Claddagh and Operation Jersey Shore Santa's STUFF IT EVENT
December 10 2013
The Claddagh has joined forces with Jersey Shore Santa. Here It's their message: "This Christmas we have paired with Operation Jersey Shore Santa to collect toys for kids affected by Hurricane Sandy.
OJSS is donating toys for over 1,000 kids this year including many families from the Highlands!
On Saturday December 21st we will have a STUFF IT event where our goal is to fill an entire bus with toys to donate!
We will have live music, SANTA, face painting, door prizes and drink specials!
Bring you're kids to have lunch and be photographed with Santa!
Let's celebrate by giving back this year!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A TOY!"
Join the Party!
Robert Wilson Toys for Tot’s Drive
December 03 2013
Message by Rebecca Kane
It’s that time of year where the Highlands Fire Department is getting in the Christmas Spirit! We are holding our Annual Robert Wilson Toys for Tot’s Drive for the in need Families of the Borough of Highlands.
We are looking for unwrapped TOYS, cash or check donations made to: Robert Wilson Xmas Fund (17-1 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732). If you know of any Highlands children needing extra help please contact Mike Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-581-9940 anytime.
The Robert Wilson Toys for Tot’s Event will be held on Sunday December 22, 2013 at 12PM located in the firehouse (17-1 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732). All children are welcome from the Borough of Highlands and should be ready for candy canes, hot chocolate, cookies and of course pictures with SANTA!!
Highlands Fire Department
Historic buildings at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook draw interest from potential new tenants
November 30 2013
The National Parks Service solicited proposals for reusing dilapidated buildings at historic Fort Hancock and more than 100 prospective tenants are buzzing with interest, the Asbury Park Press reports.
While no official proposals have been submitted, about 175 people have toured and inspected the nearly three dozen buildings in the former military reservation in Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit, the report said.
People have expressed interest in renovating the buildings on the beachfront national park into bed and breakfast lodging, education centers and offices for private businesses, according to Jennifer Nersesian, superintendent of the Gateway National Recreation Area.
"I don't think any of us expected that kind of response," Gerard Glaser, co-chairman of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee, told the newspaper.
Most of the buildings require extensive repairs ranging from $750,000 to $1.3 million or more, the report said. However the renovations would qualify for a 20 percent federal tax credit for historic preservation and renovators would have access to the Department of Interior's historic preservation staff.
The National parks Service will accept written expressions of interests until Dec. 16. The submissions will be reviewed by the park service and the advisory committee at a meeting on Jan. 10.
Thanks to NJ.com
Thanksgiving Dinner for Sandy Survivors
November 28, 2013
Sandy Survivors who have been displaced from their homes due to the Hurricane last year were able to enjoy a wonderful free Thanksgiving dinner
thanks to the Higgings and shields Family. This is the second year Windansea does a free Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. The crew worked really hard in the Kitchen to make
Turkey, and so many other great dishes. I was only there for about half an hour but was nice to see all these people with a smile on Thanksgiving.
Fire Structure on bay Avenue
November 26, 2013
Firefighters did a great job this morning putting out a fire on Bay avenue. Houses and businesses next to it
were not affected.
Pics Thanks to rebecca Kane
Attempted Robbery at Cumberland Farms in Highlands
November 21, 2013
On 11/17/13 Christopher A. Silletti 41 Highlands was arrested and charged with Attempted Robbery, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances believed to be Heroin.
At 6:50AM Sgt. Robert Burton and Officer George Roxby responded to a call of a Robbery at the Cumberland Farms Bay Avenue. Upon arrival they were notified that a white male wearing a bandana over his neck and face and wearing sunglasses and a hood had demanded money.
The clerk explained that she was stunned by his appearance and demeanor and hesitated whereby the suspect again demanded money. A patron entered at that moment and the suspect fled.
The patron later stated to the police that he too was alarmed to observe the suspect dressed in that fashion and noted that the clerk clearly was in fear. The patron also noted that the suspect was wearing surgical gloves and had a distinctive tattoo.
The suspect then fled and was found, based on the clerk’s and patron’s description, on Highway 36 by Officer Roxby where he was arrested.
No money was transferred during the robbery attempt.
Silletti’s bail was set at $152,500.00 by Judge Justus of the NJ Superior Court whereupon he was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institute.
Det. Ian Dobens is conducting a further investigation.
Thanks to Atlantic Highlands Herald
Free Thanksgiving Dinner at WindandSea
November 13, 2013
Highlands House Fire kills Woman.
By Brett Bodner-APP.COM
November 12, 2013
A morning house fire on Shore Drive killed one woman, the borough fire chief said Tuesday.
The victim’s identity was not available Tuesday morning, said Fire Chief Bill Kane. A man in the house at 107 Shore Drive made it out alive, Kane said. A cat and dog were also killed in the fire, said Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The fire started in the living room of the single-story house, Kane said.
Investigators from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are looking into the cause of the fire. The Prosecutor’s Office always looks into fatal fires to determine if any criminal activity took place, or if the fire was accidental.
Gary Filippone, 56, a retired firefighter himself, has lived at nearby 103 Shore Drive for 20 years. It was his daughter who first told him that one of the neighbor’s houses was on fire. He said he was not familiar with the homeowners in the house that burned.
“The whole backyard was filled with smoke and my son, Gary Filippone Jr., went to the home to see if he can get in the back door to help, but he couldn’t get in and smoke was too much,” Filippone said. “The smoke was so heavy I couldn’t even see across the street.
“The smoke was incredible, it just started building up and there was no way to get in there,” Filippone said. “The whole thing is really sad, especially when it’s a neighbor.
Thanks to Brett Bodner-APP
Video Thanks to John Schneider
Sandy's wrath hastens demise of Paradise Park mobile homes
Thanks to APP by Kevin Penton
For decades, it served as an idyllic slice of the waterfront for a mixture of working class folks and those looking to get away on the weekends.
Paradise Park was certainly not a typical “trailer park” — a beautiful strip of beach was just steps away, the sound of Sandy Hook Bay’s waves could lull residents to sleep and views of the New York City skyline were visible from many trailer windows.
But in recent years, many residents knew that their days in Paradise, as many called their home, were numbered.
“We became a very tight-knit community, in part because of working together to save our homes,” said Lori Dibble, president of the Paradise Park Homeowners Association.
Years of court battles resulted in an unsuccessful effort by the residents to buy the site for nearly $3 million from owner James Bollerman.
Subsequently, Bollerman tendered buyout offers to many, but withdrew them after superstorm Sandy decimated the 3.7-acre site.
Last week, a Monmouth County judge gave attorneys representing Bollerman and many of the park’s residents until Wednesday to ink settlement agreements that would finalize their legal departures from the site.
Bollerman could not be reached for comment.
In contrast, several borough officials are more than eager to talk about the $30-million development plans for the site that Bollerman filed last month, and the potential for a more than tenfold increase in the annual property taxes the new concept could generate.
Bollerman envisions a 49-unit residential development and a revamping of an adjacent set of docks into a “world class” marina capable of handling boats 80 feet long, according to the plans.
There would be six residential units in each three-story residential structure, according to the plans. A restaurant, offices and a couple of retail spaces would be located next to the revamped marina.
“I’m thrilled about this,” Borough Councilman Chris Francy said. “This can only be good news for the town.”
Mayor Frank Nolan estimates the site could generate $575,000 in annual property taxes, a significant uptick from the nearly $39,000 that Bollerman currently pays
The additional revenue would certainly be welcome in a Bayshore town that Sandy decimated. Many commercial spaces along Bay Avenue remain shuttered, and at least dozens of residents have not been able to return to their homes, Nolan said.
“If done right, this is something I believe Highlands could embrace,” said Nolan, who also sits on the Highlands Planning Board. It is scheduled to review the plans on Nov. 14.
Last week, Superior Court Judge Patricia Del Bueno Cleary dismissed the claims of three former residents against Bollerman, finding they did not have merit.
“That was our position all along,” said Christopher Hanlon, a Freehold attorney who represents Bollerman’s company, Red Bank’s Navesink Capital Partners. “The court did not require us to buy those homes after they were destroyed.”
Tara Redmond, an attorney with Ocean Monmouth Legal Services, said Navesink Capital Partners and the 11 people her firm represents have reached a settlement. She declined to speak of its terms.
Ken Biedzynski, a Freehold attorney representing seven families, said his firm is in the process of finalizing its own settlement with the owner.
“I’m hopeful,” said Biedzynski of reaching a settlement before Wednesday.
Should the settlements be finalized, Cleary said she will file orders to dismiss the respective cases. If not, those involved would participate in a case management conference.
As the lawyers wrangle and the borough officials calculate the development’s impact on the town’s coffers, the site itself appears abandoned.
Bollerman cleared out some of the trailers several months ago. Mounds of concrete and other debris sit next to the vacant trailers that remain — and ropes and “no trespassing” signs surround the site.
Dibble declined to comment on the cases, citing the settlement talks.
But she said that she will miss living in Paradise, where “everybody knew everybody.
“Everyone looked out for each other,” Dibble said. “It was very safe and secure — we had our own little corner of Highlands.”
Highlands, N.J., VFW to Benefit From Volunteer Project Hosted by Verizon, HGTV/DIY Network and Rebuilding Together
For the Highlands Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6902, the impact of Superstorm Sandy still lingers more than a year later. The post's hall, located at 331 Bay Ave., sustained severe flood damage from the storm and continues to recover.
With Veteran's Day approaching, the VFW hall's renovation will get a boost on Friday (Nov. 8) through a special volunteer project organized by the Verizon Foundation, Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together that will include a special appearance by interior designer Tiffany Brooks, winner of this season's "HGTV Star."
More than 30 volunteers from Verizon, Scripps Networks Interactive, Rebuilding Together and the local community will meet at the VFW hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to paint interior walls and railings, handicap ramps and front steps at the building's entrance; replace damaged ceiling tiles in the hall; and remove weeds and clear debris from around the property.
Local officials -- including Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (6th Congressional District of New Jersey) -- will meet with the volunteers during an 11 a.m. break to thank them for their efforts.
"Superstorm Sandy affected everyone in New Jersey in some way, and this project gives our employees an opportunity to get involved with the community and to get the Highlands VFW back into shape," said Jayne Mayer, Verizon Foundation employee engagement director. "This partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together also allows us to give back to the veterans who have proudly served our country."
Full article here!
Candle Light Ceremony
Today the people of Highlands got together at Huddy Park for a Candle Light Ceremony a year after Sandy.
Carla Cefalo was the Master of Ceremony. Mayor Frank Nolan Welcomed everyone. The local Clergy were there. It was an occasion of
remembrance and a communal gathering of Hope.
Highlands Man Twice Arrested for Violating Restraining Order
October 17, 2013
A borough man was arrested on Tuesday twice for allegedly violating a restraining order, by repeatedly sending threatening cell phone messages and texts to the victim.
According to the borough police criminal complaint forwarded to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Andrew M. Weyrick, 41, listed on the complaint as homeless, was taken into custody and charged for violating provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. Police said Weyrick had been taken into custody earlier in the day, allegedly for the same offense, posted bond, was released, and arrested again later.
His bail for the second charge was set at $7,500 with an order from the judge not to contact the victim, according to the complaint.
Water Main Break on Highland avenue
October 17, 2013
A water Main break on Highland avenue is being repaired. I heard it may be 8 hours before we get our water back.
CandleLight Ceremony-October 29
October 16, 2013
A Candlelight Ceremony of Hope for the Future of Highlands will take place at Huddy Park on October 29 at 6 PM.
Come and Join us.
Volunteers needed in Highlands!
October 16, 2013
This is for Highlands Sandy Ground playground at Veterans' Park.
October 23rd: Truck unloading at 7:30AM-Volunteers Needed
October 24th: Building all day starting at 8AM-Volunteers Needed
October 25th and 26th: Rubber surfacing done by Giordano Contracting
October 27th : Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11AM
Highlands man charged with burglary, police say
October 9, 2013
Gary D. Grieser was arrested and charged with burglary after two borough residents woke up to find him standing in their bedroom, police said.
Grieser, who lives in Highlands and Florida, was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and defiant trespass, Capt. Henry B. Clagett said. His bail was set at $102,000, he said.
The two residents confronted Grieser after waking up on Sept. 25 and he then fled from the house, Clagett said. Highlands police were then notified and were given a description of the suspect.
Police found that a window was broken for the suspect to gain access to the home, Clagett said. A tracking police canine was used and footprints believed to match the shoes of the suspect were found.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Ian Dobens of the Highlands Police also conducted a forensic examination.
Grieser was later arrested at a relative’s home in the area, Clagett said.
Thanks to Brett Bodner-APP
Nice Turn Out for OktoberFest
Oktober 6, 2013
Lots of people came to Highlands NJ to celebrate Oktoberfest which took place at Veterans Park. There
were long lines of people waiting to taste the delicious food and the tasty beer. Big Thanks to all the people that
Event Pics here!
Sandy hook Federal Park Closed
October 01, 2013
Sandy hook Federal park is now closed Due to The Government shutting down. Let us hope this shutdown does not take long.
Support Highlands First Aid Squad Today at Chilangos
September 22, 2013
Do not forget to go by Chilangos today. You will get two tacos and a soft drink for ten dollars. The Money will help fixing one of the Town ambulances.
So go and Support! They also will take donations. it started at noon and it goes until 6pm.
Event Pics here!
Meet "Rebecca Kane" at Chilangos
September 22, 2013
Video Thanks to John Schneider
Sunday Sept 22, 1:00-3:00.
Come to Chilangos and talk to Becky regarding her plans for our town's future.
Highlands First Aid Squad raises funds for replacement ambulances
September 15, 2013
Aged by time and ravaged by Sandy, the Highlands First Aid Squad (HFAS) ambulances are in desperate need of replacement. At a Fund Raiser sponsored by Chilangos on Sunday, September 22nd, the HFAS will start raising the funds necessary to replace their ambulances. Starting at Noon, and going to 6PM, the Chilangos' parking lot at 272 Bay Ave. in Highlands will be transformed into a celebration of community support for the Highlands First Aid Squad with food, music, and entertainment.
As was most of Highlands, the HFAS was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Over 6 feet of water in the First Aid Building - and until 3 weeks ago, only enough power for 1 light and 2 shorelines to charge the ambulances when not in use, no running
water and no A/C. All but 3 members' homes either significantly damaged or have completely destroyed. The building now has limited running water and electricity, but still no A/C and, with winter approaching, no heat. All of the supplies, the oxygen refill system, and much of the "portable" equipment such as radios, pagers, etc. have been ruined during the flooding, the evacuations and all the various moves.
But the HFAS is back in their building - still with no A/C or heat, yet morale is high and
HFAS is still serving our community. With over 130 rescues made during Sandy, the HFAS is responding to calls even now while members are still displaced; many in neighboring towns. While efforts continue to start the rebuilding process, the rigs have taken a beating as the sole "residence" until just a few months ago as the building was off-limits. A beating that reached a breaking point when both failed - leaving the HFAS to rely on mutual aid from Sandy Hook.
With Borough support, our repair facility provided a loaner ambulance which kept the HFAS available to protect the residents of Highland. One ambulance is 20 years old with age taking its toll. Both were severely impacted as Sandy's waters destroyed the building, forcing both ambulances out into the elements to be used both as response vehicles and "storerooms" for medical supplies and equipment. Add damage due to driving through the muddy and salty flood waters and both broke down. The newer ambulance was repaired and returned to service but will require constant, costly maintenance until replaced. The older ambulance must be retired immediately as it may not be cost-effective to repair, the loaner must be returned soon, and so its replacement is time critical.
Donations may be made out to the Highlands First Aid Squad and dropped off at Chilangos, at the Fund Raiser, or at any other time, please contact Ed Cetron (email@example.com) or any Highlands First Aid Squad member to make arrangements for a donation, sponsorship, or other forms of assistance.
Thanks to app.com
That Band-American Legion
September 15, 2013
Video Thanks to John Nanney
Yesterday "That Band" and other Musical guests played at The American Legion Post 143 in Highlands NJ.
For 15 dollars people got to eat and drink.
Another house falls down
September 14, 2013
Last night another house that was being lifted collapsed. The house was located on 49 Second Street in Highlands NJ. No injuries were reported. The house was
just resting on metal stilts.
More pics here
Community Dinner-Red Bank Nj
September 11, 2013
Lunch Break, Red Bank Resource Network, Community Affairs & Resource Center & Emmanuel
Baptist Church invites you to our Community Dinners.
More Information on their Facebook page
Sandy ground Benefit Concert-Highlands Nj
September 08, 2013
A small clip of what went on today at the benefit concert. We were only there for about 2 hours and a half but it was fun.
lots of food and beer and good music.
Check the pictures here!
Replenishing Sea Bright beach
September 05, 2013
A small clip of the work that is going on in Sea Bright beach.Hurricane Sandy severely impacted large portions of the northeastern United States.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ previously constructed beach erosion control and
storm risk reduction project along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey from Sea Bright
to Manasquan was impacted with the storm causing the loss of roughly 5 million
cubic yards of sand during the storm.
Monmouth County: NJTF Super Community Tree Giveaway Application
September 05, 2013
The NJ Tree Foundation is excited to give away 200 trees in your county as part of the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee's Environmental Program. If you would like to receive a free tree, please fill out the following survey. Trees will be provided to the first 200 survey respondents. You will receive an email from a NJ Tree Foundation staff member if your application is accepted.
This giveaway is being held in partnership with the Red Bank Shade Tree Committee and Red Bank Environmental Commission. Trees must be picked up on Saturday October 26, 2013, between 9:00am - 12:00pm at 90 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701. There are 140 redbud trees and 60 white oak trees available through this giveaway. We will do our best to fill your first request, but please be prepared to accept either tree. Thank you for your participation in our effort to reforest Monmouth County!
Restaurant impossible Robert Irvine helps Sea bright
September 04, 2013
Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible was today in Sea bright with his crew to help rebuild a fence at the
playground which was built in memory in one of the teachers "Anne Marie Murphy" who died in Newtown, Conn.
Five men arrested on cocaine, marijuana charges
September 03, 2013
Five men were arrested and charged with cocaine and marijuana offenses after authorities executed a search warrant at 297 Bay Ave. in a rear upper apartment over the Claddagh Bar.
The search revealed a digital scale with white powder residue, bags used for packaging, water pipes, an inventory and money ledger and assorted materials for packaging and using cocaine and marijuana, according to Police Capt. Henry B. Clagett.
Juan E. Guzman, 37, Juan A. Hoyos, 33, Margarito Martine, 52 Mario Salazar, 23 and Oscar Carbrera, 25 were charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. They were released on their own recognizance
The investigation was initiated several months ago based on information obtained by police detectives Sgt. Joseph Rogers and Mathew Chesek.
Jose A. Salazar, 27, was charged with possession of cocaine, less than 50 grams of marijuana, paraphernalia including the electronic scale with cocaine residue and packaging materials. Jose A. Salazar was held in lieu of $10,000 with no 10 percent option and he remains in the Monmouth County Jail.
Thanks to APP.com
Baby sitter defends children after man entered Highlands home, made sexual comments, cops say
August 30, 2013
A baby sitter defended two children after a borough man entered a home and attempting to force a young girl into a bathroom as he was making several sexual comments and pointing to his genital area, police said.
Bhe suspect entered the home through the back door at about 10:28 p.m. Tuesday, where he found two children with an adult baby sitter, Clagett said. The sitter did not know the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, and immediately confronted him and asked him to leave the home.
The children recognized the man as he had been a day laborer at the house, Clagett said.
The man then sat down on the couch and began to make sexual
comments to the baby sitter and the children, Clagett said. He then tried to grab one of the children and attempted to force her into a bathroom.
He continued to make sexual comments to the child, who started to cry. He began lifting up his shirt and pointed to his genital area as he made comments, Clagett said.
The baby sitter continued to order the man out of the house and placed herself between the man and the children. She said she would call the police and the man realized he should leave, Clagett said.
Kelly was later found and arrested on the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and North Street. He was in possession of what is believed to be Molly, which is a street name for MDMA or Ecstasy, Clagett said. A forensic examination of the substance will be conducted by the State Police Laboratory.
Kelly was described as being red faced with a white foam around his mouth, Clagett said.
The Asbury Park Press asked Highlands Police for a photo of the suspect, but they did not respond to the request by deadline. State law allows authorities discretion in releasing suspect photos, but they often refuse to do so, saying they are prohibited by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Thanks to APP.com
50 Beers on Draft, where?
August 25, 2013
A lot of people do not know that The Claddagh has been opened since July 30. They are still working hard to get the Kitchen running but
they do have lots of beer. yesterday they were getting the draft beer system together and Owner Carmen said there will be fifty different types of beers on Draft. The Draft system should be ready by Sunday.
As Highlanders do not forget to go and support Ara & Carmen...have a beer or 2 or more.Click the picture above to see a 360 picture of Claddagh.
Havana Tropical Cafe is back!
August 24, 2013
Cuban restaurant "Havana Tropical Cafe" is back in business. They will be opening at 5 pm today, so don't forget to go
and support them. They do have an amazing Sangria. Click the picture above to see the album
Highlands home partially collapses, damaging house next door
August 23, 2013
A home damaged by superstorm Sandy shifted on its foundation while being elevated Friday, damaging another house in the process.
Both homes needed to be leveled as a result, officials said. The home that initially collapsed has been demolished.
Contractors were working on the home at the corner of Locust Street and Willow Street, according to Dale Leubner, a representative of the borough engineer’s office and zoning officer. The cause is still under investigation, he said.
One of the corners of the house gave way around 11 a.m., Leubner said.
There were no injuries and no one was inside either house, Leubner said. The owner was out of the area, he said, and the home next door, which was also damaged, had already been vacant since Sandy, he said.
The construction company is Hasenfus Construction.
The mother of one of its owners, who did not wish to be identified, said she tried to get items out of the house before the demolition, but was not allowed to enter.
Her daughter and son-in-law are currently driving north from Florida, she said.
Iris Mazauskas, who lives across the street from the demolished home, said that some time after 10 a.m., she felt her own house shake vigorously. She came out to her balcony and saw the house at an angle.
"The noise just reverberated, it was so loud," said Mazauskas, who didn't really know the occupants.
The family had all their belongings inside, and they will have to be destroyed with the house, as it is now too unsafe and unstable to let anyone inside, Leubner said.
“I feel really bad for him and his family.” Leubner said. “It is too unsafe, because once you get in there and start moving things around, it’s tough to say what will happen. We haven’t had any injuries so we don’t want to push that envelope.
Leubner said surround homeowners have been notified to get ourt of the area while these two homes are razed. “Hopefully, all goes well and that will be it,” he said.
Machinery is on the scene to knock down the houses and New Jersey Natural Gas is cutting the gas lines to properties affected.
The area received a lot of water during the storm. Some buildings took five or six feet of water, Leubner said.
Over a dozen homes have been lifted in the town since the storm, and there are still a number left to be done, Leubner said. This was the first time there was a serious problem, he said.
Highlands Fire Department, Highlands Police Department and Highlands EMS responded, as well as the Asbury Park building collapse team and Earle Fire Departments.
Thanks to APP
House lifting goes wrong
August 23, 2013
A house located on Willow street in highlands was being lifted but something went wrong. It came off the beam and ended up resting on a Bungalow next to it.
No injures were reported. Picture thanks to Sam Green.
Explosion at Earle Navel in Leonardo
Update-According to Don Murphy it was a Propane Tank
August 20, 2013
Emergency services responding to the Earle Naval Weapons Station Waterfront Complex in Leonardo (Middletown) for an explosion with multiple victims. Ken Rumney reports a medevac has been requested to fly, adding there are 5 patients at this time.
Use caution in the area and expect delays as services operate on scene
Info from Monmouth County police
Sandy ground Benefit Concert-Highlands Nj
August 19, 2013
Help us in building our 26 playgrounds for our 26 angels from Newtown while attempting to restore our coast after Hurricane Sandy. The concert will take place in the Parking Lot area of the SeaStreak Ferry, located at 326 Shore Dr in Highlands, NJ on Sunday September 8th. To pre-order tickets, please call MaryKate at 732-499-9250 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All checks can be made payable to "Sandy Ground Project Concert Fund", all donations are tax deductible.
Tickets are $35 per person, or $120 for a pack of 4. Tickets can be picked up at the door or mailed directly to you for an extra $2 shipping fee.
Concert will include food and beer/wine trucks, many live performances, a special dedication video, and a huge celebration of life and restoration. All ages are welcome!
More details and updates to follow in the coming weeks. Any questions can be directed to MaryKate Lavin at email@example.com.
Hope to see you all there!
Buy your tickets here!
Bahrs Crabcakes won People's Choice Award
August 19, 2013
Joseph Romanowski, beloved Jersey Shore chef, dies
August 16, 2013
Joseph Romanowski, one of the Jersey Shore’s most beloved and innovative chefs, died Monday. He was 52.
Maggie Lubcke said her husband was diagnosed with cancer 2 ½years ago.
Lubcke, 63, of Eatontown described her husband as a loving, generous man and an artistic chef who had fun in the kitchen. The couple owned two of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Monmouth County: Joe and Maggie’s Bistro in Long Branch from 1991 to 2005, and then Bay Avenue Trattoria in Highlands. The trattoria was destroyed by flood waters during superstorm Sandy and never reopened.
Romanowski, who grew up in Pipersville, Pa., graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He worked in several Bucks County restaurants before moving to New Jersey.
Lubcke said she was working as a waitress at the old Cypress restaurant in Ocean Township in 1984 when Romanowski took over the lunch service. She immediately recognized his talent and passion for a business that demands consistency, organization and complete dedication.
After two weeks she told him that they were going to open a restaurant together.
“He just looked at me and shook his head,” she recalled with a laugh.
Read the full article here-APP
Could storm-battered NJ town be raised 10 feet?
August 12, 2013 New York News
Superstorm Sandy flooded Highlands, N.J., a small borough near Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, nearly destroying the downtown area. Many residences and businesses were severely damaged.
The mayor is weighing a plan to raise part of the community by 10 feet -- not just the buildings, but the actually streets, sidewalks, and more -- in an effort to protect the town from a future storm.
But many are skeptical of such a project because of the cost and time it would require.
Kerry to the rescue!
August 11, 2013
A sick, Mangy Fox that had been frightening Highlands residents for the past days has finally been trapped Thanks to our wonderful Kerry McEntee Gowan with the help of Troy Hartsgrove.
Picture Thanks to Kerry McEntee Gowan
Highlands homes going up up up!
Aug 06, 2013
Houses in Highlands New Jersey have started to go up. let's just hope everyone in town gets the money to do the same. Also Sandy Hook has finally gotten rid of the cement debris from the damaged trail. They finished pouring the new cement yesterday.
go check the pics!
Check the pics here!
JCP&L investigating power outage at Sandy Hook
Aug 02, 2013
Jersey Central Power & Light Co. workers are investigating a power outage at Gateway National Recreation Area.
Crews at the scene Friday evening cleared a tree limb off wires but were still unable to get the breaker working and are continuing to look into the issue, company spokesman Peter Johner said.
“They’re patrolling to see if they find more damage,” he said.
The national park is the only customer affected by the outage, Johner said. Power failed around 8 p.m. Friday.
Until the work crews can diagnose the problem, the company cannot set a restoration time, he said.
ARE YOU READY TO BE PART OF AN EPIC AFTER-PARTY WITH THE JONAS BROTHERS?
Location has changed to Perth Amboy
July 24, 2013
Immediately following their show in Holmdel on July 25th, the Jonas Brothers are going to be ON A BOAT and they want YOU and YOUR FRIENDS to join them and celebrate good times with awesome music, food, drinks, and great company!
There may also be a few surprises throughout the night so make sure you're there! Hornblower Infinity is a spectacular new 210 foot yacht. It’s the largest of a four vessel fleet owned by Hornblower Cruises & Events, New York City’s newest luxury entertaining yachts. For more information visit:
Goats to defend NJ historic site from poison ivy
July 24, 2013
SANDY HOOK, N.J. — Eleven Nubian goats from upstate New York are the first line of defense to save New Jersey's historic Fort Hancock from a poison ivy invasion.
The plants have overtaken the Sandy Hook mortar battery that defended New York Harbor during World War II.
Park Ranger Tom Hoffman tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1bMpHvr ) the six-acre site should have been named "Poison Ivy National Monument."
The Sandy Hook Foundation is paying Larry Cihanek of Rhinebeck, N.Y., about $12,000 to use about two dozen goats to clear the site to make it more accessible to the public.
Cihanek says it's the densest concentration of poison ivy that he's ever seen
Highlands church program to lead $21M in post-Sandy repairs
July 24, 2013
Superstorm Sandy’s surge did not discriminate between secular or sacred, flooding businesses, homes and churches throughout the borough’s downtown.
Over 9 feet of water collected in the ground floor of a former Methodist church on Bay Avenue, causing more than $150,000 in damages.
But the United Methodist Church of New Jersey, which retained ownership of the building after shutting it down several years ago, did not walk away from it.
A Future With Hope, a nonprofit organization that is an offshoot of the church, spent several months repairing the building. Earlier this
month, the former church began housing more than 50 volunteers each week. They go out to repair damaged homes in the region.
The organization has set aside a $21 million budget for Shore area repairs in Sandy’s wake, organizers said.
“We want to help those most in need,” said Carolyn Conover, a Highlands resident who recently began working to coordinate the organization’s outreach. “This is all about the families.” Watch the video above to meet some of the volunteers and see the work they do.
Volunteers from throughout the country stay at the church for a week at a time, going out daily to screw in drywall, paint walls and do whatever they can to help residents return to their damaged walls. The volunteers pay a minimum of $100 to cover their expenses at the church and supplies, organizers said.
“We like to break out of our normal life and help others,” said Sandy Morelli, a teacher in Newark, Del., who came with a group of 23 volunteers from a Methodist church there. “When you lose your home, your life is devastated.”
The group of Delaware volunteers had gone to Iowa in recent years to help communities recover from flooding, said Theresa Walton, one of its members. But in 2013, it was clear that the place to go help was New Jersey, she said.
“This time, we’re pretty close to home,” Walton said. “Someday, we may need help.”
The organization provides cots for the volunteers, who divide themselves by gender when it comes time to sleep. The men sleep in the former church’s ground floor, while the women sleep in the building’s former sanctuary.
Elsewhere in the building, the former pastor’s office has been converted into bathrooms.
Religious services still are held in the former sanctuary room: the cots are simply pushed to the side, said Beverly Schol, the organization’s regional director.
With many other buildings in downtown Highlands still devastated by the storm, the building also could serve as a community center or as a meeting space in the near future, Schol said.
The group hopes to repair at least 400 homes in the region over the next five years, she said.
“If we have another storm, we can house volunteers here,” said Schol, who expects the prospect may end up becoming all too likely, unfortunately. “This is going to be a normal going forward.”
State nabs unregistered Sandy contractors
Michael L. Diamond-APP
July 22, 2013
Eight home-improvement contractors have been charged with operating without proper permits after investigators, posing as Sandy-ravaged home owners in Highlands, sought bids to repair a house, state officials said Monday.
The sting ended with four contractors facing criminal charges and four facing civil charges, according to the New Jersey office of the Attorney General.
“We’re putting every schemer and fraudster on notice — do not attempt to enrich yourself by victimizing those who already have suffered from superstorm Sandy and are attempting to rebuild their lives,” acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.
Hoping to reduce what is the biggest source of consumer complaints, the state has required home improvement contractors to register since 2006. Among the requirements is proof that the applicant has a minimum of $500,000 in commercial general liability insurance coverage.
Sandy’s devastation threatens to expose a shortage in construction workers, whose industry was decimated in the wake of the housing bubble collapse five years ago.
Four unregistered contractors were charged with the fourth degree crime of engaging in home improvement contracting without being registered.
They are: Rev. Victor McGookin III, 53, of Seaside Park; Michael Kaufmann, 48, of Kaufmann Drywall By Design in Philadelphia; Jason Storey, 46, of Work-A-Holics LLC in South Orange; and Anthony DiVito, 61, of DiVito & Sons LLC in Fanwood.
The state Division of Consumer Affairs previously issued notices of violations against four other contractors, which carries a civil penalty of $2,500.
They are: Darrell Sorger, 43, of Toms River; Robert Mazzeo, 33, of Mazzeo Construction in Keyport; Derrick Scott, 54, of Lloyd Home Improvement in Matawan; and Sebastiao Bonato, 54, of Sebastian Restoration and Design, which does business as Step Home Restorations, in Long Branch.
Kaufmann said he didn’t know about the state’s law and is taking steps to comply.
“We’re in the process right now getting registered by the state, getting everything legitimate,” he said. “At the time, we didn’t know anything about being registered because we were new to working in New Jersey.”
The others charged either couldn’t be reached or didn’t immediately return calls for comment.
United Arab Emirates to donate to Sandy-struck NJ schools
July 12, 2013
Nine school districts impacted by superstorm Sandy are expected to benefit from a donation by the United Arab Emirates that officials will celebrate on Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie and Yousef Al Otaiba, the Middle Eastern nation’s ambassador to the United States, plan to visit Highlands Elementary School at 10 a.m. on Monday for the presentation.
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, run by Christie’s wife, Mary Pat Christie, will receive the donation, which officials have not disclosed.
The donation will go toward repairing and enhancing technology infrastructure at nine districts impacted by Sandy, according to a news release.
In the days following Sandy’s passing, local officials considered shifting those sheltered at Henry Hudson Regional High School to the elementary school where Monday’s event will take place. Ultimately, the shelter was shifted to a community center in Atlantic Highlands.
Paradise Park trailers hauled away without some owners' consent
July 11, 2013
One by one, superstorm Sandy-damaged trailers are being hauled away from Paradise Park, a mobile home community at the center of years of legal wrangling.
But the opposing sides of those court cases over land rights at the 3.7-acre park disagree whether the action is legal or not.
Lori Dibble, president of the Paradise Park Homeowners Association, said she first noticed trailers were being moved almost two weeks ago. Since then, she says she can see from the road outside Paradise Park that at least five trailers are missing from their normal spots.
Those homes, Dibble said, are owned by residents who are not a part of the latest lawsuit against the park’s owner, Navesink Capital Partners of Red Bank. The trailers owned by residents in the lawsuit are subject to an injunction prohibiting Navesink Capital from removing them.
But still Dibble calls the effort to remove the remaining trailers illegal, claiming Navesink Capital did not follow proper procedure.
Christopher Hanlon, the attorney representing Navesink Capital, denied that trailers were being removed illegally. Hanlon said none of the trailers subject to the injunction were touched and he is not aware of any legal process that is applicable to the others.
Hanlon said Navesink Capital is trying to clean up the park of damaged trailers, which he said have been scavenged, stripped of doors and utilities, if they weren’t already damaged by the storm itself.
“No matter on what side you are standing, a fair assessment (of the park) is destroyed. We want that out of there and they are forcing us to keep it there,” he said. “We want to clean the property up and they’re interfering with that.”
He said those that were taken away were done so with written consent of their owners or were considered abandoned by Navesink Capital because their owners hadn’t responded to attempts to contact them.
“My client has written to everyone to say, ‘Please, come get your trailer,’ ” he said. A number of residents, he said, responded with the lawsuit.
“There are a group of people who have not responded to us at all.”
Liz Margolies, who owned the trailer in lot No. 7, disagrees. She said she believes her trailer was among those taken away and she was considering contacting an attorney to explore her options.
Margolies said she did not qualify for the two lawsuits against Navesink Capital for a variety of reasons. On top of that, she does not believe the storm invalidated her contract with Navesink Capital.
A year ago, Navesink Capital offered buyouts to residents to leave the park after the residents failed in their bid to come up with nearly $3 million to buy the land. But Navesink Capital terminated those contracts after Sandy hit, saying the Oct. 29 storm destroyed the trailers.
Margolies said that each of the contracts were slightly different and hers entitled her to payment only for her lease rights to the land. She was to sell her trailer on her own.
“I didn’t think the fact they were ruined invalidated my contract,” she said. And her trailer, on the far end of the park away from the water, suffered some damage, but was not ruined. It was also secured, locked up with a washer and dryer, a couch and other belongings still inside as of the last time she visited several weeks ago, she said.
But Margolies said her calls to Jim Bollerman, a principal of Navesink Capital, to discuss her contract were never returned.
The trailer was a weekend home for Margolies, who lives in New York City during the week.
“It didn’t leave me homeless. I was one of the lucky ones,” she said. “But it wasn’t his to take. I have the title and I wasn’t served an eviction notice.”
Superstorm returnees eligible for $10G grant
July 5, 2013
by Bob Jordan-APP.com
Grants designed to encourage Sandy-impacted homeowners to return to their primary residences could mark the turning point in recovery efforts for towns such as Keansburg, says Cassandra Huber, who owns a third-floor condominium with a view of Raritan Bay.
Huber’s home didn’t suffer threshold damage of $8,000 in repairs or more than 1 foot of flooding, so she isn’t eligible to participate in the state-administered Homeowner Resettlement Program.
But for others, the $10,000 grants can be spent on almost anything to resettle a home — furniture, flood insurance premiums, utility bills — and successful applicants are required to sign a promissory note agreeing that the owner-occupants will remain in the county they resided in prior to superstorm Sandy for at least three years.
“I’ll bet a lot of people in Keansburg have applied for the grants, because more and more homes are coming back to life,” Huber said.
The first batch of grants will go out Monday. The Homeowner Resettlement Program is a $180 million slice of the money the federal government gave to New Jersey to help Sandy victims.
Applications had been running below expectations, but state officials said they were hit with an influx of nearly 7,000 applications over the final 10 days leading up to a priority filing deadline, making it a total of 15,443 applications received by June 30.
The resettlement program is a companion to the $600 million Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program, which provides grants up to $150,000 to homeowners rebuilding from Sandy. There were 12,255 RREM applications in by the start of this week, said Department of Community Affairs spokeswoman Lisa Ryan.
Ryan said special consideration will be given to homeowners with the most damage and with the greatest financial need. The majority of grants are reserved for low- to moderate-income households.
“In all likelihood, we will be unable to provide grant awards to all homeowners that applied for grants in the first round absent an additional allocation of funding from the federal government,” Ryan said. “We are continuing to accept applications.”
Applications can be completed online at renewjerseystronger.org or by calling the Superstorm Sandy Assistance Hotline at 1-855-726-3946.
The programs are open to residents of the nine counties most impacted by Sandy: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union.