Fort Monmouth Reopens Between Eatontown and Oceanport

Freeholder Tom Arnone and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry commemorate the reopening of County Road 537 in Fort Monmouth

Less than two months after Monmouth County financed the purchase of the remaining available acreage of Fort Monmouth, thereby removing federal red tape from the redevelopment decisions of the property, the gates were removed from the entrances on Route 35 in Eatontown and Oceanport Ave in Oceanport as County Road 537 opened for vehicular traffic.

County, state and local officials gathered at the fort on Tuesday morning to commemorate the reopening.

“Government usually doesn’t work this fast.  In Monmouth County it does,” declared Freeholder Tom Arnone as he acknowledged the men and women of the County Department of Public Works and Engineering and their director, John Tobia, for their work in opening the road.

The road was closed to the public in 2011 when the U.S. Army moved the operations of the fort to Aberdeen, Maryland following the 2005 decision by the federal BRAC (base realignment and closure) commission decision to close the historic facility.

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Posted: January 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 men charged in murder of Red Bank man outside Eatontown apartment complex

FREEHOLD — Two men have been charged with the shooting death of a Red Bank man outside an Eatontown apartment complex last year, authorities said Friday. Frederick Reed, 20 of New Castle, Del., and Perry Veney, 30 of Long Branch, were both charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose after investigators… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2 men charged in murder of Red Bank man outside Eatontown apartment complex

Eatontown Shooter Captured in NYC

photo via AllTownPharmacy.com

photo via AllTownPharmacy.com

The man suspected of shooting at police officers during an armed robbery at a Eatontown pharmacy on Tuesday has been apprehended in New York City.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced that Aaron Riley, 31 of Wedgewood Circle in Eatontown, has been charged with two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, and one count each of first degree Armed Robbery, second degree Certain Persons not to have a Weapon and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

Eatontown police responded to a pair of 911 calls around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday reporting an armed robbery in progress at the AllTown Pharmacy on Wyckoff Road.  While the officers were responding, Riley was inside the pharmacy demanding prescription narcotics from an employee.  Eatontown police arrived on scene with the suspect inside the pharmacy, but he soon after fled the scene out a rear door without any narcotics.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Eatontown Shooter Captured in NYC

Long Branch Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old Eatontown Girl

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Edgar Mejia, 54, of Long Branch, was found guilty on Wednesday by a Monmouth County jury of sexually assaulting a seven year old Eatontown girl in 2014, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Mejia faces possible incarceration of 30 years to life when Judge David F. Bauman imposes his sentence on March 17, 2017. Mejia has been in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution with bail set at $300,000 since his arrest on July 21, 2014.

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Long Branch Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old Eatontown Girl

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: , , , | Comments Off on Eatontown approves Kushner’s plan for Monmouth Mall

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