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Two Charged with July 2015 Murder in Eatontown

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – Police have charged two men in connection with a July, 2015 murder in Eatontown.    The arrests are the result of a joint investigation between the Eatontown Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office which begun on July 10, 2015 and continued over the course of almost a year and a half, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On July 10, 2015, at approximately 12:13 a.m., Eatontown Police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road based upon shots being fired.  Upon response, police located the victim, Rasheem Palmer, 37, of Eatontown, who was located lying in the roadway on Country Club Road.  Police quickly determined that the victim had been shot and contacted emergency medical services, who arrived shortly thereafter.  The victim was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center; where, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.

As a result of this joint investigation, Frederick Reed, 20 of New Castle, Delaware and Perry Veney, 30 of Long Branch, New Jersey were charged with first degree Murder and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Veney was also charged with second degree Certain Persons not to have a Weapon.  

If convicted of first degree Murder, Reed and Veney face a minimum sentence of thirty years in State Prison during which time they would be ineligible for parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act (“NERA”).  NERA requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.  If convicted of second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, they face a maximum of ten years in State Prison, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of 1/3 of the sentence imposed or 3.5 years, whichever is greater, without parole.   Veney also faces a maximum sentence of ten years in State Prison if convicted of the Certain Persons not to have a Weapon charge, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of five years without parole.

Frederick Reed was taken into custody on December 28, 2016 in Delaware and is currently being held in a local correctional institution while he awaits extradition back to New Jersey.   Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy set Reed’s bail at $1.1 million, cash only. 

Veney turned himself in to police on December 30, 2016 and is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.  Veney’s bail was set at 1.2 million, cash only, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle. 

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 U.S. Constitution and State law.


TN Mom Fighting Tooth and Nail

daniel vance 120According to the National Institutes of Health, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a “range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.”

Sandra Domenech became aware of this column through a friend who read it in a Florida weekly. She said she and her 13-year-old son with ASD recently moved out of Florida due to unkind treatment of him by school officials, police, and students. Domenech has a disability herself arising from severe arthritis caused in large measure by working at her former lawn care business. She has been separated from her husband since 2011. He’s deaf.

She said of her son, “He was born prematurely and at birth his heart stopped. He spent the first month of his life in a hospital. He didn’t walk until about two and a half and didn’t talk until 6. He’s not like most other kids.” Like many children with ASD, her son has a sensory disorder in which loud noises and physical touch can lead to emotional meltdowns.

Domenech said children in Florida had bullied her son. And in February 2014, she said school aides there allowed him to walk alone around the school campus and, when teachers and students blocked his entrance into a school cafeteria, her son had an ASD-related meltdown. A school resource officer transported him to a behavioral facility that didn’t have experience serving children with autism that had special needs like her son. (Her son requires occupational, physical, and speech therapy.) She tried getting him out. Eventually, a judge ruled in favor of Domenech, who, along with her son, recently moved to Tennessee to shield him from more trouble.

She said, “I’m a strong person and have tried hanging on. I can’t believe they did what they did (in Florida). It’s put a strain on my son. Where we are in Tennessee, he has already been beaten up. When I asked why he didn’t stand up for himself, he said he didn’t want to get in trouble (and end up being taken away like in Florida).”

As for advising parents of children with autism, she said, “Make sure there’s a(n) (appropriate) class for your child at school and make sure the people in that class are qualified and certified to deal with your child’s disability. As for me, I will fight for my kid until down to my last tooth and nail.”

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Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian Church Welcomes Area Residents to 2017 Kickoff

ah first presbyterian churchATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Area residents, particularly those looking for a church, are invited to join the members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands for the church’s New Year Day hymn-sing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1 — and thereafter.

The service kicking off the New Year at the nearly 127-year-old church New Year, will honor St. Stephen, the First Martyr, and will feature Scripture readings from Isaiah 63:7-9 and Matthew 2:13-23.”

Elder Ray Carroll will conduct the service while Elder Barbara Stone will serve as the liturgist.

The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.

Hymns scheduled for the Jan. 1 service are “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noel,” ‘What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright,” “He Came Down,” “Let the Whole Creation Cry,” “Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” The holiday hymn-sing will be held in lieu of a sermon normally offered by Pastor Paul F. Rack, who is away over the New Year’s holiday.

At 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, the church will resume its weekly “Bible by the Bay” Bible Study program, conducted by Reverend Rack, at Sissy’s Restaurant in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Yacht Harbor, to which all area residents at invited.

Rack, will return to the pulpit for the 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 service at the 126-year-old church at Third and East Highland Avenues. At 12:30 p.m., all area residents are invited to join the church as it marks “The Great Blessing of the Waters” on the beach to the west of the Municipal Marina.

Child care and Sunday School are offered during all 11 a.m. worship services.

Solutions to Sugar Cravings Offered at AH Library

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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Just in time for the post holiday season, Francesca Locicero is presenting Seven Solutions to Sugar Cravings at the Monmouth County Library, the Atlantic Highlands Branch, 100 First Ave. Thursday, January 12, at 7 p.m.

A graduate of The American College of Sports and Medicine and the Holistic MBA Institute for Health Coaching; Locicero is a personal trainer and nutritionist as well as a Boot camp and Strength training instructor, with specific certifications  in knee, back and special populations with 18 years experience.

During her talk at the local library, Locicero will speak on the reasons behind crabbing sugar at certain times, getting cravings under control and what works and doesn’t work towards achieving that goal. She will highlight how the way people eat and in what frame of mind they eat impact how the food is processed in the body.

The program will also allow for a question and answer period at the end of the talk.

There is no charge and no reservations necessary for the program.  For further information or to see all the programs offered by the Monmouth County Library at all of its 13 branches and headquarters, visit or contact the Atlantic Highlands Library at 732-291-1956.


Dead Dolphin Found in Sandy Hook Bay

dolphins 1BRIGANTINE, NJ – A lone dolphin which spent time this year in the Shrewsbury River was discovered dead in Sandy Hook Bay, according to Mike Kapp, a Field Stranding Technician at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

“As of now we cannot confirm species of this dolphin but we do believe it to be the lone dolphin that has spent most of the summer and all of fall in the Shrewsbury River,” Mr. Kapp said. Continue reading Dead Dolphin Found in Sandy Hook Bay

RBR Takes Away Seven Medals in Family Career Community Leaders of America State Conference

rbr family career community leaders americaPictured above with their teacher Sue Eads, are the RBR students who competed in the 2016 FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference.  They are (left to right) standing with Ms. Eads: Tessa Listo, Little Silver; Karyssa Ellis, Union Beach; Jenna Holly, Shrewsbury; Molly O’Mara, Shrewsbury; Abby Beebrick, Shrewsbury; Sophie Pauso, Shrewsbury; Summer Smith, Little Silver; Claire Lynch, Shrewsbury; CeCi McCormick, Bradley Beach; Isabel Nalbandian, Red Bank; (kneeling) Allie Van Orden, Union Beach; Ashley Lemmon, Bradley Beach; Lauren Beebrick, Shrewsbury; Lauren Keale, Shrewsbury; Megan Dingelstedt, Shrewsbury.  The students earned two gold, two silver and three bronze awards in six categories. They are holding the banner that brought them bronze medal in the competition. Continue reading RBR Takes Away Seven Medals in Family Career Community Leaders of America State Conference

Blessed Exhaustion

george hancock stefanAs I was reading emails from some of my colleagues, one of them declared that he was totally exhausted. It has been a good year and there were many fantastic accomplishments but exhaustion sets in as we approach the end of the year. Christmas brings great joy, but it also requires a lot of us. Our choir director said that her favorite holiday was not Christmas but Easter; while she has almost the same amount of music to prepare, the cooking demands on her are much smaller.

For many years, I have taken the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve as my vacation. I take the whole week off and usually go far away from the church. I also pray that there will be no sick people or people who the Lord desires to take home during that week. This is not because I want to contradict the divine plan, but because there is very little that I can do from far away to comfort people.

I spend this time with my sisters, who know me well and accept me when I am completely empty. There are no alarm clocks, no scheduled meetings, no counseling sessions, and no preaching. This is a time of restoration, rejuvenation, and reinvigoration. By the time I take the flight back home, I feel that I am ready to encounter everything that the Lord will place in front of me.

In the gospel of Mark we find these words twice, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat…” (Mark 3:20 and 6:31). Jesus’ response to this situation is “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Like many of my colleagues in the church and the academy, my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are often appointments as well. In the business world they have even coined the expression ‘power lunch.’ Yet as important and effective as these meal meetings are, people participating in them often leave exhausted. I must admit that there are days when I feel completely exhausted at the end and it is a good feeling.  I look over all the things that I accomplished and feel good about what the Lord has enabled me to do.  Nevertheless, I need to pay attention to the times when my body, my mind, and my spirit say to me that it is time to rest and to rest completely.

I pray that my parishioners and my students have found some time to completely relax, to enjoy doing nothing, and to be refreshed and empowered for the next year that will bring opportunities and challenges for each one of us.



Governor Chris Christie Celebrates Hanukkah

christie menorah lightingTRENTON, NJ – Governor Chris Christie celebrates Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah in the outer office with Rabbi Steve Pruzansky, New Jersey Israel Commission Chairman Mark Levenson, Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York Amir Sagie, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, and Rabbi Mendy Carlebach in Trenton, N.J. on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

“Peek Under The Petticoat” Event at MCHA Museum

mcha petticoatFREEHOLD, NJ – On Wednesday, January 11, Bernadette Rogoff, Consulting Curator, will be dressing a mannequin included our exhibition Hartshorne: Eight Generations and Their Highlands Estate Called Portland located at the Museum on 70 Court St.

The garments to be exhibited are from the wardrobe of Julia Norton Hartshorne (1838-1869), who died tragically in 1869 at the age of thirty.

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