FREE Webinar to Assist with Sandy Settlement Claims

united policy holdersResidents impacted by Hurricane Sandy whose homes were insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are facing a late April 2014 deadline to submit all proof of loss documents and comply with NFIP claim requirements. Homeowners who have not appealed or filed additional forms and proof of damages by this deadline will lose the right to challenge their NFIP settlement.  The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has partnered with United Policyholders, a non-profit insurance consumer organization, to host a webinar open to Relief Fund grantees, partners and New Jersey homeowners that will provide guidance on preparing these necessary documents.   The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm ET and will walk participants through the NFIP claim and appeal rules, and best practices for documenting and filing losses. To participate in the webinar register at:

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Homeowners, Case Managers, Non-profits active in Sandy Recovery &
Long Term Recovery Groups.

Please help them spread the word about the approaching deadline and this available resource to the families, individuals and communities you serve by posting it on your Facebook or Twitter, sending an email to your contacts, or alerting residents via flyers or word of mouth.  All Sandy impacted residents and organizations active in recovery efforts are welcome to logon and learn.

Highlands Corned Beef

I wanted to write up where the best place to get corn beef for St Pattys Day, but came to the conclusion, I make the best.

secret recipeSo here’s the recipe:
1- 4lb Corn Beef Brisket
12 oz bottle Guinness Stout (no substitutions)
1 packet of pickling spices (usually comes with the brisket)
1 head of cabbage
8 – 12 baby potatoes halved
salt & pepper

Put potatoes in the bottom of a large slow-cooker or crock pot. Rinse the corned beef brisket and place over vegetables fat side down. Add the bottle of stout, spices and enough water to almost over the meat. Cover and cook on LOW for eight hours.

Take out brisket and potatoes and cover with aluminum foil. Place cabbage (cut in quarters) in slow cooker and cook on high 20 to 30 minutes, until softened but still crispy.

Slice brisket across the grain, serve with vegetables & the rest of the Guinness.

Christie Administration Announces Change To RREM Program

The Christie Administration today announced a significant change to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program. The move allows Sandy-impacted homeowners in the RREM Program who are using their own contractor to get grant funding quicker for initial construction costs. It eliminates the requirement that previously forced homeowners to provide proof of construction costs before submitting payment requests.

“This is welcome news for New Jerseyans rebuilding from Sandy, and will help people get back in their homes faster,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable III. “As I’ve traveled across our state, I’ve heard concerns from residents frustrated about some of the more burdensome regulations on these Sandy recovery programs. We are taking a big step forward and getting rid of a requirement that has stood in the way of progress, and we are grateful to the Obama Administration for approving this change.”

The new policy, which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), went into effect Monday, March 10th and applicants will receive a letter informing them of the change. With this change, RREM grant awardees who are using their own contractor can request an advance payment for 50 percent of their RREM grant. Once a RREM grant awardee’s contractor invoices or provides receipts for eligible costs that exceed the initial 50 percent advance, the grant awardee may submit up to two additional payment requests for the remaining balance of their RREM grant.

RREM grant awardees must certify that they have a general contractor or design professional under contract and DCA must verify that the contractor is licensed in New Jersey and not debarred from work. At the time of the final payment request, DCA will conduct a property inspection to ensure that RREM funds were used properly and that items paid by the RREM grant award are complete.


Who’s Running in the May Highlands Elections?

voteIts “NOW” final we have candidates for the upcoming May elections for 2 council seats. (ah-hem)

The following people are running:

Chris Francy

Doug Card

Larry Colby

Ricky O’Neil

Rebecca Kane

John Urbanski 

Pick 2 Candidates:

Live in Highlands & Need A Room Make Over?

roominourhearsRoom In Our Hearts Offers Home Decoration Services To Sandy Affected.

Room in Our Hearts is a non profit organization dedicated to helping families whose homes have been affected by crisis. Their Mission is to re-decorate one room in these households and work with those affected to bring it from conception to completion at no cost.

Room request of each recipient are achieved by partnering with volunteers who are redecorators, artists and craftspeople who passionately work to create an individual space that brings back a sense of normalcy and rediscovery

The end result is a new space that send a message of hope to those rebuilding. Room in Our Hearts accomplishes this by using recycled, repurposed, and refashioned pieces of furniture and home decor along with new pieces as needed.

For more information on Room in Our Hearts call 732-620-4944 or  click here  to visit their website.

Army Corp Meeting Wed March 12

acoe Where: Highlands Elementary school, 7pm

Public is invited,

Area to be discussed for possible Flood mitigation ideas: old trailer park west of town to Snug Harbor

Note: There will be multiple meetings, as they are breaking apart in multiple areas. Mitigation tactics applicable in one area may not be applicable in another. Wednesday Nights meeting is for Project Area / Unit 2.

Areas are broken out as follows;

For info purposes, these were the Unit Areas as proposed by the USACE for planning purposes. When meetings are scheduled, some areas may be combined based on the uniqueness or challenges within the area.

Unit 1 – Paradise Park and Adjacent Property

Unit 2- Willow to Snug Harbor

Unit 3- Snug Harbor to Seadrift

Unit 4- Seadrift to Cedar

Unit 5- Cedar to Miller St

Unit 6 – Miller Street to South Street (Shrewsbury Ave properties)

Unit 7 – South Street to Bridge

Superstorm Sandy Survivors Focus Group


Superstorm Sandy Survivors

Focus Group

They are looking to assess the unmet needs of Sandy Survivors

Saturday, March 15, 2014

10:00 – 12:00

Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Field House

48 Avenue C

Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Come and Let Your Voice be Heard!!!!


Sponsored by the Monmouth County Health Department under a Social Services Block Grant from the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Local Public Health.

Christie Administration Announces Sandy Housing Recovery Center Workshop

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will host a Housing Recovery Center Workshop on Saturday, March 15, 2014, to provide personal assistance for applicants approved for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program grant awards.

Housing Advisors will staff each of the nine Housing Recovery Centers located in the nine most Sandy-impacted counties from 12 noon to 5 p.m. to assist RREM grant awardees with program questions and to provide additional assistance navigating the RREM Program™s process.

RREM grant awardees do not have to wait until the Saturday workshop session to get assistance,” explained DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “They can contact their program-assigned Housing Advisor during normal business hours to get a quick response to their questions and concerns. But for those RREM grant awardees who have unanswered questions, our staff will be there for you at each of the nine Housing Recovery Centers during the workshop.

The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program is the largest of the housing recovery programs launched by the DCA in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The program provides grants to Sandy-impacted homeowners to cover rebuilding costs up to $150,000 that are not funded by insurance, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration loans, or other sources.

The Housing Recovery Center Workshop is not for applicants on the RREM Program waitlist, those deemed ineligible for the program, or those appealing their ineligibility determination. Applicants on the RREM waitlist can call the Housing Recovery Hotline at 1-855-SANDYHM to learn where they are on the waitlist.

The nine Housing Recovery Centers (HRC) are located:

 Atlantic County, 500 Scarborough Drive, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

 Bergen County, 104 E. Ridgewood Avenue, 1st Floor, South Tower, Paramus, NJ            

 Cape May County, 3860 Bayshore Road, Suite 5, North Cape May, NJ   

  Essex County, 283-299 Market Street, Gateway Center Plaza 2, 9th Floor, Newark, NJ

   Hudson County, 438 Summit Avenue, 6th Floor, Jersey City, NJ  

   Middlesex County, 1 Metroplex Drive, Edison, NJ                       

   Monmouth County, 3 Paragon Way, Suite 150, Freehold, NJ

   Ocean County, 750 Vassar Avenue, Suite 1, Lakewood, NJ        

    Union County, 150 Morris Avenue, Suite 101, Springfield, NJ

Bay Ave Closed March 16 for Highlands Guinness Run

guinness run When: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2PM.

Cost: Registration is $20.00 and includes a t-shirt, a pint of Guinness Beer and access to the Post-Race Party at Havana Tropical Cafe with complimentary appetizers and Guinness Beer.

The race will begin at Havana’s, 409 Bay Avenue, where contestants will fill their cup and race to Miller St., and back to the finish line at Havana’s. The contestant with the most liquid in their cup at the finish line, wins the 1st Place trophy and $100 in Bid Bucks. 2nd Place will receive a $50 Bid Buck.

What is a BID Buck? — No Idea.. I think the important take away here, is you get a Trophy and Guinness. Now if you got a trophy filled with Guinness even better.

Kilts optional..

For those of you not into running there is a  Post-Run St. Pat’s Pub Crawl from 3PM-5PM, registration is $10.00 and includes a Highlands t-shirt and $3.00 Imported Beer specials at participating restaurants.

M&S starts garbage pick up in Highlands

barberie snow plowM&S Waste Services, located in Middletown, serving the Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey areas for over 60 years started their refuse pick up in Highlands Monday 3/3.

Being that it snowed today, and they still showed up, they’re off to a good start.

Ways to contact them if needed:




And the best film scene filmed with a Highlands reference is….

Highlands played a role in several motion pictures..  The nominees are:

Me and Veronica

Plot: A woman must get the kids of her estranged dead beat irresponsible jailed sister back from sister’s latest trailer park boyfriend and also try to cope with the fact that her sister may have serious self-destructive mental issues.

Click on Image to see Clip

Click on Image to see Clip


Plot: Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall. Featuring a Henry Hudson T-shirt.

click on image to see clip

click on image to see clip

Jersey Girl

Plot: After his career is sidelined from an unexpected tragedy and a personal blowup, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

jersey girl


Plot: An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loophole and re-enter Heaven.

Click on image to see scene

Click on image to see scene

The Gibson Goddess (1909)

Plot: A pack of admirers won’t leave a beautiful woman alone at a seaside resort, so she devises a plan. She appears in a leg-revealing swimsuit, but the stockings have been stuffed with cotton to make her limbs appear misshapen. All but one of the men is driven off, and regret it when she removes the misleading leggings. (I think that may be Huddy Park)







Guess what Month it is? Bring out your JUNK

bulk dayMarch = Bulk pick up in Highlands

Zone 1:    First Friday in March

Zone 2:    Second Friday in March

Zone 3:    Third Friday in March

Zone 4:    Fourth Friday in March

To see map CLICK HERE

Some Reminders:

Bulk items can equal 4 large items OR 4 cans

No Construction or vehicle parts

Bulk items should NOT be placed at the street until the day BEFORE pick up.


What’s Going on With Miller & Bay?

You might remember in November when 148 Bay Ave burned down, something else happened within the last week that is interesting, the apartments behind Andy’s Shore Bar between Miller and North Street were torn down.miller and bay

That leaves a lot of open space around Andy’s Shore Bar. Does that mean this St Pattys day parade is the last time you can go into Andy’s Shore Bar?

Only time will tell.

Highlands Awarded 1.5 million

bay aveHighlands was one of four towns that was awarded monies to assist with the recovery of their downtown areas after Sandy.

The grants are for replacement of old and cracked sidewalks and curbs, installation of pedestrian-scale street lights, bike racks, benches and trash receptacles to support the community.

Are you Confused Highlands?

At Wednesday Nights Council meeting, If you tune into the streamed meeting and fast forward to the 5.28 minute mark you hear about O-147-7 (Moving the nonpartisan elections back to November after the initial May election, which ultimately would horse quotesave the town money.) You remember the Non-Partisan thing right? 728 of you voted for it last November. That thing that takes out the Democrat and Republican labels off at the local level and opens up the candidate pool to others wanting to run for office. The initial election has to happen in May, then its totally feasible to move back to November.

Well, Councilman Francy offered up the ordinance to do this, and nobody seconded it. {crickets} Kind of weird since both Council woman’s Kane and Ryan back in November erected signs AGAINST the non-partisan with the premise that moving the election to May would just cost the town too much money.  Apparently they are not concerned about the money now.

But it gets better.. fast forward to the 24.15 min mark in the streamed meeting and watch to about the 26 min mark. Their rationale for crickets is, “Many people [contacted various council members] on moving the election and thought {the whole non-partisan thing} was just really confusing.”

First off, the online agenda that was put up early Wednesday morning, didn’t even include the proposed ordinance so who knew it was agenda feb19going to be offered up to proactively voice their confusion?  Second, 728 people weren’t confused on the movement or the election process in November, so it’s quite presumptuous on the council’s part to assume that most Highlanders are “confused”. Maybe I just have more faith in the intelligence of my fellow residents than they do.

When pressured on it, the council back peddled that them not moving it forward on it Wednesday night didn’t mean they were never going to move it forward, it just meant they were going to wait until sometime after the first election as to not  confuse us simpleton Highlanders.

If you are NOT confused, I suggest you write an email to the council with the subject line “I AM NOT CONFUSED”

Frank Nolan
Council President
Rebecca Kane
Kevin Redmond
Christopher Francy
Tara Ryan

Heroin Roundtable at Henry Hudson HS Feb 24

heroinIn lieu of the recent overdose in Atlantic Highlands  and the recent busts in Highlands, both Highlands Municipal Alliance and the Highlands & Atlantic Highlands Police are conducting a roundtable discussion on The New Face of Heroin.

Anybody is welcomed to attend. For more information contact Heather DiBlasi at (908) 601-5091.

7pm Henry Hudson High School