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IMAGE Deep Cut Gardens to Host 2014 Rose Show
Thursday, 21 August 2014
PHOTO: The Jersey Shore Rose Society’s 43rd Annual Rose Show will take place Saturday, September 13 at DeepCutGardens, Middletown. Visitors... Read More...
IMAGE West Long Branch Woman a Finalist on ABC Singing Competition Show
Thursday, 21 August 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA - This Sunday, New Jersey native Audrey Kate Geiger will take the stage for her final performance on “Rising Star,” a new singing... Read More...
IMAGE MC Park System Offers Trail Maintenance Training
Thursday, 21 August 2014
PICTURED - The Monmouth County Park System’s Volunteer Trails Team in action. LINCROFT, NJ  — Thought you missed your chance to become part... Read More...
IMAGE Victims of Triple Fatal Crash Identified
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Surviving Crash Victim Remains in Extremely Critical Condition at Local Hospital FREEHOLD, NJ - The deceased victims of Tuesday’s triple fatal... Read More...
IMAGE Deputy Chief Craig Weber Selected as New Police Chief
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
PHOTO: Middletown Police Chief R. Craig Weber MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Deputy Chief R. Craig Weber, a life-long township resident, has been unanimously... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE No Words to Describe Loss of Amanda
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 21 August 2014
It's not always easy to come up with a weekly topic for this column. Usually, I mentally bat around a few ideas based upon current events or personal... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - August 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Man calls 911 because a drug dealer is at the corner.  Wait, no, that's a street sign: http://bit.ly/1kBfhVf Why did the chicken cross the road?... Read More...
IMAGE Faith Plays Big Role with Mom
by Daniel J. Vance
Friday, 15 August 2014
Every now and then, a person featured here attributes faith as pivotal in their being able to cope with disability—one in themselves or family... Read More...
IMAGE Sending the Last Child to College
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 15 August 2014
This week, our last (fourth) daughter will leave us for college.  Three have already graduated from college and the last one is quasi-ready to... Read More...
IMAGE Bottom of the Barrel – The Mother of all Smokescreens
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
More than any president in living memory – and probably more than most presidents in non-living memory – Barack Hussein Obama has repeatedly... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Free Summer Concert - Manalapan
Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM -
The Dead Beat Poet Society
Sat Aug 23 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Jersey Shore Rose Society Meets
Thu Aug 28 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Middletown Mayor Open Office Hours
Tue Sep 02 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop

MIDDLETOWN, NJ  – Debbie Mans, Executive Director of the N.Y/N.J. Baykeeper headquartered in Keyport, will report on the health of New Jersey and New York bays, especially Raritan Bay, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 25 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. The presentation, open to the public, will include the college’s students and the members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club.

Mans also will discuss the ups and downs of her organization’s disputes with the NJDEP over Baykeeper’s attempt to determine if ecologically important oysters, whose beds were decimated by overharvesting and pollution, can be repopulated in Raritan Bay.

The DEP, having been criticized by the USEPA, shut down the Baykeeper’s effort to reintroduce the oyster. The DEP claimed that if poachers illegally took the oysters from the bay’s polluted waters, the contaminated oysters could make people ill and jeopardize the state’s entire shellfish industry. The U.S. Navy came to Debbie’s rescue, which she shall relate in full.

Debbie’s presentation will complement a recent presentation on the health of marine estuaries by Clyde Mackenzie, senior researcher at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory (NMFS/NOAA) at Sandy Hook.

Raritan Bay had been an extremely rich and productive marine habitat until land-based pollution and habitat destruction in the latter half of the 20th Century contaminated its pristine waters and harmed or killed many marine species. State and federal pollution controls have improved the bay’s water quality, but the state recommends not eating fish caught in its waters and prohibits harvesting all shellfish.

The Baykeeper organization was formed in 1989 to work with state officials and citizens’ groups to end pollution in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary watershed, improve public access, conserve and restore public lands, restore aquatic habitats, discourage inappropriate development, and carry out public education. Its programs aren’t limited to the shorelines but extend inland throughout the Hudson-Raritan watershed, including a recent purchase of several wooded areas of wetlands along the Third River in Bloomfield.

At the Lincroft meeting, a cash buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and Mans’ presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to the meeting at Brookdale, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC), where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7.  As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .