Sonnek-Schelmz Slams “Special Interest Money Addict” Pallone For Accepting EpiPen Cash

Congressman Frank Pallone

Congressman Frank Pallone

Republican congressional candidate Brent Sonnek-Schmelz today demanded that Congressman Frank Pallone (Radical Progressive Liberal Democrat-Middlesex and Monmouth Counties) return the $10,000 he has collected from Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ political action committee and that Pallone explain his cozy financial relationships with the companies he is charged with overseeing as the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Mylan and CEO Heather Bresch have come under scrutiny this week after it was reported that the company has increased the wholesale price of EpiPen 400% while Bresch’s salary has increased 671% from $2,453,456 in 2007, the year of the Mylan aquired EpiPen to $18,931,068 in 2015.

EpiPen is a life saving emergency treatment for anaphylactic shock.  Sales of the drug provide 40% of Mylan’s operating profit, according to published reports.

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Posted: August 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sheriff’s staff completes management training

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Capt. Rene Roberts, Sgt. Jose Rivera, Sgt. Denise Palmisano, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Sgt. David Wentworth, Sgt. Joel Fischer & IT Dir. Andrew Calvo

Six staff members of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, five uniformed and one civilian, have successfully completed the prestigious New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, according to an announcement by Sheriff Shaun Golden.

Golden himself completed the program in 2004 while he was a police officer in Toms River.

The new graduates are Sgt. David Wentworth, Sgt. Jose Rivera and Sgt. Joel Fischer of the Law Enforcement Division, Capt. Rene Roberts and Lt. Jason McCauley of the Correctional Division and Andrew Calvo, IT Director.  Rivera was nominated for the Askew Award, a top honor from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers that recognizes exemplary work in completing the recipient’s CPM project.

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Posted: August 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Freeholders approve $35 million in bonds for Fort Monmouth acquisition

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Freeholder John Curley, Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Lillian Burry and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders agreed to back up the acquisition of the 560 acres at Fort Monmouth that is not already controlled by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) with a $35 million bond guarantee.  The Freeholders voted 4-1, with John Curley opposing the guarantee, at their meeting last night which was held in Ocean Township.

The Freeholders’ action enables the Monmouth County Improvement Authority to guarantee bonds issued by FMERA.  With the AAA bond rating of MCIA, the bonds will have the lowest interest rate available in the market.  FMERA will use the proceeds to purchase the land, valued at $90 million, from the Department of the Army for roughly $35 million.  The bonds will be secured by the land.

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Posted: August 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Fort Monmouth, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, August 26-28, 2016

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, August 26

  • Fair Haven Fireman’s FairMORE INFO
  • WFAN Day with Mike Francesa at Bar A (Lake Como) – MORE INFO
  • Oliver! at Spring Lake Theatre – MORE INFO
  • Butler by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Chris Turner & Friends (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Iago by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Learn to Skimboard (Sea Bright) – MORE INFO

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Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Newest luxury commuter ferry to begin Belford service Sept. 1

assetContentWEEHAWKEN – Commuters will get free sewing kits to celebrate the maiden commercial voyage of the Betsy Ross, the region’s newest “luxury” ferry, which will begin service on Sept. 1 between the Jersey Shore and the New York Harbor region, its operator announced Wednesday. The Betsy Ross, named for the Revolutionary War heroine famous for stitching… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Smith Encourages High School Students To Enter the Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Lillian Burry

Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Lillian Burry in Spring Lake, Aug 22, 2016

Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ 4 is encouraging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) high school students from his district to apply for the Congressional App Challenge, a competition for U.S. high school students across the nation.

“The App Challenge encourages high school students to get involved in STEM fields, computer science and programming by creating and exhibiting their software applications,” said Smith. “This challenge is a modest but important step to inspire creativity in students, urge them to pursue coding skills and prepare for good-paying, high-tech jobs.”

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Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Wawa Armed Robber Busted By Middletown Cops

Cole Murch. photo via facebook

Cole Murch. photo via facebook

Cole Murch, 21, of Middletown was arrested by the Middletown Police Department yesterday afternoon after he brandished a knife while approaching a gas attendant demanding money at the Wawa store on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of the township, according to a statement by Middletown Township Police Chief R. Craig Weber.

Murch fled on foot after the incident.  The Middletown PD received a call reporting the robbery at 3:39 p.m.  Multiple units responded and Murch was apprehended in the area shortly thereafter.  He was taken into custody by Detective First Class Daniel Sullivan and Detective Keith Hirschbein and charged with charged with First Degree Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, and Resisting Arrest.

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Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

O’Scanlon: Make Drivers’ Licenses Expire On Birthdays

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is the best friend New Jersey drivers have in Trenton.

The Monmouth County legislator who defeated red light cameras today announced that he is introducing legislation that will reduce the end of the month waiting lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices by changing the date that drivers’ licenses expire from the last day of the month to the birthday of the driver.

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Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Thousands of small fish wash up dead in Keansburg

assetContentKEANSBURG — Thousands of small fish, typically used for bait, have washed up in Keansburg over the last few days, leaving some seaside areas smelling quite unpleasant. “We believe they were likely chased into the creek by either bluefish or skates,” Bob Considine, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said in an email.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Neptune man handed 45-year prison sentence for 2011 murder in Asbury Park

assetContent (1)FREEHOLD — A judge sentenced a Neptune Township man Friday to 45 years in state prison for the 2011 murder of an Asbury Park man. Thaddeus Reevey gunned down Eric Freeman, 22, at the Asbury Park Village housing complex on Nov. 8, 2011, authorities said. In March, a jury convicted Reevey of first-degree murder following a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth County continues to battle West Nile Virus

Ground spraying to occur in Ocean Township and Spring Lake on Thursday morning

Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

The Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division will be conducting a ground spray operation in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township on residential streets near Palaia Park, specifically, north of Deal Road to Dow Avenue and east of State Highway 35 to Whalepond Road and in Spring Lake on residential streets south of Washington Street to Monmouth Avenue and First Avenue west to the NJ Transit railroad tracks on Thursday morning August 25.

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Posted: August 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »