17-Year-Old Dies in Atlantic Highlands from Possible Overdose

police cruisersATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Police are investigating the “suspicious death” of a 17-year-old borough youth.  Police were called to a house in Atlantic Highlands to investigate the death.  

Acquaintances of the young man said he was at a party with friends and may have ingested a “pink pill.”  When the young man became unconscious, his friends thought that he had passed out and left him to sleep.  His death was discovered Sunday morning.

AH Police Chief Jerry Vasto said there will be an autopsy today to determine the cause of death.  Toxicology results will not be available for a couple weeks according to Vasto.  Police have not released the name of the youth.

 

17-Year-Old Dies in Atlantic Highlands from Possible Overdose

police cruisersATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Police are investigating the “suspicious death” of a 17-year-old borough youth.  Police were called to a house in Atlantic Highlands to investigate the death.  

Acquaintances of the young man said he was at a party with friends and may have ingested a “pink pill.”  When the young man became unconscious, his friends thought that he had passed out and left him to sleep.  His death was discovered Sunday morning.

AH Police Chief Jerry Vasto said there will be an autopsy today to determine the cause of death.  Toxicology results will not be available for a couple weeks according to Vasto.  Police have not released the name of the youth.

 

Extend the 2% Cap on Arbitration Awards

I want to commend Governor Christie for his recent Conditional Veto of a bill that would have devastated the 2% cap on interest arbitration awards. It is difficult to fathom why the Democrat majority in the Legislature refuses to indefinitely extend the 2% cap in its current state.

With salaries, benefits and pension costs accounting for nearly 75% of municipal budgets, the 2% cap on interest arbitration awards is absolutely critical in reining in property taxes across the state. This is an issue that transcends political parties and ideologies – the devastation from losing this important tool will be felt by every governing body and taxpayer in the state. It is imperative that the Legislature incorporate the Governor’s changes and pass the revised bill as soon as possible. Without it, local officials will be faced with exorbitant increases in labor costs, layoffs to key personnel and drastic reductions in services.

Gerry Scharfenberger
Middletown Township Committee

Extend the 2% Cap on Arbitration Awards

I want to commend Governor Christie for his recent Conditional Veto of a bill that would have devastated the 2% cap on interest arbitration awards. It is difficult to fathom why the Democrat majority in the Legislature refuses to indefinitely extend the 2% cap in its current state.

With salaries, benefits and pension costs accounting for nearly 75% of municipal budgets, the 2% cap on interest arbitration awards is absolutely critical in reining in property taxes across the state. This is an issue that transcends political parties and ideologies – the devastation from losing this important tool will be felt by every governing body and taxpayer in the state. It is imperative that the Legislature incorporate the Governor’s changes and pass the revised bill as soon as possible. Without it, local officials will be faced with exorbitant increases in labor costs, layoffs to key personnel and drastic reductions in services.

Gerry Scharfenberger
Middletown Township Committee

A Fun and Interactive Health Fair for Kids of All Ages

Red Bank, NJ –  It’s time for Riverview Medical Center’s annual Riverview Kids Rock health and activities fair!

On Saturday, April 5, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. join us at Riverview Medical Center for an afternoon of fun where kids and parents alike will enjoy educational and health-conscious activities!

Kids of all ages can try their hand at surgery (gummy bear surgery that is) with the newest addition to Riverview Medical Center, the da Vinci surgical robot, learn the importance of hand washing with funky glow-in-the-dark germs, meet Picatso, the newest member of Meridian Pediatric Network’s Pawsitive Action Team, and back by popular demand, a LIVE performance by Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks!

The latest addition to Meridian Health’s Pawsitive Action Team will be making his first appearance at Riverview Kids Rock.  Picatso, an intellectual cat who wears glasses and loves to read, write, and draw, will walk the catwalk as he meets the community for the first time. He is known to “high-four” all of his new friends and teach kids to see the best in themselves and others.

Melissa Chill is a singer-songwriter who has been teaching children’s music in Monmouth County for almost 15 years. Her Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals has been on Jack’s Big Music Show on Nickelodeon Noggin Network.

This FREE event is presented by the Pediatric Care Center at Riverview Medical Center, affiliated with K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and part of the Meridian Pediatric Network.

To register and for more information call 1-800-560-9990.

A Fun and Interactive Health Fair for Kids of All Ages

Red Bank, NJ –  It’s time for Riverview Medical Center’s annual Riverview Kids Rock health and activities fair!

On Saturday, April 5, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. join us at Riverview Medical Center for an afternoon of fun where kids and parents alike will enjoy educational and health-conscious activities!

Kids of all ages can try their hand at surgery (gummy bear surgery that is) with the newest addition to Riverview Medical Center, the da Vinci surgical robot, learn the importance of hand washing with funky glow-in-the-dark germs, meet Picatso, the newest member of Meridian Pediatric Network’s Pawsitive Action Team, and back by popular demand, a LIVE performance by Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks!

The latest addition to Meridian Health’s Pawsitive Action Team will be making his first appearance at Riverview Kids Rock.  Picatso, an intellectual cat who wears glasses and loves to read, write, and draw, will walk the catwalk as he meets the community for the first time. He is known to “high-four” all of his new friends and teach kids to see the best in themselves and others.

Melissa Chill is a singer-songwriter who has been teaching children’s music in Monmouth County for almost 15 years. Her Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals has been on Jack’s Big Music Show on Nickelodeon Noggin Network.

This FREE event is presented by the Pediatric Care Center at Riverview Medical Center, affiliated with K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and part of the Meridian Pediatric Network.

To register and for more information call 1-800-560-9990.

Henry Hudson to Present Sherlock’s First Adventure

sherlockHIGHLANDS, NJ – For their annual middle school play, Henry Hudson Regional School will present Sherlock’s First Adventure, April 2-5 in the school’s auditorium. The play, by award-winning playwright Craig Sodaro, is a two-act mystery-comedy inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic character, Sherlock Holmes.  The story introduces us to a young Holmes, who, along with his friend John Watson, unravels his first real case while still a student at a Victorian-era London boarding school. “The setting for the play actually reflects the times in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived,” said theater teacher and director Maureen Sweeney.  “Along with our Art Director, Patricia Elliott and our Set Construction Director, Jeffrey Frankenburg, we have been lucky to have the generous assistance of parents who have helped to create great costumes and sets that really reflect the period,” she added.

The production features the Junior Admiral Players – a cast of 22, all 7th and 8th graders at Henry Hudson. “It really is a wonderfully talented group of students,” she said. “Many of them also were a part of the holiday production of Scrooge last December.”

Sherlock’s First Adventure will run Wednesday through Saturday, April 2-5, at Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands.  All performances begin at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door, and are $7 general admission, and $5 for students/seniors.  On Wednesday, all tickets are just $5. Light dessert refreshments will be available.

Although considered classic since the late 1800s, the crime-solving tales of Sherlock Holmes have experienced a resurgence of interest in the last few years, in part due to the popularity of the BBC’s hit series Sherlock, on air in the US on PBS Online. The show has just been renewed for a fourth season.

For more information, visit the school’s website, at www.hhrs.us or call HHRS at 732-872-0900.

Henry Hudson to Present Sherlock’s First Adventure

sherlockHIGHLANDS, NJ – For their annual middle school play, Henry Hudson Regional School will present Sherlock’s First Adventure, April 2-5 in the school’s auditorium. The play, by award-winning playwright Craig Sodaro, is a two-act mystery-comedy inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic character, Sherlock Holmes.  The story introduces us to a young Holmes, who, along with his friend John Watson, unravels his first real case while still a student at a Victorian-era London boarding school. “The setting for the play actually reflects the times in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived,” said theater teacher and director Maureen Sweeney.  “Along with our Art Director, Patricia Elliott and our Set Construction Director, Jeffrey Frankenburg, we have been lucky to have the generous assistance of parents who have helped to create great costumes and sets that really reflect the period,” she added.

The production features the Junior Admiral Players – a cast of 22, all 7th and 8th graders at Henry Hudson. “It really is a wonderfully talented group of students,” she said. “Many of them also were a part of the holiday production of Scrooge last December.”

Sherlock’s First Adventure will run Wednesday through Saturday, April 2-5, at Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands.  All performances begin at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door, and are $7 general admission, and $5 for students/seniors.  On Wednesday, all tickets are just $5. Light dessert refreshments will be available.

Although considered classic since the late 1800s, the crime-solving tales of Sherlock Holmes have experienced a resurgence of interest in the last few years, in part due to the popularity of the BBC’s hit series Sherlock, on air in the US on PBS Online. The show has just been renewed for a fourth season.

For more information, visit the school’s website, at www.hhrs.us or call HHRS at 732-872-0900.

Monmouth County Parks Offers Spring 2014 Adventures

WELCOME SPRING IN A COUNTY PARK

holmdel parkHolmdel Park, Holmdel

LINCROFT— Spring has officially arrived and it’s the perfect time to make the Monmouth County Park System part of your life.  With its great parks, exciting programs and fantastic golf courses, there’s no better place to enjoy the season.  The Monmouth County Park System wants you to get the most out of the season by visiting its parks, playgrounds, historic sites, and trails. 

There’s no better spot to greet spring than Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown.   A living catalogue of cultivated and native plant materials that cover 54 acres, the site is sure to delight both gardeners and non-gardeners.  Throughout the season, Deep Cut Gardens offers workshops and classes.  Check out the spring issue of Park System’s Program Directory for a full listing.

With its cherry blossoms and arboretum, Holmdel Park, Holmdel is also lovely in the spring.  The park’s trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and open fields make it easy to spend the entire day there.  Be sure to check out adjacent Historic Longstreet Farm and see this living history site in action.  Period-dressed staff recreates life as it was in rural Monmouth County during the 1890s.

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Monmouth County Parks Offers Spring 2014 Adventures

WELCOME SPRING IN A COUNTY PARK

holmdel parkHolmdel Park, Holmdel

LINCROFT— Spring has officially arrived and it’s the perfect time to make the Monmouth County Park System part of your life.  With its great parks, exciting programs and fantastic golf courses, there’s no better place to enjoy the season.  The Monmouth County Park System wants you to get the most out of the season by visiting its parks, playgrounds, historic sites, and trails. 

There’s no better spot to greet spring than Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown.   A living catalogue of cultivated and native plant materials that cover 54 acres, the site is sure to delight both gardeners and non-gardeners.  Throughout the season, Deep Cut Gardens offers workshops and classes.  Check out the spring issue of Park System’s Program Directory for a full listing.

With its cherry blossoms and arboretum, Holmdel Park, Holmdel is also lovely in the spring.  The park’s trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and open fields make it easy to spend the entire day there.  Be sure to check out adjacent Historic Longstreet Farm and see this living history site in action.  Period-dressed staff recreates life as it was in rural Monmouth County during the 1890s.

Continue reading Monmouth County Parks Offers Spring 2014 Adventures