- Category: Monmouth County
Race Was Held in Sandy Hook Bay, in Southeast Winds of 11-16 Kts
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ, August 23: On August 21, the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (AHYC) hosted its annual Ms. Race, a charity regatta for women sailors only. It was a benefit for 180, Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth county private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. There were seven yachts in the race, all skippered and crewed by females, from teenagers to grandmothers.
photo Jeff Smith Photography
Winners were: First place, LuAnn Rathemacher on Lithium, Second place, Donna Syers on Overlap, and third place, Eileen Campbell on Coda. Race co-chair Aleen Colitz said. “Actually all of the sailors were winners, just by taking on the challenge and being out there.” Race co-chair Diane Kropfl agreed, adding that “The boats looked really good out there, and the level of sailing this year jumped up along with the confidence of the sailors.” After the race the sailors, family, friends and AHYC club members celebrated with a buffet dinner and a DJ for dancing.
- Category: News
Highlands, NJ - The Borough of Highlands Environmental Commission has been awarded a grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to develop a bike path network in the Borough. This is a matching grant in the amount of $2,333. The Borough, through the unanimous support of the Borough Council and Mayor, is providing $1,667 towards the project. An additional $1,666 is being provided as an in-kind contribution from Borough employees and citizen volunteers serving as project team members.
It is envisioned, the “share-the-road” bike path network will interconnect municipal, county, state, and federal parks as well as other points-of-interest (POI) including the Highlands business district, the Borough’s Community Center and the high speed ferry terminal which offers service between NJ and NYC. The bike path network will interconnect, directly or indirectly, the many parks in the area. These include:
- Huddy Park (municipal)
- Veteran’s Riverfront Park – 911 Memoria Project (municipal)
- Miller Street Beach (municipal)
- Gertrude Ederle Park (municipal)
- Pompamora Point (county)
- Hartshorne Woods (county)
- Twin Lights State Park (state)
- Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area (federal)
- Category: Monmouth County
West Long Branch, NJ - “An Evening with Brian Williams & Friends,” celebrating the career and accomplishments of Brian Williams, Emmy & Peabody Award-winning anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News, is set for Thursday, September 23, 2010. The event will be held in Monmouth University’s Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), located in the center of campus. The presenting sponsor is the Asbury Park Press; additional sponsors include Breeze Radio, Gem of An Idea, Marilyn & Ken Rocky, James P. Hickey, Jr. & Marcia Sue Clever, MD.
Brian Williams to speak at Monmouth U on Sept. 23
Tickets for the VIP reception and presentation are $75. Tickets for the presentation only are $25. All proceeds benefit the Monmouth University Department of Communication and its students.
A VIP reception will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the Varsity Club. Scheduled to attend the reception and participate in a journalist roundtable are some of the most recognizable names in broadcast news, including Anne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC Nightly News, Brenda Blackmon, anchor of WWOR’s My9 News, and Brian Thompson of NBC’s News 4 New York . The reception will feature complimentary beer and wine and an array of hot and cold foods – plus a live broadcast of NBC Nightly News on the arena’s jumbo screen.
- 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.
- Category: News
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.