Over objections of Verona's mayor, the Essex County elections board has decided to move the voting location for one of the town's districts to a private luxury townhouse building, MyVeronaNJ reports. The mayor calls the polling place change, which goes into effect with the June primary, "politically motivated," and argues that the condo not only lacks handicap parking spaces but has a steep grade that may make access difficult for some voters.
DJ, DECRYING TICKETMASTER FEE, CREATES A WORKAROUND
When DJ Rich Russo of the syndicated radio show “Anything Anything” discovered that Ticketmaster was marking up tickets for a July 15 show he's hosting in Asbury Park by 45 percent, he was outraged. But he figured out a way to help music lovers bypass Ticketmaster. He's offered to go to Asbury Park himself, buy the tickets locally at a more reasonable 15 percent markup, and distribute them to concert-goers himself. NJArts.net has the story.
WHAT'S KILLING THE FISH IN A PRINCETON LAKE?
Hundreds of dead and rotting fish have floated to the surface of Princeton's Lake Carnegie this spring, and nearby residents say they've never seen anything like it. Planet Princeton reports that the state's Department of Environmental Protection sent an officer to investigate after resident complaints, but the official was not alarmed, saying that temperature changes this time of year can result in fish deaths. An investigation, however, continues.
TOMS RIVER MAY FINALLY GET MUNICIPAL BOAT RAMP
Despite its miles of waterfront, Toms River has never had a municipal boat ramp. The Toms River Times reports on efforts to get one built.
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