Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Belmar man's indictment comes less than two weeks after another former executive of Birdsall Services Group pleaded guilty
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A former executive of Birdsall Services Group, a Monmouth-based engineering firm, was indicted today, less than two weeks after another executive pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to avoid the state's pay-to-play regulations. Thomas Rospos, 60, of Belmar was indicted after being accused of disguising illegal corporate political contributions as personal contributions by employees of the firm, according to a release from the Attorney General's Office. “Mr. Rospos allegedly conspired with others at Birdsall Services Group to circumvent New Jersey’s pay-to-play law through a fraudulent scheme in which extra bonuses were paid to employees to reimburse them for making unreported political contributions,” said Attorney General Jeffrey …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Centers available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Belmar, Leonardo and Union Beach
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened three Disaster Recovery Centers in Monmouth County to provide outlets for residents who need assistance. The following centers are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: “These storms have caused significant damage throughout Monmouth County and we want to make sure those affected by the hurricane get the help for which they are eligible,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county Office of Emergency Management. “FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.” The county advises residents to first register …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Others have had no power at all for 10 days
Gov. Christie told a gathering on Long Beach Island on Wednesday that the coming Nor'easter and anticipated snowfall would likely cause "a setback" in the work underway for full power restoration. Boy, he wasn't kidding. JCP&L, on its website, is acknowledging that the nor'easter has created new outages, often for customers who were hit with outages in the height of Sandy's destructive path, had power restored and are now in the cold darkness yet again. "Late Wednesday, heavy, wet snow and high winds from the nor'easter resulted in approximately 120,000 additional power outages in the Jersey Central Power & Light service territory," says the JCP&L website. The company serves 13 counties in New Jersey, including Monmouth and Ocean. There …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Still 74,012 in the dark in Ocean and Monmouth counties
There are currently 28,176 JCP&L customers without power in Ocean County and 45,836 without power in Monmouth County, according to an update on the JCP&L website. Those numbers change constantly as crews continue to work on outages throughout the region. However, the nor'easter starting to move into the area may cause new outages as well as coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. JCP&L, in a prepared statement, says: "Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has restored power to more than 900,000 of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, marking five consecutive days where crews have restored at least 100,000 customers per day. While restoration continues, JCP&L is preparing for a Nor'easter that is …
The National Weather Service warns there could be more power outages and further damage from lingering storm debris.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning and a coastal flood warning for our area Wednesday, as a "powerful nor'easter" moves up from the Carolinas. Though this storm is not expected to have near the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy,nor'easters can pose serious threats. Click here to learn more. The National Weather Service is predicting that areas significantly affected by Sandy last week will be more susceptible to high winds, citing the possibility of more downed trees and increased power outages. The high wind warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. Winds are expected from the north between 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," the service said, "…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Curfew will run from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. and will continue until further notice.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
UPDATE 8:30- Closure information included: Most Monmouth County offices will be closed on Wednesday following Hurricane Sandy. All non-essential offices will be closed while essential functions like public works and law enforcement will still be on patrol according to a press release from the county. The Election Office is scheduled to be open as Wednesday is the deadline for Vote By Mail applications. Residents interested In the interest of safety, a countywide curfew has been put in place for all Monmouth County residents. “A countywide curfew is in effect from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. and will continue until further notice,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “In the interest of safety and security for all of our residents, this 12 hour curfew …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Freeholder Thomas Arnone addresses Long Branch Council
Lake Takanassee in Long Branch is on the county's list of dredging projects, Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone said during Tuesday night's Long Branch Council meeting. Freeholder Arnone met with the council to explain the Grow Monmouth program which aims to brings more businesses to the county, but noted that the lake could be one of the next projects the county pursues. "I know we are having some early discussions on doing some dredging for you," Freeholder Arnone said. "I will tell you that right now we are dredging a lake in Colts Neck and will then be moving on to Spring Lake. Our goal is to put two (dredging) projects a year on the books for our public works, that's pretty much all we can handle because we only have a certain…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A new report from United Way calculates the number of struggling working families across the state
According to a new report, 28 percent of Monmouth County residents struggle to afford basic necessities, despite having working adults in the home. The United Way reports New Jersey sees one in three households in the same situation, hard-pressed to pay for "housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation." United Way recently released a report, five years in the making, to document the number, location and experiences of New Jersey families who are working, yet "who live each day one crisis away from falling into poverty." The report is known as the ALICE project, which is an acronym for " Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed." Between 41 and 75 percent of Long Branch residents are estimated to be living below the ALICE …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Some areas can even expect hail.
Monmouth County is under a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service as of 8:05 a.m. today. A line of severe storms are moving through the area, with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour as the storm moves northeast. Thunderstorms are expected through 2 p.m. Large hail is possible in some areas, with frequent lightning hitting the ground. Be aware of flooding in the area, and residents are advised to take caution if driving is necessary.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Declaration made because of damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.
President Barack Obama has declared Monmouth County a major disaster area. Congressman Frank Pallone, D-6, said he was notified of President Obama's decision on Saturday. Obama also declared Middlesex County a major disaster area. Sixteen New Jersey counties are now eligible for possible relief from FEMA: Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren. Gov. Chris Christie previously requested assistance for all 21 New Jersey counties, but damage assessments need to be concluded before individual assistance can be granted to the remaining counties of Burlington, Hudson, Mercer, Ocean and Union, according to the governor's office. "…