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IMAGE Covenant House Event on April 13 in Rumson
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
RUMSON, NJ - Shining stars from seven high schools around Monmouth County will perform show - stopping tunes alongside Broadway Stars Richard Todd Adams, (Phantom, Les Miserables), David Elder (Curtains, 42nd Street) and Darius Kaleb (Motown) to... Read More...
IMAGE Enjoy Spring in a County Park
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
LINCROFT, NJ —  Dust off your golf clubs and grab your fishing poles, it’s time to head outside!  Spring is officially here and there’s no better place to enjoy its warm days than in the Monmouth County Park System.  With its... Read More...
IMAGE Lou Fligor is Announced as Candidate for Atlantic Highlands Mayor
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
PHOTO: Louis F. Fligor Republican Primary Candidate for Atlantic Highlands Mayor. Atlantic Highlands, NJ -  The Committee to Elect Lou Fligor to the office of Mayor of Atlantic Highlands is announcing his candidacy in the June 2nd... Read More...
IMAGE Armed Gunman Threat Met with Full Law Enforcement Response at Holmdel School
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Caller Report of Armed Intruder Prompted Countywide Response FREEHOLD, NJ - A full-scale response to a report of an armed intruder at the Village Elementary School in Holmdel today is now being investigated as an apparent hoax, announced Acting... Read More...
IMAGE Hanlon sworn in as Acting County Clerk
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
PHOTO: Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, whose retirement is effective later today, holds the bible as Christine Giordano Hanlon, standing next to her husband Robert Hanlon, is sworn-in as Acting County Clerk by Superior Court Judge... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Another Triumphal Procession
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
As a change of pace for the Lenten Season, here’s a reprint of an earlier column-entry. Palm Sunday – occurring on March 29 this year – always... Read More...
IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...
IMAGE Review - McFarland USA
by David Prown
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
It is common knowledge that I'm a big fan of true sports movies regarding stories that are under the radar and rarely been told. So when I started... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Wed Apr 01 @ 6:30PM -
Middletown Township Planning Board
Wed Apr 01 @ 8:00PM -
Highlands Mayor & Council Mtg
Thu Apr 02 @ 7:30PM -
Highlands Zoning Board Meeting
Fri Apr 03 @ 2:00PM - 07:00PM
Income Tax Help - Union Beach
Mon Apr 06 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop

HIGHLANDS, NJ - Taking a well deserved break from the endless cleanup in Highlands, residents came out to Huddy Park today to enjoy food and music and to share their stories with neighbors at the Hope for Highlands celebration.

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Huddy Park is filled with resident who have Hope for Highlands.  Photos by Allan Dean

The spontaneous brain-child of several local business leaders; Douglas Lentz, owner of Inlet Cafe and the Original Oyster, helped lead the effort by lining up several borough businesses, including Bahrs, Chilango's, Inlet Cafe, SeaStreak, ShoreGrafx and many others to provide food for the day.  Lentz lost both his businesses and a home when flooding from Superstorm Sandy swept into Highlands.  He says he will reopen the Inlet Cafe, but he is not sure about the reopening of the Original Oyster.  There was no doubt about the feeling of goodwill spread through the crowd.  "It's a good day," said Lentz. 

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The food service was excellent according to many residents at the event.

Jim Robbinson and Gil Benjamin, of Street Purveyors, provided meat for the barbeques.  Gil Benjamin lost his business in Highlands, Beacon by the Bay, during the flooding.  His home in Neptune had more than 18 feet of water in it.  "We supply most if the businesses in the area (with meat products).  We are just giving back.  It's all about survival now. The restaurants are coming back." said Mr. Benjamin.

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Desserts were plentiful.

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Gil Benjamin tends to the grill.  Benjamin, who lost his Beacon on the Bay, will open a new restaurant, Johnny K's, in Clark on November 21st.

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Cindy and Tim Yerves cooked up soup.  Tim, a chef at Monmouth Medical Center has been helping in the kitchen all week at Henry Hudson Regional School, where evacuees have been housed since the storm knocked out power to the borough.


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Highlands Business Partnership President Carla Cefalo-Braswell thanked the Highlands Police Department, the First Aid Squad, Office of Emergency Management, the Parker family, and many "unsung heroes who worked around the clock to protect our borough."  She said more than 1000 are homeless in Highlands. "We will not let that stop us.  We will come back stronger than ever."  She said donations were being accepted "to help rebuild this town and (for) the people in need."  You may make a contribution to:  Hope for Highlands, PO Box 375, Highlands, NJ 07732.

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Carl Gentry on keys and Dave McCarthy on guitar.

Live Music filled Huddy Park and delighted the audience.  Local artists, Mary McCrink, Carl Genty, Dave McCarthy, and others lended their talent.

Amid the devastation, Highlands residents perservere.  Work parties have been everywhere in the borough. Organized through local and municipal groups, volunteers from all over the area have gutted soaked sheetrock, removed carpets, and piled debris for consolidation at the main pile on Shore Drive.  Cleanup supplies were distributed by a Princeton, New Jersey company.  

It will be months, if not years, before Highlands is restored, but the leadership has vowed to rebuild. Better. Stronger.   

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A mountain of debris is collected on Shore Drive for disposal.

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Linemen continue to work to restore full power in the town.  Most residents got power over the weekend.