Regional Briefs – June 30, 2015

Car Ban Takes Effect In NYC’s Central Park 

NEW YORK (AP) – A ban on cars in Central Park north of 72nd Street is now in effect.

That means the drives in most of the park will be mainly for recreational use.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced the vehicle ban earlier in June. It also applies to parts of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Cars were previously banned in parts of Central Park during the last two summers.

Road Trip: NYC Mayor to Head To Western U.S. for Vacation 

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are taking a vacation.

City officials said Monday that the mayor’s family will be spending eight days traveling together throughout the southwestern and western United States.

De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their two college-age children will be leaving Tuesday night.

They’ll return July 8. City officials did not release a specific itinerary.

Shuttered Southern NJ Bridge Reopens to Traffic 

AVALON, N.J. (AP) – The reopening of a major bridge in southern New Jersey has drivers elated.

Officials initially had hoped that the Townsend Inlet Bridge, which links Avalon and Sea Isle City, would be back in service by Memorial Day.

But unexpected setbacks delayed the $4.4 million project to repair the support beams on the bridge’s movable span.

The bridge was finally reopened this past weekend. It had been closed since Jan. 12 .

Police: 3 Teens Escape From Detention Facility, Carjack Van 

RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) – Police searched Monday for three teenage boys who they say escaped from a state detention center over the weekend after attacking an employee, stealing his keys and carjacking his van.

The boys — a 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds, all from Newark — fled from the minimum-security Green Residential Community Home on Sunday, Ringwood police told The Record.

All three were being held there on probation violations.