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 »

Booker Condemns False Endorsement in Asbury Park Mayoral Race

booker-endorsement-cleaner-screen-shotIn Asbury Park, a post card purported to be from Asbury Park Democrats, LLC has been mailed to voters with Senator Cory Booker’s endorsement of A-Team candidate for mayor Redmond Palmer.

Booker took to twitter to deny he endorsed anyone in the race.  Asbury Park Democratic Chairman Joe Grillo took a break from his fledgling campaign for Monmouth County Freeholder to say that the Asbury Park Democrats have not endorsed anyone in the mayoral race.

Media mogul Dan Jacobson has the full story at AsburyOverheard.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor should investigate this incident.  It is similar offense to the 4am robo call in the 13th legislative district primary in June of 2013 for which Leigh-Ann Bellew’s campaign manager Dwayne Horner was indicted.

 

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

A-Team disenfranchises hundreds?

Asbury Park ballot applications wrong again

Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson

By Dan Jacobson

ASBURY PARK — For weeks, I’ve been blasting the A-Team slate for taking custody and control of hundreds of vote-by-mail/absentee ballots, with their supporters and paid operatives delivering them to voters. The voter then completes the ballot and mails it back for counting — or the A-Team delivery person can even take them back. It’s absurd.

The A-Team led by Mayoral candidate Remond Palmer is on track to deliver 500 of these ballots, known as vote-by-mail [VBM] ballots. That’s the election right there. Of course, this law was originally for invalids or shut-ins who had trouble getting their mail and wanted an absentee ballot. The A-Team is trying to drive hundreds of votes through that loophole.

I’ve consistently said they’re doing it wrong. In fact, we went down this road last year, with the Board of Elections disqualifying 250 ballots the A-Team organization delivered to voters in the 2013 election. A Judge agreed and said the applications for the ballots were flawed and the ballots can’t be counted.

Guess what.

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Posted: October 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Asbury Park, Dan Jacobson, Monmouth County, Olivia Nuzzi, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Asbury Park Man Arrested In Neptune Shooting

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealA twenty-two year old Asbury Park man was arrested today and charged with the early Monday morning shooting of a Neptune Township woman.

According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Diquan Speights is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Speights is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $650,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Judge Vernoia also ordered Speights may not return to the scene of the crime and may not have any contact with his victim, as part of a condition of bail.

Neptune Township Police received a 911 call at approximately 4:28 am, reporting a female was shot inside 1827 Bangs Avenue, Apartment 5A.  Neptune police immediately responded to the apartment and located the 22- year-old female with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

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Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Guns, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Grillo had two warrants when he was arrested

There were two warrants for the arrest of Giuesspe “Joe” Grillo, a Monmouth County Democratic candidate for freeholder, at the time he was picked up by the Neptune Township Police Department on April 28, according to information obtained today from the Asbury Park Municipal Court by MoreMonmouthMusings.

Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo.  Can they honestly say they have never been arrested? Photo via facebook

Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo. Can they honestly say they have never been arrested?
Photo via facebook

Both warrants were issued on April 16, 2014. One for failure to appear on a parking ticket issued on February 22,2014 and the other for failure to appear on a parking ticket issued on March 8, 2014.   Grillo posted bail of $122 per violation to secure his release in Neptune, according to the documents. He finally resolved the matters in Asbury Park Municipal Court on May 8, 2014 by paying total fines and fees of $71.00 per summons.

Grillo is fortunate he got stopped before his drivers’ license was suspended, or he would have faced more serious charges. The Asbury Park Municipal Court recommended his suspension on April 19 for the February violation and again on April 26 for the March violation.

Grillo had another parking violation on April 11, which he paid promptly on April 24, four days before his arrest.  Grillo did not answer when we called his to ask why he didn’t pay the February and March tickets at the same time he paid the April ticket.
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Posted: October 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Democratic Freeholder Candidate Was Arrested In April

“What for?” ~ Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal

Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was arrested in Neptune Twp on an outstanding warrant  from Asbury Park last April

Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was arrested in Neptune Twp on an outstanding warrant from Asbury Park last April. photo via facebook

Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder and the Chairman of the Asbury Park Democrats, was arrested in Neptune Township on April 28, 2014 on a warrant issued by the Asbury Park Municipal Court.

MoreMonmouthMusings obtained Grillo’s Individual Arrest Record from the Neptune Township Police Department on Friday afternoon.

According to the report, Grillo was arrested by Officer T. Claffey at 10:31 AM on Monday April 28 for violating NJ 2A:10-1C. The report indicates Grillo’s offense was WARO, Warrent Arrest-Other. 

The website law.onecle.com defines NJ 2A:10-1C as Contempt. Disobedience or resistance by any court officer, or by any party, juror, witness or any person whatsoever to any lawful writ, process, judgment, order, or command of the court.

The arrest report does not indicate the underlying offense for which Grillo was initially charged or the amount of bail, if any, he was required to post.

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Posted: October 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments »

New Play!! New Theater!!

There’s a New Theater Company in town

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There’s a New Theater Company in town. The world and Monmouth County can never get enough theater,so, in May of 2014 The American Poetry Theater was created by Rich Quatrone along with dedicated collaborators/members Ryan Ward, Mary Kelly and the WisdomKeeper herself, Lorraine Stone.

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Posted: September 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, BizEturtle | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

The Monmouth Dems Finally Have An Idea

Democratic Mayors Pan Their Freeholder Candidates’ Call For A County Ethics Board

By Art Gallagher

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo with Congressman Frank Pallone and campaign volunteers

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo with Congressman Frank Pallone and campaign volunteers

The Monmouth County Democrats have finally put forth a proposal to improve County Government.

It is not a new idea. It is not even a good idea. But at least they have put forth an idea for debate instead of spreading the lies and baseless character assassinations that have comprised their campaign so far this year.

Their campaign had been wholly negative; primarily baseless character attacks on Freeholder Director Lillian Burry.  They lied and said Burry hired an unqualified campaign worker for a mental health position.  Even after their lawsuit alleging that Burry had a conflict of interest over the Andrew Lucas farmland preservation deal was thrown out of court, they continue to beat that drum.  The GOP controlled Freeholder Board has cleaned house at Brookdale Community College since former President Peter Burnham was caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Yet the Democrats have been blaming Burry for Burnham’s transgressions.

Democratic candidate Joe Grillo told The Asbury Park Press that he wants to reinstate a County Ethics Board.   I know I’m being generous by saying this is a proposal to improve County Government instead of calling it an excuse to keep talking about the baseless allegations they are making about Burry.  But what the heck.  MMM is fair and biased. Let’s play along and debunk the idea on its merits.

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Avon Man Charged in Rumson overdose death

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealMichael Renna, 25 of Avon-by-the Sea, was charged today with the October 2013 overdose death of Christopher L. Pesce, a 25 year old resident of Oxford House, a drug rehabilitation transitional facility located in Rumson.

Renna is charged with one count of first degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Deaths and one count of third degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous.  He was released from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution after posting $210,000 in bail as set by Judge John R. Tassini, according to Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux.

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Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Preserve Bradley Cove? Why? For Who?

Lots of Open Space at Bradley Cove, July 23, 2014

Lots of Open Space at Bradley Cove, July 23, 2014

There was a great deal of Open Space on the beach at Bradley Cove in Asbury Park yesterday afternoon. Yesterday was a gorgeous beach day.

Just to the north in Loch Arbour and Allenhurst, there was a lot less Open Space.

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Posted: July 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County | Tags: , , | 16 Comments »