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The Monmouth County 4-H Livestock Clubs and the Monmouth County Park System will sponsor the Monmouth County 4-H Spring Livestock Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16 at Thompson Park in Lincroft. The park is located at 805 Newman Springs Road. For more information, call 732-431-7260.

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The Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 50th Anniversary Gala and Benefit For Your Right To Life celebration from 5:30-10 p.m. on June 14 at MJ’s Buttonwood Manor on Route NJ-34. Tickets are $100 per couple. For tickets, visit https://macocnj.com.

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In partnership with Pegasus Theater, The Premier Theatre Company will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at the Henderson Theater in Lincroft from June 15 to 24. Performances will be begin on June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. and on June 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. The Henderson Theater is located at 850 Newman […]

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The Arc of Monmouth will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on June 28 at its Tinton Falls location at 1158 Wayside Road. To RSVP, visit http://arcofmonmouth.org.

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Two high school juniors engineered a prototype that encourages proper posture. Rishi Salwi, 17, and Steven Vorona, 16, each captured first place at the  AngelHack Hackathon, an engineering competition that was held this past month at an Amazon pop-up loft in Manhattan. Salwi and Vorona, who are neighbors, classmates and best friends, idealized and invented […]

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John P. Curley, who is in his ninth year as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, has launched an independent campaign to retain his seat on the county’s governing body. There are two seats available on the board this year: a three-year term that will run from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. […]

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MATAWAN–With a history dating to the 1600s, Mike Chartier, the owner of the historic Philip Freneau house, gave a presentation about his notable homestead. Chartier and his family moved back to New Jersey from Arizona in 2004, he said. His wife wanted to buy an old house, Chartier said, and they purchased Freneau’s former residence. […]

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Phoenix Productions will present “In the Heights,” sponsored by D’Agostino and Associates, June 22-24 at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. The Latin-infused musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story The cast is led by Roggi Chuquimarca as the quick-witted dreamer Usnavi, Milena Makse of North Brunswick as […]

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Residents of Eatontown are continuing to take issue with the anticipated increase in area traffic that would follow the redevelopment of the Monmouth Mall. A fourth hearing regarding the mall’s proposed redevelopment was held on June 4 before the Planning Board at the municipal building in Eatontown. No decision on an application that has been […]

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The Matawan Borough Council has named Lt. Thomas Falco Jr. the new chief of police. Accompanied by Mayor Joseph Altomonte, Councilwoman Josi Salvatore administered the oath of office to Falco on June 6 during a council meeting at the community center. More than 70 residents attended the ceremony, along with members from the Matawan Police […]

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The 43rd annual NJ Friends of Clearwater Environmental & Music Festival will be held on Sept. 8 and 9 at the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft. The event will take place on the lawn at Larrison Hall Commons from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

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Winners have been announced honoring excellence in achievement in high school theater. The 13th annual Basie Awards, held on May 23 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, drew a sold out crowd to the theater. The Basie Awards began in 2005 as a way to honor and recognize high school actors, actresses […]

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Artificial intelligence may one day surpass human intellect, according to artist Sarah Meyohas. The 26-year-old presented her art installation, “Cloud of Petals,” an intricate framework of digitized rose petals, pixels and paraphernalia of past technologies, balanced in an open space of the former Bell Laboratories in Holmdel. Bell Labs – which is now known by […]

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Bell Works is on its way to becoming a bustling “metroburb.” Officials from the 2-million-square-foot facility, which was formerly known as Bell Labs, will oversee the inclusion of eight retail and restaurant tenants on the ground-level of the six-story infrastructure that is located in Holmdel.   The redevelopment of Bell Works is being carried out […]

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MIDDLETOWN – At just 18 years old, Katelyn Grano has been internationally recognized as an advocate for global peace. The Mater Dei Prep senior was selected to become a member of the United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization Youth Representatives Steering Committee, which is an international organization with a goal of securing global […]

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The signing of an Intergovernmental Support Agreement on May 23 will permit Monmouth County to provide shared services to Naval Weapons Station Earle, including traffic signal maintenance, unimproved road maintenance, snow and ice control, and storm drainage repairs among other services. This is not only the first shared services agreement in New Jersey between a […]

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In a move it said will provide services and assistance to residents without impacting county finances, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has created the Monmouth County Faith-Based Initiative. The county’s governing body took the action on May 24. In a resolution, the freeholders said the United States “since its inception, has relied heavily on […]

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The law enforcement component of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) is now headquartered at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Freehold Township. Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni made the announcement on June 1. “Monmouth County residents are not going to notice any changes in the way animal cruelty cases are […]

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A parade to celebrate a century of serving and protecting its residents for the Aberdeen Township Hose and Chemical No.1 will be staged on June 9 in Aberdeen and Matawan. The 100th anniversary parade will be launched at noon on this Saturday. The parade will start at the corner of Nutmeg and Lloyd roads, continue […]

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The North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival will return from June 14-24 near DeVry University, 630 Route 1 north, North Brunswick. Scheduled entertainment includes Victoria Circus, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, an elephant encounter, a sea lion splash show and a Bengal tiger encounter. There will be rides, games and Kiddie Land. Live entertainment nightly on the […]

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For the upcoming primary election on June 5, voters in District five will cast their vote at the Matawan Municipal Community Center, located at 201 Broad St. Voters in District five will no longer be casting their vote at the M.E. Haley Hose Company No.1 firehouse, located at 4 Cross Road. For more information, contact […]

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The Monmouth Museum will sponsor a Magic Show with George the Magician on June 15 at its Lincroft location.  The event will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Monmouth Museum is located on the Brookdale Community College campus at 765 Newman Springs Road. Ticket prices start at $10 for children. For tickets, visit http://monmouthmuseum.org.

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The Monmouth and Ocean County Group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host “Wear Orange Community Gathering and Rally” 12:30-3:30 p.m. on June 2 at Springwood Park, 126 Atkins Ave., Asbury Park. A community gathering will honor victims and survivors of gun violence, and work to end gun violence. Congressman Frank Pallone […]

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The Monmouth Museum continues its effort to expand and enhance its facility. The museum, located on the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft, has set forth a fundraising initiative, “The Next Big Idea,” which seeks to strengthen the organization’s mission and ensure its presence as a community staple. Executive Director Avis Anderson said the staff […]

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The Rumson Country Club served as the host when the seventh annual “Beacon of Hope” fundraising event took place on May 20. The event benefited the Shore House. Over 150 guests were in attendance at the event that raised over $65,000. Shore House has been recognized as New Jersey’s first Accredited Clubhouse, joining the ranks […]

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The lives of one single mother and her “three musketeers” have become much easier. Jennifer O’Dea of Rumson won a prize from a national competition you cannot place a price on: peace of mind. O’Dea’s children – 6-year-old twin boys Reid and Graham, and her 4-year-old daughter Anika – were awarded a free system from […]

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The Monmouth County Bridge MA-14 was reopened in time for the start of the summer season.  Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and officials from Aberdeen and Keyport attended a ceremony on May 22 when the bridge officially reopened. The event also attracted residents and local merchants. The original bridge, located on West Front Street […]

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The Tonya Keller Community Center in Middletown opened its freshly renovated doors to the community. Director of Recreation Janet Dellett said the updates that were made to the community center have been ongoing for the past eight years, which she said included a total “facelift” to the Middletown recreation center. Complete with a preschool art […]

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The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has accepted a $99,605 grant that will be used to examine a property that is expected to be added to a county park. During a recent meeting, the freeholders passed a resolution accepting the grant from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund, Public Entity Program through the New Jersey […]

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 An ordinance authorizing preliminary expenses toward the construction of a new municipal complex has been adopted by the Middletown Township Committee. According to the ordinance that was before the governing body on May 21, $250,000 in preliminary expenses will direct the initial steps of development.  Township Administrator Tony Mercantante said the preliminary expenses will address […]

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The Monmouth Museum will showcase the work of Rafal Goraczniak, whose photographs have been chosen to represent the New Jersey Emerging Artist Series for the month of June. Goraczniak’s “Beyond Badlands” exhibition will be on display at the Monmouth Museum, which located on the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft, from June 8 to July […]

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Drama students from Mater Dei Prep received 16 nominations for the Basie Awards.  Students from the school that is located in Middletown who are involved in the theater productions are known as Seraph Players. The actors and actresses will attend the 13th Annual Basie Awards at Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank […]

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The Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce will hold its 50th Anniversary Gala and Benefit For Your Right To Life Celebration at MJ’s Buttonwood Manor on June 14. The event will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The evening will feature awards, presentations, and recognition of longtime members, according to a press release. Gift baskets, along with […]

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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has announced that a new team has joined the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Sheriff’s Officer Michael DeLuca and Leo, a 2-year-old German shepherd, graduated from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Canine Training Academy on May 11 after 34 weeks of training in explosive detection and patrol, according to […]

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Proclaiming support towards gun safety, Matawan Borough Mayor Joseph Altomonte signed a proclamation declaring June 1 National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In January 2013, a teenager, who marched in former President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade, was tragically shot and killed just weeks later. Hadiya Pendleton should be now celebrating her 21st birthday, according to […]

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A family from Holmdel is looking forward to spending another summer with their “Fresh Air” companion from the big city. The Fresh Air Fund seeks host families interested in giving inner-city children the summer of a lifetime. The nonprofit organization recruits families living outside of New York City to give children who reside in low-income communities […]

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Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is reminding residents the primary election is on June 5 and that early voting is possible. “Voting by Mail is an available option for all registered voters,” Hanlon said. “Any registered voter can vote by mail for any reason, and every valid vote cast by mail will be included […]

  A motor vehicle crash on May 17 in Middletown resulted in a fatality, according to an official release from the the Middletown Township police department. According to the release, at approximately 11:55 a.m., Middletown police responded to State Highway 36 for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers determined the the […]

  Christian Dapolito of Bond Financial will lead a program for parents of college-bound students from 7-8 p.m. on May 22  at the Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Road, Manalapan. The session will inform parents of the preparation aspects of the ACT/SATs, the process of applying for grants and scholarship, as well as decoding the criteria […]

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties celebrated an evening of wine, raffles and humble chit chat about the positive impact the organization has had on the youth that it serves. The May 10 event was held at Buona Sera in Red Bank. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties […]

Volunteers of the Keyport First Aid Squad have been featured on WPIX TV’s segment “Hometown Heroes.” During the April 18 segment, the New York City television station recognized the 90-year-old squad for its continued dedication to its community rescue services, according to a press release. Michele Rivera, a WPIX TV viewer, nominated the members of […]

Teaching skills that range from first aid, to knotting techniques and to the use of a pocket knife are included in the new Outdoor Skiils Series that is taught by the Matawan-Aberdeen Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of the USA is a leadership program that encourages girls to become leaders in their communities and beyond. As […]

Girls on the Run, a program that seeks to boost the self-esteem and confidence of girls in grades three through eight, will serve as the host to a Girls on the Run 5K on June 3 at the Fair Haven Fields in Fair Haven. Girls on the Run, a national nonprofit organization with a council […]

The Rumson Garden Club will sponsor  the “Greetings From The Jersey Shore” flower show at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown on May 31.  The free event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will feature floral arrangements, photography and botanical arts. Conservation, garden history and design displays will also be presented, according to […]

The Monmouth Museum will sponsor a “Fashionable Luncheon” at the Shadowbrook hotel in Shrewsbury on June 5. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature summer fashions from a local boutique in Fair Haven, according to a press release. Tickets are $65 for members of the Monmouth Museum and $75 for non-members. The Shadowbrook […]

The Atlantic Highlands Navesink United Methodist Church will begin its Harbor Worship season on May 27. The event will commence at 8:30 a.m. under the gazebo in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor. The gazebo is located on the corner of 1st Avenue and Sutton Walk in Atlantic Highlands. Weekly worship will take place in the gazebo […]

Red Bank Catholic High School will sponsor its annual Jason’s Dreams for Kids Carnival at St. James Elementary School in Red Bank on June 2. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival will feature rides, food, music, and games. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Jason’s […]

The King of Kings Lutheran Church will sponsor its annual Car Show at the Middletown dioceses on June 2. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature food, music and prizes. The show is open to cars of all years, makes and models, according to a press release. […]

The Bayshore Hooks and Needles group will hold its bi-monthly meeting at the Hazlet Library on May 17. The meeting will run from 1 to 3 p.m. The Hazlet Library is located 251 Middle Road.

Brett Carroll Staff Writer A stronger future is now at Monmouth Park. So predicted the officials of the Oceanport horse track that opened its gates for the 2018 season on May 5 with a crowd of over 20,000 in attendance. During a press conference that was held at Monmouth Park on May 8, officials detailed […]

 A $163.3 million budget for the 2018-19 academic year was unanimously adopted by the Middletown Public School District Board of Education. Board members approved the spending plan on April 25. Residential and commercial property owners in Middletown will pay $140.8 million in a local tax levy to support the spending plan, according to Business Administrator […]

  The Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League seeks families who are interested in opening their doors–and their arms. The league is in the recruitment stages in gathering families in the area who will serve as hosts to out-of-state players who will play this summer in local fields and parks. Now in its 18th season, the […]

In an effort to beautify and create a cleaner community, the Borough of Matawan has relaunched the Matawan Environmental Commission. “One of my tasks this year was getting the group up and running again after being nonexistent for a quite a few years. I’m proud to report that has happened,” said Councilwoman Deana Gunn, who also […]

  The Monmouth County SPCA held its 28th annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The annual springtime event, held on April 28, featured local vendors, music, food, contests and an on site pet adoption. The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated toward the protection […]

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Middlesex, Monmouth) announced this year’s U.S. Service Academy nominees and the winners of the 2018 Sixth Congressional District High School Arts Competition at a Congressional Awards Ceremony held at Rutgers University. The U.S. Service Academy nominees are: U.S. Naval Academy: Catherine Brown of Matawan Regional High School; Derek Gordon, Jr. of […]

Local rock stars graced the stage – and stole the show – when they opened for reggae rock band Sublime With Rome. The Brookdale Rock Band performed at a show that was held at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. The concert was headlined by Sublime With Rome and scheduled in part with the Asbury Park Music […]

Despite the preconceived notion, the Earth is not an infinite resource. On April 29, Bayonet Farm served as the host for the 20th annual Holmdel Earth Day Festival. The event, which was held at 41 Middletown Road in Holmdel, featured live bands, rescue animals, children shows, guided tours and environmental informational stations. “It’s really important […]

NORTH BRUNSWICK – When William Lavin was 15 years old, he lost his father. He said he was “mad at everybody.” Not only did his brother, Bob, obviously lose his father, too, but years later, he also lost his 2-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, in a terrible accident. Bob Lavin also said he was “mad at everybody,” […]

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