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LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014

  NOBODY WAS HURT FRIDAY MORNING WHEN A SCHOOL BUS CARRYING PHILLIPSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS BEGAN SMOKING.  50 STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND CHAPERONES FROM THE BARBER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WERE EVACUATED WHEN THE BUS BEGAN SMOKING ON ROUTE 22 WEST AT THE BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP-HANOVER TOWNSHIP BORDER.  ANOTHER BUS ARRIVED ABOUT AN HOUR-AND-A-HALF AFTER THE INCIDENT AND THE SECOND-GRADERS CONTINUED ON WITH THEIR PLANS TO VISIT THE LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO.


  IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON SPENDING ALL OR SOME OF THE WEEKEND AT THE SHORE, ACCU-WEATHER'S BRIAN THOMPSON SAYS THE WEATHER SHOULD COOPERATE WITH LITTLE OR NO CHANCE OF RAIN.  IF YOU WANT TO JUMP IN THE OCEAN THOUGH, THOMPSON SAYS BE PREPARED TO BE CHILLY.  "OCEAN WATER TEMPERATURES ARE STILL RUNNING ON THE COOL SIDE, CLOSER TO 60.  IT'S BEEN A COOL SPRING AND THEY'VE BEEN STRUGGLING TO RISE TOO MUCH," THOMPSON SAYS.  IF YOU'RE STAYING IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY, THOMPSON SAYS THE ONLY REAL CHANCE FOR ANY RAIN THE REST OF THE WEEKEND IS ON SATURDAY AND HE IS ONLY GIVING THAT A 20 TO 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF HAPPENING.


  SATURDAY MARKS THE OPENING DAY FOR A THREE-AND-A-HALF MONTH RUN FOR A BRAND NEW EXHIBIT AT THE DaVINCI SCIENCE CENTER.  KAREN KNECHT SAYS SPACE:  A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE WILL REMAIN AT THE CENTER THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7.  "SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE A CHANCE TO TOUCH A PIECE OF THE MOON, A PIECE OF MARS.  YOU GET TO GO INTO A FUTURE LUNAR BASE CAMP AND MANY OF THE VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO RIDE A HUMAN CENTRIFUGE," KNECHT SAYS.  IT TOOK THREE TRACTOR-TRAILERS TO BRING THE EXHIBIT TO THE CENTER, WHICH HOPES TO DRAW 35,000 TO 50,000 PEOPLE DURING THE EXHIBIT'S STAY.


  THERE ARE DOZENS OF MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS PLANNED TO HONOR AMERICA'S VETERANS AND WAR DEAD.  SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE PLANNED SUNDAY AT SEVERAL LEHIGH VALLEY CHURCHES.  SERVICES ARE PLANNED AT MORE THAN A DOZEN LOCAL CEMETERIES BOTH TOMORROW AND MONDAY.  IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, SLATINGTON, MACUNGIE AND QUAKERTOWN ALL HOST ONE MONDAY MORNING.


  NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE IS PRAISING THE PROGRESS SINCE SUPERSTORM SANDY AS HE STARTS THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WITH BOARDWALK VISITS.  CHRISTIE SOUNDED ENCOURAGED IN BELMAR FRIDAY, WHERE HE ALSO PLAYED A SHORT GAME OF BEAN BAG TOSS WITH THE TOWN'S MAYOR.  CHRISTIE IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT ASBURY PARK AND SEASIDE HEIGHTS, WHICH SUFFERED AN ADDED BLOW WHEN FIRE DESTROYED A LARGE PART OF THE REBUILT BOARDWALK IN SEPTEMBER.  SANDY AND A RAINY START WERE BLAMED FOR A SLUGGISH TOURISM SEASON LAST YEAR.  SOME BEACHFRONT BUSINESS OWNERS IN MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES TELLING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SALES HAD FALLEN BY 30 PERCENT IN THE SUMMER OF 2013.  MANY COMPLAINED THE STATE'S "STRONGER THAN THE STORM" CAMPAIGN CAME TOO LATE.  THAT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THE SLOGAN "GOING STRONG."


  NEW JERSEY IS HOPING WINTER-WEARY VISITORS ARE READY FOR SOME SURF AND SAND AS THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY LAUNCHES THE SUMMER TOURISM SEASON.  FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING A SOMEWHAT WET START TO THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND ACROSS THE STATE BEFORE SUNSHINE EDGES OUT THE ISOLATED SHOWERS BY SUNDAY.  AAA-MID-ATLANTIC IS PREDICTING A SLIGHT INCREASE IN TRAFFIC OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, WITH APPROXIMATELY 944,000 RESIDENTS TRAVELING 50 MILES OR MORE.  THE AUTO CLUB SAYS THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR GASOLINE IN THE STATE IS $3.50 A GALLON, UP FROM $3.41 THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

 

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