17 Arrested in Freehold Narcotics Operation

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division, U.S. Marshal Service, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office,  Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and the Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Matawan, Ocean Township and Toms River police departments, joined forces and investigated a narcotics operation based in Freehold Borough which was responsible for the distribution of various illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, ketamine (which is commonly referred to as “Special K”), marijuana, oxycontin and suboxone, throughout Monmouth County.  The investigation culminated on April 30, 2010, with the arrest of 17 individuals.

The investigation commenced in the fall of 2009 when an undercover officer purchased cocaine from an individual who was a member of the network. Additional investigative tools were then utilized to identify other members of the narcotics distribution network as well as their methods of operation.

The investigation initially focused upon the heroin distribution activities of Pedro DeJesus, a/k/a “Peto,” 36, of Freehold Borough, N.J.  The investigation revealed that DeJesus supplied various illicit drugs to others.

The investigation also revealed that one of DeJesus’ co-conspirators was John Simek, 63, of Tinton Falls, N.J.  Between January 20, 2010 and March 25, 2010, Simek sold quantities of cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer on five separate occasions.  The aggregate amount of the cocaine which Simek sold to the undercover office was in excess of five ounces.

The investigation further revealed that another of DeJesus’ co-conspirators was Monica Greiner, 35, of Matawan, N.J. During the investigation On one occasion during the investigation/between January 20, 2010, through March 25, 2010, Greiner sold 16 oxycodone pills to an undercover detective.

On April 16, 2010, a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck which was being operated by Hector Sostre was the subject of a lawful motor vehicle stop. Pedro DeJesus was a passenger in the pick-up truck at the time of the motor vehicle stop. A lawful search of the pick-up truck resulted in the seizure of the following items: a large plastic bag secreted in the dashboard behind the radio system which contained a quantity of suspected cocaine; a red digital scale; several empty small glassine baggies, some of which contained suspected cocaine residue; Suboxone and some loose green vegetation believed to be Marijuana.  Both DeJesus and Sostre were arrested and charged with 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and 2 counts of Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute.  Bail for both men was set at $50,000 by Howell Township Municipal Court Judge Allan Kaplan.  DeJesus was released on April 17, 2010, after he posted bail.

In addition to the above, the investigation resulted in the following individuals being charged on April 30, 2010:

Pedro DeJesus, 36, of Freehold, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  DeJesus is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $500,000 cash only bail.  A condition of DeJesus’ bail is a bail source hearing.

Monica L. Greiner, 35, of Matawan, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances; third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance; third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute; and third degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.  Greiner is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $150,000 cash only bail. A condition of Greiner’s bail is a bail source hearing.

John Simek, 63, of Tinton Falls, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances; five counts of third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance; five counts of second degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute; five counts of second degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance; first degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute; and first degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.  Simek is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $500,000 cash only bail.  A condition of Simek’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Hector L. Sostre, 48, of Freehold, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Sostre is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $150,000 cash only bail in addition to the previously set $50,000 bail. A condition of Sostre’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Justin M. Calderone, 28, of  Howell Township, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Calderone is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $100,000 cash only bail. A condition of Calderone’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Irma Pagan, 44, of Freehold, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Pagan is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $100,000 cash only bail. A condition of Pagan’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Erica Pagan, 23, of Freehold, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Pagan is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $100,000 cash only bail. A condition of Pagan’s bail is a bail source hearing. Erica Pagan is the daughter of Irma Pagan.

Steven C. Cordova, 29, of Freehold, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Cordova is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $150,000 cash only bail. A condition of Cordova’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Gerald W. Pellegrini, 41, of Freehold, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Pellegrini is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $150,000 cash only bail. A condition of Pellegrini’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Thomas Durante Sr., 53, of Roselle, New Jersey, is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Durante remains in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $150,000 cash only bail.

A condition of Durante’s bail is a bail source hearing. Thomas Durante, Sr., is the father of Andrew Durante.

Andrew J. Durante, 21, of Toms River, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Durante is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $100,000 cash only bail. A condition of Durante’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Antonio E. Santos, 38, of New York City, New York, is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Santos’ bail has been set at $500,000 cash only bail. A condition of Santos’ bail is a bail source hearing. Santos is being held in New York pending extradition hearings.

Joshua G. Slanovits, 27, of Jackson, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Slanovits is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $100,000 cash only bail. A condition of Slanovits’ bail is a bail source hearing.

Darrin Vasta, 43, of Jackson, N.J., is charged with second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances. Vasta is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $150,000 cash only bail. A condition of Vasta’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Michael J. Palmieri, III, of Manalapan, NJ, is charged with third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance; second degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute; third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute; fourth degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance; second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun; second degree Possession of a Firearm While in the Course of Committing a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense. Palmieri is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $200,000 bail set by Municipal Court Judge James Newman.

Scott Getta, 29, of Jackson, N.J., is charged with third degree Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Getta is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $50,000 cash only bail. A condition of Getta’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Anthony J. Malacow, 31, of Seaside Heights, N.J., is charged with third degree Conspiracy to Possess Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Getta is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of $50,000 cash only bail. A condition of Malacow’s bail is a bail source hearing.

Bail for each of the individuals, except for Palmieri, who were arrested and charged as a result of this investigation was set by Monmouth County Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis A. Valentin stated, “These arrests demonstrate our collective resolve to investigate and prosecute these significant drug offenses. We will continue our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies to protect our communities.”

Acting Special Agent in Charge John G. McCabe of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division stated, “The tentacle of drug trafficking groups reach up and down.  D.E.A. works with our law enforcement partners at all levels and we will continue to dismantle drug trafficking organizations.”

As a result of lawful searches conducted in furtherance of the investigation on April 30, 2010, officers seized approximately $28,000 cash believed to be illicit drug proceeds.

If convicted, a third degree crime carries with it a maximum potential custodial sentence of up to a 5 year State Prison term; a second degree crime carries with it a maximum potential custodial sentence of up to a 10 year State Prison term; and a first degree crime carries with it a maximum potential custodial sentence of up to a 20 year State Prison term.

Despite these charges every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law.

This case is assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Matthews.

County Recreation Commissioners Release Deer Management Report

Monmouth County, NJ  — On April 29, 2010, the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners released the Monmouth County Park System’s “Deer Management Program Annual Report.”  The report, prepared by Park System staff, contains information about the program as administered by the Park System during the 2009/2010 deer hunting season and staff recommendations for the 2010/2011 season.  A complete copy of the Report can be found on the Park System website at www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

The Board will act on the report as part of its regular meeting on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7pm.  This meeting will be held at the Thompson Park Visitor Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

The Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners first authorized the opening of county parklands for the hunting of white-tailed deer in April 2004.  The Board recognizes hunting as an efficient and effective means of controlling the population of deer that threaten forest health within the County parks.  The Board and staff will continue to pursue the implementation of other, non-lethal management methods of the white-tailed deer when suitable options become available.

Questions and comments about the program should be directed to the Park System by telephone at 732-842-4000, ext. 4237; by e-mail at [email protected]; or by mail at Monmouth County Park System, ATTN: Public Information Office, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738.

Hypocrisy and Government

Dear Editor,

 

IF hypocrisy was a qualification for leadership the mayor of Middletown would be king of the hill. Hypocrisy exposes the lack of leadership  qualities possessed by this man .

The  fiasco surrounding the recent proposal for turf fields during the current economic recession is a classic example of the ambiguity that this mayor operates by. Some two hundred plus angry residents packed town hall on successive town meetings and backed down this mayor and the republican majority . The turf field projects were cancelled. They never should have been proposed in the first place during this economic climate.

It is a fact that this majority on the Middletown Township Committee has shown nothing but disdain and disregard for the residents  they are supposed to represent .As for leadership qualities ,they are not evident or clearly do not exist as government suffers daily from the  incompetence and irresponsibility shown by this group.

It’s nearly May and no budget in place and no willingness to work with the one committeeman that has a clue about how to manage this town’s finances.   The reason they won’t work with him… .because he is a Democrat! 

He’s qualified to help and he was elected to represent  the people of this township . If there is a leader on this township committee it is Sean Byrnes. It is long past time to recognize this fact and allow this man to serve the constituency of Middletown residents that elected him. It is irresponsible to do otherwise !

Barbara R. Thorpe
Middletown, NJ

FEMA Launches New Mobile Web Site For Smartphones

M.FEMA.GOV Gives Smartphone Users Easy Access to Disaster Preparedness Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate announced the launch of FEMA’s new mobile Web site, m.fema.gov. The mobile Web site makes it easier to access critical information regarding emergency preparedness and what to do before and after a disaster right on a smartphone.

“Smartphones are becoming more prevalent, affordable, reliable and more viable to locate and obtain information and assistance,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “This service will provide yet another avenue for the sharing of important information that is so critical to ensuring the public is prepared for emergencies. As we’ve seen in recent cases, often times after a disaster, mobile devices become a crucial lifeline to provide information to survivors.”

The new site is laid out in a user friendly, question and answer format, providing users with the answers to their top questions, such as:

What should I do in a disaster?

Where can I find assistance?

How can I help others?

FEMA will be making several enhancements to m.fema.gov in the coming months, including the ability to apply for individual assistance when a disaster has been declared by the President, check on the status of an application and update an existing application.

Today’s announcement of the launch of m.fema.gov comes just over a month until the start of this year’s hurricane season on June 1.  The mobile site is just one way that FEMA is reaching out to ensure that the public has the tools they need to be prepared for any emergency.  Families are also encouraged to log onto www.ready.gov and learn more about the simple steps they can take to ready for this season.

To view the video about the mobile Web site, visit:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Kib7Am568

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Diocese to Honor Firefighters, First Responders at Annual Mass

HOLMDEL, NJ – They rush into burning buildings to save people trapped inside; pull victims from cars mangled in auto wrecks, and often make the difference between life and death when someone is stricken with a health emergency.

And on May 8 in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, the men and women who serve their communities as firefighters and emergency services personnel will be honored by Bishop John M. Smith and members of the diocesan family. Bishop Smith has issued an invitation to firefighters and first responders of all faiths who live in or serve in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth or Ocean Counties to attend the Third Annual Firefighters and Emergency Services Mass, set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

In addressing last year’s Fire Mass gathering, Bishop Smith stated, “Day in and day out, you lay your lives on the line to protect us from harm, to rescue us and to provide emergency assistance.  We give thanks to God for the gift of your sacrifice.  And we ask God to bless you and your families.”

This year’s event represents a departure in location and season from the previous two Masses.  In order to make attending as convenient as possible for the men and women to be honored – most of whom serve as volunteers in addition to holding full-time jobs – the diocese plans to celebrate this Mass in each of the four counties on a rotating basis.

The timing of the Mass, previously scheduled in the fall, was changed to early May to move away from the many September 11 memorial ceremonies that take place in the fall.

Msgr. James Innocenzi, who heads the Fire Mass planning committee explained, “We think it is very important to bring people together in prayer and fellowship as a tribute to these selfless men and women. We hope to bring a nice show of support by moving the Mass around the diocese each year.”

A light reception will follow the Mass.  There is no cost to attend.  Anyone interested in taking part is asked to call Jennifer Britton, Office of Communications and Public Relations, (609) 406-7400, ext. 5599, [email protected].

Demographic Frankness

woody_zimmerman_118President Obama has issued a call to his winning coalition of (in his words) “…young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.” Some observers said he spoke with “unusual demographic frankness” – meaning that it’s usually considered indelicate to admit, out loud, that your appeal is to just a slice of American voters. Until now, The Great Uniter had preserved the fiction of having swept to victory on a broad base from all parts of the nation. He was the first “post racial” president. But now – wittingly or un – the truth has slipped out. (Mr. Obama even took care to pronounce “Latinos” with a distinct Spanish inflection to emphasize his special connection with those voters.)

Jews, an ethnic group who typically vote strongly Democrat, have been thrown completely under the bus in the reformed Obama demographic declaration. He didn’t mention them. This can’t be an oversight. It’s more an implicit recognition that Jews, who went for Mr. Obama (on faith) in large numbers in 2008, won’t be fooled twice. Mr. Obama has shown his true colors, and they are clearly not pro-Israel. Indeed, he has positioned himself, beyond question, as our first pro-Muslim president. Of course, this might still not keep Jews from voting Democrat in the 2010 Congressional and Senatorial races. (Go figure.)

Mr. Obama’s racial appeal is shockingly explicit. Of course, white men were already under the bus in 2008, although the more gullible ones voted for the warm fuzziness of Mr. Obama’s “hope and change.” In truth, Democrats have flagrantly thrown the “race card” around for weeks – even months. They have made a mighty effort to smear the Tea Party movement as a band of racist rednecks who, if they don’t actually wear white sheets and hoods, certainly have them stowed in the trunks of their beat-up 1947 Fords. Big Media – ever the slavering lapdogs of the Obama administration – have uncritically picked up the racist tea-partiers story and run with it. Whether this has truly convinced any voters is unclear, but the signs and portents – e.g., off-year elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts – are not auspicious (for Democrats). The Big O’s brand of post-racialism is not selling this year.

Those 2009 and 2010 elections have obviously ramped up the tea-partier racism narrative to a new level. The tale of black congressmen being cursed, spit upon and called racial epithets by Tea Party denizens – as the former marched to the Capitol on March 21st for the health care reform vote – has been passed along as gospel by the networks, although no footage has been shown to support the charge. (My personal suspicion is that such footage has been found, but the spitters and cursers were easily identified as left-wing plants trying to discredit the Tea Party movement.)

Whatever the facts of that situation might have been, the “racism” charge has gained currency because Democrats have been allowed to define all opposition to Mr. Obama and his program as fundamentally racist. Big Media have taken this definition at face-value and shouted it from the housetops. This makes good political theater, but only Democrat congressmen and the pretty boys (and girls) of the media are buying it.

A companion-piece to the racism story is the more dastardly insinuation, lately spread by Bill Clinton and other Democrats, that Tea Party people are promoting violence in ways reminiscent of 1995. Mr. Clinton used the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing (April 19) as a springboard to argue (again) that domestic terrorists McVeigh and Nichols blew up the federal building in response to conservative rhetoric – especially on talk radio – in the reactionary, anti-government political climate of 1994.

Still obviously stinging from the drubbing his party took in the 1994 elections, Mr. Clinton repeated the oft-flung (but never substantiated) charge that the chorus of disapproval of his administration “caused” the Oklahoma City violence. He compared that climate to the present, thus intimating that the tea-partiers have a causative linkage with violence that is fused and ready to explode. None has, however, except by liberal protestors, like those demonstrating against Arizona’s recently passed law on illegal immigrants.

These stories of tea-party violence and racism are insider tales that Democrats and Big Media shills like to frighten each other with – something like those scary stories we used to tell around summer campfires, in our wasted youth. Remember the one about the maniac whose hand-hook was found stuck in the door handle of the car that drove away, just in time? (I also heard a version where the maniac had the hook on his foot…) The modern scare-stories also furnish useful fodder for conservative pundits (including Yours Truly). They are par for the course in the slam-bang, live-on-the-razor’s-edge, laugh-in-the-face-of-death world of political hand-to-hand combat.

What I consider much more depressing about Mr. Obama’s appeal to his “demographic base” – as it is delicately being called in the media – is his assumption that “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women” are so dependably un-critical in their thinking that Democrats will still be able to count on their votes after 15 solid months of economic and political calumny that will scar the futures for persons of every ethnicity, gender and race in the country, for generations to come.

Mr. Obama ran on an explicit promise to women, blacks, young people and Latinos that they will be special, protected classes in his Fundamentally Changed America. This is a lie. They will not be “special.” Like other Americans, they will desire good, affordable medical care, a comfortable standard of living, and decent retirement. But a madly revamped system of medical care and insurance, out-of-control entitlements, galloping federal debt, and crushing taxes will not furnish these desirable outcomes for Mr. Obama’s “constituency” or for anyone else.

Mr. Obama has promised “gold,” but he has delivered “straw.” He is neither Rumpelstiltschen nor Midas, nor even a medieval alchemist. Indeed, he is the anti-Midas – turning everything he touches into ashes. After he moves on – accompanied by worshipful paeans from his sycophants on the left and in the media – Americans will have to sweep up the rubble and rebuild what once was the greatest economic engine the world had ever seen.

Many of Mr. Obama’s deceived voters can now see this. In my suburban Virginia home, I hear them on Washington talk radio every day. Many who sheepishly admit that they voted for Mr. Obama say they never imagined he would turn out “this bad.” The callers I hear – with very few exceptions – thought he would govern as an economic “centrist,” not a budget-busting radical racking up trillions in debt in just his first term. Most of his supporters simply hoped he would not be like George Bush – although what that meant seems to depend very much on the individual.

My sense is that the “W” issue boiled down, for the most part, to personality, war-weariness and emotion. Some of my friends talk about what a “cowboy” Mr. Bush was – how he “swaggered,” and his fractured syntax. By contrast, Mr. Obama was Central Casting’s idea of the very model of a modern president – cool, personable, ethnic, articulate, inspiring. He looked great in a $2000 suit. Surely a dude who could hang out and shoot hoops with the brothers would have to work out better than “W.” Wouldn’t he? On I-35, near Wyoming, Minnesota, a billboard shows a smiling “W,” waving and asking, “Miss me yet?” – reminding passers-by every day what rubes they were to be deceived by Mr. Obama’s artfully concealed leftist agenda. We live and learn – but hopefully not the same lessons, over and over.

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Will Mr. Obama’s 2008 supporters stay with him, despite his disastrous “program” which has brought gigantic deficits, billions in bailouts for big banks, and unemployment stubbornly hovering near 10%? Maybe. Millions of black Americans voted in a kind of “Amen-hallelujah chorus” to put a dark-skinned man in the White House. Analysts far smarter than me say those voters will stay with their guy no matter what he does. On the other hand, unemployment for blacks, age 16-24, stands at 50%. How far will racial solidarity go? Young people can’t live on Hope alone.

Hispanics are upset with Mr. Obama for not doing something to normalize the 12 million illegals in the country. Will they be kept loyal by more promises from The Great Promiser? Gays – no longer mentioned as part of Mr. Obama’s coalition – are provoked with him for not ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for failing to promote other parts of the Gay Agenda. Jews – as noted earlier – have had the scales fall from their eyes over Mr. Obama’s attitude toward Israel. White men are gone – even many of those who voted for him. White women? Ditto – they have investments, families and bills, too.

The difference between now and 1994, Mr. Obama sagely assured Democrats earlier this year, is that “you’ve got me.” This was by way of waving off concerns that the 2010 elections could produce a bloodbath reminiscent of the 1994 rout, when Republicans regained both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years. Mr. Obama’s racially tinged call to his base – warning them to vote for congressional Democrats, lest their priests be driven from the temple by tea party racists – shows that even The One might now doubt his personal ability to turn things around, politically.

George Wallace used to talk about hollering “n—-r” when he was in a political tight spot. I think we just heard something like that – although racially reversed – from Mr. Obama. It might get worse. Stay tuned.


Notre Dame Head Football Coach Coming to Jersey Shore

LONG BRANCH, NJ – On Sunday, May 23rd, the Notre Dame Club of the Jersey Shore, after winning the “Outstanding Club” award from the ND Alumni Association, will host special guest and keynote speaker, Brian Kelly, the new Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. The event will be held from 5-9pm at the Ocean Place Spa & Resort, Long Branch. Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship fund which helps Notre Dame students from Monmouth and Ocean counties. The event will feature a cocktail hour and dinner. Tickets cost $150 ($100 for club members) and limited VIP tickets cost $250. To register or get more information, please see the club’s website www.ndjerseyshore.org. Further contact John C. Crilly (732) 915-1935

Sheriff Youth Week Application Being Accepted

High School-aged students get opportunity to attend police academy and experience law enforcement training.

Monmouth County, NJ – Sheriff Shaun Golden is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted from Monmouth County high school aged students for participation in the 18th Annual Sheriff Youth Week program.  The deadline for applications is June 15th.   This challenging weeklong program, held at the Monmouth County Police Academy July 12th through July 16th, affords participants the opportunity to explore interests in law enforcement through police academy-style training and instructional sessions by municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  There is no fee for participation.

“Recruits” report daily by 7:45 AM with the day ending at 4:00 PM. Each day is filled with academic instruction as well as drill, physical training and ceremonies.  A field trip to the Monmouth County Fire Academy, including hands on fire training, is included in the weeklong training.  Sheriff Youth Week concludes with a formal graduation ceremony on Friday with parents and friends encouraged to attend.

“I’m very proud that many of our Sheriff Youth Week graduates discovered law enforcement as a career choice at Sheriff Youth Week and have gone on to professions in law enforcement and public safety,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden.

For information about Sheriff Youth Week, contact Undersheriff Ted Freeman at 732-577-5748 or log onto www.sheriffgolden.com to download an application.

Middletown Mayor Lends a Hand to Meals on Wheels

MIDDLETOWN – Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger recently lent a helping hand at the local Meals on Wheels program at the township’s Senior Center.  His visit is part of an annual awareness campaign organized by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to generate awareness about the growing number of seniors facing the threat of hunger in America and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

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For more than a decade, volunteers have served up hot meals and company for seniors at the Nutrition Center. In addition volunteers deliver hot meals to scores of senior households. Middletown’s Meals on Wheels is operated by Interfaith Neighbors.

Nearly 4,000 seniors throughout Monmouth County receive meals through the Meals on Wheels nutrition program, funded through the Monmouth County Office on Aging. Volunteers are always needed. Volunteers help out at Nutrition Center or deliver meals. Packaged meals are collected from the Nutrition Center and generally delivered between 11 a.m. and 1p.m. Call 732-291-0999.

Transportation to the Senior Center is available with advance registration. Middletown residents 60 and older are welcome to participate in special events and weekly activities planned in the Senior Center’s East Wing after lunch. Registration is free, but required to participate. The Senior Center, located at 900 Leonardville Road, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Call 732-615-2265.

RFHRHS Student Art Displayed at The Guild of Creative Art

RUMSON, NJ – They called their show “Barely Legal” and used it as a showcase for some of their most creative artworks. Junior and Senior art students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were given gallery space at the Guild of Creative Art for a week-long art show, which ran from April 7-14. The opening reception was held on Friday evening, April 9th.  As at any art gallery, the opening was crowded with onlookers. The students, their teachers, their parents and families, and school staff members mingled with other art enthusiasts to assess the artworks on display. A variety of styles and medium types was shown, and the comments were all justifiably complimentary. Many of these students are going on to fine arts programs after graduation, and their talent is enormous.

Students who participated were: Emily Gelhaus, Bethany Glandt, Ken Robertson, Stephen Biga, Kristen Bauer, Emily Zabaleta, Maria Ottaviano, Gigi Russo, Claire Perry, Jackie Yorke, Forrest Kohere, Paige Maloof, Ryan Maloney, Nina Lucey, Tabitha Nicolas, Tara Smith, Jack Sutphin, Donny Brady, Sara Wasserman, Abigail Rumph, Alexis Jankowski, Claire Barrett, Jodie Andrew, and Graham Bunt. RFHRHS Art Department instructors who were responsible for the show were: Kate Okeson, Kristen Lanfrank and Zach Wilson. Their pride in these exceptional students was evident.