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Gary Rich enters race for U.S. Senate nomination

Gary Rich

Former Monmouth County Freeholder Gary Rich has entered the race for the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate against Cory Booker.

Rich’s Statement of Organization was filed with the Federal Election Commission on January 22, 2020.

In a press release this afternoon, Rich spoke about the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Trump addresses mayors, signs Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019

President Donald J. Trump addressed Transforming the Nation’s Communities before the U.S Conference of Mayors yesterday afternoon in the White House East Room.  Following his remarks, the President signed the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019 into law.

Congressman Chris Smith was a co-sponsor of the legislation which provides federal money for the protection of houses of worship and other nonprofits.

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Posted: January 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Burry files for reelection for her 6th term on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders

Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry

Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry has submitted the required petitions to seek the Monmouth County Republican Committee’s endorsement for her 6th term on the Board.

First elected in the wake of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s Operation Bid Rig II in 2005, Burry has been a leader in the transformation of Monmouth County government and the Monmouth GOP from a corrupt swamp to a beacon of good government. In 2005 , the Asbury Park Press had an ongoing investigative series, Club Monmouth, into the wasteful patronage of Monmouth County government.  This year, the APP editorial board said, “It isn’t easy finding major weaknesses in the way the county has been run in recent years. Spending has been kept in check and the county has maintained a triple-A bond rating. It takes shared services between towns seriously and it has made concerted efforts to improve the climate for small businesses.  The county also has one of the finest park systems in the state.” Lillian Burry has been a huge contributor to the reforms which warranted those accolades from a critical source. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hanlon commemorates 100 years of women voting

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is launching a year-long recognition program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

“Since my office oversees a large part of the elections process for Monmouth County, I am proud to launch a county-wide program to celebrate the brave suffragists and all those who contributed to women gaining the right to vote 100 years ago,” said Clerk Hanlon.

Throughout the year, the County Clerk’s Office is working to engage and educate people of all ages through a variety of events, programs, and media. To start off the centennial year, Clerk Hanlon distributed sample resolutions commemorating the centennial to the governing bodies of Monmouth County’s 53 municipalities and to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Posted: January 23rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Bob Walsh: 1958-2020, Rest in Peace

Bob Walsh, a former mayor and councilman of Howell Township, passed away this morning after a valiant battle with brain cancer.  He was 61 years old.

Walsh was a passionate public servant, a loyal friend and a fierce adversary.   He will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends.  His impact on Howell and Monmouth County will be felt for years to come.

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Posted: January 23rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Leinsdorf calls for sidewalks on Route 36

Atlantic Highlands activist Joshua Leinsdorf says that Route 36 in Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Middletown has a higher per capita pedestrian death rate tham Newark and he wants our elected officials to come together to solve the problem rather than blaming other agencies has they have for years.

Leinsdorf posted the following video and narrative on Art Gallagher’s personal facebook page:

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Posted: January 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Middletown to build affordable housing units for veterans on blighted Belford property

The Middletown Township Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to acquire a blighted commercial property on Leonardville Road in Belford and to build 10-20 affordable housing units for veterans in partnership with the Middletown Housing Authority.

The property at 37-45 Leonardville Road, across the street from the Carvel Ice Cream store, was previously the home of Middletown Tool Rental and a gas station before that.  It has been vacant and overgrown for roughly 20 years. The Township acquired a certification from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection that the property is not contaminated prior to approving the acquisition.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County this Weekend, January 24-26, 2020

By Greg Kelly

Friday, January 24:

  • Elvis Birthday Bash at Count Basie (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Home Show at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Twelfth Night at Two River Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Men’s College Basketball: Monmouth U. vs. Niagara (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • “Bone on Bone” at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Misery Loves Company: A Night of One Acts by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO

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Posted: January 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Smith announces FEMA webinar for non-profit security grants

FEMA is holding webinars on January 22, 30 and February 4 to inform faith-based, community and non-profit organizations information regarding grants available for security enhancement, Congressman Chris Smith announced.

“I encourage groups to participate in one of the webinars to learn about a FEMA grant program to improve security,” Smith said. “Faith communities and other non-profits have been targets of hate and violence, and this grant is available to address issues of prevention of and preparation for potential threats.

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Posted: January 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Arnone Report: Bridge Repairs, Recycling, Shared Services and other good stuff

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

I hope everyone is staying warm, happy and healthy this winter season. It sure has been a cold one the last few days but there is only a little more than 100 days until the unofficial start to the summer season!

In the meantime, I would like to provide an update of different projects and initiatives taking place throughout Monmouth County.

As of yesterday, Monday January 20th, the Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge (W-43) has been closed for emergency repairs. During a routine inspection of the Bridge, deterioration of the steel pinions, which support the bridge when it opens and closes, was found. The contract for the project was awarded to Cornell & Company, Inc. of Woodbury, NJ in the amount of $494,000.

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Posted: January 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | No Comments »