Twin Light Museum Reopens On 123rd Anniversary Of The Pledge Of Allegiance

By Muriel Smith

 

Senator Joseph Kyrillos, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholders Serena DeMaso, Director Tom Arnone, Lillian Burry and John Curley and Highlands Business Partnership President Carla Braswell spent some time at the Twin Lights chatting with World War II and Korean War veteran Dick Seuffert of Middletown.

Senator Joseph Kyrillos, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholders Serena DeMaso, Director Tom Arnone, Lillian Burry and John Curley and Highlands Business Partnership President Carla Braswell at the Twin Lights reopening with World War II and Korean War veteran Dick Seuffert of Middletown. Photo by Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx.

HIGHLANDS – Close to 100 people joined Sheriff Shaun Golden and students from Rumson Country Day School in pledging allegiance to the flag in front of the Twin Lights, a scene enacted for the first time publicly at the same site 123 years ago April 25.

In a formal ceremony officially reopening the Museum at the historic lighthouse, Mary Jo Kenny, president of the Twin Lights Historical Society, welcomed guests to the 2016 season at the state-owned museum and introduced the program which followed the US Coast Guard honor guard presentation of the flag.  Golden led the group in saying the pledge as it was first recited at the site 123 years ago, and the current day passage, adopted in 1954.

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Posted: April 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown Teacher Who Played Anti-Trump Video In Class Apologizes, Asks Supporters To Stand Down

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Joe Ventre

Joe Ventre, the Middletown High School South history teacher who sparked controversy in the community when he announced to the media that he was forced to resign over showing an anti-Trump video in his classroom and then rescinded the resignation has issued an open letter via a newly created twitter account wherein he  apologizes to the community for playing the “profane and inappropriate” video to his students.

Ventre said that he had no intention to cause any harm and that it is appropriate for parents and students to question his judgement. He absolved parents, students, the Board of Education and the administration of any fault in the matter which he said was entirely his responsibility.

The young non-tenured teacher apologized to “anyone injured or erroneously portrayed” by the incident, especially “any students and parents who expressed concerns.”  Ventre asked his supporters not to protest on his behalf with the Board of Education.  His letter can be viewed here or on twitter.

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Posted: April 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth Success! Ocean Ave Resurfacing

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

You would not believe some of the items that are made right here in Monmouth County.  From coffee to wine, from dry aged beef snacks to handcrafted wooden pens, from homemade natural soaps to cosmetics…and much more! A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth’ (MIM) expo on Saturday, April 9 in the MAC at Monmouth University. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing.

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Posted: April 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth County authorities launch countywide special needs registry, first in the state

 Monmouth County residents can sign up for the Special Needs Registry here.
Acting Monmouth County  Prosecutor and Sheriff Shaun Golden announced the Special Needs Registry

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor and Sheriff Shaun Golden announced the Special Needs Registry

FREEHOLD — Authorities announced on Wednesday a countywide program aimed at equipping police officers with pertinent information about residents with special needs in their respective municipalities. The wide-ranging program is the first countywide effort in New Jersey and one of a few nationwide, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. It’s a joint effort between the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Surrogate Rosemarie Peters Addresses Shadow Lake Villagers

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Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters

Middletown, NJ- Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters addressed a group of about 50 residents of Shadow Lake Village on Sunday afternoon to introduce the services of her office and to remind residents of importance of preparing proper documents to ensure that they are properly cared for in the event of disability or illness and the proper distribution of the property upon their passing.

The Surrogate’s Office is actually a Court as well as a branch of the Superior Court, Chancery Division. The Surrogate serves as the Deputy Clerk of the Chancery Division, Probate Part, and as the Judge of the Surrogate Court.

According to the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey,

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Posted: April 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Park System | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, April 15-17, 2016

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, April 15

  • NJ Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • NJ Symphony Orchestra: Music of the Night at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Englishtown Spring Swap Meet & Auto Show – MORE INFO
  • “Whale of a Sale” at RCDS (Rumson) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week – MORE INFO
  • Becket by Holmdel Theatre Company (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

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Judge tosses lawsuit to force Christie to repay N.J. for campaign security costs

assetContent (84)TRENTON — A lawsuit filed by left-leaning groups seeking to force Gov. Chris Christie to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of his security while on the presidential campaign trail has been tossed by a New Jersey judge. Mercer County Judge Mary Jacobson dismissed the suit Thursday. In August, three citizens groups sued Christie and his presidential… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Judge tosses lawsuit to force Christie to repay N.J. for campaign security costs

Doherty to withdraw from Freeholder race

Mayor Matt Doherty and Governor Chris Christie walk the Belmar boardwalk. Photo Credit: Tim Larson, Governor's Office

Mayor Matt Doherty and Governor Chris Christie walk the Belmar boardwalk. Photo Credit: Tim Larson, Governor’s Office

Belmar, April 1- Mayor Matt Doherty will withdraw as a candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder and resign as mayor of the borough to become Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, according to a confidential memo obtained by MoreMonmouthMusings.

For years, Doherty has declined to run for Freeholder because, like his friend Governor Chris Christie, he prefers to be #1 rather than one of group. He agreed to Monmouth Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal’s plea that he run this year because he needs a quick exit from Belmar where he knows the gimmicks and tricks he has employed as mayor will blow up next year and cause massive tax hikes. Doherty calculated that this would be the year for him to win on a county level because Hillary Clinton, he thinks, do very well with Monmouth County voters and he will benefit from her pant suit tails.

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Posted: April 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Monmouth Freeholders Cut Taxes and Spending

DEMOCRATS TRY TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat's Parade

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat’s Parade

The all Republican Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a budget which included a $18.2 million spending cut and a $4.5 million property tax cut last Thursday.

“This budget reduces the tax impact on residents and businesses and returns the amount to be raised by taxation to the 2010 level,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “In January, I called for a roll back of last year’s 1.4 percent tax increase and we have achieved that.”

“Cost cutting and belt tightening over the past six years and the sale of the two County care centers have made it possible for this Freeholder Board to present a budget that resets our spending to below the 2007 amount,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said.

Monmouth County’s government now spends $5.5 million less on salaries than it did in 2008 and has 1000 fewer employees than it did seven years ago when the Republican Party won control of the Freeholder Board back from the Democrats.

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Posted: March 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, March 25-27, 2016

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, March 25

  • For Worse at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Men’s College Baseball: Monmouth U. vs. Rider (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Sandy Mack and Friends Do the Blues (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Sculpted Needle Felting Class (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO
  • Fine Art, Art Education, & Animation Show at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Clam Chowder Sale (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • College Track & Field Opener at Monmouth U. (WLB)MORE INFO
  • Live Stations of the Cross (Sea Girt) – MORE INFO

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