Sandy Hook beachgoers expect bang for buck if parking fee rises

assetContent (47)SANDY HOOK — With a slight grimace and a less than enthusiastic nod, Michael Bishop said he would likely still go to Sandy Hook next summer, even if parking fees increased for the second time in five years. However, Bishop said that he’ll stomach the hike as long as the money is actually put to good… Read the rest of this entry »

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Second Sandy Hook beach closed for high bacteria levels

assetContentSANDY HOOK — Another beach at Sandy Hook has closed because of elevated bacteria levels. Gunnison Beach was open for sunbathing on Tuesday but beachgoers weren’t allowed in the water because of high bacteria levels, according to the Sandy Hook’s Facebook page. The closing comes as New Jersey is in the middle of a heat wave,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

MAST gets another Fort Hancock building, Students will have a gym

By Muriel Smith

Osprey Sandy Hook (510x640)MIDDLETOWN – “We’re a long way away from putting a shovel in the ground, but if we’re able to agree on a project plan that meets our needs, and is acceptable to all community stakeholders, it will be a huge step in the future of our program. We really can’t thank Ms. Burry and the Freeholders enough for recognizing our need for a gymnasium, and offering their support.”

That’s what Earl Moore, principal at MAST, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Fort Hancok said this week when he learned the Monmouth County Vocational Board of Education and the National Park Service signed a Memorandum of Intent, paving the way  for conversion of Buildings 56 and 23 at Fort Hancock into a new facility.

The announcement, which was signed by all parties involved on Thursday, was made at the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee meeting at Thompson Park Friday.

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Posted: June 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gateway National Recreation Area, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Jersey Shore beach closed for high bacteria levels

Photo by Paul Scharff

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SANDY HOOK – One of Sandy Hook’s beaches closed on Tuesday because of high bacterial levels in the ocean water. Testing of the water off Beach D yielded results that showed high levels of bacteria, prompting staff to close that beach and the adjacent parking lot, said John Warren, a spokesman for Sandy Hook. Beachgoers are… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Jersey Shore beach closed for high bacteria levels

Weapons that prompted Staten Island, Sandy Hook lockdowns paintball guns, police say

assetContentSTATEN ISLAND– Firearms experts believe the weapons seen being handled near the Gateway National Recreation Area Friday are paintball guns, the Staten Island Advance reported. “The preliminary opinion of these experts was that the weapons in the pictures strongly resemble replicas of firearms used in ‘paintball’ games,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner John J. Miller said in a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gateway National Recreation Area, Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Weapons that prompted Staten Island, Sandy Hook lockdowns paintball guns, police say

Breaking: Historic Fort Hancock Roof Collapses

Brian Thompson of NBC News 4 NY is reporting via facebook that the roof of a historic structure in Fort Hancock, part of the Gateway National Recreational Area-Sandy Hook, has collapsed and the building may not be able to be saved.

 

Breaking: major roof collapse at historic Ft. Hancock/Sandy Hook barracks. Not clear if building can be saved

Posted by Brian Thompson NBC NY on Friday, April 17, 2015

UPDATE: THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE KNEW OF THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AND EXPECTED THE COLLASPE

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Posted: April 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gateway National Recreation Area, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Breaking: Historic Fort Hancock Roof Collapses

Sandy Hook season parking passes go on sale this weekend

Sandy Hook-20140725-00310 (640x479)SANDY HOOK —Those who want to get a jump on buying their season parking passes for Sandy Hook can make their purchases beginning this weekend, park officials said. Parking permits will go on sale April 11 at the front entrance station, said Daphne Yun, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service. For now, they will only… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gateway National Recreation Area, Monmouth County, National Park Service, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy Hook season parking passes go on sale this weekend

Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

The oil slick in Sandy Hook Bay that was reported to be two miles long by 900 feet wide on Thursday afternoon was observed to be one mile long by 150 wide at 10AM this morning, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons during a phone interview with MMM.

Iannazzo-Simmons said a unified command consisting of personnel from the Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA and the National Park Service were still working to identify the both the source and product of the sheen.  The color of the sheen changed from a rainbow to a “silverish” metallic color.  Last evening it was reported that authorities believed the product to be diesel fuel.  Today, they are taking samples to determine what it is.

20 feet of boom was installed at Horseshoe Cove yesterday as a precaution to protect the environmentally sensitive area.  Today 70 feet of “hard boom” was installed to shore up the precautionary protection.  Horseshoe Cove was deemed to be the only environmentally sensitive area that could be impacted by the sheen.

The sheen remains located at the northern end of Sandy Hook on the bay side.

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Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Energy, Environment, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

Oil Slick in Sandy Hook Bay

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

A two mile long by 400 foot wide oil slick is washing up on the bay side of Sandy Hook, according to a report by WNBC 4-NY.

The slick was first witnessed by security personnel at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, according to the the report.  The U.S. Coast Guard and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are investigating.

The source of the oil is unknown at this time.

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Posted: December 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Fisherman discovers dead body off Sandy Hook

Fisherman discovers dead body off Sandy Hook (via NJ.com)

SANDY HOOK – A fisherman discovered a man’s dead body in a shipping channel off Sandy Hook on Monday morning. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday, a fisherman from Staten Island discovered a dead body in the Ambrose Channel – a major shipping channel…

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Posted: June 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Fisherman discovers dead body off Sandy Hook