19th Annual Citizen Police Academy

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden

Applications are now being accepted to the 19th Annual Monmouth County Citizen Police Academy, Sheriff Shaun Golden announced this morning.

A prerequisite for participating in VISCOMP (Volunteers in Sheriff’s Community Programs), the course is designed to foster and promote an understanding by citizens in Monmouth County of the services offered and challenges facing the law enforcement agencies in the county. It is envisioned that graduates of the Citizen Police Academy will gain awareness and appreciation of the services provided by these agencies and will become “goodwill ambassadors” for the law enforcement and public safety community.

The course consists of six sessions on consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, starting on September 22 and concluding with graduation on October 27th. The 12-hour block of instruction designed to give attendees an overview of law enforcement services in Monmouth County and features presentations by municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

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Posted: July 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

This week in 2016 Presidential Polls – July 31, 2015

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O’Scanlon: Not all Republicans see eye to eye on issues of homosexuality and addiction

By Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

Last year, the New Jersey legislature voted on a measure that prohibited the infliction of “sexual orientation reparative therapy” on young individuals of our state. This is the frequently torturous “treatment” designed to turn the gay straight. Although I abstained on the vote because of a potential technical issue, I vocally supported the initiative. Recently, the debate on this issue has re-emerged as several high-profile national and local Republicans have discussed both this issue and homosexuality. Their words demand comment.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, taking issue with policies prohibiting this “treatment,” justified his position last year by suggesting that homosexuality was simply a destructive lifestyle choice, which he went on to say was just like alcoholism. Perry managed to insult and infuriate the entire gay community along with every member of every family who has ever dealt with addiction issues – all at once. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon also vying for the Republican presidential nomination, suggested that being gay was a choice – as evidenced by supposed prison conversions. The most recent commentary came from Congressman Scott Garrett (R-5th District), who expressed a refusal to support gay candidates and said the Republican Party shouldn’t either.

These men each have a long list of substantial accomplishments and I bet I agree with them on most policy issues. But on the issues of homosexuality and addiction each of them has demonstrated a stunning level of closed-minded ignorance that – notwithstanding their apparent inability to genuinely embrace reality – most people of average intelligence would instinctively know to try to conceal.

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Posted: July 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Fla. woman with carry permit faces 10 years for bringing gun on Statue of Liberty trip

assetContent (46)A 52-year-old woman with a permit to carry a handgun in Florida could face up to 10 years in prison after being arrested in Jersey City while attempting to board a ferry to Ellis Island while carrying a gun, authorities said. Elizabeth J. Griffith, of Daytona Beach, was arrested by U.S. Park Police on July 14… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Guns, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Lesniak planning a gubernatorial run, won’t seek re-election to Senate

assetContent (45)TRENTON — Longtime Democratic state Sen. Raymond Lesniak said Thursday he’s planning to run for governor in 2017. Lesniak (D-Union) said he plans to focus “on the issues I championed in my legislative career,” and will not seek reelection to the state Senate. He’s served in the Legislature for 37 years. “I’m not running for reelection.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Long Branch Drug Dealer Gets 50 years

Anthony-Nygee-StevensonAnthony “Nygee” Stevenson, a 48 year old Long Branch restaurateur , was sentenced to 50 years in state prison today by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christoper J. Gramiccioni.

Stevenson was convicted by a Monmouth County Jury in May on 91 counts of selling drugs and guns out of his Long Branch restaurant,  Christabell’s American Soul Food Restaurant.  He has been incarcerated at the Monmouth County Correction Insitution since his August 1, 2011 arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office website.  He will be eligible for parole in 26 years.

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Posted: July 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Long Branch, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sweeney wants federal loan program to rescue public worker pensions

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

TRENTON — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday the answer to New Jersey’s rising public employee pension debt lies in creating a trillion dollar federal loan program that will help states avoid insolvency, spare millions of government workers from economic devastation and take the pressure off state budgets. The government aid program — which Sweeney… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, Pensions, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Study reveals the hidden toll on Superstorm Sandy victims

IMG_9943 (800x534)Anyone touring the Shore quickly notices the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy, with outward signs of damage still visible. The inward signs of damage, however, are harder to spot: Children who are nervous every time it rains, parents whose health problems mask underlying anxiety. A new study reveals that more than a quarter of the people… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sea cow? Officials monitor manatee in Delaware River

assetContentBORDENTOWN CITY — State Fish & Wildlife officials are monitoring a manatee that was spotted Tuesday in the Delaware River as photos circulated online of the warm-water creature swimming near Bordentown City. The docile “sea cow” was spotted by a fisherman near the Crosswick Creek in Bordentown on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. State Division of Fish… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Body cameras will soon be worn by 1,000 N.J. state troopers

assetContentAll of New Jersey State Police officers will be equipped with body cameras by early next year, recording their interactions with the public. UPDATE: Body cams coming to a cop near you as N.J. pledges millions to equip officers Gov. Christie’s administration plans to allocate $1.5 million of the State Police’s existing budget to outfit the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Police | Tags: , , | No Comments »