Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, June 24-26, 2016

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, June 24

  • Jersey Shore Greek Festival (Ocean Twp.)MORE INFO
  • St. Leo the Great Carnival (Lincroft)MORE INFO
  • Nick Clemons Concert (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Man of La Mancha by Stone Church Players (Navesink) – MORE INFO
  • Danny White & Friends Concert (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Shark Challenge ’16 (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • “Seeing Stars: Every Flag Tells A Story” Exhibit (Highlands)MORE INFO

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Posted: June 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Freeholders Give Combat Wounded Vets Special Parking Privileges

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The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Gary Rich, Lillian Burry, Director Tom Arnone, Deputy Director Serena DiMaso and John Curly, commemorate the installation of a Wounded Warrior parking spot at the Hall of Records.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has followed the lead of Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso in making the lives of combat wounded war veterans a little easier.

Under a new program announced yesterday, the Freeholders are designating special parking spaces at county facilities for use by Purple Heart Medal recipients.

“We all recognize the tremendous sacrifices our military personnel have made to secure the freedoms we enjoy every day,” said DiMaso. “Regretfully, many of these men and women have returned home with physical and emotional injuries that will follow them the rest of their lives. A designated parking space is a simple way to say thank you.”

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

N.J. lawmakers move forward on $38.4B state budget

assetContentTRENTON — Senate and Assembly budget committees approved a $34.8 billion Democratic state budget plan for the coming fiscal year that tacks on about $275 million in spending to governor’s plan. With focus on a tax plan to rescue the Transportation Trust Fund, budget talks have been more bridled than in years past. Senate Budget and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , | No Comments »

Sonnek-Schmelz: Pallone’s behavior is disgraceful

Congressman Frank Pallone sitting on the House floor. Photo via twitter

Congressman Frank Pallone sitting on the House floor. Photo via twitter

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, the Republican candidate challenging Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey’s 6th District, called the 28 year incumbent’s behavior on the floor of the House of Representatives “disgraceful.”

“Frank Pallone’s behavior of the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday was disgraceful,” said Sonnek-Schmelz. “After bragging about being in Congress for 28 years, Pallone said that the theatrics he and his colleagues conducted before an empty chamber was his proudest moment of those 28 years.”

“Frank’s right,” the challenger continued, “he does not have much to be proud about after 28 years.”

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Posted: June 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Highlands Employees Injured When Old Borough Hall Ceiling Collapses

HighlandsHighlands Borough Clerk Carolyn Cummins and Assistant Borough Clerk Debbie Daily were seriously injured this morning when the ceiling of the former borough hall collapsed under them.

The women were in the attic of the Sandy damaged building looking for official documents when the collapse occured.

Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan said that a Medi Vac Helicopter was called for Cummins, but then called off.  Both women have been transported to the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

UPDATE: Both women are expected to make a full recovery.

Highlands’ municipal operations have been conducted in trailers since shortly after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the borough.

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Posted: June 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments »

Hit and Run Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 15 year Old Atlantic Highlands Girl

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Toni Ann Marletta in Judge Ronald Reisner’s Court Room, June 20, 2016

Toni Ann Marletta, the 50 year old Leonardo woman accused of killing Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, in a hit and run incident on Rt 36 last July, pleaded not guilty to Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child this morning during her arraignment in Judge Ronal Reisner’s Courtroom in Freehold.

Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle told Judge Reisner that the State has offered Marletta a plea deal which carries a 7 year sentence in state prison. Marletta has until September 6, the date of the next case conference, to accept that deal.

Peter M. O’Hara, Esq, Marletta’s defense attorney, said that he would be filing a motion to suppress some the the evidence against his client.

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Posted: June 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

MAST gets another Fort Hancock building, Students will have a gym

By Muriel Smith

Osprey Sandy Hook (510x640)MIDDLETOWN – “We’re a long way away from putting a shovel in the ground, but if we’re able to agree on a project plan that meets our needs, and is acceptable to all community stakeholders, it will be a huge step in the future of our program. We really can’t thank Ms. Burry and the Freeholders enough for recognizing our need for a gymnasium, and offering their support.”

That’s what Earl Moore, principal at MAST, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Fort Hancok said this week when he learned the Monmouth County Vocational Board of Education and the National Park Service signed a Memorandum of Intent, paving the way  for conversion of Buildings 56 and 23 at Fort Hancock into a new facility.

The announcement, which was signed by all parties involved on Thursday, was made at the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee meeting at Thompson Park Friday.

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Posted: June 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gateway National Recreation Area, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

About 1,000 join at Asbury ParK equality walk in wake of Orlando attack

assetContent (27)ASBURY PARK — Danielle DiNapoli is no stranger to the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, that was recently attacked by a lone gunman that left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured. When she heard about the attack, she said, “It literally felt like my heart was being ripped out.” DiNapoli, 35, of Spring Lake,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

8 things we know about the Jersey Shore’s nasty new jellyfish

assetContentA new and dangerous type of jellyfish has made its first appearance in New Jersey over the past couple weeks. The clinging jellyfish is most likely the creature that stung a Middletown man while he was swimming in the Shrewsbury River in Oceanport on June 11, scientists surmise, based on his response to the sting. He… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Pulling the curtain on Lawless Matt Doherty’s Trickery

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By Art Gallagher

Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty’s first order of business after winning the Democrat primary for Monmouth County freeholder was to promote his record of not raising taxes in the borough.  He’s attempting to put his fiscal credentials up against Republican Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso who, along with their colleagues on the Board, cut county taxes $4.5 million this year and have kept spending flat since 2008.

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Posted: June 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »