DiBella resigns from Brookdale Board

Joe DiBella

Joe DiBella, the former mayor of Howell, resigned from the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday, according to a report in The Asbury Park Press.

DiBella had been on a leave of absence from the Board since last September following a controversy over his allegedly “liking” racist and sexist posts on twitter. DiBella took his leave of absence after receiving death threats over the tweets.    The tweets had caused an uproar on campus. Students and faculty demanded he resign.

DiBella has consistently denied “liking” the tweets.  He has suggested that either his twitter account was hacked or the images were altered to make it appear he “liked” the offensive posts.  At DiBella’s request, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into the alleged hacking.  The status of the investigation is unknown.

 

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Posted: March 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Terrance Weldon, former Ocean Twp Mayor and Asbury Park City Manager Died Today

Terrance D. Weldon, 1948-2017

Terrance Weldon, the former Ocean Township Mayor and Asbury Park city manager who was a central figure in the Operation Bid Rig scandal, died today at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, according to an entry on the website of the Buckley Funeral Home.  Weldon was 68 years old.

On October 10, 2002, Weldon pleaded guilty to federal charges of accepting $60,000 in bribes from three developers between 1998 and 2001.  He remained out of prison until January of 2008 while he cooperated with U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s Operation Bid Rig into public corruption in Monmouth County.  His cooperation led to the convictions of Howard Schoor, the principle of the Schoor DePalma engineering firm, and three other guilty pleas.

U.S. District Judge William H. Walls rejected pleas for leniency by both the U.S Attorney’s Office and Weldon’s attorney when sentencing Weldon to 58 months in federal prison and a $20,000 fine on August 27, 2007. New Jersey officials stripped Weldon of his $20,000 per year public pension in February of 2008.

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

Opinion: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff In 1866, Surrogate Gideon J. Tucker wrote that “[n]o man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Over a hundred years later, the New Jersey Legislature is doing its very best to keep Surrogate Tucker’s warning pertinent by once again advancing special-interest legislation that reaches for a new low… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: March 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Middletown Township Reduces Spending and Property Taxes In 2017 Budget

Middletown Township Committee

The Middletown Township Committee will introduce a budget on Monday night that reduces Township spending by $161,459 and reduces the municipal tax rate by 3.49%

“We’ve taken a fine tooth comb to this budget in order to develop a spending plan that reduces costs without sacrificing core essential services,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. “We consistently seek ways to further minimize costs, maximize revenues and stretch a dollar.”

For the average homeowner, municipal taxes will decrease $5.31 this year.

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Posted: March 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Dr. Maureen Murphy resigns as Brookdale President

Dr. Maureen Murphy PhD

For the third time in seven years, Brookdale Community College is looking for a new president.

Dr. Maureen Murphy resigned today, effective June 30.  She will become president of College of Southern Maryland effective July 1.

Murphy took the helm of Brookdale in 2012 when she replaced interim President William M. Toms.  Toms led the college after Peter Burnham, who had been president for about 20 years, resigned in March of 2011 due a scandal over his padding his expense reports and a student loan for his son.

In 2015, Murphy was a finalist for the presidency of Blinn College’s Bryan, Texas campus.

Murphy said she took the College of Southern Maryland job “for personal reasons,” according to The Asbury Park Press.  She has changed jobs every 4-5 years since 1999, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Monmouth Dems will nominate a doctor and a lawyer for freeholder seats

Brian Wilton and Dr. Margaret Donlon

The Monmouth County Democrats are set to nominate a personal injury attorney and a doctor who specializes in reducing pain and improving function of injured patients for freeholder when they hold their mini-convention at the Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning March 18.

Kevin Wilton, the Mayor of Lake Como, is a partner in the Wilton Law Firm, which is located across the street from Middletown Town Hall. The firm specializes in car accidents, personal injury and workers compensation, according to its website.

Dr. Margaret Donlon, MD, a resident of West Allenhurst (Ocean Township) practices pain and rehabilitation medicine at Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown and Morganville.

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Posted: March 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

State Police Seeks Help In Locating 14 Year Old Girl Missing From Millstone Group Home

The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jermasia Wright, a 14 year old black female who has been missing from the Pine Drive Group Home in Millstone since March 1, 2017.

Jermasia Wright is 5’8”, 120 pounds and has a dark complexion. She has ties to Sewell, Glassboro, and Hackensack in New Jersey as well as Wilmington, Delaware. She also uses the alias, Mia Hollston, according to the NJSP announcement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000 ext. 2893 or NJSP Hamilton Station at 609-584-5000 ext. 5287. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Posted: March 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, NJ State Police | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, March 17-19, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, March 17:

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day
  • New 2 You Kids Consignment Sale at BCC (Lincroft)MORE INFO
  • Top Notch Resume Class (Shrewsbury)MORE INFO
  • Multiple Family Dwelling by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch)MORE INFO
  • Library Friends’ Book Sale (Colts Neck)MORE INFO
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor at TRT (Red Bank)MORE INFO
  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Tours (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

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Posted: March 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Posted: March 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: | 1 Comment »

Golden: Sheriff’s Office Is Ready For Stella

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden announced this afternoon that his Office of Emergency Management division stands ready to assist residents in need during the impending Winter Storm Stella and that officers of the Law Enforcement Division are available to assist municipalities in the event of power outages and with traffic emergencies.

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Posted: March 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Monmouth OEM | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »