Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Olympia, WA — November 22, 2011 — Macy’s Northwest and Macy’s Southwest, two of eight divisions of the retail icon, announced that together with its customers, it projects raising more than $1 million with its Thanks For Sharing campaign with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Boys & Girls Club staff do this by discussing the importance of education and high school graduation; recognizing academic successes, including homework completion, grade improvement and progression; and implementing educational programming that teaches members new skills and reinforces those needed to be successful in school. Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Macy’s share the belief that out-of-school time is an important factor in the overall education equation and the retailer’s donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will ensure a great future for the community’s young people. This donation will directly support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County with proceeds funding education programs that enable Club members to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve a great future. “We are extremely grateful for the Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaign since so many of the young people we serve need the most, but have the least,” said Joe Ingoglia, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. “We believe there is no better investment than our nation’s youth especially when it comes to ensuring their academic success, so essential to the prosperity of our community.” About Macy’s Thanks For Sharing CampaignSince 2002, Macy’s customers and employees have contributed more than $9 million to local Boys & Girls Clubs in Macy’s Northwest and Southwest Regions. Macy’s Northwest’s and Southwest’s campaign will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Thanks For Sharing Campaign is scheduled to conclude on December 31. About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) is a youth development agency serving school-age youth 5-18 years old. Founded in 2001, four Club locations now serve over 2,000 local youth with the mission of inspiring and enabling young people, especially those in greatest need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible citizens, by providing community-based Clubs that are safe and positive places for kids. BGCTC offers programming in five key areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. For more information about BGCTC, please visit www.bgctc.org. Through Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaign, shoppers are encouraged to charge a one-time enrollment fee of $25 to their Macy’s credit card, in turn, a portion of this fee will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County plus customers receive a 10 percent reward on most of their credit card purchases. According to the Education Research Center, only 69.6 percent of public school students graduate from high school on time with a diploma. BGCA’s graduation strategy – Every Member, Every Year – aims to ensure that all Club members progress on time each year to the next grade level.
Facebook340Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by North Thurston Public SchoolsThe new middle school is located in Meridian Campus in Lacey.The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Middle School #5 at noon on Monday, March 30. The event is being held at new school’s location in Meridian Campus, 8605 Campus Glenn Dr. NE., Lacey.The new school will be approximately 109,000 square feet, constructed on a 19.1 acre parcel that the district acquired in 2001 from the Vicwood Meridian Partnership through its Voluntary Mitigation process.Site preparation work at Middle School #5, including clearing, grading and installation of underground utilities, was completed in December 2015. Babbit Neuman Construction Company of Steilacoom has been awarded the bid for construction of the middle school. Construction of the building and site improvements has recently begun, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2016.The overall project budget is $48 million. The new middle school is part of a $175 million bond package approved by North Thurston Public Schools voters in February 2014. The bond includes school improvements at all 21 schools, including major modernizations of North Thurston High School, Evergreen Forest Elementary and Pleasant Glade Elementary. It also includes technology and safety upgrades districtwide.The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in Fall of 2016. That opening will complete the district’s transition to a 6-8 middle school model. To view designs and project details, visit www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/construction.
Facebook92Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyEarlier this week, Lacey Police Chief Ken Semko announced his retirement, due to health considerations. His last day with the City will be April 30.“It has been an honor to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Lacey. However, at this time, I must focus on my health and family,” said Chief Ken Semko. “I am humbled to have been part of such an extraordinary group of men and women in the law enforcement profession.”“Chief Semko is a well-respected, passionate law enforcement professional,” stated Lacey City Manager Scott Spence. “During his time with us, he’s made a positive impact on the Police Department. It has been a privilege to work with Ken in addressing Lacey’s public safety priorities.”Semko began as the Lacey Police Chief in February 2019, following 27 years with the Santa Monica Police Department. He started as a Santa Monica officer in 1991 and rose through the ranks, eventually serving as interim police chief.Recruitment for Lacey’s next police chief will not occur for several months, as the City must remain focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Police Chief Bob Almada will assume the duties of Interim Police Chief, beginning May 1. “Almada has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience,” stated Scott Spence. “The City is fortunate to have his caliber of leadership during this transition.”
Facebook260Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SafePlace OlympiaSince the beginning of the shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing, domestic violence and sexual assault cases have been on the rise. While many businesses have closed their doors, discontinuing services in order to comply with state regulations, SafePlace Olympia has merely adapted our business, so that the sensitive populations we work with can continue receiving the vital services we offer. In light of the unpredictable nature of everything surrounding Covid-19, we have enhanced our public communications, as well, to ensure that the community stays current to everything we’re doing and ways they can continue supporting us.In the past, we’ve offered in person legal clinics where people could get free legal advice, or get help filling out a form. We’ve postponed these services until further notice to keep our community, staff, and clients safe. However, calling our 24/7 HelpLine 360-754-6300 gets people in contact with a trained advocate who will give them phone numbers and sites where community members can still access some of these services. We normally are present at Providence Hospital to be there as advocates for people getting a SANE exam; this service has become an over-the-phone advocacy service that still provides the same resources and check-ins. Our emergency shelter is open to limited intake. For more information, anyone can call our 24/7 HelpLine at 360-754-6300.If people want to donate, they can use our online donation form or mail checks or gift cards to our PO Box 2002, Olympia, WA 98507-2002. We are also setting up wish lists to give people the option to buy online and mail their donations to us. Check our website and social media accounts for further information. During this time, we are not accepting physical donations or drop-offs at our offices.People can follow us on our social channels to stay informed of all our services:Facebook: SafePlace OlympiaYouTube: SafePlaceInstagram: SafeolyTwitter: Safeoly
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By Sharon HazardLITTLE SILVER – Living on the banks of the Shrewsbury River at “Boxwood Manor,” skating was a natural pastime for Harold Hartshorne.Harold Hartshorne, who was born in 1891 and died in 1961, took skating a few steps further. He mastered the art of ice dancing and became the 1937-1938 U.S. champion, and in 1943 he and partner Nettie Parnell won the bronze medal. With Sandy Macdonald he was the 1939-1941 U.S. champion, and an international silver medalist in 1942. He was the silver medalist, along with partner Kathe Mehle, in the 1944 Winter Olympics. (Ice dancing did not become an official Olympic sport until 1976; until then it was simply known as figure skating.)Whatever it was known as in the 1930s, ice dancing was an elegant form of synchronized skating that suited the long and lanky Hartshorne. With arms outstretched gliding his partner across the frozen ballroom, he was a natural and looked every bit at ease and confident on the ice as he did in other aspects of his life.Harold Hartshorne was born in New York City, graduated from Princeton University and served in World War I as a second lieutenant. Like his father and grandfather, he became a stockbroker on Wall Street and added to the family fortune.His brick Tudor-style mansion at the end of Oakes Road in Little Silver was built in 1929 and is now on the Monmouth County registry of historic homes. But back in its day, when the Shrewsbury River froze, another type of history was being made. Hartshorne used it as his own private practice rink, twirling and dipping his female partners around while attaining a world-renowned name as a champion ice dancer. He was the primary force behind the organization of a national ice dancing competition started in 1936, and won the title with two different partners for five consecutive years, from 1937 through 1941, leading to his two international wins. He was president of the Ice Skating Club of New York.Never losing the competitive edge, in 1953 he won the heart of Louisa, his fourth wife, whom he and skating partners had competed against in many previous events. After retirement he became a national and international skating judge and traveled extensively in that capacity.The late Harold Hartshorne, champion figure skater and Little Silver resident, used the Shrewsbury River as a practice rink.In 1961, when the U.S. Figure Skating Association realized there were not enough American judges for the World Competition in Prague, Hartshorne was contacted and agreed to participate. He and Louisa boarded Sebena Flight 548 at what was then Idlewild Airport (now JFK International Airport) in New York City on route to Brussels. It crashed, killing all 72 people aboard on February 15, 1961. An entire generation of athletes, coaches and judges died in the fields near Zaventem Airport.For Harold and Louisa Hartshorne and those who perished with them, it was the end of majestic glides across the glimmering ice in a sedate style that resembles ballroom dancing. In competition, partners are always in an embrace and never separated by more than two arms lengths while skating to music with a definite rhythm and specified tempo.In 1981, 20 years after his death, Harold Hartshorne was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. His former home, just off Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver, looks much the same today as it did when skating parties danced around its banks.All photos courtesy World Figure Skating Museum & Hall Of Fame
By Marion LynchYou’ve just finished a meal at your favorite local restaurant. Your server brings your check. Now it’s time for some arithmetic. To tip on the total, plus tax? To tip on full cost of that pricey bottle of wine on the bill, or is that too much? Maybe the service was under whelming? It’s time to get out your calculator.For those who are frustrated by end-of-dinner mathematics, bill-paying in certain New York City restaurants will soon be easier.Famed restaurateur Danny Meyers, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which operates iconic Manhattan restaurants including Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern, announced last week that tipping will be eliminated at the group’s restaurants by the end of the year, and menu prices will rise, in order to improve wages among kitchen staff.Meyer’s move is being closely watched by restaurants in New York and New Jersey, but are area restaurants ready to make such a change?Chef Nicholas Harary, chef/owner of Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, says he is ready to embrace the policy if it comes across the river.“It’s a good thing,” he said, adding that he believes it will improve salaries for cooks, who don’t benefit from tips.The standard pay for servers in New Jersey is $2.13 an hour, who count on tips to earn a living wage. An elite few make substantial incomes.Cooks don’t have the advantage of supplementing their pay with tips. They’re paid an hourly wage, sometimes starting at the minimum of $8.38, with pay for line cooks averaging $10-$12 an hour.Cooks, Harary said, are paid on a percentage of food sales. Since the recession began in 2008, most restaurateurs have been reluctant to raise prices even though food costs have risen.“They’ve been artificially held down,” Harary said, and as a result the pay for kitchen staff has remained stagnant.His cooks are highly skilled and in many cases spent years in school to learn their trade. The hours are long and the work is challenging.Three years ago, he looked at the low pay that cooks were paid at Restaurant Nicholas, and gave them raises“I decided that I’m going to make less money this year and raise the pay of my cooks,” he said. “Now they are the best paid cooks around.” Getting and retaining qualified kitchen help is easier now.There’s no difference to the customer price-wise, he says. A customer who tips $20 on a $100 check will still pay $120, without the math calculation at the end of the night.The state will see an increase in tax revenue from the higher checks, and servers will be recognized as professionals, rather than relying on the generosity of customers to make a living. A steady salary will help them when they apply for a mortgage or a loan.Tim McLoone, owner of a dozen restaurants, including the Robinson Ale House in Red Bank, McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch and the soon-to-reopen Rum Runner in Sea Bright, doubts a no tipping policy will work for him.He and his management team are aware of the pay inequities that exist in the business, and have taken some steps to change it.“Nobody here is making less than $10 an hour,” he said. That includes hostesses and other front of house workers who traditionally made $8.50.McLoone questions whether Meyer’s metrics will work in the long run. “He’s raising prices by 21 percent, but says he is giving 21 percent raises,” he noted. In his book, that won’t add up.The formula could work well in high-end restaurants like Nicholas, where a dinner check hovers around $100 per person, he said, but in more moderately priced eateries a 20 percent price increase won’t cover the raises.And not ever y server is making a good living, he said. On a good night in a high-end restaurant, a server can make $400, he said, but at lunchtime on a slow day in a typical restaurant, he or she is lucky to make $30.Like Restaurant Nicholas, McLoone raised wages because of the inequities in the system.“A lot of people who work for us in the kitchen work a full shift and leave for their other job,” he said.McLoone wanted to give kitchen staff a share of the tips, but it is illegal. That’s when he decided that raising their pay was the best solution.The benefit for McLoone’s is more consistency in the kitchen, with fewer employees leaving in search of a bigger paycheck.Marilou Halvorsen, president of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association, said her organization will host a roundtable discussion next month to build consensus on the issue among the member restaurateurs.In preliminary polling of some of the state’s restaurant owners, Halvorsen believes that a move to eliminate tipping won’t work for everyone.“If you pay wages to all your workers, what does that mean for taxes, insurance and other payroll expenses?” she asked. “Not only is it an increase in the wage, it is also an increase in payroll costs.” With profit margins for most restaurants in the “single digits,” Halvorsen said the change poses a challenge for many owners.The restaurant and hospitality business are heavily labor dependent, she said, and any increase in labor costs cut heavily into those slim profits.The minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 in New Jersey, and if tips don’t bring the hourly wage to the state minimum wage of $8.38. But Halvorsen said the average tipped employee makes “far more” than minimum wage, with servers making an average of $16 $18.Few, if any kitchen workers in Garden State restaurants make minimum wage, she said, and with the exception of entry-level employees, pay is at least $10, with prep cooks earning about $17.Chef Nicholas Mercogliano, president of the Jersey Shore Chefs Association, says many chefs are leaving the business, and low wages are just one reason.Chefs, he said, work long hours, weekends and holidays. “You’re always on your feet, you’re getting burned, and it’s very fast paced and a high stress level.” With skilled sous chefs making only $15 an hour in some area restaurants, it’s hard to make a living in New Jersey.He anticipates there will be an exodus of line cooks from New York restaurants to the fast food industry as minimum wage rises to $15 an hour, over the next three years.
Agriculture Development Board – Regular members (three- year term) – Jeffrey Foster of Wall Township and J. David Holmes of Cream Ridge. Alternate members (one-year term) – Ross Clayton of Freehold.Assistant Fire Marshal – (unexpired term) – Charles Shirley of West Long Branch and Thomas Welsh of Red Bank.Construction Board of Appeals – Regular member (four-year term) – Donald A. Clare of Ocean Township.Environmental Council (three-year term) – Jennifer DiLorenzo of Monmouth Beach, David Kostka of Colts Neck, Matthew Wooley of Ocean Township and Paul Johnson; Alternate members (one-year term) – France Karras of Atlantic Highlands.Historical Commission (three-year term) – Donald Burden of Shrewsbury, Randall Gabrielan of Middletown, Muriel Smith of Freehold, Ellen Terry of Millstone and Peter J. Van Nortwick of Middletown.Library Commission (five-year term) – Nancy Grbelja of Millstone.Mosquito Control Advisory Board – Regular member (three-year term) – Michael A. Gianforte of Brielle.Planning Board – Regular members – (three-year term) – Jennifer DiLorenzo of Monmouth Beach and James Giannell of Red Bank; Alternate members (one-year term) – Marcy McMullen of Holmdel and James C. Schatzle of Colts Neck.Board of Recreation Commissioners (five-year term) – Thomas E. Hennessy Jr. of Colts Neck and Kevin Mandeville of Matawan.Senior Citizen & Disabled Resident Transportation Advisory Committee (three-year term) – Barbara Child-Pigman of Avon by the Sea, Michael Marrazzo of Leonardo, Susan Moleon of Long Branch, Michael Ruane of West Long Branch, Stanley Soden of Long Branch and Carolee Trifon of Manalapan.Shade Tree Commission (five-year term) – Gary DeFelice of Red Bank.Transportation Council – Regular members (three-year term) – Elizabeth Barrett of Rumson, Anthony Garaguso of Aberdeen, Dina Long of Sea Bright, Eric Nelson of Manalapan and Jeffrey F. Vernick of Freehold; Alternate member (one-year term) – Edmund Thompson of Sea Girt.Youth Services Commission (three-year term) – Laurie Gerhardt, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Dr. Martin Krupnick of Freehold, Timothy McCorkell of Brielle and Monmouth County Courthouse Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy. FREEHOLD – The new freeholder director of Monmouth County is Lillian Burry, and the freeholder deputy director is John P. Curley.The longtime freeholders were sworn in at the 2017 organization meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 5 at Biotechnology High School.“I am honored to lead as freeholder director, and I promise to work tirelessly in the year ahead to make 2017 a successful year in Monmouth County,” said Burry. “I am proud to serve on a freeholder board whose members are truly devoted to making better lives and a stronger economy for the people of Monmouth County.”“As 2017 deputy director, I am humbled and excited to begin my eighth year as a county freeholder,” said Curley. “I plan to continue our hard work from 2016 and strive for an even greater new year.”Other county level elected officials were also sworn in. It will be the third term for freeholders Thomas A. Arnone, second full term for Serena DiMaso, third three-year term for Sheriff Shaun Golden and third five-year term for County Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters.“I consider it the ultimate privilege to continue to serve Monmouth County,” said DiMaso. “I am humbled by the residents’ vote of confidence and I look forward to continuing the important work the freeholder board does.”Following a business meeting that appointed the freeholder and citizen members to more than two dozen county boards and commissions, each of the freeholders delivered remarks that acknowledged the accomplishments of 2016 and offered a look at what is ahead for the county in 2017. Freeholder Arnone was thanked for his leadership as director of the 2016 freeholder board.“I am in debt to the talented people who work for Monmouth County. My year as director would not have been as successful without all of you,” said Arnone. “I look forward to continuing the forward momentum in 2017 and bringing some of the projects that we began in 2016 to fruition.” The freeholders made a number of citizen member appointments to various county boards and commissions that included:Addiction Services (three- year term) – Francine Acquaviva of Holmdel, Diane R. Aifer of Freehold, Mary Anne Ashby of Tinton Falls, Peter Dougherty of Ocean Township, James J. McGuire Jr. of Tinton Falls and Laura Von Glahn of Freehold.Advisory Council, Office on Aging Board – Regular members (three-year term) – Sharon Stark of Matawan.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – A long-vacant “eyesore” along Pinebrook Road in Eatontown is the latest Fort Monmouth parcel set to embark on a new life.The 63.7-acre former Howard Commons housing complex of 486 units built in 1953 in the Charles Wood Area, along with a 3,853-square-foot general purpose building, are on track to be purchased by American Properties at Monmouth LLC, part of American Properties Realty, Inc. of Woodbridge. The agreed upon price is $5.9 million.Plans are to demolish the existing structures and construct approximately 251 new residential units with up to 15,000 square feet of retail space, plus pedestrian trails, open space, streetscape improvements, and connectivity to adjacent sports fields. Adhering to requests from Eatontown officials, up to 200 units will be single-family, owner-occupied, detached residences rather than rentals. The remainder of the housing component will fill the 20 percent affordable housing requirement. Eatontown already has one of the largest numbers of rental properties in Monmouth County.Demolition and new construction should commence within 60 days of closing with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). Work, to include water and sewer mains to service the property, will be done in phases with completion anticipated within five years. American Properties has committed to creating 28 permanent jobs at the site or 13 permanent jobs if it opts not to build the retail component. The agreement allows the firm to use its discretion on whether to proceed with the retail aspect or devote that space to additional housing or open space.The company prevailed as the successful bidder the second time the parcel was offered in 2014. After the initial Request for Offers to Purchase was released in 2012, the selected bidder was HovWest, part of Hovnanian Enterprises of Red Bank. Citing higher than anticipated ground water on the site that would require modifications to its development plan, HovWest terminated their agreement.“American Properties listened to the request of our borough,” said Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly. “It was slated to be townhomes but we wanted single-family homes and wanted this proper ty cleaned up. We look for ward to seeing this.”“It’s been a long haul watching those ramshackle homes and the hazards that go with it,” added FMERA Chairman James V. Gorman.PLANS UNDERWAY FOR FIRST PUBLIC AUCTIONWhen the general public comes to a warehouse on the Fort Monmouth property at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20 for the first small lot auction of items left behind when the Army vacated the historic base in 2011, an eclectic array of items will be up for auction. The Auctioneers Group of Neptune is working with FMERA on the event.Signs, banners, coat racks, lamps, and decades worth of mementoes are among the items being gathered and categorized in advance of the auction from several buildings. A festive community day is planned with food, music, videos of the fort’s history, and more, including hats bearing the fort’s logo. Tours are also being considered but plans for those were not finalized at press time.“This promises to be a fun event,” said Rick Harrison, FMERA’s director of facilities planning, who added that more information will be available at fortmonmouthnj.com prior to the public auction.Also being planned for the public is a celebration of the fort’s 100th anniversary this June. FMERA staff has begun preparing for the event, details of which will be announced soon, officials said.This article was first published in the April 27-May 4, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
There were few surprises for politicians running in Monmouth County primary elections Tuesday. But despite lower turnout at the polls overall, more Democratic Party voters cast ballots in Republican Party-governed towns than last year.County-supported candidates in the federal races for U.S. senator and the two congressional districts comprising the Two River area all won by handsome margins. Candidates on the county level for the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders did not face primary challenges, although incumbent Freeholder John P. Curley will be running as an Independent after losing Republican Party support earlier this year.There was also only one contested primary in the 13 Two River area towns. In Atlantic Highlands, Republican voters backed candidates new to the political realm. See the results. By Jay Cook | Boms and Murphy will take on a pair of entrenched Democrats, Councilmen Charles Lero and Roy Dellosso, in November. The general election in Atlantic Highlands may prove to be interesting considering the recent pushback from residents regarding development on First Avenue and an ever-growing parking problem in the downtown.Voter turnout in primaries across Monmouth County was down this year (10.9 percent) compared to last year’s primary election (11.8 percent), but polling numbers show Democrats in the Two River area were active. Democrats outpolled Republicans in four GOP-controlled towns: Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown and Shrewsbury. Republicans, on the other hand, out-polled Democrats in Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Oceanport and Rumson. Democrats retained strongholds in towns like Red Bank, where they had a 4:1 ratio compared to the GOP turnout for the borough council contest.Related article: NJ Primary Results in Monmouth County After voting with his wife at Forrestdale School in Rumson, Welle said in a statement he’s “prepared to carry the Democratic flag in the general election.”He continued, “America needs a new generation of leaders with fresh ideas to fix a broken Washington. I’m committed to making Central Jersey the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”But that will be no easy task. Smith, 64, was first elected to the district in 1980 and has won his recent elections by sizable margins. During the last midterm election in 2014, Smith won with 68 percent of the vote, followed by a win in 2016 by a 100,000-vote margin.U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ4). Photo by Jay Cook“I will run on my record of providing constituent services that are second to none and for authoring numerous laws that make a positive difference,” Smith said in a statement on election night. “My staff and I are problem solvers. We have left – and will leave – no stone unturned in the pursuit of just and equitable solutions for tens of thousands of people wronged by a bureaucratic decision or mistake or misapplication of law.”Smith is seeking his 20th two-year term in the House of Representatives. During his tenure he has co-founded a number of different bipartisan congressional caucuses on subjects like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease and human trafficking. “My enthusiasm for the job has only increased over the years along with my experience and know-how in getting things done,” Smith said.In the 6th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat, staved off a primary challenge from Javahn Walker by winning an over whelming 87.77 percent of the vote. Pallone was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1988 and has been a steady presence in Washington.U.S. Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ6) Photo by Jay CookPallone will face off against Republican Richard J. Pezzullo, who faced no primary challenger this week, in November’s general election.In the race for his federal senate seat, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was victorious in Monmouth County despite winning by only 3,639 votes over Lisa A. McCormick. Menendez is running for U.S. Senate after he was indicted on corruption charges last year. The case ended in a mistrial earlier this year. Republican businessman and former U.S. Marine Bob Hugin had a compelling victory in the GOP primary to face off against Menendez. Monmouth County Republicans supported Hugin with 85.52 percent of the vote over his challenger Brian D. Goldberg.Quiet Yet Interesting Municipal RacesAtlantic Highlands Republicans pushed four candidates forward to challenge in this year’s primary and the pair running as “Regular Republican” came out victorious.Brian Boms and James Murphy carried the GOP primary by winning 65 percent of the Republican support against candidates Richard Colangelo and Penelope Morris, who ran with the Monmouth County Republican Organization. A total of 660 Republican voters cast votes on Tuesday. This article was first published in the June 7-14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. The Federal RacesOne of the more contested primaries across New Jersey took place locally as Democrats Joshua Welle and Jim Keady squared off for the chance to challenge Rep. Chris Smith, the 19-term Republican incumbent, for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District seat.Welle, a U.S. Navy veteran and former founder of a tech company, earned support from the Monmouth County Democrats, winning 57.68 percent or 10,941 of the 18,970 votes cast. Keady, a former Asbury Park councilman, won 42.23 percent of the votes.