Blasting the myths and making the case for reasonable speed limits

By Declan O’Scanlon

Declan1The Asbury Park Press editorial board recently took a position AGAINST setting speed limits based on engineering criteria and FOR setting limits based on the hunches of unqualified elected officials and bureaucrats.  The position is so fundamentally flawed, so based on decades-old defunct myths, so devoid of any basis in actual fact, that it’s hard to decide where to begin.

My speed limit initiative is a simple one – set speed limits based on sound engineering criteria.  I would remove uninformed or profit-motivated elected officials and bureaucrats from the process. Traffic laws shouldn’t be based on the random hunches of any of us. Setting any law by hunch only diminishes the public’s confidence in ALL laws. That’s not a way to enhance safety anywhere. Why should the public take a 25 mph school speed limit seriously when we randomly post such speed limits all over – including stretches of roadway that should be posted at 40?  Don’t even get me started on the damage random limits have on the image of our police – who become the face of these arbitrary laws.

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Posted: April 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, April 29-May 1, 2016

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, April 29

  • The Little Mermaid at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Crossing Delancey by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Arbor Day Tree Walk on Sandy Hook – MORE INFO
  • New Jersey Marathon Weekend – MORE INFO
  • Running Through Fire by Lighthouse Productions (Monmouth Beach) – MORE INFO
  • NJHDA New Jersey Shipwreck Symposium (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • Daffodils & Daiquiris: A Spring Open House (Middletown) – MORE INFO

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Posted: April 28th, 2016 | 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 »

Twin Light Museum Reopens On 123rd Anniversary Of The Pledge Of Allegiance

By Muriel Smith

 

Senator Joseph Kyrillos, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholders Serena DeMaso, Director Tom Arnone, Lillian Burry and John Curley and Highlands Business Partnership President Carla Braswell spent some time at the Twin Lights chatting with World War II and Korean War veteran Dick Seuffert of Middletown.

Senator Joseph Kyrillos, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholders Serena DeMaso, Director Tom Arnone, Lillian Burry and John Curley and Highlands Business Partnership President Carla Braswell at the Twin Lights reopening with World War II and Korean War veteran Dick Seuffert of Middletown. Photo by Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx.

HIGHLANDS – Close to 100 people joined Sheriff Shaun Golden and students from Rumson Country Day School in pledging allegiance to the flag in front of the Twin Lights, a scene enacted for the first time publicly at the same site 123 years ago April 25.

In a formal ceremony officially reopening the Museum at the historic lighthouse, Mary Jo Kenny, president of the Twin Lights Historical Society, welcomed guests to the 2016 season at the state-owned museum and introduced the program which followed the US Coast Guard honor guard presentation of the flag.  Golden led the group in saying the pledge as it was first recited at the site 123 years ago, and the current day passage, adopted in 1954.

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Posted: April 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

N.J. law firm, debt collector fined over consumer lawsuits

assetContent (8)NEWARK — The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined a New Jersey law firm and the debt collection company it worked with and ordered them to stop filing abusive debt-collection lawsuits. The bureau Monday announced the actions against the law firm of Pressler & Pressler in Parsippany and New Century Financial Services of Whippany. The… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Ocean Township denies application for Jewish boarding school — again

assetContentOCEAN TWP. — Officials struck down on Monday night a controversial application for a 96-student boarding school specializing in Jewish studies — for a second time. The seven-member Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously ruled to deny the application after a nearly two-hour public hearing held inside the Ocean Township High School gymnasium, as it had done… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Ocean Township | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Scharfenberger Honored By Vets

Township Committee Declares May Buddy Poppy Month

26563788415_71f3196931_zMiddletown, NJ-Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD was honored last week by VFW Post 2179 for his ongoing and steadfast support of the military veterans of the Township.

Post Commander Will Purcell recognized Mayor Scharfenberger at the April Township Committee meeting. In attendance were veterans and members of the Ladies Auxiliary. They thanked the mayor for his continued support of and dedication to veterans. Purcell also thanked Mayor Scharfenberger for his attendance at all of their ceremonies and remembrances over the years.

“We are forever indebted to our veterans for their sacrifice, service and valor,” said Mayor Scharfenberger. “They are brave soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend our country and protect our way of life.”

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Posted: April 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown teacher reportedly forced to resign over anti-Trump video

assetContentMIDDLETOWN – A Middletown High School South teacher was reportedly forced to resign after he showed his class a video critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Joseph Ventre, a history teacher at the Monmouth County high school, was asked for his resignation after at least one parent complained that he showed a video from HBO’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

America’s front row seat at the transgender freak show

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 – In 1897, journalist William Fitzgerald described America as a “land of real humor, of ingenuity, of resource. When some important political or other event agitates that great country, topical side shows spring up with amazing promptness.” P.T. Barnum with Tom Thumb. Fitzgerald was referring to the lusus naturrae (freaks of nature)… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

The Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth Success! Ocean Ave Resurfacing

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

You would not believe some of the items that are made right here in Monmouth County.  From coffee to wine, from dry aged beef snacks to handcrafted wooden pens, from homemade natural soaps to cosmetics…and much more! A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth’ (MIM) expo on Saturday, April 9 in the MAC at Monmouth University. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing.

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Posted: April 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, April 22-24, 2016

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, April 22

  • Kathy Griffin at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week – MORE INFO
  • Becket by Holmdel Theatre Company (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Without Your Approval at Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
  • The Laramie Project at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) MORE INFO

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Posted: April 21st, 2016 | 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 »