTICS FOR THE 2014-2015 SEASON SCORING (Minimum of 8 games played) REBOUNDS ASSISTS STEALS BLOCKS FREE THROWS Minimum of 70 percent and 50 attempts 3-POINTERS 51 - Barry (RFH); 41 - L.

Board backs union in Taj Mahal benefits fight — The National Labor Relations Board is siding with the casino workers' union in a federal court battle over health care and pension benefits for employees of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Is Obamacare's Medicaid pay too cheap for doctors? — Scroll to the end of the story to see how New Jersey Medicaid enrollments have soared 31 percent this year alone. A temporary bump in Medicaid payments under Obamacare helped lower-income patients get more access to primary care doctors, a recent study found. Now that the pay hike is gone?

Brick priest sentenced for groping — A Brick priest was sentenced Friday to two years on probation for groping a woman in 2012. Rev. Marukudiyil Velan, better known as "Father Chris" to parishioners at Church of the Visitation in Brick, told Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney that he was innocent before the judge placed him probation and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric examination.

Devils, Jim Dowd to honor '95 Stanley Cup Championship team — The 20th Anniversary of the New Jersey Devils 1995-96 Stanley Cup Championship is upon us, and Jim Dowd is set to help the Devils honor that team. Since retiring from the professional ranks in 2008 after 17 national hockey league seasons, Jim Dowd has had some time reflect upon on a career path that even a great novelist would have difficulty penning.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Tanman35: Great article on the devils and those teams I hated. Some local guy named dowd too.…

Jim Shorts: What is the 'Cake Boss' hiding? — Last weekend, we headed to Carlo's Bakery in Red Bank as Buddy Valastro and staff celebrated the store's one-year anniversary. Valastro, aka the "Cake Boss," was on hand to partake in the festivities and give out free cake to fans and patrons. His desserts have become a worldwide phenomenon.

Shore Conference boys basketball standings as of Jan. 29 — The Shore Conference boys basketball division races resumed on Wednesday after two days of inactivity due to the snowstorm earlier in the week. The Shore Conference boys basketball division races resumed on Wednesday after two days of inactivity due to the snowstorm earlier in the week.

Chris Christie stock goes up with Mitt Romney exit — Romney told supporters Friday that he had "decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee." Mitt Romney's decision to bow out from a potential 2016 presidential campaign moved Chris Christie's stock up Friday.
Jan 30, 2015

The value of Romney endorsement for Christie, Bush? Top fundraiser: "Almost like chicken soup. It can't hurt.''

Hockey Roundup: Shan, Pica lead Toms River North past East (Jan. 30) — Catch up on the night that was in Shore Conference Hockey. In a rematch of the 2014-15 Toms River Mayor's Cup Tournament Final Toms River North's Colton Shan delivered a hat trick and assisted on three more goals as the Mariners (8-7-2, 4-5-1) topped the Raiders (5-9-0, 4-7-0) in this Class A-South meeting.
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Think you know the Super Bowl? Take the quiz — By now, even the most casual fan has learned that Marshawn Lynch is interesting only because he refuses to say anything. Richard Sherman? He talks all the time and provides far more insight to the Super Bowl than Tom Brady, who figures to spend the game trying his best to avoid throwing to him.

Pick the Super Bowl score and tell everyone — Want everyone to know that you can accurately predict the result of Super Bowl XLIX? The Asbury Park Press is giving you that opportunity. Send your prediction of the exact score and winning team to with "Super Bowl prediction" in the subject line and your name and prediction in the body of the email by 11:59 p.m.

@ISSUE: For blacks, one step forward, another step back

Asbury Park beer garden opens tonight — Sauerbraten, schnitzel and pretzels - oh my! Something exciting is under way in Asbury Park. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, the much-anticipated Austro-Hungarian beer garden from James Avery and Jennifer Lampert, is getting closer to officially opening its doors. The restaurant and beer garden will serve Austro-Hungarian fare and dozens of beer varieties.

Menendez opposes lift of Cuban travel ban — Legislation to lift travel restrictions for Americans who want to visit Cuba as tourists will face a strong opponent in Sen. Robert Menendez. The New Jersey Democrat, the son of Cuban immigrants and the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he opposes legislation announced by a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday.

Julianne Moore talks Ocean County flick, Oscar nod — With a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination before her new film has even hit wide release, Julianne Moore sounds pleasantly surprised by the awards season success of "Still Alice." "To win an award for a movie and it wasn't even a year ago that we finished it and it hasn't been released, hardly, I was like, 'Are you kidding me?

Horseshoe crab picks Patriots — Without a moment's hesitation, Christie the Horseshoe Crab at Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach picked the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLIX. Christie, a long-time year resident at the Aquarium, has taken over the prognosticating duties from Luseal, a visually impaired harbor seal who has gone 1-for-4 in picking the winner over the last four years.
Jan 30, 2015

Christie the Horseshoe Crab picks Patriots, gets interview tips from Marshawn Lynch via @AsburyParkPress

Jan 29, 2015

Thanks to the @JenksBoardwalk Aquarium for making Christie the Horseshoe Crab available for the #SuperBowl pick.

Jan 29, 2015

RT @SteveFeitl: This is phenomenal: Christie the Horseshoe Crab picks Pats to win Super Bowl via @oswaldapp #SB49

Jan 29, 2015

Of course this could be rigged. Horseshoe crabs are native to New England... And Seahawks eat crabs... #SuperBowl49

Jan 29, 2015

I love that the crab took over #SuperBowl prognosticating duties from a seal that had gone 1-for-4. #SBXLIX #patriots

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Save money with preventative care — You were in for a sore throat, so why did your doctor ask you to step on a scale, ask you about your depression and take your blood pressure? Expect more of it.
Jan 30, 2015

Horizon BCBS says new insurance model has lowered costs by 4 percent. via @AsburyParkPress

Fox News poll: Romney leads with GOP folks, Christie near the bottom — Mitt Romney leads the pack with 21 percent when it comes to the GOP nomination for president among self-identified Republicans. The new Fox News poll has Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in second place followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, both with 11 percent, and former Florida Gov.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @bobingle99: Fox News poll: Romney leads with GOP folks, Christie near the bottom: Mitt Romney leads the pack with 21 perce...