Holiday celebration at City Hall Saturday

Long Branch — Mayor John Pallone and the City Council invite all of Long Branch to come together for a Holiday Celebration, Saturday December 1.


Eatontown and Long Branch man busted in child porn sweep

Freehold – A five month operation focused on online consumers of child sexual exploitation materials recently resulted in the arrest of 14 individuals during “Operation Trading Post.” The operation was carried out by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force between June of 2018 and October 2018. Among those arrested is a former member of the Environmental Commission in Atlantic Highlands, an employee of Princeton University, a VP of Operations for ING Financial Markets, and a laborer at Love Inc., a religious non-profit company, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Read More >>

Long Branch Council Briefs City looks at beach badges app; high Best Practices score

By Neil Schulman

Long Branch — People who want to purchase daily beach badges next summer will likely have the opportunity to do so with their smart phones. Read More >>

Book on spirit of the holidays supports Toys For Tots

By Neil Schulman

The holiday season has a message. And a new book by area resident Larry Campanella can teach children that message and benefit Toys For Tots at the same time.

The book can be purchased on the page, or by calling Campanella at 732-501-4226.

 Campanella, a retired special education teacher and a singer, routinely uses his works to benefit the needy, especially around the holidays.

Sales from his CDs have gone to hurricane victims, the Salvation Army and other causes. His last book, “Larry’s Healthy 21-Day Food Guide,” raised money for Elijah’s Promise, a soup kitchen in New Brunswick.

His latest work, “Gavin’s Christmas Surprise,” is aimed at children in second or third grades.

The book tells the story of Gavin, a 7-year-old who goes to school in Burlington, Vermont. Normally Christmas is a major celebration in his house, but his father, Mr. Simon, lost his job, and times are tough. Mr. Simon can’t get gifts for his family and seems to have no holiday spirit.

“This year, he didn’t want to join his family in doing anything,” Campanella said.

When Gavin’s best friend Derrick hears this, he asks his family to help out, and share the message of the holiday season with the Simons.

Campanella says that the book has been getting attention. The principal in Champlain Elementary School, Vermont, where the fictional Gavin and Derrick go, has expressed interest in using the book in school.

Proceeds from the book benefit Toys For Tots. The Marine Corps Toys For Tots program collects new unwrapped toys and distributes them to families in need around the holidays. It has been in existence since 1947.

Clerk honors winners of the Archives and History Day photo contest

At the County Clerk’s 23rd Annual Archives and History Day, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon honored the First, Second, and Third Place Winners of the 2nd Annual High School Archives and History Day Photography Contest.

All high school students who reside or attend school in Monmouth County were encouraged to enter the contest by submitting a photograph of a historic building in the County.

“I was impressed by the creativity and attention to detail displayed in this year’s photography contest entries,” said Clerk Hanlon. “Each student was able to spotlight a different historic building and celebrate our County’s rich past.” “The committee had a difficult time choosing winners from so many wonderful submissions.”

The first place winner, Claire Dodge, is a sophomore at Henry Hudson Regional School who received a $150 gift card for her entry. Claire’s photograph depicted the Strauss Mansion, which was constructed atop East Mount Avenue in Atlantic Highlands in 1893 by New York City merchant Adolph Strauss. The home is now a local history museum and the headquarters of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society.

The second place winner, Tiffany Lee, is a freshman at Marlboro High School who received a $100 gift card prize. Tiffany’s photograph displayed the Craig House at Monmouth Battlefield, which served as a temporary field hospital for the British during the Battle of Monmouth.

The third place winner is Jordyn Pfeffer, a freshman at Manalapan High School who received a $50 gift card prize. Jordyn photographed the Old Tennent Presbyterian Church in Manalapan, which also served as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth.

The 2nd Annual Archives and History Photography Contest hosted by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office ran from Sept. 10 to Oct. 3.

The First, Second, and Third Place Winning Photographs, along with all of the contest entries from high school students across the County, are currently being displayed in the lobby of the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office at 33 Mechanic Street in Freehold Borough throughout the month of November.


‘Eat, Drink, Be Caring’ raises more than $17k for LADACIN Network

Wanamassa — The Turning Point Restaurants, known for upscale breakfast, brunch and lunch eateries, creative offerings and friendly staff, hosted a weekend fundraiser on November 3 and 4 to benefit LADACIN Network. Read More >>

2018 GOTCC Golf Outing a tremendous success!

Ocean Township — The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce (GOTCC) recently hosted their Annual Golf Outing – The Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC Classic. The much anticipated event was once again held at the beautiful, prestigious Hollywood Golf Club located in Deal. Read More >>

St. Jerome School is named Blue Ribbon winner

West Long Branch — Monday, October 1st began as a normal school day for the students at Saint Jerome School, West Long Branch. However before the day ended, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, made an announcement — Saint Jerome had been designated one of only 49 private/parochial schools in the United States to receive the coveted National Blue Ribbon School award. Read More >>

Bon Jovi and his JBJ Soul Foundation open a warming station

Many members of the Red Bank community came together today to help those less fortunate. A ribbon cutting was held introducing a Warming Station at the Pilgrim Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Ave. Read More >>

City celebrates Veteran’s Day with tolling of the bells

By Patty Booth O’Neill

Long Branch – It was a special Veteran’s Day this year. The ceremony began at City Hall on Sunday with the ringing of the bell 21 times at 11am signifying the 116,516 men and women who died in World War I. Read More >>