Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for boy, 11, killed by car in Keansburg

Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for boy, 11, killed by car in Keansburg (via NJ.com)

KEANSBURG – Dozens of young boys dressed in Little League uniforms lined Forest Avenue on Wednesday night, holding a candle in one hand and wiping tears from their eyes with their other. Many of their equally emotional parents stood with their arms…

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Posted: April 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Keansburg | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, April 25-27, 2014

By Greg Kelly

 

Monmouth County Post CardFriday, April 25

• Sunset Wetland Walk (Port Monmouth) – MORE INFO

Shrek the Musical at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

Trouble in Mind at TRT (Rd Bank) – MORE INFO

• County Family Game Night (Tinton Falls) – MORE INFO

• Belmar and the Railroad Show – MORE INFO

• Arbor Day Trees of Sandy Hook Walk – MORE INFO

Play It Again Sam at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO

Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys at Monmouth U (WLB) – MORE INFO

• College Men’s Baseball: Monmouth U vs. Temple (WLB) – MORE INFOViki_Scudiery-0414-2-page-001

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Aberdeen) – MORE INFO

The Toadies at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

• “Survive Your Husband’s Retirement” with Nora Hall (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

A View of the Mountains at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• NJ Marathon Health & Fitness Expo (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

Nunsense at First Avenue Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Monmouth Players (Middletown) – MORE INFO

The Hallowed Roots at The Saint (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

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Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Powerful, sobering remarks from Congressman Chris Smith

Rep_Chris_Smith_addressing_House_subcommittee (800x508)Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation will address the NJ Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Walk to Washington Dinner this evening.  His remarks as prepared for delivery are as follows:

On a myriad of fronts, the number of seemingly insurmountable challenges facing America today demands sober, serious and sustained problem solving by Congress, the President and stakeholders of every stripe.

Thankfully we have highly motivated and informed experts from the private sector including and especially the Chamber of Commerce showing the way forward.

Like you, I’m a big fan of principled bipartisanship.  Working across the aisle for important causes and goals often yields positive results.

However, in both Washington and Trenton, healthy partisanship has a place as well.  A benign adversarial system—with an emphasis on benign—ought to produce well-vetted policies that serve the public.  At least that’s the theory.

But we live in an age of the perpetual political campaign where truth and the common interest often take a hit. Enabled in part by distortion, surface appeal argument,  the 24/7 cable news cycle  and an increase in negative political advertising, the public is increasingly ill served and tackling tough issues with good faith compromise has become more elusive than ever.

On the national debt, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) a few weeks ago cautioned with understated alarm that our massive current-day debt of $17.5 trillion will skyrocket to $27 trillion in just ten years.  The interest payment alone will be $876 billion in 2024—an amount greater than the combined budgets  this year for Homeland Security, HUD, Justice, Transportation, Agriculture,  all discretionary spending for HHS including the National Institutes of Health, Science agencies and the Department of Defense.

Ballooning annual interest payments as far as the eye can see are unconscionable.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

9th Annual 5k Lighthouse Run For the Blind Being Held May 3 On Sandy Hook

100b3ecb6a3055f718c42be00126efefThe Eatontown Lions Club and the Jersey Shore Running Club announce the 9th Annual Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5k Run/Walk for the Blind which will be held on Saturday May 3 on Sandy Hook at 9:30 AM.   Proceeds from the race benefit the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association and Camp Happiness.   The 2014 race marks a return of the event to Sandy Hook after damage from Hurricane Sandy caused last years race to be relocated to Eatontown.

There will be awards for the top three male and female finishers plus age group awards.   Scoring will be posted on the JSRC website.   Special guests will include seeing eye dog puppies and their handlers from various clubs in New Jersey.   A special post-race gathering will also be held.

Race Director Joe Freeman of Eatontown said, “The Eatontown Lions Club started the event to promote the Association and the good work they do. The event is unique in that Seeing Eye Dog groups that include dogs, puppies and handlers come from all across the state to participate.”

Participants can register online at here  or download printable registration forms here.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Community Announcements | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The Arnone Report

ZERO PERCENT TAX INCREASE

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

 

For the fourth straight year in a row The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has had a 0% tax increase. I am pleased that I have been able to be a part of this budget especially in the hard economic times we are faced with. It has been and always will be a priority of mine as well as the entire Board of Chosen Freeholders to continue this trend of savings to our Monmouth County residents.

Additionally, The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to report we have collected over $1 Million (Actual is $1,022,976.56) in revenues at this early stage in the year from our 911 communications shared service. This amount is based on revenue received from 21 towns. This is a vast increase from prior years where the invoice and revenue collection process typically began in April. This year, the Freeholders in conjunction with the Sheriff through the Office of Shared Services began the process at a much earlier date. The result has been beneficial to all parties as the county has earlier use of funds to help offset our expenses which allows for efficient budgeting for the county as well as for our municipalities. The Board of Chosen Freeholders is extremely pleased with these figures and anticipates the numbers to continue to increase as we receive revenue from the remaining municipalities. The revenue the County receives that is generated through shared services offers relief to the municipalities that translates to lower costs for the services being performed.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and at the last meeting of The Board of Chosen Freeholders a Proclamation was presented to Dr. David Abbott, Superintendent of Schools, for The Shore Center for Students with Autism located in Tinton Falls,. The Proclamation was presented to commemorate Autism Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness of Autism.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Budget, Property Taxes, Taxes, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie and Prieto negotiating over renewal of key NJ property tax law

Christie and Prieto negotiating over renewal of key NJ property tax law (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is negotiating with Gov. Chris Christie on renewing of a law that limits raises to some police and firefighters to help curtail property tax increases. “I am in conversations with the governor and…

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Property Tax Tool Kit, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out

State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out (via NJSpotlight)

It started with a trickle a few years ago, and it may still be only a small stream, but more and more New Jersey families appear intent on opting to have their children not take the state’s standardized tests. Nearly 700 people have signed onto a…

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Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Chris Christie’s comments spark debate over realty transfer fees in NJ

Chris Christie’s comments spark debate over realty transfer fees in NJ (via NJ.com)

FRANKLIN — Several months ago, Scott Packwood, a retired state trooper, started looking for a smaller, less expensive place for his family to live. The eldest of two daughters was planning to move out after graduating from college, and the family’…

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Posted: April 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Taxes | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Al Sharpton talks education, justice at Asbury Park conference

Al Sharpton talks education, justice at Asbury Park conference (via NJ.com)

ASBURY PARK – At a conference convened to discuss education, gentrification, the economy and the criminal justice system, Asbury Park’s black leaders say the city’s path deliverance starts at the ballot box Rev. Al Sharpton was in the city to…

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Posted: April 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Jobless rate rises in NJ as state lost 1,300 jobs in March

Jobless rate rises in NJ as state lost 1,300 jobs in March (via NJ.com)

Unemployment rose slightly in New Jersey last month as the state lost about 1,300 jobs, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector shed 700 jobs, according to the report, and the public sector lost 600…

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Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »