Howell Homeless Camp Is Preparing For Winter, Seeking Alternative Shelter For Residents

photos courtesy of Minster Steve Brigham
Minister Steve Brigham, the founder of Destiny’s Bridge , the non-profit organization that operates the homeless camp in Howell, announced on facebook this morning that the organization is seeking to find alternative housing for residents of the camp for the winter months.

Brigham opened the Howell camp last year with the agreement of the Township.  Prior to that, the minister operated Tent City in Lakewood for many years, taking care of as many as 130 homeless people, before Lakewood officials shutdown and demolished the camp while providing temporary rental assistance to 60 residents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Homelessness, Howell, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Inside the homeless encampment hidden in woods of Howell

HOWELL – On a recent unusually warm winter day, a handful of people milled about a camp site situated about a half-mile off a bustling stretch of Route 9 in Howell. The shantytown carved out of a township-owned section of woods has all the makings of a weekend camping getaway: a pantry lined with food, a… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: March 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Housing, Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Howell Republicans Accuse Democrats Of Anti-Semitism

Political mailers by the Howell Democrat candidates for mayor and council, paid for by the NJ State Democratic Party, that prominently point out that development sites are owned by Jewish organizations and charge that the Republican candidates are offering special deals to Lakewood developers have prompted Republican elected officials and Party leaders to condemn the Democrats’ tactics as anti-Semitic and racist.

Mayor William Gotto and Deputy Mayor Rob Nicastro, both Republicans, held a press conference in Howell to condemn the Democrats mailings, according to reports on The Asbury Park Press and News12.  Howell Republican Chairman Juan Malave posted a letter condemning the Democrats mail on facebook.

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Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Howell Republicans Accuse Democrats Of Anti-Semitism

Drunk RV driver slams into poles, fence, Howell cops say

assetcontent-59HOWELL– A Howell man has been charged with several motor-vehicle offenses after he repeatedly crashed a recreational vehicle while under the influence of alcohol Sunday night, police said. Police received numerous calls from witnesses who saw the vehicle being driven erratically on Rt. 524. Witnesses told police the vehicle hit at least four utility poles and… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Drunk RV driver slams into poles, fence, Howell cops say

Howell police rescue man found hanging in the woods near school

assetcontentHOWELL – Three township police officers are being credited with saving the life of a man they found hanging in the woods near an elementary school. At approximately 9 p.m. on Oct. 16, Howell police officers Richard Robertiello, Nicholas Austin and Daniel Bozza responded to the area of Aldrich School after family members and friends of… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Howell police rescue man found hanging in the woods near school

Swastikas found painted in Howell park, police say

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HOWELL — Nine swastikas were spray-painted at a park frequently visited by members of the Jewish community, police said. Police discovered the swastikas Monday at Echo Lake Park, located at 1205 Maxim Southard Road, after a concerned citizen reported the vandalism and provided a picture to police. Howell police Detective Sgt. Christian Antunez, the police department’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Swastikas found painted in Howell park, police say

Lawsuit delays Howell housing project involving Sandy funds

assetContentHOWELL – The controversial 72-unit affordable housing project on West Farms Road is reportedly being held up by a lawsuit filed against the township by a resident. Joe Del Duca, an attorney for the Barnegat-based developer Walters Group, told the Asbury Park Press that construction on the $22.6 million Howell Family Apartments will likely be delayed… Read the rest of this entry »

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Howell dog hoarders appear in court; face maximum of $1M in fines

assetContent (29)HOWELL — A couple who housed 276 dogs in what officials called the worst hoarding case in Monmouth County history, appeared in municipal court in Howell on Wednesday to face more than 500 counts of animal cruelty. If Charlene and Joseph Handrick are each found guilty of a 552 counts of animal cruelty, they could face… Read the rest of this entry »

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Howell Farm Preserved

Thompson farm HowellMonmouth County, Howell Township and the New Jersey State Agricultural Development Committee have purchased the development rights of Thompson Farm, 49 Howell Rd, through the State’s Farmland Preservation Program. The $1,158,268 transaction ensures that the 68-acre farm will be devoted to agricultural use.

“Preserving farmland and acquiring open space are two critical pieces of protecting our environment and retaining its natural character,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry. “It is no coincidence that Thompson farm is adjacent to Meade farm, which was the first farm preserved in Monmouth County 29 years ago. Mr. Thompson’s heirs are to be commended for honoring their father by protecting the land on which he toiled for many years.”

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Posted: May 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

DiBella: End Nicastro Recall Effort

By Joe DiBella

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Joe DiBella

I was disturbed and disappointed to learn that a group of residents have filed a petition to recall our Deputy Mayor, Rob Nicastro.

I have lived in Howell for nearly 20 years and have not seen a more hard working, devoted public servant than Deputy Mayor Nicastro. I met the Deputy Mayor Nicastro while he was leading the fight to correct an issue with how his neighborhood was being unfairly charged for water services. In dealing with the issue facing he and his neighbors he worked tirelessly with local, county and state officials and he got results. When he disagreed with a policy issue he did not try and overthrow the government or overturn a legitimate election. Instead he rallied people together and worked collaboratively to get results. He has applied that same tenacious approach while serving as an elected official in Howell. He was recruited to run for office based and at first declined the opportunity to run. Having seen him in action these past few years I for one am glad he was convinced to seek office.

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Posted: March 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 15 Comments »