Getting Monmouth County Vaccinated

By Thomas A. Arnone, Commissioner Director, and Susan M. Kiley, Commissioner Deputy Director

As you surely know, COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed throughout the United States and right here in Monmouth County. That’s good news. However, over the past few months, we’ve experienced significant challenges with both supply and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.


Domenick A. Gagliano, Monmouth Beach passes

Domenick A. Gagliano, 95, of Monmouth Beach, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021. He was born in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He came to this country living in Newark for most of his life before moving to Monmouth Beach. Read More >>

Pedestrian Bridge proposed at Long Branch Railroad Station with an Intermodal Transit Facility

Mayor John Pallone today announced plans to create a new intermodal transportation center at the Long Branch railroad station. The intermodal concept will bring buses, trolleys, and other forms of transportation into the station parking lot, with an indoor waiting room so that railroad passengers can link to them more effectively.  They would also build a bridge over the railroad platform to the west in order to tie in the two sections of the transit village that are now separated by the tracks. Read More >>

Celebrating Earth Day

By Vin Gopal, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey

As we celebrate Earth Day we are happy to report that several of our environmental initiatives are moving forward in the state Assembly and Senate. Read More >>

Pallone to Announce Legislation to Force Corporate Polluters to Clean up Superfund Sites

On Tuesday, April 20 at 11:30 AM, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) will host a virtual press conference to announce the introduction of a bill that will force corporate polluters to clean up Superfund sites. Superfund sites are areas contaminated with toxic substances that can make their way into the air, drinking water wells, creeks and rivers, backyards, playgrounds and streets. Roughly 50 percent of New Jersey’s population lives within three miles of Superfund sites. Read More >>

LB art teacher Ms. Sherrill celebrates 100th birthday

By Neil Schulman
Long Branch — Mayor John Pallone has known “Ms.” (Sue) Sherrill for a long time. “Ms. Sherrilll was my first grade elementary school art teacher, and I understand she was (Councilwoman Rose) Widdis’ too,” Pallone said at the April 14 City Council meeting. Read More >>

Zoning changes made, new city buildings sought for transit village

By Neil Schulman – The city is changing the zoning around the Transit Village District to reduce the number of housing units allowed in the more residential areas. Residents say that parking spaces have been a big concern, and some wonder if this will do enough to change it.At the April 14 City Council meeting, officials passed the ordinance making the changes.


Olga Diaz of Long Branch pleads guilty to sexual assault of a toddler

Prepared statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
April 16, 2021

Freehold – A Long Branch woman pleaded guilty Friday to charges she planned and participated in the sexual assault of a toddler in 2017, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Olga Diaz, 34, of Long Branch, pleaded guilty before Monmouth County Presiding Criminal Judge David F. Bauman to two counts of first degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child by causing or permitting a child to be portrayed in a sexually suggestive manner and filming it. Diaz entered her guilty plea Friday afternoon. Read More >>