Rash of Criminal Mischief at Middletown Parks

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Police report that a number of Parks and Recreation facilities have been damaged and vandalized during the past week. Among the damaged facilities were two baseball fields at Middletown Thompson Park including the Challenger Youth baseball field, which is intended for the use of athletes with special needs.

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Middletown Thompson Park is located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. Newly-sodded soccer fields at the Fairview Soccer Fields on Oak Hill Rd. were extensively damaged by unknown persons joy riding on the fields.

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Rash of Criminal Mischief at Middletown Parks

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Police report that a number of Parks and Recreation facilities have been damaged and vandalized during the past week. Among the damaged facilities were two baseball fields at Middletown Thompson Park including the Challenger Youth baseball field, which is intended for the use of athletes with special needs.

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Middletown Thompson Park is located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. Newly-sodded soccer fields at the Fairview Soccer Fields on Oak Hill Rd. were extensively damaged by unknown persons joy riding on the fields.

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Operation Reassurance Leads to Rescue of 93-Year Old

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Police Chief Jerry Vasto credits “Operation Reassurance” and the quick thinking of Dispatcher Ryan Schoellner for possibly saving the life of a 93 year old resident who lives alone and had fallen and injured her hip sometime during the night.

Operation Reassurance is a program where senior citizens or those with special needs, who live alone, call Police Headquarters everyday during the morning hours. The program was initiated by former Chief of Police, Samuel A. Guzzi, in the 1970s.

Chief Vasto advises Dispatcher Schoellner was familiar with the 93 year old resident and attempted to call her when she did not phone in at her normal time. When she did not answer the phone he dispatched Detective Sergeant Thomas Stone and Patrolman Harry Murtha to check on her well being. Sergeant Stone was first on scene and knocked loudly on her door and heard the elderly female call for help. The Officers were able to make entry into her house and found that she fell at approximately 1:00 A.M. and had possibly broken her hip and had been lying on the living room floor all night. The Officers noted that her house was hot and had no air conditioning or ventilation and that she was hungry and dehydrated. The woman was transported to the hospital by the Atlantic Highlands First Aid.

Chief Vasto credits Dispatcher Schoellner with knowing the woman’s calling habits and checking on her before the actual deadline for her to call in.

Operation Reassurance is open to residents of Atlantic Highlands. Those interested in participating in the program should contact the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732-291-1212

Operation Reassurance Leads to Rescue of 93-Year Old

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Police Chief Jerry Vasto credits “Operation Reassurance” and the quick thinking of Dispatcher Ryan Schoellner for possibly saving the life of a 93 year old resident who lives alone and had fallen and injured her hip sometime during the night.

Operation Reassurance is a program where senior citizens or those with special needs, who live alone, call Police Headquarters everyday during the morning hours. The program was initiated by former Chief of Police, Samuel A. Guzzi, in the 1970s.

Chief Vasto advises Dispatcher Schoellner was familiar with the 93 year old resident and attempted to call her when she did not phone in at her normal time. When she did not answer the phone he dispatched Detective Sergeant Thomas Stone and Patrolman Harry Murtha to check on her well being. Sergeant Stone was first on scene and knocked loudly on her door and heard the elderly female call for help. The Officers were able to make entry into her house and found that she fell at approximately 1:00 A.M. and had possibly broken her hip and had been lying on the living room floor all night. The Officers noted that her house was hot and had no air conditioning or ventilation and that she was hungry and dehydrated. The woman was transported to the hospital by the Atlantic Highlands First Aid.

Chief Vasto credits Dispatcher Schoellner with knowing the woman’s calling habits and checking on her before the actual deadline for her to call in.

Operation Reassurance is open to residents of Atlantic Highlands. Those interested in participating in the program should contact the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732-291-1212

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Spring brought lots of rain…so now what’s bugging you?

FREEHOLD, N.J. – April showers bring May flowers, according to the adage, but when it rains in April, May and June it brings something more – mosquitoes.

The Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission is marking National Mosquito Awareness Week by asking residents to help combat mosquitoes by inspecting their properties for standing water. Any area or container that holds water for a week or more has the potential to produce hundreds or even thousands of mosquitoes looking for a meal.

“This has been an extremely wet spring, which means the mosquitoes have had the best conditions possible for breeding,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “Our Mosquito Extermination Commission has been very busy tracking and, where possible, eliminating these pests.”

The Centers for Disease Control says people can reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and, as a result, lower their exposure to insect-borne diseases by following some simple steps:

  • ·When outdoors, apply insect repellent following the label instructions, especially for use on children
  • ·wear long sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible
  • ·avoid outdoor activity at peak mosquito times – dusk and dawn

The CDC also recommends the use of repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or picaridin (KBR 3023) or IR 3535. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane-3,8-diol) provide better protection than other plant-based repellents but fall short compared to products containing high concentrations of DEET.

“You should choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time you will be outdoors,” said Douglas Guthrie Sr., superintendent of the county’s mosquito control program.   “Repellents with a higher percentage of an active ingredient, like DEET, typically provide longer-lasting protection.”

Established in 1914, the Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission has a long history of dealing with bad mosquito seasons with a professional response.

The commission also emphasizes that homeowners should check that their window and door screens are in good repair, and that their property is free of water-holding containers such as cans, buckets, tires, flower pots, wheelbarrows and toys that create areas where mosquitoes can breed.

“The best way to prevent a mosquito bite is to get rid of backyard larval mosquito habitats,” Freeholder Clifton said. “Participating in a tire amnesty program is one way to help.”

The county expects it will provide free dropoff of old tires in August, the peak month for mosquitoes in Monmouth County.

“Not only do mosquitoes make outdoor activities uncomfortable, these pests can spread diseases such as West Nile virus,” Guthrie said.” That’s why we advise people to get rid of unwanted containers like old tires, turning over buckets and refreshing the water at least weekly in items such as bird baths.”

The Mosquito Extermination Commission routinely tests various county sites to monitor mosquito breeding and activity including the presence of West Nile virus.

Cleaning clogged roof gutters, fixing outdoor leaks and repairing broken or missing window screens are also important steps to take, Guthrie said. For areas of standing water too large for homeowners to tackle, Mosquito Extermination Commission inspectors are a telephone call away and will come out to evaluate and treat the problem.

In addition to these mosquito control methods, entomologists also stress the use of mosquito repellants when outdoors. Products with the active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR 3535 have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes. The entomologists caution, however, to read and follow the product label directions as with all insect repellants.

The Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission can be reached by calling (732) 542-3630. Visit them online at www.visitmonmouth.com/ for more information or to arrange an inspection.

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Spring brought lots of rain…so now what’s bugging you?

FREEHOLD, N.J. – April showers bring May flowers, according to the adage, but when it rains in April, May and June it brings something more – mosquitoes.

The Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission is marking National Mosquito Awareness Week by asking residents to help combat mosquitoes by inspecting their properties for standing water. Any area or container that holds water for a week or more has the potential to produce hundreds or even thousands of mosquitoes looking for a meal.

“This has been an extremely wet spring, which means the mosquitoes have had the best conditions possible for breeding,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “Our Mosquito Extermination Commission has been very busy tracking and, where possible, eliminating these pests.”

The Centers for Disease Control says people can reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and, as a result, lower their exposure to insect-borne diseases by following some simple steps:

  • ·When outdoors, apply insect repellent following the label instructions, especially for use on children
  • ·wear long sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible
  • ·avoid outdoor activity at peak mosquito times – dusk and dawn

The CDC also recommends the use of repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or picaridin (KBR 3023) or IR 3535. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane-3,8-diol) provide better protection than other plant-based repellents but fall short compared to products containing high concentrations of DEET.

“You should choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time you will be outdoors,” said Douglas Guthrie Sr., superintendent of the county’s mosquito control program.   “Repellents with a higher percentage of an active ingredient, like DEET, typically provide longer-lasting protection.”

Established in 1914, the Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission has a long history of dealing with bad mosquito seasons with a professional response.

The commission also emphasizes that homeowners should check that their window and door screens are in good repair, and that their property is free of water-holding containers such as cans, buckets, tires, flower pots, wheelbarrows and toys that create areas where mosquitoes can breed.

“The best way to prevent a mosquito bite is to get rid of backyard larval mosquito habitats,” Freeholder Clifton said. “Participating in a tire amnesty program is one way to help.”

The county expects it will provide free dropoff of old tires in August, the peak month for mosquitoes in Monmouth County.

“Not only do mosquitoes make outdoor activities uncomfortable, these pests can spread diseases such as West Nile virus,” Guthrie said.” That’s why we advise people to get rid of unwanted containers like old tires, turning over buckets and refreshing the water at least weekly in items such as bird baths.”

The Mosquito Extermination Commission routinely tests various county sites to monitor mosquito breeding and activity including the presence of West Nile virus.

Cleaning clogged roof gutters, fixing outdoor leaks and repairing broken or missing window screens are also important steps to take, Guthrie said. For areas of standing water too large for homeowners to tackle, Mosquito Extermination Commission inspectors are a telephone call away and will come out to evaluate and treat the problem.

In addition to these mosquito control methods, entomologists also stress the use of mosquito repellants when outdoors. Products with the active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR 3535 have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes. The entomologists caution, however, to read and follow the product label directions as with all insect repellants.

The Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission can be reached by calling (732) 542-3630. Visit them online at www.visitmonmouth.com/ for more information or to arrange an inspection.

RBR Listed Among Newsweek’s 2011 America’s Best High Schools

Little Silver, NJ – On June 19, 2011, Newsweek published its list of top American High Schools for 2011 and Red Bank Regional (RBR), once again made the list. Of the top 500 schools listed in the Newsweek article, 36 are from New Jersey and six from Monmouth County, including two Monmouth County magnet schools (High Technology High, Bio Technology); as well as Rumson Fair Haven, Freehold Township High School, Ocean Township and RBR. Newsweek reported to have sent surveys to over 10,000 public high schools in the United States to compile this list.

RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz comments, “We are honored to make the list again. We are even more gratified this year, however, since Newsweek expanded the ranking criteria to include such measures as graduation and college placement rate, in addition to the number of Advanced Placement (AP) tests given. We believe this reflects a more comprehensive ranking.”

Newsweek listed the following as its methodology for compiling its 2011 list (which is based on 2010 statistics):

  • Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25%)
  • Percentage of 2010 graduates who immediately enrolled in college (25%)
  • AP/International Baccalaureate (IB) /AICE tests per graduate (25%)
  • Average SAT ( College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test) and or ACT (American College Testing) score (10%)
  • Average AP/IB/AICE (Advance International Certificate of Education) exam score (10%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)

To view the complete list and additional information on the methodology visit the following link:

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/19/the-best-high-schools-in-america.html.

RBR Listed Among Newsweek’s 2011 America’s Best High Schools

Little Silver, NJ – On June 19, 2011, Newsweek published its list of top American High Schools for 2011 and Red Bank Regional (RBR), once again made the list. Of the top 500 schools listed in the Newsweek article, 36 are from New Jersey and six from Monmouth County, including two Monmouth County magnet schools (High Technology High, Bio Technology); as well as Rumson Fair Haven, Freehold Township High School, Ocean Township and RBR. Newsweek reported to have sent surveys to over 10,000 public high schools in the United States to compile this list.

RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz comments, “We are honored to make the list again. We are even more gratified this year, however, since Newsweek expanded the ranking criteria to include such measures as graduation and college placement rate, in addition to the number of Advanced Placement (AP) tests given. We believe this reflects a more comprehensive ranking.”

Newsweek listed the following as its methodology for compiling its 2011 list (which is based on 2010 statistics):

  • Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25%)
  • Percentage of 2010 graduates who immediately enrolled in college (25%)
  • AP/International Baccalaureate (IB) /AICE tests per graduate (25%)
  • Average SAT ( College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test) and or ACT (American College Testing) score (10%)
  • Average AP/IB/AICE (Advance International Certificate of Education) exam score (10%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)

To view the complete list and additional information on the methodology visit the following link:

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/19/the-best-high-schools-in-america.html.

RBR Listed Among Newsweek’s 2011 America’s Best High Schools

Little Silver, NJ – On June 19, 2011, Newsweek published its list of top American High Schools for 2011 and Red Bank Regional (RBR), once again made the list. Of the top 500 schools listed in the Newsweek article, 36 are from New Jersey and six from Monmouth County, including two Monmouth County magnet schools (High Technology High, Bio Technology); as well as Rumson Fair Haven, Freehold Township High School, Ocean Township and RBR. Newsweek reported to have sent surveys to over 10,000 public high schools in the United States to compile this list.

RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz comments, “We are honored to make the list again. We are even more gratified this year, however, since Newsweek expanded the ranking criteria to include such measures as graduation and college placement rate, in addition to the number of Advanced Placement (AP) tests given. We believe this reflects a more comprehensive ranking.”

Newsweek listed the following as its methodology for compiling its 2011 list (which is based on 2010 statistics):

  • Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25%)
  • Percentage of 2010 graduates who immediately enrolled in college (25%)
  • AP/International Baccalaureate (IB) /AICE tests per graduate (25%)
  • Average SAT ( College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test) and or ACT (American College Testing) score (10%)
  • Average AP/IB/AICE (Advance International Certificate of Education) exam score (10%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)

To view the complete list and additional information on the methodology visit the following link:

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/19/the-best-high-schools-in-america.html.

Bring Back The Jersey Guys

anne_mikolay_120New Jersey 101.5 (Not New York! Not Philadelphia! Proud to be New Jersey!) has been my radio station of choice for years. In the early morning, Jim Gearhart keeps me updated on what’s going on in our state. As I am driving around mid-day, Dennis and Judi keep me company. And while I am on the road from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily, The Jersey Guys make me laugh.

While I was out of state last week, my son sent me an urgent text message: “101.5 canceled The Jersey Guys!” I couldn’t believe it! 101.5, are you kidding me? How could you cancel the funniest guys you have in your program line-up? It seems station management did not renew the contracts of Ray Rossi and Casey Bartholomew, aka The Jersey Guys, and replaced the duo with Deminski and Doyle. Deminksi and Doyle? Didn’t I listen to them back in the 90s? In my humble opinion, the fact that I remember their names and not much else about them doesn’t bode well for the new program. No offense to Deminski and Doyle, but isn’t replacing a popular team with radio personalities from the 90s taking the station backward rather than forward? And hold on just a minute! 101.5 didn’t even have the consideration to alert its loyal listeners to the impending departure of The Jersey Guys, didn’t even give the guys a chance to say goodbye. It simply pulled the rug out from under Ray and Casey and all the rest of us, too.

Why did 101.5 cancel The Jersey Guys? Was is it because they were guilty of “Oprah bashing?” Was it because the teachers’ union doesn’t appreciate The Jersey Guys’ lack of empathy for the union’s current position? Was it because The Jersey Guys support Governor Chris Christie? Was it because Casey flat out tells it like it is? I have no idea why The Jersey Guys got the boot (because the station has not offered explanation), and I sincerely hope another radio station has the brains to pick up The Jersey Guys.

Thanks, Ray and Casey, for your wit and your entertaining program through the years. You made me laugh out loud too many times to count. I will miss The Jersey Guys…Kermit’s voice…time to opine…good times, good times!

If you are going to miss The Jersey Guys, too, please go to the “Bring Back The Jersey Guys to 101.5” facebook page and let your voice be heard, or email the 101.5 program director, Eric Johnson at [email protected]

Come on, 101.5, give us back our Jersey Guys! Without them, your station may be “proud to be New Jersey,” but it will be nothing special.