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IMAGE Twin Lights Lecture Series Opens with History of Sandy Hook Pilots
Thursday, 30 October 2014
PHOTO: Twin Lights and New York Harbor Captain Ned Britton to Speak on November 8 Highlands, NJ —  The year 1694 was a good... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth University Students Volunteer in Local Community at The Big Event
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
PHOTO: Monmouth University volunteers clean up Deal Lake at The Big Event on October 25 West Long Branch, N.J. - Over 600 Monmouth University... Read More...
IMAGE Bishop to Speak on Religion in Public Life at Monmouth U.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will speak at a Symposium on Religion in Public Life in Monmouth University, West Long... Read More...
October 31 is One of the Deadliest Nights of the Year for Pedestrians
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Auto Club Offers Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents, and Trick-Or-Treaters Hamilton, NJ  — Every Halloween, monsters, zombies and ghouls fill... Read More...
IMAGE November 2014 Youth Programs at Middletown Library
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - NEW programs, special events & old favorites in November @ Middletown Township Public Library for children, tweens &... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE It's the Great Autumn Scrooge, Charlie Brown!
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 30 October 2014
According to Charlie Brown's friend, Linus, “On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with... Read More...
IMAGE In Long Branch, Jeff Bell Appeals to Republicans
by Dennis
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Long Branch is known for many things—the beaches, boardwalk, dining, and diversity—but being a bastion of Republicanism is not one of them.... Read More...
IMAGE Volunteers Bring Smiles to Peru
by Daniel J. Vance
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Though a real estate agent the last 12 years, 52-year-old Kim Hammes of Le Sueur, Minnesota, used to be employed as a court-appointed guardian for... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Men, Women and Children
by David Prown
Monday, 27 October 2014
The other day, I went to see “Men, Women & Children” playing at the Bow-Tie in Red Bank and the 1:59 running time-line fit the slot.... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Gone Girl
by David Prown
Sunday, 26 October 2014
I think the movie "Gone Girl" has been out for at least 3 weeks and I did everything I could to stay away from hearing the storyline outside of the... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 30 @ 3:15PM - 03:45PM
School Age Programs Grades K and up
Thu Oct 30 @ 4:00PM - 04:30PM
Preschool Story Time Ages 3 – 5
Sun Nov 02 @ 2:00AM -
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Mon Nov 03 @10:00AM -
Monday Mix - AH
Wed Nov 05 @ 9:30AM - 10:00AM
Baby Story Time Ages 10 – 24 months

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.