- Category: Monmouth County
Staff at Monmouth County Consumer Affairs offers assistance
FREEHOLD, NJ – Credit cards and gift certificates are the gift of choice for many people during the holiday season. If you will be purchasing a gift card or planning to redeem one, the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs has some timely reminders to help you make the best use of your holiday dollars this season:
- Redeem your gift card or gift certificate as soon as possible. Gift cards and gift certificates are valid for at least 5 years after purchase, but after one year a retailer may charge an inactivity fee.
- Be sure to read the fine print before you purchase a gift card. Ask if there is an activation or shipping and handling fee. Also, some gift cards may not be used to purchase items online. It can make a big difference in how someone redeems your gift.
- If you are purchasing a gift card online, be wary of online auction sites. The cards may have been obtained fraudulently or may be counterfeit. Check each site’s terms and conditions. If you do not like what you read, buy elsewhere.
- If you find yourself with a gift card or gift certificate for a company or retailer that is no longer in business, remember that a new business owner is not obligated to honor the gift card you purchased from the previous owner. If you find yourself in this situation, contact the Department of Consumer Affairs for assistance.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On November 18, the Middletown Township Lions Club commemorated two years of service to St. Marks Kitchen & Food Pantry, Keansburg, by preparing a Thanksgiving luncheon feast for over 75 people in need.
Super Foodtown of Port Monmouth donated turkeys and trimmings for the 'Lion Tamer Third Thursday' Thanksgiving Luncheon. Pictured from left to right are Jay Sleifer, the store manager; Joseph Carhart, assistant fresh foods manager; Robert Collins, catering coordinator; and Lion Craig Finnegan, who thanked the Super Foodtown team in person
- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie continues to garner the approval of New Jersey voters despite strong feelings to the contrary. According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, 49% of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie is doing, while 39% disapprove. Just back from the Republican Governors Conference, his margin of 10 percentage points is a four-point decline from a month ago, though within the poll’s margin of error.
“To the extent that Christie’s national reputation is tied up with national Republican politics, it can hurt him with voters back home,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “He has thus far made his reputation on honest and decisive management, not solid partisanship.”
His 10-point advantage in his approval rating is better than his four-point advantage in favorable over unfavorable opinion: 45% say they have a favorable view of the governor and 41% have an unfavorable view. Moreover, three of four of those who say their opinion of him is unfavorable say their opinion is “very” unfavorable. Similarly, among those who disapprove of his job performance, two of three “strongly” disapprove.
- Category: Monmouth County
Online sale of used government property continues to be successful
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the fall Monmouth County surplus auction generated $310,802, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $1,922,283.
The county began conducting its surplus property auctions completely online in 2008.
Surplus property from the county’s Fleet Services, Bridge Department, Buildings & Grounds, Reclamation Center, Park System and seized and surplus property from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was sold to the highest bidders.
“This fall auction included an extended-time auction for surplus heavy construction equipment which resulted in more bidders submitting bids from many states,” Freeholder Robert D. Clifton said. “The 1994 articulated loader that sold for $25,000 had 49 bidders.”
Generally, the County has two auctions a year – spring and fall. The auctions are coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Division of Fleet Services with assistance provided by the Department of Purchasing.
“By continuing to conduct the surplus and seized property auctions online, the County eliminates the need to pay overtime for security and item pick-up,” Clifton said. “The online auction has made this process a revenue stream.”
The auction was conducted Oct. 16 through Oct. 27. As usual, vehicles made up a good share of the items that hit the auction block. Also on the auction list were office, grounds and turf and food concession equipment, heavy construction equipment and other miscellaneous items.
The auction was conducted by Auction Liquidation Services of Eatontown. A complete list of the items included in the auction was viewed online with pictures and descriptions, as well as terms of sale and other relevant information.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Thursday, December 9, 7:30 PM
Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Art historian Helen Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on the Arts and Crafts Movement in New Jersey Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Atlantic Highlands. The slide lecture will explore the history and continuing influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in England and became a major design and lifestyle force worldwide. "The Arts and Crafts Movement continues as an influence, today" according to Ms. Schwartz. "Life is different now because of what happened then."
Arts and Crafts style lamp lights the entry of a historic Atlantic Highlands home. Photo credit: Robert O'Connor
The talk, co-sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, will concentrate on both the history and the location of significant Arts and Crafts buildings and material culture throughout New Jersey. "Some of the major changes began here," says Ms. Schwartz. "And the good news is the material past is still part of the present. A lot of what happened in this state remains standing." Atlantic Highlands is home an active historic preservation movement, with several beautifully restored Craftsman-style buildings.
"The Arts and Crafts Movement and How it Changed Our World" will be presented on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm in the new Paper Moon Puppet Theater on W. Garfield St. just west of First Ave. in Atlantic Highlands. Ms. Schwartz' presentation will be followed by questions and answers and light refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5, $3 for members of the AHAC and AHHS.