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AHH 24-Hr. News

IMAGE Eatontown Man Sentenced for Killing of His Estranged Wife
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Woman was Found in a Shallow Grave off the Garden State Parkway FREEHOLD, NJ - An Eatontown man was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in a state prison... Read More...
IMAGE Suspect in Keyport Armed Robbery Indentified, Arrested and Charged
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Suspect Brandished a Knife Before Taking Cash Register and Fleeing Scene FREEHOLD, NJ - A Matawan man is facing Armed Robbery and Weapons charges... Read More...
NJ Writers Showcase Story and Verse in Long Branch
Sunday, 20 April 2014
(Not) Just for LAFS LONG BRANCH, NJ — For more than ten years, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in partnership with Playwrights Theatre of... Read More...
Asbury Park Middle School Students to Meet Pen Pals at Monmouth University on April 23
Sunday, 20 April 2014
West Long Branch, NJ - Writing assistants from Monmouth University’s Tutoring and Writing Services Department will meet the Asbury Park Middle... Read More...
Monmouth University to Go Carbon Neutral in Honor of Earth Day
Sunday, 20 April 2014
West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University will go carbon neutral on Earth Day and help students and area residents to do the same. On Tuesday, April... Read More...

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IMAGE Skewed View - April 20, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Sunday, 20 April 2014
If this won't get you a date to the prom I don't know what will, "KFC debuts chicken drumstick corsage"  :http://cnb.cx/Q6OvGh Your best friend,... Read More...
IMAGE Belief by Seeing and Not Seeing
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 April 2014
In the Day of Resurrection, there is a wide range in how people encounter Jesus. Mary Magdalene encounters the Risen Lord when He pronounces her... Read More...
IMAGE Luongo Has Miracle Surgery
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 20 April 2014
On Good Friday 2013, then 39-year-old Nicole Luongo of Plantation, Florida, took a step of faith. She'd had cerebral palsy since birth, had... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Heaven Is For Real
by David Prown
Sunday, 20 April 2014
As one moves further along in the life, one's degree of spirituality is ever-changing. Everybody follows their own unique degree and path. I was... Read More...
IMAGE COMMON CORE Can Deliver Rigor to US Schools If It's not an Iron-Clad Mandate
by wjoreilly
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  Make way for the Common Core, coming soon to a public school near you. Some are thrilled, others bored, and still others terrified of the... Read More...

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Middletown 350 Genealogy Poster Project
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Thu Apr 24 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Middletown Mayor Open Office Hours
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Keyport, New Jersey -  NY/NJ Baykeeper has been awarded a contract in the amount of $155,676.60 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in support of the NY/NJ Baykeeper Oyster Restoration Program. This funding will allow Baykeeper to evaluate three oyster support structures to determine which will provide the highest over-winter survival and growth rates.  The research project will be hosted at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Sandy Hook Bay.  Baykeeper recently received a permit from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to utilize 10.7 acres of Navy property for to expand oyster restoration and research."

Baykeeper and the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability will construct a new experimental oyster reef using three types of oyster support structures, 1) Reefblk, 2) Reef Ball, and 3) a cargo pallet. The structure with the highest survival rate will then house oysters in order to study long term survival, reproduction, reef biodiversity, and water quality. Assuming that survival is high, in coming years, Baykeeper will continue adding to the restoration area in one-to-two acre increments. Monitoring will continue for a minimum of five years.

"We thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for recognizing the value of our oyster work and funding this important research," said Baykeeper Debbie Mans. "Between the Navy graciously hosting our scientists, receiving the permit from NJ DEP, and receiving this infusion of funding, this project has tremendous momentum," Mans added.  

In 2010, NJ DEP banned research, restoration, and education projects using oysters in waters classified as "Restricted" or "Prohibited" for shellfish harvesting. This essentially deems the vast majority of the waters from northern New Jersey to Monmouth County off-limits for oyster restoration.  As a result, NY/NJ Baykeeper approached the Navy about placing oyster nets at Naval Weapons Station Earle, which is under 24/7 security, and therefore eliminates any poaching risk and began oyster survival research at Earle in October, 2011. Baykeeper received over 3,000 signatures on a petition asking NJ DEP to lift the ban.   

Oysters are vital to the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary and Baykeeper has been working to restore oyster beds in NY and NJ waters since 1999.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) calls for oyster restoration in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, primarily in the Raritan Bay.  The oyster nets at Naval Weapons Station Earle furthered Baykeeper and Rutgers' scientific work to test the viability of that restoration plan.