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Chinese government threatens Chris Smith

The government of China has threatened to inflict pain, including interfering in the upcoming November election, on Congressman Chris Smith and several other Republican lawmakers and officials who are working to hold China responsible for the tragic results of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: China, Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

Shooting in Asbury Park, Public’s help sought

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Police officers on patrol heard shots fired at the Asbury Park Village Housing complex at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday May 15.

Tykee Mitchell, a 26 year old resident of the City was found suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Mitchell was taken to the hospital.

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COVID-19 layoffs are coming for N.J. teachers. How bad will it get?

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended teachers’ lives, banishing them from their classrooms to teach students from home.

Now, as a grueling school year nears its end, some New Jersey teachers are receiving a cruel reward: A pink slip, courtesy of the crushing economic weight of the crisis.

Facing a Friday deadline to notify those teachers who won’t be brought back next year, many districts have already told non-tenured educators they won’t be offered a contract for the fall until schools know just how badly their finances will be hurt by COVID-19, said Richard Bozza, executive director of t… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Burry praises Library staff’s response to pandemic

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

By Lillian Burry, Monmouth County Freeholder

It was both gratifying and astonishing to see how the staff and all employees of the Monmouth County Library system could so readily and efficiently expand the resources it has always offered to meet the at home needs of its thousands of patrons during this coronavirus stay-at-home crisis.

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Murphy says he’ll ‘‘pull back” N.J. beaches if coronavirus cases start to spike. ‘We’ll have no choice.’

Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday night he’s taking a “big step” by allowing New Jersey beaches to be open this summer, with restrictions, as signs continue to show the coronavirus pandemic is slowing in the state.

But, Murphy stressed during an interview with CNN’s Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo, he’d be forced to “pull back” if cases spike again after people begin to gather en masse at the Jersey Shore.

“We’ll have no choice,” he said.

And that, Murphy said, goes for any of the “baby steps” the state is taking as he begins to slowly and gradually life the restrictions he’s put in place over the last two months to the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Senator Gopal responds to DeSeno

Photo by Kevin Sanders courtesy of New Jersey Globe

Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) submitted the following response to Tom DeSeno’s column criticizing his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Senator Vin Gopal

I appreciate Tommy DeSeno more than he knows.

I know we disagree on a lot, but I firmly believe that if we hadn’t implemented aggressive social distancing measures over the past 2 months, we could have 80,000 deaths instead of the 10,000 horrific deaths that we’ve seen in New Jersey. That’s not my opinion: That’s according to every public health report–including the President’s.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Senator Gopal’s Useless, Prideful Committee to Delay Opening Business at the Shore

Tom DeSeno

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  – Proverbs, 16:18

By Tom DeSeno

I thought the award for worst political reaction to Covid-19 was going to be Senator Vin Gopal’s support of a bill to put people in jail for a year who violate the lockdown order of our Governor, Prince Philip of Goldman Sachs.  Proving my old contention that Democrats list toward Fascism when given power, it speaks little of Gopal that his response to someone looking for work to feed their family was to jail them. 

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Coronavirus patients at N.J. hospitals down by half since peak with steady declines of 1,000 a week

New Jersey’s hospitals reported fewer than 4,000 coronavirus patients for the first time in six weeks, down by half since the state hit a peak in mid-April for a key number Gov. Phil Murphy has said will influence his reopening timeline.

The state’s 71 hospitals had 3,958 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases as of Wednesday night, according to state data. That’s the lowest number since the state began publicly tracking hospitalizations on April 4 and follows four straight weekly declines averaging more than 1,000 patients.The state hit a peak height with 8,084 hospitalizations o… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , | No Comments »

Unopposed candidates romp in Monmouth’s municipal elections

Three of four municipal elections this week, Allenhurst, Keansburg and Loch Arbour, were uncontested. The fourth, Deal, four candidates competed for three seats on the governing commission.

As of 8:20:57 PM on Tuesday night, 1,190 of 6,651 registered voters (17.89%) cast ballots in the four municipal elections. More people will read this article.

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Ocean Grove’s 150-year-old tent colony going up despite coronavirus concerns

It was the summer of 1983 when Henry Will’s family first joined Ocean Grove’s tent colony, a collection of more than 100 canvases attached to small wooden cottages that are set up each spring in a tradition that dates back 151 years.

The living quarters are close. So close, Will said, that you could easily listen in on the television show your neighbor is watching if the volume is right.

“You can’t have a TV on in your tent and have it playing really loud because other people are gonna be bothered by that. We have to learn to be flexible because you’re living in close proximity to each other,” s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »