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.

Jon Bon Jovi and his JBL Soul Foundation open a Warming Station in Red Bank at the Pilgrim Baptist Church

It was a combined effort between JBJ Soul Foundation, the church and others to make it possible. The warming station is a place where men can shower, eat, wash their clothes and sleep for the night. All made possible through the generosity of Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi in conjunction with the Soul Kitchen. Read the full story in the Link News on Thursday.

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.

Introduced by Veteran David Brown, and a after few remarks by Mayor John Pallone, Jewish War Veteran Jerry Levine rang the bell which marked the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI.

“The armistice to end all hostilities was signed the 11th hour, the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,” Mayor Pallone said. “That was 100 years ago.” He noted that the tolling of bells 21 times is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance.

The group then walked to the Veteran’s monument on the lawn of City Hall where the Mayor thanked everyone for coming and mentioned City Council members Rose Widdis, Korean Veteran Dr. Mary Jane Celli, Dr. Anita Voogt and Mario Vieira who were there to celebrate the occasion.

David Brown proudly introduced New Jersey Superintendent of the Year Michael Salvatore who spoke about Veteran’s Day before introducing essay winners from Long Branch. He talked about how out of almost 6,000 students in the school district, three essays were selected to be read.

From grammar school, Alex Gonzalez-Vasquez, middle school, Malica Feratovic, and high school student Anayatzi Lucas-Franco read about how they thought about Veterans and other heros.

On behalf of the city each student was presented with a $100 check by City Administrator George Jackson.

The first flowers were set on the monument by Gold Star Mother Arnise Knox. Other organizations represented were, Catholic War Veterans, American Legion, Avery Grant, VFW Post 2140, VFW Auxiliary, Long Branch Elks, and LB Police Dept.

Holy Name Society thanks golf outing supporters

Long Branch — The Holy Name Society of Christ the King Parish submitted this photo with the following note of thanks to the supporters of its recent golf outing held on Aug. 27 at Pebble Creek Golf Course.


The Dick Gallo Memorial Golf Outing was held on Aug. 27, 2018 at Pebble Creek Golf Course. Present in the Galo family picture, l-r, Robert Gallo, Mike Hayes, Stephani Falco, Bob Gallo, Steve Hayes, Tracy Gallo, John Gallo Jr., Lexie Gallo, Ann Gallo, Joe Gallo, DJ Mazza, and Gail Hayes.

Holy Name Society of Christ The King Parish would like thank our many golfers and sponsors who helped to make our 2018 Dick Gallo Memorial Golf Tournament a complete success. Because of the continued generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we would ask our parishioners, in gratitude, to consider patronizing their businesses.


Golf Hole Sponsors

Allied Fire & Safety Equipment, Neptune; Promenade Beach Club, Long Branch; Ryan Distributors, Spring Lake; Damiano Funeral Home, Buddy Damiano, Long Branch; Central Boiler Repair, Oakhurst; Lee’s Garage, Paul Sgro, West Long Branch; DASH, HVAC, Haddon Heights

Weichert Realtors, Amador E. Dalena, Oakhurst; Rockafella’s Pizza & Subs, Long Branch; Faragano Family; Rosario Realty, Inc., Carolina Zocco, WLB; Peter & Maria Grandinetti, WLB; Manasquan Bank, Jim Vaccaro president, Wall

Swinton Landscaping, Clair Swinton, Oceanport; Ralph’s Tailor Shop, Ralph Giambrone, Long Branch; Angelo’s Paving, West Long Branch; •• Long Branch BPOE Elks Chapter 742 – Long Branch; Frank & Maryann Muzzi, Oakhurst; Doris & Mickey Saffioti, Long Branch; Saffioti Pool Services, Long Branch; Celtic Cottage, Long Branch

Hoffman Funeral Home, Long Branch; Holy Smokes Cigar Club, Long Branch; Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, Long Branch; The Gallo Family, Ann Gallo, WLB; Long Branch Poultry Farm, Long Branch; Bob & Ellie Tarantola, Ocean Township; Ursula Plaza, Ursula & Jack Caputo, Long Branch; Gualtieri Family, Oceanport; Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Long Branch

WLB Speech & Hearing, Monmouth Road, WLB; Landmark Surveying & Engineering, Avon; Flowers By Van Brunt, Long Branch; Joseph Uras Monuments, Inc., Middletown; Camassa Agency, Inc., WLB

LB Knights of Columbus LB Council #335, LB; Renehan & Co. Inc., Kevin Renehan, CPA, Monroe Twp.; Ocean First Bank (Sharon Franklin), Shrewsbury; Allied Risk Management Svc., Pt. Pleasant; L&L Paving, Tinton Falls; FABCO Inc., Tinton Falls; Tuzzio’s Italian Cuisine, Long Branch; Mazza Recycling Svc., Tinton Falls; Donato Hayes & Co. CPAs, Allenhurst;

Frank & Jane Graziano and Family; Mark & Kristin Flamini; Parallel Architectural Group, Long Branch; RJT Electrical Contractors, Inc., Clark; Rocky & Claire Raimondi; Senator Tom & Maria Gagliano, Red Bank; St. Michael’s Church, Long Branch; Cittadino Family; United Tile & Stone, West Long Branch


Prizes – Supplies -


The Link News, Long Branch; Fine Fare Supermarket, Long Branch; New Jersey Natural Gas Co., Bob Gallo, Wall; DCH Ford, Barry Pollack, Eatontown

Soul Focus Spa-Fitness, Eatontown; Devon McDuffie (Giants Gear) East Rutherford; Decorated Solar Lights, Mike & Ingrid Calabria, Oakhurst; H&R Block, Long Branch; Andrea Esposito, Pebble Creek Golf Course; Sitting Duck, Long Branch

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A Special Thanks to The Anabel Foundation and Jack Privetera for their generous donation of $1,000.

A Special Thanks to the Woolley/Boglioli Funeral Home for their generous donation of $500.

Also an expression of gratitude to the Gallo Family for their great participation in our Golf Tournament.

We also send our gratitude to our patrons:

• Mayor John Pallone – Long Branch,

• Pat Costello

• Gary Maita

• Senator Tom & Maria Gagliano Paul Sgro

On behalf of Reverend Javier A. Diaz, Pastor of Christ The King Parish, and The Holy Name Society, we again send our “Deepest Thanks” to all the Committee People who contributed their time & efforts to plan this Golf Event, our Sponsors and our Patrons and to the Volunteers who gave up their valuable time to help us and let us not forget the Players, for without them we would have no Tournament.

Please accept our invitation to join us next year for a wonderful day of golf and fun on a beautiful Golf Course. We will give more information as the date and time is planned




Fundraiser at Fran’s Bacon Beach Grille for seeing eye dogs

Long Branch — Fran’s Bacon Beach Grille, 49 Atlantic Avenue held a puppy naming fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 2. Proceeds went to the Josephine Ferrara Puppy Naming Fund to benefit Seeing Eye, Inc. of Morristown, NJ.

A delicious buffet with wine tasting and mock Margaritas received loads of compliments. There were gift baskets to bid on and a raffle.

Gary Philips transported everyone off to a warmer place with his live beach music performed in a tropical ambiance.

Maryann Devine and Gail Drawbraugh from Monmouth County Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers accompanied seeing eye puppies in training, Keno (10 months old) and Drummer (4 months old).

The puppies, extremely intelligent, are bred and raised by Seeing Eye for traits to make them excellent seeing eye dogs. The organization trains the dogs to guide blind people, instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs, and conducts and supports research on canine health and development. The puppies stole the show as guests of honor; everyone wanted photos taken with them.

The event was supported by all the Grille’s local customers, including regulars from Shadow Lake Village in Middletown.

Event sponsors were Vingo Wine & Liquors of Long Branch, Ultimate Foods, Maryann Ferrara, the Wine Experience, Gary Philips, Little Silver Animal Hospital, and Sammy from Atlantic Highlands Liquors.

Fran thanked her staff for all their help: Dee, Erika, Kim, Kaitlin, Florencio, Maxine, Melon, Minor, Roberto, Shawna, Pat, Fran, Alexandria, and Russell. She sends a special thanks to Bettyann Berube from Little Silver for the decorating.

Crash that injured cyclist investigated

A 30-year-old man was seriously injured as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle on Friday evening in Ocean Township, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Prosecutors say the man was riding a bicycle on State Highway Route 35 at the Asbury Circle at approximately 6:46 p.m. Friday, when he was struck southbound by a 2016 Jeep Cherokee.

The injured male was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he is in critical but stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART) and Ocean Township Police Department.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kristian DeVito at 800-533-7443, or Ocean Township Police Department Traffic Safety Officer Phil Jackson 732-531-1800.


Towns observe Veterans Day

By Neil Schulman

A special Veterans Day, marking the 100th anniversary of the event which originated the holiday, takes place on November 11.

Some events have already taken place. In order to involve the students, Monmouth Beach held its ceremony earlier this week.

Here are some of the ceremonies and observances planned for Veterans Day.


The Association of the United States Army is sponsoring a parade this year. It starts at Nicodemus Drive and heads to Suneagles Golf Course.

The parade starts at 10 a.m., heads to Broad Street, then crosses Route 35 to Lewis Street to Maxwell. There will be a viewing station in Borough Hall Parking Lot.

The parade will be followed by a ceremony at Wampum Park.

Long Branch

The City of Long Branch will hold its annual Veterans Day Observances on Sunday, November 11. The observances will begin at 10 a.m. at Jerry Morgan Park on Liberty Street. This observance honors those who were lost in Vietnam.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, City Hall and several places of worship throughout the city will join with other groups throughout the city, state and nation by tolling their bells 21 times at 11 a.m. The bell-ringing at City Hall will take place in front of City Hall on the same side of the building as the parking lot entrance.

Mayor John Pallone (whose father served during WWII as a gunner) has spearheaded local events to take place in Long Branch on November 11. Long Branch City Hall, churches, fire houses, and the Church of the Presidents will toll their bells at 11 a.m. Pallone stated it is significant that President Woodrow Wilson made his summer home at Long Branch and vacationed at Shadow Lawn – now named in his honor – during those days leading to Americans involvement in WWI. President Wilson was the last of seven presidents to vacation at Long Branch,

Pallone said, and “I am excited that so many people are getting involved with this Centennial Anniversary of Armistice Day today known as Veterans Day”.

After the “Bells of Peace” observance, the group at City Hall will move to the Veterans Monument between City Hall and the Library, where the traditional Veterans Day ceremony will take place. Three winners of the Long Branch Schools Essay Contest will be honored, and will include the traditional placing of the flower baskets and wreaths.

At 12:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend an Open House at VFW Post 1240, 255 Willow Avenue, Long Branch.


Oceanport’s ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at Port Au Peck Firehouse, Myrtle Ave, in honor of all veterans.

Ocean Township

The Veterans Day Ceremony takes place at Town Hall, 399 Monmouth Road, at 11 a.m. It is preceded by a prelude from the Navesink Brass Band at 10:40. There is also a presentation by the Ocean Township Historic Museum, and taps will be played by Claire Taylor and Christopher Wilson.


Creators of ‘Tony’ Awards give grant to NJ Rep

Long Branch — New Jersey Repertory Company has announced that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards for Broadway, is awarding the theater a 2018 National Theatre Company Grant.

Created by the American Theatre Wing, the award recognizes and supports the most promising emerging theatre companies, and its 2018 grants were awarded to ten theaters from around the country that have nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.

New Jersey Rep has served the Long Branch community for over two decades on lower Broadway and is currently developing its new space at the former West End School. The goal is to develop and transform the school into a cultural center that will serve generations to come.

New Jersey Rep is recognized internationally for producing new plays and its current production of “Wolf at the Door” by Marisela Treviño Orta just opened at the Lumia Theatre at 179 Broadway and runs through November 18.


About the American

Theatre Wing

One hundred years ago, on the eve of America’s entry into World War I, seven suffragettes — all women of the theatre — came together to form The Stage Women’s War Relief. A century later, the spirit and vision behind the founding of American Theatre Wing remains a touchstone for all it does. The Wing continues to champion bravery, with a focus on developing the next generation of brave artists. It envisions an American Theatre that is as vital, multi-faceted, and diverse as the American people.

The Wing’s programs span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. They provide theatre education opportunities for underserved students through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, develop the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC, Theatre Intern Network, and SwingSeats programs, incubate innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, support emerging musical theatre songwriters through the Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge (co-presented with the NEA) and the Jonathan Larson Grants, and illuminate the creative process through the Emmy-nominated “Working in the Theatre” documentary series.

In addition to founding the Tony Awards, which are co-presented with The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing co-presents the Obie Awards, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor, with The Village Voice.

For more information visit

Mall looms large in Eatontown political race

Eatontown — It’s a wild election season in Eatontown. Seven people on four different teams — Democrats, Republicans, and two independent factions — are vying for two seats on the Borough Council. Meanwhile, a Republican and independent running for mayor have been joined by a former mayor running a write-in campaign.

For all the candidates, the borough is at an economic crossroads as it copes with the future of Monmouth Mall and the development of Fort Monmouth. But the various sides differ on the best way to deal with these situations.

On the Republican side, former councilman Mark Regan is seeking a term as mayor. Jim Corcoran and Vito Paolantonio Jr. are seeking council seats. They’re running on an “Eatontown First” platform.

Democratic candidates Jasmine Story and Lisa Murphy have been running as “right team, right direction,” according to their campaign literature.

After the Democratic candidate for mayor left the election, citing time constraints, former mayor Gerald Tarantolo entered as a write in candidate.

Three independents are running together under the slogan “Town Before Party.” Anthony Talerico is seeking the mayor’s seat; and Ralph Anderson and incumbent Councilwoman Virginia East are seeking seats on council.

Another independent, Christine Caruso, is running on the One Eatontown platform.

Republicans have been saying that Monmouth Mall’s development will help keep Eatontown prosperous, and they’ve advocated for that. One recent campaign flyer quoted from the decision dismissing a lawsuit, where the judge said then “Council President Regan made it clear his decision was based on his desire to stabilize taxes.”

In contrast, Democrats say that they support proper development of the borough, but the proposal for Monmouth Mall is overdevelopment.

Tarantolo also says he’s in favor of revitalizing the mall, but thinks the current administration went about it the wrong way.

Caruso also believes the mall is being overdeveloped, and that 700 additional apartments do not belong in the area.

The Town Before Party team has said the borough is at a crossroads, with the mall part of a greater issue.

“We must balance development with the protection of our neighborhoods and small town feel which we love,” Talerico said in one flyer.

O’Neill seeks seat on Shore Regional High School Board

West Long Branch — Ron O’Neill is running for a seat on the Shore Regional High School Board of Education.

O’Neill, who served on the Board from 1999 to 2017, is a member and volunteer at the West Long Community Center, past WLB Sports Association president, and served on the West Long Branch Zoning Board and Drug Alliance Committee.

He was a founding father of Pop Warner/Blue Devils Football, a founder of the Shore Regional High School Diamond Club, and worked on the development of the West Long Branch Youth Wrestling team.

O’Neill and his family have been involved in education for a long time. He retired after 38 years of working as an elementary school PE teacher in Hazlet. His wife, Sarah Pappalardo O’Neill is a retired school teacher and principal from Hazlet, and one of their two children, Patrick O’Neill, is an educator and supervisor in Ocean Township. Their daughter, Tara O’Neill is Merck Pharmaceutical Director. Both children were graduates of West Long Branch and Shore Regional.

Among his achievements while on the board, including four years as president, O’Neill cites initiating shared services to save taxes; helping to secure Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Allenhurst and Deal children attending West Long Branch and Shore Regional; being instrumental in getting turf fields for sports; developing shared busing; developing the dance program; and working collaboratively with staff and administration in developing Shore Regional as a high ranking district.

O’Neill is challenging Elizabeth Garrigal, who has served on the Board of Education since 2008.



Lawsuit against Monmouth Mall expansion dismissed

By Coleen Burnett

Eatontown — Late last week, after The Link had gone to press, State Superior Court Judge Lisa Thornton dismissed one of the two lawsuits pending against the Monmouth Mall.

Borough residents Evelyn Guerra, Sara Breslow, Judith Bretzger and Barbara Denegar filed suit against the plan in September of 2016, arguing the change to the zoning of the mall was not performed legally.

The blueprint for the changes calls for 700 apartments with rents that could top out at $3,000 a month. (Eighty-eight of the rental units will be reserved for affordable housing.) The revamp is conceived as a “live, work, and play” concept that essentially combines shopping, eating and entertainment all under one roof.

In her decision, Judge Lisa P. Thornton said that “after hearing the testimony, it is apparent that plaintiffs’ testimony was affected by their bias against the ordinance.”

The group claimed the council violated the Open Public Meetings Act when it adopted the plan. The four said the nearby Eatontown firehouse — which was opened up to accommodate the overflow crowds — was “sweltering” and the video feed was of poor quality, preventing public feedback.

Thornton disagreed. She said the Eatontown Council didn’t need to “guarantee every citizen be seated.”

She continued, saying the council is only obligated to “set aside a portion of every meeting” for public participation, the length of which may be determined at their discretion.

Thornton also said the Mall provides a significant tax ratable for the borough, saying “the viability of the mall is a priority for the borough and its taxpayers.”

All this made Mayor Dennis Connelly a happy man. In an interview with The Link shortly after the verdict was rendered, the mayor said that the ruling is a victory for all the residents who are not afraid of change — and make no mistake, the Mall must change. He also said that all sorts of inaccurate statements were being put out on the internet.

“It’s a vindication of sorts,” he said. “You can write anything on social media.”

Despite the long wait for the decision, Connelly never wavered in his belief that the borough did the right thing to make sure residents got the proper information on the project.

“I felt confident we would win,” he said. “But until the verdict was in, I wasn’t going to open my mouth.”

The borough is not of the woods yet. There is still a pending lawsuit against the Planning Board filed Sept. 27 of this year.

More than 60 borough residents are the plaintiffs in the suit. They argue that the hearing was improper for several reasons, including that this should have been an issue for the Zoning Board of Adjustment instead of Planning, and claiming the mayor, board attorney and several members had a conflict of interest and should not have voted.

Connelly mentioned they had heard similar complaints earlier. “Since the argument wasn’t valid with the Council, I’m not so sure where their argument will go from here.”

Connelly is just happy that the developers can move forward on the project.

“Now the ordinance {is} valid — the Mall can start building and they can move forward with the Developer’s Agreement with the council,” he said.

The mayor said the wait “was way too long for a two-day trial, but I’m elated that the decision went to the borough, and I just hope we can move forward and cut out any further delays.”