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Union Beach man charged with child pornography and gun possession

Henry Cicerale, 59, of Park Avenue in Union Beach, set-up a wireless Internet network at a neighbor’s home and was using that network to access, download, and distribute child pornography.  His computers and other digital media devices had hundreds of items of child pornography, an 11 month investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office concluded. Investigators also found an unloaded gun in his home.

Cicerale is charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Distribution of Child Pornography, third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Possession of Child Pornography and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Union Beach man charged with child pornography and gun possession

NJ Fish and Wildlife to Union Beach Police: “We don’t come out on weekends”

Bear was previously caught and tagged by NJDEP

Updated with NJ DEP response 2:30 pm

photo by Councilman Charlie Cocuzza.

The Union Beach Police Department requested the assistance of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to tranquilize and relocate the male bear that was eventually shot and killed on Saturday night, according to Councilman Charlie Cocuzza.

Cocuzza said that he was on the scene for over four hours with Union Beach Police officers.  He stressed that the officers “did everything that was suggested by Fish and Wildlife.”

During a phone interview with Cocuzza this morning, he said that UBPD received a call from a resident reporting the presence of a bear at Dock and 3rd Ave at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday, according to the source.  By 9:50 pm police had spotted the bear and started evacuating the fishing area at the point.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Bear located and put down in Union Beach

NJ.com image from 2016 NJ bear hunt

A 400 lb black bear was shot and killed by the Union Beach Police last night.

At about 10 p.m the UBPD sent out an email alert to residents and posted on facebook that they had located a bear in the area of the 600 block of Edmunds Ave.  The email said the 400 lb bear was in a tree.  Residents were warned to stay indoors and to keep their pets indoors as well.

Several Union Beach residents reported on facebook that they heard up to eight shots fired.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , | 51 Comments »

Union Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Streaming Kiddie Porn

Photo via facebook

Photo via facebook

Joseph J. Gentile, 43, of Broadway in Union Beach, pleaded guilty on Monday to Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution of Child Pornography) before Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Gentile was arrested in March of last year after a CyberTip from  the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) revealed that Gentile was streaming a video of child pornography on November 23, 2014, over the Omegle network, an online video chat service.  He was released on $150,000 bail with no 10% option.

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Posted: January 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Union Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Streaming Kiddie Porn

Bon Jovi-backed community kitchen reportedly closes in Union Beach

assetContent (43)UNION BEACH – For the second time in as many years, the “Spoon Full of Hope” community kitchen, has closed. “Spoon Full of Hope,” a program run through Gateway Church of Christ that was originally opened in 2014 in the former temporary home of Jakeabob’s Off the Bay, served meals to those in need in the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Bon Jovi, Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bon Jovi-backed community kitchen reportedly closes in Union Beach

Masked gunman robbed $3K from poker game at Union Beach firehouse, police say

assetContentUNION BEACH — A gunman clad in dark-colored clothing and a ski mask robbed a poker game being held at the Union Beach firehouse on Saturday night, police said. Police Chief Charles Ervin said at around 8:45 p.m. a man entered the side door of the firehouse on Union Avenue, displayed a gun and fled with… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Masked gunman robbed $3K from poker game at Union Beach firehouse, police say

Christie, Army Corp Announce $202 million Flood Control Project In Union Beach (Video)

Governor Chris Christie came to Union Beach today announce the funding of a resiliency and flood control project that has been on the drawing board since 1995.

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

The project plans have been updated since Superstorm Sandy and will include:

  • The massive flood control project – funded by federal, state and local contributions – will consist of construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates and pump stations.
  • The project will also rebuild beaches, dunes, and groins, which are jetty-like structures that are designed to slow loss of sand from beaches.
  • In addition, more than 25 acres of degraded wetlands will be restored to help better absorb flood waters.

The majority of funding for the massive flood control project will come from the federal government at $132 million. New Jersey will fund about $57 million and Union Beach will provide $17 million.

“Union Beach has long been one of the most susceptible areas to coastal flooding in New Jersey, a vulnerability that was made all too real when Sandy slammed the town with its record 14-foot storm surge,” said Governor Christie. “As part of our long-term recovery strategy, this $202 million resiliency project will finally give this close-knit community the protection they need and the sense of security they deserve to withstand future storms.”

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Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s Union Beach Visit Moved To Boro Hall

IMG_3507Governor Chris Christie will visit Union Beach this afternoon for an announcement regarding a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Flood Control Project.

The event is scheduled to  start at 2:30 PM in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall, 650 Poole Ave.

Previous announcements and media reports said the event would be held Veteran’s Park

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Monmouth County, Union Beach | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Bon Jovi opening community kitchen in Monmouth County, plans another in Ocean

assetContent (23)UNION BEACH — A community kitchen that served up meals in the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged borough of Union Beach until closing down over the summer plans to reopen today thanks to Jon Bon Jovi. An arm of the New Jersey rocker’s nonprofit organization is sponsoring “Spoon Full of Hope,” a program run by Gateway Church of Christ… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Bon Jovi, Monmouth County, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bon Jovi opening community kitchen in Monmouth County, plans another in Ocean

Union Beach Fireworks Postponed Till Saturday

The Borough of Union Beach announced that the Independence Day Fireworks celebration on the beachfront, originally scheduled for tonight, July 3, has been postponed until Saturday night, July 5th, due to expected inclement weather.Sea Bright Fireworks 2013 Paul Scharff

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Union Beach | Tags: , | Comments Off on Union Beach Fireworks Postponed Till Saturday