Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, October 24-26, 2014

By Greg Kelly

 

Monmouth County Post CardFriday, October 24

  • Tri-State Theatre Festival: Halloween Edition (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • Annie Get Your Gun at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • Haunted Hayrides at Allaire Village – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Devil Hunt (Wall Twp) – MORE INFO
  • Comedian Amy Schumer at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • World War II Harbor Defense Lantern Tour (Sandy Hook) – MORE INFO
  • Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives Exhibit (Upper Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Little Shop of Horrors at Spring Lake Theatre – MORE INFO
  • Creatures of the Night (Colts Neck) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Frightland’s Fiendish Circus – MORE INFO
  • Ann Reid at MU School of Science Dean’s Seminar (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Brookdale Haunted Theater (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • InfoAge’s Camp Evans Base of Terror! (Wall Twp) – MORE INFO
  • Bus Stop at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Angels & Ministers of Grace at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Rope at First Avenue Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Captain Louie at Jersey Shore Arts Center (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFOOO_SeaStreak_fun_nj_attractions
  • T. Thomas Fortune House Fundraiser (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Wine Tasting for Ronald McDonald House (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Ghosts & Legends Downtown Tour (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Haunted Hall (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • “Grass Roots” Art Show (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Silent Film Spooktacular (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Church Fall Flea Market (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Ratchet Fridays at Raceway Park (Englishtown) – MORE INFO
  • Eddie Testa Band at The Wonder Bar (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Josh Zukerman Band at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Through the Roots at The Saint (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Ticket to Effective Test-Taking at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Downtown Freehold Farmer’s Market – MORE INFO
  • D-Day Exhibit at NJ National Guard Militia Museum (Sea Girt) – MORE INFO
  • Live Harness Racing at Freehold Raceway – MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • Kids Night Out (Fair Haven) – MORE INFO
  • Yoga for Adults (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Walking Lantern Ghost Tours (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Intro to Hoopla (Middletown) – MORE INFO

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Posted: October 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Analysis: New Jersey Facing Hefty Price Tag For New Rail Tunnels


0118Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation New Jersey entrance to the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City With the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City badly damaged by superstorm Sandy and facing eventual year-long shutdowns for needed repair, Amtrak officials are… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey Future, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Ebola scare in Newark was false alarm, Chris Christie says


IMG_6919A West African man who landed late Tuesday at Newark Liberty International Airport is no longer showing symptoms of Ebola after he was monitored overnight at an area hospital, according to New Jersey media. NJ.com reports the Liberian man had been singled out because he exhibited a fever. “During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Ebola | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Ebola victim’s sister says hospital denied request


ebolaFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case. They believe that information is being… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ebola, News | Tags: , | No Comments »

Lying Larry Luttrell Blames Lillian Burry For Operation Bid Rig

Democratic Freeholder Candidates recount their arrests, Threaten Blogger

By Art Gallagher

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Lawrence Luttrell talked about their arrests and the Lincroft Village Green candidates forum

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo and Lawrence Luttrell talked about their arrests at the Lincroft Village Green candidates forum

Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder Candidate Lawrence W. Luttrell continued his assault on Freeholder Director Lillian Burry’s character tonight at a candidates forum in Middletown.

“There have been 10 indictments since Lillian Burry has been in office,” Luttrell declared at a League of Women Voters moderated debate sponsored by the Lincroft Village Green Association at the Lincroft Elementary School.  “Monmouth County has a corruption problem, ” he said.

Luttrell rattled off 10 names, starting with former Freeholder Harry Larrison and six other Operation Bid Rig defendants who were arrested in February of 2005.

“Those people were gone before I got there,” Burry angrily shot back at Luttrell.

Burry was first elected to the Freeholder Board in November of 2005, nine months after the Operation Bid Rig arrests.

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Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Asbury Park Man Arrested In Neptune Shooting

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealA twenty-two year old Asbury Park man was arrested today and charged with the early Monday morning shooting of a Neptune Township woman.

According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Diquan Speights is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Speights is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $650,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Judge Vernoia also ordered Speights may not return to the scene of the crime and may not have any contact with his victim, as part of a condition of bail.

Neptune Township Police received a 911 call at approximately 4:28 am, reporting a female was shot inside 1827 Bangs Avenue, Apartment 5A.  Neptune police immediately responded to the apartment and located the 22- year-old female with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

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Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Guns, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Fifty Years Ago: “A Time for Choosing”

Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: "Ronald Reagan" | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Opinion: For Gov. Chris Christie, October’s Been the Cruelest Month


repost-us-image-13906378Carl Golden In his 1922 epic poem “The Waste Land,” English poet, essayist, and playwright T. S. Eliot opened with the line “April is the cruelest month … ” For Gov. Christie, though, it’s October. This October. Consider: + For the first time in four years, more poll respondents hold an unfavorable view of him, 45… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

U.S. Ramps Up Ebola Response


Kardashian EbolaThe United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans’ anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government’s new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ebola | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Banks Should Defer Bonuses 10 Years: Fed Official


Fed Res official(Reuters) – Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said banks should move toward paying… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Federal Reserve Bank, News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail


Jamie FoxCredit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox To new Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, the challenge is clear, and so is the solution: After years of “taking a Band-Aid approach to everything,” New Jersey’s transportation system is in crisis. The only way out is to raise taxes to replenish the soon-to-be-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker

photo via facebook

photo via facebook

Olivia Nuzzi’s, The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy, at TheDailyBeast.com should be read by every New Jersey voter before election day on November 4th.  Please read it and share it widely.

Nuzzi, a Middletown native who interned for Vin Gopal’s 2011 Assembly race and wrote for MMM and the triCityNews before emerging as a nationally prominent political reporter, while helping to bring down Andrew Wiener along the way, has grown into a unique story teller with a commitment to telling the truth regardless of the political fallout.

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Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Cory Booker, Jeff Bell, New Jersey, Olivia Nuzzi | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Quarantine expires Monday for many, but worries remain


ebolaWASHINGTON — The first wave of people, including the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, will emerge from a state-ordered, 21-day Ebola quarantine Monday, which should probably spark relief in a region that desperately wants to escape the shadow of the disease. But church officials are considering extra security for Louise Troh and her sons,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ebola, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Supreme Court allows Texas to require photo IDs for voting

Supreme CourtWASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court early Saturday morning let a new Texas voter ID law take effect, the latest ruling in a series of decisions on voting laws in the states just weeks before midterm elections. The court’s decision means Texas voters starting Oct. 20 must present one of several forms of photo identification. “We… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News, U.S. Supreme Court | Tags: , , | 12 Comments »

Gov. Christie signs revised N.J. sports betting bill

IMG_9501New Jersey Governor Christie on Friday signed a revised sports betting bill, and Monmouth Park officials almost simultaneously said they would offer betting on National Football League games at the horse track on Oct. 26. “The Governor’s signature on S2460 earlier today is a wire-to-wire winner for horse racing, the gaming industry and the people of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Horse Racing Industry, Joe Kyrillos, Monmouth County, Monmouth Park, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Democratic Freeholder Candidate’s Arrest Was Not His First Offense

Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was arrested in Neptune Twp on an outstanding warrant  from Asbury Park last April

Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was arrested in Neptune Twp on an outstanding warrant from Asbury Park last April

Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder Candidate Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo  has been making light of his arrest for contempt of court in April.  He’s been mocking the issue as “Republicans campaigning about an unpaid parking ticket.”  The only official Republican reaction to Grillo’s arrest that we’ve seen is Chairman Shaun Golden’s quote to The Asbury Park Press, “If your own house isn’t in order, how are you going to manage a half a billion dollar budget?”

A deeper review of Grillo’s municipal court record in Asbury Park reveals that he has received 29 summonses, including 4 moving violations, from the city since he moved here from Essex County in 2006. “That’s a lot”, a municipal prosecutor who didn’t want to be named in this story said earlier this week.

On January 31, 2011, Grillo was ticketed for failure to observe a traffic control device at the intersection of Asbury and Grand.  Given Grillo’s spin during this campaign, we would expect him to tell The Asbury Park Press, “I observed it, I just didn’t know it applied to me.”

Grillo didn’t observe the deadline to pay the ticket or show up in court on March 4, 2011 either.  A warrant was issued for his arrest on March 9, 2011.  His bail was set at $110.00.

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Posted: October 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Count Basie Theatre Announces Student Film Competition

Basie Project FX

New Jersey high school and college film students will have a chance to compete for an summer internship with Sony Pictures Classics in a contest announced today by the Count Basie Theatre.

PROJECT FX, the theater’s Statewide Student Film Festival, looks to inspire, invite and recognize emerging talent right in our own back yard and bring it before a panel of judges that can advance New Jersey’s reputation as a breeding ground for fantastic technical, directional and / or creative film making talent.

Students from all New Jersey high schools, public, private and parochial, as well as student is public and private colleges, universities and community colleges are invited to participate.

Entries, which must be no more than 10 minutes long and produced in 2013 or later, will be accepted until February 15, 2014.

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Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Count Basie Theatre, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

The Monkey Court (MMM Watermark) GIFThose planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased – after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Frank Pallone, Health Care, News, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

DiSomma: Squash Zipprich DUI Video

Sean DiSomma

Sean DiSomma

Sean DiSomma, the Chairman of the Red Bank Republicans and a candidate for Council in the upcoming election has requested that MMM not to publish the video of Councilman Ed Zipprich’s arrest for Driving Under the Influence and not to release it to any other publications.  Zipprich is one of DiSomma’s opponents in the election.

“Linda (Schwabenbauer, DiSomma’s running mate) and I decided to run our campaign on the issues…making Red Bank’s government more affordable,” said DiSomma, “Zipprich’s allegation that we are responsible for the release of the video to the Asbury Park Press is baseless.  Mr. Zipprich says he’s working every day to be a better person.  I hope that is true and that he retracts the allegation.”

“Last year the Democrats went into the gutter with false allegations against me,” DiSomma continued, referring to Demcratic County Chairman Vin Gopal’s false allegation last October that there was a warrant out for his arrest in Texas for an unpaid speeding ticket, “two wrongs don’t make a right.  If this campaign is on the issues, we win.”

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Posted: October 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Red Bank, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Zipprich blames Republicans for his DUI becoming public

Red Bank Councilman likes to have it both ways

Zipprich arrestWhat do Ed McKenna and Ed Zipprich have in common besides the same first name and being Red Bank Democrats? They both have a record of driving the wrong way on the Garden State Parkway after consuming too much alcohol.

The Red Bank Police should put a DUI check on River Rd on Sunday afternoon as McKenna is holding a fundraiser for Zipprich and his running mates at his home from 4-6.  Red Bank Taxi and Red Bank Limo should make sure their drivers are on standby.  The State Police should increase patrols at Exit 109.

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Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park Press, Ed Zipprich, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, Neptune Nudniks, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Highlands Hero Gets RREM’d

After Closing On A RREM Grant, DCA Says A New Home For Vietnam Vet Is Not In The Cards

By Art Gallagher

Russell Card Jr removes his "family crest" from his family's home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

Russell Card Jr removes his “family crest” from his family’s home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

A Vietnam Veteran from Highlands and his 65 year-old wife had their expectations of a new home  crushed last week when their RREM approved builder informed them that a stop work order had been placed on their project by the Department of Community Affairs, with no explanation.   The family had prepared their house for demolition, based upon promises from DCA/RREM, and now fear they will be without a home.

Russell Card, a 72 year-old Vietnam Veteran from Highlands closed on his $150,000 RREM grant on July 28.  He put up his $18,000 escrow to cover the difference between the cost of the project and the amount granted.  Card, his wife Maureen and son Russell Jr, 35, prepared their home (which was built in the 1890’s and in the family since 1933) for demolition.   They moved most of their belongings into a POD on their immaculately maintained property and moved themselves into an apartment the size of the living room in the Bay Avenue house they have lived in since 1986.  By mid-September all the utilities were disconnected at the house and it was ready for demolition before their new home would be built.  The funding for the new home was the RREM grant, a gap grant of $30,000 from Gap Funding Initiative and $17,762 that was remaining from a $55,000 grant Mrs. Card had received from her employer, CareOne, after Sandy filled their home with eight feet of water on October 29, 2012.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, DCA, Department of Community Affairs, FEMA, Flooding, Highlands, Housing, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »