Friday, May 18, 2012
Officials and residents gathered for the opening ceremony on the bridge
It was a beautiful day for a bridge re-opening. After seven months of repair work and a gathering, replete with speeches and ribbon cutting, the historic Oceanic Bridge did something this morning it hasn’t done all those months — it opened, to many smiles, sighs of relief and gasps of amazement at the sight so close up. Officials, dignitaries and residents of both Rumson and Middletown stood right at the foot of the revamped 98-foot moveable portion as horns sounded and each side of the freshly painted green drawbridge rose, marking the official opening of the span to traffic. “Wow,” Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl said. “After all these years, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it open so close-up. This is a first for me. And, I also got to …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The bank is touted as having a unique interior with state-of-the-art features.
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Middletown branch of Colonial American Bank is officially open. The ribbon was cut at the Route 35 site by Mayor Tony Fiore to commemorate the occasion last week on May 5. The bank features: a public WiFi area, cookie and coffee bar, customer-friendly banquettes for all service needs, LCD information screens, a state-of-the-art coin counter and conference room with flat screen TV for presentation needs. Salvatore Sassano was announced as the winner of the iPad 3 giveaway. "We had an overwhelming response from the public, friends and family who joined us in a day of celebration," said Anthony Giordano, III, president and CEO. "We look forward to serving our customers in Middletown and the surrounding areas and participating and …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The following information was obtained directly from Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office records. It does not indicate a conviction.
A Middletown man has been indicted on aggravated assault and resisting arrest charges stemming from an incident in Asbury Park in Feburary, according to the indictment signed by Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw. Gregory Stanley, 22, of 14 Smith Place, Middletown, allegedly resisted arrest by trying to prevent police from “effecting an (his) arrest by “using or threatening to use physical force or violence against the law enforcement officers” in a Feb. 5 Asbury Park incident. The resisting charge is a third-degree crime. Stanley is also accused of aggravated assault on a police officer, a third-degree crime, for allegedly intentionally attempting to cause or causing bodily injury to the arresting officers, the indictment said. The …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Mayor says grant will stave off otherwise tax-funded initiatives
With the recent Christie administration announcement of roughly $16 million in NJ Department of Environmental Protection Clean Communities Program grants, Middletown has been awarded one of the highest funding amounts in the state. The 42-square-mile township, populated by roughly 68,000 residents, has been allocated $114,937 to employ initiatives to keep Middletown well-groomed. It is the largest municipality in Monmouth County. What the money means for Middletown, Mayor Tony Fiore said, is that there will be funding to offset costs to maintain the township’s 36 parks with new trash receptacles and more, fund Christmas tree pick-ups, hire seasonal and temporary employees and, basically, anything to keep the township clean and quality of …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The following information was obtained directly from Middletown Township Police Department and Monmouth County records. It does not indicate a conviction.
An Old Bridge man has been arrested on charges that he allegedly bilked more than $55,000 from a Middletown woman, police reports said. John Martocci, 57, of 7 Haven Drive in Cheesequake Village, Old Bridge, was arrested on May 7, by Middletown Police Detective Daniel Sullivan, and charged with theft by deception, passing bad checks, on contempt of court warrants issued by the Ocean and Old Bridge municipal courts and a New Jersey State parole warrant, Middletown Police Detective Lt. Steve Dollinger reported. "Detective Sullivan located the subject in Red Bank," Dollinger said. Martocci was arrested after a complaint against him was signed by Sullivan and Middletown Detective Jeffrey Barner alleging that “on or about” Dec. 1, 2011, he …
Monday, May 7, 2012
A weekly roundup of the best blog posts on Patch.
Each week Patch will be taking a look at the best Local Voices posts by our area bloggers and invite you to join the conversation. Do you an opinion on the issues that impact your community? Do you have a skill or hobby you would like to share with your friends and neighbors? How about blogging your experience participating in or cheering on a loved one at the New Jersey Marathon on Sunday? Patch has made our blogging platform easier to use. Read the instructions under the "Start Blogging" section below to post your first piece. Certified personal trainer Lynn Mele offers tips on how to plan an at-home exercise program and, more importantly, stick to it. Author and foodie Lindsay Griesbach says growing a small herb garden and using them in…
About 13,000 racers participate in 2012 race, with a few of the top placers from Middletown.
The many changes to the 2012 New Jersey Marathon including a new starting location and time, did not stop a huge number of runners and spectators from flocking to Oceanport and Long Branch on Sunday morning. About 13,000 participants enjoyed a perfect day and raced through the streets of several local towns as they raced to a finish on the Promenade in Long Branch. And Middletown was well-represented. Finishing fifth in the overall full marathon in (male 20-24) category was Middletown's James Register with a time of 2:44:05. Middletown's Brian Register finished eighth in the same category. His time was 2:51:23. Excellent, guys! We're guessing you're brothers. Twins? For the half marathon, Lincroft's Isabel Graf placed second in her …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The man was charged with assault against a 15-year-old
A Middletown man stands accused of aggravated sexual assault against a 15-year-old female in connection with an incident that reportedly occurred on or about April 23, 2012 in Middletown. Samuel Mitchell, 45, of 101 Seabreeze Avenue, in the North Middletown section of Middletown, was arrested after a complaint was filed on May 2, 2012, alleging that Mitchell, who had “supervisory or disciplinary power” over his victim, committed an act of digital penetration by touching the victim with his fingers and mouth and had allegedly rubbed his victim’s buttocks “on more than one occasion,” the complaint, signed by Middletown Police Detective Kelly Godley and Detective Sgt. Jeffery Barner, said. Mitchell has been charged with aggravated sexual …
Friday, May 4, 2012
It was freed by 6:40 pm; train service appeared to be uninterrupted.
A large ice cream delivery truck, too tall for a railroad bridge near Red Bank, became wedged underneath the span shortly after 5 p.m. Friday evening, triggering a 90-minute effort to free it. Middletown police were detouring traffic at Hubbard Avenue and West Front Street. New Jersey Transit police were also at the scene and two tow trucks had arrived by 6:15 p.m. The driver of the Uncle Louie G ice cream truck appeared to be deflating its tires to reduce its height so it could clear the underside of the bridge. By 6:40 p.m., the truck was able to clear the bridge and police were clearing the scene.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Spy House and churches on the agenda
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The 40 participating “Weekend in Old Monmouth” historic sites are putting the finishing touches on their preparation for this weekend’s event. That’s when most of Monmouth County historic sites will open their doors to visitors interested in local history from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The tour includes lighthouses, Victorian homes, farms, museums, churches and a working gristmill. “This is a great way to see so much of Monmouth County’s history in a day or two,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event. “Weekend in Old Monmouth is a special tour project that synchronizes the hours of operation so history buffs can …