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Hazlet Mayor Takes Affordable Housing Plan Off The Agenda

Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre and former Senator Joe Kyillos

Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre posted the following message on the Township’s website this afternoon:

The Hazlet Township Committee has rigorously been fighting a builder’s remedy lawsuit filed by a developer and the State regarding an acceptable compliance plan to meet the township’s housing requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Hazlet, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Hazlet Mayor Takes Affordable Housing Plan Off The Agenda

Expect delays on Route 35 South in Hazlet today

The Hazlet Police Department announced this morning that Route 35 southbound between Bethany Road and Miller Ave will be down to one lane from 9 am till 4 pm due to road construction.

Bethany Road and Route 35 is the intersection where the K-Mart/Pathmark shopping center is located.  Miller Ave is just north of Loews.

Traffic could be backed up to the Garden State Parkway if there are a lot of drivers on the road today.

Posted: July 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Hazlet, Monmouth County Life | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Expect delays on Route 35 South in Hazlet today

Hazlet Woman Killed Crossing Rt 36

Crystal Vernon, 34 of Hazlet, was struck by a vehicle and killed on Monday night as she attempted to cross the highway at the marked intersection at Laurel Ave, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Vernon was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:39 p.m.

Margaret Holtz, 67, of North Middletown, was the driver of the 2004 Ford Freestar van  that struck the Hazlet woman.  An 85 year old man was a passenger in the vehicle.  Neither Holtz or he passenger were injured.

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Posted: May 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Hazlet, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Hazlet Woman Killed Crossing Rt 36

Accused Child Sex Trafficker, An Ex Middletown Cop, Released To His Mother’s Custody

James Keenan and his mother, Katherine Fowlie, December 2015. social media photo

James J. Keenan, 47, the retired Middletown Police Officer arrested on federal child sex trafficking charges last week, was released to the custody of his mother, Katherine Fowlie, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovani on Monday afternoon during a bond hearing in Trenton Federal Court.

Fowlie is the widow of former Middletown Police Chief William Fowlie, Keenan’s step-father.

Keenan and Fowlie co-signed a $50,000 unsecured bond as a condition of the release.  Additionally, Keenan is subject to 24 hour per day home confinement with electronic monitoring, is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with minor children, must refrain from using alcohol or drugs, be tested for substance abuse, and must restrict his travel–as approved by pre-trail services– to the State of New Jersey and the District of Oregon for Court Purposes. His computer usage is restricted and he surrendered his passport. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 16th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Former Middletown Cop Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

James J. Keenan

A retired Middletown Police Officer was arrested in Hazlet on Wednesday, April 11, following an April 5 federal indictment for Sex Trafficking of a Child, Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Child and Attempted Enticement.

James J. Keenan, 47, formerly of Hazlet and currently a resident of Vancouver, WA, was indicted by a Portland, Oregon federal grand jury following a month long investigation by detectives of Beaverton, Oregon Police Department and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.

His alleged victim is a Beaverton female child, according to Officer Jeremy Shaw, spokesman for the Beaverton PD.  Officer Shaw confirmed that Keenan is a former Middletown Police Officer. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Kiley wins big in Hazlet

Sue Kiley defeated Vincent Solomeno, 57% to 43% and was reelected to the Hazlet Township Committee.

Posted: November 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Hazlet | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Vincent Solomeno’s Lies

For the benefit of my readers from Hazlet who are still not convinced that Vincent Solomeno’s character assassination attempt on Mayor Sue Kiley is based upon outright lies, I visited Town Hall yesterday  to get the documentation which proves it.

As “proof” of his allegation that Kiley accepted an illegal campaign contribution from Maser Consulting during her first election in 2014 and then illegally appointed the firm Township Planner, Solomeno has been posting this clip of the Township’s pay to play ordinance: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Hazlet, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Vincent Solomeno’s Lies

Interview with Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley Part 2

In the second part of my interview with Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley, she talks about 1) what she wanted to accomplish in her first term on the Township Committee, 2) what she did accomplish, and what she hopes to accomplish if Hazlet voters give her another three years. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Hazlet, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Interview with Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley Part 2

Vincent Solomeno’s Glass House…

…and his new worst nightmare…

By Art Gallagher

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones ~ Old English Proverb

In his desperate attempt to finally win an election, Vincent Solomeno, the unemployed* serial candidate from Hazlet who is challenging Mayor Sue Kiley’s reelection to the Township Committee, has been claiming that Kiley and the Republican majority are incompetent for various reasons, including the fact that sewer bills went out late earlier this year.

Solomeno is not nearly as competent as he makes himself out to be.

He has a long history of not mailing his own sewer bill correctly and on time.  There is currently a lien from a sewer bill recorded on his house for a late sewer bill, dating back to 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Interview with Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley

Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley is engaged in a tough race for reelection to the Township Committee.

Her opponent, Vincent Solomeno is up to his old tricks.  Last year when he was a candidate for Monmouth County Surrogate, Solomeno depicted Rosemarie Peters as incompetent, disengaged and indifferent to the concerns of seniors, orphans and grieving families.  He’s using the same playbook this year as he is using social media and mail to try to convince Hazlet voters that Kiley is corrupt and incompetent. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Hazlet, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Interview with Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley