15 people just welcomed Trump to N.J. with these signs

President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey on Friday to spend 17 days at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster for a summer working vacation.

We went to Montclair, Middletown and Asbury Park and asked people what message they would send if they saw the president in the Garden State.

And this being New Jersey, we found no shortage of people willing to take the challenge: If you could show a sign to Trump, what would it say?

Read the entire NJ.com article here. Originally published on Aug. 8, 2017.

Photography by Aristide Economopoulos for NJ Advance Media.

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Sussex County Fair peddles old fashioned family fun

Ewes bellowed at each other, the ferris wheel lifted its passengers to the clouds and the smell of freshly popped kettle corn hung in the air. Just a regular day at the New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm & Horse Show.

The 81st annual event kicked off on Friday at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, and will run through Sunday, Aug. 13.

The old fashioned, family friendly state fair offers attractions and novelties including racing pigs, a petting zoo and a Queen of the Fair Pageant. The event also has monster truck rides, demolition derbies, motocross and BMX shows.

Anthony Bernabe, of Franklin, said this was the first time he’s been to the fair, although he’s been to the State Fair Meadowlands, the annual event is simply too crowded, Bernabe said. Besides his young daughter, Gaia, can’t get enough of the petting zoo, he said with a smile.

Read the entire NJ.com article here. Originally published on Aug. 5, 2017.

Special needs registry helps bring missing teen home safe

A 16-year-old boy with special needs was safely returned home thanks to a pilot program designed to assist first responders.

A good Samaritan alerted the Manasquan Police Department on July 23 an unaccompanied teenager was seen walking along the street, said Manasquan Police Chief Michael Bauer.

Something “seemed off” about the general demeanor of the boy, which prompted the passerby to call police, Bauer said.

Although police don’t know how long the teen went missing, Manasquan Police were able to return him home within minutes of responding to the 911 call, Bauer said.

The teen was listed on the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry, a voluntary program for families and individuals living with disabilities ranging from autism to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The pilot program was launched in March 2016.

Read the entire NJ.com article here. Originally published on Aug. 8, 2017.