- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - Police recovered the body of Richard "Ricky" Pomasan Saturday evening in the water near the Oceanic Bridge. Pomasan, of Miller Street in Highlands turned 53 on Friday. He was a clammer for many years on Sandy Hook Bay.
Pomasan and Paul M. Ritter, 42, of Highlands had been drinking earlier in the day in celebration of Pomasan's birthday, according to his sister-in-law, Johnna Pomasan, also of Miller Street.
Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge under construction in October 2009. Photo shows elevation between old and new bridge decks.
In a press release issued Saturday, before the body was discovered, Highlands Police said they received a call regarding a man that had jumped off the South side of the Highlands Bridge at approximately 6:45 p.m Friday. Eyewitnesses observed a man jump off the bridge and was not seen coming back up to the surface. Police issued a summons Friday to Paul Ritter for obstructing and hindering the ongoing investigation, according to the release.
Search and rescue efforts were conducted by Highlands Police, Sea Bright Police, NJ State Police Marine and Aviation Division, U.S. Coast Guard, NYC Police Department Aviation Unit, Highlands Fire Department Marine 17-01, Highlands First Aid, Atlantic Highlands Fire Department Marine Division, Middletown Township Dive Team Units, Sea Bright Fire Department and Sandy Hook Gateway National Park Rangers.
The search was called off late Friday night due to high winds and a moving tide and was resumed Saturday morning.
For generations, area residents jumped off the old Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge as almost a rite of passage. The bridge then stood about 35 feet above the water line. The new bridge, still under construction, stands 65 feet above the water.
"I don't know if you'd call him a friend," said Mrs. Pomasan of Mr. Ritter. "A friend doesn't drive you drunk to the bridge and tell you it's a good idea to be the first to jump."
The investigation is ongoing and police would not comment on whether Mr. Ritter or Mr. Pomasan had been drinking.
It is especially hard on the family at this time. Ricky Pomasan's younger brother, David, died last month at age 41, according to the sister-in-law.
The body was discovered by a boater on the Navesink River South/Southwest of the Oceanic Bridge at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, according to Highlands Patrolman Matthew Chesek, who helped recover the body along with the U.S. Coast Guard, State Police Marine and Highlands Fire Department Marine boats.
Mr. Pomasan leaves behind a 17 year old son. Funeral arrangement have not yet been made.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Highlands Detective Sgt. Joseph Rogers at 732-872-1158.
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FAIR HAVEN, NJ - Plans are currently underway for "Paddle the Navesink Day", a community-wide celebration of the Navesink River and all the recreational opportunities it provides to enthusiasts young and old. On September 18, 2010, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, local boating organizations along Red Bank's Navesink River will offer visitors the chance to experience kayaking, canoeing, sailing and rowing. Participants will have the opportunity to tour or play Tennis on Red Bank's famous and historic Clay Courts. Environmental groups will be on hand to discuss river ecology and to provide hands on activities for children to experience the river, such as seining, fish printing and touch pools. Local businesses along Front St. in Red Bank will offer menu samplings and event-related discounts.
"Paddle the Navesink Day" will commence at Maple Cove, which is located at the northern foot of Maple Ave. in Red Bank. The Jersey Paddler of Brick, the largest distributor of kayaks and canoes in the state, will have on hand fifteen types of kayaks to demo, along with different types of paddles and life vests. Those interested can take a short guided tour up the Navesink River or just paddle around in Maple Cove. Lauren Bonilla, a certified kayak instructor, will be on site to provide free lessons in basic kayaking.
Navesink River Rowing, adjacent to Maple Cove, will host a learn-to-row session and will provide information on the programs it offers for adults and for youth (at least fourteen years old). The Navesink Maritime Heritage Associationand its River Rangers program, an area summer youth program, will showcase their wooden canoes made by local children, and will allow children ten and up to paddle these boats on the river. Hands-on activities for children include Clean Ocean Action hosting fish printing and Jeff Dement, of the American Littoral Society, will host river seining and a river life touch pool.
- Category: Monmouth County
PISCATAWAY, NJ - On August 14th, 2010, delegates of the Reform Party of New Jersey gathered in Piscataway for the party's first convention in over a decade.
The Reform Party of the United States was America's most successful third party during the 1990s. The populist appeal of candidates like H. Ross Perot, Jesse Ventura, and Donald Trump helped to establish the party as a viable centrist alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.
Perot nabbed twelve percent of the vote during the 1992 presidential election, and another eight percent during his 1996 bid. In 1998, Jesse Ventura was elected the governor of Minnesota.
The party's success came to a halt at the beginning of the millennium when it was successfully neutralized by lawsuits and in-fighting; the New Jersey chapter, which once ran candidates like Pat DiNizio for Senate, became inactive following the 2000 election.
Now a group of dedicated activists has revived the party.
During the convention, the party elected the following officers:
Jake Zychick, a blogger and student at Farleigh Dickinson University (who was New Jersey's delegate at the 2008 Reform Party of the United States convention in Dallas, Texas) was elected the party's chairman.
Dennis “DJ” Mikolay, Atlantic Highlands Herald columnist and Monmouth University student, was elected Vice-Chairman and Treasurer.
LaMont Rouse, an activist from Warren County, was elected the party secretary.
The party will also run its first candidate in over a decade. The delegates unanimously voted to nominate activist Mark Quick as their congressional candidate for New Jersey's fifth congressional district.
Quick has been a vocal critic of Republican Congressman Scott Garrett, whom he says has failed “to address issues that affect working families.” Quick claims that American's complaints regarding illegal immigration, health-care costs, and the war in Afghanistan “all fell on Congressman Garrett's deaf ears.”
Quick will appear on the ballot in November as an independent, and the Reform Party officers say they look forward to November.
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Stephanie Hawley participates in Walt Disney World’s Disney College Program
Orlando, Fl- Henry Hudson Regional School Alumni Stephanie Hawley is participating in Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney College Program, a program which gives college students an opportunity to participate in a semester long internship at Walt Disney World where they are placed in a “Role” (or job) in a Park or a Resort while living in Orlando and in this case, receiving credits from their college/university for the opportunity. Stephanie states, “I was fortunate enough to receive credits for this opportunity, not many students on the program do. While down in Disney, I will also take a collegiate course through Disney that applies to my major and will also be receiving credits for that from my university.”
To receive credit from her university, Hawley had to take a 3 credit class where her university, High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, prepared her for this opportunity. She had to complete a 60 hour mini-internship as well as create a resume and fill out a 9 page Internship Application complete with 13 objectives such as “I will study the manner in which the Disney College Program uses Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to meet employees basic needs and help them achieve higher needs levels through speaking with managers and full time employees” that she will complete while down at Disney.
Stephanie will be completing her program at the Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom Park at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café. Stop by between August 17, 2010 and January 4, 2010 to say “Howdy”!
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Guinness World Records has recognized a Monmouth County pet as the oldest living rabbit. "Do", who is now a 14-years 7-month old Jersey Wooly, is owned by Jenna Antol of Atlantic Highlands.
The process that Guinness requires was quite extensive. The documentation had to include verification of birth, age progression photos, family and friend affidavits and medical records from "Do's" veterinarians, Dr. Jennifer DeMeo and Dr. Amy Lesniak of Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. After submitting the application and all supporting documentation for this title back in June, Guinness has now recognized "Do" and he recently received his certificate.
The average life span for a rabbit can range from 6-8 years. Even though "Do" is blind and partially deaf, he continues to enjoy his life eating timothy and hopping about in his enclosure. He is a great little bunny, weighing in at 3 Ibs., and is living out his golden years in style.