Sunset Provisions: Keeping Laws Relevant

rich20photoBy Gary Rich, Sr, Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director

Late last month, Governor Christie signed into law Assembly bill 3424, which extended the two percent cap on binding interest arbitration awards. I was present when Governor Christie inked his name to this bill, extending the cap through December 31, 2017.

The law which originally set the two percent cap was enacted back in 2010 when the Governor joined with legislative leaders to implement these important reforms to a segment of the government system that desperately needed revamping. Historically, it was a system that had often run amok, awarding benefits to the public unions in question without regard for the town or county’s ability to pay for such benefits.

The 2010 law was historic and vital—and temporary. The original law included a Sunset clause, which allowed the law and its terms to expire as of April 1, 2014 if no action was taken by the legislature to extend it.

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Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gary Rich, Monmouth County, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, July 18-20, 2014

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By Greg Kelly

 

Friday, July 18

• Oklahoma! at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

• Historical Society House Tour (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

• Seining at the Bayshore (Port Monmouth) – MORE INFO

• Bang, Bang, You’re Dead and Lady Parts at Monmouth U (WLB) – MORE INFO

• Campfire on the Beach at Sandy Hook – MORE INFOInlet300X250

• Beachscapes at the Jersey Shore with Mike Miller (Avon) – MORE INFO

• Downtown Freehold Farmer’s Market – MORE INFO

• Campfire & Sand Casting (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Enviro-Quest at Turkey Swamp Park (Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Battery Gunnison/New Peck Tour on Sandy Hook – MORE INFO

• Martha’s Vineyard Weekend Trip via Seastreak (Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Canoeing in Sandy Hook Bay – MORE INFO

• An Intimate Evening with Judy Collins at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

• Forks & Fears: Eat Healthfully and Enjoy It! (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, July 11-13, 2014

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By Greg Kelly

 

Monmouth County Post CardFriday, July 11

• Freedom Fest State Fair (Upper Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Sin, Sex and the CIA at First Ave Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Colts Neck Country Fair – MORE INFO

• Belmar Fireworks – MORE INFO

• Summer Shakespeare on the Lawn: The Winter’s Tale (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

• Hairspray the Musical at Premier Theatre (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

• The Last 5 Years at ReVision Theatre (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

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• Book Sale at Freehold Public Library – MORE INFO

• “Early Bird” Walk (Upper Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Ladies High Challenge (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

• Choose Your Adventure Boat Rides (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Dr. Ava P. Schlockenstein at The Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Crazy For You at Spring Lake Community Theatre – MORE INFO

• Grease at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

• Red White & Brew Crawl (Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Shore Flicks Free Summer Movies (Monmouth County sites) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie in Keansburg Monday Morning

MMM photo/Art Gallagher

MMM photo/Art Gallagher

Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to be in Keansburg on Monday morning, 10:30am, to make an announcement and give updates on the Homeowners’ Elevation Program.

The event is scheduled to take place at a private residence at 57 Beaconlight Ave.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Keansburg, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Monthly & Weekly Events from BizEturtle:Events in Monmouth

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MILL DEMONSTRATION
See the 19th century mill in action
1PM – 4PM
Saturday July 5 , 12, 19 , 26 & Sunday, July 6, 13,  20, 27
Saturday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Sunday, August  3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Historic Walnford
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold
Info: 609-259-6275
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OPEN HOUSE-HISTORIC SEABROOK-WILSON HOUSE
1PM – 4PM on Sundays through October 26
Bayshore Waterfront Park
719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth
Info: 732-787-3033 , x 2
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Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Park System | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The Arnone Report

Progess in Tourism, Share Services, Infrastructure and Economic Development

By Freeholder Tom Arnone

 

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Tom Arone

The Belmar Seafood Festival was a huge success and the County enjoyed having the opportunity to show its presence over the three day weekend. It was estimated that crowds exceeded 150,000 over the three day weekend and as liaison to the Department of Tourism, I was happy to have had the opportunity to speak with so many individuals. On July 4th, Monmouth County Public Information and Tourism will have a booth at Oceanfest on the boardwalk in Long Branch. The booth will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. All are encouraged to attend and join in the celebration that will end at 10 p.m. with an evening of spectacular fireworks.

The most recent meeting of The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders was hosted and held in Asbury Park. Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering has been performing vehicle preventative maintenance and repairs for Asbury Park’s fire trucks and emergency vehicles at a cost savings of 40% to the City’s taxpayers. While the Division of Highway has been assisting the local municipalities with sediment removal projects to enhance water quality and reduce flooding.

Additionally, as the Freeholder representative to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and Freeholder Liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, I am pleased to report that in the next few weeks, the County expects to receive a federal grant for $10.5 million for the reconstruction of Bridge O-10 on Sunset Avenue over Deal Lake between the City of Asbury Park and the Township of Ocean.

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Posted: June 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

All Aboard! Take the train to the beach

Dinah blow your horn!  NJ Transit offering express trains to Monmouth County beaches

Starting Saturday June 28, New York and Northern Jersey day trippers will have an alternative to the Garden State Parkway for getting to the beach in Monmouth County.

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Freeholder Tom Arnone announced today that NJ Transit is offering express train service to Monmouth County on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, starting tomorrow and continuing through September 1.

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Posted: June 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | 21 Comments »

The List: Ten Ways Sandy’s Impact Continues to Be Felt At the Jersey Shore

The List: Ten Ways Sandy’s Impact Continues to Be Felt At the Jersey Shore (via NJSpotlight)

Kids are getting out of school, the weather is getting nicer, and many people are starting to flock to the Shore as they do each year around this time. Early indicators like pre-season beach tag sales and vacation rental bookings seem to point to a…

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Posted: June 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Arnone Report: Keeping our roads safe and affordable

By Freeholder Tom Arnone

 

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Tom Arone

TRAFFIC SIGNALS are of great significance in that they help to control the flow of traffic as well as helping to ensure the safety of our residents. Recently, there was a traffic signal activation ceremony held on the corner of Locust Avenue and Parker Roadin the Borough of West Long Branch. This project came about as a result of Mayor Tucci requesting that the County study this intersection to allow better traffic flow from Parker Road onto County Route 15 (Locust Avenue) and to improve safety and access for the Frank Antonides Middle School and the West Long Branch Community Center. Based on the County’s study our in-house County engineers designed this state of the art traffic signal which has dedicated turn lanes, improved crosswalks and push-button control pedestrian signals. The traffic signal uses LED lights that costs less to operate and is eco-friendly.

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Posted: June 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

JSCC Sizzlin’ Summer Expo

JSCC Sizzlin' Summer Expo

 

Don’t Miss  Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce’s 
SIZZLIN’ SUMMER BUSINESS EXPO from 4:30 PM -7:00 PM
at Doolan’s Shore Club located on 700 Highway 71,
Spring Lake Heights

VENDORS  •  PRIZES   •  FOOD  •  NETWORKING

The organization serves as a regional Chamber for businesses that are located in: Avon by the Sea,  Bradley Beach, Manasquan, Neptune Township, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Wall Township, Belmar, Brielle, Neptune City, Ocean Grove, Lake Como, Spring Lake Heights

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Posted: June 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off