April 17, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Egg-cellent adventure

Top: A helicopter makes a second pass to drop off more Easter eggs at the Bethel Church Easter Egg Drop held at the Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township on April 12. Above: A helicopter passes behind the Easter Bunny at the egg drop. More...

Freehold native named director

Shayna Alexander, a native of Freehold and seven-year Anti-Defamation League (ADL) professional, has been named director of ADL’s New Jersey Regional Office, effective April 1. More...

Four enter race for seats in Freehold Township

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — Four candidates will seek two three-year terms on the Township Committee in the Nov. 4 general election. Incumbent Republican David Salkin will seek re-election to the governing body. More...

Freehold Township K-8 budget checks in at $70.2M

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The Freehold Township K-8 School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the 2014-15 school year budget at 8 p.m. More...

Author-magician to speak in Wall

Motivational speaker, magician and author Dr. Jeff Blum will perform magic and sign copies of his new book, “The Inside Out Solution,” at DOCO, The Donut and Coffee Company, 5015 Route 33/34, Wall Township, beginning at 11 a.m. April 23. More...

Furry friends

Sharon Martens of South Amboy holds her 6-year-old Yorkies Elvis, left, and Buddy during a blessing of the animals at Temple Rodeph Torah, Marlboro, on April 5. More...

Kitchen tour set for May 2

COLTS NECK — The Colts Neck PTO has announced the return of its kitchen tour on May 2. The self-guided tour offers a rare opportunity to step inside some of Colts Neck’s most magnificent homes. More...

Levine-DeStefano

Delfina and Ira Levine of Manalapan announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Angela Levine, to James Michael DeStefano, son of Faith and Steven Goldstone, of East Brunswick. More...

Homework help offered at library

MANALAPAN — Homework Helpers, a group of high school students volunteering their tutoring services for free to students in grades 1-8, meets at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, on Mondays and Thursdays thro More...

Reservoir ready for visitors

With the weather getting warmer, staff members at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell are planning events and tours for visitors to one of the crown jewels in the Monmouth County Park System. More...

Manalapan proposes lower speed limit on Woodward Road

MANALAPAN — The Township Committee has introduced an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on a portion of Woodward Road in Manalapan. More...

Manalapan officials introduce $32 million budget for 2014

MANALAPAN — The Manalapan Township Committee has introduced a $32.02 million budget to fund the operation of the municipality in 2014. Residents may comment on the budget when a public hearing is held on May 21 at town hall. More...

Cost-effective fencing options

Fencing serves many purposes. Some homeowners erect a fence for privacy, while others do so to contain pets and children. More...

These animals may help your garden

Planning and maintaining a garden requires a lot of effort, which can result in an aesthetically pleasing addition to the landscape. But that hard work can also fall victim to nature when local wildlife find a garden too mouthwatering to resist. More...

How to repair dead grass

A patch of dead grass on an otherwise lush lawn can be a frustrating eyesore for homeowners.Whether lawn care is your passion or just something you do to maintain the value of your home, dead grass can be exasperating. More...

Gala proceeds will benefit annual Police Unity Tour

The Marlboro Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 196, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15 and the Freehold Borough PBA Local 159 hosted the agencies’ fifth annual “Salute to Community Excellence Charity Gala” on March More...

Howell panel considers redistricting for 2015-16

HOWELL — The redistricting of students in the Howell K-8 School District is beginning to be discussed once more by the members of the Board of Education’s facilities committee. More...

Monmouth County freeholders adopt $480.9 million budget

The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has adopted a $480.9 million budget for 2014. The budget holds the amount to be raised by taxation flat for the fourth year in a row, according to a press release. More...

Volunteers sought for help group

180 Turning Lives Around, a private nonprofit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide support and advocacy for victims of sexual violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicat More...

Tomorrrrow’’s hottttestt olld carrs

A leading classic car insurer looks into its crystal ball to predict which of today’s new vehicles could become valued collectibles down the road

A s they say, hindsight is 20- 20, particularly when it comes to collectibles. More...

Opinion

Photo

A sand castle greets visitors at Bradley Beach on April 10. More...

ARE WE THERE YET

He is not on board with saying goodbye

I love social events. I enjoy getting together with the neighbors, dropping in on relatives and any sort of gathering that doesn’t involve me doing a boatload of dishes. More...

Sports

Defending champ Patriots, Rebels, Cougars seek first place

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Patriots want to hold onto A North girls lacrosse crown

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP C omplacency is not in the vocabulary of the Freehold Township High School girls lacrosse team. More...

SPORT SHORTS

The Marlboro Soccer Association will be holding tryouts for the 2014-15 season at the Vanderburg Soccer Complex off Vanderburg Road. Tryouts will begin on April 28. More...

Little League celebrates milestone

For 75 years, wherever there has been a boy with a bat, a glove, a ball and a dream, there has been Little League baseball. This year marks a special anniversary for Little League, which began in 1939 in Williamsport, Pa. More...

New plan has Jersey Freeze staying at site

People who have been dreading the anticipated closing of the landmark Jersey Freeze ice cream stand at Route 9 and Manalapan Avenue in Freehold can stop worrying. More...

Market putting squeeze on New Jersey renters

A fter nearly two years of living in her car, in various shelters and even in a climate-controlled storage locker in Monmouth County, Vicky M. no longer identifies herself as a resident of any town. She says simply that she is from New Jersey. More...

Dancer bill seeks to clarify drivers’ use of high beams

An issue regarding a person’s First Amendment rights on New Jersey roads is making its way into the halls of the State House, as a local lawmaker wants to decriminalize the use of a vehicle’s headlights as a means of warning drivers that More...

Programs available for area students

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The Freehold Township K-8 School District is conducting an ongoing effort to find and help students between the ages of 3 and 21 who are in need of special educational programs. More...

Monmouth Park aims to add new attractions

A concert venue and boardwalk area at Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport are in the planning stages and will be submitted to the Oceanport Planning Zoning Board in the coming months. More...

Bayonet Farm Earth Day Festival brings shows, food to Holmdel

HOLMDEL — The 16th annual Bayonet Farm Earth Day Festival, set for noon to 5 p.m. May 4, will feature new shows and old favorites. Admission is free for the festival, parking, shows, exhibits, tours and crafts. More...

Area rehabilitators remain dedicated to animal rescue

Despite their shrinking numbers, animal rehabilitators all over New Jersey remain passionate about their work. More...

YMCA Walk-a-Thon slated for May 3

The YMCA of Western Monmouth County will host its annual Walk-a-Thon on May 3 at Freehold High School, Freehold Borough. More...

Tha Real Street adds voice to New Jersey music scene

HOWELL — Gregory Baker, a Georgia native turned Howell resident, is bringing his own interesting brand of hip-hop music to New Jersey in more ways than one. More...

Walk to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research

HOWELL — Nicole Tuscano of Howell will honor the memory of her mother, Cleo Tuscano, at an annual fundraising event that will support research into the disease that claimed Cleo’s life six years ago. More...

2014 Manalapan photo contest goes ‘Down the Shore’

MANALAPAN — The Manalapan Arts Council and Mayor Jordan Maskowitz have announced that the theme of the township’s sixth annual photo contest is “Down the Shore.” More...

AUDITIONS

The Mighty Oak Players will hold auditions for “Evita” at the Monroe Township High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Schoolhouse Road, Monroe Township, from 7-9 p.m. May 12-13. Callbacks will be from 7-9 p.m. May 16. More...

Marlboro settles contracts with township employees

MARLBORO — New contracts between Marlboro and four employee unions should provide for less paid time off and a reduction in benefits, according to municipal documents. More...

The benefits of pruning trees and shrubs

Pruning trees and shrubs is necessary to ensure they maintain their health and vigor.Trees and shrubs should be inspected annually to determine if they need to be pruned. More...

Shopping for a fire pit

People have sat around an open fire outdoors for centuries. Not only does fire provide warmth and light, but also it offers a relaxing setting for conversation and socialization. More...

Home projects perfect for spring

The rejuvenating spirit of spring makes this beloved season an ideal time for homeowners to take stock of their homes and properties and address any issues that arose during the winter. More...

Doctor facing prison term

A pain management doctor with a practice based in Red Bank admitted on Feb. 19 that he embezzled more than $1.1 million from a medical practice, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Robert Muscio, 40, of Colts Neck, pleaded guilty before U.S. More...

Grant to support driver safety

Freehold Township High School students will continue to promote teen driver safety with the help of a recent windfall of cash. At its Feb. More...

Shared-services agreement places officers in schools

MARLBORO — A shared-services agreement between the township and the Marlboro K-8 School District Board of Education should keep students safe at a lower cost to the municipality. More...

Office building approved

MARLBORO — Despite some lingering concerns, the Marlboro Planning Board has granted preliminary and final approval to an applicant who plans to build a two-story office building on Tennent Road. More...

Freehold Soil offers college scholarships

The Freehold Soil Conservation District will award three scholarships of $2,000 each to students majoring in a conservationrelated field. More...

Festival to offer taste of Spain

Residents of central New Jersey will get to experience the feel of Spain’s traditional April festival when Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre presents its second annual Feria de Sevilla this month at Parker Press Park, Rahway Avenue. More...

Letters

Guidelines needed for overdose drug policy

With news outlets reporting daily about New Jersey’s escalating heroin epidemic and resulting increase in overdose deaths, we commend Gov. More...

Manalapan officials should stop fighting

I read Managing Editor Mark Rosman’s recent article about the mini-battle occurring among Manalapan’s mayor, the other Township Committee members and Committeeman Ryan Green. More...

Citizens must make their feelings known

The element that controls both political parties will not allow a resolution against torture, secret and unlimited detention, and the suspension of a person’s legal rights. More...

Columns

Residents need to start conserving water early

Spring is finally underway and, for many in New Jersey, this means the start of new gardening, lawn and landscaping plans. More...

Q&A

Trailing trailers

Q: During a recent trip to Florida, we were almost in a horrible wreck when the pickup in front of us, going about 50 miles an hour, swerved and the trailer he was hauling came unattached. More...

Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS

LADACIN Network, a nonprofit agency serving people with disabilities in Monmouth and Ocean counties, has been awarded its 10th consecutive three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. More...

Verdana Howell named ‘Community of the Year’ by New Jersey Builders Association

Monmouth County enclave takes top honor at Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Banquet in Atlantic City

Sterling Properties and AST Development announces that the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) has named Verdana Howell, the joint-venture partnership’s successful rental enclave in Howell, “Community of the Year.” More...

Coldwell Banker staff to volunteer at Cross Farm Park for ‘Cares Days’ event

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Holmdel/Colts Neck will be doing grounds cleanup and maintenance work at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel as part of “Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Days,” in which each of the re More...