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AAA Reminds Motorists: Be the Ref of the Party - Designate a Driver
Friday, 30 January 2015
Hamilton, NJ – This Sunday, Super Bowl XLIX will kick off in Arizona, but closer to home, people will gather to watch the game with family and friends. AAA urges fans to prepare for the big game by designating a sober driver or arranging for... Read More...
IMAGE MC Park System Offers 2015 Trails Team Training
Friday, 30 January 2015
PHOTO: The Monmouth County Park System’s Volunteer Trails Team in action.  LINCROFT, NJ — Love the Monmouth County Park System’s 130+ miles of trails and interested in becoming part of the Park System’s Trails Team? Head to the... Read More...
2015 Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition
Friday, 30 January 2015
Scholarship Contest Open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Middletown MIDDLETOWN, NJ - High school juniors and seniors who live in Middletown are invited to submit essays about their local government for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship in... Read More...
E-Driver’s License Legislation Introduced
Friday, 30 January 2015
TRENTON, NJ - Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean introduced now-bipartisan legislation to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.... Read More...
IMAGE Breweries of Monmouth County: Belford Brewing Review
Friday, 30 January 2015
Last weekend, we went on a tour of Monmouth County breweries and after Kane and Carton we finally made it to Belford, but I wasn’t in a position to give an accurate opinion of this new outfit. You can read that review here,... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Observations on a MLK Celebration
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 30 January 2015
On Monday, January 19, 2015 I went to a service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. I went for multiple reasons. I went to honor a great American and... Read More...
IMAGE Worst Storm Ever? (What’s up widat?)
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Somehow – no doubt largely due to the vigilance and timely warnings supplied by our political and media guardians – we have managed to survive... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Into The Woods
by David Prown
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I saw the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" in the 80's with Bernadette Peters just a few days after I saw "Les Miserables" with the original... Read More...
IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...
IMAGE What’s that Flock in the Bay?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 25 January 2015
This was a week of counting wintering water-birds. The other day I looked out onto New York Harbor and saw a large raft of diving ducks. I counted at... Read More...

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.