- Category: Arts & Culture
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The morning sun as it rises over the paddock. The sleekest of thoroughbred racers at ease, enjoying breakfast or a bath. The anticipation at the bugle’s blow, and the faces in the crowd — from famous celebrities to the folks next door — who make it all possible to take in a day of world-class racing on the Jersey Shore.
The energy, beauty and community of a season at Monmouth Park Racetrack is captured by official track photographer Bill Denver in “Racing at the Shore,” a solo exhibit of images going on display at the Blue Bay Inn in Atlantic Highlands. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, September 16, a benefit for the Jockey Through Life Scholarship Fund at Brookdale Community College. (photo credit: BILL DENVER/ Equi-Photo)
For more than 25 seasons, Bill Denver of Equi-Photo has documented that scene as official photographer for Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. And, beginning with a special cocktail reception on Thursday, September 16, the veteran lensman will offer a unique look inside the daily life of this iconic Monmouth County attraction, with an exhibit of recent photography entitled Racing at the Shore.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Township officials adopted an amended $64.7 million budget that reflects ongoing efforts to cut costs and keep the tax rate stable by cutting spending an additional $400,000.
“This year’s budget reflects a reduction of 40 staff positions, a salary freeze and across-the-board reductions in departmental operating budgets,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger. “In sum, the Township’s amended budget represents a 2.67% increase in total property taxes in an extraordinarily difficult economic year.”
Under the amended budget, the municipal tax rate will increase 4.6 cents to 39.75 cents per $100 of assessed value. This equates to approximately $17 per month for the average Township home assessed at $435,000.
“This year, municipal taxes represent just 23% of a resident’s tax bill, with 62% being levied for schools and 15% for the county,” concluded Scharfenberger.
The adopted budget addresses nearly $10 million in lost revenue, including:
- $1.6 million cut in state aid.
- $1.4 million obligation for retroactive pay under resolved labor contracts.
- $1 million in increased health care costs and nearly $1 million in deferred excess claims from 2009.
- $900,000 for extraordinary snow and storm clean-up.
- $1.8 million in deferred pension payments mandated by the state.
- $1 million in property tax appeal refunds.
- $400,000 in lost recycling revenue.
The amended budget can be viewed on line at www.middletownnj.org
- Category: News
Hazlet Township Library Sponsors Get Help! With Housing Fair
HAZLET - Concerned about housing issues? Buying your first home? Facing possible foreclosure?
Meet representatives from government agencies and not-for-profit organizations specializing in housing issues at the Get Help! With Housing Fair on Wednesday, September 15, at the Hazlet Township Library, 251 Middle Road.
This free program will run from 3 to 7 p.m., and is co-sponsored by the N.J. Department of Banking & Insurance, the Monmouth County Library and the New Jersey State Library.
The Housing Fair will feature experts who can speak with the public on the topics of low income and Section 8 housing resources, tenants’ rights, first-time homebuyers and foreclosure procedure. Predatory lending scams and foreclosure rescue scams will be discussed. A Spanish interpreter will be available to assist patrons.
- Category: News
Middletown Traffic Advisory
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Township Police Department Traffic Bureau advises that Tindall Road jughandle on Route 35 North will be closed on Tuesday, August 31 due to construction. Motorists can access Tindall Road and the Middletown Train Station via New Monmouth Road.
- Category: News
Highlands, NJ - The Borough of Highlands Environmental Commission has been awarded a grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to develop a bike path network in the Borough. This is a matching grant in the amount of $2,333. The Borough, through the unanimous support of the Borough Council and Mayor, is providing $1,667 towards the project. An additional $1,666 is being provided as an in-kind contribution from Borough employees and citizen volunteers serving as project team members.
It is envisioned, the “share-the-road” bike path network will interconnect municipal, county, state, and federal parks as well as other points-of-interest (POI) including the Highlands business district, the Borough’s Community Center and the high speed ferry terminal which offers service between NJ and NYC. The bike path network will interconnect, directly or indirectly, the many parks in the area. These include:
- Huddy Park (municipal)
- Veteran’s Riverfront Park – 911 Memoria Project (municipal)
- Miller Street Beach (municipal)
- Gertrude Ederle Park (municipal)
- Pompamora Point (county)
- Hartshorne Woods (county)
- Twin Lights State Park (state)
- Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area (federal)