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Freehold Raceway Mall Receives Two Bomb Threats in Three Days

The Freehold Raceway Mall was subject to two bomb threats over the holiday weekend, according to a News12 report.

On Sunday, the Marlboro Police Department transferred a caller claiming there was a bomb in the mall to Freehold. The Freehold PD and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officers, including K-9 units responded.

On Friday, another threat was received from a caller who sounded like a child, the report said.

After being closed since March due to the COVID-19 shutdown, most stores in the mall reopened on June 29.

Posted: July 6th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Tuesday’s primary features N.J.‘s 1st Muslim woman candidate for Congress

Like many challengers to sitting House Democrats in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, writer Amani Al-Khatahtbeh supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal and wants to end U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What makes her different is that she is the first Muslim woman to run for Congress from New Jersey, according to Jetpac, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based group that trains American Muslims to run for public office and become active in politics.

Al-Khatahtbeh is one of two progressive Democrats challenging Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. in New Jersey’s 6th District. Also running is Russ Ciri… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Former Deal Cop Pleads Guilty to Witness Tampering


Joseph Ammaturo

Joseph Ammaturo, 38 of Long Branch and a 14 year veteran of the Deal Police Department, pleaded guilty to Third Degree witness tampering on Thursday, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Donovan’s Reef To Cease Live Music

photo via Donovan’s Reef social media

Donovan’s Reef, the popular beach side bar in Sea Bright, announced today that they are pausing live music at their venue and further limiting the number of customers they admit.

“Effective immediately, we are pausing live music at our venue and further limiting our occupancy, said owner Christine Carducci. “We will also continue to mandate masks in indoor areas, and strongly encourage customers to wear masks on the beach. “

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Arnone Report: Monmouth Freeholders pledge $10 million for small biz grants

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, left, welcomes the managment and staff of Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea to Asbury Park.

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

I hope everyone took advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend and visited our beaches and restaurants in Monmouth County!

With the holiday weekend approaching, I would like to remind everyone to remain diligent in adhering to the social distancing and safety guidelines implemented by the State.

Our restaurants and retailers – especially seasonal – depend on strong summer weekends to keep their staff employed and businesses open. It’s more important now than ever to support them while remaining safe.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Watermark Asbury Park Owner Wants Donovan’s Reef Shut Down

Russell Lewis, the owner of Watermark Asbury Park, responded to a NJ.com report of a bar fight, a maskless crowd and little if any social distancing at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright on Saturday night by calling upon State Senator Vin Gopal to get the popular Sea Bright venue shut down.

Gopal responded on facebook:

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 18 Comments »

From bar fights to chill fire pits, Jersey Shore nightlife remains a COVID-19 work in progress

The first sign of trouble at Donovan’s Reef Beach Bar in Sea Bright came before even entering the longtime Jersey Shore beachfront hangout rebuilt after being destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.

A bouncer advised the line waiting anxiously for some Saturday night fun that the wait could be a while due to a fight being broken up. A bar fight didn’t bode well for the required social distancing ordered for outdoor restaurants in the age of coronavirus.

Once beyond the entrance, I walked the ramp to the upper level of the expansive outdoor bar and surveyed the scene — a sea of 20-somethings in crop tops a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

NOAA examining wounds on endangered whale found dead off Long Branch coast

Crews said they were still working Friday to find out how the critically endangered whale that was discovered off the coast of Monmouth County Thursday died.

The whale’s carcass was spotted floating in the ocean near Monmouth Beach at 12:15 p.m. Friday after first being seen a few miles south in the water off of Long Branch, according to a statement from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The organization was working on a plan to tow it to shore so it could be examined and its cause of death could be determined by a team of investigators.A preliminary examination of the mamm… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Endangered whale, 1 of only 400 left in world, found dead off Long Branch

An endangered species of whale, one of only 400 left in the world, was found dead Thursday morning off the coast of Long Branch, officials said.

The whale was spotted floating in the ocean in the Elberon section of the city and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was able to confirm that it was a North Atlantic Right Whale after photos were sent to the organization.New Jersey’s Marine Mammal Stranding Center was working Thursday with NOAA to find a spot where a necropsy can be performed to find out how the mammal died, authorities said.The discovery was the first confirme… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Pallone Adopts Nixon’s Campaign Slogan

Congressman Frank Pallone is using the same reelection slogan that President Richard M. Nixon used in 1972.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Frank Pallone | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »