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Middletown Firefighters Recognized for Rescue Efforts
Thursday, 18 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - At the monthly Township Committee meeting held on December 15, 2014 a number of Middletown Township volunteer firefighters were recognized for their recent heroic rescue of a victim from a burning house. The Township Committee,... Read More...
Pennacchio, Bucco Push Resolution to Bring Back Cop-Killer Chesimard from Cuba
Thursday, 18 December 2014
TRENTON, NJ - Morris County Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco introduced today a resolution urging the return of Joanne Chesimard from Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 traffic... Read More...
Planning Board Honors Maritime Resiliency Project
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Bestows 2014 merit award on Bradley Beach project FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Planning Board presented the Bradley Beach Maritime Forest Creation and LakeStabilization project with their 2014 Planning Merit Award at their Dec. 15 meeting. ... Read More...
Middletown Volunteers and Staff Get Accolades
Thursday, 18 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Township Committee recognized several volunteers and township staff for outstanding service at their December meeting.  Six firefighters were presented with Life Saving Awards for their rescue of a man during a house... Read More...
IMAGE Blue Christmas Service at Navesink United Methodist Church
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Blue ChristmasSunday December 21st, 20147:00pm Navesink United Methodist ChurchNavesink Avenue, (Navesink section) Middletown, NJ NAVESINK, NJ - Many persons feel very alone in the midst of all the celebration time.  The days grow shorter and... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Top Five
by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Got 60 grand?  Well, you can use it to pay down your debt or buy Burt Reynold's Smokey & The Bandit TransAm: http://usat.ly/1G9j9n6 Parenting... Read More...
IMAGE Stupid Christmas Gifts
by Anne Mikolay
Monday, 15 December 2014
Yes, I know. Tis the thought that counts...blah, blah, blah. But let's be honest. Shall we? Whether it's a collectible you don't collect, or a... Read More...
IMAGE The Normal Culture, and Why Liberals Abandoned It
by Woody Zimmerman
Monday, 15 December 2014
When I was a boy, most people lived in a way we considered a “normal” – although we didn’t really call it that. The country simply accepted... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Sat Dec 20 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Brothers in Harmony Holiday Show
Sat Dec 20 @ 2:30PM -
Band of the Two Rivers Holiday Concert
Sun Dec 21 @10:00AM -
Fair Haven Menorah Lighting
Sun Dec 21 @ 7:00PM -
Blue Christmas Service
Sat Dec 27 @ 3:00AM - 05:00PM
Murray Farmhouse Candlelight Reception -

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."