- Category: Monmouth County
County, Manasquan OEM rescue dozens stranded on Route 18
FREEHOLD, NJ – With Monmouth County roads showing blacktop one day after the snow stopped falling, county road crews have been deployed to assist the state. This afternoon, four county tandem trucks with snowplows and heavy equipment began clearing beleaguered Route 18.
Meanwhile, the county Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Manasquan OEM rescued about two dozen motorists who had become stranded on Route 18. A convoy of Army trucks Manasquan normally uses for tidal flooding was dispatched Sunday night and rescued 12 to 18 people. The same convoy was deployed last night and picked up another 11. Route 18 had not been plowed.
On Sunday and Monday nights, county snowplow operators also cleared roads assisting Jersey Central Power & Light Co. personnel who were responding to power outages.
“County roads such as Routes 524, 537, 547 and many others are showing blacktop today as a result of the work county road crews have been doing since 10 a.m. Sunday morning,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the county Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The county’s public works and engineering crews do an excellent job keeping county roads safe and drivable.”
- Category: Monmouth County
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hindus have applauded South Brunswick School District (New Jersey) for declaring Diwali as a school holiday, calling it “a step in the right direction”.
According to 2011-2012 school calendar, District schools will stay closed on October 26 (Wednesday) for Diwali/Deepavali. Other religious closing days mentioned on 2011-12 calendar are Rosh Hashanah, Christmas, and Good Friday/Easter.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that awareness about other religions thus created by such holidays would make the South Brunswick School District pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It would make District look good also besides bringing cohesion and unity in the community.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that since it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children, we did not want our children to be deprived of any privileges at the school because of thus resulting absences on this day. Closing schools on Diwali would ensure that. Zed urged all school districts across USA to declare Diwali as school holiday.
- Category: News
Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Township road crews continue to battle one of the most severe snow storms in recent memory with a goal of reaching all township roads by midnight on Tuesday, said Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger.
Road crews have been working fervently around the clock since 10:00 am on Sunday, December 26th. Township crews, consisting of 40 plows and 6 front end loaders, supplemented by an additional 25 plows and 4 front-end loaders belonging to private contractors, are working to clear more than 300 miles of township road, Scharfenberger said.
A State of Emergency issued by Monmouth County Emergency Management remains in effect. In addition, Mayor Scharfenberger issued a local state of emergency for Middletown Township while township crews work to make local roads as safe for travel as possible.
“The sheer volume of the snow generated by this storm is far greater than we’ve seen in many years so plowing is taking longer than usual. Anyone who does not absolutely need to be on the road should remain at home as long as possible. The fewer cars on the road, the faster plow operators can complete their work,” Scharfenberger said.
“We appreciate everyone’s continued patience and cooperation while crews work to complete the plowing. We will get to every street as quickly as possible,” Scharfenberger added.
- Category: News
We hope you will enjoy this day with family and friends. From our family to yours, may your Christmas be a Blessed one and your New Year be filled with happy memories.
- Allan Dean, Publisher
- Category: Arts & Culture
Lincroft, NJ – Brookdale photography student Judit Papp, Rumson, will showcase her nature photography in an exclusive exhibition, “Tura Natura” on January 8 at NovelTeas, 78 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank. The Hungarian born talent will donate the proceeds from her silent auction photography sales to benefit ALS-TDI, the world’s largest Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) research center. Additionally, all who attend are welcome to enter a free drawing for a framed photograph of Monument Valley, Arizona, taken near the Grand Canyon.
“The photograph series I have selected for this exhibit will showcase America’s beauty as captured during my cross country trip” explained Papp.
Papp has lived in Rumson with her sponsor family, the Callahans, for three years. Pamela Callahan has had ALS for the past four years and her illness was the inspiration for the event.
Sponsors include the Callahan family, Kim Widener, Copper Canyon, the Nicholson family, Traci Turi, the Brand family and Sickles Market.