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Lautenberg, Menendez, Pallone Call on President to Reconsider Plan to Close NOAA Sandy Hook Lab

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON—One day after the Obama Administration released a budget plan that eliminates funding for the fisheries lab at Sandy Hook, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), today called on the President to reconsider his decision to close the lab. The members vowed to work through the Congressional appropriations process to restore funding for this successful research facility.

“Today, the research that is performed at the NOAA lab produces vital information on marine species that serves as a foundation for our economy and jobs across the region,” the Congress members wrote to President Obama. “We will work to prevent the closure of this facility during the upcoming appropriations process and we ask that you reconsider your position. The NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook is a vital facility and maintaining it will allow the important scientific research that is performed in one of the country’s most unique and biologically diverse environments to continue.”

A copy of the letter’s text is below:

February 14, 2012

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to express our strong opposition to the proposal in your Fiscal Year 2013 Budget to close the NOAA Fisheries Service James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The closure of this lab would have a negative impact on NOAA’s ability to carry out its mission and damage progress that has been made in fisheries-based scientific research.

The NOAA laboratory, dedicated in September 1961, was the first federal scientific laboratory devoted solely to research on marine recreational species. The opening of this lab reflected the importance of acquiring scientific information to support the sustainability of marine resources that are greatly important to coastal communities. Today, the research that is performed at the NOAA lab produces vital information on marine species that serves as a foundation for our economy and jobs across the region.

The NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook performs critical research that not only supports New Jersey marine habitats, but also provides greater insight into the issues our nation faces in maintaining a clean and sustainable ocean environment. The decision to close the NOAA laboratory will put all of this critical research at risk and limit our understanding of how we can best protect the ocean environment and the ocean-based economy.

This past September, NOAA staff including Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Eric Schwaab celebrated 50 years of important achievements made at the NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook. Now, just a few short months later, your budget proposes to put an end to the important work that is done at the lab.

We will work to prevent the closure of this facility during the upcoming appropriations process and we ask that you reconsider your position. The NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook is a vital facility and maintaining it will allow the important scientific research that is performed in one of the country’s most unique and biologically diverse environments to continue.

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Filed under budget cuts, Congressman Frank Pallone, fisheries, NOAA labs, President Obama, Sandy Hook, US. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, US. Sen. Robert Menendez

Sierra Club Director Tittel to Lecture January 23 at Brookdale

Lincroft, NJ – Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club will discuss the systematic political assault on both the state and nation’s environmental rules and regulations by radical conservative politicians at the January 23 combined general membership meetings of the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of Sierra and the NJ Friends of Clearwater at the Brookdale Community College Lincroft main campus, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. It will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Warner Student Life Center, lower level, Twin Lights rooms. Community is encouraged to attend the free event sponsored by Brookdale’s Environmental Field Station at Sandy Hook. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting to start at 6:30 p.m.

A life-long Jerseyan, Tittel worked in political consulting prior to consulting for environmental activism. He now spends much of his time working behind the scenes battling businesses, developers, bureaucrats and politicians.

According to Tittel, since the radical conservatives captured the U.S. House of Representatives, there have been about 190 votes against environmental regulations on the House Floor with about 85 targeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – and more expected.

Tittle is critical of Governor Chris Christie in his opposition to many environmental bills. Christi’s environmental commissioner has insisted that any evaluation of new regulations must be balanced by their impact on economic growth.

Tittel will explain how pro-development opponents to environmental controls falsely blame the controls for the nation’s economic stagnation. He will conclude with the possible positive directions that can be taken to protect the environment.
Groups are welcome. Please advise to request any special needs seating. More information is available by calling 732-857-5305.

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Filed under Brookdale Community College, environmentalists, EPA, Jeff Tittel, Lincroft NJ, NJ Friends of Clearwater, press release, Sandy Hook, Sierra club

Park Service Responds to Pallone’s Request for Public Input Session on Sandy Hook Park Fee Increase

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Friday announced the National Park Service has responded to his request to hold a public input session on the proposed fee increases at Sandy Hook. Pallone spoke out against the proposed fee increase, which would raise the vehicle fee for entering the park from $10 to $20 and double the price of a season pass to the park from $50 to $100. Visitors with over-sized vehicles of 20 feet or longer would have to pay an increased fee of $50 per day to enter the park. Additionally, the hours the park charges people entrance fees will be extended for two hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s important that the Park Service hear directly from people who visit Sandy Hook about how they feel paying twice as much to enjoy it,” Pallone said. “Now is not the time to increase the cost burden on New Jerseyans. I suggest the Park Service take a good hard look at other options in order to find a way to keep access to one of our state’s most beautiful parks affordable to everyone.”
Since the proposed fee increase was announced in August, the Park Service has held an official public comment period soliciting input. This comment period ends Friday, September 16. Pallone urged that this comment period was not enough and asked the Park Service to hold a public input session at Sandy Hook. This session will be held Monday, September 26th. The Park Service will have a presentation at 3:30 p.m. and leave the remainder of the session, until 5:30 p.m. open for park visitors to express their views in person to a Sandy Hook representative
“Higher costs of entering the park would have the unintended consequence of significantly limiting access to it. This goes against the intent of our National Park system to preserve, protect and share the story of our historical landmarks,” Pallone added.

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Sunset Event at Sandy Hook with Amy Mallet – July 12th

Celebrating Freeholder Mallet’s Environmental Advocacy

Please Join

Freehold Amy Mallett

For a fundraiser celebrating

“Sunset At The Shore”

Tuesday July 12th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Seagull’s Nest at Sandy Hook

Entertainment by Keith Rella

Suggested Contribution $75.00

Please RSVP To:
or call Meredith Demarco (732) 739-8888

If you can not attend please mail your donation to:

Friends of Freeholder Mallet
P.O Box 8726
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Filed under Democratic Candidate, Freeholder Amy Mallet, fundraiser, Monmouth County Freeholder, Sandy Hook, Seagull's Nest

Bayshore Democratic Club

A meeting of the Bayshore Democratic Club was held last night in the Leonardo section of Middeltown Township.
The Bayshore Democratic Club is comprised of members from the various democratic clubs from the 10 towns that make up northern Monmouth County and is open to their residents: Aberdeen, Matawan, Keyport, Hazlet, Union Beach, Holmdel, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Keansburg are towns that comprise the bayshore area.
The purpose of the Bayshore Democratic Club is to discuss issues that effect the northern Monmouth County bayshore area. An issues that effect 1 town along the bayshore, like a wave , has ripple effects that touches all, whether it is traffic, flooding, tourism or development, it effects all who live along the Raritan bay.
There was a very good turn out last night with several towns represented close to two dozen individuals show up and a number of topics were discussed.
One of the more lively topics discussed was use of internet websites and emails to get messages out to the public. It was suggested that due to the economy and expense of advertising in newspapers that do not do an adequate job of covering all the towns along the bayshore, that the use of the internet through tools like email, Twitter and Facebook could be very useful.
The flooding problem in Port Monmouth was discuss and how through the efforts of Middletown Democratic Committeeman Patrick Short, that a solution to the flooding was finally reached for a fraction of the cost estimate of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Other topics that were hit upon include the traffic concerns along Hwy 36 due to the replacement of the Highlands bridge into the Sandy Hook beach, the governors race and how it would impact local races and what Monmouth County has been doing to help the municipalities along the bayshore.
The Bayshore Democratic Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the American Legion post 338, in Leonardo.
If anyone is interested in attending a meeting of the Bayshore Democratic Club you can contact club President Greg Gibadlo at for more information.

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Filed under American Legion post 338, Bayshore Democratic Club, Facebook, Greg Gibadlo, Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Patrick Short, Sandy Hook, traffic, Twitter

What If Frank Pallone Had A Fundraiser And No One Showed Up?

That’s not exactly what happened but it seems that sometime last week, Congressman Frank Pallone had a fundraiser out on Sandy Hook. From what I was told it was a very nice little get together at the Crow’s Nest.
I wouldn’t know because no one from Middletown was asked to attend. I only found out about it because friends from Hazlet and Wall mentioned it to me.
Not only did he NOT invite anyone from Middeltown, he froze out Monmouth County Chairman Victor Scudiery who also knew nothing about the function.
Congressman Pallone, how can you have a political fundraiser in Middletown (yes, Sandy Hook is part of Middletown) and not inform the Municipal Chairman or the County Chairman that you are throwing such a shindig in their own backyard?
Irregardless of your personal feeling towards the two Chairmen, you still should have mentioned it to them, it wasn’t very classy Frank.

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Filed under Congressman Frank Pallone, fundraiser, Middletown, Sandy Hook, the Crow's Nest, Victor Scudiery

Coast Guard “KIDS DON’T FLOAT” Program Comes to Monmouth County

Now that spring has sprung and the weather is warming up boat owners are prepping their vessels for the summer boating season that will offically kicks off over Memorial Day weekend.

I recieved the following press release from the United States Coast Guard Auxillary that stresses the importance of wearing life jackets while out on the water, particluarly children.

The release announces details of this years “Kids Don’t Float” program that will be instituted in Monmouth County for the first time by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, based at the USCG Station on Sandy Hook: 

KIDS DON’T FLOAT, but if the US Coast Guard Auxiliary has its way they will. For many years the US Coast Guard and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary have been educating the public on the importance of all boaters using lifejackets, most especially children. In the State of New Jersey it is the law that children 12 years of age and younger must wear a lifejacket at all times while underway on the deck of any boat.

However preaching the obvious and getting results are two different things. Ten years ago a group called Safe Kids USA in Homer Alaska worked with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to establish a program of installing lifejacket loaner stations at local marinas. The concept is simple; they erected a rack on the waterfront and hung child size lifejackets on hooks. Boaters with children heading out on the water who did not have lifejackets could simply borrow one from the rack. It was understood that upon returning, the lifejacket would be returned to its hook ready for use by the next child.

The program was so successful that there are now 400 such sites across Alaska and the program has spread across the nation. Division 2 of District 1SR of the Coast Guard Auxiliary based at USCG Station Sandy Hook is instituting the KIDS DON’T FLOAT program here in Monmouth County. The first lifejacket station will be established at the Atlantic Highlands Marina, Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

The station and lifejacket rack will be erected on the waterfront in time to coincide with National Safe Boating Week May 16-23 2009. A ceremony establishing the station will be held on Saturday 16 May to kick off the program. The Division Honor Guard, local dignitaries, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Active Duty Coast Guard representatives will join the boating public for this event.

Atlantic Highlands will be the first such station in our area and if as expected the program is successful other local marinas will receive stations too. The program will begin with six lifejackets available in children’s sizes. It is anticipated that the supply of jackets will grow through donations of local businesses and individuals. While it might be thought that offering these jackets for free with no deposit might lead to loss of the property, the experience in other areas has been that the supply of jackets actually tends to grow.

Nothing is more important to most of us than the safety of our children especially when they are engaged in as stimulating and satisfying an experience as boating. We invite and encourage all who are interested in boating and our kids to join us on Saturday, May 16th at 11 a.m. on the launch ramp at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina to launch this program. This will also be a great opportunity for people to visit with their neighbors who are members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and arrange for your complimentary Vessel Safety Check. Lets all start the season right for a fun and safe summer on the water.

For more information contact:

Bill Szilasi
Staff Officer – Public Affairs
Division 2, District 1 (SR)
(732) 275-6201

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Filed under Atlantic Highlands, Kids Don't Float, life jackets, National Safe Boating Week, Sandy Hook, United States Coast Guard Auxillary