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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.
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HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Highlands Fire Department will be hosting their second ever Post St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party Fundraiser at the Firehouse Station 17-1 on Saturday, March 19, 2011 immediately following the Highlands St. Patrick’s Day parade. Parade begins at 2:00pm sharp; the parade is sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership.
The firehouse is located at 17-1 Shore Drive, Highlands NJ.
Ex-Chief Rebecca Kane said “This is a great way for our residents and neighboring communities to meet each other. We have such a special town filled with so many wonderful people; I do hope that everyone comes out to enjoy the day”
The celebration will run from 3:00pm through 8:00pm.
The Highlands Fire Department will be providing an authentic Irish Fare as well as beer. Mugs are $10.00 that includes three drink tickets.
Should you feel the luck of the Irish you can win one of our “Pot of Gold” 50/50’s that will be going on all throughout the day.
Music will be provided by “Tara” an authentic Irish Duo from County Cavan, Ireland as well as the Ocean County Emeralds Society.
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HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Highlands Elementary Board of Education adopted their tentative 2011-2012 budget and authorized its submission to the Acting Executive County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools 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.” Through fiscally prudent budgetary practices, the District’s budget will decrease $99,128, or 2.7% from the 2010-2011 budget. The District has worked diligently for 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. The current arrangement for interim superintendent services saves the District an additional $6,000 each month. Other cost saving measures contributed to a total budget reduction of $99,128. These combined savings will assist the District in providing the taxpayers of Highlands with a budget that is fiscally responsible, yet able to support the rigorous academic programs provided for our students.
“Our Board is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our students through a comprehensive educational program, while minimizing the impact on our taxpayers,” stated Karen Horner, Board of Education President.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Education released State aid figures for the 2011-2012 school year. Each school district in the State received a 20% return of the State aid cut in the prior year. “The Highlands Borough Board of Education has dedicated the full $38,401 in State aid increase to direct tax relief for our residents,” said Karen Horner, Board of Education President. A combination of the additional State aid and budgetary reductions will allow the District’s tax rate to remain stable with a projected minimal increase from 56 cents to 57.2 cents.
Next year’s operating budget is $3.6 million, a decrease of 2.7% from the current budget and almost $221,000 lower than last year’s 2009-10 budget. “We are going to operate next year with a budget that is almost 3% less than 2009-2010, while not compromising the integrity of the education provided to our students,” explained Dr. William O. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools.
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Middletown, NJ – The high-flying Middletown-based UltraTwisters Trampoline Team is home to seven United States National Trampoline Team members. Six of those UltraTwisters athletes traveled to the newly named US Olympic Training Site just outside Houston, Texas this past weekend on their first 2011 assignment representing the United States. Cody Gesuelli of Middletown, Audrey Ghanian of Holmdel, and Meghan O'Connell of Middletown were selected for the Junior National Trampoline Team. Two brothers from Atlantic Highlands, Jeffrey and Steven Gluckstein, and team mate Sean Kennedy of Middletown will compete this year as members of the Senior Trampoline Team.
(Back row left to right) Jeffrey Gluckstein (18), Sean Kennedy (23), Steven Gluckstein (20)
(Front Row) Cody Gesuelli (12), Audrey Ghanaian (15), Meghan O'Connell (13)
The three-day camp, the first this season for the US national team, included three daily workouts along with the other national team members from all over the country.
Ultra Twisters Head Coach Tatiana Kovaleva, four-time World Trampoline Champion, and Assistant Coach Kyle Bowen, former US Team Member and Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete, were among the coaches invited to the training camp.