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Middletown Receives $204,632 State Grant for Recycling Successes
Saturday, 20 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Township will receive one of the highest grant awards from the state to implement and further enhance local recycling efforts. The township made the top 10 in this latest round of funding from the state Department of... Read More...
IMAGE Banish the Winter Blues at Park System's 2014 Winterfest
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Photo: Hope for snow because conditions permitting, horse drawn sleigh rides will be part of WinterFest. LINCROFT, NJ -  Looking to banish the winter blues?  Then head over to the Monmouth County Park System’s WinterFest on Saturday, January 10... Read More...
Genovese Organized Crime Family Soldier and Two Crime Family Associates Admit Racketeering Conspiracy
Saturday, 20 December 2014
NEWARK, NJ—Three North Jersey men today admitted conspiring to conduct or participate in the affairs of the Genovese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Genovese family”) through a pattern of racketeering activity, including a... Read More...
Ocean County Man Indicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud
Saturday, 20 December 2014
NEWARK, NJ—An Ocean County, New Jersey, man was indicted today for his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Joseph DiValli, 45, of Jackson, New Jersey, was... Read More...
Hubbard Avenue closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Detours will be in place Motorist should expect delays due to emergency repairs MIDDLETOWN, NJ – On Saturday, December 20, weather permitting, Hubbard Avenue between West Front Street and Navesink River Road will be closed for emergency repair... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Business Executive Fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 20 December 2014
About five years ago, Todd Neva, now of Hancock, Michigan, began having trouble lifting his daughter from her carseat. Over time, this muscle... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 December 2014
It breaks my heart to see yet another article on how my dear #GuyFieri has made Food Network nearly unwatchable: http://bit.ly/1DA59Fm Want to see... Read More...
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...

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Fair Haven Menorah Lighting
Sun Dec 21 @ 7:00PM -
Blue Christmas Service
Sat Dec 27 @ 3:00AM - 05:00PM
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Middletown Reorganization Meeting
Mon Jan 12 @ 7:30PM -
Holmdel Tax Assessor Speaks

HOWELL, NJ – In a solemn memorial service at the Monmouth County Fire Academy on Oct. 2, Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley joined firefighters from around Monmouth County and their families to remember the 43 men and women who have lost their lives in the line of firefighting duty, and congratulate those who were awarded citations for bravery this past year.

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Patricia Schmedes Murray of Atlantic Highlands places a flower at the foot of the Monmouth County Fallen Firefighters Memorial in remembrance of her father, Francis Schmedes, who died in the line of duty in 1974.

“Nothing serves as a more vivid reminder of the sacrifices firefighters make than the recent 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country,” Curley said in his remarks. “Now, after a decade of reflection on the events of that terrible morning, we can fully appreciate the degree to which firefighters everywhere place their lives in danger. We thank you for your service.”

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your service to your towns and this county,” said Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, who also attended. “It takes real dedication and a commitment to making your community safer that allows you to spend time away from your loved ones so that you can be involved in such a dangerous, but necessary activity to protect our lives and property.” 

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Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley helps carry a wreath toward the Monmouth County Fallen Firefighters Memorial  during a ceremony held at the Fire Academy on Oct. 2. 

The memorial and awards ceremony was led by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, and included laying of a wreath in honor of the 43 firefighters from Monmouth County fire companies who died in the line of duty. As each name was read, backed by the ringing of a bell, a red carnation was placed at the foot of the flag pole and a salute offered by family members and firefighters.

After honoring the fallen, Curley and Fire Marshal Henry Stryker awarded Unit Citations and Medals of Valor for rescue and firefighting efforts during the past year.

“They are all special and dedicated individuals,” Stryker said. “They are firefighters who, without hesitation, leave the safety and security of their families, homes and places of work and answer the call – often placing their own lives on the line while working to save the lives and property of others. These firefighters are truly heroes and we honor them and cheer for them.”

“These men and women have exemplified and upheld the proud traditions of the fire service, and we are very glad to have them protecting us,” Curley said. “Firefighters are a very special breed of public servant, and are grateful to you and your families for your efforts.”

The local Fallen Firefighters Memorial Services coincided with the 30th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial weekend that was held in Maryland. October is National Fire Prevention Month.

Award Recipients

Unit Citations were awarded to the following:

  • Matawan Fire Department, for a rescue at a motor vehicle accident with fire and entrapment on April 12, 2010. Cited were Chief Timothy Clifton, Assistant Chief Carl Boomer, Capt. Peter Rivera and Firefighters Ronald Protokowicz and Anthony Castro. 
  • Sandy Hook Fire Department, for a water rescue of three people on June 9, 2010, in which a boat overturned tossing occupants into rough seas. Cited were Acting Fire Chief Tim Regan, Assistant Chief Kevin Heuser, and Firefighters Robert Louden, Peter Tortorell, Patrick Strang, Alexander Krstevski and Ted Johnson.
  • Wayside Fire Company, for a rescue on the Garden State Parkway on May 3, 2011, in which a victim who was thrown from the vehicle was revived during CPR.

 

Valor Award

  • Firefighter Robert McDonald of the Unexcelled Fire Company, Neptune, for his actions assisting three injured occupants from a burning vehicle before extinguishing the fire himself.

 

Administrative Medal

  • Hazlet Township fire official John Beslanovitz, for his work collecting personal protective firefighting equipment for the people of Uruguay in South America.

 

Special Recognition

  • Firefighter John C. Edwards of the New Point Comfort Fire Co. in Keansburg, for his actions while performing a rescue operation at a structure fire in Neptune City. While at work he noticed a fire inside a camper parked between two homes. After reporting the fire he evacuated the residents of the two homes as the fire began to spread.

 

  • Firefighter Edward Skelly of the Middletown Fire Department, who on March 16, 2011 successfully removed a suicidal person who had ignited materials and barricaded himself inside his home.

 

Certificates of Recognition

  • Freehold Township Police Officers, for entering a burning apartment and rescuing and reviving an elderly victim who was found unconscious on the floor with no pulse. Cited were Detective William Holohan and Police Officers William Ketelaar and Michael Smith.