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ALLENTOWN – Municipal officials may know in early August how many companies want the job of constructing new waste water treatment infrastructure in Allentown. During a presentation to the mayor and Borough Council on June 11, Borough Engineer Carmela Roberts said more than a dozen entities picked up plans and specifications for the project when […]

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Bailey C. McLaughlin of Allentown, a sophomore occupational therapy major in the University of Scranton, Pa., Panuska College of Professional Studies, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2019 spring semester. Alexandria Jesse of Allentown has been named to the dean’s list at Emmanuel College, Boston, Mass., for the 2019 spring semester. The […]

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• The New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, is presenting “Many Inspired Steps” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing that took place on July 21, 1969. Currently on view through Nov. 10, the exhibition uses a variety of objects and images to examine the space race between […]

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The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has introduced a bond ordinance that will, if adopted, provide additional funding for improvements at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center, Tinton Falls. The reclamation center accepts household waste and commercial waste from all 53 of the county’s municipalities, but it does not accept construction debris. The facility has been […]

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In an ongoing effort to fight crime, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has welcomed the newest team to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Sheriff’s Officer Doug Marino and K-9 Blue, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, graduated from New Jersey State Police K-9 Scent Class No. 34 on June 14 after 14 weeks of training […]

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Stating that “political discourse has become increasingly strident and vague as of late” and that “much political rancor throughout the state has resulted in a lack of focus on important issues,” the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has passed a “Contract with Monmouth County” that sets forth its “vision for governing and our blueprint for […]

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ALLENTOWN – Four residents are running for two three-year terms on the Allentown Borough Council in the Nov. 5 general election. In April, Democratic Councilman Rob Schmitt filed a nominating petition to seek re-election to a third term. Schmitt’s nomination was confirmed in the June 4 primary. He is the only candidate running with a […]

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ALLENTOWN – Two men who currently serve in Allentown’s municipal government will face off for the position of mayor on Election Day, Nov. 5. Greg Westfall, who is serving the final year of his first four-year term as mayor, and Thomas Fritts, who is the president of the Borough Council, filed nominating petitions on June […]

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JACKSON – The first “June Jamboree and Family Fun Day” to be hosted by the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility, 615 Freemont Ave., Jackson, is scheduled to take place from 1-4 p.m. June 22. Guests may dress up their pets in party attire and let them strut their stuff by entering the pet costume parade. […]

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JACKSON – Six Flags Great Adventure and KDC Solar have unveiled what is being called the state’s largest net-metered solar project, comprised of almost 60,000 solar panels, at the theme park on Route 537, Jackson. Six Flags Great Adventure partnered with KDC Solar on a 23.5-megawatt solar project, which was built and will be operated […]

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Monmouth County, together with the Human Services Advisory Council and nonprofit service organizations across the county, has launched Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services). Monmouth ACTS is described as a public-private initiative to promote and enhance access to human services. Its formation comes as a response to a Monmouth County Human Services Needs Assessment that […]

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A 22-year effort to produce a documentary came to fruition recently when “Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese” was shown at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, during Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Asian Pacific Heritage Month was celebrated in May. President Jimmy Carter recognized the first 10 days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage […]

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• The second annual Allentown Flogatta, sponsored by the Allentown Economic Development Commission, will be held on July 6 at Sensi Park at the Allentown Pond and Farmer’s Park at Lakeview. Decorate a rowboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboat (anything that floats). Prizes for most creative and most patriotic watercraft. Registration and pre-registered participant check-in at noon. […]

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Mimi Crawford of Allentown was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College, New London, Conn., at the 101st commencement ceremony on May 19, 2019. Mimi majored in government and economics. Amelia Crawford of Allentown, class of 2019 at Connecticut College, New London, Conn., has been named to the dean’s list for the 2019 […]

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Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C., has named the following Allentown residents to the president’s list (4.0 GPA) for the 2019 spring semester: Jake G. Cadigan, a psychology major, and Taylor P. Kudrick, an elementary education major. Danielle Hogan of Allentown graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in fashion communication and promotion from Lasell […]

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JACKSON – A group of Jackson residents has filed a legal complaint against the Jackson Zoning Board of Adjustment and a developer who is building athletic fields, a recreation center and two hotels on a 75-acre site on Route 537. The site for Jackson Crossing 2/Adventure Crossing is between Interstate 195 and the Six Flags […]

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MILLSTONE – An incumbent member of the Township Committee in Millstone Township is running unopposed for a full three-year term on the governing body this year. Republican Al Ferro filed a nominating petition to retain his seat on the committee for a new term that will run from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2022. […]

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MILLSTONE – To honor individuals who died in military service, municipal officials, residents and veterans of the United States armed forces gathered together in what officials are saying was the largest Memorial Day commemoration in Millstone Township. The May 27 event was a cooperative effort among the township, the Veterans Memorial Council, the Millstone Township […]

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• A public reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 9 a.m. July 4 at Pete Sensi Park, Main Street, Allentown. Municipal leaders from Allentown and Upper Freehold Township will join members of the community to read the document. Volunteer readers are welcome. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence […]

A bill that is named for Jake Honig, a Howell youngster who was able to use cannabis oil to ease his pain as he battled a disease that eventually claimed his life, passed the state Senate by a vote of 33-4 on May 30 and awaits a final vote in the state Assembly before it […]

ALLENTOWN – Borough Council members have authorized the Roberts Engineering Group to advertise for bids for Allentown’s new waste water treatment plant. On May 14, council President Thomas Fritts, Councilman Michael Drennan, Councilwoman Angela Anthony, Councilman John A. Elder III, Councilman Rob Schmitt and Councilman Robert Strovinsky voted “yes” on a motion to allow the […]

The Monmouth County Park System will host a freshwater fishing derby on June 15-16.  Open to beginning and experienced anglers, the event also features free fishing clinics. The event will start on June 15 at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, with a hands-on fishing clinic from 12:30-1:30 p.m. During the clinic, park system staff will cover […]

Jake Cadigan of Allentown has earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., has named Andrew Fortier and Carly Roche, both of Allentown, to the dean’s list for the 2019 spring semester. Brianna Costagliola, a Management Pre-Major major from Cream Ridge, has been named to the […]

MANALAPAN – Members of the Raritan Bay Radio Amateurs and Manalapan ARES/RACES group will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22 in the parking lot immediately adjacent to Manalapan town hall, Route 522 and Taylors Mills Road. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North […]

MILLSTONE – Municipal officials in Millstone Township have advanced a project to improve roads in the community through the adoption of a $1 million bond ordinance. On May 15, members of the Township Committee adopted the bond ordinance that will provide an appropriation of $1 million for the 2019 road improvement program. The ordinance authorizes […]

As the business administrator of the Upper Freehold Regional School District prepares to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year, a new business administrator has been hired by the Board of Education. The retirement of Margaret Hom, the district’s business administrator since 2015, was announced during a recent meeting. Board members voted to […]

The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, will present Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love from June 8 through Sept, 1. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. June 8. Admission is free and open to the public. Following the opening reception, at 8 p.m., there will be a panel discussion with WBJB-FM, 90.5 the Night. […]

ALLENTOWN – Borough officials have passed a resolution designating the borough as a Bee City USA affiliate and making the protection of pollinators a priority in Allentown. Council members took the action during a meeting on May 14. The mission of the Bee City USA program “is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators, responsible for […]

ALLENTOWN – The Borough Council has awarded a contract for improvements to Allentown’s elevated water storage tank to Guimar General Contractor, Newark. The award of the contract is pending approval from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, according to a resolution that was passed by council members on May 14. Six bids were received […]

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• Members of the Raritan Bay Radio Amateurs and Manalapan ARES/RACES group will take part in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22 in the parking lot at Manalapan town hall, Route 522. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions and to […]

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New Jersey State Elks will hold a Youth Sports Tournament on June 24. Open to boys and girls ages 13-18. The bowling competition starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. at Sea Girt Lanes, 2106 Route 35, Sea Girt. The golf competition starts promptly at 7:30 a.m at Spring Meadow Golf Course, 4181 Atlantic Ave., Wall. The tennis […]

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The Raritan Native American Heritage Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 15 and 16, rain or shine, at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, in partnership with the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. Native American singers, dancers and artists from across the Americas will be performing. […]

A former member of the Borough Council in Allentown will return to serve his community as a member of the Upper Freehold Regional School District Board of Education. Wil Borkowski was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the board on May 16. He is scheduled to be sworn in as a member of the […]

State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that would, if passed in the state Assembly and Senate and signed into law by the governor, require the state commissioner of education to study the most efficient and effective means of consolidating school districts, with the exception of Pre-K or K-12 districts, into all-purpose regional school […]

An eclectic group of students are set to compete in the spelling bee of their young lives. Maurer Productions OnStage will present the comical and endearing “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with audience participation, at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor. Dates and show times for this Tony Award-winning musical are […]

MILLSTONE – A contract has been awarded by the Township Committee to improve safety and security at properties owned by Millstone Township. On May 15, committee members awarded a $27,360 contract to CSS – Complete Security Systems for fire and burglar systems at various properties. Complete Security Systems provided the only quote for the contract. […]

Following a report of a Millstone Township resident who was attacked and scratched by a feral cat that was caught and tested positive for rabies, the Monmouth County Health Department is urging anyone who may have come in contact with the cat to seek medical attention. In a May 24 press release, Monmouth County officials […]

The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is seeking volunteers for its Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to strengthen the public health infrastructure and improve response capabilities in the event of a public health response. The MRC provides members with training, credentials and operating protocols that are required in a public health emergency or natural disaster. MCHD […]

ALLENTOWN – Borough Council members have approved a final concept design for the planned Sgt. George Ashby Memorial Park. On May 14, council President Thomas Fritts, Councilwoman Angela Anthony, Councilman Rob Schmitt, Councilman Michael Drennan, Councilman Robert Strovinsky and Councilman John A. Elder III voted “yes” on a motion to approve the final concept design […]

ALLENTOWN – The borough has its first credit rating – and it is a good one. That was the conclusion offered by Sherry Tracey, senior managing director of Phoenix Advisors, who worked with Allentown officials to secure the credit rating. During the May 14 meeting of the Borough Council, Tracey announced to municipal officials and […]

Municipalities in Monmouth County and central New Jersey are gearing up for the summer with a host of concerts, festivals and events that welcome people of all ages and from all communities. While some events require a paid admission, many events are offered to guests free of charge. From 6-9 p.m. each Saturday night in […]

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• First Aid & CPR, LLC, will offer a free American Heart Association Friends and Family Adult Hands-Only CPR course, and demonstrate how an AED is used and how to treat choking victims on June 1 at the Manalapan Community Center, 114 Route 33, Manalapan. Sessions last about 45 minutes and there will be four […]

In response to a report of a road rage incident in Howell, state Sen. Robert Singer (R-Monmouth and Ocean), whose legislative district includes Howell, has introduced legislation to create a new criminal mischief charge applicable to cases of road rage where a person damages a school bus in the presence of a child who is […]

ALLENTOWN – Mike Kemp, a longtime former Allentown resident and 43-year member of the Lions Club, has been named the 2019 Allentown Lions Club Memorial Day parade grand marshal, parade chairman Rob Strovinsky and club President Rob Schmitt announced. “Mike joined the Allentown Lions in 1976,” Strovinsky said. “He has been a steadfast contributor to […]

MILLSTONE – Municipal officials, residents and veterans of the United States armed forces will gather on Red Valley Road on the morning of May 27 to honor individuals who died in military service to the nation as Millstone Township holds its annual Memorial Day commemoration. All residents and veterans are welcome to attend the parade. […]

MILLSTONE – Pupils at the Millstone Township Elementary School are embarking on a multi-year project to help prevent the spread of an invasive insect that poses a threat to trees and crops. Calling themselves “Stopping the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly,” the elementary school pupils intend to combat Lycorma deliculata, an invasive insect species commonly […]

MILLSTONE – Township Committee members have declared that Millstone Township is opposed to policies that would make New Jersey a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. In a May 15 resolution, municipal officials assert that Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature have said New Jersey should become a sanctuary state, which means the state […]

MILLSTONE – Concerned that the number of pollinators are declining in their hometown, elementary school pupils in Millstone Township are seeking to promote the importance of pollinator survival to the community. Known as the “Protectors of Perishing Pollinators,” the Millstone Township Elementary School pupils said they are raising awareness about the decline of native pollinators […]

MILLSTONE – The Township Committee has extended the term of Millstone Township’s acting business administrator until Aug. 1. On May 13, committee members passed a resolution to extend the term of Acting Business Administrator Roger Staib through Aug. 1. Staib was appointed to the position on Jan. 30 following the retirement of Maria Dellasala, who […]

MILLSTONE – No recommendations for corrective action were made following the 2017-18 audit of the Millstone Township K-8 School District. Members of the school district’s Board of Education accepted the comprehensive annual financial report (audit) for the 2017-18 school year at a recent meeting. The fiscal year covered by the audit ended June 30, 2018. […]

MILLSTONE – The Township Committee in Millstone Township has entered into a shared services agreement with Monmouth County to widen a road and a bridge that have been a source of concern. On May 1, committee members authorized a shared services agreement with the county for the widening of Baird Road, the improvement and widening […]

The New Jersey Department of Health has announced amended medical marijuana rules that establish standards by which the department implements the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. The rule changes follow the department’s recommended regulatory actions in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 6, which charged the department with reviewing all aspects of the […]

• Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) will sponsor a town meeting about Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases from 6:45-9:30 p.m. May 29 at the Wall Township municipal building, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township. Guest speakers will discuss current efforts to combat these diseases. Advance registration is required. Details: ChrisSmith.House.gov • Center Players Dessert Theater will hold […]

The Central Jersey Kids Expo will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on June 9 at the Monroe 33 Tennis Basketball Sports Center, 4 Farrington Blvd., Monroe. There will be crafts, games and prizes. Free admission. To register, visit nmg.ticketleap.com/kids19 For sponsorship or registration information, contact Michele at mnesbihal@centraljersey.com. The event is sponsored by […]

The Upper Freehold Regional School District Board of Education has adopted a $43.23 million budget to support the operation of the school district during the 2019-20 school year. The budget, which was adopted May 1, will be supported by a tax levy totaling $27.28 million to be paid by residential and commercial property owners in […]

MILLSTONE – Students at the Millstone Township Middle School recently enjoyed the opportunity not only to be part of a show, but to run the show. For their annual spring production, students in the middle school’s Drama Club worked as cast members and crew members for “The 10 Best/Worst Things About Middle School,” a short […]

UPPER FREEHOLD – The Upper Freehold Township Board of Health is taking on a new look. On May 2, municipal officials amended the township code and established the Board of Health’s members will be the five members of the Township Committee, the township assessor and a medical expert. The members of the Township Committee are […]

Municipal officials in Allentown and Upper Freehold Township will provide funding for the acquisition of a new fire truck for the Hope Fire Company. The new truck will replace Engine 82-82, which is no longer serviceable, according to Allentown officials. The Hope Fire Company is based in Upper Freehold Township and serves Allentown and Upper […]

The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) invites all members of the community to attend its 40th anniversary celebration on May 19. The celebratory brunch will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College. Learn about Chhange through a photographic timeline, interactive memory wall, and personal reflections […]

The son of a Nazi soldier who rejected his father’s past and became a medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces spoke of his journey, recalled the World War II era Holocaust and warned of history repeating itself when he recently spoke at Congregation Ahavat Olam in Howell. Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemorates the […]