Category Archives: Monmouth County

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

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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Hotel Tides to Host Gift Card Exchange to Benefit Garden State Equality

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In January, 2017 the Hotel Tides will host a gift card exchange on behalf of Garden State Equality (GSE). Throughout the month, the Tides will be accepting gift cards as gift certificates. These cards will be donated to GSE so that they can purchase needed supplies, equipment and other pertinent materials to help their organization continue to operate. The GSE recently made Asbury Park its home with a location on Main Street.

Founded in 2004, Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s leading civil rights organization ensuring quality of life for the LGBT community through education, advocacy, service and support.

Throughout January, 2017 patrons who bring in a gift card valued between $15 and $50 will receive $15 off their entire check. Anything higher than $50 value will get $25 off their check. This will only be applicable at the bar and may not be combined with any other offers and/or discounts.
“Garden State Equality works every day to ensure our kids are safe from bullying in schools, that LGBT seniors can live their fullest lives, and that everyone receives health care coverage. These are just a few ways New Jersey’s largest LGBT organization makes New Jersey a more equal place for all.”
– Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality

The Hotel Tides is open Wednesday-Sunday from 5pm-11pm, and is located at 408 7th Ave. in Asbury Park.

Please contact Ryan Jimenez at 732-897-7744 or via email at [email protected] if you would like more information regarding this event.

Richard T. Smith to Present Keynote Address at YMCA Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

cymca richard t smithEssay Contest Open to YMCA Participants

Photo: Richard T. Smith

Shrewsbury, NJ  – Richard T. Smith, President of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast hosted by The Community YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County.

The annual YMCA event honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights leader and featuring winners of a high school essay contest, will take place Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, 8 to 10 a.m., at Branches Catering, 123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch.

Rhonda Anderson, President and CEO of The Community YMCA, said the YMCAs of Monmouth County are proud to host the annual memorial breakfast to help keep Dr. King’s spirit and teachings alive. “It is important for everyone to understand Dr. King’s legacy as a peacemaker and humanitarian. Now more than ever, his message needs to be carried on to the next generation,” Anderson said.

The memorial event will include presentations by the two winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored by Investors Bank and Monmouth County Chiefs of Police Association.

High school students currently participating in programs at The Community YMCA or the Western Monmouth County YMCA are invited to enter the essay contest. Applications are available at The two winning essayists will each receive a $500 scholarship. The deadline for applications for the essay contest is Monday, Jan. 5, 2017. Submissions and questions may be sent via e-mail to [email protected]

Keynote Speaker Smith was elected to serve as the President of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP in 2013 and was overwhelmingly re-elected at the state convention in 2015 for another two-year term. A silver-life member of the NAACP, Smith has served as the 1st Vice President and the 3rd Vice President of the New Jersey state conference and as the Southern Region Coordinator. He also served as the Chairman of the NAACP Convention Planning Committee and seven terms as President of the NAACP Greater Vineland Branch, No. 2115.

He currently serves as one of seven commissioners on the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and in 2013 was unanimously elected by his fellow commissioners as Commissions chairman. Smith also served on the Vineland Board of Education.

A native of Trenton, Smith attended Trenton State College, now the College of New Jersey, where he majored in Speech Communications and Theatre. He also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and Atlantic County College. He retired in 2015 from a 25-year career with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and returned to work in January 2016 to accept a position as Confidential Assistant to the Warden of the Cumberland County Department of Corrections.

He is member of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Williamstown, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., PBA Local 105, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, Off Broad Street Players and Downtown Company of Performing Artists. He is married to Lucesita Smith and is the proud father of four children.

Anderson noted that the service project for the breakfast will support Project Homeless Connect of Monmouth County, a charity that works to provide various health and human services for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Donations of new gloves, mittens, scarves and socks will be collected at the breakfast.

Seating for the breakfast is limited. Tickets are $30 per adult, $10 per youth (12 & under) or $250 per table of 10 and are available online at

For more information, call Phyllis Sofo, 732.671.5505, ext. 110 or e-mail [email protected]

Bradley Beach Man Invited to Major League Soccer Combine

kean sevag kherlopianPHOTO: Kean University student-athlete Sevag Kherlopian of Bradley Beach, N.J., earned an invitation to a Major League Soccer combine.

UNION, N.J. –– Kean University student-athlete Sevag Kherlopian is the first Kean athlete to receive an invitation to a Major League Soccer franchise scouting event. The forward for the Cougars men’s soccer team was invited to the Columbus Crew Soccer Club College Combine on Sunday, December 4.

“When I found out I was invited to the Columbus Crew Combine, I couldn’t stop smiling,” said Kherlopian, a global fitness and wellness major from Bradley Beach. “It is very nice to be noticed for my playing abilities and to be invited to this combine.”

Now in his senior year at Kean, Kherlopian has led the Cougars in scoring in each of his three years with the program. He helped lead his team to an impressive 14-6-1 record this season, earning the Cougars their first trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament since 2010 and their first at-large bid to the event since 2001.

John Velasco, men’s soccer head coach, says that Kherlopian’s “physicality, strength, quickness and knack for finding the back of the net” set him apart from other athletes. “Sev is a young man who is confident and who deals with pressure well. He cares about his teammates on and off the field, which makes it easy for his fellow student-athletes to identify with him.”

His strong athletic and character attributes are reasons why Kherlopian’s latest accomplishment also came as no surprise to his teammates.

“It is great to know someone you trained and played with was invited to tryout for a pro team,” said Kazari Trought, who was selected as First Team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) this year. “Sev is not your typical, everyday soccer player. He is a guy who loves and enjoys the game.”

Kherlopian’s unwavering passion for the sport led to a successful athletic career at Kean. He was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Region and All-Conference teams, and was an All-NJAC First Team honoree. He also scored 16 game winners, ranking him among the NCAA leaders his last two seasons. Kherlopian finished his collegiate career with 36 goals and 82 points in 47 games.

“I’m fortunate to be able to play soccer with some wonderful people and to have fun with the game as well,” said Kherlopian. “This invitation proves that I can make it pro, but I need to keep working to make my dream come true. It gives me confidence and a drive to keep going.”


Re-enactment of Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day

washington crossing delawareEvent marks the 240th anniversary of pivotal moment in American history

TRENTON, NJ – Visitors can relive a crucial turning point in American history with the annual re-enactment of General George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, the 240th anniversary of the iconic crossing that helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War at a time when the fledgling nation’s prospects seemed hopeless.

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No Fee Increase at Sandy Hook for 2017

sandy hook park signLONG BRANCH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that Sandy Hook will not be raising its camping and parking fees in 2017. In August, Congressman Pallone sent a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis urging the NPS to withdraw its proposal to increase Sandy Hook’s fees. At Pallone’s request NPS held a public hearing on the fee increases, where New Jersey residents expressed their opposition.

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“For More”: New Jersey YMCAs Come Together to Affirm Healthy Communities

ymca swimLocal YMCAs Hold Statewide Wellness Event on Jan. 7th to Promote Positive Personal Change and Community Health.

Trenton, NJ – It seems nearly everyone has a “New Year’s resolution,” but statistics indicate that less than a quarter of these resolutions are kept. To help keep those personal goals real, YMCA’s across the state will conduct Open House events at their local facilities on January 7th. To learn more about your local YMCA and the “For More” healthy living and open house events, visit

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Latonya Brennan Sworn in as Brookdale Trustee

bcc trustee latonya brennan 2PHOTO: Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees chair Carl Guzzo Jr. (l-r), trustee Latonya Brennan and Brookdale President Maureen Murphy stand together at the Brookdale Board of Trustees public meeting in Lincroft on Dec. 20. Photo by Brookdale Community College.

LINCROFT, NJ (Dec. 21, 2016) – Shrewsbury resident Latonya Brennan was sworn in as the newest member of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees during the board’s monthly public meeting in Lincroft on Dec. 20.

An insurance and risk management professional specializing in education, Brennan has previously worked with the New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group. She is also a past president of the Associate Business Members of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials.

Brennan currently serves as area vice president for Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. Risk Management Services in Princeton. She is among a select group of insurance professionals to hold a Certified School Risk Management designation.

bcc trustee latonya brennan 1PHOTO: Latonya Brennan of Shrewsbury was sworn in as the newest member of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees in Lincroft on Dec. 20. Photo by Brookdale Community College.

Following a public swearing-in ceremony during the trustees’ meeting, Brennan said she is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the Brookdale board.

“I have a strong background working with public entities and boards of education, and I hope to use my experience to benefit the Brookdale Board of Trustees in any way I can,” said Brennan. “This board accomplishes a lot of great things for local students and community members, and together I think we can accomplish even more in the months and years ahead. I am delighted to be here.” 

Brennan was appointed to a five-year term on the board by Gov. Chris Christie.