The Season for Some Charity

By Greg Kelly

It’s that time of the year when those more fortunate give to those less fortunate. And now more than ever it appears the generosity is needed.

A recent Chronicle of Philanthropy report, How America Gives (which regularly reviews the nation’s charitable ways), shows that only 24% of Americans are now making charitable donations (it was 31% a decade ago).

“Demographic and cultural shifts may also be contributing to the decline,” according to the report. “Millennials have overtaken boomers as the country’s largest generation, and studies widely indicate that they aren’t embracing traditional ideas of giving.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Coward of the County: Curley Doesn’t Show Up For Censure Meeting

John P. Curley went to federal court to get his ban from the Hall of Records lifted. Then he didn’t show up to fight his censure.

Freeholder John P. Curley did not show up to fight his censure at the Special Meeting of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Friday afternoon in Judge Patricia D. Clearly’s courtroom in the Hall of Records. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments »

Things to do in Monmouth County on Sunday instead of watching football

 

Sunday, December 10

  • The Nutcracker by CODA at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Christmas Holly Walk on Sandy Hook – MORE INFO
  • Holiday Celebration at Taylor-Butler (Middletown) – MORE INFO

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Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Watch: Don’t Drink And Drive Home From Your Holiday Party—Today Show Reprise

With the holiday party season upon us, it’s a good time to dust off this Today Show video shot four years ago at Raven and The Peach in Fair Haven.

If you’re reading this, there is really no excuse for drinking and driving. Open your Uber or Lyft app.  AngelLift will get you AND your car home.

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Posted: December 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

House passes Conceal Carry Reciprocity, Smith and Pallone vote No

The U. S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 today, 231-198 with six Democrats voting ‘Aye.’  Fourteen Republicans voted against the bill, including Chris Smith and Leonard Lance of New Jersey.  Congressman Frank Pallone, who along with Smith represents Monmouth County, voted against the bill.

“Today, the House took action to protect our citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in a statement. “The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives. Right now, current law creates confusion for people who cross state borders with a lawful concealed carry permit. The legislation passed by the House today ensures that people who carry their legal firearm across state borders are protected under the law.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Frank Pallone, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Surf fisherman dies after being swept out to sea at Sandy Hook

A fisherman who was swept out to sea Wednesday morning at the Sandy Hook National Gateway Recreation Area died hours after he was pulled from the water by rescuers, authorities said. National Parks Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said the fisherman was apparently wading in the surf around 8 a.m. when he was swept out. He was… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Curley’s Censure Scheduled For Friday, December 8

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Curley asks for money and continued health insurance in exchange for his resignation

Freeholder John Curley is asking for a five figure payment and the continuation of his County provided health insurance in exchange for his resignation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, according to multiple sources familiar with the proceedings which occurred in federal court in Trenton on Monday.

The settlement, if approved by the freeholders, would potentially cost Monmouth County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars as the County self-insures.

Curley has reportedly been participating in the County’s health plan since his employment with his brother’s car dealership in Lakewood was severed last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Monmouth County Freeholders prevail in federal court. Will reschedule Curley’s Censure

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Freeholder John Curley lost his bid in federal court today to prevent the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders from Censuring him and from updating the County’s sexual harassment and discrimination policy.

The Freeholders will reschedule the Special Meetings which were originally scheduled from this morning within the week.

Jonathan Testa, the attorney hired by the County to defend against Curley’s federal litigation, issued the following statement this afternoon: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Will the Monmouth Dems Take Curley?

By Art Gallagher

Regardless of the outcome of Freeholder John Curley’s federal lawsuit to prevent the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders from Censuring him and to seal the investigative report into complaints of his harassment of County employees that he obviously believes will destroy his reputation, it is hard to imagine a scenario where Curley is nominated for reelection by the Monmouth GOP.

Curley’s term is up next year.  The Republican and Democrat Party nominees for the primary will be chosen by early April.

In his lawsuit, Curley alleges that the investigation and proposed censure is a “political hatchet job” by Freeholder Serena DiMaso.  The current mess does nothing for DiMaso politically.  Curley and DiMaso were successful running mates in 2012.  DiMaso is leaving the Board in January when she will be sworn into the State Assembly.  Nothing about this situation benefits DiMaso politically. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »