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Best Local Political Post Of The Silly Season (So Far)

The phrase “silly season” is usually used with regret to explain or justify slanderous demagoguery between local politicians trying to convince their neighbors that their opponent, another neighbor, is a dangerous criminal with a communicable disease.

Our friends in Atlantic Highlands, Brian Boms, Jim Murphy and Kim Spatola, have put the silly back in silly season.  Well done!

Posted: October 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Best Local Political Post Of The Silly Season (So Far)

Thousand Oaks Sold, Renamed Atlantic Pointe

Thousand Oaks, the 304 unit garden apartment complex on Route 36 in Middletown (Atlantic Highlands mailing address) has been sold for $56 million and will be renamed Atlantic Pointe.

The new owner, 165 Thousand Oaks Dr, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company, is a partnership between the Kushner Real Estate Group (KRE) of Bridgewater, NJ and and Verde Capital of Conshohocken, PA. , according to reports at NJ.com and app.com.

The transaction, which was signed on July 11 and recorded on July 20, was financed by a $51,970,000 mortgage that was assigned to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), according to documents filed with the Monmouth County Clerk’s office. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Atlantic Highlands Man Arrested For Kiddie Porn Possession and Distribution

Brian Foley photo via social media

Brian Foley, 60, of Asbury Ave in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested yesterday and charged with possessing and distributing images and videos which depict the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced this afternoon.

Foley is charged with one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution) and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession).

The State’s investigation and initial forensic examination of Foley’s devices revealed evidence that he has possessed and distributed images and videos which depict the sexual exploitation and abuse of a child.

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Posted: July 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Atlantic Highlands Man Arrested For Kiddie Porn Possession and Distribution

Mike’s Bikes Owner Killed By Drunk Driver

Drunk Brooklyn dentist was driving on the wrong side of the highway

Michael Gustafson, 66, the owner of Mike’s Bikes Shop at Route 36 and Ave D in Atlantic Highlands, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, following a motor vehicle crash that occurred at the Middletown/Highlands border on Route 36, according to a statement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Anthony F. Sarlo, 62, a dentist from Brooklyn was driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee westbound in the eastbound lane of Route 36 when he crashed into Gustafson who was driving eastbound in a 2017 Honda Fit at approximately 12:46 a.m.  Both the Highlands and Middletown Police Departments responded to the crash, according to a Highlands law enforcement source.  The Middletown PD handled the initial investigation.

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Posted: June 21st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Democrat Councilman Expected To Resign in Atlantic Highlands

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Tom Hayden

MMM has learned that Atlantic Highlands Councilman Tom Hayden, a Democrat first elected last November, has sold his Garfield Ave home with the closing expected before the end of June. Hayden is said to be moving to the Leonardo section of Middletown where he bought a home from family member in a sweetheart deal and shrewd estate planning.

If Hayden resigns anytime before September 13, three of the six seats on the Borough Council—all currently held by Democrats—will be up for grabs on November 6.

This matters now to Atlantic Highlands Republicans, because the County Committee members elected in the contested primary on Tuesday, June 5 will choose the Republican candidate for Hayden’s seat.

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Posted: June 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

“Congenial” Republican Primary in Atlantic Highlands Gets Ugly

Boms disavows Frotton’s flyer

Golden affirms his endorsements

In early April the four candidates running for two Republican nominations for Atlantic Highlands Borough Council declared in a facebook group that they would hold a “congenial and productive primary strengthening our Party for 2018 and beyond.”  In early May the candidates said that they wanted the primary voters, “not individuals who want to wield control,” to choose the nominees.

The candidates, Penny Hofman-Morris, Richard Colangelo, Brian Boms, and Jim Murphy are all friends.   Colangelo and Murphy work together. Boms coaches youth sports with Colangelo and does business him.

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Posted: May 31st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

Ferries Canceled For Second Day

Seastreak announced on Monday afternoon that they are canceling their ferry service from Monmouth County on Tuesday, January 9, due to continued ice conditions between Atlantic Highlands and New York City. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ferries Canceled For Second Day

Coast Guard rescues four boaters near Keansburg

A U.S. Coast Guard heavy weather boatcrew from the Sandy Hook station rescued four men from a boat in the Raritan Bay near Keansburg this afternoon, according to a release from the Guard’s New York Detachment.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received a report around noon by Perth Amboy 911 dispatch of a disabled 22-foot lake pleasure craft in Raritan Bay, New Jersey with four people aboard, and launched the Sandy Hook heavy weather boatcrew.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Jack Archibald Will Not Seek Reelection

By Muriel J. Smith and Art Gallagher

Jack Archibald

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Jack Archibald has withdrawn his candidacy for reelection.

Archibald submitted a letter to the County Committee which was read at a meeting of the borough’s Republican county committee on Monday. In his letter, the councilman stressed he is completing his term which runs out Jan. 1, 2018,  and will continue serving the borough.  However, citing personal reasons and commitments, he said he will not seek another term.

The councilman has been on the governing body for the past 25 years, serving on every committee at some time during his tenure. He has received commendations for work he has done and projects he has instituted or pursued while serving on Harbor, Police, Finance, Public Works , Recreation and  Water and Sewer.

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Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Atlantic Highlands Councilman Jack Archibald Will Not Seek Reelection

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Will Not Run For Assembly

Councilman Peter Doyle has his eye on DiMaso’s Freeholder seat

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Peter Doyle

The entrance of Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso and Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger into the race for the GOP nominations for the Assembly seats currently held by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has prompted one rumored candidate to declare that he is not running for Assembly and to express his interest in DiMaso’s seat on the Freeholder Board should she elected to the legislature on November 7.

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Peter Doyle released this following statement this afternoon:

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Posted: January 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »