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Jersey Shore beaches get strict on big tents, canopies. See latest town-by-town rules.

aIt’s the perfect day at the Jersey Shore. A nice sea breeze, not a cloud in the sky, no bugs and plenty of sunshine. In fact, maybe a little too much sun. Beach umbrellas, which have long dotted the Jersey Shore, are still allowed in every town in the state. But recently, Jersey Shore towns have taken issue with more elaborate tents and cabanas. Some towns have banned them citing space issues due to erosion, while others have said “beach spreading” is a nuisance to those trying to enjoy the o

My Beach Mobile beach badge app looks to fill gap at Jersey Shore left by Viply closure

A new mobile beach badge app is available in several Jersey Shore towns after the unexpected shuttering of Viply last fall. My Beach Mobile has partnered with seven towns to sell beach badges through their app, partner Carolina Bevad said. Long Beach Township, Margate, Harvey Cedars, Ventnor, Sea Isle City and Ship Bottom all sell badges on the app. You can also buy LBI shuttle passes, and boat ramp passes and other paid recreation services are in the works, Bevad said. “When we started off w

Tents, canopies banned at Island Beach State Park this summer

Leave those tents at home if you’re heading to Island Beach State Park this summer. A new rule change will limit the types of sun shades allowed in the state park. Starting Memorial Day weekend, tents and canopies will no longer be allowed in the swimming areas of the park, Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Hajna said. “During summer lightning storms, canopies and tents make it difficult for park staff to clear people off the beach in a swift manner,” Hajna said. “Addition

See how much your school superintendent makes as N.J. average hits $193K

The average salaries for New Jersey’s full-time school superintendents increased to $193,671 during the most recent school year. That puts the average pay above the former salary cap of $191,584 for the first time since the cap was eliminated, an NJ Advance Media analysis of the Department of Education’s annual Certificated Staff Database found. The new average salary of $193,671 is a 3.26% increase from the previous year’s full-time average salary of $187,571. (Search the look-up tool below f

The 31 highest paid superintendents in N.J. for 2024. See who makes $254K+.

Average salaries for New Jersey’s school superintendents continued to increase during the most recent school year, as the top earners saw salaries of about $300,000, new data published by the state Department of Education shows. The average salary for a full-time superintendent for the 2023-24 school year was $193,221, an NJ Advance Media analysis of the Department of Education’s annual Certificated Staff Database found. That’s a 3% increase over last year’s average full-time salary of $187,571

Jersey Shore town bans digging large holes, burying people in sand

A Monmouth County beach town has banned the digging of large holes and burying of people in the sand. Sea Girt passed an ordinance in April adopting stricter rules around sand hole digging. Under the new rules, holes cannot be deeper than 12″ or the knees of the shortest participant, whichever is shorter. Holes cannot be left unattended and must be filled before leaving the area. The ordinance also bans “‘burying’ persons below grade or in standing position.”

As Jersey Shore beach season arrives, see updated badge prices for every town

It’s finally May, and that means the first signs of summer at the Jersey Shore. Traffic lights will turn back on along with parking meters in many towns. Dog days at the beach are done for the season in some spots. And beach badges will soon be required to plant your feet in the sand. Most of New Jersey’s beach towns require paid badges or tags, with pricing ranging from daily passes for $3.50 all the way to seasonal badges for $150. Beach-goers who are willing to plan ahead can snag some pres

Rutgers orders pro-Palestinian protesters to end encampment or face police

UPDATE: Protest organizers agreed to voluntarily disband the encampment just prior to the 4 p.m. deadline imposed by Rutgers, saying that some of their demands of the university have been met. Protesters began disassembling camp sites as police officers watched from a distance. Pro-Palestinian protesters have until 4 p.m. Thursday to remove tents from Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus before officials move in “with the assistance of law enforcement, to remove the protesters and their be

Facing deadline, pro-Palestinian protesters at Rutgers agree to disperse, take down tents

Faced with a threatened show of force by police, a group of pro-Palestinian student protesters on the main campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick quietly left their encampment Thursday under a 4 p.m. deadline to leave or face a response by law enforcement. The move came after university officials charged that the protesters had disrupted final exams in the weeks leading up to graduation.

Union County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Academy For Information Technology is the highest ranked high school in Union County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Scotch Plains, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 92nd statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the state D

Hunterdon County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Hunterdon County Academies is the highest ranked high school in Hunterdon County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Glen Gardner, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 17th statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the state Depart

Ocean County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science is the highest ranked high school in Ocean County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Stafford, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 14th statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated

Sussex County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Sparta High School is the highest ranked high school in Sussex County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school ranks 72nd statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the state Department of Education for the 2022-23 school year. (Use the look-up tool below to find y

Passaic County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Diana C. Lobosco STEM Academy is the highest ranked high school in Passaic County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Wayne, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 12th statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the state Department o

Monmouth County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

High Technology High School is the highest ranked high school in Monmouth County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Middletown, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 3rd statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the state Departmen

Warren County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Warren County Vocational Technical School is the highest ranked high school in Warren County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Washington, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 99th statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the st

Cape May County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Ocean City High School is the highest ranked high school in Cape May County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school ranks 96th statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by the state Department of Education for the 2022-23 school year. (Use the look-up tool below to

Morris County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering is the highest ranked high school in Morris County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Rockaway, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 2nd statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated by th

Somerset County’s top rated schools. See latest full list.

Somerset County Vocational Technical High School is the highest ranked high school in Somerset County, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new school data released by the state Department of Education. The high school, located in Bridgewater, serves students from throughout the county and ranks 34th statewide among high schools that offer grades 9 to 12. NJ Advance Media assigned each New Jersey high school a ranking number between 1 and 357 based on the “summative ratings” calculated
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