At MLK Day service, mother of slain Asbury Park star athlete says her son ‘wanted better’

assetContent (48)NEPTUNE TWP. — Lucy Small stood on a stage at the Martin Luther King Jr. Presbyterian Church with a bouquet of roses in one hand and a tissue clenched tight in the other hand. Tears flowed down her face. Her son, Jamar Small, had stood on the same stage exactly a year ago as a living… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Islamic Company Selling “Sharia-Compliant Mortgages” Controls Asbury Park, NJ’s Boardwalk

By Tommy DeSeno

Sheikh Usmani

Sheikh Usmani

With ISIS committing terrorism on 4 continents, and President Obama importing refugees from their home territory, now is a bad time to offer interest-free Sharia Law mortgages in America, but that’s exactly what one company is doing.

The beach town of Asbury Park, New Jersey has undergone a slow-grinding redevelopment for the better part of 30 years.   Bereft of money in 2007, the City sold millions of dollars worth of storied boardwalk buildings including Convention Hall to a private company – Madison Marquette.  Madison Marquette also owns concert venues near the boardwalk like the famed Stone Pony.  They are positioned in expensive retail properties across America in California, Ohio, Washington DC, Florida and more.

What few know is that Madison Marquette is owned by an Islamic company rooted in the Middle East; a company whose other subsidiary specializes in “Sharia Law Compliance” and lures Sharia-following Muslims to 23 states with interest-free home mortgages.

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Posted: January 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, ISIS, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno, War on terror | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

New brewery ready to be trendsetter in Asbury Park

assetContentASBURY PARK – Dark City Brewing Company is already a trendsetter and it hasn’t even opened yet – that happens Friday. This long embattled city is in the midst of – or at the very least on the verge of – a true renaissance, with major redevelopment projects underway, an influx of new restaurants and the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park chills and thrills for charity

assetContent (39)ASBURY PARK — It wouldn’t be New Year’s Day in Asbury Park without the annual Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge, where those who don’t mind braving the elements take a dip in the ocean for charity. The 13 th annual event this year drew more than 600 plungers whose donations to three Monmouth County charities… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park chills and thrills for charity

Year in review: November 2015

Jonelle Melton

Jonelle Melton

Three Asbury Park Men were charged with the 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a 33 year old Red Bank Middle School teacher.

Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated Republican Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande in the 11th Legislative District.  A Democratic SuperPac funded largely by the NJEA spent $1.5 million in the race, including television commercials implying that Angelini is inappropriately profiting from the drug abuse prevention non-profit that she leads.

For all the special interest money spent on behalf of the Democrats, Angelini lost to Downey by only 253 votes and the top vote getter, Houghtaling had only 713 votes more than the low vote getter, Casagrande.  Low voter turnout in Republican strongholds Freehold Township and Colts Neck was the difference in the election.

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Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Year in review: November 2015

Year in review: June 2015


Tamara Wilson-Seidle  was shot and killed in Asbury Park by her ex-husband, Neptune Township Police Sgt Philip Seidle.  Philip is awaiting trial on the murder and faces life in prison.  Tami’s Legacies is a facebook community set up to look after the nine Seidle children.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced that his office would conduct an internal affairs inquiry into the Seidle shooting and the the response of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township police departments.

The United States Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

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Posted: December 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Landmark Jersey Shore hotel employee stole $7K from newlyweds, police say

assetContent (34)ASBURY PARK — An employee of a landmark beachfront hotel was arrested Tuesday after she stole more than $7,000 from newlywed couples on several occasions, police said. Stacey Gilman, 36, of Asbury Park, entered hotel rooms at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Ocean Avenue three times between Dec. 4 and 13, said acting police Chief Anthony… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , | Comments Off on Landmark Jersey Shore hotel employee stole $7K from newlyweds, police say

Two Monmouth Drug Dealers Sentenced On Federal Charges

assetContentTyshon Young, a/k/a “Young Money,” a/k/a “Young Boy,” 30, of Asbury Park, and Matthew Miller, a/k/a “Star,” 41, of Neptune, were sentenced to 21 and 36 months in prison, respectively today by U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court for their roles in a large-scale drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Young and Miller previously pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan to separate informations charging them with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Miller has been in federal custody since his March 2014 arrest and has thus already served more than half of the sentence imposed by Judge Sheridan today, according to Fishman’s spokesman William Skaggs.   Young was in custody for roughly a month before making his $100,000 bail in early May of 2014, Skaggs said in a phone interview.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, Neptune, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Athletic standout killed in Asbury Park shooting was a ‘shining star’

assetContentASBURY PARK — Jamar Small had defied the odds that were stacked against him — until he was gunned down Sunday on a city street in broad daylight. The 24-year-old from Asbury Park had just earned a degree in business administration from Texas Southern University where he also played on the football team. Small was on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Former Asbury Park Housing Director Indicted

Mark W. Homes

Mark W. Homes

Mark W. Holmes, 54, of Lawrence Township, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on 39 counts of Official Misconduct, 2 counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and one count of Theft by Deception, according to a announcement by Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Holmes is the former Executive Director of the Asbury Park Housing Authority and a former mayor and councilman in Lawrence Township.

He was arrested on Fraud and Theft charges in July of 2013.  He remains free on the $70,000 bail that was set at that time by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, who was recently elevated to the Appellate Division.

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Posted: December 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »