Congressman Chris Smith gives future military leaders a fitting sendoff

Neptune Township– Congressman Chris Smith recognized ten extraordinary students and celebrated their appointments to a United States military service academy yesterday afternoon during a ceremony and reception honoring the future cadets and midshipmen, and their families, at the Monmouth County Clerk’s satellite office.

Capt. Pierre A. Fuller, Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Earle, joined Rep. Smith in congratulating the young men and women who are embarking on four years of rigorous training to prepare them to lead in the United States military.

 

The students will embark on their military careers at the end of June or in early July, depending upon which academy they are attending, with a 6-7 week intensive basic training regimen during which their physical, emotional and mental limits will be pushed as they transition from civilian to military life. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Smith urges Senate to pass legislation combating opioid crisis

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith today called upon his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to take swift action on a series of bills that passed this House this week which boost the federal response to the opioid crisis with support for  victims and service providers.

The legislation passed this weeks targets $3.3 billion in funding that was part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Trump earlier this year.

“As the opioid epidemic continues to proliferate, our efforts to treat and prevent this disease at the federal level must be redoubled,” Smith said. “This crisis requires a more aggressive and comprehensive response to the problem, which is exactly what this package of bills will accomplish. The Senate needs to pass this legislation as quickly as possible—the severity of the crisis demands it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Heroin, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, June 15-17, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, June 15

  • “The Little Mermaid” by Premier Theatre (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • PTO SpringFest ’18 (Monmouth Beach) – MORE INFO
  • Mercy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Disney’s Newsies: Broadway Musical at Axlerod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • The Taming of the Shrew by Stone Church Players (Navesink) – MORE INFO
  • Sex & Garbage at Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf at MP (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • Simulcast Racing at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) MORE INFO
  • Live Harness Racing (Freehold) – MORE INFO

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Posted: June 13th, 2018 | 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 and DiMaso Urge Removal of Punitive Language From Sports Betting Bill

The William Hill Sports Race & Sports Book at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation.

“We understand the motivation to level the playing field which was the apparent goal of this language in the bill, however that goal was achieved already—sports betting has been held off for weeks,” said O’Scanlon. “This language only serves to enable sports betting to get caught up in the complicated—and apparently contentious—budget battle. The Legislature needs to amend, move, and pass this legislation by tomorrow without any unnecessary punitive language.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Horse Racing Industry, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Park | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sheriff Golden: Be prepared for Hurricane Season

June 1 is the start of Hurricane Season and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is urging residents and visitors to be prepared.

“Preparing, planning and staying informed makes dealing with any kind of storm that may affect Monmouth County much easier,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “As we approach the hurricane season, now is the time to take those basic steps.”

There is one simple thing you can do today that, if we get a major storm, will make a big difference in your experience and maybe even save your life.

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Posted: June 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Sheriff Golden: Be prepared for Hurricane Season

Police Seek Help In Locating Asbury Park Shooter

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The Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the individual(s) involved in a shooting in the city on Tuesday afternoon, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

One male was found shot yesterday afternoon when the Asbury Park PD responded to a shots fired report at approximately 4:06 p.m. in the area of 1400 Main Street.  A 2017 Nissan Altima, which did not belong to the victim, was found to have sustained a single gun shot to the drivers side door. A gun shot was also located on a garbage can near the south side of 1400 Main Street.

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Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Police Seek Help In Locating Asbury Park Shooter

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, June 1-3, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, June 1

  • Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical at Axlerod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • Lion’s Strawberry Fair ‘18 (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • E.T. Concert with NJSO at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • F-Series Gearup Challenge at Raceway Park (Englishtown) – MORE INFO
  • Green Underground (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Ocean Twp. Town Wide Yard Sale – MORE INFO
  • Eatontown Town Wide Yard Sale – MORE INFO
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Art Exhibit: Decoupaged Bottles by J&N Soto Designs (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO

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Posted: May 30th, 2018 | 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: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, June 1-3, 2018

The Arnone Report: Gratitude and Accomplishment

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Let us not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day – remembering those who have served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice. It is because of our servicemen and women that we can continue to live in a safe nation where we can enjoy our freedoms.

Prior to the holiday weekend, my fellow Freeholders and I held our annual summer season kick-off press conference in Manasquan. We host this event each year in a different town and I would like to thank Mayor Ed Donovan for hosting our County event this year. It was truly a great morning spent with members of the public, as well as members of the business and tourism communities. As liaison to the department of tourism, I know just how important a role the tourism industry has on our local economy. Last year alone, tourists spent $2.5 billion in the County.

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Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Gratitude and Accomplishment

Red Bank First Responder Murdered Sunday Morning, Arrest Made

Andrew Hill

Demar S. Reevey, 23, of Red Bank, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with the stabbing death of Andrew Hill, 26, also of Red Bank, according to an announcement my Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Hill was a member of the Red Bank First Aid Squad and the West Side Hose Company, according to facebook post by the First Aid Sqaud. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Scharfenberger: Proposal to change ‘Freeholder’ to ‘Commissioner’ is wasteful unfunded mandate

By Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD

The proposal to change the title “Freeholder” to “Commissioner” is an affront to every taxpayer in this state.

New Jersey residents are being suffocated by an onerous property tax system, companies like Gerber are leaving the state and taking hundreds of jobs with them, a host of taxes are being raised or created and this is what the legislature is wasting its time on?  If this ridiculous proposal goes through, it will cost the counties tens of thousands of dollars to change letterhead, stationery, signage – not to mention the reams of documents in which the term freeholder is embedded.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , | 19 Comments »