Coast Guard rescues three boaters near Highlands

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Sandy Hook Station pulled three people out the the Sandy Hook Bay near Highlands this afternoon, according to a press release by the USCG.

While on routine patrol at approximately 2:30 p.m., the crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small witnessed a nine-foot John boat overturn sending the passengers into the water.

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Posted: August 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Seastreak Ferry runs aground near Highlands

A commuter ferry operated by Seastreak ran aground about 200 yards from the Highlands pier on Thursday night, March 23, according to an announcement by the U.S. Coast Guard.

At approximately 11:15 p.m., watchstanders at Sector New York Command Center were that 95 passengers were aboard the grounded vessel.

A rescue crew from the Sandy Hook Coast Guard Station arrived on scene and oversaw the safe transfer of passengers from the ferry vessel Whaling City Express to the ferry vessel New Jersey.

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Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Seastreak Ferry | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Seastreak Ferry runs aground near Highlands

Rick O’Neil is the Right Man for Highlands

By Assemblyman Rob Clifton

rob-cliftonI have had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Rick O’Neil for almost 20-years. Rick and I served together on the Bayshore Conference of Mayors. We worked on issues that affected all the towns from Rick’s hometown of Highlands to my hometown of Matawan. Rick was a leader and the driving force in dealing with the most critical issue we faced then and still face today, illegal drugs. Highlands, under Rick’s leadership, was a supportive and active member of the Bayshore Drug Taskforce.

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Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Rob Clifton | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Seastreak to upgrade its fleet

commodore-4Seastreak, the company that provides ferry service from to New York and Jersey City from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, announced a $24 million upgrade to its fleet of luxury vessels to commence with the construction of a new 600 passenger catamaran that will be delivered in late 2017.

The new vessel, which is being built by Incat-Crowther of Sydney, Australia, will include 520 interior seats with an additional 206 exterior seats located on the second and third deck.  The pilot’s house will be on the third deck, improving the views of passengers on the second deck.  There will be seven restrooms located inside the vessel along with ADA compliant accommodations.

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Posted: September 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Monmouth County News, Seastreak Ferry | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan will not seek a third term

photo by Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

photo by Tim Larsen, Governor’s Office

Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan announced on facebook last night that he will not seek a third term.

Thank you to so many people for encouraging me to run for a third term as mayor. The past six years have been tough with Irene, Sandy, and all the other set backs. Last year was the toughest with my own personal health issues. Those that are closest to me know I have truly enjoyed being an elected official for the past ten years. I am honored and humbled to have been able to serve the town and all its people. I made some mistakes but tried my best to always do the right thing. My role as a father and husband has to come first. For this reason I will not be a candidate for mayor this November and will serve out my current term. I want to thank all the great borough professionals, past and present I have had the pleasure of working with. The many council people and Mayor’s who I may have had my differences with but at the end of the day I think we knew our common goal was the advancement of the town. Special thanks to my wife and soulmate Lori Ann. You have stood by me through thick and thin and I love you forever.

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Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Frank Nolan, Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Police ID body found in ocean as missing Newark man

assetContentBRADLEY BEACH – Authorities have identified the body that was discovered floating in the waters off Sea Bright on Thursday as the 31-year-old Newark man who was swept out to sea on Saturday. Julio Pierre was visiting Bradley Beach with friends on Saturday when he disappeared in the ocean near the Brinley Avenue jetty at around… Read the rest of this entry »

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Highlands Employees Injured When Old Borough Hall Ceiling Collapses

HighlandsHighlands Borough Clerk Carolyn Cummins and Assistant Borough Clerk Debbie Daily were seriously injured this morning when the ceiling of the former borough hall collapsed under them.

The women were in the attic of the Sandy damaged building looking for official documents when the collapse occured.

Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan said that a Medi Vac Helicopter was called for Cummins, but then called off.  Both women have been transported to the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

UPDATE: Both women are expected to make a full recovery.

Highlands’ municipal operations have been conducted in trailers since shortly after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the borough.

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Posted: June 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments »

Profile: From Selling Bait to Managing the Belford Seafood Co-Op — A Fish Story

0019Who: Joseph Branin Age: 69 Family: Married, two daughters, one son Home: Highlands What he does: General manager of Belford Seafood Co-op for nearly 20 years. How many fishermen in the co-op: There are 18 to 20 boats active in the Belford fishing fleet, and some 50 families make their living there. How does… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Remembering Tara Ryan

Tara Ryan. Photo courtesy of Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx.com

Tara Ryan. Photo courtesy of Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx.com

By Art Gallagher

Tara Ryan, 63, of Highlands, succumbed to complications of diabetes on Friday, April 1. Tara was with her loving husband Joe Killeen, and other family members when her time came.  Her family and the Highlands community are mourning her loss and celebrating her remarkable life which was devoted to improving the lives of others.

A one term borough councilwoman, Tara was a community leader in Highlands throughout her 21 year residence in the borough.  She was courted by both parties to run for council many times before finally agreeing to run as a Democrat in 2012.

She served on the Board of Education of Highlands Elementary School and the Highlands Zoning Board for many years.

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Posted: April 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Remembering Tara Ryan

Monmouth County is prepared for weekend snow

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Monmouth County Public Works crews readied all of its snow removal equipment Friday, March 18 in advance of the snow predicted for the weekend.

You’ve probably packed away your shovels and snowblowers.  Many landscapers have removed the plows from their pickups.  March came in like a lamb but might show us some lion Saturday night and Sunday.

The National Weather Service said at 4:39 this morning that the probability of hazardous weather conditions is low for Saturday, day and night, but that a coastal storm could bring snow accumulations on Sunday afternoon and night.

The Monmouth County Department of Public Works is ready for whatever the first day of Spring brings.

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Posted: March 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County is prepared for weekend snow