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Watch: Zombies do “Thiller” dance in Highlands

Members of the New Jersey Zombie Walk “Thriller” Dance Team perform at the inaugural Highlands Zombie Parade & Pub Crawl on Oct. 24, 2015. (Rob Spahr | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Watch: Zombies do “Thiller” dance in Highlands

Zombie pub crawl, parade draws hundreds to Highlands

assetContent (5)HIGHLANDS – When organizations decide to hold an event for the first time, they often don’t know what kind of turnout to expect. Fortunately for the Highlands Business Partnership, an inaugural event it held on Saturday was not dead at all. In fact, it was “undead.” The inaugural Highlands Zombie Parade & Pub Crawl drew hundreds… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Zombie pub crawl, parade draws hundreds to Highlands

Monmouth Democrats Endorse Tara Ryan-Killeen In Highlands’ Non-Partisan Council Race

Highlands Councilwoman Tara Ryan. photo via facebook

Highlands Councilwoman Tara Ryan. photo via facebook

The Monmouth County Democratic Party has endorsed incumbent Councilwoman Tara Ryan-Killeen for reelection in the non-partisan municipal election in Highlands on November 3.

In a sponsored advertisement on facebook, Chairman Vin Gopal’s organization lists every nominated Democratic candidate in Monmouth County on the County, State and Municipal levels, plus Ryan-Killeen in the non-partisan election in Highlands. The Democrats did not endorse any candidates in the only other non-partisan election this November, in Tinton Falls, which is uncontested.

Incumbent Councilman Kevin Redmond, who ran with Ryan-Killeen as a Democrat when they ran in 2012, did not receive the endorsement of Gopal’s organization.  Highlands changed to non-partisan municipal elections in 2014.

Redmond and Ryan-Killeen appear to be running together, as the share a facebook page, lawn signs and have issued a joint mailer.  However, they have different slogans on the ballot.

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Posted: October 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Highlands, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2015 -PHOTOS

Photos by Caitlin Brown

Thanks to John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits,  the annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk survived another year.

The next Monmouth County Zombie Parade will be in Highlands on October 24 at 2PM.

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Posted: October 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2015 -PHOTOS

‘I knew I was not going to die out there,’ says man who spent night at sea

RED BANK — Dylan Gowan’s day on Tuesday was hectic from the start. The 19-year-old and his friend were riding WaveRunners off the beach in Highlands when his friend decided to ride to Brooklyn. Once there, his friend’s personal watercraft ran out of gas, perhaps a sign of what was to come. Gowan drove his car… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Highlands Man Rescued By U.S. Coast Guard

Dylan Gowan. photo via facebook

Dylan Gowan. photo via facebook

Dylan Gowan, 19, of Highlands, was located off of Sandy Hook, oceanside, according the the U.S. Coast Guard-Sandy Hook Station.

Gowan was rescued by the Coast Guard at 6:30 a.m.  He is on land and healthy, according to Coast Guard personnel.

Gowan was reported missing to the Highlands Police at 9:18 p.m. on Tuesday night.  The Sandy Hook Coast Guard station received the report at 9:48 p.m and searched throughout the night for the young man.

An unconfirmed report shared with MMM indicated that Gowan had left Brooklyn, NY on a jetski at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday after driving to the New York borough to assist a friend who had run out of gas after riding a jetski  accross the NY-NJ Habor Outer Gateway .  Gowan reportedly headed back to NJ on the jetski while his friend drove the car home.

Gowan is the son of Kerry Gowan, the well know animal control officer in Middletown, Highlands and other Monmouth County towns.

Posted: August 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Highlands Man Rescued By U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Searching For Highlands Man

Dylan Gowan. photo via facebook

Dylan Gowan. photo via facebook

Update:  Dylan was found alive by the U.S. Coast Guard at 6:30 a.m. this morning!

 

Highlands, NJ- The U.S Coast Guard-Sandy Hook Station, is conducting a search over night for Dylan Gowan, 19, of Highlands.

Gowan reportedly left Brooklyn, NY on a jetski, heading home to Highlands via the New York-New Jersey Harbor Outer Gateway at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening August 11.  He was reported missing to the Highlands Police at 9:18 p.m. and the Sandy Hook Coast Guard Station received the report at 9:48 p.m.   Coast Guard personnel told MMM that a boat was searching for Gowan overnight.

Dylan is the son of Jamie and Kerry Gowan.  Kerry is the well known animal control officer in Middletown, Highlands and other Monmouth County towns.

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Posted: August 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Coast Guard Searching For Highlands Man

Highlands Man Surprised To Find Himself In Christie For President Ad

Governor Chris Christie released the first ad of his fledgling presidential campaign today.  The thirty second spot is aimed at New Hampshire primary voters and will air on Boston, MA and Manchester, NH television and cable outlets, according to a report on NJ.com.  Christie’s campaign will spend $500,000 to distribute the ad over the next four weeks, according to the report.

Monmouth County restaurateur Leo Cervantes, the owner of Chilango’s in Highlands and LaPlaya in Keansburg was surprised to find himself featured in the ad. Leo in Christie Ad

Cervantes appears 5 seconds into the ad and is the first face featured after Christie’s.  He had no idea he was in the ad when contacted by MoreMonmouthMusings.

“I endorsed Christie for his reelection as governor,” Cervantes said, “I did a commercial for him and was part of his Hispanic outreach, but I have not heard from his presidential campaign. Should I sue them?” he asked jokingly.

Cervantes said he has not made a decision on who to support for president in 2016. “I was just talking to my daughter about this.  I know the candidates are Bush, Hillary, Trump and some others, but I really haven’t focused on it yet.”

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Posted: July 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Highlands, Keansburg, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Cinco de Donald: A MexiCan Celebration

Updated with video

Leo CervantesWhen Leo Cervantes is confronted by a difficult circumstance, he looks for the opportunity it presents.

When the waters of Superstorm Sandy receded from Highlands, Cervantes and his staff at Chilango’s recovered the non-spoiled inventory from their destroyed Bay Avenue restaurant and invited the entire town to a free dinner that they prepared and served at Henry Hudson Regional High School which was serving as a shelter for hundreds of residents displaced by the storm.

When Donald Trump disparaged Mexicans during his presidential candidacy announcement last week, Leo, who immigrated from Neza, a tough town outside of Mexico City in 1989 and became a naturalized United States citizen in 2008, shook off the insult and created an opportunity.

Sunday, July 5th is Cinco de Donald at Leo’s two Monmouth County Mexican restaurants, Chilango’s in Highlands and the newly opened LaPlaya in Keansburg.

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Posted: July 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Donald Trump, Highlands, Immigration, Keansburg, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cinco de Donald: A MexiCan Celebration

Highlands Couple Represents Sandy Victims Cheated By Flood Insurance Adjusters

Kerry and Jamie GowanKerry and Jamie Gowan of Highlands appeared in Hoboken today with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker as the legislators announced the reopening of thousands of flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy.

Kerry spoke to the gathered press about her family’s ordeal swimming from their home on October 29, 2012, and the nightmare that has multiplied since.  She said her flood insurance claim paid about half of what the family was due.

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Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Highlands, Hurricane Sandy, NJTV, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Highlands Couple Represents Sandy Victims Cheated By Flood Insurance Adjusters