Op-Ed: Pensions, Politics, and the New Jersey Education Association

By Michael Lilley

New Jersey’s public pension and health-benefit system is a looming disaster that threatens the future of the state. According to my research and a recent report by WNYC – under new, more realistic accounting standards, the total amount of the state’s unfunded public-pension and retiree healthcare liabilities is $253 billion. The state budget is… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

An inside look at an international ATM scheme targeting these Monmouth County banks

HOWELL – An international scheme to steal thousands of dollars from ATM customers by using a device that captures debit card information has infiltrated Monmouth County, police said. The two, unidentified suspects are responsible for cashing in on more than $70,000 in fraudulent ATM transactions in September at banks around Monmouth County and at least one… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

‘It’s devastating,’ says owner of Jersey Shore restaurant damaged in fire

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — From the Clinton Hill neighborhood in Newark to the beloved Jersey Shore, Schneider’s Restaurant has been serving generations of families since 1960. But early on Saturday, the family-owned restaurant, which served authentic German cuisine and homemade ice cream, fell victim to a fire that tore through the inside, leaving parts of the structure the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Long Branch Attempted Murder Suspect Captured

Donovan Wesley. photo via facebook

Officers of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Donovan L. Wesley, 25 of Brick, in Asbury Park on Wednesday, following a 10 day manhunt, according to an announcement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Wesley was wanted for charges including Attempted Murder in connection with a shooting that occurred in Long Branch on October 8. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

What the number one item in the Murphy-Guadagno debate should be tonight

By Stuart J. Moskovitz

Abbott Districts. This was a hairbrained idea created in 1985 by the New Jersey Supreme Court and defined in 1997 that determined that the Constitution required that each and every student in New Jersey must have an absolutely equal education. This wasn’t an issue of race or any other means by which we generally define the need for equal education. It was a determination that poorer school districts have less money to pay for education and therefore the State was required to assure that the poorer districts received state funding to equal the amount paid for education by local wealthier districts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, October 20-22, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, October 20

  • Mutual Philanthropy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Haunted Theater at Brookdale CC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Young Frankenstein at Spring Lake Theatre – MORE INFO
  • Camp Evans Base of Terror (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • Picnic by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Guys & Dolls at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • “Legend of the Jersey Devil” at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

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Posted: October 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Today, Tuesday October 17, is the last day to register to vote

If you’re not registered to vote and you want to have a say in choosing New Jersey’s next Governor, your next Senator, Assembly members, Freeholders and municipal officials, you need to act today.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon reports that the Supervisor of Elections Office at 300 Halls Mills Rd., Freehold Township,  will be open until 9 p.m. tonight in order to accommodate new voters.   Additionally, the Bradley Beach Municipal Clerk’s Office is staying open till 9 p.m. to accept new registrations.   Ocean Township’s Clerk is staying open until 7 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 17th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Opinion: Vote Yes to fund library construction

By Don Burden

While it is imperative for voters to cast their ballots for all candidates they feel will continue to bring outstanding government to Monmouth County and its municipalities, careful attention should also be paid to the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act, the first question on the ballot.   A yes vote here will provide $125,000,000 for construction and renovation projects throughout the state on a matching basis with the library itself.

The goals of the bond issue are to continue to upgrade of public library facilities, a goal that has been paramount to the Monmouth County Library Commission since its inception. Routine upkeep and continued improvements to keep up with the newest technology are necessary to meet community needs and strengthen the state’s economy through the creation of opportunities for New Jersey businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Library, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Ethiopian-Americans thank Congressman Chris Smith

Rep. Chris Smith won House Foreign Affairs Committee approval in July of a resolution highlighting human rights violations by the current government in Ethiopia and calling for punitive actions against those government officials carrying out the abuses. “For the past 12 years, my staff and I have visited Ethiopia, spoken with Ethiopian officials, talked to a… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Rights, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Temperature records could fall Sunday when Al Gore comes to Monmouth County

It will feel like summer again in New Jersey on Sunday, with temperatures nearing record highs for this time of year. Temperatures will be in the high 70s to low 80s in most parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service. There will be fog and some rain in the morning, but that is… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | No Comments »