Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26-30, 2014

By Greg Kelly


Monmouth County Post CardWednesday, November 26

  • A Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison at Monmouth U (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Camelot at Two River Theater (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • John Eddie at The Wonder Bar (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • River City Extension at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Railroads: All Aboard! at Monmouth Museum (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • WUF-Wearable, Usable, Functional Holiday Boutique (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Des & the Swagmatics at The Saint (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO


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Thursday, November 27  


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Posted: November 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Thanksgiving, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

In Eatontown, Connelly Prevails In Recount

Eatontown "Mayor-elect" Dennis Connelley. photo via facebook with permission.

Eatontown “Mayor-elect” Dennis Connelley. photo via facebook with permission.

Dennnis J. Connelly is the Mayor-elect of Eatontown.

On election night, the Republican Council President was trailing four term incumbent Mayor Gerald J. Tarantolo by one vote.

After the provisional ballots were counted on November 10, Connelly was leading by two votes, 1481 to 1479.

Connelly and Tarantolo each picked up on vote during the recount this morning. Connelly’s a provisional and Tarantolo’s a vote my mail ballot. The final count is 1482 Connelly to 1480 Tarantolo.

Connelly told MMM that Tarantolo congratulated him and assured a smooth transition.


Posted: November 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

The Arnone Report

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Our Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program continues to be popular. We are still accepting applications and approving projects to help businesses improve the look of their building. We could not be more pleased with how the program is going. As part of the Grow Monmouth Initiative this past weekend there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of Little Dog Brewing, a microbrewery located on Steiner Avenue in Neptune City. Along with Mayor Brown, I was happy to attend and cut the ribbon at the brewery’s opening. The Grow Monmouth Business Roundtables will be continuing after the holidays. I look forward to getting back out to discuss the needs of Monmouth County’s business community.

We continue to assist our municipalities with ensuring the safety of Monmouth County and its residents. A few ways in which this is accomplished is through the upkeep of county roads as well as the upkeep of traffic signals. There was a traffic signal activation ceremony conducted a few days ago at the intersection of County Route 40A (Memorial Drive) and Evergreen Avenue in the Boroughs of Neptune City and Bradley Beach.  The Activation Ceremony marked the completion of this much anticipated project.  As liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, I am happy to have been able to be a part of it from its inception through fruition.

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Posted: November 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Pallone’s Status Is On The Line This Week

House Democrats won’t let pregnant Iraqi war veteran vote by proxy

The Monkey Court (MMM Watermark) GIFCongressman Frank Pallone cruised to reelection easily earlier this month, but the race he’s been waging since February for a key leadership post in the Democratic Minority of the House of Representatives will come to a head on Tuesday, November 18.

Pallone is battling California Congressman Anna Eshoo for the ranking position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The retirements of Henry Waxman and John Dingle made the coveted position available. Pallone is the next in line for the job, based upon seniority, but Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in backing her California colleague Eshoo who, as At-Large Democratic Whip, has been part of Pelosi’s leadership team since 2003.

Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, the # 2 Democratic Leader in the House, backs Pallone for the position.

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Posted: November 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County, Nancy Pelosi | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Musings from the NJ Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony

By Chris Fotache

On November 13th I had the pleasure of attending for the first time the NJ Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Class of 2014 was inducted at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and it was a very fun night out. I was there as a member of the press, and covered both the red carpet arrivals and the show itself. I have to thank NJ Discover for taking me with them, since the organizers don’t accept simply bloggers, just accredited organizations.

NJ Hall of Fame VIncent Pastore Aida Turturro

The most popular red carpet guests were cast members from the Sopranos. Vince Curatola (Johnny Sacks) arrived first and was very friendly with the media. Then Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) spent a lot of time really loving the attention and talking to everybody. Vincent Pastore (Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero) was also cool and not in a rush to leave his media friends. The FBI Agent Guy slipped unnoticed since nobody knew who he was. Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) was last to arrive and while friendly as well, he seemed to be still in character.

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Posted: November 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Senate Panel Approves Casagrande’s Bill On Life-Saving Allergy Treatment In Schools

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

School nurses and other trained personnel would be authorized to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11).

Casagrande’s bill, A-304 was passed  in the Assembly, 73-0, on May 22 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee unanimously this morning.  If approved by the full Senate, the bill will go to Governor Chris Christie whose signature will make it law.

“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”

Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.

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Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Caroline Casagrande, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, School Safety | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Caden’s Christmas; To Benefit the Zane Family

Matt and Jill Zane are two loved and selfless educators in the Wall Township, New Jersey school district. After battling fertility issues for several years, Jill became pregnant with twins through IVF. Eight weeks into the pregnancy, one of the eggs split, giving Matt and Jill triplets in August, 2010.

One of their three children, Caden, is a medically complex, chronically ill disabled little boy. Every day is a serious struggle for Caden, vomiting constantly and often crying through sleepless nights. These are just a few of the many difficulties Caden endures. With very little understanding of Caden’s condition, the Zane family has struggled to get him the help he needs.

Most recently, Jill has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and two organs.

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Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, November 14-16, 2014

Monmouth County Post CardBy Greg Kelly


Friday, November 14

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Holiday Open House at Sickles Market (Little Silver) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week – MORE INFO
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder at Monmouth U (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Johnny Marr at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Staged Sampler Reading at Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
  • Kids Night Out (Fair Haven) – MORE INFO
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Jersey Shore Arts Center (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO
  • Yoga for Adults (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

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Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Colts Neck Teen Indicted in 2013 stabbing and carjacking

photo via facebook

photo via facebook

Brennan Doyle, 17 of Colts Neck, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on 6 charges related to a July 2013 stabbing and carjacking in the Township.

Doyle will be tried as an adult on charges of first degree Carjacking; first degree Attempted Murder; third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; third degree Hindering Apprehension of Oneself; and fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law according to a statement by Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.  His name was not previously released due to the juvenile confidentiality statute.

Doyle was released after posting $760,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann, J.S.C.  Judge McGann also ordered Doyle to have no victim contact and no return to scene on all charges.

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Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Howell Man Faces New Pedophile Charges


Gregory Rittman

A Howell man who was arrested two weeks ago for masturbating in front of a juvenile in the public bathroom at a fast food restaurant on Route 35 in Wall Township is facing a dozen new charges after additional victims were identified, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Gregory S. Rittman, 49, of Howell Township, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after authorities received a report from an employee at a McDonald’s that described lewd behavior witnessed by an 8-year-old juvenile, near the sink in the men’s bathroom of the restaurant. Rittman was charged with one count each of second degree Sexual Assault, third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, fourth degree Lewdness and a disorderly persons charge of Harassment. He was released after posting $73,000 bail with no 10-percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Teresa A. Kondrup-Coyle, J.S.C.

News of Rittman’s October arrest, which included his picture, prompted three additional victims to come forward.

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Posted: November 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Howell, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »