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HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Henry Hudson Regional Education Association will host a “Meet the Candidates Night” for those seeking election to the Board of Education of the Henry Hudson Regional School District.
The event will be held April 6th and get underway at 7 p.m. at Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands. The event is free of charge and all residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about their neighbords seeking election.
In Atlantic Highlands, Sarah Kroon Chiles, Robert Thuss, Jr and incumbent Arthur Weimer are running for two, three-year seats. Highlands resident and current Board of Education president Cheryl McDonald is running unopposed for one three-year seat.
The format for the evening will allow each candidate to give a three-minute long opening statement. Candidates will then be asked pre-selected questions about their experience and views on issues affecting Henry Hudson and education in New Jersey. All participants will be able to answer each question.
Audience members can also submit questions, which will be reviewed and presented to moderators as time permits. Each candidate will be allowed to make a closing statement.
The event will conclude with light refreshments and time to mingle with the candidates.
School elections will be held April 27th and includes a vote on the proposed budget for the 2011-2012 school year. Polling locations in Atlantic Highlands will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The polls in Highlands will open at 2 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.
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HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Monday, March 21, 2011, the Highlands Elementary Board of Education adopted a revised 2011-2012 budget, which now represents a zero tax levy increase. Dr. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools, presented the budget to the Board Members and audience. He reported, “This Board of Education developed the 2011-2012 budget in accordance with the District’s Mission Statement to ensure that each student has the opportunity to become an independent and critical thinker on the path to becoming a life-long learner.” The District’s budget will decrease $133,169, or 3.6% from the 2010-2011 budget. The District worked diligently over the past several months to identify cost saving measures, while preparing to develop a fiscally sound budget according to the mandates developed by the NJ Department of Education.
These efforts include entering into shared services agreements with the Hazlet Township School District to operate the business office, which will save the District over $60,000 annually and interim superintendent services, which save the District an additional $6,000 each month. Other cost saving measures contributed to the total budgetary reduction of $133,169. These combined savings will provide the taxpayers of Highlands with a zero tax levy increase and also support the rigorous academic programs provided for the students.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Red Bank RiverCenter holds open auditions for musicians and entertainers for popular summer program.
RED BANK, NJ – For the eleventh year in a row, Red Bank’s summer music and performing arts series, StreetLife, will return to the sidewalks of Red Bank.
For the 2011 series, RiverCenter is inviting talented adults and teenagers (16 years and older) to audition for this summer’s program on Tuesday, March 29 at the Count Basie Theatre Rehearsal Studio, 99 Monmouth Street - 2nd Floor, Red Bank, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. RiverCenter is seeking musicians and entertainers, such as mimes, clowns, magicians, jugglers, etc. to participate in the program. Each performer is asked to bring 3-to-4 minutes of prepared material highlighting his or her skills, a biography and references, if available. Please note past StreetLife performers do not need to re-audition. If you are interested in performing again please contact RiverCenter for a StreetLife Returning Performer application. Dates are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nancy Adams, Executive Director for Red Bank RiverCenter says, “We are thrilled to be presenting this very successful program again this summer. Many visitors come in to town on Saturday nights to see the performers and to enjoy a night out in Red Bank. We are proud to be able to offer a venue for the musicians and entertainers to perform. ”
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A structure fire at East Square Manor, 1 Portland Road in Highlands destroyed 5 condominium units Thursday evening. At 6:20 p.m. a neighbor called 911 to report a fire at the complex. Within minutes, Highlands Fire Chief Pete Lynch was on scene and called a second alarm for the fire, which activated mutual aid from Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright and Middletown.
Fire destroys 5 units in Highlands. photo by Michael J. Lomenzo
Highlands Engine 1777 and Highlands Ladder set up tower operations and JCP&L shut off all utilities. Shortly after the battle was started, fire personnel were pulled back from the building when the water supply from the engine failed. Water was quickly restored and firefighter resumed dousing the blaze.
At 6:50 p.m., a partial structure and chimney collapse in unit 23 caused personnel to be pulled out of the building. There was significant fire damage to units 21, 22, and 23 in the complex. Units 20 and 24 sustained smoke and water damege. The fire was under control by 8:00 p.m.
View video clip of firefighters pumping water from tower truck onto roof. (quicktime movie) video by Michael J. Lomenzo
Firefighters from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands rescued 2 cats and a large bird from one of the units, according to Highlands Fire Captain Charles Welles.
The Red Cross and Animal Control assisted residents and their pets.
Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Port Monmouth First Aid Squads were on scene. Also responding were ladder trucks from Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright and engines from Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Navesink and Middletown Community Station 4
The Monmouth County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.
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Books Sandwiched In featured speaker Jack Graybill at the March 7 meeting. In his children’s book The Monster Gets a Hug and a Kiss, Mr. Graybill tells how Merry and her daddy put their heads together to get rid of the monster in her closet. Based on a true story, The Monster Gets a Hug and a Kiss portrays one child overcoming her fear in a delightful story for readers.
Jack Graybill speaks to Books Sandwiched In at the Atlantic Highlands Public Library.