West Front Street Bridge To Close For Two Weeks In August

The newly constructed West Front Street Bridge, also known as the Hubbard Bridge, will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. on Wednesday August 12 through Wednesday August 26, according to a statement by Freeholder Tom Arnone.

The bridge connects Middletown and Red Bank over the Swimming River.  It will be open to pedestrian traffic during the two week period.data=RfCSdfNZ0LFPrHSm0ublXdzhdrDFhtmHhN1u-gM,wz2MFWHjgLxWn3KVST9RZn_eM8y-_XAqmhrE9uAraMkgkx3Az3ir9NyHVcIWywOpNQI6rEhctntdocsNFghKTZsIXmT03AEAPQ2xf-muGqmqN1c1W87gNQ4_izK6n_rpsxTxdTFnypgQ

The purpose of the closure is to allow utility workers to move overhead power lines off of the old bridge to newly constructed underground facilities, and to the contractor to reconstruct intersections on both the Red Bank and Middletown sides of the span.

Arnone said the other option was to have the contractors work in stages, over a twelve week period, which would have kept the bridge open but slowed traffic considerably for three months.  The chosen schedule, made in consultation with elected and administrative officials in both Red Bank and Middletown, will allow the bridge to reopen prior to the Labor Day Weekend and before the start of school.

“This schedule allows motorists to make adjustments to their travel plans for two weeks,” Arnone said.

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Posted: August 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on West Front Street Bridge To Close For Two Weeks In August

Oceanic Bridge to close overnight Sunday-Monday, Lanes narrowed Tuesday-Friday

Oceanic Bridge1The Oceanic Bridge, the span that connects Middletown and Rumson over the Navesink River, will be closed overnight starting at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday August 9 through Monday morning August 10 at 6:30 a.m.

The bridge will be closed for needed work on the bascule span, according to a release from Freeholder Tom Arnone.

“Unfortunately, the work on the moveable section of the bridge must be performed while the bridge is closed to public use,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “We are closing the bridge at the tail end of the weekend to reduce the impact on businesses and local commuters.”

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Posted: August 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Rumson | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Fossil hunt 72 million years in the making

assetContentMIDDLETOWN-72 million years is a long time to be buried but it only took a few minutes to find. Finlay Reid, 8, from Collegeville, PA. dug in the cold stream with a small trowel and dug up a fossilized oyster. Poricy Brook has history washed down its banks after every storm unearthing fossils that were alive… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hit and Run Driver Arrested

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
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Middletown Police have charged Toni Ann Marletta, 49 of the Leonardo section of the Township, in the hit and run motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death in Marissa Procopia, 15 of Atlantic Highlands.

Marletta was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failing to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident, No Insurance, Unsafe Tires and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident. She is being held on $150,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Marletta is not listed yet as an inmate on the Monmouth County Sheriff’s website, as of 1 p.m.

Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, told MMM that Marletta was being held in Middletown where she was unable to post bail.  Webster said she in custody and being transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

Cynthia Scott, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, told MMM that Marletta was booked into the Correctional Institution at about 1:30 p.m.

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Posted: July 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Atlantic Highlands Girl, 15, Succumbs To Hit And Run Injuries

UPDATED: As of Thursday morning, Marissa is still on life support at Jersey Shore Medical Center

assetContentA 15 year old Atlantic Highlands girl who was struck by a hit and run driver Tuesday evening on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown died as a result of her injuries this afternoon, according to a report in The Two River Times.

Marissa Procopio was crossing the highway at the intersection of Ave D at approximately 8:25 pm when she was stuck by a light grey compact car traveling west.  The car fled the scene before police arrived.  Marissa was transported via Medivac helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.  She succumbed to her injuries at 3:46 this afternoon.

A review of videotape of provided by local business owner Michael D’Alessio resulted in the Middletown Police to announce that the vehicle which struck Marissa was driven by Toni Marletta, 49, of Leonardo.

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Posted: July 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Atlantic Highlands Girl, 15, Succumbs To Hit And Run Injuries

In Middletown, Presidential campaigns have to pay police overtime or go without protection

assetContentDemocratic and Republican candidates for President of the United States will have to reimburse Middletown taxpayers for police overtime if they want the Township’s finest to control traffic and provide security for their fundraisers, according to Township Committeeman Tony Fiore.

The Township was left with an overtime bill of about $14,000 in 2008 when Barack Obama held a fundraiser at Jon Bon Jovi’s Navesink home, according to Fiore.  That won’t happen again.  “The Township Committee will not approve the expense.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is coming to Bon Jovi’s house today for a $1000 per head soiree, according to Star Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno.

In 2008, the township requested reimbursement from the rocker, but didn’t have a prayer to collect.  Today, Fiore says the Police Department will not be present for the event unless Bon Jovi agrees upfront to cover the costs.

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Posted: June 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

The Oceanic Bridge Is Open

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Right on schedule, the Oceanic Bridge opened to traffic between Rumson and Middletown this morning.

Working around the clock, in 12-hour shifts, Harms Construction Co. Inc. of Howell has performed repair and restoration work on all four of the bridge’s main bearings that are used to support the bascule and flanking spans on the bridge approaches.

The bridge was closed on May 26 due to the needed repairs that were discovered during an overhaul that was to have been completed in April.  The construction of the emergency repairs was scheduled to allow the bridge to open during the last two weekends.

“We appreciate the patience of the local residents, business owners and visitors while we conducted this necessary repair,” said Freeholder Tom Arnone who “The Oceanic Bridge is an important connector in the Two River area. We need to keep the bridge open and operational as we plan for its eventual replacement.”

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Posted: June 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Rumson | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Oceanic Bridge Is Open

Police officer, public works employee nabbed in massive drug sting

assetContent (22)A police officer and a public works employee were among 32 people arrested in a sting that netted large amounts of cocaine, heroin, painkillers, ecstasy and more than $125,000 in cash, authorities announced Wednesday. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Tidal Wave,” began in October 2014 and honed in on drug-trafficking organizations in Middletown and Beachwood, State Police… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, NJ State Police, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Father shot dead in hostage standoff had domestic violence arrests, records show

assetContent (20)A Middletown man shot and killed by police as he was holding his toddler son hostage early Wednesday morning had been arrested last year for a domestic incident involving the child’s mother, police and court documents show. Scott McAllister, 39, was living in Highlands last May when he was charged in an incident that led a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Reminder: Oceanic Bridge Closes May 26

IMG_6653 (640x374)The Oceanic Bridge (S-31), the span that connects Rumson and Middletown over the Navesink River, will close for repairs at 6:00 am on Tuesday morning May 26 and remain closed until the estimated completion date of June 12, according to Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, liason to the Department of Public Works and Engineering.

The current repair project of the bridge was stated on February 9th and was scheduled to be completed by April 15th.  However, in late April, Arnone announced that while work was being done it was discovered that two of the bridge’s four main bearings need to be repaired. The bearings are part of the mechanism that supports the bascule and flanking spans on the bridge approaches.  The bearings were inaccessible at the beginning of the project.

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Posted: May 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Rumson | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Reminder: Oceanic Bridge Closes May 26