A Closer Look at Two Artists at Torche Galerie in Belmar

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley, Art Critic

If you’re at the south end of the Jersey Shore this month, stop by the Torche Galerie in Belmar. Many of the works on display last month in the gallery’s 2nd anniversary exhibition have been either taken down or sold. But it’s worth a stop to see the magnificent interior space—as well as to examine some of the art gems which are still hanging on the wall. The space is the creation of owner/sculptor Roddy Wildeman, who has his own workroom connected to the gallery in the back of the first floor.

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Posted: May 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: April W. Klimley, Art, Belmar, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Surfers fighting to save dwindling free beaches

assetContentSEA BRIGHT — A stretch of Sea Bright’s shoreline that used to be among the few free beaches in New Jersey will start charging patrons for access starting this weekend when nearly all Shore towns’ beach fees kick in for summer. A wooden booth stands at the entrance to Anchorage Beach where a badge checker will… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

West Front Street Bridge Reopened

Traveling through the heart of northeastern Monmouth County got a lot easier this week after State,County and Local officials celebrated the reopening of the West Front Street Bridge, AKA Hubbard’s Bridge, that connects Middletown and Red Bank over the Swimming River.

The five month long replacement project that came in as promised before the Memorial Day weekend.

The opening follows the construction of a new 488-foot long steel girder bridge to the north of the existing West Front Street Bridge.

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Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

‘Fallen heroes’ honored at N.J. law enforcement memorial service

assetContentNEPTUNE – Members of law enforcement from across the state gathered Tuesday at The Great Auditorium to honor and remember five officers who died in the line of duty over the past year. During the ceremony, acting state Attorney General John Jay Hoffman said that while his heart was heavy with the loss of the officers,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Law Enforcement, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Ocean Grove, Police | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

NJ Senate Confirms Hanlon As Monmouth County Clerk

Clerks: Christine Giordanp Hanlon and her predecessor M. Claire French

Clerks: Christine Giordano Hanlon and her predecessor M. Claire French.  MMM file photo

Christine Giordano Hanlon was confirmed as Monmouth County Clerk today by a unanimous vote of the New Jersey State Senate.

Hanlon was nominated by Governor Chris Christie in February to fill the anticipated vacancy created by  former Clerk M. Claire French’s retirement announcement.  She has been serving as Acting Clerk since French left office at the end of business on March 31.

“I am honored to have been confirmed today, and can now be sworn in as the Clerk of Monmouth County,” said Hanlon.  “It is my privilege to serve the citizens of Monmouth County in this capacity and I look forward to continuing the great work of my predecessor, M. Claire French.”

Hanlon’s nomination was supported by Monmouth Senators Joe Kyrillos, Jennifer Beck and Robert Singer, as well as Republican County Chairman Shaun Golden and outgoing Clerk M. Claire French.  “Christine has our full support and we are confident she will do an exemplary job as Clerk,” said Senator Kyrillos.  “Her background as an attorney for over 20 years and as a Commissioner on the Monmouth Board of Elections makes her exceedingly qualified for this position and we know she will do a great job.”

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Posted: May 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Buckle Up or Pay Up

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden

Wear your seat belts, Monmouth County drivers. Sheriff Shaun Golden is sending reinforcements to police departments throughout the county as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.  The seat belt enforcement program provided through a grant by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety kicks off on Monday, May 18, and runs through Sunday, May 31.

“I’m proud that the sheriff’s office has been selected once again to participate in such a lifesaving program,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The main focus of these patrols and checkpoints, which will be conducted throughout Monmouth County, is to issue summonses to motorists and front and rear passengers, who are not complying with the state’s seat belt laws and to raise awareness on how vital it is to buckle up.”

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 87.59%. The goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 90%.

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Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

82 New Officers Graduate from Monmouth Police Academy

Police Academy Graduation 182 young men and women were sworn in as law enforcement officers today during their graduation ceremony from the Monmouth County Police Academy at Neptune High School’s Performing Arts Center, according to an announcement by Sheriff Shaun Golden.

43 officers completed the Basic Course for Police Officers, a 19 week program with 780 hours of training. 39 completed the Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers, a three month program that consists of approximately 600 hours of training with full police powers while on duty. Both classes are run through the Monmouth County Police Academy and upon completion the officers are well trained and well prepared to serve their respective law enforcement agencies.

The new officers’ training was sponsored by jurisdictions in Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer and Burlington counties.

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Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Howell Bridge Collapses

photo  via facebook

photo via facebook

The Monmouth County bridge that crosses Havens Bridge Road in Howell Township collapsed on Saturday, May 9.   The bridge had been closed for weeks prior to the failure due to damage discovered during an inspection by employees of the County Public Works and Engineering Department.

News of the collapse was first reported on the Our Howell NJ facebook community page.

“Thank God we closed the bridge before this happened and no one got hurt,” said Freeholder Tom Arnone, liaison to the Public Works Department, when confirming the collapse.

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Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth County Honors Centenarians

Freeholder Serena DiMaso celebrates with Holmdel resident Addy Lubkert at Regency Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Hazlet

Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso celebrates with Holmdel resident Addy Lubkert at Regency Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Hazlet

HAZLET, NJ – Monmouth County’s Office on Aging joined with Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hazlet to host the Monmouth County’s Centenarian Celebration, honoring residents who are or will be aged 100 and over in 2015.

The birthday party was held at the Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on May 11 and included a luncheon, music, gifts and a birthday cake.

There were 15 centenarians in attendance: Josephine Alessandro, 100; Eleanora Bell, 99; Rita D’Elia, 99; Katherine Elberty, 101; Hazel Feick, 100; Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, 102; Mario Gazzara, 101; Nicoletta Granato, 100; Adeline Lubkert, 99; Helen McKeown, 99; Rose Perrotta, 101; Brother Patrick Power, 102; Christina Savoca, 103; Ruth Schiff, 102; and Irene Starosolsky, will turn 104 on May 31.

In May 2013, Regency broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Largest Gathering of Centenarians” at their Somerset location, Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by gathering 31 centenarians in one location.

Posted: May 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Jersey Shore summer rentals are still out there — if you’re flexible

IMG_2570 (640x522)For beachgoers just now starting to search for a Jersey Shore rental property to call home for a week or more this summer, realtors say flexibility is key. If you wanted the six-bedroom, four-bathroom oceanfront home in Lavallette listed by Birchler Realtors for the first week of August, it’s not available then. Same goes for a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off