Colonial American Bank to host Holiday Bazaar

Shrewsbury — Colonial American Bank invites the community to support local businesses at its second annual Holiday Bazaar, Wednesday, December 3, 6-9 p.m., at the Shrewsbury branch office, 490-B Shrewsbury Plaza at Route 35 and Shrewsbury Avenue.
In support of the Shop Local Campaign, the bank opens the branch to allow local merchants to display their gift items for the community to browse and buy. The holiday mood will include festive music and refreshments.

“We are pleased to support our local merchants and their holiday merchandise — from jewelry and art and crafts, to clothing, accessories and home goods, and even cigars,” said Sharon Franklin, Vice President, Shrewsbury branch manager. “Come out in support of our local businesses and cross some holiday shopping off your to-do-list!”

For more information, call the Colonial American Bank Shrewsbury branch office at 732-389-9500.

Shrewsbury Volkswagen Gives Thanks

Shrewsbury Volkswagen Aided in Ocean Township’s Annual Thanksgiving Charity.

Tinton Falls, NJ, November 22, 2014- Shrewsbury Volkswagen, located at 702 Shrewsbury Ave gave thanks this past weekend as they contributed with Ocean Township’s annual Thanksgiving Holiday Assistance Program

Shrewsbury Volkswagen worked closely with Ocean Township’s Community Hope Fund, a nonprofit organization that promotes youth development and supports charitable needs, in their Thanksgiving Food Drive this year. Shrewsbury Volkswagen donated three vehicles to be used and employees of the dealership volunteered their time for the day to help distribute food baskets to families in need.

The Thanksgiving Food Drive has been a success as these meals serve approximately 150 families and individuals in the area each year. Shrewsbury Volkswagen is thankful they were able to contribute their time to this worthwhile cause.

About Shrewsbury Volkswagen

As the number one dealer in Central Jersey, Shrewsbury Volkswagen takes exceptional care of customers well after they have made their investment.  They have been family owned and operated in Central Jersey since 1984 and since then they’ve been elevating Volkswagen know-how in every aspect to make sure your visit is exceptional. Customer satisfaction is their top priority and they want to make each and every car sale as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. They will also take care of regular maintenance and check-ups to ensure your Volkswagen is running in prime condition, and give professional care at a low cost to you

Shore promotes itself for Class Of 2019

West Long Branch – Shore Regional welcomed over 200 potential students to its 8th grade Orientation last week. The visitors were welcomed at the door and received a complete packet explaining the evening’s tours and filled with pamphlets and information showing all that the high school has to offer.
Principal Vincent Dallicardillo greeted the potential students and family members as he explained to them that it is an anxious time as one tries to make the “right” decision in terms of just which “Class of 2019” their child should join next September.

“Parents of children in Monmouth County are fortunate to have many high school options, and as with any such decision, it is important to gather as much information as possible about each potential choice prior to making that decision” he said.

Visitors were separated into groups and began touring the facility as they made their way to the newly renovated RTO Information Center and visited the lounge area, books and media equipment and the new “3D” Printer.

Visitors traveled down other hallways and were able to view the renovated presentation room/testing center with 65 interactive TVs, 21st century flexible seating, Samsung tables, and Chromebooks.

In addition to the academic classrooms, the tours included the Dance studio, Art Studio, Cooking/Sewing room, Wood shop and the MAC lab for Video Production. Science Labs, World Language rooms, Band Room, Athletic Training Room and Fitness Center were also part of the tours. Potential students also received information on the 46 co-curricular activities and 21 sports programs available at the high school.

Following the tours those interested were invited to attend an information session with Administrators on the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) that Shore Regional offers. (1 of only 12 Public Schools in the state to offer the program).

In total well over 400 visitors got to see Shore Regional at their finest and take part in an impressive evening of presentations, tours, and information sessions showing the high school as a viable option for incoming students.

To view videos shown to perspective students visit:

Heroes at Shore

Heroes roamed the halls of Shore Regional last week to let the students see the real meaning of Veteran’s Day.  Service men from the Korean War, Vietnam, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11 visited and spoke with Shore students and shared stories that aren’t in History books.It didn’t matter if  they were Army, Navy, Marine or Air Force, the men were there to engage the students, and have them appreciate the history and sacrifices of a veteran.  The men brought scrapbooks, shared stories, answered questions and gave insights that are simply not taught in a History class.  For some of the men, it was the first time they spoke about their time at war.
The veterans had breakfast and a “meet and greet” with students, staff and faculty early in the morning and then broke up into escorted groups to speak to various classes.  They then enjoyed a lunch with some Shore students as the stories and questions continued.
Jim Simonelli, Interim Vice Principal and one of the organizers of the day, called it “a successful collaborative effort that allowed our students to see who real heroes are”.  ”And the veterans got to see that our future is in good hands with the great kids we have here at Shore Regional.”

The visiting veterans were: Jimmy Bacolo; Billy Golding; Frank Kirkstad; Mauro Bacalo; Anthony Migliaccio; Mike Ruane; Mike George; Ralph Jefferies; Tony Pusateri; Alden West; Frank Pingitore; Bob Musari; and Walter Frattin. The Shore students gave the men an astounding round of applause after they spoke and seemed to really appreciate the veterans taking the time to come to their school.
“We thought this program was better than students sitting home on a day off and maybe not appreciating the veterans or the meaning of Veteran’s Day,” said Superintendent Thomas Farrell.

For more photos and info see this week’s copy of The LINK News

Long Branch man charged with attempted murder

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

Long Branch – Police have identified one of the men taken into custody on Saturday night following a shooting on Liberty Street.

Long Branch Police standoff with armed suspects on Liberty Street at 4:00pm on 11-15-14

November 15, just before 4:00 p.m. reports of gunfire in the area of Vanderveer Place and Liberty Street were streaming into police. There were also sightings of a Hispanic male running down Liberty Street with a rifle.

Long Branch Police responding quickly and surrounded 279 Liberty Street, a two story white private residence. Sergeant Antonia Gonzalez was yelling instructions over a loud speaker in both English and Spanish to individuals held-up inside the home. Other officers were going door-to-door telling neighbors to stay inside and away from windows.

West Long Branch Police responded to help secure the outer perimeter, as police blocked off five-blocks between Joline and Atlantic avenues. Members of the Monmouth County Sherriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the County SWAT team all responded.

By Saturday evening the situation was diffused and police had at least two men in custody. Sunday, Lieutenant Frank Morey stated that the alleged shooter was identified as Moises Espinoza-Sanchez, 41, of Long Branch.

According to Morey, Espinoza-Sanchez worked as a day laborer for various landscaping companies, and had an argument with his boss, who was not identified. The complaint against Espinoza-Sanchez stated that he fired one shot from a .22 caliber rifle at the driver side window of a Chevrolet Silverado, where his boss was sitting. The gunshot caused the window to shatter, according to Morey.

After the shooting, Espinoza-Sanchez and a friend of his went into the home on Liberty Street. A neighbor stated that the home has over 30 people living in it, taking turns sleeping as the house is not big enough for all the people.

After a few hours both Espinoza-Sanchez and his friend were taken into custody without any shots fired or forced entry into the home by law enforcement. Rumors were circulating that Espinoza-Sanchez and the other man were holding hostages in the home. Morey stated that no hostages or evacuations were held.

Police did recover the rifle. Espinoza-Sanchez was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold in lieu of $854,000 bail. He was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal mischief and obstruction.

Morey added that Espinoza-Sanchez was not living in this country legally, and that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was notified.

Photos of the LBPD incident with armed suspects

Photos of the November 15, 2014 armed suspects in Long Branch.

House on Liberty Street in Long Branch where police had a standoff with two armed men on 11-15-14 starting at 4:00 p.m., event over with no shots fired and two under arrest.


Armed suspects taken into custody

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

Long Branch – Police Sergeant Antonia Gonzalez was yelling instructions over a loud speaker in both English and Spanish demanding that the suspects held up in a private residence on Liberty Street come out of the house with their hands in the air. Gonzalez was also telling residents in the area to stay in their homes.

LBPD Sgt. Antonia Gonzalez keeps her focus on a private home on Liberty Street where two armed men were help up.

Police had at least two men, who were believed to be Hispanic, surrounded in a private home where they were allegedly armed with a rifle. Police had responded to the area on reports of shots fired at parked car on Liberty Street and that the accused men were alleged to be running down the street with a rifle.

Long Branch Police quickly had officers in place around the home while neighboring departments closed off traffic to that area. Conversations on the police radios that could be heard from the parked patrol cars on the street said that two suspects were visible on the second floor of the home and one was definitely armed.

In situations like this Monmouth County has an emergency response team (SWAT) and they were called to the location as were officers from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred just before 4:00 p.m. and according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office a five-block area was blocked off between Joline and Atlantic avenues.

It appeared that by 5:00 p.m. two suspects were in custody, and no shots were fired by police.

This is a developing story as more information become available we will post it.

Rest in peace Alex Munoz

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

Oceanport – Alexander Munoz fought courageously against a horrible illness that unfortunately took his life on November 6, 2014.

His battle united several towns as banners and yard signs started popping up that read; “Team Alex, No one fights alone.” Alex was a 16-year old student at Shore Regional High School diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer. He had a grade four malignant brain tumor, and last year was told the cancer had spread to his spine.

Alex passed away at 3:05 in the afternoon on Veterans Day. He never wore a uniform, but he battled an opponent none of us ever wish to face. On behalf of The Link News we offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to the Munoz family and to all his friends and supporters.

O’Neill announces that Taylor Swift, Global Superstar and Record-Breaking Singer-Songwriter, Re-Signs With BMI

Broadcast Music, Inc. is proud to announce that international superstar Taylor Swift has re-signed with BMI for representation of the public performances of her legendary music catalog. One of the most successful and influential singer-songwriters in the world, the seven-time GRAMMY winner is also the best-selling digital music artist of all time.

Taylor Swift re-signs with Michael O'Neill and BMI

“Beyond her stellar career achievements, Taylor has a unique and extraordinary connection with her fans. Through her songwriting and artistry, she has become a universal friend and has redefined the modern pop star,” said BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill. “We are honored that Taylor has chosen to continue her relationship and partnership with BMI, and we are excited to continue to represent her diverse and groundbreaking catalog of music.”

Known for drawing on personal experience to create narrative songs, Swift broke onto the music scene in 2006, when at the age of 16 she released her eponymous first album. It certified five times platinum and launched her meteoric rise. She is the youngest recipient in history of the GRAMMY for Album of the Year, for Fearless, and has had an extraordinary 60 entries (more than any other female artist since her debut) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including worldwide smashes “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “You Belong With Me.” Her recently released critically acclaimed fifth album, 1989, featuring the hit single, “Shake It Off,” is the first platinum record of the year, and is the first album to open with one million first-week sales since her own RED in 2012 (2010’s Speak Now also achieved this distinction). With this latest record-breaking success, Swift becomes the only artist in music history to have three albums hit one million sales in a single week.

BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Jody Williams said, “Taylor’s passion and innate ability for songwriting is remarkable. A true storyteller with wisdom and heart, the immense appeal of her music crosses genres and spans the globe. BMI is incredibly proud to have supported Taylor since the early days of her career. We look forward to working with her exceptional team, SONY/ATV and Troy Tomlinson, CEO and President of SONY/ATV Publishing Nashville.”

Swift joined the BMI family in 2004 at the age of 14. She has received 21 BMI Country Awards and 9 BMI Pop Awards, including winning Songwriter of the Year in 2010, as well as receiving the BMI President’s Award for her outstanding achievement in songwriting with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry. Shortly after joining BMI, the rising star signed a publishing deal with SONY/ATV Tree Music Publishing.

Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is committed to nurturing and developing emerging songwriters and connecting promising talent to industry decision-makers. With a 75-year tradition of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, BMI continues its role as the trusted broker in the digital age.