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Arnone Report: Freeholders’ Smart Investments Produce Big Savings

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I cannot believe we’re just a few weeks away from Labor Day!

The Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering has been extremely busy this summer working on numerous projects throughout the County. As liaison to this department, I am happy to report on the status of several of these projects.

At our August 7th Freeholder Meeting, the Board awarded a $9.2 million contract to Hall Building Corp. to complete interior renovations to the Seaview Building, a former commercial building the County owns next to the Seaview Square Mall. This $9.2 million award is a $2.3 million savings to the County and 22% less than we anticipated.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 19th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, August 16-18, 2019

By Greg Kelly

Friday, August 16

  • Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Matilda (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • Train, Goo Goo Dolls & Allen Stone at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • A Chorus Line at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • Hi-Tide Summer Holiday (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • “Real Women Have Curves” at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • “Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love” Exhibit (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

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Posted: August 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Working Together, We Can End Hunger in Our Community

By Kim Guadagno

Kim Guadagno

Tonight in New Jersey, children will go to bed hungry. Contrary to popular notions about hunger in America, most are not homeless. In fact, most New Jersey families that struggle to put food on the table live in households that have at least one working adult.

In Monmouth County, where I live, and in neighboring Ocean County, one in ten residents don’t know where their next meal will come from, let alone whether if it will be nutritious. One in seven of those ten are children. The anxiety and fear of not knowing is what social services agencies call “food insecurity.”

That is why I am beginning a new chapter in my life this week: leading the effort to end hunger in our community as Chief Executive Officer of Fulfill, formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Fulfill aims to not only help our neighbors experiencing food insecurity today, but to provide them with the resources to become self-sufficient for tomorrow. I am excited join a team of 50 employees and 1,400 volunteers whose mission is to “shorten the line” of those in our communities who are hungry.

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Posted: August 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, August 9-11, 2019

By Greg Kelly

Friday, August 9

  • IAATO Italian Festival (Ocean Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • Ocean Grove Historic House Tour – MORE INFO
  • A Chorus Line at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • Monmouth Film Festival ‘19 (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Keyport Fireman’s Fair – MORE INFO
  • “Children of Eden” by Premier Theatre Company (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • “Real Women Have Curves” at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • “Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love” Exhibit (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

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Posted: August 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Asbury Park Must Lock the Wesley Lake Footbridges Permanently

By Tommy DeSeno

The hot local issue is the 25-year-old practice of Ocean Grove (a section of Neptune Township) locking two footbridges over Wesley Lake that connect to Asbury Park, every night between midnight and 5 am.  Asbury Park, led by councilwoman Eileen Chapman and activist Dani Boglivi Fiori, want Neptune to leave the gates open. Let’s explore the history for context.

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Posted: July 30th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

James S. Gray, 1943-2019

James S. Gray. photo by Rhoda Chodosh

Jim Gray, a former Clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and former Mayor of Manalapan, passed away unexpectedly on July 24 at the Ocean Medical Center in Brick.

Gray served as Clerk of the Board for eight years until 2010.  He was previously Director of Administration for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities from 1995 to 2002, according to NewJerseyGlobe.

Jim was a Manalapan Township Committeeman from 1984 to 1998. He served five terms as Mayor and four terms as Deputy Mayor. He served as police commissioner, planning board member and recreation liaison. He believed that by serving his town and preserving recreational space, he could make Manalapan a better place to live.

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Posted: July 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 26-28, 2019

By Greg Kelly

Friday, July 26

  • Indie Street Film Festival (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Monmouth County Fair ‘19 (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Red Bank Sidewalk Sales – MORE INFO
  • “Next to Normal” by Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO
  • “Real Women Have Curves” at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 26-28, 2019

Safety Tips From The Sheriff

With tens thousands of Monmouth County residents expected to be without power for the rest of the week, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden’s Office has shared safety warnings for the use of generators and food safety tips for when the power comes back on.

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Posted: July 24th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Safety Tips From The Sheriff

Police SUV and NJ Transit Train Collide in Long Branch

A Long Branch Police vehicle collided with a NJ Transit train late this morning at the Brighton Ave crossing.

facebook video via The Link News

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Posted: July 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Police SUV and NJ Transit Train Collide in Long Branch

110 Teens Complete 27th Annual Sheriff Youth Week

110 Monmouth County teenagers—potential future law enforcement officers–completed the 27th Annual Monmouth County Sheriff Youth Week last Friday during a graduation ceremony at the Police Academy in Freehold.

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Posted: July 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 110 Teens Complete 27th Annual Sheriff Youth Week