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We Need a Governor — from Monmouth Beach

By Greg Kelly

I recently launched a website about my native town of Monmouth Beach and it just so happens that a resident of that great community is running for Governor of New Jersey, Kim Guadagno.

So I thought I’d offer some local perspective on a state concern. I’m backing Kim on November 7 and it’s an easy vote for me.

I’ve known Kim since she first ran for political office in Monmouth Beach back 12 years ago. As I’ve followed her career, I’ve learned that Kim already has to be exceptional just to survive. She’s a Republican from New Jersey (a state that twice voted against Abraham Lincoln), is married to a seasoned judge (husband Mike recently retired from the NJ Superior Court) and is mother to three smart kids (some went to school with my children for a while).

In light of the recent vile and mean-spirited Star-Ledger editorial endorsement of Phil Murphy in the governor’s race, I’d like to offer the main reasons why Kim gets my vote: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

10 passengers rescued after boat catches fire

MONMOUTH BEACH — Ten passengers aboard a 22-foot speed boat had to be rescued from the Shrewsbury River Sunday afternoon after the boat caught fire, police said. None of the passengers onboard the Sea Doo, a type of speed boat, were injured in the blaze, which was first reported to police at 2:51 p.m., said New… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Rescue attempt turned fatal near Monmouth Beach dock, sources say

MONMOUTH BEACH – A rescue attempt turned fatal for two people after a man fell into the water near a marina, law enforcement sources said. Authorities identified Saturday the man and woman found dead in the water Friday afternoon near the Channel Club Marina in Monmouth Beach as 59-year-old John J. LoBello of Toms River and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Rescue attempt turned fatal near Monmouth Beach dock, sources say

JCP&L Acts to Protect Osprey

photo via JCP&L

Jersey Central Power and Light, the electric utility that services Monmouth County, announced today that they have expanded an environmental program to help protect New Jersey’s threatened ospreys.

The company is surveying their poles and other equipment to determine where osprey are nesting—or have given indication of future nesting–and then building new nesting platforms where the birds will not be in danger due to the proximity to electrical equipment. Specialized equipment is installed to divert and discourage ospreys from nesting in potentially hazardous locations.

Two osprey nests within JCP&L’s Monmouth and Ocean service territories, one in Union Beach and another in Brick, were relocated in 2016.

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Posted: December 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Man, dog rescued after getting stranded on Shrewsbury River island

14469624-1181244048585195-8032813930968028747-njpg-161ee18f189a6ce1SEA BRIGHT– A hunter and his dog were briefly marooned on a small island in the Shrewsbury River Thursday when high winds blew his boat away, a former Office of Emergency Management Coordinator confirmed. Sea Bright Fire Rescue and Monmouth Beach first-responders were among the agencies that were called around 5 p.m. after the man was… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Are those sharks or rays swimming along the Jersey Shore? Experts disagree

assetContent (1)MONMOUTH BEACH — Are those sharks or rays swimming along the shore in Monmouth Beach and Belmar? The answer to that question can’t seem to be agreed upon among those in the ocean research community . Police received a call Tuesday when residents spotted dorsal fins less than 10 feet from shore in Monmouth Beach. An… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Are those sharks or rays swimming along the Jersey Shore? Experts disagree

Monmouth County Launches Flooding Awareness Program

John Szeliga, Verizon; Middletown Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger; Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso; Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden; Capt. Jay Steingold of Naval Weapons Station Earle; FEMA Region II Administrator Michael Moriarty and Tony MacDonald Director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute.

John Szeliga, Verizon; Middletown Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger; Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso; Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden; Capt. Jay Steingold of Naval Weapons Station Earle; FEMA Region II Administrator Michael Moriarty and Tony MacDonald Director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute.

A countywide collaboration with Monmouth County’s government, FEMA, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, National Park Service, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve at Rutgers University, Navy Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Verizon designed to raise the public’s awareness of flood risks and to encourage the mitigation of those risks was launched this morning in Middletown with the installation of a High Water Mark (HWM) sign at the Belford Ferry Terminal.

FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program’s High Water Mark awareness program gives participating municipalities Community Rating System (CRS) points which result in residents of the community getting a break on their flood insurance premiums.

Municipal participation is voluntary and there is no cost to the towns for participating.

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Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Middletown Man hospitalized after sting from clinging jellyfish in Shrewsbury River

Shrewsbury river from Sandy Hook (800x321)MONMOUTH BEACH — The week after a specimen was discovered in Barnegat Bay, three more clinging jellyfish have been discovered in the Shrewsbury River, the Monmouth Beach Office of Emergency Management said in an alert Wednesday. In its alert, the OEM said the dime-sized samples were believed to be the jellyfish, which are native to the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »