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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.”
When 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.