Regional Briefs – September 11, 2015

Man Swims in Choppy Water From Lady Liberty to NYC

NEW YORK – A man swam on Thursday through two miles of choppy, rain-swept waters of New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty while promoting his upcoming around-the-world attempt. Martin Strel, 60, plans to circle the globe in about 450 days. He’d previously swum the Amazon River amid deadly piranhas, the Mississippi River and China’s Yangtze River.

CEO: $500M NYC Ferris Wheel Hinges On New Approval

STATEN ISLAND – The head of a $500 million Ferris wheel project on Staten Island said Wednesday it could be scrapped unless proposed revisions are approved, the Staten Island Advance reported. Rich Marin told the city Planning Commission that the developer now wants a parking garage, power system and terminal. It’s been scheduled to open in 2017.

Report: 1 in 10 New Jersey Students Chronically Absent

NEWARK – Ten percent of New Jersey’s students from kindergarten through 12th grade are chronically absent from school and risk falling behind in their educations, according to an Advocates for Children of New Jersey report released Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Kindergarteners and high school seniors were the most likely to miss school.

New Jersey Delays Using Test As Graduation Requirement

TRENTON – Ninth graders will not have to pass a new standardized test as a high school graduation requirement in New Jersey, the Education Department announced Wednesday. They’re extending the exemption for another year. Meanwhile, students can use their scores on college entrance exams to prove they’re ready to graduate.

Owner of Dietary Supplement Company Goes to Prison

NEWARK – A federal judge sentenced the owner of a dietary supplements company to 40 months in prison for his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated products, The Associated Press reported. Barry Steinlight, 70, told employees to add fillers to Raw Deal products and then falsely certify they were kosher or organic.