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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...
Northern Monmouth County Flood Risk Open House Feb. 20 at Henry Hudson
Friday, 30 January 2015
HIGHLANDS, NJ -  The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management is announcing the dates of the Northern Monmouth County Flood Risk Open House, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II. During the open house, which... Read More...

Columns

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...
IMAGE Just Sayin...
by Anne Mikolay
Sunday, 25 January 2015
While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the... Read More...

shll_trent_howard_2photo: Trent Howard, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles franchise Frederick Keys, poses with ballplayers from Sandy Hook Little League

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - With spring around the corner, the hearts and minds of children young and old turn to baseball season. But for leagues around the shore, it could be difficult to start the season with some fields and equipment damaged from the superstorm that hit the area last October.

The Sandy Hook Little League plays at Fireman's Field in Atlantic Highlands.  When the adjoining Many Mind Creek overflowed its banks and flooded the field, concession stand and equipment storage area with more than two feet of water, league president Tom Caizza, Sr. said there was considerable damage to league equipment, including kitchen appliances and material for the "snack shack".  He estimates the cost of damage at nearly $75,000.

While speaking recently with the governor's office about the damage to the municipal marina, Mayor Fred Rast III, mentioned the damage to the field used by Sandy Hook Little League.  As it happens, a member of the Baltimore Orioles franchise had also contacted the governor's office to offer assistance to local clubs that had been affected by Superstorm Sandy.  

shll_snack_shack Photo: The concesson stand suffered 2 feet of water during Sandy.  Equipment was lost.

Trent Howard, 23-year-old left hander with the Baltimore Orioles' Frederick Keys farm team, saw the devastation and wanted to do something. He contacted the governor's Sandy Recovery Task Force to offer assistance.  

Howard, a native of Indiana, made a personal financial contribution and intends to speak with his teammates and management about making a donation when he starts spring training March 2nd. "Hopefully, the thing can get really big," Howard said. Howard has also been in touch with the New Balance Foundation about a donation.

"(The ball field) is where it all starts, Howard said.  "Get the parents involved and get the kids out here.  I don't want to see the kids have to sit out after all that happened."

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Photo: Fireman's Field in Atlantic Highlands.

Trent Howard signed autographs and took photos with his young fans at the baseball field this afternoon. He said that he wants the folks in his native Indiana to see photos of the devastation so they might better understand the needs at the shore too.

Mayor Rast said, "It's great that they're doing this.  They are role models."