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To raise money for Special Olympics, a dip in the icy Atlantic


Nearly 6,000 beach-goers gathered on the coast of the Jersey shore on February 25, 2012 to participate in the “Polar Bear Plunge.” By jumping through treacherous winter waves and bearing the freezing, bone-chilling winds in Seaside Heights, avid supporters of the Special Olympics of New Jersey raised well over 1.4 million dollars for the non-profit…

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Local pet cemetery offers solace to grieving families


Before leaving the house everyday, 63-year-old Marie Nock smiles as she walks past the picture frame holding the beloved photo of Peaches; her Pomeranian and Collie mixed pup which reminds her of all the good times they shared together. On one occasion Peaches saved Marie’s life. Marie had fainted due to a heart condition while…

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Tuition hikes and increased student fees: in dragon year, no economic relief for Mercer students


Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival,” marks the end of winter for China and other parts of the world. The exact date of the festival is based on the cycles of the moon but generally falls in late January or early February. The Chinese zodiac rotates on a 12-year cycle with each…

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Diehard NJ surfers give summer the cold shoulder


The winter chill may have forced out the tourists and sunbathers of the Jersey shore, but some surfers remain in the icy Atlantic. Winter surfing is an extreme sport that has become popular in Belmar, Point Pleasant, Monmouth Beach, Manasquan Inlet, Sandy Hook, Mantoloking and Casino Pier. According to, the water temperature ranges from…

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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco sold out The Stress Factory


It took seven years of waiting tables in LA before he’d catch his big break, but Sebastian Maniscalco knew he would be a comedian since day one. He has been featured on Leno, Comedy Central and HBO, and January 26 to 29 he played a local run at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick. “Its…

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