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10/24/2014
Turnpike widening done, northbound lanes set to open this weekend
At long last, the newly-widened Turnpike is set to open this weekend.  The extension of the car-only lanes between Exit 9 in East Brunswick and 6 down in Burlington County is finished, ahead of schedule and more than $200 million under budget.  The project will open in two phases.  The first will take place Sunday, when the northbound lanes open.  Southbound lanes are expected to be ready for drivers next weekend.  The project began in June of 2009, more than five years ago.  At a cost of $2.5 billion dollars, the road was widened from three lanes in each direction to six over a 35-mile strecth to ease the big traffic bottleneck that occured around Exit 8A in Cranbury.
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10/24/2014
Former teacher from Hillsborough accused of sexually assaulting a Toms River high school student with another man
Authorities say a retired teacher from Hillsborough - and another township man - have been charged with sexually abusing a teenager starting more than 10 years ago.  Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato Thursday announced 63-year-old Raymond Waters and 68-year-old Allen Harbatuk were charged with abusing the victim starting in 2002.  Both men were being held on bail.  Prosecutors say that Waters was the victim's art teacher in the student's freshman year of high school.  The victim told prosecutors the abuse started then and continued for years.  Prosecutors say Waters, a former Boy Scout leader, introduced the victim to Harbatuk in 2003 when the victim worked at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation in Barnegat.  Waters and Harbatuk are accused of ...
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10/24/2014
The slide in Central Jersey gas prices continues
    The price of regular unleaded in Central Jersey is down almost 30-cents in the last three weeks, and at its lowest point since our December 2, 2010 survey.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending October 24th:       Regular - Central Jersey: $2.76, down 9-cents; National:  $3.08, down 10-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $3.03, down 15-cents; National:  $3.29, down 10-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $3.20, down 13-cents; National:  $3.47, down 9-cents.       Local averages are calculated using the prices at ten gas stations in Edison, Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and South Brunswick.  The national average is calculated by using the AAA's fuel gauge report, which can ...
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10/24/2014
NJ Transit to conduct weekend drill around South Amboy train station
The New Jersey Transit Police Department's Office of Emergency Management will work with federal, state and local authorities in South Amboy this weekend to conduct a training exercise at the city's train station.  It's scheduled to take place around eight Saturday morning near the station, and will last about four hours.  The goal is to test responses from multiple agencies to a simulated transportation incident.  The exercise will not affect service on the North Jersey Coast Line, which will run on a normal weekend schedule tomorrow, although commuters may notice an increased presence of police and emergency personnel along South Broadway and near the South Amboy train station.
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10/24/2014
Wisniewksi proposes changes at Port Authority
Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski of Sayreville is introducing legislation to reform the Port Authority.  His proposal - unveiled Thursday - would cut the number of high-level appointments made by the two states' governors from six to three.  Two appointments would be made by the states' legislatures, and the remainder by a newly created citizens' advisory council.  Among other features, the bill would allow Port Authority board members to select their chairman and vice chairman. Currently those are selected by the two governors.  Wisniewski co-chairs the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the Bridgegate scandal, in the wake of which, several Port Authority executives resigned.
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