New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today that 18 organizations designated as New Jersey Heroes have been awarded a total of $120,000 in grants to enhance their missions with new programs and services.
A non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded by Mrs. Christie in 2010, NJ Heroes’ mission is to recognize, celebrate, and promote the Heroes of New Jersey who inspire fellow New Jerseyans to give back to their community. Since its inception, the organization has awarded approximately $320,000 in grants to 24 New Jersey non-profits.
“I am proud our New Jersey Heroes Foundation was able to expand its grant program for 2015 to help these remarkable organizations continue to do good work in their respective communities throughout the Garden State,” said Mrs. Christie. “Our New Jersey Heroes recipients represent such a broad coalition of causes that touch many people in so many ways. With these grants, we’re providing these groups with an opportunity to make an even greater difference by giving them the ability to improve and expand their programs to further reach community members in need.”
Of the 18 groups honored today, 3 are from Monmouth County:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Abby Daly, Breast Intentions, Bridge of Books Foundation, Erika Rech, Manasquan, Michael Ricci, Middletown, Mike Ruane, New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie, New Jersey Heroes, NJ Heroes, Operation Beachhead, Rumson | 1 Comment »
The Middletown Township Committee is slated to introduce their 2015 budget tonight with a spending decrease of $959,463. The total budget as introduced will be $69,437,466 compared to 2014 spending of $70,396,929.
Decreased non-tax revenues, including parking permits and court fees, of $2.8 million and increases in snow removal costs of $1.3 million and insurance costs of $600,000, were off set by savings from shared services agreements with other municipalities and the Middletown Board of Education, as well as utility cost savings for $223,000.
The tax levy on Township property owners will increase $428,484 to $46,964,220, not including the Township Library. With the library budget of $3,445,649, the overall tax levy increases by $486,502.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: 2015 Budget, Mayor Stephanie Murray, Middletown, Middletown Township, Property Taxes, Tony Fiore | 1 Comment »
A rant against Mayor Stephanie Murray and the rest of the Middletown Township Committee was posted anonymously on the business facebook page of the Middletown Township PBA Local 124 yesterday afternoon.
Written by “I am a police officer in Middletown Township,” the post alleges that Murray and the Township Committee are not paying police officers salaries and claims that officers are subjected to sub-standard working conditions. The anonymous officer claims that the Township Committee gave themselves a 20% raise:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, PBA, Stephanie Murray | Tags: Facebook, Mayor Stephanie Murray, Middletown, Middletown Township, Middletown Township Committee, Middletown Township PBA Local 124, Stephanie Murray | 17 Comments »
Funding approved for replacement of bridge over Pews Creek
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Monmouth County was informed that it would be receiving a $2 million reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the replacement of Bray Avenue Bridge (MT-2) over Pews Creek in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.
The $2,006,208 allocation represents a 90 percent reimbursement for the rebuilding of the bridge that has been closed since the tidal surge created by Superstorm Sandy overtopped the bridge and advanced the deteriorating condition of the bridge significantly.
“Residents and commuters in the Port Monmouth area will be glad to hear this news,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “With the financing in place, the County’s Public Works and Engineering staff can now shift gears and move the Bray Avenue Bridge replacement project forward.”admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Bray Ave Bridge, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman Frank Pallone, FEMA, Freeholder Gary Rich, Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Tom Arnone, Mayor Stephanie Murray, Middletown, Monmouth County, Pew Creek, Press Release, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Tony Fiore | 1 Comment »
Anthony Tassello, the 55 year old Middletown man reported missing by his family on Monday, was been located alive and well in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this morning, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Proscecutor’s Office and the Middletown Police Department cancelled a press conference schedule for 11 a.m. this morning on the Tassello matter upon his location. Detectives with the Middletown PD told MMM that the case is still being investigated and that more information will be forthcoming, perhaps this afternoon.
Tassello’s car was one of five burned in a suspicious fire at Tom’s Ford’s Keyport parking lot on Tuesday morning.
According to his facebook page, Tassello has been employed by Trap Rock Industries, a Princeton, NJ asphalt company owned by the Stavola family, since 1984. Employees at Trap Rock declined to give any information about Tassello.Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: Anthony Tassello, Middletown, Stavola family, Trap Rock Industries | Comments Off
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Anthony Tassello, a 55-year-old Middletown man, who was reported missing on Monday by family members. Tassello was last seen around 9:15 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015. He is a white male, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.
The vehicle he was driving, a white 2008 Ford Escape, was one of five vehicles burned during a suspicious fire at the Tom’s Ford dealership on Route 35 in Keyport, on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015.
Police are concerned for Mr. Tassello’s safety. He was last seen wearing a gray tweed hat, a vest and blue jeans and may possibly be in the New York City area,
MIDDLETOWN —The family suing to prevent the closure of Mater Dei Prep in Middletown is withdrawing its lawsuit. Brian Petrone said he decided to drop the suit, after speaking with school officials and alumni, out of concern that his action would harm his goal of having the Catholic high school become more financially secure. It’s not…Posted: February 14th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: Brian Petrone, Catholic Education, Education, Mater Dei, Mater Dei Prep, Middletown | Comments Off