- Category: Monmouth County
Brief closures for Sea Bright, Shark River and Glimmer Glass spans
FREEHOLD, NJ – Three Monmouth County bridges will undergo routine safety inspections and be closed to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic during staggered, off-peak hours next week.
The schedule is as follows:
(S-32) between Sea Bright Bridge Rumson Road(CR 520), Rumson and Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, beginning at and lasting approximately three to four hours. (W-43) along Shark River Bridge Ocean Avenue(CR 18) between Avon-By-The Sea and Belmar will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at and lasting approximately three to four hours. (W-9) along Brielle Avenue between Brielle and Manasquan will be closed on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at and lasting approximately two hours. Glimmer Glass Bridge
The bridge closure will not affect marine traffic.
A fourth movable bridge, the Oceanic (S-31) between Rumson and Middletown, is under reconstruction and remains closed until Memorial Day Weekend.
“Monmouth County prides itself on safety, especially with its movable bridges,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “These inspections are a necessary part of the process. Hopefully, residents won’t be too inconvenienced.”
The closures are required for the state’s Movable Bridge Inspection program. The state Department of Transportation’s National Bridge Inventory Standards program must be conducted every two years. The inspection program includes testing of movable bridge barriers, safety gates and traffic lights.
The testing is being overseen by Hardesty & Hanover, LLP of Trenton, NJ.
- Category: Monmouth County
NEW YORK, NY - Several years ago, Howard Ruben and a team of other biologists with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, were performing environmental work along a New Jersey beach that had been newly restored by the Army Corps.
"An onlooker approached us and said he had seen a baby sea turtle in the water," said Ruben. "Because this is an endangered species and you never see baby sea turtles on the shore in the northeast, we got very excited and began looking for it in the shallows where we had been working."
"We didn't find anything and went back to our work. Just before we left for the day, I saw something in the seaweed along the shore. When I parted the weeds and looked down I saw a plastic baby turtle, but one of those that's very realistic. I laughed out loud."
Routine onboard Sea Turtle Observer operations. Credit: ERDC
This may seem funny, but the Army Corps takes the protection of endangered sea turtles and all marine life seriously, especially when performing beach replenishment projects. In the waters in the northeast there is a small risk that sea turtles can be injured or killed during these projects, including the most common endangered species in this region - The Loggerhead Sea Turtle and the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle.
Every time the Corps begins a beach replenishment project, it takes measures to protect Sea Turtles that comply with environmental policies established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Recently these measures were activated for the Monmouth Beach Replenishment Project, in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
- Category: Arts & Culture
RED BANK, NJ --The Tower Hill Concert Series presents soprano Sherezade Panthaki in concert Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill),
Panthaki is in demand as an opera and oratorio soloist, with a wide repertoire that includes Bach, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, Vivaldi and other composers of the Baroque period. Accompanying her in this recital are early-music musicians from
Born and raised in
- Category: News
UNION BEACH, NJ - New Jersey American Water plans exciting movie premiere to honor Union Beach resident, and star of video, Jillian Johnson
New Jersey American Water, along with the Borough of Union Beach, will hold a “movie premiere” honoring Union Beach resident Jillian Johnson, 11, who stars in New Jersey American Water’s new “Splash” educational video
Last summer, Jillian, a student at Memorial Elementary School, won a New Jersey American Water art contest for her depiction of how families can conserve water. The video shows Jillian interacting with “Splash,” an animated water droplet, while demonstrating simple ways to save water in the home.
The premiere will feature an appearance by Jillian and her family complete with red carpet, velvet ropes, spotlights and free popcorn.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Union Beach Municipal Building
650 Poole Ave., Union Beach, NJ
New Jersey American Water will honor Jillian Johnson, winner of New Jersey American Water’s summer art contest which centered on water conservation in the home. Jillian’s entry illustrated how rain water could be collected to reuse for outdoor vegetation.
A copy of the winning art piece can be found on New Jersey American Water’s Facebook site at www.facebook.com/njamwater.
- Category: Monmouth County
Berkeley, California - On a recent episode of "Meet the Press," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threw his support behind advancing legislation to curb online piracy. Both chambers of Congress have drafted legislation to address online piracy from foreign websites, but both bills have faced strong public outcry that has put their chances of passage in doubt without significant changes.
The Senate is considering the Protect IP Act ( S 968), known as PIPA, while the House is considering the Stop Online Piracy Act ( HR 3261), known as SOPA. The Senate is expected to vote on PIPA on Jan. 24, and Reid has indicated there could be significant changes that would make the bill a "winner for everyone, not just for the content people."
MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions from key industry groups to members of the U.S. Senate (July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2011) and found that:
- Entertainment interest groups that support these bills gave 7.2 times as much ($14,423,991) to members of the U.S. Senate as Internet interest groups that oppose these bills ($2,011,332).
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received 4.8 times as much from entertainment interest groups that support these bills ($571,500) as from Internet interest groups that oppose these bills ($118,050).