Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lakewood bus stop now at Squankum and Kennedy

Due to construction at the Capitol Hotel the Lakewood Express bus service servicing Brooklyn-Lakewood route will not stop at the Capitol at 7th and Madison. The last stop will be at the corner of Squankum and Kennedy Blvd. All Pick ups and drop offs will take place at the aforementioned location until further notice. In addition, the Lakewood express bus stops in westgate, and 14th st and case rd, and forest and 13th st, and forest and 9th st for pickup and drop offs also in addition to the Kennedy stop.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pirchei Melava Malka this Motzei shabbos

Howell Planning Board unanimously approved site plan for affordable housing development.

The Howell Planning Board unanimously approved the preliminary site plan and subdivision of land for a controversial affordable housing development.

A Howell resident has also hired an attorney to fight the project if it goes forward.

The $22.5 million, 72-unit Howell Family Apartment complex is being proposed at the southeast corner of the intersection of Fort Plains and West Farms roads, just west of Route 9, by Walters Group, a Barnegat-based developer.

Admorim in lkwd

Accident New Hampshire and Chestnut

Driver of car died.  has Children transferred to local hospital.

Holloween this Friday night

Friday night is Halloween in case you get trick or treaters (assuming you dont have a no knock sticker) since its shabbos its preferably to live the candies outside if there's no eruv.
 The question of whether one can give out candy to people who come to the door is a different one, as there are significant reasons based on darchai shalom (the ways of peace), eva (the creation of unneeded

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shlomo Carlebach yartzheit Lakewood Kumzits

Verrazano Bridge closure

The Verrazano bridge will be closed this Sunday, November 1st, from 7am until 3pm, due to the the NYC Marathon. Please plan an alternate route and expect significant delays. The MTA will close the upper level of the bridge beginning at 11 p.m. on Saturday night, Oct. 31, to allow for roadway preparation. At this point, the lower level will still be accessible. Closures on the lower level will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. Both levels are expected to reopen at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday. 

DR. Feinberg is back!

Doctor Boruch "Bruce" Feinberg will be returning to Lakewood , he will serve as director of Maternal fetal medicine at CHEMED health center.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Doctors special relationship with the Lakewood Orthodox community

At a quick glance, a plaque at the Cooper Institute of Hormonal Disorders in Marlton looks like any ordinary—albeit decorative— diploma typically found on office walls.

Upon closer inspection, the writing is revealed to be Maimonides’ Prayer for the Physician. The beautifully hand-written certificate was presented to Institute Director Dr. Jerome Check from Cong. Zichron Yaakov of Lakewood, NJ for his role as “God’s messenger in bringing the gift of life to His children.”

A fertility specialist in a practice known for taking on difficult cases, Check has indeed answered the prayers of thousands upon thousands of couples trying to conceive. But it’s his special relationship with Rabbi Shlomo Gissinger, a renowned posek (a scholar who decides on tough questions of Halakha/Jewish law) that has made him the fertility doctor of choice of Orthodox Jews.

Avos Ubanim starts this week with clock change

Coastal flooding warning

Minor tidal flooding is expected at high tide Wednesday along the Jersey Shore, according to an advisory from the National Weather Service. Rain could make the flooding worse.

The advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday. It's expected to also impact Delaware beaches and lower Delaware Bay.

High tide on the ocean and Delaware Bay will be between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. High tide on the back bays may occur up to two hours later.

NJ Natural Gas is cutting your heating bill

The leaves are falling and bringing the first hint of cold. You know what that means. Heating bills.

But there’s good news — a previously announced bill credit from New Jersey Natural Gas is even larger than expected.

The Wall-based utility said the average customer will save approximately 28 percent on their heating bills between Nov. 1 and Feb. 29, which translates to an overall 17 percent reduction to the average customer’s annual bill.

Daf Yomi starts Maseches Sota make a siyum on Chanuka

 Coventry- Daf yomi Shiur 630 A.m In the ezras nashim and 900 p.m Downstairs.

  Bais Mordechai -(R' Michoel Rottenberg) New nightly Daf Yomi shiur starting Mesechtas Sota at 9:30 PM by R' Heshy Safrin in the Bais Medrash

 Khal Zichron Pinchos ( Rav Zuckerman)  R' Lazer Busels daf shiur is IY'H starting mesechtes sota at 630 in the morning, join us!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Capitol closed

The Capitol hotel a Lakewood landmark is closing up. The stores have moved out and crews are preparing the building for demolition. In its place will stand a new complex with over 100 apartments. The Capitol shul has relocated to the new bais horaah building at Madison and 4th. The bus stop will also relocate to another central location once construction begins.

Carlebach Yartzheit kumzitz in Lakewood

Monday, October 26, 2015

Registration for primary 2016-2017

Reb Shmuel Binyomin Finkelstein Z"l

R' Shmuel Binyomin Finkelstein ztl was a long time hanhala member of BMG serving the yeshiva for over 50 years. He was Moser nefesh for the existence of the yeshiva. The levaya will take place this afternoon at the bais medrash hayoshon of Beth medrash Govoha in  Lakewood.  From 3:30-4:30

Sunday, October 25, 2015

LPD seize 345 heroin wax folds

On October 24th at approximately 10pm, Officers Edgardo Vega and Michael Young observed the operator of a black BMW driving carelessly on Martin Luther King Drive.
As the Officers were trying to catch up to the vehicle, the driver failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Emmanuel Drive and Warren Street.

Registration for girls kindergarten and primary

Jewish Federation of Ocean County supports legal process over chabad

TOMS RIVER-After a message was posted earlier this week on the Ocean County Jewish Federation Facebook page urging its members to support the Toms River Chabad, Shore News Network learned that the individual who published that post was terminated by the organization.

Today, the Federation published a statement regarding the message and announced confidence in the zoning board of adjustment’s upcoming hearing on the matter this December.

Online public auction to sell surplus

LAKEWOOD – The Township of Lakewood holds an online public auction to sell surplus property from 9 a.m. Oct. 24 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

The auction will be held through USGovBid’s online auction site, The surplus property includes more than two dozen vehicles, including several Ford Crown Victorias, two dump trucks, a Jacobsen riding mower, a 500-gallon fuel storage tank and three Mad Vac riding sweepers.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lakewood Chaveirim Deer rescue

Lakewood Chaveirim Special Operations assisting a deer from dying after it got stuck in a gate, the members quick action by using a car jack to pry open the gate helped save the deer's life, the deer is doing fine. Lakewood NJ PD, Animal Control, as well as GCU Security assisted in the rescue.

Video showing for Rochel imeinu Yartzheit

                      "In times such as these: What can we do?"
Motzei shabbos at Circa 415 cedarbridge October 24th 8:30 pm suggested minimum donation $10 Women, $7 students. Presentation time: Approx 1 hour. for Women and girls only.

Hagoan R'Shaul Alter RY Gur giving a Shiur in BMG of Lakewood

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nice crowd at the Jersey shore challah bake

Ocean County Jewish Federation Administrator Fired Over Facebook Post Supporting Chabad

TOMS RIVER-A post on the Ocean County Jewish Federation’s Facebook page this week asking members to support the Chabad of Toms River led to the termination of the organization’s top-ranked employee.
“Please come and show your support on Thurs @ 7:30 pm at Town Hall,” the post said.

It has been learned from a source within the Jewish Ocean Federation that the author of that message has since been terminated. Executive Director Naomi Levecchia’s name still appears on the Federation’s website, but we have learned she no longer works for the organization.  Levecchia was cited as the individual who made the post.

Meshulachim like Lakewood

Our fellow brothers from Eretz yisrael are back in town. They unfortunately have to come on to us for help they are away from their mishpachos with the burden of parnassah on their mind.  A group of meshulachim were shmoozing together at a local eatery. They were exchanging tips and strategies with each other how to maximize their collecting and fund raising. All of them agreed that in Lakewood they are making the most money if done right. Brooklyn, not even a runner up. 

You dont need the Shabbos project to invite

Even without a official Shabbos project in Lakewood, there are still individuals and mishpachos in our midst that can use a friendly invite for a shabbos meal. There are kiruv opportunities right in our own backyard. They may not look like it but there are many people and families living locally who are waiting for someone to reach out to them to acknowledge and accept them. This parsha of hachnosas orchim would be a good start.

The Jersey Shore Challah Bake tonight

                                   THE JERSEY SHORE CHALLAH BAKE

22 OCT 2015 
7:00 PM
Come join us in this amazing world wide event! You will learn to make, knead and braid beautiful, delicious Challah for your Shabbat table. Bring your mother, your daughter, your friend! Email for more information Preregistration required to attend!  Admission: $10

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

TR reschedules chabad application

The application for the Chabad Jewish Center of Toms River, 2001 Church Road, will only be heard at the Zoning Board meeting of October 22, 2015 for rescheduling purposes and change of venue. There will be no testimony heard. A new date and venue will be determined at the meeting and posted on the Toms River Township website shortly thereafter. Notice will also be published in the Asbury Park Press.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

School registration Information for 2016-2017

Registration for the following schools ( R' Kanarek) will be from Tuesday October 20th through Wednesday December 16th

Birthday deadlines 
 Boys December 31, 2011 
Girls November, 30 ,2011

Yeshiva Bais Hatorah 732-370-7580
Yeshivas Shagas Aryeh 732-363-3340
Yeshiva Toras Aaron 732-363-9980

Bais Rivka Rochel 732-367-4855
Masores Bnos Yisroel 732-905-7680

Monday, October 19, 2015

Help raise last 10K for Sefer Torah leiluy Nishmas Chaim Yitzchok ben Yackov Rosenberg.

                                                                    DONATE HERE

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

After completing our due diligence, we have gone into contract to have the sefer torah written by a sofer named R Avrohom Veidishlofsky.

R' Avrohom resides in Beni Brack Israel and was highly recommend as being a great torah scholar who has an impeccable hand writing as well as profound knowledge in the laws of scribe writing.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

School registration

Yeshiva Orchos Chaim registration begins today October 19th

Thousands gather to celebrate chanukas habayis at Lakewood Yeshiva

Thousands came to celebrate in the  simcha of Torah as the Lakewood Yeshiva inaugurated its latest Bais Medrash the New Herzka building and Levine Bais Medrash. (for Photos click HERE  and at JDN) It started with a ribbon cutting followed by  a ceremonial building dedication and unavailing as a curtain was lowered exposing the names on the building. The Rosh hayeshiva Rav Malkiel Kotler delivred remarks on the new beautiful bais medrash and thanked the many supporters and benefactors who were partners in building the new makom Torah as well as the previous botei midrashim. Reb Shimmy Glick spoke next about the zechus the baal habatim have in building and supporting Torah as an honor for the youngeleit that learn day and night.  Mr. Refoel Herzka whom the building was dedicated in honor of his parents pointed out the mesiras nefesh of which the chavrei hakolell live by on a daily basis. He than surprised the crowd as he pledged to give a extra kolell check in his fathers honor who was always looking out to support the bnei hayeshiva. Mr. George Klein, dedicated the library in memory of his parents, commented on the growth

Minyanim at Chestnut shul

Friday, October 16, 2015

Parshas Noach Lakewood Zmanim weather

Cold temps at night low of 34 on Motzei Shabbos high of 56
Parshas:  Noach
Hadlakas Nairos: 5:58 PM
Shkiah:                 6:16: PM
Mevorchim Behab
Kiddush Levana Motzei Shabbos

Bnos groups begin this shabbos parshas Noach

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Winter zman gets underway

The famed  BMG chavrusah tumul took place today as thousands of Bochurim and Kolell members returned to their shtenders for the long zman. The walls of the  new Bais Yitzchok building will be full with sounds of Torah with opening of the new bais medrash. A Chanukas habayis will take place this Sunday October 18th in the afternoon. 

Rebbetzin Esther Blima Weissman a”h

Rebbetzin Weissman was 94 She was in the first class of Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan at Bais Yaakov in WIlliamsburg The Weismans were from the first couples in Lakewood NJ Rav Weissman was a rov in Brighton Beach Brooklyn. Children are Reb Moshe (Flatbush), Reb Nosson (Passaic), Raizy Pliskin (Israel), Chavie Levovitz, (Lakewood), Dasi Roodman (Israel), Reb Shlomo (Israel), Reb Tzvi (Lakewood), Naomi Bender (Lakewood), Tzivi Bock (Lakewood), Michel Weissman (Lakewood), and Chana Penina Weg (Lakewood).

Bluzhov Yartzheit Tish in Lakewood

Khal Shivtei Yisrael בלאז’וב ריבאטיטש of Brooklyn will have a Yartzheit Seuda for the previous Bluzhever Rebbe Rav Yisrael Spira Zatzal. Tonight Wednesday, second day rosh chodesh Cheshvan it will take place at B"M Chelek Levi of Serentch at the corner of County line rd and Clifton Avenue at 7:15 pm. The Lakewood Rosh yeshiva Rav Malkiel Kotler will speak divrei zikaron.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Cheder wedding hall opens

The New Lakewood Cheder wedding hall the "fountain ballroom" has officially opened and  weddings are taking place there. The new hall is big and spacious. For Parking when the lot is full it is a bit of an issue since  you have to walk a bit if you park on Vasser or other side of the building. Address is 725 Vasser.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Police impersonator robbed driver, Lakewood police say

A Brick man wearing a hat marked "POLICE" impersonated a police office, pulling over a car  and checking the driver's pockets, before taking $670 and fleeing, according to Lakewood police.

Michael Vence, 40, was arrested and charged with two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer,  two counts of theft, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

In a news release, Lakewood police described the actions that led to Vence's arrest:

Free coffee week at 7-11

Free Coffee Week at 7-11! Download the app and come in to grab a coffee on us, all week long! get a free, any-size hot coffee every day during 7-Eleven Coffee Week. Offer valid from October 12- 18. Download and register for the free 7Rewards smartphone app to get your free daily java fix at participating convenience stores. No purchase is necessary.

At Kol Aryeh hachnosas sefer Torah

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ribbis Symposium

The Bais Havaad invites the Lakewood community tonight  to an important Ribbis symposium Monday evening October 12th from 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm. HaRav Yosef Fleishman from Yerushalayim will discuss the topic of  Heter Iska and Hard Money Loans. Followed by a shiur given by Harav Eliyahu Levine on the topic of peer to peer lending. It will take place at the Bais Havaad Halacha center  105 River avenue bldg B suite # 301.

Kol Aryeh hachnosas sifrei Torah schedule

Bike tour around Lakewood today

The Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department
Invites you to join us for our first annual
Men's Ride - Sunday, October 11th 2015
Choose from three separate routes:
8 miles, 25 miles, or 50 miles.

Columbus day tomorrow no US Mail

In observance of Columbus day, Monday October 12 the local post office will be closed. There will be no mail deliveries, however UPS and FEDEX are both open for business. Township offices will be closed as well along with other affiliated Government agencies.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Shiur on Techeiles and live demonstration of Murex trunculus

A shiur on the mitzva of  Techeiles will take place Sunday night at 8:45 pm in bais medrash Khal Chasidim in West gate 1 Brisk Lane. The shiur will be given by Rav Bentzion Halberstam shlita. A live Murex Trunculus will be on hand followed by a live demonstration of the Tcheiles dye by Rabbi Yechezkel Toporowitz.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Siyum on sefer Chofetz Chaim

Siyum this Motzei shabbos Breishis in Ateres Chana hall at Bais Faiga. Seudas mitzva begins at 9:00 pm Program at 9:30. In attendance Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky Rav Elay Ber Wachtfogel, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal, Rav Dovid Schustal, Rav Yerucham Olshin, Rav Yisrael Neuman, and other rabbonim. Shloimy Daskal and the zemiros choir will provide the music.

Tent city vigil to take place at red Square

Despite being denied a permit from the township former tent city advocates are planning to hold a vigil on world homeless day  at the town square. They want the township to allow the homeless back in the woods. The event will proceed as scheduled on October 10th at 5 pm.  Organizers said people will be able to leave when police give warning. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lakewood Chaverim by the numbers

Wow! 144 Calls responded to yesterday.
•91 Boosts
•34 Flats
Thanks to all dedicated members that helped cover the calls on Isru Chag.

Its not a sukkah

This week Lakewood EMS received a 10 X 12 Inflatable Tent from a Grant. This tent is designed to be used for fire rehabilitation, and for field medical treatment at a mass casualty incident, or event. This can also be used as a incident command area. This tent will be assigned to the EMS departments Mass casualty Unit. 

Bobov 45 to open Bais Medrash in Lakewood

 Following the visit of the bobov 45 Rebbe to Lakewood, it was announced a Bais Medrash will open up in Lakewood after Sukkos. Chasidim and followers of the rebbe are currently working on a time and place to bring it to a reality.

Chasuna season

Musicians being mesameach at a Chasunah in Lakewood last night. Many more simchas taking place Iyh, as new Lakewood cheder hall get ready to host weddings.

Shiva info

Mrs. Rutty Rosenberg ( nee Munk) z"l 461 Park Avenue Between Ridge Avenue and Hackett Street, Lakewood. Shacharis: 8:00 Mincha: 6:10 Maariv: 7:30 sitting till Monday morning (10/12/15)
  There will be a break bet 1:30p.m.-3:00p.m. please do not come at those times. Aveilim:
R' Avrohom Rosenberg  husband, R' Nosson Munk,  father, Mrs. Rochel Munk, mother, R' Shmuel Tzvi Munk  brother. R' Shua Munk brother R' Baruch Munk, brother, Mrs. Toba Lehman

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A new high, or low

A house selling for well over one million dollars was listed recently in the real estate section of some local weeklies. Obviously, at least for now it is not indicative of the home prices but the trend is moving up fast making home prices way out of reach for many young couples. Real estate agents no longer are shopping homes to locals, but to people living in Brooklyn who are willing to pay much more for a house in Lakewood compared to what they would have to pay back in NY. The ever increasing property taxes and rising inflated home prices are simply pricing young couples out of the market.Young families who would have liked to remain locally, are either moving to other towns or looking seriously for other options. 

Kol Aryeh to celebrate double Hachnosas Sefer Torah this Sunday

 Preparations are underway at Bais Medrash Kol Aryeh of  Lakewood for a double Haschnosas Sefer Torah dedicated by the members of the shul. It will take place on Sunday October 11 beginning with ksivas haosiyos at 12:00 pm. At 4 pm the procession will begin as they carry the new sifrei Torah from the corner of Cedar Row and 14th street to the shul on 521 Hope chapel road. All the mispalelim and their children will be wearing bigdei shabbos for the great simcha. A seudas mitzva will follow sponsored by the Halpern family leiluy nishmas Rav Yosef Halpern ztl whose yartzheit is on the same day. Music will be provided by the Naftali Shnitzler band along with the meshoirerim choir and a childrens choir from Monroe. Probably the Daskal brothers from Monsey and Israel will be on hand too. Expect road closures during the event.

Jackson Sukkah violation gets national press coverage

NEW JERSEY (CBS) — What was supposed to be a happy holiday for a local family is now quite the opposite, after a local township sent out a violation notice, telling the family to take down a popular centerpiece of that holiday. “I never had such a thing in my life,” Isaac Ben-Attar told Eyewitness News. Isaac Ben-Attar lives in Jackson Township New Jersey and he told Eyewitness News he is fuming over a violation that demands he take down his Sukkah. A Sukkah is a religious shelter built during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which ends this week. Ben-Attar started celebrating inside Sukkahs almost 50 years ago as a little boy in Israel. “It’s a family holiday. It’s seven days and it’s a very happy holiday,” he told Eyewitness News. The violation notice told Ben-Attar to take down the Sukkah by October 9th. “Failure to make the necessary corrections may result in a summons and additional fines.” “I was just wondering if someone would decide to put his Christmas tree in the deck, if it’s going to get such a violation. It’s a holiday. I’m sure they know what Sukkah means,” he said. The violation mentions the word “Sukkah.” Ben-Attar said township officials should know it is only temporary. “It’s a tent and it’s coming down. It’s like the tent I bought from Costco over there to storage my stuff. What’s the difference?,” he said. Eyewitness News reached out to Jackson Township officials several times to ask about the violation. Township officials did not respond.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Zmanim for שמיני עצרת שמחת תורה

Candle lighting  6:16: הדלקת נרות(Yizkor lecht)
Shkia Erev YT 6:34
 Weather: Monday cloudy in the am high of 62
                  Tuesday Sunny no rain high of 69

עשה למען טבוחים על ייחודך

In light of the recent Terror attacks in Eretz Yisrael some local shuls gathered to say Tehilim for acheinu Bnei Yisrael. A special learning and Tehillim gathering took place at Khal Zichron Yaakov



Friday, October 2, 2015

Lakewood: Hoshana Rabba Sukkos 5776

You can buy Hoshanos at BMG Sukka and many shuls 

Get Hoshanos delivered to your door call or text 7325030312

Mishna Torah at Chateu park 9:30

Bais Mordechai: Motzei shabbos /LEIL HOSHANA RABBA: Mishne Torah 10:00, followed by Simchas Bais Hashoeva in BM succa, Tehillim 12:45. Shachris 8:00.

BMG: Shiur from Rav Meir Heshkowitz R"Y Stamford Yeshiva in BMG bais Medrash Mizrach at 11:00 pm

Ohr Yechezkel: Mishna Torah 10:15

Shivti live shiur leil Hoshana Rabba

Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos

Remember to check your pockets for Muktzah or for carrying.
Shabbos Chol Hamoed, Licht Tzinden 6:19 Shkia-6:37
weather windy with rain showers 50% chance of rain. Wind gusts can reach up to 40 mph cool 51F/49F 
Have A Wonderful Shabbos!

Joaquin well offshore

New update just out continues to keep the track of Hurricane Joaquin well offshore. Some questions remain on just how dry the weekend may or may not be and we are working to sort through the latest data this morning. Remember regardless of what happens with Joaquin coastal flooding and beach erosion are still a concern for now thru the weekend. 

Friday 3rd day of Chol Hamoed things to do

Irgun Shiurei Torah Shiur at Coventry shul by Rav Yaakov Zev Smith at 12 pm.

Live demonstration how to check and clean fruits and vegetables such as Strawberries, Romaine lettuce, Grapes, Pineapple at the Sukka of Rav Gruber located corner of 10th street and Lawrence Avenue near Kol Shimshon beginning at 12:00 pm.

Chuck E. Cheese  Chai Lifeline fundraiser at Brick plaza get discounted tokens and free prize tickets.

Bowling, Lakewood Lanes, 101 Locust, Howell Lanes rt 9 , Ocean Lanes rt 88

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Simchas Bais Hashoeva Lakewood Sukkos 2015

List your shul or communal Simchas Bais Hasoeiva in the comment section.

Stolin: Wednesday and Thursday nights following 8:30 Maariv at 153 East 7th Street.

BMG: Thursday night at Bais Aaron B''M 10th and Madison

Roberts shul: Thursday night after 8:30 Maariv 

 Albert shul: Simchas Bais Hashoeva will be Thurs night at 8:45. Rav Daniel Neustadt will be joining.

Bais Medrash Avreichim: Thursday night at 218 12th street

Irgun Shiurei Torah Chol Hamoed at Coventry shul  12:00pm-  Thursday, Rav Shmuel Felder, Friday, Rav Zev Smith 

NCSY will be renting out Six Flags for Chol Hamoed today

NCSY will be EXCLUSIVELY renting out Six Flags for Chol Hamoed Sukkot October 1, 2015 
Park Hours: 1pm-7pm Parking is FREE and the Safari will be OPEN! Tickets can be purchased at the gate! for $40
Six Flags Season Pass Holders may purchase a $10 entrance ticket at the park on October 1st.

Joaquin (Wakeen) update: Looks like will miss our area but expect coastal flooding

Coastal flooding is already happening in Wildwood, New Jersey as seen in this photo. Just because Joaquin doesn't make landfall does not mean there will be no impacts. Anyone in a coastal community in New Jersey, Long Island(both north and south shores) and elsewhere needs to pay close attention. The persistent strong easterly winds will pile water up and they won't have time to cycle out during tide changes. Some areas could see moderate or even major coastal flood issues thru this weekend.  

Coastal flooding in Wildwood, NJ photo credit: Matt Ulmar

New 6z GFS continues east trend for Joaquin and is heading towards the Euro out to sea solution. It now has it missing the NYC metro area and the mid Atlantic states. Right no

Lakewood had a 44 percent increase in violent crime

Hard to tell if this stat reflects the reality of the quality of life. -Half of the municipalities in Ocean County had an increase in violent crime from 2013 to 2014, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

While many of those municipalities only saw a slight uptick, Lakewood had a 44 percent increase in violent crime from 93 incidents in 2013 to 167 in 2014, according to the FBI's annual "Crime in the United States" report. The violent crime totals included in the report are composed of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault offenses.

The number of murders in Lakewood (2) stayed the same in 2014. But the amount of robberies nearly doubled from 34 in 2013 to 65 in 2014, and aggravated assaults jumped from 52 to 97, respectively, the report shows.