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Pros and Contras of Asbury Park’s George Floyd Rally on Monday

Revolution is delightful in the preliminary stages. – Aldous Huxley

Tom DeSeno

By Tom DeSeno

Asbury Park feels like we are dancing on a volcano.

An Asbury Parker named Felicia Simmons is running a rally on Monday, at 5 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the Post office.  At this writing, 3,000 people on the event page are either going (1,023) or interested in going (1,947).

I justify the cause.  George Floyd suffered the only thing worse than death; he was tortured first. Face down in the gutter, knee on his carotid artery, knowing he was dying and begging for a life endowed by his creator especially for him, for which no one had the right to take or make him beg.  He died terrified. It didn’t last 9 minutes. It lasted George’s forever.

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May 31: 8,253 COVID-19 cases, 597 deaths in Monmouth

Chef David Burke speaking during the NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Assoc press conference in Sea Bright, May 29, 2020. Photo by Art Gallagher

Monmouth County has reported a total of 8,253 positive cases on COVID-19, according to an announcement by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley on May 31. The NJ Department of Health reports that 597 County residents have succumbed to the virus.

A town by town breakdown of positive cases since March is as follows:

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Murphy Cuts School Funding by $336 Million

Governor Phil Murphy announced school funding cuts in the amounts of $336 million due to the pandemic related revenue shortfall, northjersey.com reports.

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Humpback Whale spotted in Shrewsbury River

UPDATED:

The Asbury Park Press reports that the whale, apparently a juvenile, was struck by a slow moving boater who did not see it until it breached. Neither the whale nor the boater appeared to be injured.

The whale, which appeared to be entangled with a gil net around its body, was last seen heading into the Sandy Hook Bay. Boaters are asked to avoid the area.

A humpback whale was spotted in the Shrewsbury River in Highlands on Friday, according to a facebook post by the NJ State Police.

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County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. Sworn In as President of the Monmouth Bar Association

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon was sworn in as President of the Monmouth County Bar Association on Thursday in a socially distanced ceremony presided over by Assignment Judge Lisa P. Thornton outside the County Courthouse.

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‘I was stalked, harassed, surveilled,’ ex-candidate tells panel on sexual harassment in N.J. politics

Former Congressional candidate Tiffany Kaszuba claims her harassment complaints were not taken seriously by Monmouth Democrats leadership

Tiffany Kaszuba said her bid last year to run for Congress representing New Jersey’s 4th District began with great promise. But it quickly turned into a nightmare.

Kaszuba said a former member of the Monmouth County Democrats’ executive committee who volunteered to help with her campaign began displaying disturbing behavior, including obsessively calling and texting her, yelling at her and posting her photos on social media.

When she complained to Democratic party officials about the man, longtime party fixture Bill Robinson, she said they did little to help her. She eventually dropped out of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Why can’t N.J. re-open its motor vehicle agencies like other states already have?

MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton

Drivers who bought vehicles from another person have gotten an unwelcome surprise during the last two months – they can’t get the license plates and registration they need to drive them, due to the coronavirus closing motor vehicle agencies.

Drivers who’ve bought a vehicle from a private owner found out that registering their new ride requires an in-person transaction at motor vehicle agencies. But state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies were closed on March 16 to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

A Budd Lake woman said she is unable to use the truck she bought in March and now fears she might lose he… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, MVC, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

May 19: Monmouth County has had 7,527 positive COVID-19 cases, 520 deaths

Monmouth County reported 79 news positive cases of COVID-19 cases on May 19, bringing the total since March to 7,527. The NJ Department of Health reports that 520 County residents have succumbed to the virus.

The town by town breakdown of positive cases is as follows:

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Monmouth Freeholders to beach goers: Know Before You Go

The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders have created a web page to inform residents and visitors of the County’s beaches to of the differing social distancing protocols in each town prior to making the trip to the shore.

“Due to social distancing protocols in place, the beach you may have enjoyed in the past may not be selling daily badges or they may only be selling badges online,” said Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said during a chilly press conference in Belmar this morning. “New policies like this that will be in place this summer make it critical for visitors to research their destination to ensure a smooth trip to our part of the Jersey Shore.”

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May 17: Monmouth County has 7,369 positive COVID-19 cases, 508 deaths

Atlantic Highlands Marina. Photo by Art Gallagher

Monmouth County reported 42 new positive COVID-19 cases on May 17, bringing the total to 7,369. The NJ Department of Health reports that 508 County residents have succumbed to the virus.

The town by town breakdown of positive cases is as follows:

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