Local law enforcement officers will crack down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2018 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over statewide Labor Day campaign. From Aug. 17 through Sept. 3, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by […]

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Residents are expressing their displeasure with the proposed development of two neighboring properties in Hazlet that municipal officials are eyeing as sites for affordable housing. The residents’ main objection is to what many people called “congested housing” when the issue was discussed during a meeting of the Hazlet Township Committee on Aug. 7 that ran […]

A Keansburg man has been charged with murdering a Keyport man on the afternoon of Aug. 9, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. Gramiccioni said John Curtin, 19, has been charged with first degree murder, first degree felony murder, first degree robbery, second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second degree possession of […]

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With cups of coffee in hand and journalists ready to listen and ask questions, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Middlesex, Monmouth) served as the host to a media reporters roundtable discussion over breakfast recently in Keyport. “With [President Donald Trump] and Republican policies having a negative impact on New Jersey, one, of course, is the tax […]

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HOLMDEL – Four entities are combining their resources to purchase a development easement on an 11-acre property at 153 Everett Road, Holmdel. The parcel is known as the Callan property, according to a resolution that was passed by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders in July. In the resolution, the freeholders confirmed their commitment to […]

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MIDDLETOWN – Capital improvements will be carried out throughout Middletown following the adoption of a $5.21 million bond ordinance by the Township Committee in July. On July 16, committee members voted unanimously to appropriate funds that will be used to finance improvements, the acquisition of equipment, and upgrades to existing technology. Bonds or notes in […]

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 The Middletown Township Committee has set Aug. 20 as the date for a public hearing on a proposed redevelopment plan for a 100-acre property at 853 Route 35 in Middletown. The site is currently home to Circus Wines, Beer & Spirits and is the former location of a Foodtown Superstore. That evening of Aug. 20, […]

The Monmouth NJ TaxAide District is looking for volunteers for the upcoming tax season. IRS certification can be provided, if necessary. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run, tax assistance program. In tax year 2017 the Monmouth district provided tax preparation services at 11 sites and prepared more than 4,000 federal tax returns […]

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KEYPORT – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a shooting that took place at a Keyport apartment complex on the afternoon of Aug. 9 that claimed the life of Evan Smutz, 20, of Keyport. The shooting took place just before 1 p.m. at the Holmdel Pointe apartment complex on Center Street, according to the Monmouth County […]

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The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey-Middlesex Chapter will hold a Jamaica Flag Raising Ceremony, celebrating 56 years of Jamaican independence, at 9 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard St., New Brunswick.   For more information, call 732-305-0224 or email jonj.middlesex@gmail.com.

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MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township School District Board of Education has accommodated a $1.7 million decrease in state aid by reducing certain personnel positions and postponing the implementation of textbook adoptions in the district’s two high schools. In March, the school district was awarded a state aid package that totaled $18.35 million for the 2018-19 […]

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HAZLET – The Hazlet Township Public Schools Board of Education has reduced its 2018-19 budget by $360,000 to accommodate a sudden reduction in state aid as the start of a new school year approaches. Under Gov. Phil Murphy’s initial funding proposal in March, Hazlet’s state aid package for 2018-19 was expected to total $12.91 million. […]

Community college students in New Jersey may be able to attend free of tuition and fees in the spring semester of 2019, if their college applies and is selected to participate in the Community College Innovation Challenge, a new pilot program launched on July 31. New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education and the Higher Education Student Assistance […]

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA for Children) of Monmouth County is seeking adults to act as advocates for children in foster care. A CASA volunteer, who is 21 years of age or older, is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. There are currently […]

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HOLMDEL – The Holmdel Zoning Board of Adjustment has rescheduled a public hearing regarding the proposed construction of a New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) regulator station for Sept. 12. According to the agenda for the zoners’ Aug. 1 meeting, the board was scheduled to decide if the application filed by NJNG was complete and could […]

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The 28th annual St. Thomas Rosary Society Giant Flea Market, in memory of Marco Guarino, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the church parking lot, 1 St. Thomas Plaza, off Route 18 south, Old Bridge. Rain date Aug. 25.

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Bows and arrows, as well as other weapons, were added to the list of weapons that may not be discharged in Holmdel Township. On July 17, the Holmdel Township Committee amended the municipal ordinance that regulates the discharge of “guns, weapons and firearms.” The revised ordinance states that “the Holmdel Police Department has identified that […]

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MATAWAN – A medical facility is promoting awareness of the importance of athletes undergoing cardiac related assessments prior to taking part in sports programs. Throughout July and continuing through August, Immediate Care Medical Walk-In is donating $10 from each sports physical that is performed at one of its nine locations in central New Jersey to […]

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MATAWAN – The Matawan Police Department will sponsor its annual National Night Out event from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 7 in Terhune Park. The park is located at the corner of Main and South streets. “National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships with the goal of making our neighborhoods […]

The Rumson Garden Club served as the host to a New Jersey Zone IV Meeting  recently at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. Members from the 12 Garden Club of America (GCA) clubs located in New Jersey were welcomed by president Joan Lynch and members of the Rumson Garden Club, according to a press release. […]

The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) installed three members to its Executive Board . The appointments were performed at the organization’s annual meeting that was held on July 10 at the residence of an active member.  The newly elected Executive Board members are Sean F. Byrnes Esq. as the president, […]

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“Bugs, Birds and Beyond,” a free festival for children of all ages, will be presented from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, rain or shine, at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. “Penguins on Parade!” will be presented by Jenkinson’s Aquarium. There will be educational displays, activities, games and crafts. […]

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Temple Beth Ahm, 550 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, will host monthly meet-and-greet events on Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to come and learn about the synagogue. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email info@templebethahm.org or call 732-583-1700.

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 The Holmdel Township Committee has unanimously adopted an ordinance that reserves ambulance and first responder services from the Holmdel First Aid Squad for emergency medical services only. According to the ordinance, patient care facilities in Holmdel have been routinely placing phone calls to the first aid squad and requesting transportation services for non-emergency medical services […]

The Rumson Country Day School has named Tracey Wetmore as its new Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. Wetmore will begin her role on Aug.1. She will be responsible for overseeing all admissions activities of the school, develop long-term goals and policies, as well as implement strategies to attract and welcome new families to the […]

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MATAWAN – The Matawan Borough Council is planning to introduce an ordinance that will, if adopted, establish the municipality’s first sports commission. The ordinance was on the agenda for introduction on July 17 but was held. The ordinance is now scheduled for introduction at the council meeting on Aug. 8. Mayor Joseph Altomonte said the […]

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The Pegasus Theater will be the host to  “Noises Off!” at the Henderson Theater at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft.  The Henderson Theater is located at 850 Newman Springs Road. Noises Off!, revived on Broadway in 2016, is based around a theater company trying to rapidly run through their final dress rehearsal of their show […]

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HOLMDEL – The Holmdel Zoning Board of Adjustment has rescheduled a public hearing regarding the proposed construction of a New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) regulator station for Aug. 1 On July 9, a zoning board official said the public hearing, which was scheduled for the board’s July 11 meeting, would be carried to next month. […]

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HAZLET – Faculty and staff at Raritan High School, Hazlet, commenced the end of the school year with a music video. A mash-up of fan favorite tunes and lip dubs, it is safe to say these teachers are more than ready for the summertime.  

The 2018 Monmouth County Fair will feature an entertainment lineup that will kick off with the Moroccan Sheepherders on July 25 at 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Loose and improvisational, this band takes classic covers and originals to another dimension with their primal, tribal vibe, according to a press release from the county. The blues […]

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The Old Bridge Township Cultural Arts Committee will present its August Summer Concert Series. The Aug. 2 event features Sonic Reign, a AC/DC to ZZ Top cover band, plus a bike show, from 6-9 p.m. at Geick Park, 4175 Route 516, Old Bridge. The Strictly 60s Band will perform from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16, also […]

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament. The competition will be held from July 27 to Aug. 5 as a way to encourage families to […]

St. Mary’s High School Class of 1968, South Amboy, will celebrate its 50th class reunion from 6-11 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Doolan’s Shore Club, 700 Route 71, Spring Lake Heights. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner, DJ music and an open bar. The cost is $110 per person. […]

Freehold Soil Conservation District will provide free “Trout in the Classroom” Resource Kits to several teachers in Middlesex and Monmouth County in the fall to connect students to real-life water quality, fish and wildlife issues.  . Selected teachers will receive aquarium equipment (tank, filter, pump, thermometer, chiller, stand, etc.,) valued at $1,000 at no charge. […]

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Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus Council 4815, will hold a summer blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 4 in the parish auditorium, 333 Route 18, Old Bridge. Donors must be ages 16-75, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in reasonably good health. Walk […]

Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 5 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Young super fans of one of the most popular video games will arrive in costume to meet YouTube creators flown in from around the world, […]

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The Old Bridge High School AFJROTC Parents Association is sponsoring a Color Fun Run on Oct. 20 at Old Bridge High School/Geick Park, Route 516 in Old Bridge (Matawan). The Color Fun Run is a community event, open to all ages. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. and the run kicks off at 10 a.m. This […]

The Leon Hess Cancer Center Council at Monmouth Medical Center will serve as the host to the 23rd Annual Power of Pink Luncheon benefiting the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center on July 19 at Hartshorne Mansion in Little Silver. The Hartshorne Mansion is located at 80 Oakes Road in Little Silver. The […]

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church and Jesus the Lord Roman Catholic Church officially merged under one parish, Our Lady of Fatima, on July 1 during a morning sermon that was held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Keyport. Both churches plan to remain open for worship under their original campus titles, but will operate under a […]

A new landmark is making residents of one community smile. Matawan native Robert Walker Jr. painted a smiley face which scales the circumference of his aunt’s garage at her home in Matawan. The black-and-yellow painting symbolizes the progress Walker’s father, Robert Walker Sr., has made since being diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago. Walker […]

 A plan for the redevelopment of Monmouth Mall that includes the construction of 700 apartments is compliant with building standards outlined in Eatontown’s zoning ordinance, according to the planner representing the developer. That was the assessment offered by professional planner Christine Cofone, who testified on behalf of Eatontown Monmouth Mall LLC at the July 2 meeting […]

The First Baptist Church of Keyport will show “I Can Only Imagine” at 7:45 p.m. on July 20 at the church, 45 Main St., Keyport. The true story is based on of MercyMe’s hit song of the same name. There is no charge to attend. For more information, visit www.fbckeyport.com.

NORTH BRUNSWICK – A group of women wrote down their insecurities. They shared the messages with each other, offering them up to a higher power so those issues may be removed from their lives. They went outside with candles, read a prayer and then set those insecurities on fire. Literally. “We held hands and prayed […]

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mount’s Corner Drive, Freehold Township, will expand its hours and remain open to the public on six Thursday evenings during July and August, from 6-9 p.m., with various programs offered at 7 p.m. for Thursday Nights at the Museum. Admission for each event is $3 […]

Bonnie and Simon Levin recognized the future needs of Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility that is located in Long Branch, when they decided to become members of the Cranmer Legacy Society after donating  $500,000 to the hospital in their estate plan. Members of the Cranmer Legacy Society expressed commitment to Monmouth Medical Center […]

Hoping to show residents the natural elements of Lake Lefferts, the Borough of Matawan and NY/NJ Baykeeper will offer free guided kayak tours this summer. The guided kayak tours will be led by Joe Reynolds, who is a local naturalist, explorer, writer, photographer and conservationist. He specializes in estuarine ecology and coastal biology of the […]

The Rumson Country Day School awarded 46 eighth-grade students with diplomas at its commencement ceremony that was held on June 8. Eighth-grade student Lydia Lu delivered a speech about her journey at the school – thanking her teachers and her parents, according to a press release administered by the facility.  “So here we are now, […]

 Stephanie Murray said she has a special place in her heart for the community she served over the last seven years as a member of the Middletown Township Committee. On June 22, Murray resigned from her position on the governing body. She was serving as Middletown’s mayor during 2018. In her letter of resignation, Murray […]

Residents of all communities are welcome to attend an outdoor Shabbat sing-along and child-friendly service at 6 p.m. on July 6 at Temple Beth Ahm, 550 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen. Following the service, refreshments will be served, along with make your own cocktails. For more information, email info@templebethahm.org or call 732-583-1700.

MATAWAN–Coming together to avoid gutter balls and get a strike, members from the Matawan Police Department served as the co-hosts to its first “Bowl with a Cop” event. “I decided to organize [the] ‘Bowl with a Cop’ event to allow special needs children to meet local police, fire and rescue squad members in a fun […]

 The Red Bank 5K Classic attracted a field of more than 1,000 runners to the annual event that benefits youth programs at The Community YMCA and the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation. The June 16 event, which included participants Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, will evenly distribute the proceeds between […]

The Mater Dei Prep Board of Trustees and school President Don Galante have announced the appointment of Debra J. Serafin as the new principal of the school that is located in Middletown. Serafin was chosen for the position after an evaluation of potential candidates was deemed complete, according to a press release from Mater Dei. […]

 The Holmdel Environmental Commission is suggesting that the proposed development of a New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) regulator station could alter the water quality in portions of Monmouth County. The NJNG is seeking variances to construct a regulator station, access and utilities on a 16.51-acre site at 960 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, according to the commission. […]

 The proposed apartment building included in the Monmouth Mall redevelopment project is predicted to attract millennial-aged residents to apartments that may rent for $3,000 per month. That was the assessment offered by Jeffrey Otteau, president of the Otteau Group, who testified on behalf of the Kushner Companies and Rouse Properties at the June 18 meeting […]

Monmouth County officials have identified another location that could serve as an emergency evacuation center in the event of a public health emergency. During a recent meeting, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders authorized the execution of a memorandum of understanding between the county, on behalf of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management, […]

Aberdeen Township will sponsor a showing of Disney’s “Moana” at 8 p.m. June 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, Ocean Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive, Keyport. The free event will also include a dance performance by Hawaiian Entertainment.  Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on during the movie.  For more information, visit aberdeennj.org.

The 28th annual St. Thomas Rosary Society Giant Flea Market, in memory of Marco Guarino, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the church parking lot, 1 St. Thomas Plaza, off Route 18 south, Old Bridge. Rain date Aug. 25. Spaces are $15 for one or $25 for two. […]

Members of the Aberdeen Economic Business Council and township officials celebrated the grand opening of a new Dunkin’ Donuts location on Route 35 South in Aberdeen. The freestanding store was relocated from a smaller space in the nearby A&P shopping center located on Route 35. With the move to the 2,500-square-foot former bank building, a […]

 The Holmdel Zoning Board of Adjustment has rescheduled a public hearing for July 11 regarding the proposed development of a New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) regulator station. According to the agenda for the June 13 meeting of the zoning board, members of the board were scheduled to decide if the application filed by NJNG was […]

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