Towns, cities prepare after NWS posts winter storm warning

By Staff Reports Updated 3:48 pm, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Development grows in Galloway Township

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Several development projects are coming to the township, marking the success of the council and planning board, who have worked to create space ripe for developers’ plans as well as quicken the application process. Mayor Anthony Coppola Jr. explained bringing in more development will help shift some of the burden away from residential taxpayers. “It offsets the tax base,” he said. “The more businesses that come in, the more it offsets taxes for the residents.” Upcoming projects include the expansion of the CVS Pharmacy project on Route 30. That project, developed by Edgewood Properties of Piscataway, was approved by the planning board last year. Edgewood Properties is operated by CEO Jack Morris, who is a co-developer of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. “They just received planning board approval for Phase 2 of their development,” said Planner Tiffany Cuviello. “Outside of the CVS, they are developing four different pad sites and they’re fully approved.” Down the pike from the property is Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grille. The owner, Aristotle Frangias, of Northfield, said it was a quiet area that needed some noise. Asked how he feels about the amount of development coming in, he said, “Rising tide lifts all boats.” “It will bring more people and more traffic,” he said. “To me, that’s a positive. I think growing as we are is well overdue and I’m looking forward to it.” Coppola said Township Council and the Planning Board have been working in tandem for almost a decade to bring more commercial and residential development into the township. Feedback from a forum in 2010 started officials on a path to make the township more development-friendly, Coppola said. “Some of the advice that we got was that we don’t provide incentives,” he said. “Not only that, but the boards are Continue Reading

Franny the Shopaholic: Check clearance racks for new workout clothes

Dear Franny the Shopaholic: We are heading back to the gym after a two-year absence. Where should we go to get new workout clothes? — Kevin & Eileen B., Ocean View Dear Kevin & Eileen: Because you didn’t mention if you wanted high- or low-end clothing, here goes. Clearance racks, clearance racks, clearance racks! Start at Walmart, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and Ross (if you are 55 and older, go to Ross on Tuesdays for an extra 10 percent off). I personally like Kohl’s Tek Gear line, when I have a 30 percent off coupon or code. Try SNOWY30. Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I am looking for a cane-type thing that has a claw on the end to pick up stuff from the floor or grab something up high. Please, no $30 ones. — Old Bones Dear Old Bones: Go to Aldi and get a Welby Reacher for $6.99. Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I have a lamp we love, but I need a new shade. I cannot find the right size. I had this one custom made years ago in Ventnor. Is there anyone on the island or close by that makes custom lampshades? — Nancy, Atlantic City Dear Nancy: No one I know of close by, however, try It shows you how to redo a lampshade yourself. Also, there are quite a few people on who make custom lampshades. Last, try to see if it has something that will work. I emailed you all the links. Dear Franny the Shopaholic: My cousin is looking for Harry Truman face razors. — Arnold, Mays Landing Dear Arnold: Target has Harry’s eight-count, five-blade razor cartridges for $15.99 and a Harry’s Truman pack, which includes a Truman razor, two five-blade cartridges and a travel blade cover, for $9.99. I hope this is what you are looking for. Reader tips Naomi Z., of Millville, wrote in to let Angela, of Millville, know that Haar’s Health Food Center on Delsea Drive and the Amish Market of Bridgeton make almond butter. They also make cashew butter that she states she buys and that your Continue Reading

Brendan Byrne represented the best of New Jersey

Almost immediately after reading Gov. Chris Christie’s statement that former Gov. Brendan Byrne had died Thursday at age 93, I called former Gov. Tom Kean Sr. The deep bond between Byrne and Kean is widely known. Kean said, “We have been friends for 50 years.”I asked if Byrne had been ill, and Kean said, “He had his ups and downs, but then he would bounce back.” There were no reprieves this time, and Kean added that he last saw his friend about three weeks ago and regretted he had not seen him since. The moment is gone.Yet so much about Brendan Byrne will last forever. People often say that when someone dies — famous or not. But with Byrne it’s true, because his legacy isn’t buildings, which get demolished, but public policy and a vast environmental treasure: the Pinelands.Byrne also gave New Jersey the income tax and gambling. The income tax was supposed to do great things for education. It did and it didn’t, but don’t blame Byrne for that. As a former prosecutor, he had the rare credentials to push through gambling in a state that was not convinced it was a good idea. Years later, he sarcastically lamented to me that he was so focused on keeping the mob out that he ignored the fact that the mob knew how to run a profitable casino. This was when casinos were closing in Atlantic City at an alarming rate.I didn’t know Byrne when he was governor or even relatively young. We met when I was asked to moderate a program at William Paterson University where he and Kean would banter. I was supposed to keep the conversation on track. It was a joy. Not just that night, but getting to know both governors, particularly Byrne. Column continues after the video Over the many years, I would meet Byrne and his wife, Ruthi, for lunch or dinner on a regular basis. If it were not for Byrne, I probably would never have grown fond of Pals Cabin, the legendary Essex County watering hole/restaurant Continue Reading

‘Bomb cyclone’ slams into Northeast with snow and ice, grounding thousands of flights

BOSTON — A historically powerful winter storm churning up the East Coast brought snowfall and gusting winds to a wide swath of the United States on Thursday, grounding thousands of flights and halting the routines of daily life for millions of people. The storm had strengthened into a “bomb cyclone,” the dramatic name for what happens when a storm’s pressure plummets as it explosively intensifies — and this particular storm is among the most explosive ever observed on the East Coast. Forecasters have also issued dire warnings for those in the storm’s path about the brutally cold days ahead. After first blasting the Southeast with cold and snow, dropping up to 6 inches on the Carolinas, the storm hugged the coastline and continued to head north. The National Weather Service said the monster storm “will continue to rapidly intensify through Thursday night,” moving quickly up the East Coast. While the heaviest precipitation is expected to remain over the Atlantic Ocean, some of the “significant snow” will impact areas stretching from North Carolina to Maine, the Weather Service said Thursday. The storm was also pushing water over the coastline, causing flooding in Boston and along eastern Massachusetts. [ Historic ‘bomb cyclone’ unleashes blizzard conditions from coastal Virginia to New England. Frigid air to follow. ] That exact impact of the storm will vary depending on where you are. The nation’s capital saw a light dusting, while New York City is forecast to receive as much as 8 inches of snow. By mid-morning, 7 inches had fallen in Farmingdale, N.Y. , about 35 miles east of midtown Manhattan, with more falling in parts of neighboring Suffolk County. Philadelphia may see up to 6 inches of snow, with double that in areas farther east like Atlantic City, forecasters said. In New Jersey and Delaware, authorities said Thursday morning that between 1 and 2 inches of snowfall was Continue Reading

For Pharmacist Turned CEO: CVS’ Larry Merlo Faces Biggest Challenge In Aetna Acquisition

When Larry J. Merlo took the CEO job at CVS in 2011, some wondered if his experience heading the drugstore chain’s retail operations had prepared him enough to tackle CVS’s strategic transition into a health care company.But since assuming the helm, Merlo steadied a faltering merger with pharmacy benefits manager Caremark and took the gutsy step of removing cigarettes and other tobacco products from CVS store shelves, costing the company $2 billion a year but boosting its standing in the health care industry.Now, Merlo, who is 62, faces the most ambitious — and challenging — move in his 27-year career at CVS: the $69 billion acquisition of Hartford-based health insurer Aetna, Inc. and the push to create a new model for health care.The merger, announced in December after weeks of speculation, has the potential to dramatically reshape health care, making pharmacies a fuller partner with physicians and their patients. Crucial to the merger is creating new and expanded versions of CVS’s “MinuteClinics,” walk-in medical clinics that operate in more than 1,000 pharmacies.“What Larry surprised on the upside is that he’s really been good at navigating CVS through pretty hostile competitive dynamics over the last few years,” Scott A. Mushkin, a managing director at Wolfe Research in Stamford, said.Mushkin, who has known Merlo for two decades, said the Aetna deal will be different from anything Merlo has attempted as CEO of Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health Corp.“The difference now is that they actually have to create these clinics or these mini-centers,” Mushkin said. “Yes, they have MinuteClinics. They need a lot more than MinuteClinics to really make this work. ...“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, it’s going to take operational excellence and it’s going to take a good sales job to get people to try,” Mushkin said. “It’s an enormous Continue Reading

Outdoor shopping malls sparkle with style at the Shore

As an avid shopper, Ali McGrath of Ocean Township frequently searches the Shore for the best fashion finds."I prefer to shop at smaller boutiques where the stuff is not mass produced and original," says McGrath, 38. "I don't want to wear something that a bunch of others have on. I like to be unique. I don't like the malls, they stress me out. I shop in Asbury Park at some of their boutiques. I also find that Marshalls, while overwhelming, has great prices and choices that are different. I also like to shop in Red Bank — there are great consignment shops and cute stores again that have fun options."So what if New Jersey doesn't have a Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive to call its own? The state does boast outdoor shopping centers which can provide a mix of upscale retailers with the great outdoors."I like being able to walk from store to store and be outside in the fresh air," says McGrath, who also shops at The Grove in Shrewsbury. The Grove at Shrewsbury THE SETTING: With luscious landscaping and plenty to peruse through, The Grove describes itself as "the nation's first 'lifestyle center' — designed with the sophisticated shopper in mind."SHOP: Grab clothing and accessories at popular stores such as Anthropologie, Chico's, Free People, J. Crew, A Pea in the Pod, and Janie and Jack. For more activewear, shops such as Athleta and lululemon athletica are available.Glow is a designer women's boutique with collections from Alexander Wang, Alice + Olivia, Phillip Lim, Elizabeth + James, and many more. Nirvana, which also has a location in Long Branch's Pier Village, can also be found here.Find footwear at Aerosoles, Clarks Shoes, and Coach.Neves Jeweler has a range of bridal and designer pieces, as well as watches and gifts.Browse through many one-of-a-kind home furnishings at Chelsea, Country Curtains, Platypus and Pottery Barn. The Papery is filled with custom invitations and greeting cards, but also has a selection of journals, photo albums and leather Continue Reading

Pharmacy for Route 9 and Indian Head Road

TOMS RIVER - An Exxon gas station, vacant lot, and residential property at the corner of Route 9 and Indian Head Road in Toms River have been dismantled and cleared to make room for a CVS Pharmacy.The CVS is being constructed by Feinberg & McBurney Realty and Developers LLC based in Cherry Hill.The project is planned to be completed by July 2016, said Al Stein, a developer with Feinberg & McBurney.Construction on at least four CVS Pharmacies has begun in Monmouth and Ocean Counties — in Howell, Beachwood, Hazlet, and Wall — in the last year, said Mike DeAngelis, a CVS spokesperson.The Toms River CVS will encompass three lots on Route 9, and measure 12,900 square feet, according to a document filed with the Ocean County Planning Board in 2014.The site plan for the property received conditional approval in February 2015.CVS has almost 8,000 stores and pharmacies across the United States and South America. The company has 280 pharmacies in New Jersey that employ approximately 20 people each. The company has 37 MinuteClinics in New Jersey, where consumers can see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant without needing an appointment.The Toms River CVS does not currently have a MinuteClinic, although the decision in add one often gets made as constuction progresses, Stein said.New store construction typically takes four to five months to complete, DeAngelis said.The closest CVS Pharmacy to the future location on Route 9 and Indian Head Road is four miles away, located on Bannanier Drive in Toms River.The next closest location is also four miles away, located on Atlantic City Boulevard in Beachwood.The closest Walgreens locations are three and five miles away.The Toms River CVS will include a drive-through and 66 parking spaces. Devin Loring; 732-643-4035; [email protected] Continue Reading

Prison escapee still on lam in Barnegat

BARNEGAT – A prison escapee remained on the lam last night, despite efforts by hundreds of officers who swarmed Barnegat all day in search of the convicted killer, last seen in the morning at a West Bay Avenue pharmacy.Barnegat police said they will not give up searching for Arthur Buckel until they catch him or have confirmation that he is no longer in the area.Officials decided late Wednesday that schools would be open Thursday. However, if Buckel has not been caught, an officer will be stationed at each school throughout the day. UPDATE: Barnegat schools back in session amidst fugitive search At an 8 p.m. news conference, Mayor John Novak appealed to Buckel to surrender."My suggestion to you is to surrender to law enforcement," Novak said, addressing the 38-year-old prisoner who escaped Tuesday from the Bayside State Prison unit at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Winslow Township.'Make it easy for everybody, including yourself," Novak continued. "You will be apprehended either way." WATCH: Barnegat fugitive afternoon press conferenceBuckel is not believed to be armed, Barnegat police Sgt. Jeffrey Ryan said, but he added that township residents should remain sheltered in place. They should keep their doors locked, their vehicles secured and notify police if they see anything suspicious."He is an escaped prisoner," Ryan said. "Let's consider him dangerous." WATCH: Barnegat police search for escaped prisonerBuckel was serving a three-year prison term for aggravated assault, drug possession and burglary and was less than a month away from being considered for parole when he was discovered missing from the prison unit Tuesday morning, authorities said.Prior to the recent stint in prison, Buckel was sentenced in 1996 to a 25-year prison term for the aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child in Hudson County. He was released in 2010.At 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, Barnegat police were Continue Reading

What’s going there? Apartments, stores in Barnegat Crossings

BARNEGAT – A coming commercial-and-residential complex promises to invigorate the quiet heart of the township.For now, Barnegat Crossings remains nothing more than a single bulldozer sitting on a flat 15.2 acres of dirt along Lighthouse Drive near West Bay Avenue off exits 67A and 67B of the Garden State Parkway southbound.At the beginning of this summer, however, Red Bank-based Cardinale Enterprises LLC will begin the first of three phases of construction, which combined will last for about a year. Afterward, the nautical-style complex will offer six buildings with as many as 35 stores throughout 150,000 square feet of retail space, and 152 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments for those at least 55 years old."The town really doesn't have much of a pull if you drive down (West) Bay Avenue where their downtown is and their town hall is," said Danielle Wyant, the property manager of Cardinale Enterprises LLC. "There's housing mixed in, they don't have a lot of commercial development there, so I think this will be a great thing for the town." Ritual bathing facility coming to Lakewood for Orthodox Jews; SEE MORE WHAT'S GOING THERE STORIES Of the six buildings, the two main structures will stand three stories tall with retailers on the first floor, and apartments on the second and third floors. The other four single-story buildings will stand alone. The complex will also offer a parking lot with 580 spaces, including 20 handicapped spots."It's a very, very densely populated area of seniors," said Wyant, whose company already owns several other shopping plazas in Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Jackson Crossing in Jackson and Red Bank Crossings in Red Bank. "I believe that the services we're looking to offer the center will be things that they find very convenient and very helpful."The already leased retailers in the two main buildings include a 12,000-square-foot fitness center with a pool, a 5,000-square-foot Attilio's Pizza, a 3,200-square-foot Continue Reading