Family and friends of a young Ocean County couple killed in a crash will be remembering them with a special beach memorial a year after their death.
Cole Young, 19, and 20-year-old Marsada “Sadi” Connors were traveling home with their dog, Maezy, in a 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan in August 2021 when it was wrecked in a three-vehicle crash after a tractor-trailer veered into oncoming traffic, Illinois state police previously said.
Both Cole and Sadi grew up in Point Pleasant and had been living in nearby Brick before their road trip that ended in tragedy.
The Cole and Sadi Foundation has planned a Paddle Out event on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Mount Street Beach in Bay Head, starting at 6 p.m.
Beach access is at the intersection of Mount and East streets.
Created in memory of the couple, the foundation's self-billed mission is to "foster the legacy of Cole and Sadi by inspiring youth to embrace adventure through scholarship, grant, and sponsorship opportunities."
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consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC)
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Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.
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Calling or emailing before heading out is always advisable if weather appears to be an issue.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: