Brookdale Long Branch Center Summer Classes

LONG BRANCH – MAKE YOUR SUMMER = SUCCESS! Brookdale Long Branch Center is sponsoring walk-in registration Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm for Summer Term classes.

New and summer transfer students can walk-in to fill out an application, take the placement exam (if necessary), speak with an academic advisor and register for classes all in the same day! We can also talk to you about financial aid. Staff are available to help with all your registration and financial aid questions. This summer you can take one of our morning classes and be done to work or enjoy a great summer afternoon. Long Branch Center is located just 3 blocks from the ocean in the heart of Long Branch, NJ. For more information call (732) 229-8440 or visit Success Is Closer Than You Think!

O’Neill, Kiely to receive Libutti Community Service Award

Long Branch — The Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2016 Louis G. Libutti Community Service Award. The award was established in 1970 in honor of Louis G. Libutti who was a former president of the Long Branch Chamber.

Receiving the prestigious Libutti Award this year are Patricia Booth O’Neill, owner of The Link News, and John F. Kiely & John M. Kiely from the Kiely Family of Companies.

Exemplary leadership, outstanding professional achievement and community service are the criteria for this award. Recent recipients of the award include Tim McLoone owner of McLoone Restaurants and founder of Holiday Express, Sam Nativo & Michael Bienz, owners of the Mix Food Lounge and 2nd Floor Restaurant, Mary George, longtime member of Long Branch Board of Education and Long Branch Public Library, Tony Perri owner of Fine Fare Supermarket, Ed Johnson, Director of the Higher Learning Center at Brookdale Community College, and Dr. Margaret “Meg” Fisher of the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

This year the 83rd Annual Business Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, March 24 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd.

Patty Booth O’Neill has been a business woman in the city of Long Branch since the early 1980’s when she opened The Atlantic Karate Academy as a black belt. In 2001 she started The Link News because there was a need for a local newspaper. It is a hometown newspaper with a personal feel, and now in its 16th year it is a labor of love. She is also very proud of the open door policy at the Link offices for members of the community to come in and submit a photo or information about personal milestone, and have it published in the paper.

Patty is currently the Vice President here at the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce and the Board is delighted to thank her for her service.

The J.F. Kiely Construction Company is a third generation family owned utility construction business that was established in 1952. John “Jack” F. Kiely is a former Board Member here at the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce, and a former Chief of the Long Branch Fire Department from the Phil Daly’s Hose and Rescue Company. He is also proud to serve on the Monmouth County  Economic Development Organization, Monmouth County Boy Scouts, The Red Cross and the Monmouth County Rehabilitation Board.

Jack and his wife Carolyn have been associated with numerous charities such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Monmouth Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic.

John M. Kiely has worked his way through the company gaining knowledge and experience in all facets of the operation. In 2009, John was named President of the J.F. Kiely Construction Company and continues to operate the company with the same dedication and passion that his father and grandfather have previously done.

John is a past board member of the United Way of Monmouth County and the Friendly sons of St. Patrick. He has also served on the Monmouth County Youth Advocate Program and the Long Branch Planning Board.

John is currently a member of Choose New Jersey and the Kiely Family of Companies is partnered with SBP helping to return Monmouth County residents to their homes after Superstorm Sandy. Today, J.F. Kiely Construction Co. is a primary sponsor of the United Way of Monmouth County and sponsors many life initiatives that effect children, seniors and low-income households. This year marks the company’s 65th Anniversary and continues to give back to the communities it serves.

Other awards
The 2015 President’s Award will be presented to CVS.
The Invest in Long Branch Award will be presented to Rockafellers Station.
The Chamber’s Business Improvement Awards will be presented to:
• Rook
• Ocean Cafe
• West End Post Office
• Freddie’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

The Awards Dinner is sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center, Ansell Grimm & Aaron, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1st Constitution Bank, Kearny Bank, Ronstan Paper, Investors Bank, JCP&L, Littler
Dinner tickets are available at $100. per person. Sponsorships and ad space are still available. Please contact the Chamber at or 732-222-0400.


Ocean Township man charged with murder

FREEHOLD – Police arrested a 20-year-old Ocean Township man Saturday for the murder of 29-year- old Trupal Patel, of Brick, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Villani was lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township, where he made his First Appearance Saturday afternoon. Villani will be held pending a detention hearing on Thursday, March 2, 2017 before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J.Cr.

The charges are a result of a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Wall Township, Absury Park and Ocean Township police departments after Patel was found dead in Shark River Park on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The body was discovered along the side of Gully Road and down a slight slope by a Monmouth County Park Ranger who was collecting litter in the area. The Park Ranger reported the discovery at approximately 8:37 a.m., when officers from the Wall Township Police Department were dispatched to the area and confirmed the presence of a deceased male.

The joint investigation into the death was initially launched but within a short period of time, the deceased man was identified as Patel and it was discovered he had been reported missing to the Asbury Park Police Department by a friend on February 9, 2017. A vehicle he had been driving prior to his disappearance was discovered abandoned on an Asbury Park street on that same day. That information prompted the Asbury Park Police Department to join the murder investigation. Also, in the early stages of the investigation, the Ocean Township Police Department joined the investigation after ties to the township were discovered. Ultimately, detectives involved in the investigation determined that the incident had occurred in an Ocean Township residence.

Despite this arrest, the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Trupal Patel remains ongoing at this time. Anyone with information should contact Detective Pamela Smith of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443, Detective Michael Steitz of the Wall Township Police Department at 732-449-4500 or Detective Steven Walker of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-531-1800.

Anyone with additional information about the disappearance and murder of Trupal Patel, but who wishes to remain anonymous can also contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers. All information will remain anonymous. Those wishing to provide information in this manner can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-671-4400 or text “MONMOUTH” and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Prosecutor Gramiccioni credited the combined efforts of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Wall, Ocean and Asbury Park Police Departments for their efforts over the course of the last several days.

If convicted of first degree Murder or first degree Felony Murder, Villani faces a maximum of life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison. Both crimes are subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA), which requires that defendant serve 85 percent of any sentence above the 30 year minimum term.

If convicted of first degree Robbery, Villani faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, subject to NERA.

If convicted of either second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose or Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Villani faces a maximum of 10 years in state prison with a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of one-third to one-half of any sentence imposed or 42 months, whichever is greater.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher J. Decker, Director of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.

NJ Repertory offering spring classes at West End Arts Center

New Jersey Repertory Company is offering a broad array of classes for adults in acting, playwriting, visual arts, jewelry making, and tapestry weaving at its newly opened West End Arts Center, located at 132 West End Avenue in Long Branch. NJ Rep has assembled an exciting roster of instructors for the 6 to 8 week sessions that start April 4th with classes geared to beginners as well as more advanced students. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore your creativity.

Call 732 229-3166 for further information or visit Early registration is encouraged for all classes are designed with limited enrollment.

Classes: Improvisation, Actors Gymnasium, Acting Basics, Playwriting for Beginners, Advanced Playwriting, The Pleasure of Drawing: Learning to See and Draw as an Artist, Water Media & Collage, Metal Clay Jewelry Workshop, Tapestry Weaving.
Instructors: Michael Irvin Pollard, Gail Winar, Joel Stone, Sven Widen, Lizzi Schippert, Mare Akana, Barbara Rivolta, Kate Wilt.
New Jersey Repertory Company, West End Arts, 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch.

Man barricades himself in Long Branch home

A man barricaded himself inside a house Wednesday morning on Ludlow St. between Pacific St. and Atlantic Ave. in Long Branch. Long Branch Police were outside the home as were residents, trying to get the man to come outside.

Police try to reason with a man who has barricaded himself in a Ludlow St. home in Long Branch

A frightened female resident, who was standing outside the home with police on Wednesday morning, said two days ago the man asked to rent a room, saying he was homeless. On Wednesday she heard him yelling so she called police.

There were many Long Branch police cars, unmarked cars, members of the SWAT team, U.S. Marshals, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at the scene.

According to Jason Roebuck Long Branch’s public safety director the man was still in the home throughout the morning refusing to come out.

The man identified at Denismar Andrade, 27, of Long Branch, Finally surrendered to police around 1pm.

He was wanted for attempted murder for allegedly stabbing two people in the neck several days ago.

Great Food for a Great Cause returns for eighth year

Oceanport — Turning Point Restaurants will again partner with the Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) to hold the 8th Annual fundraiser “Great Food for a Great Cause”  on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all 13 Turning Point locations.

Last year, the fundraiser at the Turning Point restaurants raised more than $57,000 for the Kortney Rose Foundation.

Local Turning Point locations include Pier Village in Long Branch, and Little Silver.

Guests at The Turning Point who donate a minimum of $25 to KRF on either of those two days will receive in return a Turning Point gift card good for two entrées during the month of March. All donations will go directly to support pediatric brain tumor research.

Last year, the event generated more than $56,000 for The Kortney Rose Foundation, which raises funds for pediatric brain tumor research for the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Over the years, the Turning Point weekend event has raised in excess of $200,000.

“Year after year our staff and patrons look forward to this fundraiser and their effort and enthusiasm is reflected in the tremendous generosity that is shown at this popular event,” said Kirk Ruoff, who, with his wife, Pam, are owners of Turning Point. The restaurant is one of KRF’s largest corporate sponsors.

“Turning Point and the Ruoffs have been a staple in our efforts to raise money for kids with brain tumors – the number one disease cause of death in children 19 and under,” said KRF’s Founder and President Kristen Gillette. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude from the growing community support for our mission to find better treatments and cures for the more than 3,500 children diagnosed annually with brain tumors.”

KRF volunteers will be at each Turning Point location to answer any questions about the Foundation and its mission.
KRF was founded by Kristen and Rich Gillette in memory of their daughter Kortney, who died from a brain tumor in 2006. Its donations have been allocated to the top brain tumor researchers in the country who have pioneered the world’s first and largest pediatric cancer data cloud and the largest source of brain tumor specimens in the world for use in multi-institutional collaborative trials.

Since inception the foundation has built a playground in Kortney’s name, donated nearly $1.5 million to the pediatric brain tumor research program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and helped establish its world-class Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (

The foundation was also instrumental in passing legislation naming May as brain tumor awareness month in the State of New Jersey.     For more information, visit

See for yourself what the Chamber offers

By Lisa George
We here at the Chamber of Commerce would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is a little bit curious about what the benefits to being a member of our organization brings. Attend one of our networking events where you are sure to meet other professionals from a variety of genres, and you will be able to speak with them about the advantages of being involved with the Chamber.

A big thank you to Paul Dement shown with Long Branch Board of Education member Mary George, and Monmouth University!

The Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Paul Dement and Monmouth University for hosting our networking event that was held in the Eyas Lounge before the SOLD OUT Men’s Basketball game vs. St. Peters that ended in a great overtime win for the Hawks!

Our next networking event will be hosted by Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant on Thursday, February 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stop down for drink and enjoy the best view in Long Branch. We are happy to help them show off their recently completed renovations.

The Chamber will be hosting our 83rd Annual Business Awards Dinner at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa on the evening of March 24, 2017. We will be honoring Patricia O’Neill from The Link News and John F. Kiely & John M. Kiely from the Kiely Family of Companies as our 2016 Libutti Award winners.

Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please contact the Chamber Office for more information 732-222-0400.

The Breakfast Club is our morning networking event that happens on the first Wednesday of every month at Amy’s Omelette House beginning at 8 a.m. We welcome Dr. Tyler Richards from New Life Chiropractic as our Speaker/Sponsor for our MarchMeeting. He will highlight what is new and upcoming in the world of Chiropractic. Our Breakfast Club calendar is full through the end of 2017, and we have a very diverse group of presenters.

We are happy to announce that Monmouth Medical Center is the Premier Sponsor for this year’s Oceanfest Celebration on the

Fourth of July. We are in the process of finishing up the 2017 vendor applications for more information contact the Chamber Office.

Become a member of the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce and let us help you forge new relationships with other successful business owners.

Genealogy workshop asks: how did I get here?

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society is holding a Spring Workshop at the Colts Neck Reformed Church, 139 Route 537, Colts Neck on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two DNA sessions will include “DNA – Are You Who You Think You Are?” by Nancy Bunn and “DNA – Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy” by Melissa Johnson.

Mark White will present “Patterns of Migration” and Bev Yackel will provide a guide to “Lineage Societies” and how to apply to them.

Pre-register to guarantee a printed handout – $20 for MCGS members; $25 for non-members.  Make checks payable to Monmouth County Genealogy Society and mail to: MCGS Education Committee, 19 Racquet Road, Wall, NJ 07719.
Sign-in and late registration is at 8:30 a.m. on March 25 and admission will then be $25 for MCGS members and $30 for non-members.

Bring your own lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided.

Walking Club meets every Wednesday

It’s our second week and it’s on for every Wednesday, weather permitting.
Had a lot of fun last week, made it to the end of the boardwalk and made some new friends.
Hope to see you there.

Kim’s kick-off fundraiser

By Teja Anderson

Just ten days after announcing her bid for Governor of NJ, MB resident Kim Guadagno held her very first fundraiser at The Rum Runner in Sea Bright.

Kim appealed to her good friend Marcie Whitlock to throw the  impromptu event the minute she made her final decision to run, the second week in January (although she had talked it over with her family during the Christmas break and had already garnered their support).

That might explain why the invites came out just days before the Friday night affair, prompting many of her fans, friends and neighbors to scramble for babysitters cancel travel and dinner plans and catch earlier trains and boats home so they could be there to show their support.

Although a good many of her well-wishers were griping that they never got the invite to the $100 per person ticket event and would have attended, the upstairs room at Tim McLoone’s latest, restaurant was packed full and everyone wanted to get a photo with or a word in with Kim, who worked the room like a pro in her bright fuchsia jacket.

Kim, whose slogan is “Better,” took the microphone after Marcie introduced her and proved once again to be an entertaining and polished speaker. With statements like, “Trenton has to work for you” and “I support term limits and lower taxes,” Kim drew lots of applause, but it is her affable camaraderie with her audience that always wins people over and makes the

Republican politician so approachable, as once again she gave out her personal cellphone number, joked about half the room knowing what she looks like in a bathing suit and that her headquarters are at Carl Gross’s building over by the Kmart parking lot where everyone present either learned to drive or taught their kids how to parallel park.

Kim is above all else approachable and you can’t help but trust and admire her, regardless of your political views. Kim is also not a mudslinger, which says a lot about her character in this current political climate.

With 283 days left in her campaign, Kim acknowledged, “It is going to take a lot of money” noting that she contributed $10,000 of her own money to launch while her “nameless opponent” for the Democrats put in a whopping $10 million to his campaign (Phil Murphy).

She also recognized that she will need volunteer help and those interested should go to to learn more.

8th Grade Pasta Dinner
This year’s group of MB eighth graders seemed particularly well mannered and polite while serving up the traditional pasta, salad and meatballs dinner to their families and neighbors at the Parish Center in MB last Sunday.
Luckily the weather was nice which always makes the seniors more likely to attend and as usual the gift basket auction raised additional funds to be used by the youngsters for their trip to Boston this spring and their yearbook and graduation costs.

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