Saturday, March 30, 2013
Find what you may have missed from our neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Brick- The fire that destroyed the Camp Osborn neighborhood during Superstorm Sandy was captured in an up-close video and uploaded to YouTube by way of a Mexican news site Oct. 31, 2012, but the video has only recently surfaced locally. The neighborhood, comprised of a mix of vacation bungalows and some newer, year-round homes, was nearly completely destroyed in the storm. Read more on Brick Patch. Lacey- Just more than a week after a car on Lacey Road struck Dunkin, a one-year-old yellow lab, he is safe at home with a cone on his head. On March 15, Margaret Patterson’s son was playing outside with his friends. When a friend came into the Alpine Street home, Dunkin has squeezed through the entry and ran off. The boys had tried to catch him…
A weekly look at the week's top crime stories from around Monmouth County
From white collar crime to a double homicide, animal abuse and even a little public nudity, law enforcement was busy this week in Patch towns all over Monmouth County. Birdsall's Former CEO, 6 Others Indicted in 'Pay-to-Play' Scandal The Attorney General has brought an indictment against seven current and former employees of Eatontown-based Birdsall Engineering, saying the firm subverted anti- Pay-to-Play laws with hidden political contributions to win public contracts. -- Long Branch Patch Spring Lake Heights Police Respond to Unregistered Solicitor, Find Deported Felon A Union County man was arrested after Spring Lake Heights Police found the 24-year-old soliciting business without registering, and discovered he had an outstanding …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Find what you may have missed from our neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Red Bank- Ever see a fire truck zooming along West Front Street and wonder where the firefighters inside were headed and what they would see when they got there? A video posted last month on YouTube captures stunning scenes from response calls by the Red Bank Fire Department. See more on Red Bank Patch. Manasquan- Manasquan is advancing plans to repair existing beachfront buildings damaged in Hurricane Sandy for a cost estimated at $306,000. The borough recently opened bids for the project, which would rebuild the inlet comfort station and gazebo improvements on Riverside Drive, the restroom and lifeguard building on Ocean Avenue, and the beach department building on Second Avenue. Read more on Manasquan-Belmar Patch. Seaside- The newly-…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Stories you may have missed from our neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Jersey Shore- Visit Ocean City Patch for recovery by the numbers. Survivors can register online and check on the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Recovery assistants remain available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Read Ocean City Patch for more. Lakehurst- A groundbreaking has taken place for the New Jersey National Guard’s new Army Aviation Support Facility at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Congressman Jon Runyan joined military leaders at the groundbreaking for the new Army Aviation Support Facility. Read more on Manchester Patch. Brick- Even one of …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
County’s population drops for second year in a row, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
Your home county may seem like a small world, but in 2012 Monmouth became a tad smaller—708 residents smaller, to be exact. The U.S. Census Bureau released county population estimates Thursday for the year spanning July 1, 2011 through July 1, 2012. Monmouth County’s estimated population shrank from 630,821 in 2011 to 629,384 in 2012. The decline marks the second year in a row the county’s population declined: the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county lost 729 between July 2010 and July 2011. While the overall population saw a decline, births and deaths in Monmouth remained flat from 2011 to 2012. There were 6,074 births reported in the 2010 data and 6,100 in the 2012 numbers. Some 5,301 deaths were reported in the county in 2010 and 5,…
Saturday, March 9, 2013
New you may have missed from our Patch neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Belmar-The 40th annual Belmar Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade was cause for plenty of celebration, and we've compiled some photos and video of the parade route. Check out images of the pipes and drums, marching bands, Sons of the Sheleighleigh, fire trucks and floats in the parade, as well as the throngs of parade-goers lining the curb and sidewalk down Main Street. See all of the photos on Manasquan-Belmar Patch. Jersey Shore- Nearly a quarter of the home-improvement contractors dealing with storm-ravaged areas are not registered with the state Division of Consumer Affairs, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Investigators found that 477 of the 628 Home Improvement Contractors they checked were registered or had applied …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
News from our Patch neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Check Manasquan-Belmar Patch for Belmar St. Patrick's Day Parade news and traffic information. Toms River- A meeting by a grassroots organization dedicated to opposing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) flood maps was shut down by Toms River police Saturday after being overwhelmed by large crowds. The group, Stop FEMA Now, is hoping its unified voice will reach elected officials and encourage them to speak out against FEMA's Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps, which were recently adopted by the State. If the maps aren't changed, thousands of residents along New Jersey's coasts will be required to elevate their homes or face potentially financially-crippling flood insurance premiums in the years go come. Read more on Ocean …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
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Saturday, February 23
Long Beach Island- A gray seal was found underweight with some minor abrasions on a Long Beach Island beach, reports the Marine Mammal Stranding Center on its Facebook page. "The male gray seal in LBI was examined by our veterinarian, who diagnosed him as being underweight," the center's Facebook page says. "He also has a few minor abrasions. The seal was brought back to the MMSC for rehabilitation. Check back for updates on his progress." Read more on Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch. Toms River- A 70-year-old woman died Monday after her car crashed into a utility pole on Route 539 in Manchester, police said. Karen Olsen of Allentown, N.J., a passenger in the vehicle driven by her husband, died after she was transported to Community Medical …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
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Saturday, February 16
Brick- Officials in Brick Township and Mantoloking Borough are both hoping their residents sign easements allowing for an Army Corps of Engineers dune project that will shore up the oceanfront and, hopefully, prevent breaches like the one that occurred near the Mantoloking Bridge during Superstorm Sandy. That breach, which led to a 20 foot-deep inlet forming between the ocean and the base of the county-owned bridge across Barnegat Bay, is largely blamed for the resulting floods in mainland neighborhoods such as Shore Acres and Baywood in Brick Township. Read more on Brick Patch. Berkeley- Berkeley officials will travel to Trenton on Wednesday, to protest the new FEMA advisory base elevations Township Council President James J. Byrnes …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
From skiing and ice skating to game nights, here is a list of fun activities to do with your family in Monmouth County.
Most families are exhibiting signs of cabin fever this time of year. The sibling sniping is at record levels, the toddler whining is incessant and tweens and teens are fixated on their electronic devices. Time to cure your family of cabin fever with these ten fun ideas for activities the whole family will enjoy. 1. Get outside and play. Check out Holmdel Park at Longstreet Road for ski rentals and sledding. Cross-country trails are open at, conditions permitting. Ice skating is permitted at Holmdel Park, Shark River and Turkey Swamp Park if "skating today" signs are up near the ice. The Monmouth County Parks website has rental prices, park hours and more. 2. Family film festival. Celebrate the upcoming Academy Awards with a marathon of …