Man jumps from Long Branch radio tower (please note, graphic photos)

Photos by Edward Thomas

By Patty Booth O’Neill
It was a sad day on Monday as Sixty-year Pedro Macias from Elizabeth New Jersey, originally from Cuba, climbed the radio tower in Long Branch that evening with the intention of committing suicide. Macias worked for National Microwave, a company that installs microwave and cellular antenna system on towers. Read More >>

Verderese gets opening day win for Spartans

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr.

Ocean was supposed to start the 2014 baseball season in Long Branch; however the John H. Kahle Baseball Field at High School was saturated from the recent rain, so the game was moved to the Spartans home field, which was recently redone. Both schools play in the B North division of the Shore Conference.

Long Branch is coached by John Perri, who is in his third season. Last year the Green Wave finished 7-18 overall and was 3-9 in the division, tied for sixth out of the seven teams in the B North. Perri during his three years as head coach has an 11-34 record. Read More >>

Sterns Trailers Athlete of the Week: Jenna Eustace

Sterns Trailers honors Jenna Eustace (12) a senior attacker on the Monmouth Regional Falcons lacrosse team. Last week in the 12-2 win over the Panthers of Point Boro Eustace scored eight of the Monmouth Regional goals. Read More >>

EATONTOWN MAN SENTENCED FOR KILLING OF HIS ESTRANGED WIFE

Woman was Found in a Shallow Grave off the Garden State Parkway

(FREEHOLD) An Eatontown man was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in a state prison for killing his estranged wife in May 2011, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Oscar Prior-Ramirez, 34, of Eatontown, was sentenced to 27 years in prison by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Richard W. English, J.S.C. The prison term is subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence or almost 23 years before becoming eligible for parole. Prior-Ramirez previously pleaded guilty on November 19, 2013 to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter. Prior-Ramirez’ guilty plea was pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement in connection with the killing of his estranged wife, Viridiana Beltran-Gomez, 26, of 52 Bank Street in Red Bank, which was reached after consultation with, and with the approval of, the victim’s family. Read More >>

Vietnam vets remembered with helicopter dedication

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold a Remembrance Day Ceremony and Huey Helicopter Dedication on Wed., May 7, 11 a.m. at the New Jersey Vietnam Era Museum, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel (off Exit 116, Garden State Parkway). Read More >>

Freeholders recognize the importance of libraries, proclaim ‘Library Week’

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizes the importance of the library system and has declared the week of April 13 as “Library Week” in Monmouth County.
The “Library Week” proclamation was presented to Monmouth County Library Interim Director Judi Tolchin and Program Coordinator Donna Mansfield.

“The Library System constantly strives to provide programs and services that better the community,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County library. “From weekly movie screenings and art exhibits to assistance with tax preparation and job searches, there is much to do and to see in the Monmouth County libraries.”Children and teen programs can help with homework and SAT/PSAT preparation or help children learn about different cultures and traditions. Or, maybe you want to learn how to play bridge or mahjong.

And of course there are resources for readers – both online and at the reference desks. At the library you can get help with using your e-reader. Maybe you want to borrow a popular novel or a classic; there might be book discussion group to get you involved in the literary community.

“Another example of the Library Systems’ community involvement is the fact that the County library branches are participating in a County-wide food drive for the entire month of April,” said Burry.
Collection bins are available at all Monmouth County branch libraries. Food items suitable for donation are non-perishable, protein-rich foods such as peanut butter, granola bars and tuna fish. Other most needed food items are ready-to-eat canned meals, canned fruits, canned vegetables, instant potatoes, canned and dry soup, canned pork and beans, canned juices, sip-size juices and hot and cold cereal. Read More >>

EMACC scholarship applications available

Applications are now available for the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) scholarships to be awarded in June by the Chamber’s Educational Foundation. Awards of $1,250 each will be made to non-traditional students in three categories — 1) students at least 25 years old and returning to school, 2) college students entering their junior or senior year and/or has completed 60 credits and 3) those pursuing post high school vocational or technical training. Read More >>

Run/Walk for the Blind is back

The 9th Annual Lighthouse Run/Walk for the Blind is back at Sandy Hook. This event, sponsored by the Eatontown Lions Club and supported by the Jersey Shore Running Club, will be held on Saturday May 3.

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Shots fired in Long Branch

Just after lunch time on a rainy Tuesday afternoon gun shots were heard in the area of Rockwell and Union Avenues in Long Branch. Police quickly responded to the area and started to search the area for the suspected shooters and possible victims.

Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck told The Link News that shots were fired in that area and at this time no reported injuries. Police were out checking the area for evidence of the shooting early this afternoon. Read More >>

Fraudulent Sandy Charity

Funds From Allegedly Fraudulent Sandy Charity, Totaling $225,000, Distributed to Organizations That Will Assist Superstorm Sandy Victims, Following Action Filed by the Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs Read More >>