Friday, May 3, 2013
Matawan also received one of the 375 grants awarded to New Jersey municipalities, totaling $76.2 million in local aid from the state.
Aberdeen and Matawan are two of 36 municipalities in Monmouth County that will receive a local aid grant from the state government, according to a press release issued by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on Thursday. Local aid grants are allocated to reduce the impact on taxpayers of municipal projects that repair infastructure, advance safety or improve quality of life, the NJDOT explained. Aberdeen will receive $185,000 in funds for improvements to Lakeshore Drive in the Cliffwood Beach section of the township. The road, which runs along the Raritan Bay, is prone to flooding. Matawan will receive $200,000 for roadwork on William Street, which connects Freneau Avenue and Ryers Lane. Keyport and Old Bridge were also …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Plus, the Keyport Fire Museum is one of six new locations on the tour.
Historical sites throughout the county will open their doors on Saturday and Sunday for the fourth annual “Weekend in Old Monmouth.” “The tour includes 45 sites and each illustrates a piece of local history,” Randall Gabrielan, executive director of the Historical Commission, said in a press release issued by the county. Hours for most sites are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Burrowes Mansion, located on Main Street in Matawan, has earned a spot on the tour. Although the history of the mansion spans throughout several time periods, the focus will be on the house's role in the Revolutionary War. According to the release, the 2013 tour includes six new locations: Keyport Fire Museum in …
Friday, April 26, 2013
A Monmouth County grand jury handed up the indictment on April 23.
A Keyport man was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury last week on charges he shoplifted from three separate departments stores. Investigators say Robert Doren, 57, took merchandise valued at over $500 from Sears of Middletown between Oct. 20, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. In February, he allegedly stole over $200 in merchandise from Wegman's of Manalapan. Just under a month later, Doren allegedly left Home Depot of Howell with over $200 in merchandise from the store. He is facing two counts of third degree shoplifting and one count of fourth degree shoplifting. An indictment does not indicate a conviction, only that a grand jury voted there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
He is facing charges for the alleged theft in Keyport.
A Matawan man is facing several charges after he allegedly drove a getaway car during a theft in Keyport. According to police, James Pitts, 46, allegedly conspired with other individuals to steal copper pipe and fittings from a property at 393 Broad Street. During the April 23 incident, fence surround the property, which also allegedly has a "No Trespassing" sign, was damaged, police said. Pitts was charged with trespassing, theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy. According to the complaint warrant, a plastic straw with what police believe to be heroin was found on his person and he was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. In total, bail was set at $8,500 with a ten percent cash option. Pitts was previously arrested in …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Matawan will share its street sweeper with Keyport.
The Matawan Borough Council approved a shared service agreement with Keyport at their April 16 between the boroughs’ respective Department of Works. According to the resolution, which was passed unanimously, Keyport will be permitted to use Matawan’s street sweeper instead of having to purchase one. The agreement for the use of Matawan’s sweeper will be in effect until December 31, 2013. According to the resolution, Keyport will be permitted to use the sweeper no more than three days a week under a schedule worked out in advance by the boroughs’ respective Department of Works. It must be picked up by an authorized operator and returned after each use, empty of an debris swept from the street. Keyport, according to the resolution, will pay…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Broadway was filled with firetrucks and ambulances staging for a fire on Provost Avenue.
A portion of Broadway in Keyport was closed Monday afternoon as firefighters from multiple Bayshore towns worked to put out a fire in a home on Provost Avenue. According to emergency personnel, the fire was reported around 1 p.m. Firefighters on the scene were able to contain it to a small portion of the home and the fire was put out shortly before 1:30 p.m. According to Police Chief George Casaletto, preliminary investigation shows the fire likely began in the area of the chimney. No injuries were reported. The roadway was reopened around 2 p.m. The Keyport First Aid Squad and firefighters from Aberdeen, Matawan and Union Beach were also called to the scene.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
NJ Monthly's new peer-reviewed book lists almost 200 chefs across the country it calls the best.
Sunday, April 21
A local chef at Drew's Bayshore Bistro in Keyport has been named by peers as being among the nation's most skilled in the kitchen, according to NJ Monthly Magazine. Andrew Araneo, who also owns the establishment, was among the 196 New Jersey chefs listed in the new peer-reviewed book Best Chefs America. The book publishers explained the chef nomination process on its website, writing, "Our analysts speak to nominated chefs across the country by way of appointment and telephone interview. Chefs are asked a series of proprietary questions that score their peers on a numerical scale and identify veterans and up-and-coming talent. The process is calculated to accurately record the opinions of leading chefs about the talent of their colleagues …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend to provide public input on the flood elevation maps.
Keyport's mayor and council want to hear the public's opinions on the National Flood Insurance Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps. According to a public notice, the borough council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 23 in order to get public input on the future adoption of the flood elevation maps. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Keyport First Aid Building on Atlantic Street. The public notice indicates that the council may take formal action at the meeting.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
One brother was arrested Friday at his Longbrook apartment in Matawan after the Bayshore Narcotics Task Force found just under half an ounce of cocaine and more than $3,200 in cash.
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Sunday, March 17
A pair of brothers, one a state record-holding former football player at Keyport High School, are facing various drug charges following a two-month investigation by the Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office into their alleged sale of cocaine and heroin from the Bayshore region down to Long Branch, Asbury Park and Neptune, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Brothers Anthony Cattouse Jr., 32, and Kenneth “The Moose” Cattouse, 27, are charged with numerous drug-related charges after undercover investigators purchased cocaine and heroin from the pair as part of the two-month probe leading to the seizure of over $4,700 in cash, 37 bricks of heroin, cocaine, …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Several traditionally loud, fun outdoor celebrations are coming to downtowns nearby.
St. Patrick's Day 2013 is approaching and several towns are putting on parades with bagpipers, drums, floats and clowns. Wear something green and bring the camera! Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. Seven pipe and drum bands, step dancers, floats and hundreds of participants. Grand Marshal Tim McLoone, a restaurant owner, musician and philanthropist. Begins at Victory Park on River Road marching to East River Road and turning right onto Carton Street, ending at the Forrestdale School. Matawan's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. Party starts at 6:05 p.m. Starts and pretty much ends at 176 Jackson Street, Matawan. Sponsored by Washington Engine, featuring corned beef, cabbage…