Circus Camel Escapes In Middletown

Heidi the prodigal camel

Heidi the prodigal camel

North Middletown- A female camel escaped from St. Catherine’s Church on Monday. The camel, Heidi, is not left over from the parish’s nativity scene.  She is a featured performer in the circus that St. Catherine’s is hosting tonight, Tuesday, May 24.

Heidi escaped while the circus staff was setting up the tent for tonight’s festivities, according to church secretary Kathy Toomey.

“The camel took a stroll down Bray Avenue dragging her tether and chain behind her,” Toomey said.  Residents of Bray Avenue laughed and said they were unaware of the incident when MMM asked them about it.

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Posted: May 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Middletown Hit and Run Driver Indicted

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, the Leonardo woman accused of the hit and run accident that resulted in the death of 15 year old Marissa Procopio last July 8, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on Monday, May 16, according to a copy of the indictment released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Marletta stands charged of one count of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The Third Degree Endangering Charges are related to the children who were passengers in the car driven by Marletta when it struck and killed Procopio.  The Second Degree Endangering Charge is related to the deceased teenager, Procopio.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Middletown Police to hold Child Safety Checkpoint on Friday, May 13

child-car-seat-630x608The Middletown Police Department will hold a Child Safety Checkpoint on Friday, May 13th from 3pm to 7pm inside Old Village Firehouse, located at 1340 Route 35.

Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. No appointment is necessary. The checkpoint is free and open to the public. Please remember state law requires that all children below 8 years old or less than 80 lbs. in weight must be seated in a child restraint system.

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Posted: May 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Scharfenberger Honored By Vets

Township Committee Declares May Buddy Poppy Month

26563788415_71f3196931_zMiddletown, NJ-Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD was honored last week by VFW Post 2179 for his ongoing and steadfast support of the military veterans of the Township.

Post Commander Will Purcell recognized Mayor Scharfenberger at the April Township Committee meeting. In attendance were veterans and members of the Ladies Auxiliary. They thanked the mayor for his continued support of and dedication to veterans. Purcell also thanked Mayor Scharfenberger for his attendance at all of their ceremonies and remembrances over the years.

“We are forever indebted to our veterans for their sacrifice, service and valor,” said Mayor Scharfenberger. “They are brave soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend our country and protect our way of life.”

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Posted: April 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Scharfenberger Honored By Vets

Report: Middletown Teacher Rescinds His Resignation

The Asbury Park Press is reporting that Middletown High School South history teacher Joseph Ventre has rescinded his resignation.  It was reported this morning that Ventre was forced to resign after showing a video of HBO comedian John Oliver mocking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Middletown teacher reportedly forced to resign over anti-Trump video

assetContentMIDDLETOWN – A Middletown High School South teacher was reportedly forced to resign after he showed his class a video critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Joseph Ventre, a history teacher at the Monmouth County high school, was asked for his resignation after at least one parent complained that he showed a video from HBO’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Surrogate Rosemarie Peters Addresses Shadow Lake Villagers

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Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters

Middletown, NJ- Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters addressed a group of about 50 residents of Shadow Lake Village on Sunday afternoon to introduce the services of her office and to remind residents of importance of preparing proper documents to ensure that they are properly cared for in the event of disability or illness and the proper distribution of the property upon their passing.

The Surrogate’s Office is actually a Court as well as a branch of the Superior Court, Chancery Division. The Surrogate serves as the Deputy Clerk of the Chancery Division, Probate Part, and as the Judge of the Surrogate Court.

According to the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey,

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Posted: April 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Park System | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth County, Middletown and NY Waterway are working together to mitigate NJ Transit strike impact

Belford ferry terminal1Monmouth County, Middletown Township and NY Waterways officials are working together to lessen the possible inconvenience to commuters in the event of a New Jersey Transit strike starting Sunday morning.

“The County is working with NY Waterway and Middletown to take a proactive approach to the situation we may face next week if there is any disruption to how our residents travel to work,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We understand the inconvenience that a disruption would cause and are actively taking measures to make sure we are doing everything we can to arrange to accommodate an increase in ferry passengers.”

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Posted: March 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County, Middletown and NY Waterway are working together to mitigate NJ Transit strike impact

Middletown MIS Director Charged with Tax Fraud

assetContent (77)The Management Information Services Director of Middletown Township was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury on Tuesday for failing to report income on his 2010-2014 returns, failing to disclose income outside of his Township employment and altering public records, according to an announcement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The 14 count indictment against Todd W. Costello, 45, of Jackson, alleges that he failed to report over $500,000 in income and failed to pay $22,000 in New Jersey Income Taxes.

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Posted: February 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Middletown MIS Director Charged with Tax Fraud

Middletown Recognizes Richard Saker As A Distinguished Citizen

Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Laura Saker and Richard Saker

Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Laura Saker and Richard Saker

Middletown– Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger, PhD. and the Township Committee awarded Richard Saker the Distinguished Citizen Award at the Township Committee meeting on February 15.

Saker, the head of Saker ShopRites, Inc., was honored for his ongoing and significant contributions to the township’s Cultural and Arts Council, the Middletown Arts Center, and Middletown Day. He’s a major sponsor of many township outreach programs including the Welcome Home Picnic for Vietnam Veterans and the Mayor’s Food Basket. He’s also dedicated member of the Economic Development Committee, explained Mayor  Scharfenberger.

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Posted: February 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Recognizes Richard Saker As A Distinguished Citizen