Local leaders warn: Your property taxes will rise unless this happens

TRENTON — New Jersey’s 2 percent cap on police and firefighter arbitration awards must be renewed, or else taxpayers will see their services cut and property taxes rise, local government leaders said Friday. The cap on awards police and fire unions can win through interest arbitration sunsets at the end of the year. New Jersey mayors… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, September 22-24, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, Sept. 22

  • Fall Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Show – MORE INFO
  • F Theory by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • “A Raisin in the Sun” at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Colts Neck Rockfest – MORE INFO
  • New 2 You Kids Consignment Sale at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Into the Woods at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Red Bank Ghost Tours – MORE INFO
  • College Women’s Field Hockey: Drexel vs. Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO

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Posted: September 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

O’Scanlon calls for arbitration cap’s extension to control property taxes

TRENTON, N.J. – Calling the arbitration award cap one of the most important reforms implemented to control property taxes, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said today that if the cap isn’t permanently extended taxpayers will face tax increases, draconian cuts to municipal services or both. O’Scanlon was a prime sponsor of the original cap law and vocal advocate of the extension. He was the only legislator appointed by the governor to sit on the Interest Arbitration Task Force.

“There’s no question that the cap has been successful and is an essential tool for municipalities to keep expenses and property taxes contained,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Every report we’ve done to date has been absolutely consistent and shows the arbitration and tax cap are working together as intended. You can’t keep the tax cap in place without the arbitration cap. You would create a mathematically untenable situation. And it isn’t just police and fire salary costs that are affected, there is a ripple effect throughout all salary expenses.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Obama will headline campaign event for Phil Murphy

TRENTON — Former President Barack Obama will host an event this fall for Democratic nominee for governor Phil Murphy, the candidate’s campaign confirmed Tuesday. The news was first reported by political newspaper The Hill. Derek Roseman, a spokesman for Murphy, confirmed the report but said there were “no details” to share yet about when, where or… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Barack Obama, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Dems step up their hateful rhetoric

DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison preaching hate in Asbury Park, March 31, 2017.  Vin Gopal and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, left, look on with approval

Congressman Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, evoked the Holocaust on Monday, comparing illegal immigrants and their children to Jews in 1941 Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, NJ Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Middletown’s new town-wide garbage collection will increase service and reduce costs

The Middletown Township Committee awarded a five year contract for town-wide garbage and recycling collection at its meeting on Monday evening, according to a press release.

The $21 million contract was awarded to Central Jersey Waste, of Ewing, the lowest responsive bidder.  The new service will commence in January, 2018.

Currently the Township’s garbage collection is broken into two districts. Two thirds of the town is within the “Garbage District” where property owners pay a fee towards solid waste collection. The remaining third is “Out-of-District” where residents have to contract their own private solid waste company. Both districts pay for recycling collection through their regular municipal tax assessment since recycling is already collected on a township-wide basis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Authorities Discover Guns, Explosives in Howell and Freehold

A three day investigation launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office last Thursday led to the seizure of a total of 17 long-guns, 13 handguns, over 21 containers of ammunition and explosives.  Three men were arrested, according to a statement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Investigators received information regarding an individual storing explosives and destructive materials in a Howell residence. On Friday night September 16, detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Howell Township Police Department executed a search warrant at 191 Ford Road with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit and a K-9 unit from the Bradley Beach Police Department.  Numerous firearms and ammunition, as well as a quantity of marijuana were seized. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Wall’s legendary Circus Drive-In restaurant sold

WALL — The Circus Drive-In — the state’s most iconic drive-in restaurant — has officially been sold, marking the end of an era for the more than 60-year landmark. Gerard Norkus, of Harold Wien Real Estate, confirmed Monday that the property had been sold recently. According to NewJersey News12, the Circus is unlikely to reopen as… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Impreveduto inspires teachers to be role models

Holmdel Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto, a GOP candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was the surprise keynote speaker at the annual convocation of the Secaucus School District teachers earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie to announce $200 million to fight opioid crisis

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will announce this week $200 million in new initiatives to target the opioid crisis, primarily designed to overhaul addiction services, as he makes a final push on the issue he hopes will define his legacy. In a 90-minute interview with NJ Advance Media on Friday, Christie said the funding will be… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »