What’s the concern about Eatontown mayor’s job?

By Art Gallagher

Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly

Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly

The Asbury Park Press is peddling a story about Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly’s recent employment as the manager of the Motor Vehicle Commission office in Freehold.  But other than a gadfly’s complaint about the position being a patronage job, The Asbury Park Press did not back up their sensational headline, Concern raised over Eatontown mayor’s new job, with any concerns.

What is the concern?  It is a patronage job.  If a Democrat is elected governor next year, Connelly, a Republican, will be out of the job.  A Democrat will be appointed to that job.  Will The Asbury Park Press be concerned then?

Connelly did not try to hide that he had taken a job with MVC.  He announced it on facebook.

Last year, Freehold Borough Councilman Kevin Kane was a Democratic candidate for County Clerk.  He got trounced by Clerk Christine Hanlon, the incumbent Republican.  Four months later Kane landed a $65,000 per year job for Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.  Kane is boosting his pension credits from being a part time councilman with his new job.  The Asbury Press did not express any concern about Kane’s new job.  The Jersey Jounal/NJ.com was concerned.

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Posted: September 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Monmouth Democrats were invited to campaign at Middletown High School North during school hours

Second Middletown Teacher caught engaging in Democrat partisan activity during school hours this year

middletown-north-signA photo of Monmouth County Democrat candidates for Surrogate and Freeholder speaking to a seminar of Middletown High School North freshmen and sophomore participants in the school’s honors Government, Law and Public Policy Program (GLP3) Pathway was posted on the campaign facebook page of Surrogate candidate Vincent Solomeno last Tuesday with the caption “Thrilled to join Matt Doherty and Sue Fulton for Monmouth County Freeholder 2016 and speak to students about county government at Middletown High School North.  Get involved!”

None of the three candidates have any experience in county government.

The seminar was supervised by Patti May, a teacher who is a Democrat candidate for Borough Council in Eatontown.  Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal held a fundraiser for the teacher at the Jumping Brook Country Club in June.

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Posted: September 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, Education, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Eatontown approves Kushner’s plan for Monmouth Mall

assetcontent-49EATONTOWN – Less than five months after representatives from Kushner Companies stormed out of a borough council meeting saying the company would abandon its $500 million plans to redevelop Monmouth Mall due to public backlash, the borough council approved an ordinance to allow the redevelopment project to proceed, despite continued fierce public opposition. Hundreds of residents… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Bomb squad called to Eatontown business

assetContent (36)EATOWNTOWN — Local police and a bomb and arson squad from the State Police were investigating a suspicious package at a FedEx Office store Thursday night. Police were called sometime before 8:30 p.m. to the business at 255 Rt. 35, when the package was discovered. “A package has been safely isolated at our facility in Eatontown.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Bomb squad called to Eatontown business

Drunk woman with suspended license sideswipes N.J. trooper in Eatontown

assetContentTRENTON — A woman with a suspended license allegedly side-swiped a state trooper vehicle while driving drunk on along a stretch of highway in Monmouth County on Monday, authorities said. Kristen Szatmary, 31, was driving a Ford Focus and allegedly talking on her cell phone when she crashed into a troop car just after noon on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Drunk woman with suspended license sideswipes N.J. trooper in Eatontown

Man arrested after shore cab driver is robbed at gunpoint, police say

assetContent (77)NEPTUNE CITY — A borough man, who evaded authorities for two hours, was arrested early Saturday for allegedly robbing a taxicab driver at gunpoint. The incident started in Eatontown when Christopher Cutler, 24, caught a cab to drive him to his apartment in the Brighton Arms complex on West Sylvania Avenue, Neptune City Public Safety Director… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Man arrested after shore cab driver is robbed at gunpoint, police say

Fired Monmouth Regional Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges

Nicholas J. DePue, photo via Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office

Nicholas J. DePue, photo via Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Nicholas DePue, the Monmouth Regional High School teacher who was fired last June after he was arrested and charged with second degree Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, pleaded guilty today to two counts of second degree Endangering the Welfare of Minor, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Josepeh W. Oxley in Freehold, according a report by ace Asbury Park Press reporter Kathleen Hopkins.

DePue admitted sending inappropriate text messages and/or having sexual physical contact with two female Monmouth Regional students, ages 16 and 17.

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Posted: January 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Eatontown man just released from prison charged with burglary in retirement community

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — An Eatontown man released from prison last week found himself behind bars yet again after he was charged Wednesday in connection with at least one burglary in a retirement community. Robert Meloni, 51, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools after police identified him as a person… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Eatontown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Eatontown man just released from prison charged with burglary in retirement community

Authorities identify man shot to death in Eatontown

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EATONTOWN – A 37-year-old Red Bank man has been identified as the victim of a fatal Friday morning shooting in the borough. Shortly before 12:15 a.m. Friday, Eatontown police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments, at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road, after shots were fired at the location, the Monmouth… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Authorities identify man shot to death in Eatontown

Eatontown fire claims 69 year old woman

assetContentBrenda Taylor, 69, died on Monday afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in an accidental fire in her Eatontown apartment during the early morning hours of Friday, April 10, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Gramiccioni said that the fire at the Garrison Apartments, 3 Throckmorton Ave, has been ruled accidental following a joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office,  Eatontown Police Department, Eatontown Fire Bureau, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.  The fire originated in the electrical baseboard heater of the victim’s bedroom.

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Posted: April 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Eatontown fire claims 69 year old woman