Arnone: Casino referendum is bad for Monmouth County

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone today announced his opposition to the public question that would amend the New Jersey Constitution to allow casino gambling in Northern New Jersey.

“My first responsibility as a Freeholder is to make sure Monmouth County’s interests are my top priority,” Arnone said in an announcement released by ‘Trenton’s Bad Bet,’ the group that has been campaigning against the constitutional amendment, “Unfortunately, the ballot question on casino expansion is misguided, shortchanges our horse racing industry, and favors a small group of out-of-state, special interests.”

“In no way does this legislation help Monmouth County,” Arnone concluded.

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Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Joe Irace, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sonnek-Schmelz challenges Pallone to two debates

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, the Republican candidate for congress in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District (parts of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties) publicly challenged Congressman Frank Pallone to two debates today after not hearing back from the 28 year incumbent after extending a private invitation.

“Congressman Pallone should live up to his own words and debate me.  The people of the Sixth District deserve to hear him defend his failed policies and tell us why after 28 years in Congress, the loss of Fort Monmouth and the government corruption following Sandy, he deserves reelection,” said Sonnek-Schmelz.  “Pallone was chomping at the bit for debates when it would have benefited him politically during his failed U.S. Senate campaign. Failure by Mr. Pallone to agree to these debates would reveal him to not only be a hypocrite, but a brazen one at that.  I am hoping he exceeds my expectations and agrees to stand on a stage with me and contrast our competing visions for the country and our district face-to-face.”

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Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Get your flu shots in Atlantic Highlands on Tuesday

Scott Eagelton, co-owner of Bayshore Pharmacy, administers a flu shot to his partner, Richard Stryker

Scott Eagelton, co-owner of Bayshore Pharmacy, administers a flu shot to his partner, Richard Stryker. photo via facebook

Are you ready for flu season?

Bayshore Pharmacy, Card and Gift Shop is hosting a flu shot clinic at the Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall, 100 First Ave, on Tuesday, September 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m   There is no charge for Medicare patients. Most insurances will pay for the shot.  Residents not covered for the shot by insurance will be charged $25.00

Richard Stryker, Co-owner of the pharmacy said that the same deal is available at his store, located at 2 Bayshore Plaza (the same location as Foodtown) on Route 36 in Atlantic Highlands for resident who can not attend the clinic at Borough Hall on Tuesday.  “No appointments. No excuses,” Stryker said.

Posted: September 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Fight to End Domestic Violence Against Women

By Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith meets with members of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence . photo via facebook

Congressman Chris Smith meets with members of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Nicole Morella, Cristina Williams and Catherine Hernesh  . photo via facebook

For 22 years, the Violence Against Women Act has been one of our nation’s most impactful laws. Aided by $6 billion in federal VAWA funding, millions of women have received emergency assistance during a crisis and support that has helped break the cycle of violence.

As the first comprehensive legislative package to address the epidemic of domestic violence, VAWA changed the attention to and conversation surrounding how we as a nation can better support victims of abuse and help families in need of a safe space. The law, which I supported at the outset and consistently since, invested significant resources to help prevent domestic abuse, assist the women and children who fall victim to it, and improve the judicial system’s response.

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Posted: September 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sheriff’s Office Offers Child Safety Seat Inspection and Instruction

Sheriff's Officer Michelle Melendez demonstrating the proper installation of a child safety seat.

Sheriff’s Officer Michelle Melendez demonstrating the proper installation of a child safety seat.

The safety and well being on Monmouth County children is one of Sheriff Shaun Golden’s top priorities. Golden’s office provides child safety seat inspections monthly at the Monmouth County Garage, 240 Center Street in Freehold, on the second Wednesday of each month between 3:30pm and 6:30pm and at the Mobile County Connection events held in conjunction with County Clerk Christine Hanlon and Surrogate Rosemarie Peters.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every 33 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash.

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Posted: September 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, September 16-18, 2016

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Friday, Sept. 16

  • Gypsy by Phoenix Productions at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) MORE INFO
  • August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at TRT (Red Bank) MORE INFO
  • Iago by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • The Lion in Winter by The Stone Church Players (Navesink) MORE INFO
  • Handmade Jewelry Collection (Shrewsbury) MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

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Posted: September 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

9-11 Memorial at Mt.Mitchill

By Muriel J. Smith

img_4817-800x628ATL. HIGHLANDS – “We are still a nation of promise and possibilities and I am confident this will always be true,” concluded Freeholder Lillian Burry as she opened the commemorative ceremonies recalling the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

More than 300 persons were at Mount Mitchill at 8 a.m. Sunday morning to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and the heroes who saved so many more lives when two planes ripped into the World Trade Center and collapsed both buildings, while another plane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth was averted from further terrorism because of quick action by heroes aboard the flight.

As in past years, Burry, welcomed the crowd and gave initial remarks before introducing Freeholder Director Tom Arnone who spoke on the tragedies as a part of history and urged all Americans to “Remember…Never Forget.”

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Posted: September 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 9-11, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

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THE BEST BET FOR NEW JERSEY CASINOS

By Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

Burry-Lillian-079The question of new casinos will be on the November ballot, and I believe it’s a good idea, but only if done the right way. Like any business, the casino industry needs to build on existing resources and use potential synergies to its advantage. This means taking advantage of existing betting sites. I’m talking about the racetracks – the Meadowlands, Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway. These tracks strike the perfect balance between the desires to expand gambling and keep it contained. The tracks are experienced in handling gambling and have everything from the technology to parking in place. These are the only places where we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and there’s more to it than that.

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Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Organ Music Returns To Sea Bright

The public from Sea Bright and beyond is welcome to attend. The library opens at 9 a.m. Refreshments provided by Caputo’s Bakery, Richard’s Deli and Strokers Deli will be served at 10:30 and the recital will begin and 11 a.m.

Councilman Charlie Rooney and the Pipe Organ of the Sea Bright Methodist Church,home of the Sea Bright Libray

It’s the first weekend of Local’s Summer.  The crowds are gone, the parking is free and Sea Bright Councilman Charlie Rooney wants you to come to the library on Saturday morning for Church music and breakfast.

Rooney is reprising the Saturday Organ music program he hosted at the Sea Bright Methodist Church/Sea Bright Library last spring.

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Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Organ Music Returns To Sea Bright