Ocean City – Dry Town in New Jersey

Ocean City is one of the most sought after family oriented resort cities in the New Jersey state of USA. It is located in the Cape May County and is the principal city of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city was earlier known as Peck’s beach named so after the whaler John Peck who used the island as a staging spot for his whaling operation. It is a seven mile stretch of sand dunes, meadows and cedar swamps. He and his men put their freshly caught whales here while they went searching for more.

Subsequently, the island also served as a summer fishing camp for the local Native Americans, cattle graze land and an occasional hunting or picnic spot for mainland people who used to visit the place by boat.

The island was originally owned by the Somers family and many families lived there. Eventually, it was Parker Mills and his family who became the first year round residents of the city.

The present day it came into existence in 1879, when four Methodist Ministers bought the Peck’s Beach to make it a Christian seaside resort and a camp meeting place. They all gathered under a Cedar Tree, which still stands today in the Lobby of the Ocean City Tabernacle.

They chose the name Ocean City for the newly acquired land and formed the Ocean City Association. The layout for the streets, cottages, hotel and businesses was finalized. The Ocean City Tabernacle was built between Wesley and Asbury Avenues and between 5th and 6th Streets. Thus, the Ocean City was born out of such religious circumstances. And due to this, the seaside resort city has prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages within its limits which is very well suited to the families visiting the place.

Even though there are no bars to visit in the evening, yet there are plenty other things that can be enjoyed by the visiting folks. This place is truly a family resort town and has many activities and attractions to keep the people occupied.

Major Attractions & Activities in Ocean City:

Beach & Boards: Ocean City has one of the most scenic beaches and has been named as the number one beach in New Jersey. One of the things one needs to keep in mind while going on the beach is that beach tags are mandatory and are available at the cost of 5 dollars for the day, 10 dollars for the week and 20 dollars for the season.

The Boardwalk is another place which is a must see for the visitors to the city. The Boardwalk has been built and rebuilt many times. One of the major attractions on the Boardwalk is the 146-feet Ferris wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

Bountiful Nature: OC has a bountiful nature to showcase. It offers plenty of outdoor activities apart from the beaches and the boardwalk. There are many amazing places like the Bayside Environmental Center, Carson’s Inlet State Park or the Cape May Coastal Wetlands Wildlife Management Area which show the wild and marine life in its most colorful and beautiful form.

Ghost Tour: One cannot really miss the candlelight walking Ghost Tour in the Ocean City. The tour is for a duration of one and half hours which costs 14 dollars for the adults and 8 dollars for the children under the age of 12. It is a very interesting but at the same time quite a relatively inexpensive experience which thrills people of all ages.

After looking at all these interesting activities and the history that goes along with it, it is no wonder then that Ocean City is one of the most sought after resort cities. It is mainly preferred as a family getaway due to its reputation of being a dry town.

Missionaries Winnie and Georgian Banov Bring a New Message and New Awakening to a New Jersey Church

Winnie and Georgian Banov held a conference at Holy Spirit Fellowship in Martiansville New Jersey. The topic of the conference centered on the Awakening. The Awakening means the true Revelation of Jesus and the Cross, and how this will change our lives.

The Banovs work the mission fields from Bulgaria to Sudan. They work with those who have been rejected by societies such as Gypsies, and Palestine Refugees.

Holy Spirit Fellowship holds its Worship Services at the Martiansville Community, and Zelma Johnson serves as its Pastor. It has been there since 1986.

Gatherings and Worship took place three times on Friday and Saturday. At the Friday afternoon gathering, I had the pleasure of hearing Winnie Banov. She had a new enlightenment on an old topic. Winnie spoke on the topic of why Jesus went the cross. Although I have heard this teaching many times before, I never heard it put in a way that she laid it out.

She challenged us at the Friday afternoon meeting to search out the real meaning of Jesus last words from the Cross- "Its is finished." She went to Paul's writings to point us back to the cross and its true meaning. Winnie encouraged us by condemning that Jesus death had been the atonement for our sins, and through his death we can live a life of freedom. We do do not have to struggle to justify ourselves before God.

As, I have said before that I have heard this message before, and I had been turned off by it, and the reason for this, because it came from people who could not let their sins go. These people who spoke about cross only wanted to talk about sin and remind us of ours sins.

Now, I have complete peace and Jesus and the Cross.

Things To Know If You Are Charged With Drugs In A Motor Vehicle In New Jersey

Although driving under the influence (DUI) involving alcohol or driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) are well known driving losses, many are surprised to learn that there are certainly drugs, other known as controlled dangerous substances (CDS), in a motor vehicle carries even more substantive penalies than a first DUI offense in New Jersey.

Most drivers do not realize the substantive penalties that they will face if they are found to be in possession of drugs in the motor vehicle. Even more troubling, if one of the passengers in an automobile is found to be in possession of CDS it is the driver who will be charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. In New Jersey the penalies for CDS in a motor vehicle are severe. The driver is subject to loss of license for a period of 2 years in addition to other potential penalies. Charges for controlled dangerous substances in a car can result not only from possession marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamines and other recreational drugs but also from prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Roxycontin, Xanax, Adderall, Suboxone, Ritalin, Valium and other narcotics if they are not in the prescription container containing the name of the occupant in whose possession they are discovered.

Juveniles are often surprised by this law when they are dropped over for a minor infraction and drugs are discovered on the person of a casual acquaintance to what they are mere giving a ride. It is also common for juveniles to learn, during a routine traffic stop, that a long-time friend in their car has started experimenting with drugs and has some on their person.

When facing charges of CDS in a motor vehicle it is critical to know what the state can and can not prove. In New Jersey, the state must prove the following four elements: (1) the driver operated the motor vehicle; (2) operation of the vehicle was on a roadway; (3) the driver was aware the CDS were in the vehicle; and (4) the CDS are on the driver's person or within the vehicle.

If the state can not prove each of these elements, you should prevail. Always remember, the prosecution has the burden of proving the case against you. Police officers make mistakes in their reports, undertake illegal searches, and lose evidence or laboratory results. If you are charged with drugs in a motor vehicle do not assume that you will lose the case.

The Good Cop by Brad Parks – Murder or Suicide in Newark, New Jersey? Mystery Book Review

"The Good Cop" is the latest mystery novel by award-winning author, Brad Parks, featuring Carter Ross.

Carter Ross, 32, is an investigative reporter for the Newark-Eagle Examiner, New Jersey's largest newspaper; and he loves his job, "One of the fundamental things I believe as a writer is that words have the power to move people."

His commitment to journalism often leads him down a path of peril to expose the truth; and in Parks's fourth book, mystery, mayhem, and mirth continues.

Darius Kipps, a twelve-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, dies in the Fourth Precinct's shower stall from a gunshot wound to the head; and authorities rule it a suicide.

Why would Darius kill himself when he loved his job, and his wife and kids, especially his long-awaited 5-month-old son, Jacquille?

After interviewing Darius's widow, Mimi, Carter is convinced that his death may not have been a suicide; and his latest adventure begins.

Carter lives a simple, single, life in Bloomfield, New Jersey with his cat Deadline; and sports a boring, limited wardrobe of pleated pants in two colors, two colors of shirts and three shades of neckties.

"You have to know what flavor of ice cream you are in this world, and I am vanilla," Carter says.

Tommy Hernandez returns as the newspaper's intern-turned permanent temporary status employee. He's a 24-year-old, second generation Cuban American who is "gay as the day is long." Carter and Tommy enjoy a professional alliance and chide each other's proclivities.

"You know, if you are really going to convert to my side, you're going to have to do something about those pants," Hernandez says.

Sexy, Tina Thompson, 39, is Carter's boss. The duo engages in an on-off romance, with each one having a different agenda. Tina, aware of her dwindling biological clock, simply wants Carter to father her child. He wants more.

Conflict arises when Tina realizes she has competition for Carter's attention from Kira O'Brien, the newspaper's recently hired, young librarian.

Kira invites Carter to an absinthe-drinking party at her friend Paul's loft. His Goth-like appearance includes various piercings and tattoos and black nail polish.

Paul is enrolled in a multidisciplinary "Death Studies" Ph. D. program at Rutgers-Newark; and interns at the Essex County Medical Examiner's Office, which provides him a key for after-hours entry.

After drinking his mint green liquid concoction, the trio sets out to examine Darius Kipps's body at the morgue, which makes for a freaky, fact-finding experience regarding his death.

Newark Eagle-Examiner intern, Geoff Ginsburg earned the newsroom's nickname of "Ruthie," after Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. To monitor Carter, she assigns Ruthie a collaborative story on Newark Public housing with him.

Aware of her ploy, Carter comically counters her game by delegating a story to Ruthie involving Gluten-free, organic food coloring, home pregnancy tests and newly installed toilets at Newark Housing Authority town houses.

The Reverend Doctor Alvin LeRioux (aka Pastor Al) is a 300-pound, expensive suit-wearing man who leads the Redeemer Love Christian Church. He calls a press conference with Mimi Kipps, demanding an investigation into her husband's death.

Carter is suspicious of his intentions, especially when he later requests the investigation end.

Carter soon finds himself deep in Black Mafia Family waters; and his beatnik Chevy Malibu is no match for the bullet-spewing, silver E-class Mercedes with tinted windows determined to gun him down.

Red Dot Enterprises drives the storyline, as it Promotes gunrunning of old, low-caliber, weapons via the I-95 Corridor, which includes the New Jersey Turnpike.

"The Good Cop" features Parks's trademark humor throughout. While visiting Pastor Al's church, Carter says, "I passed a sign on a stanchion that read, PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE IN GOD'S HOUSE, and agreed, just in case God was ready to hit me with his version of roaming charges. "

Anyone with Newark, New Jersey or regional ties will experience a special affinity for Parks's narratives, as the city serves as their central setting. The Garden State Parkway, Irvine Turner Boulevard; and lines like "I'm still a Jersey guy. Aggressive driving is a state birthright," are relatable.

Parks's Acknowledgments exemplify why he's a successful writer. Beyond perfunctory gratitude towards his agent and publisher, etc., Parks acknowledges he has a great life, both personally and professionally; and he appreciates his readership.

Read any book by Brad Parks and you'll vicariously experience his eupeptic presence.

Brad Parks's publisher, Minotaur Books, features many talented mystery writers, including Linda Castillo and Paul Doiron. Castillo's main character, Kate Burkholder, is a former Amish woman-turned detective. Paul Doiron features Maine game warden, Mike Bowditch. Castillo's new book "Her Last Breath," will be published June 18, 2013. Paul Doiron will release "Massacre Pond," on July 16, 2013. To discover more about these authors, visit: http://www.minotaurbooks.com .

New Jersey’s Barnegat Peninsula

The Jersey shore is a popular place in the summer. It offers visitors a place to cool off, swim and just kick back and relax. One stretch of vacation nirvana is found along the barrier island known as the Barnegat Peninsula. On the east side of the island is the nice sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean while the west is bordered by Barnegat Bay. This sameness is just about the only thing that stays the same though as you travel from one end of the peninsula to the other. Each of the numerous boroughs found along the way has its own distinctive personality. Let’s take a look at some of these communities and check out what they offer.

The northernmost communities are just south of the Manasquan River and include two towns, Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach. The latter is typical Jersey shore but with a family feel and its own commercial boardwalk. Here you can also find a small commercial fishery, complete with a seafood co-op and a number of nice little restaurants. There are also hotels, motels and like all the rest of the places on the peninsula, a lifeguard protected beach. To get on the beach, and support the lifeguards, you will need to buy beach badges. There are daily, weekly and seasonal rates. Point Pleasant is just west of Point Pleasant Beach and is more of a settled community than a summer vacation destination. There is an old downtown area (with a lot of antique stores) and some other very business districts.

Moving south, the next community is Mantoloking. Here there is a connection to the mainland, via a bridge that crosses the bay. Mantoloking is old time fancy. Many of the homes, especially along the beach, are very large and quite expensive. Tourism per say is not as important here, as there is little commercial activity in town, no boardwalk and few accommodations available to folks that do not own property here.

Further south will bring you to Normandy Beach, Chadwich Beach and Dover Beaches South. The look and feel of the homes here are in sharp contrast to what is found just north in Mantoloking. Some areas of these communities consist of rows of small bungalows that are accessed by narrow sand lanes. Along the bay though are many larger and fancier homes, many of which contain Barnegat Bay access and docks right outside the back door of each property.

Moving along, one next finds Lavallette and Ortley Beach. While these towns are distinctive enough, as a whole they are much more similar to one another in comparison to the other towns just mentioned. Here their once were mostly smaller beach bungalows, but over the years most of these have been replaced by larger homes. There are also a few hotels and motels, condos and plenty of rental homes. There are also some commercial areas along route 35 and more amenities.

Seaside Heights is the next stop and this is the busiest and wildest borough of them all. It has a large commercial boardwalk with two amusement piers and lots of arcades, games, places to eat and bars. A summer weekend in Seaside is like spring break in Florida. Lots of teenagers. Wild parties. And a packed beach during the day.

Next is Seaside Park. This is somewhere between Mantoloking and Lavallette/Ortley Beach in its feel. Some nice old and large homes, quieter and more family oriented than the more commercialized Seaside Heights and some small commercial areas with stores, shops and places to eat.

Finally the last ten miles of the Barnegat Peninsula is a different kind of wild. Island Beach State Park is undeveloped barrier island. Very unusual for NJ and a sharp contrast to the rest of the paved over peninsula. You can even find wild foxes living among the dunes and maritime forest in the park.

As you can see, this roughly 20 miles of coastal barrier island offers quite a variety of places to visit. In some ways it is all the same while you are lounging on the beach, but what you want do (or can) do off the beach during your summer vacation on the Barnegat Peninsula can have a lot to do with where you stay.

Top Secret Brown Trout Fishery – New Jersey’s Sea Run Brown Trout Program

A little known fact is that in 1997 the State of New Jersey began a project to plant brown trout in the Manasaquan River in an attempt to start a sea run brown trout fishery. Between 1997 and 2005 approximately 234,000 eight inch brown trout have been stocked in the tidal and brackish portions of the river.

To understand the goals of the program, one must know a little bit about brown trout as a species. The brown trout was brought over from Europe in the 1880s and stocked throughout the east coast of the United States and has an ability to tolerate warmer water than other trout species. Since brown trout originally migrated from the sea to freshwater fisheries (many thousands of years ago) they may sometimes migrate to saltwater to advantage of other food sources. These are called “sea run” trout and differ from their freshwater brethren in that they develop silvery coloration that masks their normal spots. These same fish will then return to freshwater, sometimes having achieved trophy size on their rich marine diet.

The State of New Jersey predicts that these fish will reach an average size of 2-4 pounds (or larger), returning to the Manasquan in the fall to spawn. Given the right conditions, such as a vigorous rain, concentrations of these fish could be very exciting. Since the inception of the stocking program, anglers have been encouraged to report their catches to the Lebanon Fisheries Lab by phone at 908-236-2118. However, as 0f 2004 there had only been 112 such reports. Ther is speculation that the paucity of reportage could be the result of an effort by anglers to not “spoil” the great fishing by creating an influx of other anglers. However, with the massive stocking effort and possibility of some natural reproduction of these fish such fears are overblown.

The vast majority of these sea run trout were caught in the area from the Squankum Dam down through the Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area. Some of them weighed as much as 10-13 pounds. The best fishing, due to the brown trout’s nocturnal feeding habits, is in the late afternoon/early evening. Fishermen have luck with nightcrawlers or fly tackle fishing in the fall through the winter. If the water is high, especially from heavy rainfall, the fish tend to concentrate and can even be found during spring and summer months. After a rainfall, wait for the flood crest to pass and the water to begin clearing up from mud and silt. This is the prime opportunity to catch trophy sea run brown trout.

All fishermen are encouraged help the success of this program by reporting their catch. Write down the location caught, fish size, any notches in the pectoral fins, tackle used, etc, and phone the number above.

Get Information on EMT Certification in New Jersey

Emergency Medical Technicians are regulated by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. The Commissioner has made it mandatory for EMTs to earn EMT – Basic Certification in New Jersey for performing pre-hospital emergency medical care at the time of need. However, 120-hours EMT – Basic Training programme developed by the United States Department of Transportation and approved by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is one of the pre-conditions for Certification process.

The course curriculum for EMT-training is based on the National EMS Education Guidelines Standards and National EMS Scope of Practice and includes didactic instructions, clinical training, and field training. OEMS has approved 53 training schools, private and public entities, and community colleges to offer EMT training programs for different EMT Certification levels.

EMTs must complete the OEMS approved training programs to be eligible for a practical skills verification examination administered by the training coordinator. The exam is based on the national and state approved curriculum standards. The completion of the “Practical Skills Verification” and other requirements provides eligibility to candidates for the NREMT Certification Examination.

NREMT-Basic exam Admittance Requirements

The admittance to the NREMT exam has certain requirements including:

  1. Submission of the NREMT – Basic Certification Examination Eligibility Certificate Form verifying that the completion of the training program has not exceeded 12 months.
  2. Validity of out-of-state EMT – Basic or EMT – Paramedic certification.
  3. Submission of a photo identification card; and
  4. Submission of a CPR certification card

The students with documented learning disabilities are also eligible for the written part of the Certification Examination accommodations. They must provide their disability documentation to NREMT and OEMS, 30 days prior to the examination. The qualified candidates are allowed 3.45 hours to complete their Written Exam.

NREMT – Basic Exam

The candidates who pass the NREMT Written and Skill examination successfully and complete all necessary requirements are awarded EMT – Basic certification card. The candidates who are unable to get the passing score get two more chances to pass the exam, but if they still fail to clear their Certification exam within three attempts, they will have to complete the Core 13 program and receive the Certificate of Eligibility for EMT-Basic Retraining Program from the program coordinator. Once these requirements are met, candidates get three more opportunities to pass the test, but if they still fail to pass the exam even in their six attempts, they will have no alternative except to re enrol at an EMT-Basic training and complete the program for the certification exam eligibility. Moreover, all attempts to pass the Certification exam must be completed within 12 months of the completion of the training program.

EMT – Basic Certification requirements

The New Jersey OEMS has also laid down certain EMT – Basic certification requirements including:

  1. Age must be 18 years at the time of exam
  2. Hold CPR Certification
  3. Completion of the OEMS approved training program, including 10-hours clinical hands-on experience.
  4. Passing of the state-approved certification examination/or
  5. The Department approved and granted reciprocity.

EMT – Basic certification remains in its current status for a minimum of 36 months, and maximum of 42 months. Recertification requirements include the completion of 24 elective credit hours and 24 core credit hours and holding of EMT-Basic and CPR certifications.

Minors who successfully clear the Certification exam receive provisional EMT – Basic status. However, they are issued certification when they attain 18 years of age. In addition, they are only allowed to perform EMS services under the supervision of a physician and must follow the limitations set forth by the Department.

Infertility and IVF in New Jersey – Know Your Insurance Law

New Jersey is one of only fifteen states with an infertility insurance mandate. If you work for an employer headquartered in the state of NJ, you may be one of the lucky few whose health insurance will cover some of your infertility treatments. Beware the New Jersey Family Building Act does not apply equally to all NJ citizens. Understand how the law works, and how it applies to your insurance plan before beginning your infertility treatments.

NJ Family Building Act

The New Jersey Family Building Act is one of fifteen state laws mandating some form of infertility treatment coverage for people who work for employer groups subject to the regulation. The key to unlocking how this law applies to you is to understand who is subject to the regulation, what it covers, where the holes lie, and how to fill the gaps.

Where are the Holes?

The New Jersey law applies to employer groups of fifty employees or more, for employer groups headquartered in the state. If you work for an employer with less than fifty employees, or for a branch location that happens to be in NJ but headquartered elsewhere, then you may be out of luck. Also, employers who self insure are not subject to the mandate. Many larger employers take the self insure route, and are therefore not subject to the mandate either.

The NJ law is unique in that is specifically describes a variety of infertility treatments that must be covered. But don’t assume that there is no limit to the coverage. Infertility treatments don’t come with guarantees of success. Most insurance plans will cap the number of cycles you can try in your lifetime.

How to Fill the Gaps

Remember that your unreimbursed infertility medical expenses may be tax deductible and you may get a bigger tax benefit by using your flexible spending account. Also, supplemental insurance is a great way to create maternity leave income, and provide extra protection in case of complications.