Freeholders, Legislature Honor Bob Burlew In Union Beach

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Legislature honored Bob Burlew, the recently retired code enforcement and construction official for Union Beach and Keyport, at the Freeholders regular meeting which was held in Union Beach last evening.

Burlew is a real life hero to thousands of Bayshore residents who suffered devastating losses in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. His compassion, commitment and encyclopedic knowledge of the government’s byzantine recovery regulations has eased the burden for many throughout the years long rebuilding process.

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Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Bear located and put down in Union Beach

NJ.com image from 2016 NJ bear hunt

A 400 lb black bear was shot and killed by the Union Beach Police last night.

At about 10 p.m the UBPD sent out an email alert to residents and posted on facebook that they had located a bear in the area of the 600 block of Edmunds Ave.  The email said the 400 lb bear was in a tree.  Residents were warned to stay indoors and to keep their pets indoors as well.

Several Union Beach residents reported on facebook that they heard up to eight shots fired.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , | 51 Comments »

JCP&L Acts to Protect Osprey

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Jersey Central Power and Light, the electric utility that services Monmouth County, announced today that they have expanded an environmental program to help protect New Jersey’s threatened ospreys.

The company is surveying their poles and other equipment to determine where osprey are nesting—or have given indication of future nesting–and then building new nesting platforms where the birds will not be in danger due to the proximity to electrical equipment. Specialized equipment is installed to divert and discourage ospreys from nesting in potentially hazardous locations.

Two osprey nests within JCP&L’s Monmouth and Ocean service territories, one in Union Beach and another in Brick, were relocated in 2016.

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Posted: December 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie’s back home, Sandy victims are not | Di Ionno

When we first met Joseph Ready, his Sandy-wrecked home in Union Beach was jacked 20 feet in the air, uninhabitable for his family, but open to feral cats and vandals. The cats left bird carcasses on his floors and the vandals clogged the toilet. He was living in a FEMA trailer, paying $850 a month in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie’s back home, Sandy victims are not | Di Ionno

Union Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Streaming Kiddie Porn

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Photo via facebook

Joseph J. Gentile, 43, of Broadway in Union Beach, pleaded guilty on Monday to Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution of Child Pornography) before Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Gentile was arrested in March of last year after a CyberTip from  the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) revealed that Gentile was streaming a video of child pornography on November 23, 2014, over the Omegle network, an online video chat service.  He was released on $150,000 bail with no 10% option.

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Posted: January 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Union Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Streaming Kiddie Porn

Bon Jovi-backed community kitchen reportedly closes in Union Beach

assetContent (43)UNION BEACH – For the second time in as many years, the “Spoon Full of Hope” community kitchen, has closed. “Spoon Full of Hope,” a program run through Gateway Church of Christ that was originally opened in 2014 in the former temporary home of Jakeabob’s Off the Bay, served meals to those in need in the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Bon Jovi, Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bon Jovi-backed community kitchen reportedly closes in Union Beach

Masked gunman robbed $3K from poker game at Union Beach firehouse, police say

assetContentUNION BEACH — A gunman clad in dark-colored clothing and a ski mask robbed a poker game being held at the Union Beach firehouse on Saturday night, police said. Police Chief Charles Ervin said at around 8:45 p.m. a man entered the side door of the firehouse on Union Avenue, displayed a gun and fled with… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Masked gunman robbed $3K from poker game at Union Beach firehouse, police say

A Sandy recovery house from hell | Di Ionno

assetContent (43)The unfinished front stairs to Joseph Ready’s elevated house in Union Beach look like something out of the game “Mousetrap.” Skinny, rickety, with bare-bones framing, the stairs lead to a shaky, rail-less landing 20 feet in the air. Ready worries some kid will climb up on a dare and bring the whole thing down. “It’s an… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sadie Says: Don’t be a poopie head. Pick up your trash and don’t litter on the beach!

By Joe Sinagra

SadieShe is only 7 years old from Manville, NJ, and already knows how to get things done. On June 7, Sadie Fleming was at Monmouth County’s Union Beach that Sunday morning with her family.

The Union Beach Borough is part of the Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan, recently undergoing an extensive restoration of its beach front due to the effects of hurricane Sandy. The beach offers a view of the New York City skyline and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Walking along the beach with her mom, dad, and her sister, Sadie couldn’t help but notice how dirty it was. Sadie was visibly upset that adults weren’t being responsible with their trash and not throwing their litter in the garbage. She was concerned that all that trash would wind up in the ocean, potentially killing the fish and wildlife.

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Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sadie Says: Don’t be a poopie head. Pick up your trash and don’t litter on the beach!

Christie, Army Corp Announce $202 million Flood Control Project In Union Beach (Video)

Governor Chris Christie came to Union Beach today announce the funding of a resiliency and flood control project that has been on the drawing board since 1995.

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

The project plans have been updated since Superstorm Sandy and will include:

  • The massive flood control project – funded by federal, state and local contributions – will consist of construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates and pump stations.
  • The project will also rebuild beaches, dunes, and groins, which are jetty-like structures that are designed to slow loss of sand from beaches.
  • In addition, more than 25 acres of degraded wetlands will be restored to help better absorb flood waters.

The majority of funding for the massive flood control project will come from the federal government at $132 million. New Jersey will fund about $57 million and Union Beach will provide $17 million.

“Union Beach has long been one of the most susceptible areas to coastal flooding in New Jersey, a vulnerability that was made all too real when Sandy slammed the town with its record 14-foot storm surge,” said Governor Christie. “As part of our long-term recovery strategy, this $202 million resiliency project will finally give this close-knit community the protection they need and the sense of security they deserve to withstand future storms.”

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Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »