Highlands Businesses Holding Holiday Lights Contest

IMG_2185The Highlands Business Partnership is awarding cash prizes and gift certificates (BID Bucks) to borough residents who light up their homes for the 3rd Annual Holiday Lights Contest.

“This a a perfect way to show off community pride and light up the holiday season,” said HBP President Carla Cefalo-Braswell.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.  BID Bucks can be used at any Highlands establishment.

Judging will take place on Saturday, December 19 from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.  The awards will be presented to the winners at their homes that evening.

Contestants have the option of having their addresses publicized.  Residents can register for the contest, which is free on charge, here.

Posted: December 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Highlands Businesses Holding Holiday Lights Contest

Business groups join together to kick-off summer on the bayshore

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Five Bayshore business groups and the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau joined together yesterday in Keyport to kick-off the Summer of 2014 on the Monmouth County Bayshore..Exit 117…the Gateway to the Jersey Shore.

Lt Governor Kim Guadagno, Congressman Frank Pallone, State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Keyport Mayor Harry Aumack were on hand as the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Keyport Bayshore Business Copperative, the Hazlet Business Owners Association, the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, the Highlands Business Partnership and the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau  joined together in cooperation for ceremonial ribbon cutting for the region’s summer tourist season.



Posted: May 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Business, Hazlet, Highlands, Jersey Shore, Keyport, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Business groups join together to kick-off summer on the bayshore

Taste of Highlands #STTS

Taste of Highlands (640x391)Consider this post an early preview to this week’s Greg’s List.

On Saturday afternoon June 22 from noon till five the Highlands Business Partnership and over 15 restaurants, including MMM advertisers Chilangos and Windansea, are serving scrumptious menu samples and delectable drinks as they kick off the official start of summer with their annual Taste of Highlands.

The event starts off at Huddy Park at the corner of Waterwitch Ave and Shore Drive where participants will be given a keepsake tote bag with directions to each establishment. Transportation between establishments will be provided for those who prefer to collect their calories rather than burn them off between stops.

That’s a lot of eating and drinking for $40 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online here, at one of the participating establishments, by calling 732-291-4713, or on Saturday until 2PM at Huddy Park.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Highlands, Jersey Shore, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Taste of Highlands #STTS

Today Show Broadcasting From Highlands For Comcast Cares Day, Saturday, April 27

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Posted: April 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Highlands St. Patrick’s Parade

Photography by Paul Scharff

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Posted: March 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Highlands St. Patrick’s Parade

Highlands St. Paddy’s Parade Will Honor First Responders

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The Highlands Business Partnership’s 11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being dedicated to the borough’s first responders in appreciation for their heroic efforts during Superstorm Sandy.

HBP Vice President Jay Cosgrove of Bahrs Landing said, “We’re proud of our hometown heros,” as he announced that Rebecca Kane, Highlands first female Fire Chief and the borough’s Council President, as the parade’s Grand Marshall.  OEM Coordinator Dave Parker is the Deputy Grand Marshall. Highlands First Aid Captain Ray Vargas will be honored with the St. Brendan the Navigator Award.

The parade kickoff from Huddy Park on Saturday March 23 at 2PM.  100 marching units including the Henry Hudson Regional Marching Band and Cheerleaders, the Monmouth County Police & Fire Pipe & Drums, Pipe & Drums Corps from Ocean Middlesex, Union, Essex and Atlantic counties.  Old Bridge and Staten Islands Pipe and Drummers will also be marching.

There will be a special guest appearance of spectacular Irish dancers from the Daly Irish Dance School.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Chili Cook Off In Highlands on Sunday

300px-Pot-o-chiliThe Highlands Business Partnership is holding its first annual Chili Cook Off Sunday, February 24 from 3PM till 7PM at Off the Hook, 1 Navesink Ave (Rt 36) Highlands.

Proceeds of the the fundraiser will pay for the bagpipers for the Highlands’ 11th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on March 23rd.

Do you make great chili?  Click here for your registration form to enter the Chili Cook Off as either a professional or amateur.  Entries must be submitted at Off the Hook by 8PM on Friday the 22nd.

Love good chili?  For $25 you’ll get to sample the 24 contestants’ efforts, enjoy a cold one to wash it down and vote for the best professional’s and amateur’s chili.  The professional contest starts at 4PM.  The amateur contest starts at 5PM.

For more information call 732-291-4713.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chili Cook Off In Highlands on Sunday

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Posted: January 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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Just 200 feet from where the guts of their homes are piled a story high and a block wide, the residents of Highlands took a break from their clean up today and came together in Huddy Park to enjoy the gorgeous weather, good food and music and to smile, laugh, cry, and look forward to rebuilding their community.

With music provided by Carl Gentry, Mary McCrink, Dave McCarthy and Kristian Rex, weary and waterlogged Highlanders greeted each other with tired smiles and warm embraces as they stood in line to enjoy the $10,000 worth of food donated by Boardwalk Sausage of Neptune.  The outdoor kitchen was provided and staffed by the business owners, employees and volunteers of the Highlands Business Partnership(HBP).

HPB, a 501 c-3, has established a fund, Hope for Highlands to accept tax deductable contributions to support the community’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  $6,672 was raised today at the event.

Tax deductable contributions to Hope for Highlands can be mailed to PO Box 375, Highlands, NJ 07732.  For additional information about the fund, call 732-291-4713.


Posted: November 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

Highlands Kicks Off The Summer Season With Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting For New Bridge

By Art Gallagher

The Highlands Business Partnership was joined by the Mayor and Council, Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Amy Handlin, Freeholders John Curly and Amy Mallet and about 200 members of the community to celebrate the completion of the new bridge that spans the Shrewsbury River between Highlands and Sea Bright with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.highlands-bridge-ribbon-cutting

During the ceremony, the Bayshore Marine Task Force, a cooperative of Bayshore area first responders who provide marine emergency services, provided a water display with their equipment.

The ceremony was followed by a two hour cruise on the river and Sandy Hook Bay hosted by SeaStreak and catered by Highlands restaurants.

Mayor Frank Nolan declared, “Highlands is open for business!”  Nolan noted that business in Highlands, home to 22 restaurants within one square mile, was off 40% during the three summer seasons that were impacted by the demolition of the 75 year old drawbridge and the construction of the new 65 foot high fixed-span structure.

Old Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge. Photo Courtesy NJDOT.

Old Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge. Photo Courtesy NJDOT.

Senator Joe Kyrillos read a letter from Governor Chris Christie which said in part, “today’s event effectively kicks off the first summer season at the Jersey Shore that vacationers and day trippers will be able to use it (the new bridge). I join with the legislators and community leaders present today in applauding the New Jersey Department of Transportation for completing this project on-time and under-budget.  The bridge has made it easier for people to experience what Sandy Hook has to offer, including all of its small businesses that make vital contributions to our State’s rich economy.”

Jay Cosgrove, Vice President of the Business Partnership and an owner of Bahrs Landing expressed the gratitude of the business owners to their loyal customers who battled difficult traffic conditions to quick the establishments afloat during the bridge construction.

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New Highlands Bridge. Photo Credit Jay Cosgrove, Bahrs Landing

Kyrillos said, “This bridge is of incredible importance to the residents of Monmouth County, as well as the many tourists and visitors from which our regional economy benefits,” Senator Kyrillos said.  “The old, moveable bridge spanning the Shrewsbury River was in the poorest condition of all moveable bridges in New Jersey.  We are fortunate to replace this critical infrastructure. It is a beautiful bridge and more important it is safe and secure and will be of service for generations to come.”

Senator Jennifer Beck said, “We’ve been watching the progress of the construction of the new Highlands Bridge over more than two years,” said Beck, “and it is exciting to see it concluded just in time for the summer beach season, when thousands of people, from New Jersey and beyond, come to visit the shore. Also, as a sponsor of legislation that would name this span in honor of my friend and mentor Captain Joseph Azzolina, which has already passed the State Senate, I have a personal connection to this bridge, and I look forward to seeing the legislation pass the Assembly.”

Beck asked those present to call Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and ask her to post the bill naming the bridge for Azzolina for a vote.

Posted: May 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Frank Nolan, Highlands, Jennifer Beck, John Curley | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »