ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Wednesday, July 17, 2013 marks the 14th anniversary of the Atlantic Highlands Herald.   

On July 17, 1999, I sent an e-mail newsletter to a hundred or so local people, with some of the news of the day.  The initial newsletter contained just five items, but it sparked an interest in local news from readers who had grown discontent with the lack of local coverage from other sources.  Week after week, the Herald grew to include news from area communities and added new features, like columns, events calendar and the forum message board.

The Herald columnists are an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable group of individuals who have shared their views and experience on a wide variety of topics.  Of the many who have contributed over the years, some deserve special mention.  The Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan, pastor of Central Baptist Church, Joe Reynolds, environmentalist, Atlantic Highlands Councilman  Jack Archibald, and Red Bank native and restaurateur, Danny Murphy were among the very first columnists at the Herald and still write today for thousands of loyal readers each week.  Over the years, many wonderful writers have shared their ideas, opinions, and resources with the Herald community. 

The many community-minded volunteers that write weekly columns and the organizations that share daily newsbriefs and press releases have made the Herald a valued source in Monmouth County for thoughtful commentary on issues that are important to our lives.

Today, tens of thousands people each month view nearly a million pages on the AHHerald website.  That is due, in great measure,  to the dedication of our volunteers.

The Atlantic Highlands Herald received a Joint Resolution of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly honoring our 10 years of service to Monmouth County and recognizing us as the First Official Electronic Newspaper in New Jersey.

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The resolution reads, in part,  “Whereas, As the public increasingly uses the Internet as a source of information, the Atlantic Highlands Herald has demonstrated journalistic excellence in this new format in benefit to the community; and, Whereas, It is altogether proper and fitting for this Legislature to salute the Atlantic Highlands Herald as an important and praiseworthy news source in New Jersey, and to acknowledge its significant anniversary as the first official electronic newspaper in this State; now, therefore, Be it Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: That this Legislature hereby honors and congratulates the Atlantic Highlands Herald in recognition of it Tenth Anniversary, commends its decade of service to the people of northern Monmouth County, and extend best wishes for it continued success and vigor.”

This honor is not for me alone as the publisher of the Herald, but for every person who has shared something online for their neighbors benefit.  The news items, photos, letters to the editor, and the contributions of our columnists have made the Herald a online news leader in Monmouth County.  

Sincerely Yours,

Allan Dean

Publisher