Middletown Police Report – May 31, 2011

MIDDLETOWN, NJ –  On May 26, 2011 at approximately 3:30 pm Corporal Bernie Chenoweth responded to a residence on Bray Avenue in reference to an unknown subject standing in a wooden doll house in the backyard. Upon arrival Officer Chenoweth located the subject, identified as Timothy McDougall, age 37, from Route 36 in West Keansburg, NJ, standing inside the doll house.

Corporal Chenoweth continued his investigation and determined that McDougall had showered and slept in a camper on the property and when it became too hot inside the camper he moved to the doll house where he went back to sleep.

McDougall was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Burglary and Criminal Trespass. He was processed and held on $12,500.00 bail.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 6:40 pm Sergeant Paul Bailey and Patrolman Donald Coates were assigned to a Cops in Shops detail at the Port Monmouth Foodtown when they observed a male subject, identified as Lukas Touder, age 22, from Illinois Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, attempt to purchase alcohol for three 15 year old females.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in all four subjects being arrested. Touder was charged with Attempting to purchase alcohol for someone under the legal age to possess it. He was processed and released on a summons pending a court date. The three females were charged with Attempting to have an adult purchase alcohol for them. They were processed and released to their parents or guardians pending a court date.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 6:40 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman Richard Fulham were on patrol in the area of Ocean Avenue when they observed a subject, identified as Harold Johnson, age 29, from Harbor Way in Middletown, operating a vehicle. The officers were aware that there was an active Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court for Johnson’s arrest.

The officers stopped the vehicle and placed Johnson under arrest. The officers searched him incident to the arrest and located a pipe used to smoke Marijuana and a small quantity of Marijuana in his pockets.

Johnson was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Contempt of Court, Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and held on bail.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 7:20 pm Sgt. William Colangelo and Corporal Douglas Wiatrak were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Bottle King store when they observed, Sarah Glickman, age 21, from Borden Road in Middletown, purchase alcohol for Shannon Playter, age 20, from Palmer Avenue in Middletown.

Both subjects were placed under arrest and were transported to police headquarters. Glickman was charged with Purchasing alcohol for someone under the age of 21 and Playter was charged with Having an adult purchase alcohol for her. Both subjects were processed and released pending a court date.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 9:55 pm Corporal James Keenan responded to the area of Ocean Avenue in reference to a dispute taking place in the street. Upon arrival Officer Keenan determined that the dispute was between two neighbors over a parking problem.

Corporal Keenan conducted an investigation which resulted in Peter Palumbo, age 50, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown being arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. Palumbo had punched the neighbor’s mailbox causing damage to it. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 10:50 Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman Richard Fulham were on patrol in the area of Highway 36 when they observed a vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed and recklessly changing lanes. The officers stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Robert Oakley, age 18, from Caldwell Avenue in Belford.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Oakley being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The officers continued their investigation and determined that a 16 year old female passenger was in Possession of alcohol underage. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing.

Oakley was charged with the additional offense of Reckless Driving and was released pending a court date. The 16 year old female was processed and released to her mother pending a court date.

On May 28, 2011 at approximately 6:50 pm Sgt. William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Bottle King Store when they observed Stephen Cronin, age 22, from Buchanan Boulevard in Middletown, purchase alcohol for John Cronin, age 18, also from Buchanan Boulevard in Middletown.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Stephen Cronin being arrested for Purchasing Alcohol for a person under the legal age and John Cronin being charged with Having an adult purchase alcohol for him. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On May 28, 2011 at approximately 10:15 pm Sgt. Sean Sweeney and Corporal Douglas Wiatrak were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at Junction Bar and Liquors when they observed Morgan Brittain, age 19, from Washington Avenue in Leonardo and Christele Beam, age 18, from Kenneth Terrace East in Middletown, attempt to purchase alcohol underage.

Both subjects were issued summonses and released pending a court date.

On May 29, 2011 at approximately 2:10 am Patrolman Albert Scott was assigned to a DWI check point in the area of Highway 35 and Navesink River Road when a vehicle driven by Shawn Kelly, age 37, from Center Avenue in Leonardo drove into the check point. Officer Scott approached the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kelly’s breath.

Officer Scott continued his investigation which resulted in Kelly being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Open Alcohol in a motor vehicle. Kelly was searched incident to the arrest at which point Patrolman Scott located a baggie containing Marijuana in Kelly’s pants pocket.

Kelly was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offense of Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 29, 2011 at approximately 2:40 am Corporal James Keenan was on patrol in the area of Ocean Avenue and Port Monmouth Road when he observed a vehicle commit a stop sign violation. Officer Keenan stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Shawn Schmidt, age 38, from Magnolia Avenue in Hazlet, NJ. The officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Schmidt’s breath.

Officer Keenan conducted an investigation which resulted in Schmidt being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offenses of Failing to stop at a stop sign, and Failing to produce a valid insurance card. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 29, 2011 6:00 pm Sgt. William Colangelo responded to the area of Highway 36 and 9th Street in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival Sgt. Colangelo spoke with the driver, identified as James Goodbody, age 32, from Union Place in Middletown and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Sgt. Colangelo conducted an investigation which resulted in Goodbody being arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to submit to breath tests and Reckless Driving. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 30, 2011 at approximately 1:00 pm Sgt. William Colangelo was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 near Thousand Oaks drive when he observed a vehicle being operated by a driver who was not wearing his seatbelt. Sgt. Colangelo stopped the vehicle and approached the driver. While doing so he observed the rear seat passenger, identified as Brihanna Cuttone, age 18, from Troy Drive in Springfield, NJ, attempt to hide a small baggie.

Sgt. Colangelo conducted an investigation which resulted in Cuttone being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department arrested the following subjects on warrants:

Samuel Torres, age 22, from Raymond Court in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on May 29, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Anadale Municipal Court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Royal Clark, age 46, from 5th Street in Highlands, NJ, arrested on May 26, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant.

Nelson Baptista, age 19, from Garrison Street in Newark, NJ, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Pintilie on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was released after posting $2,500 bail.

Barbara Werner, age 62, from Main Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Pintilie on numerous Contempt of Court warrants issued by a variety of municipal courts. She was released after posting $2,900 bail.

Mayra Gomez-Vallejo, age 43, from Pacific Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Lori Gallagher, age 51, from Tatum Drive in Middletown, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Summit City Municipal court. She was released after posting bail.

Russell Dunn, age 23, from Highland Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on May 30, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on a Failure to Appear warrant issued by the Atlantic County Superior Court. He was held with a no bail stipulation at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.

Megan Gingerelli, age 22, from Kimberly Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on May 31, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Middletown Police Report – May 31, 2011

MIDDLETOWN, NJ –  On May 26, 2011 at approximately 3:30 pm Corporal Bernie Chenoweth responded to a residence on Bray Avenue in reference to an unknown subject standing in a wooden doll house in the backyard. Upon arrival Officer Chenoweth located the subject, identified as Timothy McDougall, age 37, from Route 36 in West Keansburg, NJ, standing inside the doll house.

Corporal Chenoweth continued his investigation and determined that McDougall had showered and slept in a camper on the property and when it became too hot inside the camper he moved to the doll house where he went back to sleep.

McDougall was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Burglary and Criminal Trespass. He was processed and held on $12,500.00 bail.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 6:40 pm Sergeant Paul Bailey and Patrolman Donald Coates were assigned to a Cops in Shops detail at the Port Monmouth Foodtown when they observed a male subject, identified as Lukas Touder, age 22, from Illinois Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, attempt to purchase alcohol for three 15 year old females.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in all four subjects being arrested. Touder was charged with Attempting to purchase alcohol for someone under the legal age to possess it. He was processed and released on a summons pending a court date. The three females were charged with Attempting to have an adult purchase alcohol for them. They were processed and released to their parents or guardians pending a court date.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 6:40 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman Richard Fulham were on patrol in the area of Ocean Avenue when they observed a subject, identified as Harold Johnson, age 29, from Harbor Way in Middletown, operating a vehicle. The officers were aware that there was an active Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court for Johnson’s arrest.

The officers stopped the vehicle and placed Johnson under arrest. The officers searched him incident to the arrest and located a pipe used to smoke Marijuana and a small quantity of Marijuana in his pockets.

Johnson was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Contempt of Court, Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and held on bail.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 7:20 pm Sgt. William Colangelo and Corporal Douglas Wiatrak were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Bottle King store when they observed, Sarah Glickman, age 21, from Borden Road in Middletown, purchase alcohol for Shannon Playter, age 20, from Palmer Avenue in Middletown.

Both subjects were placed under arrest and were transported to police headquarters. Glickman was charged with Purchasing alcohol for someone under the age of 21 and Playter was charged with Having an adult purchase alcohol for her. Both subjects were processed and released pending a court date.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 9:55 pm Corporal James Keenan responded to the area of Ocean Avenue in reference to a dispute taking place in the street. Upon arrival Officer Keenan determined that the dispute was between two neighbors over a parking problem.

Corporal Keenan conducted an investigation which resulted in Peter Palumbo, age 50, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown being arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. Palumbo had punched the neighbor’s mailbox causing damage to it. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 10:50 Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman Richard Fulham were on patrol in the area of Highway 36 when they observed a vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed and recklessly changing lanes. The officers stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Robert Oakley, age 18, from Caldwell Avenue in Belford.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Oakley being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The officers continued their investigation and determined that a 16 year old female passenger was in Possession of alcohol underage. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing.

Oakley was charged with the additional offense of Reckless Driving and was released pending a court date. The 16 year old female was processed and released to her mother pending a court date.

On May 28, 2011 at approximately 6:50 pm Sgt. William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Bottle King Store when they observed Stephen Cronin, age 22, from Buchanan Boulevard in Middletown, purchase alcohol for John Cronin, age 18, also from Buchanan Boulevard in Middletown.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Stephen Cronin being arrested for Purchasing Alcohol for a person under the legal age and John Cronin being charged with Having an adult purchase alcohol for him. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On May 28, 2011 at approximately 10:15 pm Sgt. Sean Sweeney and Corporal Douglas Wiatrak were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at Junction Bar and Liquors when they observed Morgan Brittain, age 19, from Washington Avenue in Leonardo and Christele Beam, age 18, from Kenneth Terrace East in Middletown, attempt to purchase alcohol underage.

Both subjects were issued summonses and released pending a court date.

On May 29, 2011 at approximately 2:10 am Patrolman Albert Scott was assigned to a DWI check point in the area of Highway 35 and Navesink River Road when a vehicle driven by Shawn Kelly, age 37, from Center Avenue in Leonardo drove into the check point. Officer Scott approached the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kelly’s breath.

Officer Scott continued his investigation which resulted in Kelly being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Open Alcohol in a motor vehicle. Kelly was searched incident to the arrest at which point Patrolman Scott located a baggie containing Marijuana in Kelly’s pants pocket.

Kelly was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offense of Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 29, 2011 at approximately 2:40 am Corporal James Keenan was on patrol in the area of Ocean Avenue and Port Monmouth Road when he observed a vehicle commit a stop sign violation. Officer Keenan stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Shawn Schmidt, age 38, from Magnolia Avenue in Hazlet, NJ. The officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Schmidt’s breath.

Officer Keenan conducted an investigation which resulted in Schmidt being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offenses of Failing to stop at a stop sign, and Failing to produce a valid insurance card. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 29, 2011 6:00 pm Sgt. William Colangelo responded to the area of Highway 36 and 9th Street in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival Sgt. Colangelo spoke with the driver, identified as James Goodbody, age 32, from Union Place in Middletown and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Sgt. Colangelo conducted an investigation which resulted in Goodbody being arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to submit to breath tests and Reckless Driving. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 30, 2011 at approximately 1:00 pm Sgt. William Colangelo was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 near Thousand Oaks drive when he observed a vehicle being operated by a driver who was not wearing his seatbelt. Sgt. Colangelo stopped the vehicle and approached the driver. While doing so he observed the rear seat passenger, identified as Brihanna Cuttone, age 18, from Troy Drive in Springfield, NJ, attempt to hide a small baggie.

Sgt. Colangelo conducted an investigation which resulted in Cuttone being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department arrested the following subjects on warrants:

Samuel Torres, age 22, from Raymond Court in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on May 29, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Anadale Municipal Court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Royal Clark, age 46, from 5th Street in Highlands, NJ, arrested on May 26, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant.

Nelson Baptista, age 19, from Garrison Street in Newark, NJ, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Pintilie on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was released after posting $2,500 bail.

Barbara Werner, age 62, from Main Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Pintilie on numerous Contempt of Court warrants issued by a variety of municipal courts. She was released after posting $2,900 bail.

Mayra Gomez-Vallejo, age 43, from Pacific Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Lori Gallagher, age 51, from Tatum Drive in Middletown, arrested on May 27, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Summit City Municipal court. She was released after posting bail.

Russell Dunn, age 23, from Highland Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on May 30, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on a Failure to Appear warrant issued by the Atlantic County Superior Court. He was held with a no bail stipulation at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.

Megan Gingerelli, age 22, from Kimberly Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on May 31, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

The Flight of Least Terns in Lower New York Bay

joe_reynoldsIt was a humid, misty, and muggy morning near the tip of Sandy Hook. The Memorial Day weekend has begun. I set off down the beach to discover what birds might be calling the far-off northern end of Sandy Hook home this time of year.

First, though, I had to step through a gauntlet of mosquitoes and biting flies. They turned out to be the welcome delegation on this day. One bug after another keep buzzing around my head or biting my skin. Half-way down the sandy path my bare legs, arms, and neck were being nailed every few seconds by every blood-sucking bug on the beach. This wasn’t exactly the exciting activity I was looking for. Slapping and scratching, I staggered on with camera and binoculars in hand, though I wish I had a few extra hands to keep the flies away.

Finally at the tip of Sandy Hook, a westerly breeze helped to shoo the blood-suckers away, at least for a bit. I welcomed the temporary relief. I can respect that a blood-sucking bug has to do what it has to do to survive, but I just wish I wasn’t the main course.

It wasn’t long, though, that I heard the sharp, shrill voice of a tern. The beach in fact was alive with dozens of Least Terns. This was an extraordinary sight, especially considering these little birds really shouldn’t be located here in one of the most urban coastlines in the world.

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Least Terns are an endangered species in New Jersey and a threatened species in New York State. One of the main reasons that Least Terns are endangered or threatened is due to their choice of nesting areas. This smallest of American terns, weighing only about an ounce and measuring just about 9 inches in length, like lots of open space and solitary stretches of sandy beach as a nesting area. Of course, this is no easy request when you have loads of people who are also looking for their own deserted stretch of sandy beach to rest and relax. Conflicts can arise, and it is usually people that win.

Can the over-whelming numbers of summer visitors to beaches and the tiny, finicky Least Terns co-exist? This is the experiment that has been going on for years downstream from Lower Manhattan at Sandy Hook.

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Fortunately, the tip of Sandy Hook is inaccessible enough to keep the hordes of beachgoers away. Except for some fishermen, beachcombers, and birders, Least Terns feel comfortable enough to still hunt, feed, and nest here as they have I am sure for at least hundreds of years. It helps too that the National Park Service has installed a rope fence around the beach nesting sites to keep people away.

Least Terns are very small birds, but conspicuous enough in flight that they are a joy to watch. The way the terns use the wind and their sprightly bodies to skim atop the surface of the water. They hover at heights over 50 feet, then quickly plunge head first into the water to catch a fish in their beak. Then they glide around the air and over the beach and back out far beyond the shore. Terns are the masters of the air as no plane can ever be.

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This time of year Least Terns are at their breeding grounds. The Least Tern breeds in colonies of up to 200 birds. Nests are scraped in sand, shell or gravel, and may be sparingly lined with small shells or other debris. Eggs are commonly laid in clutches of 2 from late May through June, and are incubated by both sexes for 21 days. The young fledge in 19-20 days.

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The Least Terns were courting over the Memorial Day weekend. The male was catching and carrying a fish in its bill to present to a female to demonstrate that he can be a good provider. A mating ritual that must be as old as the tides.

This is the real deal, right. As long as Least Terns still have that rush to reproduce and raise a family, there is always hope. Sure, there is still hard years ahead, but watching the flight of terns over Lower New York Bay always brings optimism, as long as a majority of people can share the beach with tiny, nesting shorebirds.

For more information, pictures and year-round sightings of wildlife in or near Sandy Hook Bay, please check out my blog entitled, Nature on the Edge of New York City at http://natureontheedgenyc.blogspot.com/

The Flight of Least Terns in Lower New York Bay

joe_reynoldsIt was a humid, misty, and muggy morning near the tip of Sandy Hook. The Memorial Day weekend has begun. I set off down the beach to discover what birds might be calling the far-off northern end of Sandy Hook home this time of year.

First, though, I had to step through a gauntlet of mosquitoes and biting flies. They turned out to be the welcome delegation on this day. One bug after another keep buzzing around my head or biting my skin. Half-way down the sandy path my bare legs, arms, and neck were being nailed every few seconds by every blood-sucking bug on the beach. This wasn’t exactly the exciting activity I was looking for. Slapping and scratching, I staggered on with camera and binoculars in hand, though I wish I had a few extra hands to keep the flies away.

Finally at the tip of Sandy Hook, a westerly breeze helped to shoo the blood-suckers away, at least for a bit. I welcomed the temporary relief. I can respect that a blood-sucking bug has to do what it has to do to survive, but I just wish I wasn’t the main course.

It wasn’t long, though, that I heard the sharp, shrill voice of a tern. The beach in fact was alive with dozens of Least Terns. This was an extraordinary sight, especially considering these little birds really shouldn’t be located here in one of the most urban coastlines in the world.

least_tern_1

Least Terns are an endangered species in New Jersey and a threatened species in New York State. One of the main reasons that Least Terns are endangered or threatened is due to their choice of nesting areas. This smallest of American terns, weighing only about an ounce and measuring just about 9 inches in length, like lots of open space and solitary stretches of sandy beach as a nesting area. Of course, this is no easy request when you have loads of people who are also looking for their own deserted stretch of sandy beach to rest and relax. Conflicts can arise, and it is usually people that win.

Can the over-whelming numbers of summer visitors to beaches and the tiny, finicky Least Terns co-exist? This is the experiment that has been going on for years downstream from Lower Manhattan at Sandy Hook.

least_tern_2

Fortunately, the tip of Sandy Hook is inaccessible enough to keep the hordes of beachgoers away. Except for some fishermen, beachcombers, and birders, Least Terns feel comfortable enough to still hunt, feed, and nest here as they have I am sure for at least hundreds of years. It helps too that the National Park Service has installed a rope fence around the beach nesting sites to keep people away.

Least Terns are very small birds, but conspicuous enough in flight that they are a joy to watch. The way the terns use the wind and their sprightly bodies to skim atop the surface of the water. They hover at heights over 50 feet, then quickly plunge head first into the water to catch a fish in their beak. Then they glide around the air and over the beach and back out far beyond the shore. Terns are the masters of the air as no plane can ever be.

least_tern_3

This time of year Least Terns are at their breeding grounds. The Least Tern breeds in colonies of up to 200 birds. Nests are scraped in sand, shell or gravel, and may be sparingly lined with small shells or other debris. Eggs are commonly laid in clutches of 2 from late May through June, and are incubated by both sexes for 21 days. The young fledge in 19-20 days.

least_tern_4

The Least Terns were courting over the Memorial Day weekend. The male was catching and carrying a fish in its bill to present to a female to demonstrate that he can be a good provider. A mating ritual that must be as old as the tides.

This is the real deal, right. As long as Least Terns still have that rush to reproduce and raise a family, there is always hope. Sure, there is still hard years ahead, but watching the flight of terns over Lower New York Bay always brings optimism, as long as a majority of people can share the beach with tiny, nesting shorebirds.

For more information, pictures and year-round sightings of wildlife in or near Sandy Hook Bay, please check out my blog entitled, Nature on the Edge of New York City at http://natureontheedgenyc.blogspot.com/

Little Silver Bank Robbed

LITTLE SILVER, NJ – Police in Little Silver are looking for a 5-foot-2, 120-pound Asian man wearing a blue hat and a blue shirt.  The subject attempted to rob the Wells Fargo at 488 Prospect Avenue in Little Silver Tuesday afternoon.  

The man threatened to use a gun, but he did not show one. He got away with a undisclosed amount of money and is driving a gray Toyota Tundra.

Residents are urged to call Little Silver Police Department at (732) 747-5900 if the they see the subject.

Little Silver Bank Robbed

LITTLE SILVER, NJ – Police in Little Silver are looking for a 5-foot-2, 120-pound Asian man wearing a blue hat and a blue shirt.  The subject attempted to rob the Wells Fargo at 488 Prospect Avenue in Little Silver Tuesday afternoon.  

The man threatened to use a gun, but he did not show one. He got away with a undisclosed amount of money and is driving a gray Toyota Tundra.

Residents are urged to call Little Silver Police Department at (732) 747-5900 if the they see the subject.

Macfie to Preach at Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian June 5

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — The Rev. Barbara A. MacFie will be the guest  speaker at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 5, at the First Presbyterian Church.

She will also administer Communion.

Her sermon, “Power From On High,” is based on Luke’s vision of Christ being lifted into heaven.

The church’s new pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will present the children’s sermon and act as liturgist.

The church will continue its special first-Sunday-of-the-month children’s program.

MacFie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 12 years and is a counselor who concentrates on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen,

Riley is an author and Asbury Park Press columnist, as well as pastor of the 121-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves.

Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.

Macfie to Preach at Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian June 5

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — The Rev. Barbara A. MacFie will be the guest  speaker at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 5, at the First Presbyterian Church.

She will also administer Communion.

Her sermon, “Power From On High,” is based on Luke’s vision of Christ being lifted into heaven.

The church’s new pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will present the children’s sermon and act as liturgist.

The church will continue its special first-Sunday-of-the-month children’s program.

MacFie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 12 years and is a counselor who concentrates on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen,

Riley is an author and Asbury Park Press columnist, as well as pastor of the 121-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves.

Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.

RBR Students Plan for Central American Adventure Challenge and Community Service Project

Little Silver, NJ – While summertime conjures up a respite from school with lazy days on the beach or honing athletic skills in sports camps, one group of Red Bank Regional (RBR) sophomores will be hiking up volcanoes in Central America, white water rafting in Costa Rica and traversing tropical rainforests on zip lines. When they aren’t testing their survival skills at campsites, they will help to build a Nicaraguan kindergarten classroom and tutor its children. The students and their chaperone, RBR English teacher Cassandra Dorn, will undertake all these challenges as they travel for one month through Nicaragua and Costa Rica with the United Kingdom-based organizationWorld Challenge. A World Challenge guide accompanies the students for the duration of the trip.

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Pictured above are the Red Bank Regional World Adventure Team who will spend four weeks of their summer vacation traveling through Nicaragua and Costa Rica, testing their resourcefulness and building a Nicaraguan kindergarten classroom as well as their own life skills. The students fundraised and planned every facet of the World Challenge adventure trip. They are (left to right) (front row) Pat Schroll, Red Bank, Seamus Smith, , Gunnar Wainwright, Scott Zachman, all of Little Silver; (back row) RBR English teacher and trip chaperone Cassandra Dorn, Abby Gerth, Shrewsbury, Alex Gorry, Bradley Beach, Sarah Murphy, Shrewsbury, Skylar Haugenes, Little Silver and Trey Peterson, Shrewsbury. Not pictured is Aisling Howley, Brick.

The program was developed to provide personal growth and character building opportunities for high school students. First, students were expected to fundraise for the majority of the trip’s cost. Students held several garage sales, bagged groceries for tips at the supermarket, organized a car wash and a pizza night. Additionally, students obtained part-time jobs and saved money all yearlong for the trip.

In addition to the fundraising, students are responsible for the total trip planning from maintaining the group budget, arranging all transportation, planning and cooking meals and assigning group responsibilities. 

“The goal of this trip is not only to see another part of the world,” explains Dorn.  “The journey will develop problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills. Basically, every facet of the trip involves student decision-making and planning.  It will be an incredible adventure, and it takes special students to be willing to spend a month away from family and friends, living in tents, going without the luxuries of home, and pushing themselves to learn and grow.”  

While the students have been planning for this adventure since last summer, they participated in a training weekend this past October in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains.

“The conditions were some of the worst I’ve ever camped in,” said Dorn. “It was windy, pouring rain, and about 50 degrees.  I was kind of miserable, but the kids literally did not complain once.  They took on every challenge thrown at them, including making quesadillas for lunch on a mountaintop.  It was wild.” 

Over the course of the weekend students learned about trip procedures and gear, but also how to set up tents; purify water; pack their backpacks; shop for a group and cook with camp stoves.

Abby Gerth of Shrewsbury thought the training camp was exhausting as they bushwhacked their way through the mountain trails. However, she feels confidently prepared for the camping portion of her Latin American adventure. Her only apprehension relates to the food and the language barrier. She relates that the students will be studying their Spanish/English dictionaries as they are requested to attempt to communicate in the host countries language wherever possible.

Abby states of her decision to participate in the adventure, “I thought it would be really fun to go to a different country that you wouldn’t necessary travel with your family and be totally independent.”

Pat Schroll of Red Bank is most looking forward to the community service project. The students were allowed to choose their own service project and debated between working with sea turtle habitats or with a rural Nicaraguan community. Once they saw pictures of the school building in Leon –where a shack with three walls, no door and a flimsy tin sheet roof serves as the kindergarten classroom–they knew immediately that they had made the right decision.

Pat Schroll explains, “It will be our job to contract with local construction workers and work alongside them to transform this space into a real classroom where kids can learn. If we cannot complete the project in a week’s time, we will provide them with a donation toward its completion. “Although,” he adds, “We were told that more important than the building to the people is the time we spend tutoring and playing with the kids.”

Pat, like Abby, is very excited in anticipation of this amazing adventure and states that school just can’t end soon enough.

“I want to go to West Point,” Pat reveals, “And important to that school is leadership. This trip presents a great opportunity to gain and demonstrate leadership skills.”The RBR students plan to take many pictures to share with their school and community of their upcoming adventure. For more information on the World Challenge Adventure trips visit their website at www.world-challenge-expeditions.com.

RBR Students Plan for Central American Adventure Challenge and Community Service Project

Little Silver, NJ – While summertime conjures up a respite from school with lazy days on the beach or honing athletic skills in sports camps, one group of Red Bank Regional (RBR) sophomores will be hiking up volcanoes in Central America, white water rafting in Costa Rica and traversing tropical rainforests on zip lines. When they aren’t testing their survival skills at campsites, they will help to build a Nicaraguan kindergarten classroom and tutor its children. The students and their chaperone, RBR English teacher Cassandra Dorn, will undertake all these challenges as they travel for one month through Nicaragua and Costa Rica with the United Kingdom-based organizationWorld Challenge. A World Challenge guide accompanies the students for the duration of the trip.

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Pictured above are the Red Bank Regional World Adventure Team who will spend four weeks of their summer vacation traveling through Nicaragua and Costa Rica, testing their resourcefulness and building a Nicaraguan kindergarten classroom as well as their own life skills. The students fundraised and planned every facet of the World Challenge adventure trip. They are (left to right) (front row) Pat Schroll, Red Bank, Seamus Smith, , Gunnar Wainwright, Scott Zachman, all of Little Silver; (back row) RBR English teacher and trip chaperone Cassandra Dorn, Abby Gerth, Shrewsbury, Alex Gorry, Bradley Beach, Sarah Murphy, Shrewsbury, Skylar Haugenes, Little Silver and Trey Peterson, Shrewsbury. Not pictured is Aisling Howley, Brick.

The program was developed to provide personal growth and character building opportunities for high school students. First, students were expected to fundraise for the majority of the trip’s cost. Students held several garage sales, bagged groceries for tips at the supermarket, organized a car wash and a pizza night. Additionally, students obtained part-time jobs and saved money all yearlong for the trip.

In addition to the fundraising, students are responsible for the total trip planning from maintaining the group budget, arranging all transportation, planning and cooking meals and assigning group responsibilities. 

“The goal of this trip is not only to see another part of the world,” explains Dorn.  “The journey will develop problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills. Basically, every facet of the trip involves student decision-making and planning.  It will be an incredible adventure, and it takes special students to be willing to spend a month away from family and friends, living in tents, going without the luxuries of home, and pushing themselves to learn and grow.”  

While the students have been planning for this adventure since last summer, they participated in a training weekend this past October in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains.

“The conditions were some of the worst I’ve ever camped in,” said Dorn. “It was windy, pouring rain, and about 50 degrees.  I was kind of miserable, but the kids literally did not complain once.  They took on every challenge thrown at them, including making quesadillas for lunch on a mountaintop.  It was wild.” 

Over the course of the weekend students learned about trip procedures and gear, but also how to set up tents; purify water; pack their backpacks; shop for a group and cook with camp stoves.

Abby Gerth of Shrewsbury thought the training camp was exhausting as they bushwhacked their way through the mountain trails. However, she feels confidently prepared for the camping portion of her Latin American adventure. Her only apprehension relates to the food and the language barrier. She relates that the students will be studying their Spanish/English dictionaries as they are requested to attempt to communicate in the host countries language wherever possible.

Abby states of her decision to participate in the adventure, “I thought it would be really fun to go to a different country that you wouldn’t necessary travel with your family and be totally independent.”

Pat Schroll of Red Bank is most looking forward to the community service project. The students were allowed to choose their own service project and debated between working with sea turtle habitats or with a rural Nicaraguan community. Once they saw pictures of the school building in Leon –where a shack with three walls, no door and a flimsy tin sheet roof serves as the kindergarten classroom–they knew immediately that they had made the right decision.

Pat Schroll explains, “It will be our job to contract with local construction workers and work alongside them to transform this space into a real classroom where kids can learn. If we cannot complete the project in a week’s time, we will provide them with a donation toward its completion. “Although,” he adds, “We were told that more important than the building to the people is the time we spend tutoring and playing with the kids.”

Pat, like Abby, is very excited in anticipation of this amazing adventure and states that school just can’t end soon enough.

“I want to go to West Point,” Pat reveals, “And important to that school is leadership. This trip presents a great opportunity to gain and demonstrate leadership skills.”The RBR students plan to take many pictures to share with their school and community of their upcoming adventure. For more information on the World Challenge Adventure trips visit their website at www.world-challenge-expeditions.com.