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

West Front Street Bridge Reopened

Traveling through the heart of northeastern Monmouth County got a lot easier this week after State,County and Local officials celebrated the reopening of the West Front Street Bridge, AKA Hubbard’s Bridge, that connects Middletown and Red Bank over the Swimming River.

The five month long replacement project that came in as promised before the Memorial Day weekend.

The opening follows the construction of a new 488-foot long steel girder bridge to the north of the existing West Front Street Bridge.

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Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Middletown cops shut down traffic to rescue ‘panic stricken’ cat

assetContent (1)MIDDLETOWN – Police are asking the public for help locating the owner of a cat that was rescued by authorities and a tow truck mechanic from speeding Route 36 traffic on Saturday. Police Officer Nichola Fenezia responded to a report of a cat “clinging on for its life” on the median divider of the highway near… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown cops shut down traffic to rescue ‘panic stricken’ cat

Middletown Reduces Spending By Almost $1 Million

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Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray

The Middletown Township Committee is slated to introduce their 2015 budget tonight with a spending decrease of $959,463. The total budget as introduced will be $69,437,466 compared to 2014 spending of $70,396,929.

Decreased non-tax revenues, including parking permits and court fees, of $2.8 million and increases in snow removal costs of $1.3 million and insurance costs of $600,000, were off set by savings from shared services agreements with other municipalities and the Middletown Board of Education, as well as utility cost savings for $223,000.

The tax levy on Township property owners will increase $428,484 to $46,964,220, not including the Township Library.  With the library budget of $3,445,649, the overall tax levy increases by $486,502.

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Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Middletown PBA takes negotiations to facebook

11053463_659426564183397_8224175469663770429_nA rant against Mayor Stephanie Murray and the rest of the Middletown Township Committee was posted anonymously on the business facebook page of the Middletown Township PBA Local 124 yesterday afternoon.

Written by “I am a police officer in Middletown Township,” the post alleges that Murray and the Township Committee are not paying police officers salaries and claims that officers are subjected to sub-standard working conditions.  The anonymous officer claims that the Township Committee gave themselves a 20% raise:

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Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, PBA, Stephanie Murray | Tags: , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Middletown Man Found Alive and Well in Florida

Anthony TaselloAnthony Tassello, the 55 year old Middletown man reported missing by his family on Monday, was been located alive and well in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this morning, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Proscecutor’s Office and the Middletown Police Department cancelled a press conference schedule for 11 a.m. this morning on the Tassello matter upon his location.  Detectives with the Middletown PD told MMM that the case is still being investigated and that more information will be forthcoming, perhaps this afternoon.

Tassello’s car was one of five burned in a suspicious fire at Tom’s Ford’s Keyport parking lot on Tuesday morning.

According to his facebook page, Tassello has been employed by Trap Rock Industries, a Princeton, NJ asphalt company owned by the Stavola family, since 1984.  Employees at Trap Rock declined to give any information about Tassello.

Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Man Found Alive and Well in Florida