- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Henry Hudson Regional Education Association will host a “Meet the Candidates Night” for those seeking election to the Board of Education of the Henry Hudson Regional School District.
The event will be held April 6th and get underway at 7 p.m. at Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands. The event is free of charge and all residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about their neighbords seeking election.
In Atlantic Highlands, Sarah Kroon Chiles, Robert Thuss, Jr and incumbent Arthur Weimer are running for two, three-year seats. Highlands resident and current Board of Education president Cheryl McDonald is running unopposed for one three-year seat.
The format for the evening will allow each candidate to give a three-minute long opening statement. Candidates will then be asked pre-selected questions about their experience and views on issues affecting Henry Hudson and education in New Jersey. All participants will be able to answer each question.
Audience members can also submit questions, which will be reviewed and presented to moderators as time permits. Each candidate will be allowed to make a closing statement.
The event will conclude with light refreshments and time to mingle with the candidates.
School elections will be held April 27th and includes a vote on the proposed budget for the 2011-2012 school year. Polling locations in Atlantic Highlands will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The polls in Highlands will open at 2 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.
- Category: Monmouth County
Monmouth County SPCA Community Day
EATONTOWN, NJ - The Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) is celebrating Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month with an action packed Community Day event being held on Saturday April 23, 2011 from 12pm – 5pm at the Eatontown facility. The day’s events will be focused around the theme of Rediscovering America’s Dog – The Pit Bull Terrier. Featured educational guest lecturers will be Mary Harwelik of the Real Pit Bull, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the American Pit Bull Terrier breed and both Kelly and Lee Nadel of the Bully Project, a non-profit group working to end dog fighting in NYC.
Paige at play
Also scheduled is a meet and greet with the MCSPCA trainers along with demonstrations and pit bull play groups. A few of our most celebrated pit bull alumni will also be returning to the Homeward Bound Adoption Center with their new families, who will testify to the truth about these tender, loving and loyal canine companions. Isa Fowler, MCSPCA Adoption Counselor Manager describes the event, “There are so many misconceptions about pit bulls, many people do not realize that the pit bull is the quintessential family dog. This event will concentrate on educating, changing minds and perceptions towards the pit bull. The goal is to promote how great pitties are as pets while promoting our available dogs for adoption.”
MCSPCA Veterinarian Dr. Laura Collins will also be performing a pit bull only FREE Microchip Clinic for any owned pitties in the surrounding area. This service will be available from 3:30pm - 5pm located in the Vogel – SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic.
In conjunction with Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the MCSPCA will also be honoring Chief “Buddy” Amato from the MCSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division for his incredible work. Chief Amato and his staff of investigators handle close to a 100 cases a month. The MCSPCA Humane Law Enforcement team is led by Chief “Buddy” Amato, and features Captain Tom Gromley, Lieutenant Ronnie Ehresnspeck, Sergeant Donald Devenchenzo, Sergeant Matthew Giuliano, Corporal Paul Smikovecus, Agent Sgt. William Hyer, Officer Kerry Gowan and Agents Anthony Lena, Henry Perez and Anita Stout. . Our Humane Law Enforcement Team is recognized as one of the best in NJ, and this event will honor their excellent work.
- Category: Monmouth County
HOWELL, NJ — It’s a boy and a girl! This is just one of the things the Monmouth County Park System learned when staff and volunteers from New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife visited and banded the eaglets hatched in February at the Manasquan Reservoir,
The chicks each received two bands – a green one so scientists know that they were born in New Jersey and a second silver one from the federal government. Bald eagles are on the endangered species list in New Jersey. While there are more nests throughout state, the one at Manasquan Reservoir has been closely monitored due to recurring nesting patterns. Scientists have been banding the chicks born there since 2007. This year marks the site’s first female chick.
PICTURED – New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife believe this eaglet, hatched in a nest at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell, is female and younger than the male. Note her down feathers which will change over to flight feathers in a week or so.
While visitors to the Manasquan Reservoir aren’t allowed to approach the nest, they may approach naturalists at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, and ask questions about this remarkable pair of chicks. Visitors can also view nest activity live on a television. The Environmental Center hours are 10am to 4:30pm daily. The park is currently open daily from 7am to 7:30pm.
To learn more about the Park System, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000. The TTY/TDD number for persons with hearing impairment is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is
- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Monday, March 21, 2011, the Highlands Elementary Board of Education adopted a revised 2011-2012 budget, which now represents a zero tax levy increase. Dr. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools, presented the budget to the Board Members and audience. He reported, “This Board of Education developed the 2011-2012 budget in accordance with the District’s Mission Statement to ensure that each student has the opportunity to become an independent and critical thinker on the path to becoming a life-long learner.” The District’s budget will decrease $133,169, or 3.6% from the 2010-2011 budget. The District worked diligently over the past several months to identify cost saving measures, while preparing to develop a fiscally sound budget according to the mandates developed by the NJ Department of Education.
These efforts include entering into shared services agreements with the Hazlet Township School District to operate the business office, which will save the District over $60,000 annually and interim superintendent services, which save the District an additional $6,000 each month. Other cost saving measures contributed to the total budgetary reduction of $133,169. These combined savings will provide the taxpayers of Highlands with a zero tax levy increase and also support the rigorous academic programs provided for the students.
- Category: Monmouth County
FREEHOLD, NJ - Six hundred and eighty-seven road racers competed in the 22nd annual St. Paddy’s 10 Mile Race (411, total) and 17th annual Leprechaun 5K (276, total) presented by the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC) at Michael J Tighe Park, Freehold Township, on the good-racing weather morning of Sunday, March 20, the day that the Vernal Equinox will arrive at 7:21 p.m. which marks the end of winter and the start of spring.
Photos by Bob Both - www.jsrc.org
Coming in first place of the 10-miler from the out-and-back course that started and finished at the Park, and used the Roads of Georgia, Nomoco, Pittenger Pond, Jackson Mills, Stonehill, along with DeCicco Circle, and Brandon, Diamond and Aimee Drives was Michael Loenser , 28, Piscataway at 59:30 (59 minutes and 30 seconds). Second and third place, respectively went to Tim Morgan , 27, S. Plainfield 59:36 and Jeff Propet, 30, Wall Township, at 59:41. In talking with champion Loenser and runner-up Morgan at the finish-line area, they informed that there was a lot of back and forth for the lead with a pack of four for most of the race but Loesner “took the lead with about a mile to go” he said and Morgan in trying to catch him said, “that’s when I took second place by myself.” Both agreed that the course was scenic and the rolling hills made an interesting challenge and that the weather was “about perfect for running.”