Saturday, March 16, 2013
County’s population drops for second year in a row, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
Your home county may seem like a small world, but in 2012 Monmouth became a tad smaller—708 residents smaller, to be exact. The U.S. Census Bureau released county population estimates this week for the year spanning July 1, 2011 through July 1, 2012. Monmouth County’s estimated population shrank from 630,821 in 2011 to 629,384 in 2012. The decline marks the second year in a row the county’s population declined: the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county lost 729 between July 2010 and July 2011. While the overall population saw a decline, births and deaths in Monmouth remained flat from 2011 to 2012. There were 6,074 births reported in the 2010 data and 6,100 in the 2012 numbers. Some 5,301 deaths were reported in the county in 2010 and …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Check out the news you may have missed this week from our Patch neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Saturday, February 2
Avon — Longtime Avon restaurateur Rob Fishman, owner of the Avon Pavilion, went to Borough Hall on Monday to show officials new blueprints for rebuilding the boardwalk mainstay. He left without a restaurant. Read more on Wall Patch Rumson — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, those living along the Shrewsbury River in the hard-hit West Park section of Rumson rallied to sift through soggy debris, dry out their homes and rebuild. Three months after Sandy struck on Oct. 29, while there are still remnants of the storm peppering West Park, there are also many signs of completed rebuilding and in-process elevations. Things are literally "looking up" in some spots. Read more on Rumson-Fair Haven Patch. Ocean County — Ocean County will not …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Homeless Project Connect endeavors to count the homeless and inform them about county services and resources. The event will be in Red Bank, Freehold and Asbury Park.
Wednesday, January 30
People who are without a permanent residence, or at risk of becoming homeless, are invited to participate in Monmouth County’s 2013 Project Homeless Connect event at three locations on Wednesday, Jan. 30. A team of volunteers and county staff will be in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank to meet with people and encourage them to seek county services and resources. Those who participate will be asked to provide information and will be offered food, clothing and various services, including free health screenings and employment services. The annual countywide event is designed to gather information about individuals who are experiencing homelessness, and offers information and services available through the county’s Department of Human …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Saturday, January 19
Bradley Beach — With the whir of front loaders and bulldozers pushing sand on the beachfront behind him, Gov. Chris Christie pointed to rebuilding an aggressive dune system as perhaps the most important step in restoring and safeguarding tourism, property and residents' lives along the Jersey Shore. Read more on Manasquan-Belmar Patch. Brick — Becky Grodzki and Matthew Budreck, both of Brick, had planned their June wedding at the waterfront Martell's Waters Edge venue, in Bayville. But when Sandy blew in, portions of the couple's venue were reduced to rubble, and they were told the venue probably wouldn't be ready in time for their wedding. Grodzki and Budreck captured the most votes overall in the Jersey Shore Strong Wedding Package Give…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
News from our Patch neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean counties
Saturday, January 12
Belmar — Gov. Chris Christie and a host of elected officials stood amid a still recovering Ocean Avenue in Belmar Wednesday to kick off the rebuilding of the borough’s boardwalk 73 days after Hurricane Sandy. Flanked by Mayor Matthew Doherty and U.S. Reps. Chris Smith and Frank Pallone, Christie gave a decidedly upbeat speech to a crowd of more than 200 assembled in front of a massive pile driver as construction on the $6.6 million boardwalk commenced. Read more on Manasquan-Belmar Patch. Toms River — In the center of the complex student athletes mill about, waiting as they do between the lengthy delays typical to track and field meets. They’re unaware, as they should be, of one particular seam in the corner of the Toms River facility …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders names residents to boards, commissions at reorganization meeting
Tuesday, January 8
Residents from Tinton Falls and Long Branch were among many throughout Monmouth County to be appointed to regional advisory boards and commissions during Monmouth County's annual reorganization meeting last Thursday at Biotechology High School in Freehold Township. Paul Kiernan Jr. of Long Branch was appointed to a three-year term on the Planning Board and Sean Collins, of Tinton Falls was appointed to a three-year term on the Transportation Council. The full list of citizen appointments made by the Board of Chosen Freeholders is as follows:
Friday, January 4, 2013
Foundation awards six grants to organizations in Sandy-battered communities
OceanFirst Foundation’s Relief and Recovery Grant Program is awarding six new grants totaling $93,000 to organizations in Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River and Monmouth County. The recipients are: Ocean Fire Co. #1, Point Pleasant Beach; Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, Toms River; Children’s Home Society, Toms River; Homes for All, Toms River; O.C.E.A.N., Inc., Toms River and United Way of Monmouth County, Farmingdale. "The foundation's grant program assists the efforts of nonprofit organizations in the New Jersey shore market area that are helping local families and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy," says a prepared statement issued by the foundation. The amount awarded to each of the organizations and details about their …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Legislators from Monmouth County respond to the House of Representative's failure to pass Sandy bill
Thursday, January 3
Senate and Assembly Republican legislators representing Monmouth County municipalities devastated by Superstorm Sandy issued the statement below in response to the House of Representative’ failure to take action on a $60.4B Sandy aid package. They include Senators Joseph Kyrillos, Jennifer Beck, Sam Thompson and Robert Singer; Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande and Amy Handlin, and Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon, David Rible, Sean Kean, Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton. Here is the statement as released in its entirety: “We are appalled at the House of Representatives’ decision to not take action on the Sandy aid package that is so vital to our recovery efforts. Residents and businesses at the Jersey Shore are in dire need of …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Ocean City - John Thornton, a resident of the Ocean City Homes neighborhood on the south end of Ocean City and a teacher at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, recently completed a third segment of a film about the impact of superstorm Sandy on his friends, neighbors and hometown. The first 14-minute segment of the film starts on Saturday, Oct. 27, two days before Sandy makes landfall and continues through the storm. The second part of the film is about Sandy's impact on Ocean City. It starts the day after Sandy makes landfall as Thornton gets his first look at the storm's effects. Read more on Ocean City Patch. It’s Sunday afternoon. A few hours ago guardsmen were stationed along the barrier island, huddled in the rain around makeshift …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
County says it hopes to open the facility in the spring of 2013.
Dormant now for more than a year, Fort Monmouth's Teen Center and its pool in Tinton Falls will see new life next year under the ownership of Monmouth County. This week the Fort Monmouth Economic Revilatization Authority approved the transfer of the property to the county under a Notice of Interest program, where the Army conveys a property to an entity at no cost, for the good of the public. Freeholder Lillian Burry, who is a member of the board of FMERA, thanked the board for its approval of the NOI and said the facility will be regional. "We're anxious to have it opened and functioning in late spring," she said. Though the county won't pay for the property directly, it will come with costs. As part of FMERA's developer agreement with …