Category Archives: Port Monmouth NJ

Pallone Announces $2.94 Million Allocated to Port Monmouth Beach Replenishment Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2011

Funding Will Allow Army Corps to Begin Project

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. Friday announced that the House approved $2.94 million for beach replenishment efforts in Port Monmouth, NJ in the Fiscal Year 2012 spending bill. The Senate is also expected to approve this funding allocation Friday, and it will then go to the President’s desk.

“Today’s vote is one of the final hurdles before the Army Corps can move forward with this important project,” said Pallone. “It was a hard-fought effort to fully fund it, but I’m satisfied with this allocation. Beach replenishment is crucial to the recreational uses of the shore as well as to providing a protective barrier.”

The U.S. Army Corps is currently on schedule to get the project under way in September 2012.

Pallone has worked with the Obama administration since the president took office to stress the importance of Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, particularly the benefit of beach replenishment in New Jersey. He has worked hard over the past last few years to get earmark appropriations for Port Monmouth.

Prior to this allocation, $3.4 million has been banked, which when added to the $2.94 million dollars in the funding bill will total $6.4 million.

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A Halloween Treat – The Mystery of the Spy House

While looking for an interesting ghost story to post in honor of Halloween, I came across a real treat. I found a 2003 documentary posted on Youtube (posted in three parts and recently updated in 2010 ) that featured arguably one of the oldest, if not the oldest home in Monmouth County, the Whitlock/Seabrook House a.k.a The Spy House located in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown NJ. It is said that as many as 23 ghosts call the Spy House home.

The documentary features Psychic Consult Jane Doherty, who years ago use to give ghost tours of the Spy House during this time of year. I remember taking a tour of the old house years ago when Doherty was acting as our psychic tour guide. It was a fun night and enjoyable experience even though we didn’t meet any ghosts first hand that night.

I also remember meeting Gertrude Neidlinger on a few other visits to the house, she really was a special person she always made you feel at home, and boy could she tell a story! Neidlinger pasted away in 1998.

The 4th video below is a more recent, updated story of the Spy House. It was posted online this past August 17th and contains a brief summary of the house’s history (containing some clips from the original documentary) along with the results of a paranormal investigation that was performed at the site.

These video’s were posted on Youtube by The Paranormal Rangers, I hope you enjoy them.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: POLICE ARREST BUSINESS OWNER FOR STEALING EMPLOYEE’S BENEFITS

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PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On April 12, 2011 the Middletown Police Department and the United States Secret Service arrested, David Crosby, age 56, from Murphy Road in Port Monmouth, for Theft of employee’s benefits.

Crosby was the owner of Crosby Site Work and Utility Inc, a business located in Port Monmouth, NJ, who police say purposely withheld his company’s contributions to his employee’s IRA funds.

The Middletown Police Department was contacted by the New York Field Office of the United States Department of Labor who informed them of the complaints they had received from employees of the business. Det. Daniel Sullivan conducted a joint investigation with the United States Secret Service and determined that Crosby had withheld approximately $17,000.00 in contributions to his employees IRA funds.

Crosby was arrested at his residence and processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRUNK DRIVING AFTER MOTOR VEHICLE STOP

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On March 18, 2011 at approximately 8:20 pm Patrolman Donald Coates and Sergeant Fred Deickmann were on patrol in the area of Highway 36 in Port Monmouth when they observed a grey Nissan travelling at a high rate of speed and making unsafe lane changes.

The officers stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Kimberly Kellar, age 30, from Washington Avenue in Highlands, NJ. While speaking with Kellar the officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kellar.

The investigation conducted by the officers determined that Kellar was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. She was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with DWI, Refusal to provide breath samples, Reckless driving, Failure to maintain lane and Operating a vehicle while using a cell phone.

Kellar was processed and released pending a court appearance.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER MOTOR VEHICLE CHECK

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On March 8, 2011 at approximately 8:15 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of Salisbury Avenue when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road. The vehicle was occupied by three subjects. Officer Hirschbein approached the vehicle to speak with the driver, identified as Steven Heimbuch, age 21, from Ravatt Road in Port Monmouth, when he detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and on Heimbuch’s clothes.

An investigation by Patrolman Hirschbein revealed that Heimbuch was in possession of a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana, a wooden pipe used to smoke marijuana and a cigar box which contained a plastic baggie with a green vegetative type substance which he recognized as marijuana.

Heimbuch was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

The other occupants of the vehicle were released at the scene. Patrolman Felipe Benedit assisted with the arrest.

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>Monmouth County to repair Compton’s Creek bridge

>Just in case some Middletown residents haven’t heard about this, I am posting this news brief from the County. This project will impact some of those that live in and around the Port Monmouth section of town and may make it difficult for some to get to the Belford Ferry terminal, depending on how they travel.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Work to stabilize the southwestern embankment at Monmouth County’s bridge over Compton’s Creek on Broadway in Port Monmouth is expected to begin Monday, Jan. 31.

Weather permitting, the project is expected to take one week to complete. Vehicle traffic on Broadway and across the bridge should expect to be detoured between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. There may be occasions where the detours remain in place until 5 p.m. Broadway is expected to be open to traffic each evening.

Specifically, eastbound traffic in Port Monmouth will detour from Main Street to Port Monmouth Road to Church Street and return to Broadway. Conversely, westbound traffic will detour from Broadway to Church Street to Port Monmouth Road to Main Street in Port Monmouth.

“The scheduled repair will stabilize the eroded southwest embankment and correct the undermined edge of the roadway adjacent to the bridge,” County Engineer Joseph Ettore said. “This condition was caused by the tidal influence of Compton’s Creek.”

The embankment will be reestablished to its original limits with suitable backfill and filter fabric. The repairs also will include the construction of about 30 feet of timber retaining wall. Finally, an upgraded guide rail system will be installed in front of the retaining wall repair to provide additional protection to the traveling public.

“These repairs will benefit Middletown residents, commuters, patrons of Bayshore Waterfront Park and other local travelers who have been affected by recent tidal flooding and washouts,” Freeholder John P. Curley said. “Stabilizing the embankment will resolve public safety concerns and restore full access to the county bridge and municipal roadway.”

The work will be performed by the Bridge Division of the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering.

“The county understands the inconvenience these detours will have on motorists and local residents,” said John W. Tobia, director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Unfortunately, this work cannot be completed without the closure of the bridge and road.”

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>Governor Christie To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Middletown On Wednesday

>According to a post on Redbankgreen.com

Governor Christie will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in Middletown next Wednesday, January 26th. The meeting will take place at the Port Monmouth VFW on Hwy 36 and will begin around 11 am.

According to Redbankgreen, the meeting is free and open to the public. It is expected that 300 or more people will show up to hear what the Governor has to say.

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