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Smith will run in 2020

Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger at the 2016 9/11 remembrance in Middletown

Congressman Chris Smith is running for 21st term in the House of Representatives next year and would be content to run another 4-5 times, according to a interview he had with NJGlobe.

“I’ve never been more enthusiastic about a job in my life,” Smith said.  “I hope to have another decade here.  I love it that much.”

Smith was responding to rumors that he would retire in 2020. In 2018, MoveOn.Org had a fundraising campaign based upon their lie that the Dean of the New Jersey delegation was retiring.

“It’s a type of smear,” Smith told NJGlobe of the retirement rumors.  “It’s factually untrue.  It’s unethical.”

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Posted: August 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Arnone Report: Freeholder Director promotes local businesses

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy August, Monmouth County! It’s hard to believe we are just a few, short weeks away from Labor Day! Soon children will be heading back to school and the cooler weather will be here. However, let’s forget about all of that now and just enjoy the remainder of this great summer season!

The Monmouth County Division of Economic Development has been hard at work this summer connecting with local members of the County’s agriculture industry, sharing with them information about Grown in Monmouth. Last week, we held our first-ever Grown in Monmouth Restaurant Week, which I am proud to say was a tremendous success. We had over 50 restaurants participate, who featured at least one dish that was made with ingredients that have been grown in Monmouth County.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Freeholder Director promotes local businesses

Impreveduto: Now is the time to start preparing kindergartners for the first day of school

Freeholder Pat Impreveduto with students in Long Branch last year

Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Impreveduto, the liaison to the County Superintendent of Schools and a life long educator, is advising parents of children who will be attending kindergarten in September to start preparing their kids now, in early August. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Impreveduto: Now is the time to start preparing kindergartners for the first day of school

Smith Introduces Bill Named For Braedon Bradforth

Congressman Smith meets with some of the 200 friends, family members and supporters of Braeden’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram, who came out at the Aug. 1 memorial in Neptune. At left is Robert Ingram, Braeden’s step-father, and Jill Greene, Joanne’s attorney.

Bill would create a commission to review heat stroke exertion risk to student athletes

Continuing his career long practice of writing legislation that arises from constituent service, Congressman Chris Smith introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Friday named for Braedon Bradford, the 19 year old Neptune Township football player who died of exertional heat stroke on August 2, 2018 at Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a freshman scholarship player. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 3rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Smith Introduces Bill Named For Braedon Bradforth

DWI Task Force In Asbury Park Friday night/Saturday morning

Posted: August 2nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Celebrating the life of Braeden Bradforth on the 1st anniversary of his death

Joanne Atkins-Ingram remembers her son, Braeden Bradforth , during a celebration of his life on the 1st anniversary of his death.

By Jarrett Branch

A group of about 100 community members, family and friends showed up in force at the Pop Warner Football field in Neptune Township on Thursday evening to celebrate the life of Braeden Bradforth, the 19 year old  football player who died of heatstroke at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas last August 1, during his first day of practice as a scholarship player of the school’s team.

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Posted: August 1st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Celebrating the life of Braeden Bradforth on the 1st anniversary of his death

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, August 2-4, 2019

By Greg Kelly

Friday, August 2

  • Crossing Borders Festival at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Clamfest ’19 (Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Manasquan Fireman’s Fair – MORE INFO
  • Summer Sidewalk Sale (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • “Next to Normal” by Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO
  • “Grown in Monmouth” Restaurant Week – MORE INFO
  • “Real Women Have Curves” at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • “Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love” Exhibit (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

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Posted: August 1st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, August 2-4, 2019

Mentally Ill Asbury Park Man Is Missing, Police Request Assistance

The Asbury Park Police Department is requesting public assistance in locating George Bland.

Bland, who is known to frequent the beachfront, Cookman, Seventh and Eighth Avenues, was last seen on or about July 15.  He suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and is not taking his medication, according to the department’s announcement via nixle. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 31st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Mentally Ill Asbury Park Man Is Missing, Police Request Assistance

Asbury Park Must Lock the Wesley Lake Footbridges Permanently

By Tommy DeSeno

The hot local issue is the 25-year-old practice of Ocean Grove (a section of Neptune Township) locking two footbridges over Wesley Lake that connect to Asbury Park, every night between midnight and 5 am.  Asbury Park, led by councilwoman Eileen Chapman and activist Dani Boglivi Fiori, want Neptune to leave the gates open. Let’s explore the history for context.

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Posted: July 30th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

James S. Gray, 1943-2019

James S. Gray. photo by Rhoda Chodosh

Jim Gray, a former Clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and former Mayor of Manalapan, passed away unexpectedly on July 24 at the Ocean Medical Center in Brick.

Gray served as Clerk of the Board for eight years until 2010.  He was previously Director of Administration for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities from 1995 to 2002, according to NewJerseyGlobe.

Jim was a Manalapan Township Committeeman from 1984 to 1998. He served five terms as Mayor and four terms as Deputy Mayor. He served as police commissioner, planning board member and recreation liaison. He believed that by serving his town and preserving recreational space, he could make Manalapan a better place to live.

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Posted: July 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »