N.J. Education Board: Students Must Pass PARCC Before Graduating

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iStockphoto.com | Vergeles_Andrey

The New Jersey Board of Education (NJBOE) voted today to require that all public school students pass the PARCC Exam in order to receive their diplomas.

According to the New Jersey Education Association, the PARCC Exam, which stands for Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a “consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are working together to develop a common set of assessments for grades K-12 in English language arts and math anchored in college and career readiness and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).” Read more »

North Wildwood Considers Changing Name to Anglesea

a shot of the rocky shoreline at the northern tip of North Wildwood

Photo: Dan McQuade

North Wildwood may not be North Wildwood for much longer.

Residents yesterday submitted a petition with more than 100 signatures on it asking for the city’s name to be changed to Anglesea. There are about 3,200 registered voters in North Wildwood.

Anglesea was the original borough on the northern end of the island that contains the Wildwoods. Anglesea Borough was incorporated in 1885, but was eliminated when the Borough of North Wildwood was created in 1906 (the borough became a city 11 years later).

The Press of Atlantic City says residents now consider it a neighborhood on the city’s inlet; the best-known place with the name is probably the Anglesea Pub on West 1st Avenue. Read more »

You Could Now Go to Prison For Feeding Seagulls in Ocean City

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Courtesy Dori via Creative Commons

Feed any seagulls in Ocean City this summer, and your nice beach trip could end with a three-month jail sentence.

In a letter released last week, the N.J. city’s mayor, Jay A. Gillian, warned beachgoers that punishments for feeding seagulls in Ocean City are about to be “strictly enforced.”

Beachgoers who feed the seagulls can be fined as much as $500 and face up to 90 days in prison.

“The Ocean City Police Department in recent years has taken a ‘be nice, be kind’ approach when it comes to minor infractions related to the beach and boardwalk,” Gillian wrote in the letter. “They try to issue only warnings. That will change.”

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Reports: Chris Christie Being Vetted for Trump VP Slot

Donald Trump, Chris Christie

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 1st, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A big loudmouth with ties to New Jersey could be on the Republican presidential ticket. Well, two of them.

Both The New York Times and CNN are reporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being vetted as a potential running mate for presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump. Trump has said he wants to announce his VP pick at the Republican National Convention, which is being held July 18th to 21st in Cleveland.

Christie endorsed Trump in late January, not long after dropping out of the race after poor showings in the crowded Republican presidential primary in Iowa and New Hampshire. Allies quickly turned on Christie for his endorsement, but the governor has pressed on. Read more »

You Might Have to Start Paying More for New Jersey Gas

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iStockphoto.com | FooTToo

The days of cheap New Jersey gas could soon be gone.

The state assembly passed proposed legislation Tuesday that would raise the New Jersey gas tax by 23 cents per gallon to pay for transportation and infrastructure improvements.

If the state senate approves the bill Thursday, the gas tax could increase by Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal. New Jersey’s gas tax could go from one of the lowest in the country to one of the highest.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has praised the bill.

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Clinton Wins New Jersey, California

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed a historical victory last night, winning the favor of five of the six states that held contests, including New Jersey and California. This essentially ends the Democratic Presidential Primary season.

Clinton, who also won the vote of Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota, is now the presumptive nominee and the first woman to top a U.S. major-party ticket. Candidate Bernie Sanders won in North Dakota.

New Jersey and California held the largest number of delegates of the six states remaining – New Jersey with 126 delegates and California with 475. Clinton was heavily favored to win New Jersey, but polling had gotten closer in more-liberal California.
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AP Says Hillary Clinton Has Basically Clinched the Nomination


The Hillary Clinton campaign will host a watch party tonight in Center City.

Pennsylvania 6 will host the event for supporters as the Democratic presidential primary nears a close and six states cast their votes, including New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Mayor Jim Kenney, who announced his endorsement of Clinton in February, is expected to attend the event. It will kick off at 8:15 p.m. at 114 S. 12th St.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Clinton has enough delegates – 2,383 – to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.  Read more »

Report: Cape May Among Worst New Jersey Counties for Kids’ Health, Wellbeing

A new report by the Newark-based nonprofit Advocates for Children of New Jersey puts three South Jersey counties at the bottom of a ranking that examines the state of children’s health and wellbeing in New Jersey. The biggest bit of news? Cape May County dropped five slots between 2015 and 2016, from 14th to 19th. That puts Cape May third from the bottom of the 21-county list; it ranks higher than Cumberland (21st) and Atlantic (20th) counties, but falls three spots below Camden County, which ranks at 16th.  Read more »

Investigators: Organized Crime Dumping Dirty Dirt in New Jersey

Palmyra site. Photo via New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

Jersey Recylcing Services Palmyra site. Photo via New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

The New York mob is cashing in on New Jersey’s loopholes in recycling regulations — and it’s costing both the environment and residents, according to investigators from New Jersey’s State Commission of Investigation.

At a three-hour hearing held Wednesday at the Statehouse in Trenton, investigators said organized criminals are profiting from an underground economy via the improper disposal of contaminated soil and construction debris from New York. A few recycling sites and makeshift dumping grounds in South Jersey are particularly notable, according to the Inquirer.

It’s prompted the SCI to inspect the state’s recycling industry, which has it says been tainted by organized crime for years.

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