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: , , | No Comments »

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

Arnone Report: Clean Beaches, Clean Ocean, Fiscal Discipline and Fighting Kids Cancer

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone 

Spring is finally here! It’s great to see the trees and flowers begin to bloom and show signs that warmer weather is on its way. I hope everyone has been able to enjoy time outside and hopefully visit some Grown in Monmouth properties!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in Earth Day events throughout the County, including beach sweeps and property cleanups. I had the chance to visit with volunteers who were cleaning up the area surrounding Shark River.

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Posted: April 24th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Clean Beaches, Clean Ocean, Fiscal Discipline and Fighting Kids Cancer

Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth this weekend!

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

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

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful time during the recent holidays and able to enjoy time with family and friends!

We have a lot of exciting events and programs in the coming weeks and months. However, I want to take the time this week to write about one of our biggest and most popular events returning this weekend – Made in Monmouth!

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Posted: April 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth this weekend!

Curley Accused of Official Misconduct, Corruption

By Art Gallagher

Freeholder John P. Curley

The FBI and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office have conducted at least five interviews into the conduct of Freeholder John P. Curley and former Monmouth County Counsel Timothy B. Middleton, Esq., according to former Assemblyman Michael Panter, in his capacity as in-house legal counsel of Realty Data Systems, LLC (RDS), a company that performs property inspections for many municipalities participating in the New Jersey Assessment Demonstration Program (ADP).

Panter disclosed the law enforcement investigation into Curley and Middleton in a detailed nine page letter to Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Counsel Michael Fitzgerald, and County Administrator Teri O’Connell, with copies to the Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI, wherein the former legislator alleges that Middleton was the author of the anonymous letter which alleged corruption in the ADP, that Curley referred, with great fanfare and press coverage, to the Prosecutor in September of 2015, during the height of his last reelection campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Arnone thanks workers for snow cleanup, addresses County budget

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

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

Happy Spring! I’m sure I am joined by many in saying I hope we saw our last snowfall until next winter season.

I’d like to thank our department of public works employees for working throughout this recent storm to clear our roads and county-owned properties. As always, these employees did a great job. I’d also like to thank our first responders who were also out working throughout the storm in difficult weather conditions.

On a separate note, the 2018 Monmouth County budget was approved during the March 19th meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. When we first introduced our budget, there was a proposed 1-percent tax increase. Ultimately, the approved budget includes a half-percent tax increase.

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Posted: March 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Arnone thanks workers for snow cleanup, addresses County budget

County Ready To Clear Snow Covered Roads

Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is ready for the expected overnight snowfall, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone announced.

“County road crews have been spreading liquid salt brine on County roads since Monday afternoon in advance of the threat of snow,” said Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The County’s snow room will open this evening and we will monitor the storm’s progress. Our process helps us manage the personnel needed at the County’s ten highway districts and dispatch crews as needed.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning starting on 6PM on Tuesday for both Eastern and Western Monmouth County.  Mixed precipitation is expected Tuesday night followed by heavy snow fall on Wednesday.  Unnecessary travel on Wednesday afternoon and evening is strongly discouraged. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on County Ready To Clear Snow Covered Roads