S. Thomas Gagliano, 87, of Red Bank, passed away peacefully Saturday April 13that home surrounded by his loving family.
Tom was born and raised in Long Branch, and graduated Long Branch High School in 1949, where later he would be inducted into the High School Scholastic Hall of Fame. He lived in Holmdel and Rumson before moving to Red Bank in 2001.
Tom served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a 1954 graduate of Brown University.
In the mid 1950’s, he served as an aide to the U.S. Third District for Congressman James C. Auchincloss, while a student at Georgetown University Law School where he graduated in 1959.
I have had the honor of serving my community as a Borough Councilman for 16 years. During that period, I worked with two incredible people who held the position of Mayor of Little Silver. The first eight years (2000 to 2008) were spent working and collaborating with Suzy Castleman. The second eight years (2011 to present) joining forces with Bob Neff. Although both terms are unique, due to different issues facing our town and our society, there are incredible similarities in both leaders and how they managed Little Silver.
I want to start by clarifying, being Mayor of Little Silver is not a ceremonial job. The job entails many long hours, lots of hard work, tough decisions and difficult negotiations. Being Mayor also means doing copious amounts of research in order to make the most educated decisions for the town. These decisions are usually not the easy or popular ones. And while Suzy and Bob had a completely different approach, I never wavered in my belief that both Mayors have always had only the best interests of their constituents in mind. All decisions were for the greater good, not to win popularity contests or to post photos.
Spring Job Fair at Brookdale Community College, April 2014. file photo by Art Gallagher
Monmouth County residents looking for work or a new career have the opportunity to meet with over 150 employers looking for local talent on Friday, April 12 from 10 am till 1 pm at Brookdale Community College, thanks to the Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Workforce Development Board, Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Monmouth-Ocean Development Council and Brookdale Community College, Deputy Freeholder Director Patrick Impreveduto announced.
“Top employers throughout the Monmouth County area will be looking to hire qualified candidates at this spring job fair,” said Deputy Director Patrick Impreveduto, liaison to the County’s Division of Workforce Development. “The job fairs at Brookdale are one of the many ways the County directly helps residents while also working to strengthen our local businesses and companies.”
Congressman Chris Smith said that the legalistic stonewalling on the part of Garden City Community College “begs the question of a cover-up” of wrong doing or negligence regarding the death of 19 year old football player Braden Bradforth.
We have a lot of exciting events and programs in the coming weeks and months. However, I want to take the time this week to write about one of our biggest and most popular events returning this weekend – Made in Monmouth!
The Navy Seal who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden will be appearing in Monmouth County on Thursday evening, April 11 from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. The doors open at 5.
Robert O’Neill, formerly of Seal Team 6 and author of The Operator: Firing the shots that killed Osama bin Laden and my years as a Seal Team Warrior, absorbingly relates the 2011 Navy Seal mission that sealed the fate of Osama bin Laden. O’Neill offers a highly anticipated gripping presentation that you’ll never forget, followed by a public Q&A session and professional photo-opportunity with the American Hero.
By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder Director
Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
Last week the 2019 Monmouth County budget was approved during the March 18th meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The adopted budget is $449.6 million, for comparison, in 2010 the County Budget peaked at $493.4 million, before its steady descent to $449.6 million in 2019, a decrease of $43.8 million.
In 2010 the County spent $173.6 million on salaries and wages, and in 2018 the county spent $166.8 million. That amounts to a $6.8 million reduction in payroll spending while providing salary increases to our employees in each of those years, and maintaining services. This can be credited to an aggressive approach to vacancies and the provision of services including job consolidation, shared services, and outsourcing.