It happened quite suddenly in the early part of Sunday evening but the plane crash that occurred at Robert J. Miller Airpark in Berkeley Township drew comparisons to a similar event a few months back in New Jersey.

The crash was blamed on "engine issues" and neither the pilot or flight instructor in the Cessna 172 were injured.

In November of 2021, a 17-year old pilot lost control of the plane leading to a crash at Old Bridge Airport.

It will be about a year or two until we know the full scope of what happened as that's how long it takes for the NTSB report to be completed.

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On another and separate note, New Jersey made the switch from routine plastic bags to reusable and sometimes paper bags this week.

From what we've heard, there's been a mix of stories coming in on people forgetting to bring in their reusable bags to some people who still want the plastic bags.

How did you do this week? Are you in favor of plastic bag ban or opposed?

With regards to the pandemic, several New Jersey GOP Senators are requesting that Governor Phil Murphy lift testing and vaccine mandates for both public and private sector workers across the state.

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, who represents northern Ocean County and parts of Monmouth County, also came out this week and is requesting that service members who were discharged because they were not vaccinated, to be restored to duty.

There were many other stories that grabbed the headlines this week across Ocean County, Monmouth County, the Jersey Shore, and the state as a whole.

Here are the top News stories of the week across the Jersey Shore.

Top Jersey Shore News stories of the week

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LOOK: See America's 50 Best Beach Towns

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.