Intermittent lane closures near West Front St. Bridge

Motorist should expect delays between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Detours will be posted 

photo via visitmonmouth.com

photo via visitmonmouth.com

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Beginning today, there will be intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Hubbard Avenue and other roads on the Middletown side of the West Front Street Bridge.

The work being is done by the County in preparation of the Jan. 2 closure of the West Front Street Bridge.

“This work needs to be done in advance of the closure so that the local roads can adequately handle the detours that will be put into place during the prolonged closure,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering.

On Jan. 2, work will begin to connect the new bridge to the Middletown and Red Bank shorelines. This work will take approximately four months to complete.

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Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Press Release, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Brookdale Art Exhibit ‘100 Days of Silence’ Displayed in Washington, DC

Rayburn_3Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) hosted “100 Days of Silence,” a one-of-a-kind art exhibition on Tues. Dec. 2, 2014, coordinated by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

 

The collection brings together works created by over 450 New Jersey students and includes more than 60 life-size human forms which illustrate students’ artistic responses to learning about the genocide, the silence of the world, and the importance of becoming involved, concerned citizens.

 

These are powerful expressions by young people who are concerned about a genocide that unfolded while the world watched,” said Smith, a longtime human rights advocate in Congress and chairman of the House Africa and global human rights subcommittee. “The pieces in this exhibition remind us that each of the hundreds of thousands of victims in Rwanda was an individual, worthy of dignity, whose precious life was cut short, who the world should have done more to save. If we cannot do more to prevent genocides in the future, ‘Never again’ will only be lip service. When so many innocent lives are at stake, we must do more. While remembering a genocide often invokes feelings of horror, this exhibition reminds us that hope is also crucial. We must have the hope that we can defeat the evil that is at the root of genocides and we must follow it with the will to act.”

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Posted: December 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Chris Smith, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Election Results 2014: “In With the New!” 20-Year-Old Vincent Accettola Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Win A Board of Education Seat in New Jersey’s Largest Regional High School District

COLTS NECK, N.J., Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Twenty year old Vincent Accettola became the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of Education for the Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD). Accettola, a Colts Neck native and a product of New Jersey public schools, is a 2012 graduate of Biotechnology High School (BTHS) where he graduated at the top of his class. BTHS is ranked as the #1 public high school in NJ and #11 in the nation by US News & World Report. Accettola is currently a junior at Yale University majoring in psychology and neuroscience.

Accettola believes that his age will serve as an advantage by offering the Board a unique perspective as someone who recently experienced the educational system first hand. Said Accettola: “These past few years have allowed my ideas and opinions to germinate, especially on the topic of how to effectively prepare students for college in the modern age.”

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Posted: November 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Freeholders Address Marlboro Traffic

Freeholder Tom Arnone, Director Lillian Burry, Deputy Director Gary Rich and Freeholder Serena DiMaso

Freeholder Tom Arnone, Director Lillian Burry, Deputy Director Gary Rich and Freeholder Serena DiMaso. file photo

MARLBORO, NJ – Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is working to address traffic concerns on Newman Springs Road (CR 520), at the intersections of State Route 79 and Wyncrest Road.

“The intersection of Route 79 and CR 520 is operated by the State, but since CR 520 is a County road, I have asked the County’s engineering staff to study the traffic at the State controlled intersection,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “The County Engineer has sent a letter to the State detailing the results of their studies and suggested improvements.”

The letter requests that the NJ DOT perform an evaluation of current traffic conditions and implement measures to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.

“Currently, there is no lead left turn signal onto CR 520,” said Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “This causes traffic delays during peak travel times as drivers attempt to turn left onto CR 520 from State Route 79. We are seeking relief for our motorists.”

A second intersection in Marlboro currently being reviewed by the County is CR 520 at Wyncrest Road.

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Posted: October 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gary Rich, Marlboro, Monmouth County, Press Release, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Congressman Smith Announces National Blue Ribbon Schools

Biotech High School, Pace Charter School, Performing Arts Academy and St. Gregory the Great recognized

biotechnologyhs-1344525321_600Congressman Chris Smith announced yesterday that four schools in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“Educating our children is among the most important investment we can make in our families’ and our nation’s future,” said Smith.  “I am thrilled that four of the 11 Blue Ribbon Schools in New Jersey are located right here in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey.”

The four schools being recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, which requires demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels, are:

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Documentary About Coastal Development in New Jersey To Be Shown in Rumson

Soldier_and_RuinsThe documentary film Shored Up, which examines the collision between coastal development and severe weather in New Jersey and North Carolina, will be shown Sept. 20 at a special screening in Rumson.

The planning advocacy group New Jersey Future, which is working with Sea Bright and Highlands on long-term recovery planning after Hurricane Sandy, is sponsoring the screening with Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long.

At the conclusion of the film, there will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session featuring the film’s director and several local coastal and environmental scientists.

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Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Community Announcements, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, New Jersey, New Jersey Future, News, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Sea Bright Farmers’ Market Touch-A-Truck Event

Sea Bright Farmer's MarketSea Bright, NJPut your imagination in gear and start your engines!

Join us for Sea Bright’s 1st Annual Touch-A-Truck Extravaganza!

Touch-A-Truck is a fun, family event enjoyed by kids of all ages! Kids will be able to sit in the driver’s seat, take pictures and explore everything inside a real police car. This Thursday, 9/18, Sea Bright Police Chief John Sorrentino and his staff will on hand to demonstrate how to best protect our towns!

You’ll also be in time to meet Sea Bright’s rising culinary star Chef Kyle from DIVE Coastal Bar who will prepare a dish using locally grown fruit and vegetables. Come sample one of Sea Bright’s best new and innovative chefs.

Sea Bright’s Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 2 to 7pm, through October and is conveniently located in the municipal parking lot on Ocean Avenue. Participants include Great Road Farm and Krowicki Farms for locally produced and naturally grown fruits and vegetables, PickleLicious for olives and pickles, Holly Jolly Jams for jams and jellies, Neshanic Valley Beekeeprs for locally produced honey, Baker’s Bounty for breads and cakes, Fair Mountain

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Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Press Release, Sea Bright | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Skimbash returns to Sea Bright this weekend

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The annual action-packed event offers the hottest skimboarding action on the Jersey Shore

Sea Bright, NJ –  The 11th annual SkimBash skimboarding competition returns to Sea Bright, New Jersey on September 6 and 7. This is always a high-energy, exciting event that is sure to offer thrills for all ages – both competitors and spectators.
From beginners to professionals, skimboarders gather for the 2-day event to show off their skills and compete for prizes. The Pro Division showcases the country’s best skimboarders, who compete for a cash purse.

The contest runs from early morning to approximately 4 p.m. each day. Families, teens and young adults gather at Sea Bright’s beautiful beach to cheer on contestants and show their support for the local skimboarding community. Parking and admission are free.
“The September SkimBash is a tradition in Sea Bright,” notes Felecia Stratton, SkimBash contest director. “We held our first SkimBash 11 years ago in September, and it has become an annual event that both skimboarders and spectators look forward to.”

For more information about SkimBash 2014, visit www.SkimBash.com.

Warning: This video contains singing by John Schneider. Listener discretion advised.

Skim Boarding in Sea Bright from Jersey Bayshore on Vimeo.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Sea Bright, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

U.S. State Dept. officials tour County Connection

County office is participating in national pilot program

Freeholder John Curley, County Clerk M. Claire French, U.S. Passport Chief Brenda Sprague, Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and Freeholder Tom Arnone at the County Connection in Neptune, August 28, 2014

Freeholder John Curley, County Clerk M. Claire French, U.S. Passport Chief Brenda Sprague, Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and Freeholder Tom Arnone at the County Connection in Neptune, August 28, 2014

NEPTUNE, NJ – Chief of the U.S. State Department’s Passport Office, Brenda Sprague, toured the Monmouth County Connection yesterday with County Clerk M. Claire French and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“It is an honor for the Monmouth County Connection to be recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Leading Acceptance facility and chosen to participate in a national pilot program studying customer service,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. “The Connection’s enhanced services include extended hours, photo services and walk-in availabilities, which provide the American traveling public with a more convenient, seamless passport application process.”

In April 2014, the U.S. Department of State designated the County Connection as a Leading Acceptance Facility. As a result of this honor, the Monmouth County Connection has been chosen to participate in a customer service-oriented pilot program to help the Department of State better understand customer preferences. Only eight passport acceptance facilities, out of 8,500, were chosen to participate.

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Posted: August 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, News, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

O’Scanlon announces new electric meter installation guidelines for flood zones

“Sometimes the process works”

 

declan-oscanlon-budgetAssemblyman O’Scanlon praised the process that led to the comprehensive and sensible solution to the placement of electric meters in flood zones.  “As hard as it is to accept, conflicting concerns will mean we sometimes encounter frustrating rules and regulations” said O’Scanlon. “Sometimes those enshrined rules and regulations can be exceedingly difficult to alter, even in the face of drastically altered conditions.  So when we came across the meter height issue a few weeks ago, I was very concerned.”

O’Scanlon was contacted by a constituent, along with local Sea Bright officials regarding the conflicting guidance pertaining to the placement of her electric meter.  “The original guidance directed her to place the meter above the base flood elevation level, which she did.  The problem arose when JCP&L representatives showed up and informed the homeowner to move the meter down to 5.5 feet above ground level, well below the future flood level. We almost simultaneously encountered the issue during an inspection of rebuilt neighborhoods in Union Beach.  I immediately contacted JCP&L and the Governor’s Office of Rebuilding and Recovery.  Everyone ‘s attitude was immediately open-minded. The JCP&L folks explained the reasoning behind their rules – they must have easy access to meters in case of fire or other emergencies – but understood that a better solution was needed for these flood prone areas and they committed to finding one”.

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Posted: August 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Flood Maps, JCP&L, Press Release, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off