These stories were the most popular on the website for the month of July 2021:

1. Atlantic Highlands Family Rescue Woman Hiking with Dog
Jean Bruno wrote about her experience with an Atlantic Highlands family:
“I recently went hiking with my dog in Lenape Woods. I got lost and had lost my bearings when this family of father, daughter, and son met up with me and asked if I was alright. I told them yes, they gave me directions and went on. About 1/2 hour went by when they came back to find out if I was still lost.”

2. AG Grewal Announces Arrests of 31 Alleged Sex Offenders in “Operation 24/7”
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced arrests of 31 individuals who are charged with sexually exploiting children online. The 31 men were arrested in “Operation 24/7,” a collaborative operation launched to address the continued spike in reports of potential threats to children from online predators during the COVID pandemic.

3. Monmouth County Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Shoplifting
Suzanne Simone, 53, of Ocean Township, a 22-year-veteran of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, pled guilty today before Judge Ellen Torregossa-O’Connor to fourth degree Shoplifting in connection with multiple instances where she failed to pay for items at local Target and Home Depot stores.

4. YMCA Makes a Splash in Long Branch with Free Swim Lessons
Summer is in full swing, the weather is beautiful and kids want to swim! The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County is working to make that happen, offering free swim lessons and water safety classes for third- grade students in Long Branch at the city’s new community pool at Pleasure Bay Park.

5. Coast Guard Taking Final Comments on Height of Future Oceanic Bridge Across Navesink River
As a crucial deadline approaches, Friends of the Oceanic Bridge Association, Inc., a grassroots organization started in 2004, is encouraging immediate community support for convincing the US Coast Guard to lower the current height requirement for a new bridge from a 65-foot mean high water (MHW) clearance to a 50-foot MHW clearance. The new Oceanic Bridge, which replaces the current bascule (draw) bridge will probably be a fixed-span structure.


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400.

6. Holmdel Man Arrested for Possession of Explosives
A Holmdel Township man is facing charges after igniting molotov cocktail explosive devices on three nights earlier this week in a business parking lot, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced today.

7. Feral Cats: They Feed, They Breed
The problem of feral cats, where they come from, why they stay, and how dangerous are they have all be raised by at least one resident in this community (Atlantic Highlands) who is clearly frustrated about what can be done.

8. Two Indicted in 2009 Long Branch Cold Case Murder
Christopher Willis, 31 and Jamere Williams, 30, both of Long Branch, were indicted on one count of first degree Murder related to the death of Norberto Nieves. On November 29, 2009, Nieves, 36, of Long Branch was shot and killed in the vicinity of 136 7th Avenue in Long Branch.

9. Critical Race Theory … Or Not?
At her first meeting since she assumed the position of Tri-District Superintendent, Dr. Beams made it clear it is not ”Critical race theory” that is being mandated, but rather an understanding of differences and similarities, and how to ensure inclusion and equitable practices.

10. Parkfest 2021 – Atlantic Highlands
Join us Saturday, July 31st for our 3rd annual Parkfest!This year we bring the community fun to Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Our main stage will be located at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina with over 15 musical acts, local art and food, yoga in the morning, movie and comedy show at night, and multiple official after parties! As always Parkfest is a FREE event but we will be raising money for Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad and the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...