James M. O'Neill Staff Writer, @JamesMONeill1 Published 4:49 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 About 20 people pressed against the railing of the party boat Atlantic Star, their fishing rods tilted at various angles as they studied the ripples of Raritan Bay for signs of a nibble. Then a shout — “Whoa!” — and everyone burst into action. The anglers leaned over the railing for a better view, as Mike Spoto of Flemington pulled on his fishing pole, now arched from the weight of a struggling fish. The Manhattan skyline shimmered in the distance. A silvery striped bass emerged from the waves, splashing and thrashing as it fought the line that pulled it closer to the boat. Deck hand Jimmy Behne scurried over to maneuver a large net under the fish, scoop it out of the bay and lay it on the deck. As the glittering fish flopped around, someone yelled, “It’s a keeper!” It was about 36 inches long, well over New Jersey’s 28-inch minimum for striped bass. … [Read more...] about Striped bass are biting again, but New Jersey fishing trips are in decline
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Tuesday’s congressional primaries will set the stage in what could become one of the most competitive states in November’s midterm elections. New Jersey, a deep-blue state that nevertheless has five of its 12 seats in the House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, is a top target for Democrats, who are hoping to flip at least three of the GOP-held seats in their effort to retake control of the chamber.Story Continued Below Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Rodney Frelinghuysen, two Republican incumbents who have held their districts without serious challenges from the right for more than two decades, are retiring, while a third GOP incumbent — Rep. Leonard Lance — who for the last decade has had to worry more about primary challenges than the general election, is considered particularly vulnerable. These once reliably GOP districts, two of which are dominated by wealthy, well-educated suburbanites, are suddenly up for grabs. The state’s primary … [Read more...] about New Jersey House primaries carry nationwide significance
Lindy Washburn Staff Writer, @LindyWa Published 10:26 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Gov. Phil Murphy declared an "end to the days of surprise medical bills" as he signed one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the nation on Friday, culminating nearly a decade of legislative wrangling over an issue that adds $1 billion annually to health-care costs. "Today, we're finally going to close the holes in out-of-network rules that cost New Jerseyans more than just money," he said, but also "peace of mind." No one should worry that a trip to the emergency room will send them to collections or bankrupt them, he said. The governor traveled to Woodbridge, the hometown of the law's two main Democratic sponsors, state Sen. Joseph Vitale and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, for the signing ceremony. Advocates of the measure and participants in years of negotiations cheered its enactment. The … [Read more...] about Surprise medical bills could end under New Jersey law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Where I'm From, an Ohio-based apparel company formed by Ohio University alumni Ryan Napier and Andrew VanderLind, recently partnered with SouthPark Mall and Strongsville City Schools to create a one-of-its kind T-shirt titled "The 'Ville," which was sold exclusively at SouthPark Mall during the 2017 holiday season. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts have been earmarked to help fund field trips for students in Strongsville City Schools. Where I'm From recently presented Superintendent Cameron Ryba with a check for $7,000 to help fund the K-8 Field Trip Programs for the schools, through the Strongsville Education Foundation. New store opening: Get out your dusty or dated sports jerseys. On June 1, the winner of SouthPark Mall's 2018 Battle of the Pop-Up Challenge -- Stitch N Switch -- opened at SouthPark Mall's Cinemark Court on the lower-level north main corridor. The Stitch N Switch kiosk will be open during mall hours and ready to "sew-on-the-go" … [Read more...] about “The Ville” T-shirts raise $7,000 for school field trips: Strong Points
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, who made it all the way to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, is one of 13 New Jersey students competing this year as the event gets underway here Tuesday. Shruthika, 12, a seventh grader at Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, was eliminated when she left the "a" out of the word "quintain" -- a post with a crosspiece -- in the second round of the primetime competition a year ago. It was her second straight appearance in the finals. Two other New Jersey students are returning. Christopher Serrao of Whitehouse Station, 12, a sixth grader at Readington Middle School in Whitehouse Station, tied for 41st place a year ago. His sister, Danielle, competed in the 2016 bee. And Alexandria Ciurlino of Egg Harbor Township, 14, an eighth grader at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School in Mays Landing, also tied for 41st place. The field is much larger … [Read more...] about Will someone from New Jersey win this national championship this week?