The Arnone Report: Stay cool and hydrated, Kyrillos bridge dedication on July 27

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone Meeting

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July holiday!

I was happy to spend part of the holiday walking in the annual Ocean Grove Fourth of July Parade. As always, I had a great time walking the route and seeing everyone dressed in their best patriotic clothing while holding American flags. It is truly a wonderful parade and I look forward to next year’s celebration!

As everyone is aware, we have experienced hotter than normal weather lately. Heat wave or not, I always advise those who plan on spending time outdoors in the heat to be prepared. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable.

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Posted: July 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Arnone confronts Curley for use of gay slur

In an uncharacteristic outburst, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone confronted his disgraced colleague, John P. Curley for disparaging two County employees with a gay slur. “Deny you said it,” Arnone shouted at Curley during a public comment by David D’Amico, a representative of Garden State Equality.

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Posted: June 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

The Arnone Report: Freeholder Director Tom Arnone’s update

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone 

Happy summer! I hope everyone has been enjoying the warmer weather and all the county has to offer! There are so many events and activities throughout the county that there is sure to be something for everyone.

With that being said, I am happy to announce the launch of our new and improved tourism website, which can be viewed by visiting www.tourism.visitmonmouth.com. As the liaison to the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism, I am truly pleased with this new website and how much information is available. From indoor attractions to outdoor activities, this new website should keep everyone busy all summer long. Please check it out!

In keeping with the topic of making summer plans, don’t forget to check out our Grown in Monmouth website, which can be viewed by visiting www.growninmonmouth.com. Not only can visitors search for restaurants that use products grown in Monmouth County, they can also find pick-your-own destinations and farmers markets, among other events.

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Posted: June 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Freeholder Director Tom Arnone’s update

Sheriff Golden, Freeholders, Call On Trenton To Stop Ripping Off 9-1-1 Fees

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Lillian Burry were joined by a bi-partisan group of municipal elected officials, as well as public safety officers, at the County Public Safety Center in Freehold this morning where they called upon Governor Phil Murphy and the State Legislature to restore the $.90 monthly tax on every cell phone line to its intended purpose…the funding of New Jersey’s 192 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 18th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

The Arnone Report: Gratitude and Accomplishment

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Let us not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day – remembering those who have served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice. It is because of our servicemen and women that we can continue to live in a safe nation where we can enjoy our freedoms.

Prior to the holiday weekend, my fellow Freeholders and I held our annual summer season kick-off press conference in Manasquan. We host this event each year in a different town and I would like to thank Mayor Ed Donovan for hosting our County event this year. It was truly a great morning spent with members of the public, as well as members of the business and tourism communities. As liaison to the department of tourism, I know just how important a role the tourism industry has on our local economy. Last year alone, tourists spent $2.5 billion in the County.

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Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Gratitude and Accomplishment

New summer schedule for Rumson-Sea Bright bridge openings

The Rumson-Sea Bright bridge over the Shrewsbury River will be raised for marine traffic hourly, on the hour. from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays this summer season, staring on Friday, May 25 through Labor Day, Monday September 3, under an agreement between Monmouth County and the U.S. Coast Guard, according to an announcement by  Freeholder Director Tom Arnone.

In previous years, the bridge opened every half hour from May 15 through September 30.

The Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering requested that the U.S. Coast Guard consider an alternative schedule in attempt to balance the seasonally high volume of roadway traffic during peak hours with the needs of marine traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | Comments Off on New summer schedule for Rumson-Sea Bright bridge openings

Monmouth County Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season

Freeholder Pat Impreveduto, Deputy Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Deptuy Mayor Sue Kiley of Hazlet, County Clerk Christine Giodano Hanlon and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone celebrate the start of the summer tourism season.

Monmouth County officials gathered on the beach in Manasquan yesterday to kick off the summer tourism season during a festive press conference featuring Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Manasquan Mayor Ed Donovan, Paul Wolf, manager of Leggett’s Sand Bar in Manasquan, Mary Brabazon, director of Belmar Tourism and Margaret Mass, director of the Red Bank Visitor Center.

In 2017, tourists spent $2.5 billion in Monmouth County on food, accommodations, recreation and entertainment, transportation and second homes, a $65 million increase over the amount spent in 2016.  6 million people per year visit the County. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Arnone Report: Paint the Town Pink, Shared Services, Repaired Bridges Opening

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

Happy May! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the outdoors during the warm weather last week. After this rainy and cold spring, I am looking forward to the summer months ahead.

I know I always say that it has been a busy couple of weeks but it truly has been. I’d like to take some time to share with you what I have been up to and a few important dates to come.

First of all, I’d like to thank all of the municipalities that are participating in the annual Paint the Town Pink campaign. For those unfamiliar with the campaign, its mission is to raise awareness of the importance of getting an annual mammography and women’s wellness.

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Posted: May 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Paint the Town Pink, Shared Services, Repaired Bridges Opening

Transcript: Curley called DiMaso a “Staten Island Guinea”

Disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley

The report prepared by retired Acting Supreme Court Justice Mary Catherine Cuff states that disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley referred to Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso as a “Staten Island Guinea,” according to the transcript of federal court proceedings Curley has brought against Monmouth County.  DiMaso was a Monmouth County Freeholder at the time that Curley said “that Staten Island guinea” and “I ought to stab her with my insulin pack.”

Staten Island is the New York City borough where DiMaso was raised. “Guinea” is a derisive ethnic slur that refers to people of Italian heritage. The slur is derived from “Guinea Negro” a term that referenced Blacks or people of mixed ancestry from Guinea, the African country in West Africa. The term is “the most vile” one can call an Italian, according to Urban Dictionary, and is used as a slur for Italians because of many of them have darker skin than Anglo Saxons/Germans, according to the Racial Slur Database. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

GSP, Middletown-Lincroft Road closures will impact traffic this weekend

Repairs on a Garden State Parkway bridge that was damaged in a traffic accident last November are expected to cause traffic delays in Middletown starting tomorrow morning, April 27 at 10 a.m. through 5 a.m. on Monday morning, April 30.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will be closing two northbound lanes on the GSP between exit 109 and exit 114 to make repairs on the bridge over Middletown-Lincroft Road in order to make permanent repairs to the structure.

Monmouth County will close Middletown-Lincroft Road (CR-50) between West Front Street and Nutswamp/Dwight Road starting at 10 a.m. on Friday.  One-way traffic for school only vehicles will be permitted on Friday afternoon from 2p.m.-4p.m.

Weather and progress permitting, Middletown-Lincroft Road will reopen on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on GSP, Middletown-Lincroft Road closures will impact traffic this weekend