More Foot Patrol Around City

Long Branch — On Tuesday, Mayor John Pallone and Police Chief Jason Roebuck announced new community policing measures that will take effect in the next few days. The effort will provide more officers on foot patrol in the City’s business districts.

Chief Roebuck explained that State Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) funds originally supplemented the salaries of four officers to walk foot patrol in the business districts, but after the state cut the program from four officers to one, it was difficult for the police department to provide manpower for foot patrols.

Mayor Pallone requested that the Police Chief revisit the issue after the summer season.

The new measures will allow the officers remaining in the UEZ unit to increase foot time now that summer is over, and to assign another officer to the UEZ unit who will report to the substation at downtown Broadway.

This officer will be spending most of the time on foot patrol there.

“Long Branch has a police substation at downtown Broadway that is being refurbished for the UEZ officer. Another police substation at Pier Village, which was used this summer, will continue to be used for foot patrol throughout the year. A third substation at the Third Avenue train station has not been in use but may be reopened for the purpose,” said Pallone.

In addition, Chief Roebuck explained that increased foot patrols will take place both Uptown and Downtown Broadway, along the Third Avenue business district, in West End and at Pier Village.

“Watch Commanders will ensure each officer will complete a foot patrol in their zone’s business district on a daily basis. Roving patrol officers will have their pick of which district to perform their foot patrol. This will be weather

dependent. Also, those officers assigned to the day shift must still perform their school patrols,” said Roebuck.

The mayor and police chief will monitor the results of the new community policing measures and adjust as necessary.

 

Long Branch Police Week concludes with Blue Mass

Long Branch — Police Week ends its week-long events with a Blue Mass to be celebrated at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 300 Broadway at 4 p.m., Sunday, September 23. All are welcome to attend the mass and the reception following honoring all first responders.

“The Blue Mass is celebrated as an occasion of thanksgiving for police and first responders, and as an occasion of prayer for them, their families and their work,” said Father Bill Noble, priest-in-charge at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Long Branch.

St. James’ Episcopal Church will host the Blue Mass to conclude Police Week in Long Branch.

All the programs presented this week have been sponsored by the Long Branch Police Department and the Long Branch Citizens Police Academy Alumni along with Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth University, Long Branch Library, Shoreline Harley Davidson, Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity, and the Long Branch Senior Center.

Ramon Chaparro, a retired Long Branch police officer, said, “All of the programs this week, including the Blue Mass on Sunday, bring the community and law enforcement together. It shows that the community cares about its first responders, and it shows that the responders care about the community.”

Father Noble added, “The mass is celebrated in a sacred place, St. James’ Church, where promise and truth, responses and reliability, and honor for the dignity of every human being are central.”

St. James’ Episcopal Church offers masses every Sunday at 8am and 10am and an adult forum at 9 am on Sundays. Everyone is most welcome to attend. Visit www.st.james-longbranch.org and discover all of the good works at St. James’. For more information on the church, call Alisha in the parish office Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30 at 732-222-1411.

 

More Police Week events

Police Week kicked off Monday, and has been holding events all week, but there are still more for the public to enjoy besides the Blue Mass.

Today, Sept. 20, law enforcement and citizen groups will be helping Habitat For Humanity build a home in the city.

There will also be a Law Enforcement and Community Health Fair from 5-7 p.m. at 335 Broadway.

Fri., Sept. 21, will feature a Bike Safety Rodeo by the Long Branch Police Department.

Sat., Sept. 22, features a Motorcycle Run, sponsored by Shoreline Harley Davidson and the Long Branch Citizens Police Academy Alumni. Registration starts 8 a.m.; kick-off is 10:30. There will also be live music and fun for non-riders. Cost is $20 per motorcycle, $10 per passenger. Proceeds will be used by the Alumni to help the Long Branch Police Department. For info, contact Tony, 732-229-8518 or the Alumni, 732-267-6423.

Later on Saturday, at 3 p.m., will be a Police Department vs. Fire Department Softball game at Atlantic Avenue Park. This is presented with help from the Long Branch Recreation Department.

Blue Devils declaw Wildcats

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

All the Blue Devil football players at Shore Regional High School will receive a “Red Devil” sticker this week. Every time Shore wins a football game the players receive the honor for a sticker to be placed on their helmets.

Friday night Shore hosted and crushed Pinelands 31-0 to start the season.

Up front the Blue Devils have some beef this year. Vinny DiMaio is 6’4” and weighs nearly 300 pounds. Sam Weber is 6’ and 260 pounds, Joe Aria 6’5” and 255 pounds and Frank Illiano at 5’10” and 290 pounds.

Shore took the opening drive and rumbled over the Wildcats. The Devils fumbled the ball on the 19-yard line of Pinelands who recovered. On their first possession, the Wildcats faced a fourth and two at their own 40-yard line, and the Shore defense knocked them back for a two-yard loss and took over.

The first quarter ended scoreless but the Blue Devils were threatening. Starting the second quarter they made it to the Pinelands five-yard line but had to settle for a field goal and took at 3-0 lead with 7:55 left in the first half.

Pinelands was putting together an effective offensive drive, but Goldsmith picked off a Wildcats pass at their 47-yard line with 4:22 left in the first half. Next play, Carlstrom ran untouched 47 yards for the touchdown. The Devils missed the extra point but were up 9-0 with 3:37 left in the half.

On the next offensive Blue Devils series, Goldsmith threw a perfect pass to Carlstrom for a 35-yard gain that gave Shore a first and ten at the Pinelands 13 with 15 seconds left in the second quarter. On the next play, Goldsmith hit Carlstrom on a 13-yard pass play for the touchdown. The extra point was good and Shore had a 16-0 lead at the half.

Pinelands started the third quarter with a fumble at their own 14-yard line. Shore recovered and

drove 86 yards and scored on an eight-yard run by McLaughlin. The Wildcats blocked the extra point kick, but were losing 22-0.

Wildcats then had a fourth and 11 at the Shore 41 when they attempted a long pass. Goldsmith knocked the ball away at his own 20, and the Devils took over at the 41. The third quarter ended with Shore up 22-0 over Pinelands.

Goldsmith then started the fourth quarter with a huge 44-yard run, untouched for the touchdown putting Shore up 29-0.

Pinelands then ran 90 yards for the touchdown, however a flag was thrown back at the line and the Wildcats were called for holding.

Costantino was happy with his defense which gave up only 100 total yards during the game. The Wildcats had only 97 yards rushing and three in the air.

Shore ran 32 offensive plays getting 285 yards. Goldsmith ran the ball eight times for 65 yards and one touchdown. Carlstrom had five touches for 43 yards. McCrae had 43 yards on eight rushes and McLaughlin ran the ball four times for 30 yards. In the air, Goldsmith completed all four of his passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Carlstrom caught all four passes for 104 yards and those two touchdowns.

Last year Shore Regional played in the B Central division of the Shore Conference. This season with the realignment and new divisional names, the Blue Devils are in the Patriot Division along with Pinelands, Mater Dei, Matawan, Barnegat, and Jackson Liberty.

Mark Costantino enters his 27th season as head coach of the Blue Devils. His career record including this week’s 31-0 over Pinelands is 177-95-1.

“We were always one of the best Group 1 schools in the state,” said Costantino. Under the NJSIAA guidelines, Group 1 schools have the lowest enrollment numbers. Shore has been dominant in that Group, but this year the powers to be moved Shore up to a Group 2 school. “Now we are the smallest school in Group 2, if we stayed in Group 1, we would have easily won it again. This year, I don’t know how it will end, but I know we will play our best to the end.”

In 2017 the Blue Devils had a off season finishing 4-6, something that the coaches and players were unhappy with. However, in 2018 Shore returns a number of talented, fast and big players hoping for bigger and better results.

For years Shore has been known for its speedy backfield and tough defense. Well, it appears that 2018 is off to a fast start as all the players in the backfield are very quick. Senior Gil Goldsmith is the leader playing quarterback. Jack McCrae, Terry Carlstrom, Shane McLaughlin are the backs with quick feet.

Up next for the Blue Devils is Barnegat on September 14, at 7pm in West Long Branch.

 

 

Monmouth Beach Fair

There was plenty of good food, rides, games and entertainment, but the weather, not so much. But the Monmouth Beach Fair held at Little Monmouth did get two days of good weather. And when the weather was good the people showed to enjoy the nights of festivities.

7th Annual Latino Fest @ The Long Branch Public Library

Saturday was a festive day at the Long Branch Public Library, with hundreds attending to celebrate Latino culture and diverse Hispanic heritages in the community.

There was plenty to experience and free haircuts for ages 6-10, by Alex Aviles of Evil Fades in Red Bank, face painting, cotton candy sponsored by Investors Bank, demonstrations by Capoeira Sol Nascente, and music by Earth’s preme DJ MellowTonein & DJ QuesoDePapa.

“This is a lovely day and I’m so happy that the weather held out,” said Library President Tonya Garcia. “We have so much support from the city and the community.”

O’port End of Summer Festival beats the rain

Nobody likes the end of summer, but families still look forward to the End of Summer Festival held at Blackberry Bay Park in Oceanport every September. This year the festival was on Sept. 8th, just missing being rained out, although it did drizzle now and then.

It was a day for the whole family to enjoy with free events, fire truck rides, children’s rides, bands, demonstrations, a kite flying contest, face painting ended by fireworks when the sun went down. A special addition this year was the Bat Mobile.

The chili and salsa contest was a big hit as usual, with entries hard to chose from. The contest was sponsored by the Oceanport Community Gardens.

Chili winners, were 3rd place – Mama’s Turkey Chili from Kim Atienza, 2nd – Summer’s End Chili by Ellynn Kahle and 1st – Spicy Turkey Chili by Colette Tabor.

Salsa winners, were 3rd place – Just Salsa by Margie Hicks, 2nd – Fat Boi Salsa by John and Aaron and 1st place – Tropical Cucumber by Shelby McCrae.

 

 

MB WWII Vet Gagliano honored

By Patty Booth O’Neill

It was a proud ceremony with over 70 people in attendance on Saturday to honor Monmouth Beach’s Dominick Gagliano as a WWII Veteran.

Monmouth Beach’s Dominick Gagliano receives a plaque from John Sheeran, President of the Monmouth Beach Veteran’s Association.

Gagliano attended the event with his wife Mikalina and many friends and family at Beach Grille in North Long Branch. The event was organized by John Sheeran, President of the Monmouth Beach Veteran’s Association.

These days Dominick is probably best known for his sense of humor and the sparkle in his eye… and telling fascinating stories full of details with his heavy Italian accent.

He told about how one day he slipped away from his unit to go to the bathroom. “I needed my privacy,” he said. “I didn’t want to go around other guys. A German soldier, who I didn’t even notice was there, waited until I was done then surrendered to me.”

“We are losing about a thousand Veterans a day, but the good Lord spared this guy for us,” Sheeran said while introducing Dominick with Army stories. He then presented him with a statue of an American eagle with a plaque summarizing his time as a soldier.

Dominick, a Private in the US Army 9th Infantry Div., was inducted into the Army when he was 18. He was originally from Italy, but moved to Newark, and when he entered the Army he was not yet a US citizen. He did become one four years later.

Gagliano landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, 1944, with his best friend, who was killed right beside him. Sheeran told the story of how Dominick heard his grandfather call out his name, and when he turned to look, the guy next to him got shot. As Sheerin spoke, Dominick nodded his head in agreement, remembering how his grandfather’s voice had saved his life.

On June 26 Gagliano was wounded, for which he received a Purple Heart. He also received one from the Federation of French War Veterans, the French Medal of Libertie for Normandy – Operation Overlord.

When the group of over 70 people went outside of Beach Grille to take photos, spilling into the street and traffic kindly slowing down to go around them, Gagliano shrugged out of his suit jacket and slid into his Eisenhower jacket from 1944, all smiles and proud that it still fit.

Dominick’s favorite story, though, was about a woman who saved his life while in Belgium.

“My unit fell asleep and when I woke up they had gone. The town was surrounded with Germans,” Dominick said. He said an older woman called out to him from her doorway asking if he was Italian. She ended up hiding him in her attic for three days.

“She had left Rome to live in Belgium because she didn’t agree with fascism,” he said.

After the Germans left the town Dominick was able to rejoin his unit.

“By taking me in she saved my life. The Germans would have killed me.”

Dominick said that after the war he went back to Belgium to visit and thank the woman and her family for saving his life.

Long Branch girl murdered

A Long Branch man is in custody and facing murder charges after a stabbing incident in the city Saturday evening, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Long Branch police responded to an 10:42 p.m. call reporting the stabbing at 284 Van Pelt Place, Long Branch. The juvenile victim was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch where she died at 11:25 p.m.

No additional information is currently available.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Wayne Raynor, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police Detective Joseph Spitale at 732-222-1000.

The case is being handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Monmouth Beach has limits on controlling beach crowds

By Neil Schulman

Monmouth Beach — Residents say that the beach is less enjoyable this year than in the past. They say the crowds are too heavy, people are sneaking in without buying passes, people who shouldn’t have access to the lockers are using them, and alcohol is being consumed in glass bottles. Borough Commissioners say they are working to address some of these issues, but others, notably the large crowds, are beyond their control.

At the Aug. 21 Commissioners meeting, several residents spoke about the problems they have been having.

“We’re too crowded. We really are,” said resident Anthony Villane.

Several people spoke about an incident on Aug. 5 which Villane described as a “nightmare.” When badge checkers at the borough’s beach asked one group to show them their wristbands, that group began yelling that the checkers were racist.

Eventually, the police were called down. The visitors were allowed to stay.

“In the end,they bought badges and we could not deny them that opportunity. We don’t want to be Starbucks,” said Mayor Susan Howard. And while the words the visitors used may have offended residents, Borough Attorney Dennis Collins says that legally, people can’t be asked to leave a public beach for using them.

While residents say that annoying visitors and overcrowded beaches are hurting their experience, Howard said that legally, the borough’s hands are tied.

While Monmouth Beach owns the bathing pavilion and facilities, because beach replenishment was paid for with state and federal money and the borough can’t deny the public permission to access it if they buy badges — at least not without making members very unhappy.

“We can’t not sell the daily badges if we’re going to let people redeem guest passes,” Howard said. And many people buy seasonal memberships to bring visitors.

“You can’t discriminate (between) residents, non residents,” said Collins.

Permitting beach access is a major requirement for a seaside community — but it’s not the only issue. The state requires seaside towns to follow a beach management plan.

Collins said that he recently asked New Jersey to review Monmouth Beach’s plan, but doesn’t expect to hear back from them before the end of the summer. The plan, he noted, isn’t just about letting people on the beach, but issues like parking and restrooms.

Mayor Howard said that this poses a serious issue for the borough keeping control of its beaches.

“We barely met the requirements before beach replenishment,” she said. With more sand, and the ability to handle larger crowds, the state thinks that Monmouth Beach’s parking and other infrastructure is inadequate. It’s suggested Monmouth Beach open a parking lot inland and provide free shuttle service to the beach from there.

And Monmouth Beach wants to keep the state happy with how it runs the beach, because there’s a movement in parts of New Jersey to get rid of municipally-run beaches, and create county-wide systems.

“These legislators (from inland counties) don’t understand why their residents can’t go buy a Monmouth County Beach badge and pick the town,” Howard said.

The borough uses the revenue from beach collection to do things the county wouldn’t necessarily consider, like cleaning up the debris left on streets near the beach.

“So far we’ve been able to not get it passed — but they’re still trying,” she warned.

Howard said that in 2008, Monmouth Beach began cracking down on people sneaking into the beach without paying, beginning the practice of badge checkers. While patrolling, these checkers are given wristbands to sell to those who don’t have them. (You can’t buy one if you say you’re a member who forgot your badge; then you need to go to the front kiosk so they can look up your information to confirm that.)

While Howard said that all the badge checkers are adults, and many are teachers working a summer job, residents said that most of the checkers they see appear very young, and seem intimidated.

Reportedly, it’s not just large unruly groups of out of towners that can intimidate them. Some members apparently get very upset when they’re not recognized and are asked to show their seasonal pass.

Monmouth Beach is considering using special officers to patrol the beaches and check for badges instead, since a uniform can carry more authority.

 

Beach pavilion use

While the borough can’t restrict beach use, it can restrict access to the pool and other facilities at the pavilion. Members say that isn’t always happening.

“The dailies are going into the locker rooms,” complained one resident, saying that’s reserved for members. Others said that the showers were occupied with people who weren’t supposed to have access, and the pavilion restrooms were filled with people changing.

Howard said that this isn’t supposed to be happening.

Collins said that this was an issue that would be discussed in closed session, because it involves accusations that personnel are not doing their jobs. Personnel matters cannot be discussed in public.

 

Glass bottles

Several people, notably a few members of the Monmouth Beach EMS, said they had repeatedly seen people drinking out of glass bottles, which they called a serious safety risk.

“I’m on the First Aid Squad, and if the glass breaks and someone steps on it, you’re going to ruin someone’s summer,” one said.

Another called the coolers filled with beer bottles they saw being taken onto the sand “a recipe for disaster.”

Glass bottles are illegal on the borough beaches.

Collins said that some of the closed session discussions would involve talk of criminal activities taking place on the beach as well.

 

Commissioners: tell us

Monmouth Beach officials asked residents to tell them if they see violations to inform the staff of the pavilion. If the pavilion staff thinks they need assistance, they will contact the police.

Howard and the other commissioners said that they also want to be contacted by residents when they have concerns.

For example, the mayor said that she hadn’t realized signs on the side entrances to the beach directed people to go to the front to get tickets, thinking there were kiosks for sales there.

 

Exotic tick species found in Monmouth County

The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) has confirmed that the Longhorned tick was discovered in Monmouth County, making it the sixth county in New Jersey where the tick has been found.

Prevent Tick Bites, the department has posted signs in wooded, brushy open space areas at Jackson Woods in North Long Branch and the Lake Takanassee Railroad Bridge paths in Elberon.

This has state officials concerned because the ticks are known to spread disease to humans, pets and livestock.

Sidney Johnson, Director of the Long Branch Health Department, has announced that to educate and alert people on how to Prevent Tick Bites, the department has posted signs in wooded, brushy open space areas at Jackson Woods in North Long Branch and the Lake Takanassee Railroad Bridge paths in Elberon.

Johnson says the signs remind people that ticks may be present, to check for ticks daily, shower soon after being outdoors, wear repellent on clothing and call a doctor if you develop a fever or rash after a tick bite.

More information is available at: www.cdc.gov/ticks or www.njdoh.gov.

State officials say that while the tick (with the scientific name Haemaphysalis longicornis) was found on the floor of a home with a dog, it is not known if it was ever attached to that dog, as the family recently had a visiting dog.

Earlier Longhorned tick findings have been confirmed in Bergen, Hunterdon, Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties.

Some of the findings came as a result of a statewide “Tick Blitz,” led by the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology in May and developed primarily by professionals from New Jersey’s county mosquito control programs.

“It is important for the public to continue to submit tick samples as this will allow us to identify new areas where this tick may be located,” said Dr. Manoel Tamassia, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian. “Only with this knowledge, will we be able to make decisions at local and national levels.”

Public parks where the Longhorned tick has been found in New Jersey include Davidson Mill County Pond Park in Middlesex County, Overpeck County Park in Bergen County, and Watchung Reservation, Houdaille Quarry Park and Briant Park in Union County.

There have also been confirmed findings of the Longhorned tick in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas.

Various local, state, and federal animal health agencies, as well as Rutgers Center for Vector Biology, continue to work together to identify the range of the Longhorned tick in New Jersey. Longhorned ticks that have been collected in New Jersey thus far have tested negative for various human and animal pathogens.

Like deer ticks, the nymphs of the Longhorned tick are very small (resembling tiny spiders) and can easily go unnoticed on animals and people. Longhorned ticks in other countries have been shown to spread diseases. They are known to infest a wide range of species including humans, dogs, cats, and livestock.

As part of New Jersey’s investigation, counties have set up drop off locations for the public to submit ticks they find on themselves, their pets, livestock or on wildlife. Information on these locations and how to submit a tick can be found on the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s website at www.­state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/ah/

A phone line has also been established to leave a message if a tick is found and there is uncertainty about what the next steps are. If you need information about what to do if you find a tick on yourself, your pets or livestock call 1-833-NEWTICK (1-833-639-8425).