- Category: Monmouth County
TRENTON. NJ —The former superintendent for the Toms River Regional School District today admitted taking bribes to influence school district insurance contracts, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Michael J. Ritacco, 64, of Seaside Park, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to a superseding indictment charging him with mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS.
“Ritacco betrayed the students, parents, teachers, and taxpayers of the Toms River Regional School District by soliciting and receiving more than $1 million in bribes over a long period of time. This conduct strikes at the core of our trust in government and is intolerable, and today’s plea is another affirmative step in federal law enforcement’s efforts to ensure that the local government insurance brokerage business in the state of New Jersey is conducted free from corruption and fraud,” stated U.S. Attorney Fishman.
“Michael Ritacco was entrusted by the public to oversee and administer one of New Jersey’s largest school districts and consequently to help oversee the education and welfare of the community’s children,” said Michael B. Ward, Special Agent In Charge of the FBI’s Newark Division. “Instead of embracing this responsibility, he instead chose to leverage his position to engage in illegal activity in which he received cash and benefits in excess of $1 million. It is yet another example of a community leader placing self-interest above those he represents.”
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Monmouth Medical Center Receives Donation from the Peterpaul Foundation
- Category: Monmouth County
LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center recently received a $10,000 donation from The Thomas Peterpaul Foundation, in support of its work providing comprehensive medical services to children and young adults with leukemia, cancer and blood disorders.
Front row (left to right): William Peterpaul; Susan Dulczak, clinical director and nurse practitioner, Valerie Fund Children’s Center, and clinical director, Pediatric Medical Day Stay; and Children’s Hospital patient, Christopher Demelo of Long Branch
Back row (left to right): Meg Fisher, M.D., medical director of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth and chair of pediatrics; Bill Arnold, chief operating officer, Monmouth Medical Center; Luanne Peterpaul; Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer, Monmouth Medical Center; Julia Peterpaul, and Tara Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.
Monmouth Medical Center is among seven hospitals in the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania that is part of The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders, one of the nation’s largest and most advanced pediatric oncology/hematology networks, providing care to more than 5,000 children with cancer and blood disorders each year.
Founded in memory of Thomas Peterpaul by his parents Barbara and Frank, The Thomas Peterpaul Foundation is a charitable foundation that seeks to find the cause and cure of childhood cancers through direct support of medical research; increase public awareness about the severity and prevalence of childhood cancers; and support patients and their families through a variety of services.
- Category: News
New York, NY - Richard Huff has been named Executive Director, Communications for CBS News. The announcement was made today by Sonya McNair, Senior Vice President, Communications, CBS News. His appointment is effective in May. In this position, Huff will be responsible for strategic communications and brand development across multiple platforms for 48 HOURS MYSTERY, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS News Productions and CBS News Primetime Specials. He will also contribute to the efforts of the department in support of all of CBS News.
“Richard is a journalist of exceptional caliber, with a broad and substantial range of experience,” said McNair. “He has an intuitive grasp of the role of communications within the news industry and will make an outstanding addition to the CBS News communications team.”
“This is the right move for me to the right place and surrounded by the right people,” Huff said. “There's a tremendous amount of energy at CBS News.”
- Category: Monmouth County
American Littoral Society Earth Day Event - April 15th
HIGHLANDS, NJ —The American Littoral Society invites members of the public to observe Earth Day 2012 by helping to restore dunes on Sandy Hook. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive Asiatic sedge from the dunes and to plant American beach grass. The event will take place on Sunday April 15th from 10 am to noon on Sandy Hook in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Highlands, NJ.
In addition to the dune restoration work, American Littoral Society staff will be on hand to advise participants about other ways they can help protect New Jersey’s coastal areas.
This event is the culmination of the Society’s annual beach grass planting program in which 1,000 New Jersey school kids learned from Society educators about dune ecosystems and grew their own beach grass in the classroom. The students will also be planting their beach grass on Sandy Hook dunes on Sunday. The planting is scheduled for one week prior to Earth Day to meet the needs of the beach grass plants.
- Category: Arts & Culture
RED BANK, NJ - Phoenix Productions, the award-winning community theatre organization, will present the full-scale musical revival of The Wizard of Oz for two weekends at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank and one weekend at the Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Performances will begin April 20th and conclude May 6th.
Joe Ronga of Point Pleasant Beach, Dan Peterson of West Long Branch, Madelyn Monaghan of Little Silver, and Joseph York of Asbury Park star as the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, Dorothy, and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, coming to the Count Basie Theatre and the Strand Center of the Arts beginning April 20th.
The Wizard of Oz is a heartwarming tale of magic and fantasy, good and evil, and family and friendship. Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel and the 1939 film, this musical adaption of The Wizard of Oz was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 1987 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The score is full of tunes from the timeless film such as “We’re Off To See the Wizard”, If I Only Had A Brain”, “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, and - of course - “Over The Rainbow”.