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Trader Joe's Sets Opening Date For New Store In Middletown Trader Joe's Sets Opening Date For New Store In Middletown
Trader Joe's Sets Opening Date For New Store In Middletown Popular food items like "Everything but the Bagel" seasoning, "Unexpected Cheddar Cheese", and "Hold the Cone!" ice cream are about to be sold at a new Central Jersey spot. Trader Joe's will open its location in Middletown on Thursday, Apr. 25, the company said on its website on Friday, Apr. 19. The grocery store will hold a grand opening celebration at 8 a.m. The new Trader Joe's will be in the Middletown Plaza shopping center off Route 35. "We've consulted our maps and compass and have found a terrific location for a store in Middletown, NJ," Trade Joe's said in its opening announce…
Humpback Whale Found In Long Beach Died From Blunt Force Trauma, Autopsy Shows Humpback Whale Found In Long Beach Died From Blunt Force Trauma, Autopsy Shows
Humpback Whale Found In Long Beach Died From Blunt Force Trauma, Autopsy Shows The first whale found dead along the Jersey Shore in 2024 was killed by blunt force trauma, according to a marine animal rehabilitation center. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) released the humpback whale's autopsy findings in a Facebook post on Friday, Apr. 12. The whale was found in the surf near 51st Street in Long Beach at around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 11. MMSC said the whale was a one-year-old male that was 24 feet 10 inches long. The initial findings showed the whale's head had bruises, several skull fractures, and a hematoma. The autopsy also showed the whale suf…
Dead Whale Found In Long Beach, First One Discovered Along Jersey Shore In 2024 Dead Whale Found In Long Beach, First One Discovered Along Jersey Shore In 2024
Dead Whale Found In Long Beach, First One Discovered Along Jersey Shore In 2024 A dead whale has washed up along the Jersey Shore for the first time in 2024, according to a marine animal rehabilitation center. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) received a report about a humpback whale found in the surf near 51st Street in Long Beach at around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 11. In a Facebook post, MMSC said the whale was estimated to be about 20 to 30 feet long. This whale is the first one MMSC has found dead along the Jersey Shore since Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. According to the Brigantine group's stranding data, a minke whale was found near Leonardo State Mar…
Power Knocked Out For 3K+ Customers In Middletown, Atlantic Highlands Power Knocked Out For 3K+ Customers In Middletown, Atlantic Highlands
Power Knocked Out For 3K+ Customers In Middletown, Atlantic Highlands More than 3,000 customers were without power in Monmouth County after a substation caught fire, officials said. A substation fire at the entrance to Sandy Hook caused the outage on Monday, Apr. 8, Atlantic Highlands police said in a Facebook post. Route 36 crossings in Atlantic Highlands were temporarily closed. According to Jersey Central Power & Light's outage map, power was lost for 2,414 customers in Middletown, 1,044 customers in Atlantic Highlands, and nine customers in Highlands as of 5:30 p.m. JCP&L was told about the fire and crews are responding to make repairs, police sa…
Philly Man Accused Of Attacking Man He Knew With Sledgehammer In Middletown: Police Philly Man Accused Of Attacking Man He Knew With Sledgehammer In Middletown: Police
Philly Man Accused Of Attacking Man He Knew With Sledgehammer In Middletown: Police A Philadelphia man was accused of hitting another man in the head with a sledgehammer in Monmouth County, authorities said. Michael Gonzales, 36, was arrested on Friday, Apr. 5, a Middletown police spokesperson said. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.  Investigators said Gonzales hit a 64-year-old Edison man in the head several times with a handheld sledgehammer at Crown Tire on Route 36 in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. The victim was airlifted to Jer…
Brick Township Man Committed 'Smash-And-Grab' Burglaries In Brielle: Police Brick Township Man Committed 'Smash-And-Grab' Burglaries In Brielle: Police
Brick Township Man Committed 'Smash-And-Grab' Burglaries In Brielle: Police An Ocean County man was accused of several "smash-and-grab" burglaries along the Jersey Shore, authorities said. Todd Lansing, 46, of Brick Township, was charged with two counts each of third-degree burglary, third-degree theft, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools. The Brielle Police Department announced his charges in a news release on Thursday, Mar. 28. Brielle police received a report of a "smash-and-grab" burglary at a business on Route 70 at around 5:27 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 23. Police then received a burglar alarm activation at a business on Higgins…
Long Branch Kayak Fisherman Found Dead In Navesink River: State Police Long Branch Kayak Fisherman Found Dead In Navesink River: State Police
Long Branch Kayak Fisherman Found Dead In Navesink River: State Police A man fishing in a kayak was found dead in a Jersey Shore river, authorities said. Diego Ferreira, 37, of Long Branch, was found dead in the Navesink River in Middletown, a state police spokesperson said. Investigators said Ferreira was fishing in the river at night on Monday, Mar. 25. Ferreira was reported missing to state police at around 5:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 26. His body was recovered later that day. The Coast Guard, Middletown and Rumson police, and Sea Bright Fire Rescue helped the state police marine services bureau in the search. State police were continuing to investigate Fe…
Duck Donuts Opens On Route 10 In Whippany Duck Donuts Opens On Route 10 In Whippany
Duck Donuts Opens On Route 10 In Whippany Duck Donuts has added another New Jersey location to its fleet. The popular doughnut shop held a grand opening Route 10 in Whippany Saturday, March 16. This year for St. Patrick's Day, Duck Donuts is offering a Duck Donuts Lucky Duck Assortment featuring limited-time magical charms cereal topping and green vanilla icing.  Available through Sunday, March 17, the Lucky Duck Assortment features magical combinations such as: Bacon Shamrock: green vanilla icing with chopped bacon Strawberry Magical Charms: strawberry icing with limited-time magical charms and marshmallow drizzle Luc…
Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing At Middletown School Field: Police Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing At Middletown School Field: Police
Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing At Middletown School Field: Police A helicopter operated out of an Essex County facility made an emergency landing at a Jersey Shore school field Thursday, March 14, authorities said. The commercial passenger helicopter operated by Zip Aviation of Caldwell touched down on a baseball field behind Middletown High School North, adjacent to Marvin Road, Middletown police said. The pilot, who is not being identified at this time, saw the field and determined that it would be safe to make the emergency landing after an indicator light came on, police said. He was the only occupant of the helicopter. There…
50 MPH Winds Knock Power To More Than 30K New Jersey Residents 50 MPH Winds Knock Power To More Than 30K New Jersey Residents
50 MPH Winds Knock Power To More Than 30K New Jersey Residents Wind gusts nearing 50 miles per hour left thousands of New Jersey residents without power Monday, March 11. According to the National Weather Service, winds are expected to die down in the evening with a wind advisory in effect until 11 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 50. As of 4:15 p.m., the following areas did not have power: JCP&L: Hunterdon County: 4,264 without power mostly in Bethlehem, Glen Gardner, Hampton, Hampton, High Bridge, Lebanon, Readington Middlesex County: 8,359 without power mostly in Monroe Township Morris County: 10,049 mostly in…
Sale Of $10.25M Mansion Is Record-Breaking Sale For This Navesink River Town (LOOK INSIDE) Sale Of $10.25M Mansion Is Record-Breaking Sale For This Navesink River Town (LOOK INSIDE)
Sale Of $10.25M Mansion Is Record-Breaking Sale For This Navesink River Town (Look Inside) A luxurious waterfront mansion with an Irish pub and rooms reminiscent of the streets of Paris has set a record in a Monmouth County town, according to a real estate firm. The estate along the Navesink River sold for $10.25 million at the end of January 2024.  David "D.J." Ten Hoeve, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty Central Monmouth, said the sale of 15 Sailors Way broke the record for the most expensive single-family home sold in Middletown's history. Ten Hoeve said the lower level of the estate is like "walking into Disney World." Several rooms have Parisian architecture d…
Millie Bobby Brown Details Near-Catastrophic Proposal By NJ's Jake Bongiovi On 'Tonight Show' Millie Bobby Brown Details Near-Catastrophic Proposal By NJ's Jake Bongiovi On 'Tonight Show'
Millie Bobby Brown Details Near-Catastrophic Proposal By NJ's Jake Bongiovi On 'Tonight Show' Moms are always right. At least Millie Bobby Brown's mom was when it came to her engagement to New Jersey's Jake Bongiovi, whose father is rocker Jon Bon Jovi. The "Stranger Things" star for the first time spilled the deets on Bongiovi's proposal on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Brown, 20, tells Fallon that she and 21-year-old Bongiovi, of Middletown, bonded over diving and got their licenses together. They were on a diving trip when Bongiovi proposed. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebobbyb…
South Toms River Mom Kate Herdman Dies After Valiant Brain Cancer Battle South Toms River Mom Kate Herdman Dies After Valiant Brain Cancer Battle
South Toms River Mom Kate Herdman Dies After Valiant Brain Cancer Battle A family is mourning the death of a Monmouth County mother who died from brain cancer less than a week after her birthday. Kathryn "Kate" Herdman was diagnosed with "an aggressive terminal grade-four glioblastoma tumor" in November 2023, according to a memorial fundraiser on GoFundMe. Her obituary said the South Toms River woman died at 36 years old on Monday, Feb. 12. On the GoFundMe page, Kate's husband Jesse Hardman said the family's health insurance was "wrongfully terminated" a few weeks before her death. "Some of Kate’s healthcare providers were asking me if I was ready to pay out of…
Mangia! Popular Italian Market Livoti's Opening On Route 88 In Brick Township Mangia! Popular Italian Market Livoti's Opening On Route 88 In Brick Township
Mangia! Popular Italian Market Livoti's Opening On Route 88 In Brick Township An Italian grocery store known for gourmet meats and other delicacies is opening its first location in Ocean County. Livoti's Old World Market said it will open its newest store in Brick Township on Thursday, Mar. 7. The store will be located in the Laurel Square shopping plaza on Route 88. This will be the fifth market for Livoti's, which started in 2010 with its first store in Aberdeen. The other three markets are in Monmouth County in Freehold, Marlboro, and Middletown. Fans of Livoti's said they were thrilled when then opening date for the Brick store was announced. "I can't wait…
Here's Who Got The Most Snow In South Jersey From Winter Storm Here's Who Got The Most Snow In South Jersey From Winter Storm
Here's Who Got The Most Snow In South Jersey From Winter Storm Some parts of South Jersey received more than half a foot of snow during a pre-Valentine's Day winter storm. The National Weather Service said snow stopped falling in the region at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13. While it wasn't as much as North Jersey, plenty of communities saw significant accumulation. The NWS published its final official snowfall reports for the storm: Atlantic County Atlantic City International Airport - trace Burlington County Delran - 2.1 inches Maple Shade - 1.9 inches Mount Holly - 1.4 inches Mount Laurel - 1.4 inches Medford - 1.0 inches Moorestown - 1.0 in…
Winter Storm Knocks Power To Thousands Of Jersey Shore Residents Winter Storm Knocks Power To Thousands Of Jersey Shore Residents
Winter Storm Knocks Power To Thousands Of Jersey Shore Residents A pre-Valentine's Day winter storm knocked out power for thousands of Jersey Shore customers. According to the outage map for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), 4,019 customers in Monmouth County lost electricity as of 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The vast majority of those were in Ocean Township with 3,371 customers without power, which is nearly 25 percent of the township. At least 100 customers were without service in Middletown, Tinton Falls, Colts Neck, and Manalapan. JCP&L also said 24 customers lost power in Ocean County. Sixteen of those were in Toms River. …
The Pony Turns 50: Iconic Asbury Park Music Club Prepares For Anniversary Celebration The Pony Turns 50: Iconic Asbury Park Music Club Prepares For Anniversary Celebration
The Pony Turns 50: Iconic Asbury Park Music Club Prepares For Anniversary Celebration A historic concert venue on the oceanfront of Asbury Park known for launching the careers of Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi is celebrating its golden anniversary. The Stone Pony said it will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Feb. 8, a half-century to the day the music club opened on North Ocean Avenue. The kickoff event starts at 7 p.m. and will include a special set by Lee Mrowicki, an original DJ at the venue. The anniversary celebration will also include a concert by Asbury Park rock band The Parlor Mob on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The kickoff weekend wr…
Ocean City Gets $3.8M In Upgrades To Water Infrastructure Ocean City Gets $3.8M In Upgrades To Water Infrastructure
Ocean City Gets $3.8M In Upgrades To Water Infrastructure A city in Cape May County will receive nearly $4 million in new water pipes to replace aging infrastructure that's more than a century old. Ocean City will get $3.8 million in upgrades for more than a mile of water main, New Jersey American Water announced on Friday, Jan. 26. The utility company will remove four- and six-inch water lines installed as far back as the 1900s, and new eight-inch ductile iron mains will be added. Fire hydrants and utility-owned service lines will also be replaced on the pipeline route, which includes these roads: 31st Street (from Central Avenue to A…
'Skip-Scanning' Middletown Officer Shoplifted While In Uniform: Prosecutor 'Skip-Scanning' Middletown Officer Shoplifted While In Uniform: Prosecutor
'Skip-Scanning' Middletown Officer Shoplifted While In Uniform: Prosecutor A Middletown police officer is accused of stealing from several discount stores, authorities said. Brenden Santiago, 36, of Tinton Falls, was charged with third-degree shoplifting and fourth-degree attempted shoplifting on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the charges on Thursday, Jan. 25. Online records show Santiago earns upwards of $100,000 a year. Prosecutors said Santiago "skip-scanned" items from a discount department store chain six times in December 2023. "Skip-scanning" is when someone scans cheaper items instead of more expensive ones or pret…
Pediatrician From Middletown Accused Of Leaving Crash That Injured Father, Daughter In NY Pediatrician From Middletown Accused Of Leaving Crash That Injured Father, Daughter In NY
Pediatrician From Middletown Accused Of Leaving Crash That Injured Father, Daughter In NY A pediatrician from Monmouth County is accused of leaving the scene of a crash that injured a man and his daughter in Staten Island, according to officials. Dr. Sam Leuzzi, 66, of Middletown, is facing three charges related to a crash on Staten Island, the New York City Police Department said. NYPD officers responded to the intersection of Arthur Kill Road and Drumgoole Road West just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Dr. Leuzzi has a pediatric medical practice on Richmond Road in the Grant City neighborhood of Staten Island, according to Northwell Health's website. Investiga…
Shake Shack Replacing Route 35 Moe's Southwest Grill In Middletown Shake Shack Replacing Route 35 Moe's Southwest Grill In Middletown
Shake Shack Replacing Route 35 Moe's Southwest Grill In Middletown A new Shake Shack location is coming to Middletown and it will bring burgers to a building previously known for serving up burritos. A spokesperson for Shake Shack confirmed the chain will open a restaurant at 1149 Route 35 in 2024. An opening date has not yet been set. The address was last home to Moe's Southwest Grill, which is permanently closed according to Google Maps. Phone calls to the listed number for the restaurant had an automated message saying no one was available. The former Moe's Southwest Grill in Middletown, NJ. Google Maps There are 20 locations across New Jersey, acc…
Ex-Jersey Shore Man Gets 20 Years, No Parole For Serial Threats Against Police, Judges, Others Ex-Jersey Shore Man Gets 20 Years, No Parole For Serial Threats Against Police, Judges, Others
Ex-Jersey Shore Man Gets 20 Years, No Parole For Serial Threats Against Police, Judges, Others A former New Jersey resident with a cockamamie political history must spend the next 20 years in federal prison for threatening to kill police officers, lawyers and judges, among others, in and around Monmouth County. Eric G. Hafner, 32, formerly of Fair Haven, also made calls and sent messages to state officials while phoning in bogus bomb threats to local and state government offices, a police department, two law firms and the Monmouth Park Racetrack during a two-year terror campaign, federal authorities in Trenton said. Hafner told newspaper reporters in 2018 that he was on the lam for d…
'Bucket List Wish:' Rutgers Marching Band To Perform In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 'Bucket List Wish:' Rutgers Marching Band To Perform In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
'Bucket List Wish:' Rutgers Marching Band To Perform In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade The Rutgers University Marching Band is getting ready to check off a longtime "bucket list wish:" Perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by drum major Amelia Ainbinder, of Middletown (Class of 2024), the marching band will be performing for more than 3 million live spectators, and even more watching from home on television. The more than 300-person band has been preparing for the parade since last November, when they found out they were among the 11 bands chosen to perform — the only one representing New Jersey. "To be invited to march in the 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parad…
Upside-down, Dead Whale Wedged In Leonardo State Marina Upside-down, Dead Whale Wedged In Leonardo State Marina
Upside-down, Dead Whale Wedged In Leonardo State Marina A dead whale was found wedged upside-down between a breakwater and bulkhead in Middletown, authorities said. The 20-foot-long Minke whale was confirmed to be dead at Leonardo State Marina, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. The tide was dropping, making the whale inaccessible to equipment to recover it, the center said.  MMSC staff with the assistance of the Middletown Township Public Works Department will be on scene on Thursday, Oct. 19, to begin recovery efforts with the next high tide. At that time, the whale will be moved to a nearby location for a necrop…
Firefighters Knock Down House Fire Closed Holmdel Street Firefighters Knock Down House Fire Closed Holmdel Street
Firefighters Knock Down House Fire Closed Holmdel Street Firefighters knocked down a fire that closed a street in Holmdel Monday, Sept. 25. The blaze broke out around 11:10 a.m., bringing firefighters from several companies to Holmdel Road. All residents had evacuated when police arrived, and the blaze was put out by firefighters, police said. No injuries were reported. The Holmdel Fire Department and First Aid responded along with fire and first aid units from Hazlet, Union Beach, Middletown, Keyport, Tinton Falls, and Aberdeen. The incident is being investigated by the Holmdel Township Police Department Detective Bureau, the Holmdel Township …
Flipped Vehicle Shuts Down Roadway In Middletown Flipped Vehicle Shuts Down Roadway In Middletown
Flipped Vehicle Shuts Down Roadway In Middletown An overturned vehicle and downed utility pole shut down a stretch of Route 36 in Middletown, authorities said. Traffic signals also were knocked down. The crash occurred at about 9:20 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 southbound south of Wilson Avenue, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
Middletown Man Arrested After Assaulting Domino's Pizza Worker In Road Rage Incident: Police Middletown Man Arrested After Assaulting Domino's Pizza Worker In Road Rage Incident: Police
Middletown Man Arrested After Assaulting Domino's Pizza Worker In Road Rage Incident: Police A 33-year-old man from Middletown has been arrested in connection with an alleged road rage incident, authorities said. On Monday, Aug. 14, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Middletown Township Police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of the Domino’s Pizza, located at 1670 Route 35 in Middletown. Upon arrival, the parties had already been separated and the victim, who is not being identified at this time, was observed to have injuries to his head and face.  A suspect, Kydeem J. McLeod, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Investigation showed that t…
Downed Tree Halts NJ Transit Service Downed Tree Halts NJ Transit Service
Downed Tree Halts NJ Transit Service Service was suspended along one NJ Transit line due to a tree that fell into overhead wires Friday, Aug. 11. It happened around dawn in Middletown, disrupting service to the North Jersey Coast Line. NJ TRANSIT crews working hard to remove a downed tree in the overhead wires in Middletown to restore full service on the @NJTRANSIT_NJCL as quickly and safely as possible. pic.twitter.com/LgFFW9I3PV — North Jersey Coast Line (@NJTRANSIT_NJCL) August 11, 2023 Rail service was limited between Rahway and Matawan, while service was suspended in both directions between Long Branch and Matawan.
Man, 31, Arrested For Weapons Offenses In Middletown: Police Man, 31, Arrested For Weapons Offenses In Middletown: Police
Man, 31, Arrested For Weapons Offenses In Middletown: Police A 31-year-old man from California was arrested on weapons charges in Middletown, authorities said. On Thursday, Aug. 3, at 12:33 a.m., Middletown Twp. Police Officers Shane Hall and Aidan Cary, arrested Rajiv U. Bryant, of Emeryville, California, for unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of high capacity magazines, and possession of hollow point ammunition, police said. The arrest came after officers observed Bryant commit a motor vehicle violation in the area of State Highway 36 and Main Street, in the Belford section of the township.  During the course of&…
Bicyclist, 40, Fatally Struck By Car In Middletown Mourned As Loyal Friend Bicyclist, 40, Fatally Struck By Car In Middletown Mourned As Loyal Friend
Bicyclist, 40, Fatally Struck By Car In Middletown Mourned As Loyal Friend The 40-year-old Middletown woman killed in a bike crash "truly felt one with nature," friends say. Funeral services have been announced for Crystal Kaylor who was fatally hit by a car last week. Kaylor was hit by the car at 9:21 p.m. July 19 at the intersection of Route 35 and Chapel Hill Road. She was riding her bike north on Route 35 at the time, police said. The driver remained at the scene and no criminal charges had been filed. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 4 at Pfleger Funeral Home at 115 Tindall Road in Middletown.  A graveside service wi…
Flooding Brings Reports Of 'Cars In Water' In Middlesex, Monmouth Counties Flooding Brings Reports Of 'Cars In Water' In Middlesex, Monmouth Counties
Flooding Brings Reports Of 'Cars In Water' In Middlesex, Monmouth Counties Heavy flooding caused by fast-moving storms brought reports of "cars in the water" in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, authorities said. At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, several people were rescued from a vehicle in water in Woodbridge Township near its border with Perth Amboy, first responders confirmed. A crew from Perth Amboy Fire Rescue assisted, a firefighter said. Perth Amboy Fire RescuePerth Amboy Fire Rescue via Facebook Woodbridge police were not immediately available for more details. About 15 minutes earlier, a car was reported stranded in water in Carteret, according to a…