Thursday, March 21, 2013
Some parents say the school population justifies its need for two nurses. They spoke out at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.
For 23 years New Monmouth Elementary School has had the benefit of two school nurses to serve its population. At the present time, there are 474 pre-school through five grade students enrolled. Thirty-five have are have autism, and some pre-schoolers have multiple disabilities. But on June 30 one of the longtime nurses is retiring and Schools Superintendent William O. George, in consultation with administration, has recommended the position be closed leaving the school with one nurse, just like other similar district schools. "It was not equitable with programs across the district, based on total population, special education population, number of one-on-one paraprofessionals," said Superintendent George in response to a New Monmouth …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Several traditionally loud, fun outdoor celebrations are coming to downtowns nearby.
Several towns are putting on parades with bagpipers, drums, floats and clowns for St. Patrick's Day 2013. Wear something green and bring the camera! Freehold St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday, March 17, 12:15 p.m. Bagpipers, floats, participants in green. Starts at 51 Main Street, ends at 1 West Street. At 7 p.m., bagpipers will serenade between 7 - 9 p.m. at restaurants. Grand Marshal title extended for all born on March 17. Keyport Fire Dept. St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 1 p.m. Five Pipe bands, 5 floats and 18 organizations. Grand Marshal is Harry Aumack, Sr.; Deputy Grand Marshal is Chris Petrizzo. Begins at St. Joseph's Church at Maple Place, moves to West Fourth street, travels along Maple Place to Broad…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
At Saint Mary's in New Monmouth, the bells broadcast the news of the election of Pope Francis.
Just as students at Saint Mary Elementary and Mater Dei High School were packing up to go home around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday, the sound of bells from Saint Mary, Mother of God Church filled the air. A thousand students instantly understood the message. It meant news from the Vatican, that a new pope had been elected to succeed Pope Benedict. "Before there was Internet, before there was TV, radio, all kinds of digital media, and even the printing press, the bells were the method of mass communication," said Mater Dei Principal Steven Sciarappa. "It goes back to church tradition. When something important happened in a local village or town square, or even a city as big as Paris or Rome, it was the church bells, in the biggest buildings …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Rebecca's Reel Quilters, who meet at Poricy Park, displayed their colorful quilts at the library. See the unique designs.
During the month of February, gorgeous quilts created by the Middletown-based Rebecca's Reel Quilters were displayed in the meeting room of the Middletown Township Library. Rebecca's Reel Quilters have been meeting for 20 years at Poricy Park, sharing tips and companionship during quilting sessions on Wednesdays, and learning new techniques like fabric painting, machine embroidery and quilted fashion from professionals on monthly Sunday sessions. The Community Service Quilters meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Rebecca's Reel is the only quilting group in the area. Learn more about joining them at their website, rebeccasreel.org.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Seventeen Middletown Township public schools were awarded money earned from student participation in the huge annual event run by volunteers.
The numbers are in from the 2012 Great Race of Middletown, and as usual, everybody won. Last fall 4,022 school children took part in the event October 20 athletic event at Middletown High School North. They raised a total of $44,242 for school parent organizations. That's up $8,982 from the year before. "It's incredible how much the enrollment has grown in the past few years," said Great Race Chairwoman Joan Minnues. Participation in the 8 to 10 year-olds' race, for example, jumped from 200 to 800 kids, she said, and the Race Committee has decided that next year there will a three dedicated races just for those zippy 8 year-olds, 9 year-olds and 10 year-olds. At the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, Minnues thanked the army …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The bridge, located on the Claypit Creek Run, allows a traveler to walk, bike or ride horseback on trails all the way from Locust to Highlands.
A new trail with a wooden bridge and boardwalk has been installed in Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Park in Middletown, which means a person can now travel all the way from Huber Woods Park in Locust to Rocky Point in Highlands along nature trails. The long-planned link by the Monmouth County Park System eliminates the need for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists to travel a distance along Hartshorne Road when traveling between Huber and Hartshorne. "You can go from one side, Huber, and walk all day through Hartshorne," said Parks Planning Manager Ken Thoman. "This has been in anticipation -- since forever." The Claypit Creek was acquired in 2005, and the connection was initiated in 2009. It was accomplished with a NJ …
Monday, February 25, 2013
$50,000 is earmarked for the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, part of a $1 million pledge in food and funds for Sandy relief.
The Saker family, which runs and operates 31 Saker Shoprites in New Jersey, has pledged $200,000 to several Monmouth County charities focused on helping the community recover from Hurricane Sandy. The beneficiaries include the Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund, Catholic Charities of Monmouth County, Project Paul in Keansburg, the RAINE Foundation based in Hazlet, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, and The Middletown Disaster Relief Fund (MDRF). The MDRF will distribute $50,000 in supermarket gift cards, said Fund Chairman Tony Fiore. "Of all the towns that got walloped, Middletown got walloped probably the hardest," said Saker, a township resident, at a luncheon with organization representatives in the Route 35 Middletown store …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Sgt. William Colangelo is credited with applying for surplus military equipment, which came in handy for rescuers during the height of Hurricane Sandy.
One resourceful Middletown Police officer is credited with acquiring $424,453 worth surplus military equipment for Police Department through the Department of Defense’s Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), just in time to save lives during Hurricane Sandy. Sgt. First Class William Colangelo researched and applied for the program that bestowed Middletown PD with 5 Humvees, two cargo trucks, one generator, 2 water pumps, 8 cameras, a storage unit, and more than than 40 computers and laptops at no charge. "We got a lot of good, brand new equipment because the government is de-escalating the war, and they are turning over the equipment to law enforcement, to make use of it, and we are going to make good use of it," said Chief Robert Oches…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Board of Trustees votes 5-2 to approve a 2013 budget that closes the Lincroft, Bayshore and Navesink branch libraries. The buildings may remain open, for other uses not connected to the library system.
The Middletown Library Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Wednesday to adopt the 2013 budget, which calls for the closure of the Bayshore, Navesink and Lincroft branch libraries as of March 1. Despite a recent effort by a committee of citizens and the board to find alternatives to the closures and even a last-minute challenge by one board member to rethink hours and salaries, the majority of the trustees said that keeping the branches afloat for even one more year could jeopardize its tight budget. About 50 people attended the meeting, and several spoke out against the board's decision. "Lincroft feels robbed," Melanie Elminger told the board, after its vote. "Our school library, funded by the PTA, is being reduced to carts with grade-school …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Society President Russell Card says he hopes even more treasures will surface.
At a gathering of the Middletown Historical Society Monday night in Leonardo, Highlands Historical Society President Russell Card said his town has been hurt badly by Hurricane Sandy, but its precious archive were saved from destruction. Card said the Society has since been gifted with new "treasures" from one special donor. Unlike the other presenters who shared heirloom beer brewery collections, postcards of the Arctic and figures "Made in Occupied Japan" from their personal collections, the Highlands resident came empty-handed to the meeting. Sadly, his own personal possessions were lost in Hurricane Sandy.