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O’Scanlon and DiMaso bash Murphy’s slow reopening of restaurants and other small business

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Senator Declan O’Scanlon standing with restaurateurs in Sea Bright, May 29, 2020. Photo by Art Gallagher

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso have blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s slow reopening of the New Jersey restaurant industry, calling the governor’s rules a “slow death” for the small businesses.

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Asbury Park imposes an 8PM curfew following tonight’s protest

Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and Emergency Management Coordinator Garrett Giberson, Jr have proclaimed a State of Emergency in the City and imposed a curfew from 8 pm tonight until 5 am tomorrow morning, in the hopes of preventing the looting and rioting that has occurred elsewhere in the country following peaceful protests of the murder of George Floyd.

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Scharfenberger and Arnone call for real guidance from Trenton to reopen NJ small businesses

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger and Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone issued the following statement:

When the State of New Jersey ordered our business community to shut down for a two-week quarantine period, we agreed that it was in the best interest to do so for the safety and well being of our residents, business owners and their employees. Now, ten weeks later, our small businesses remain shut down without any guidance from Trenton as to when they can reopen their doors, bring back employees and attempt to move forward in the wake of a significant loss of revenue.

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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.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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.

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

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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Arnone calls on Murphy to empower Counties to regulate New Jersey’s Reopening

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone wants New Jersey’s economy to reopen safely and he wants County officials, rather than the Murphy Administration, to regulate the reopening of restaurants and retail stores and to provide the safety guidance required.

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso and Scharfenberger demand Murphy allow graduation ceremonies in June, Stop micromanaging

Joy that Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey high schools could hold graduation ceremonies turned to anger for many high school students, their families and the elected officials who represent them this week, when they realized how impractical, cumbersome and expensive Murphy’s rules would make the ceremonies. Murphy effectively announced that graduations could take place and then issued guidelines that prevent them from happening.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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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