tower rubble

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The entire world has been impacted by the events of 9/11, and the acute loss was felt most deeply at the Bayshore.

Terrorists used four passenger jets to attack America at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and over a field in Pennsylvania. On that fateful day, evacuees from New York were taken by SeaStreak ferry from various locations in Manhattan to Highlands. From there, passengers - many wearing only a sheet - boarded a bus to Atlantic Highlands Harbor where they went through decontamination showers set up in the parking lot by the tennis courts behind the Shore Casino banquet hall.




Atlantic Highlands receives evacuees on September 11, 2001


After landing in Highlands by ferry boat, evacuees are transported to Atlantic Highlands for decontamination.

Standing in line for decontamination. Victims were sprayed with water to remove asbestos and other debris.

Dr. Srinivasa Movva, Dr. Ronald Senz and Rev. Martin McGrail

Decontamination holding area

Rev. June Stitzinger-Clark (center in black cloak) assists the victims

After decontamination, many victims are wrapped with only a sheet.

photos by Allan Dean


On September 13, 2001 I offered the following message to AHHerald readers:

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ —  Words cannot adequately express the depth of our sorry.   In homes, schools and offices, churches, synagogues and mosques, everyone, everywhere, knows that life in America will never be the same. 

On the streets, one hears snippets of conversations.  "John hasn't heard from his wife....Didn't Sue work in tower two?...Cindy's sister is missing..." Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by this terrible, terrible tragedy.  Everyone has been affected. 

We feel great sympathy for the victims of these tragic events.  The results of the cowardly acts that claimed so many lives, and inexorably changed the lives of so many others, will remain with us forever.  

Yet, we must seek some sense of normalcy.  We must carry on.  We will survive and be stronger. If not for ourselves, then for our children. As Secretary of State Collin Powell said Wednesday, "We cannot be afraid to live.  We are Americans."

The AHHerald has been published today with news and information that we hope will help you begin your journey to normalcy.

Warm and Sincere Regards,
Allan Dean

In the days immediately after 9/11, this moving tribute was posted to the Atlantic Highlands Herald website. 
We replay it now in remembrance.

A tribute to the victims of 9/11
Can't Cry Hard Enough

And for days afterwards, in towns throughout the region, candlelight vigils were held in memory of the victims.

child candle

We will not forget.  We are strengthened and resolved.


Monmouth County will host a 9/11 Memorial Service at the Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook. 

On Friday, September 11 at 8 a.m. the Monmouth County Park System will host a Remembrance Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook, Atlantic Highlands, the site of Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial. The ceremony will be held rain or shine and all are welcome to attend. Speakers are Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr., Freeholder and Park System Liaison Lillian G. Burry as well as Rev. William Riker from Locust. Music will be provided by Susan Mangini and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch.   The Honor Guard from NWS Earle will also take part.

mc 911 memorial

Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial has three symbolic components: a timeline walkway to recollect the events of September 11, 2001; a stone base carved with the names, ages and hometowns of the 147 county residents who lost their lives that day; and an eagle sculpture with a beam from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers. Set against views of New York City, the memorial honors both the lives lost and the fearless display of heroism by rescue teams and citizens who responded to the tragedy. Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial was dedicated in 2005 and made possible through donations to Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial Committee.