- Category: Monmouth County
FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced a $496 million preliminary budget last night, an increase of 0.53 percent over last year. The vote was 4 to 1.
Several department heads have not yet had an opportunity to present their budget proposals to the board, and the freeholders expect more cuts will be made. The sheriff, the prosecutor, county clerk and the county surrogate are scheduled to present their budgets to the freeholders on Monday.
“This budget is very much a work in progress,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “We will know more about the budget after we meet with the constitutional officers. Our goal is to find more cuts without impacting government services and I believe we will be able to do that.”
“In these difficult economic times I can not believe that any elected officials think it is appropriate for an increase in taxes,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, who voted no on the budget. “I cannot in good conscience support anything but a flat budget, and the residents of Monmouth County should not tolerate anything less.”
As introduced, the budget is up by $2.6 million, or 0.53 percent, and is among the lowest increases in five years. The amount to be raised by taxation is $313 million, up $10,525,000, or 3.48 percent. The county tax rate would be 26 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, up 1.29 cents.
The county budget is tentatively scheduled for adoption at 7 p.m. March 24, following a public hearing. The freeholders will make a PowerPoint presentation on the budget March 3 at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, Shrewsbury. The public is invited to attend and offer comments.
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Thirty-three talented performing artists will take the stage at the Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 as the third annual "Sounds of the Highlands Jr." Concert showcases the very best professional and aspiring young musicians in the Monmouth County area.
Participating artists auditioned in January and have been working with voice and movement coaches under the direction of Laura DuBois. A professional back-up band composed of David Paul Crowton, Jim Mizell, and Geoff Hipschman will accompany vocalists.
Tickets for Sounds of the Highlands Jr. are reasonably priced, making this concert a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy live music together.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to purchase at the intermission. The concert will be filmed by video artist Robert O'Connor, and DVDs may be ordered.
The concert is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.
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FAIR HAVEN, NJ - the Greater Red Bank Church Women United Unit will celebrate Human Rights Day at Fisk Chapel AME in Fair Haven on Fisk St. at 11am on March 4th. Everyone is welcome to attend. This year’s theme for Church Women United is “Living the Legacy, Driving the Movement” and refers to the 70 years that Church Women United has been living the legacy of our founding mothers, and the need for us to continue to “drive” the movement. Recognizing the individuals who have worked tirelessly for the cause of Human Rights is the key to this celebration. We all have people in our communities who have been committed to lifting up the cause of peace and justice in many different ways.
The Greater Red Bank Unit is proud to recognize The Reverend Dr. Henry P. Davis, Jr. Dr. Davis presently serves as the Senior Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands, NJ. He has been pastor at St. Paul’s since July 1973. Dr. Davis has developed programs of evangelism, missions, education and stewardship. Dr. Davis has served as Moderator of the Seacoast Missionary Baptist Association on three different occasions. He is presently First Vice Moderator-at-large of the Moderators’ Auxiliary7 of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Pastor Davis holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University and the Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Dr. Davis is a veteran of Korea where he served as a Ground Radio Operator. He has served in several civilian capacities with the Air Force and Department of Army. He is a member of several community organizations in Monmouth County. He has received numerous awards from social and civic organizations. He is a Life Member of the NAACP. He was inducted into the Morehouse College, Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers on April 2, 2009. He is married to Dolores Ryan of New Carrolton, Maryland. They are the parents of tem adult children and 22 grandchildren.
After our celebration we will continue with a light lunch. Everyone is invited to help us honor and celebrate Human Rights!
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Newspaper columnist Michael Riley will preach at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church.
His sermon title will be "A Way out of Hell," which will focus on the ways we keep ourselves from experiencing God's love and how to find it.
Riley is an ordained minister and a regular preacher at the church. He is also an author and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press, and his weekly Press column,"Only Human," appears on Fridays.
Riley will continue his popular "mystery bag" children's sermon series when youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a small personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. He then picks one bag and creates a children's message from its contents.
- Category: Monmouth County
Honoring Retired Superior Court Judge Norman J. Peer
FREEHOLD, NJ - Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Monmouth County, Inc. announces its 6th Annual Voices for Children Gala to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The event will take place from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at the Navesink Country Club at 50 Luffburrow Lane in Middletown, NJ. Proceeds from the Gala will directly benefit the CASA program.
Through its annual Gala, CASA for Children recognizes Monmouth County leaders who have made a difference in the community and in the lives of children in need. This year’s honoree is Retired Superior Court Judge Norman J. Peer for his distinguished career in public service spanning more than four decades. He also served as the lead judge in the Children in Court Calendar, often hearing difficult cases of abuse and neglect presented by the Division of Youth and Family Services. He is currently specializing in mediation and arbitration at Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz, P.A.
Cynthia Van Brunt, CASA for Children Executive Director, says “We are so fortunate that Judge Peer has agreed to be honored and help us raise awareness about our work as child advocates. This is sure to be an amazing evening!”