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Monmouth County Seniors Invited to Submit Artwork

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is extending an invitation to all Monmouth County residents age 60 and over to participate in the 2016 Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition by submitting one piece of original, visual art. Application deadline is July 8. Senior artists who have professional or nonprofessional status are welcome. Categories in both divisions are acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. The 2016 application, rules, eligibility requirements and important dates are available on the County website. Previous participants will be sent information via US mail on June…

Heroin Kills More Than Car Crashes or Murder

  By DON STINE More people are killed in Monmouth County by heroin overdoses than by murder and highway accidents- combined. Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Camden, have the highest rate of heroin-related deaths and a special forum on the subject was held April 27 in the High Ocean Township High School auditorium. “This is a very, very serious problem, particularly in Monmouth County,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck, who hosted the forum. “Young people can become so addicted in such a short period of time and unable to get away from it- it’s unprecedented. It really sets you on your…

Record Number Attend Made in Monmouth Event

  A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth expo April 9.. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing. The event was held in the MAC at Monmouth University. “I would like to thank all the vendors who displayed the quality products and services they provide and are based in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “After five events, the ‘Made in Monmouth’ program is still growing and is a huge success. This year, the number of merchants increased more than…

Creating Your Own Rain Garden

  Area residents are invited to show support for the Whalepond Brook Watershed and try to help reduce neighborhood flooding and erosion by attending a public seminar on how to create your own rain garden on Sat., April 23. The free seminar, to be held at the Ocean Township Public Library on Deal Road from 1 to 3 p.m., will teach participants about watershed ecology and how to create their own rain garden in their backyards. Laurel Von Gerichten, with the Ocean Township Shade Tree Commission, will also give a tour of the award-winning rain garden outside the Ocean Township…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Law and Order. The Rule of Law. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. Liberty and Freedom. Personal Responsibility. Societal Responsibility. These are the words and terms of a free society; to be sure there are a lot more, we have been at this for well over 200 years, but I’ll discuss these for now. Do they mean anything in a modern America? Law and order is called into question based on who and how the law is enforced and what we demand there be order to. The rule of law, once a bedrock principle is now…

Monmouth County Job Fair April 1

  If you are looking for a job, you should attend Monmouth County’s Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Brookdale Community College Collins Arena, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. This job fair will provide you with access to employers seeking talented candidates in every discipline, from hospitality and health care to finance, education, telecommunications, computer science and everything in between. More than 140 local employers and employment resource organizations will be participating in the free event. No registration is required for jobseekers. “In addition to bringing in top employers from throughout the…

County Seeking Historical Structures

  Is there an historic structure in your neighborhood? The Monmouth County Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards program that recognizes the people behind local, and often noticed, building preservation projects. “Residents and business people who do the work to preserve local structures and buildings deserve public praise and recognition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Historical Commission. “The Historical Commission has a tradition of finding some historic gems in the community and acknowledging the people who make sure that we continue to remember our past.” Anyone, including a property owner, may…

Sports Roundup

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Led by Morgan Bartlett and Taylor Bartlett, the Ocean Township High School girls basketball team vanquished Brick 37-16. Morgan Bartlett scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds one assist and one steal for the Spartans (2-15) against the Green Dragons (1-16). Tyler Bartlett, who rained home three shots from beyond the arc, contributed 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. Sanaa Finley added five rebounds, one assist and three steals. Katelyn Molloy added six points on two treys, picked off five rebounds, handed out three assists and made one steal. Ocean sped to a 15-6 halftime…

Newly Elected Officials Urged to Attend Government Seminar

  If you have recently been elected to public office, or have been newly assigned to a leadership role in your community, you are encouraged to sign up for Monmouth County’s Local Government Seminar. “There are many responsibilities that come with serving on local governing bodies,” Monmouth County Freeholder, John P. Curley said. “Laws change and municipalities must conform to the new regulations which impact all levels of government. People who attend this session will gain some valuable knowledge and insight.” The Monmouth County Local Government Seminar that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Brookdale Community College will…

Assembly Members Question State’s Failure to Secure Significant Disaster Relief Funds

  Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey said this week they will ask Assembly leaders to hold hearings on why New Jersey finished dead last out of 13 states that were awarded National Disaster Resilience Competition grants from the federal government. Out of the $1 billion in aid available through the competition, at least $181 million was set aside for projects in New Jersey and New York, but New Jersey received $15 million while New York City received $176 million and New York state received an additional $35.8 million. Eleven other states were awarded grant money, including landlocked states…

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