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IMAGE Middletown Police Identify Shoplifter with Assistance of Social Media
Monday, 26 January 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On January 22, 2015 Detective First Class Laurence Schachtel arrested Amanda Lind, age 21, from Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, NJ, on two counts of Shoplifting as a result of an investigation into the theft of $725.00 of hygiene... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Arrest Three on Narcotics Offences
Monday, 26 January 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On January 23, 2015 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau executed a search warrant at a Hudson Avenue, Middletown, NJ, residence which resulted in the arrest of three suspects for narcotic offenses. The warrant was a result of a... Read More...
IMAGE Fashion Show and Gift Auction to Benefit RBR Latino Scholarship Fund Set for February 8
Monday, 26 January 2015
Pictured are members of the Latino Scholarship committee (left to right): Linda Ensor, Middletown, Suzanne Keller, RBR Source Supervisor, Dede Rumph, Red Bank, Didi Friedman, Little Silver, Anita Camaano, RBR Guidance Counselor and Rose Powers, RBR... Read More...
IMAGE Highlands Issues Coastal Flood Warning - Parking Ban
Monday, 26 January 2015
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The following message is from the Highlands Police Department: A coastal flood warning is in effect from 11 PM until Tuesday at 7 AM.  High tide will be at 01:07 am at Sandy Hook. Expect hurricane force conditions with strong... Read More...
New Jersey School Choice Week Starts Today
Monday, 26 January 2015
420 Events Across Garden State TRENTON, NJ – School Choice Week starts today in New Jersey and across America. Throughout the Week, which runs until January 31, there will be 420 school choice events across the Garden State. The events are part of... Read More...

Columns

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...
IMAGE Father Trying to Build Understanding
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 24 January 2015
You won't find too many dads that love like this. Joseph Hernandez of Auburn, Washington, knew before his son's birth that his son would have a birth... Read More...
IMAGE My Encounters with Police Officers
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
During the past few months when there has been so much discussion about police officers, I started to think a lot about how I view police officers,... Read More...
IMAGE An Untold Story - Part 1
by Daniel Murphy
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
This is a subject that I have not written or talked about before.  Some people, I am sure, will be looking at me as if I have finally lost a bit... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Work to replace bridge deck to continue through November 

RED BANK, NJ – On or about April 1, Monmouth County will begin a project to replace the bridge deck on the Newman Springs Road bridge (S-16) over the Swimming River just east of the Garden State Parkway. The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the project, but motorists should expect delays and plan alternate routes.

To complete the repair work and to continue to accommodate vehicle traffic on the busy stretch of road, the twin two-lane bridges will be reduced to two lanes, one westbound and one eastbound, during the entire eight month construction period. There will also be no access for pedestrians on the bridge during the eight month project.

“Deterioration of the bridge surface over the past four decades has significantly advanced to the point that the entire deck needs to be replaced,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “While the work is critical, we know that it is not practical to take this bridge out of use or create an effective detour.”

The existing concrete decks on both bridges will be completely removed and in their places will be new concrete decks of the same dimensions. Work will also be completed on each of the bridge approaches as well as the curbs and the sidewalks. When finished, all work will meet current design standards.

The project is expected to conclude in late November, weather permitting.

“The replacement work will extend the usable life of this 42-year-old bridge,” Freeholder Director Arnone said. “This bridge is an important link that connects Red Bank and Tinton Falls to Middletown.”

The work will conducted by Rencor, Inc. of Somerville, NJ for a total contract amount of $2,114,109. The State’s Annual Transportation Trust Fund is providing the funding for the project.

The contract also includes the rehabilitation of the Branchport Avenue Bridge (E-20) at Branchport Creek between Long Branch and Oceanport. The scope of this project includes repairs to the existing bridge deck including performing miscellaneous deck, sidewalk and curb spall repairs and the construction of a latex modified concrete overlay on existing bridge deck.

This Branchport Avenue project is expected to begin in April and be substantially complete by Memorial Day weekend.

In the area of the bridge, the roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic, but open to pedestrian traffic,

All work shall be substantially complete before Memorial Day weekend.

The county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is overseeing the project.