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News from Monmouth County, New Jersey

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    The entrepreneur whose fitness centers are everywhere is trying to offload nearly $6M in property

    It appears the man behind the "More fitness, less money" philosophy has turned that into some serious cash, to judge by the two New Jersey homes he is now looking to sell.

    Retro Fitness founder and CEO Eric Casaburi, a Marlboro native who launched the first Retro Fitness gym in Ocean County in 2004 (there are now 62 New Jersey locations and more than 100 nationwide) and has opened five Let's YO! locations, has two multi-million dollar homes currently on the market.

    The first home is a sprawling estate in Colts Neck currently priced at $3.6 million. Located on nearly four acres of land, a lengthy driveway leads up to the 10,000 square-foot home that is described as a "four-sided brick masterpiece" that sits on a private cul-de-sac, according to the home's listing.

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    Built in 2008, the home, which has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, features "meticulously appointed millwork and stone work" throughout, creating spaces that are ideal for "elaborate entertaining."

    To no surprise, the home is stuffed with Retro Fitness workout equipment in the large workout area.

    Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 11.21.41 AM.pngEric Casburi, founder of Retro Fitness, is selling his Colts Neck home for $3.6 million. (Trulia) 

    And while the listing boasts about the interior of the home and its ability to entertain, the amenities outside of the home may exceed what is inside of the four-sided brick masterpiece. The outside features massive patio spaces with an outdoor kitchen that has top-end appliances.

    The "lavish" pool area is highlighted by multiple waterfalls, a skywalk bridge, a lazy river, and a swim-up jacuzzi inside a waterfall grotto. Yes, there's a 50-inch television in there to enjoy as well.

    The home has been on the market since August. Property taxes for the home were $43,041 for 2017.

    A little more than 50 miles down the coast is Casaburi's 2,330-square-foot beachfront home in Surf City that is on the market for $2.35 million.

    Not nearly as luxiorious as the Colts Neck home, this property is all about its location. Separated by a patch of dunes, a private walkway from the home leads to the beach.

    Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 12.07.26 PM.pngThe view from the Surf City home that Retro Fitness founder Eric Casaburi is selling for $2.35 million. (Trulia) 

    The home, which was built in 2007, has a reverse living layout that includes elevator access to every level of the interior of the home. Another highlight of the home is a rooftop area with a hot tub.

    The home has been on the market since April. Property taxes were $14,592 this year.

    According to his website, Casaburi also has a home in Orlando where he vacations with his wife, Kim, and his four children. Retro Fitness is a $150 million a year business that serves over 500,000 members across 17 states. 

    Joe Atmonavage may be reached at jatmonavage@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @jatmonavageNJFind NJ.com on Facebook


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    Democratic nominee for New Jersey governor Phil Murphy will hold a series of rallies across the state in the final weekend before Election Day.

    TRENTON -- Kim Guadagno has her bus tour. Phil Murphy has Jon Bon Jovi

    And the son of Jimmy Hoffa. 

    Murphy, the Democratic nominee for New Jersey governor, will spend the final weekend before Tuesday's election holding rallies across the central and northern regions of the state. 

    That includes a rally Sunday in Asbury Park with Bon Jovi, the Jersey rocker who is also Murphy's neighbor.

    Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs banking executive, will also host a rally Saturday in Woodbridge with Teamsters President James P. Hoffa -- the son of the late Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. 

    Guadagno kicks off bus tour in campaign's final days

    Murphy's schedule also includes rallies in Plainfield on Friday, Newark and Parsippany on Saturday, Sayreville on Sunday, and Edison and Trenton on Monday.

    Republican nominee Guadagno's campaign is spending the next few days on a bus tour that will stop in all 21 of New Jersey's counties. Guadagno kicked off the tour Thursday.

    Bon Jovi has often appeared with Murphy in public over the years. Last month, he played a surprise three-song concert at a Murphy event in Atlantic City.

    Their families are also friends. In 2011, they went on a $45,000 boat trip in Croatia together, according to Murphy's campaign financial disclosure report.

    Meanwhile, Hoffa has at least one major -- if not tenuous -- New Jersey connection. After his father disappeared in 1975, a self-proclaimed mob hitman said the former union leader was buried underneath old Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands. That has never been proven. 

    Murphy, Guadango, and five third-party or independent contenders are running to succeed outgoing Gov. Chris Christie

    Murphy leads Guadagno by double digits in all polls. He also has a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage. 

    Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

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    Carfentanil and cyclopropyl fentanyl are capable of killing people, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office warns

    MONMOUTH COUNTY -- Two kinds of deadly synthetic drugs in pill form designed to mimic oxycodone have been found for the first time in Monmouth County, authorities said.

    Carfentanil and cyclopropyl fentanyl were seized during investigations in Holmdel and Long Branch, the county prosecutor's office said Thursday.

    Both were produced in pill form and are marked A/215.

    "The arrival of carfentanil and cyclopropyl fentanyl is bad news for everybody, especially those suffering with an opiate addiction in Monmouth County,:" prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a statement. "Although these counterfeit pills appear to be oxycodone, they can have deadly consequences."

    Fentanyl pill operation busted at South Jersey home

    A powerful synthetic opiate, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. It's intended use is as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals.

    Carfentanil can also resemble powdered cocaine or heroin.

    Cyclopropyl fentanyl, meanwhile, was linked to multiple fatal overdoses in Georgia over the summer.It's not supposed to be used by humans or in animals. It is mainly used for "research purposes," the head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in an Albany (Ga.) Herald report cited by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. 

    Gramiccioni said anyone who buys either pill is "playing a deadly game of Russian roulette."

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     

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    A back hoe hit the bridge over Middletown-Lincroft Road in Middletown

    MONMOUTH COUNTY -- One northbound local lane on the Garden State Parkway will be closed "indefinitely" for emergency bridge repairs, officials said.

    The closure north of exit 109 is necessary because the span carrying the Parkway over Middletown-Lincroft Road was damaged Thursday when it was struck by a back hoe being hauled on the bed of a trailer.

    Motorists should plan to allow extra time when traveling through the area, especially during the morning rush. 

    Several years ago, a truck carrying junk cars hit and damaged a parkway bridge in Ocean County. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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    Your one-stop shop for Week 9 info

    ESSENTIALS 
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    Matt Stypulkoski may be reached at mstypulkoski@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_Stypulkoski. Like NJ.com High School Sports on Facebook.


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    Everything you need to know about the playoff picture.

    The last week of the football regular season is here and the playoff picture is coming into focus. NJ Advance Media already has you covered with playoff scenarios heading into this week, but we are also be holding a live chat at 12:30 p.m. Saturday as the final games are played and playoff spots are locked up.


    Football power point analysis, 2017: Every section's playoff picture


    Tune into the live chat in the comment section, starting on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., as results pour in and we answer your power point and playoff questions. We will also be posting full projections below, as games go final.

    NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 1
    • Group 5
    Group 4
    Group 3
    • Group 2
    • Group 1

    NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 2
    • Group 5
    • Group 4
    Group 3
    • Group 2
    • Group 1

    CENTRAL JERSEY
    • Group 5
    • Group 4
    • Group 3
    • Group 2
    • Group 1

    SOUTH JERSEY
    • Group 5
    • Group 4
    • Group 3
    • Group 2
    • Group 1

    NON-PUBLIC
    • Group 4
    • Group 3
    • Group 2

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    A look at the state tournament.

    These are the tentative brackets for the 2017 NJSIAA football championships. The brackets are official as of Sunday at 5 p.m.

    Check the brackets for pairings and times for all first-round games on Nov. 10 and 11.

    NOTE: All semifinal and championship game dates/times are TBD. 

    NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 1
     Group 5
     Group 4
     Group 3
     Group 2
    • Group 1

    NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 2
     Group 5
     Group 4
     Group 3
     Group 2
    • Group 1

    CENTRAL JERSEY
     Group 5
     Group 4
     Group 3
     Group 2
    • Group 1

    SOUTH JERSEY
     Group 5
     Group 4
     Group 3
     Group 2
     Group 1

    NON-PUBLIC
     Group 4
     Group 3
     Group 2

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The New Jersey rocker played three songs at a campaign rally Sunday night for Democratic nominee for New Jersey governor, two days before Election Day. Watch video

    ASBURY PARK -- Less than 48 hours before Election Day, Jon Bon Jovi temporarily transformed Democrat Phil Murphy's campaign for New Jersey governor into a mini-rock concert Sunday night.

    The Garden State rocker played a three-song set in front of about 500 people at a Murphy rally at the House of Independents in Asbury Park.

    And he urged voters to turn out Tuesday to support the man he called "my friend, my neighbor" in the race against Republican Kim Guadagno to succeed Republican Chris Christie as governor. 

    "Phil is going to wake up every day and think about what's in the best interest of everybody in New Jersey. Everybody," Bon Jovi told the crowd about Murphy, who leads Guadagno by 14 percentage points in the latest poll. 

    "I wouldn't have stumped for two years if I didn't feel that to my core," he added.

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    Clutching an acoustic guitar -- and flanked by another guitarist, a violinist, and a keyboardist -- Bon Jovi played stripped-down renditions of "Lost Highway," a reworked version of the 1986 chart-topper "You Give Love A Bad Name," and "Who Says You Can't Go Home?"

    The musician has been bipartisan politically over the years. He allowed Christie to use his music at rallies during the 2016 presidential race and also contributed to the Republican's campaign.

    But Murphy and Bon Jovi are neighbors in Middletown, located about 15 miles from Sunday's rally. The rock star has appeared at numerous events for Murphy -- a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs banking executive -- in recent years.

    Tammy Murphy, the candidate's wife, called Bon Jovi "probably our best friend." 

    Bon Jovi told the crowd he's known Murphy for nearly 20 years.

    "We met as parents of school-aged children, here in New Jersey, where I was born and raised, of course," the 55-year-old Sayreville native said. "Phil came here from Boston -- the Boston area -- but quickly assimilated to the Jersey attitude and lifestyle." 

    A number of high-profile Democrats -- from Barack Obama to Bill and Hillary Clinton to Joe Biden to Al Gore -- have visited New Jersey in recent weeks to campaign for Murphy, a longtime deep-pocketed Democratic donor. 

    Bon Jovi was his first non-political celebrity to hit the trail for Murphy, 60. The campaign said Sunday's crowd included a mix of supporters, volunteers, donors, and people who called to request a spot in the audience. Many attendees likely weren't born when Bon Jovi hit No. 1 on the charts with "Blaze of Glory" in 1990. 

    The county they were in -- Monmouth -- often leans Republican in elections. Last year, the county went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

    It's also the county where both Murphy and his opponent reside. Guadagno, Christie's lieutenant governor, lives in Monmouth Beach. 

    "This is personal," Murphy told the audience in Asbury Park, a liberal -- and musical -- mecca in the Shore county. 

    Murphy played up the evening's rock-concert vibe after following Bon Jovi on stage. He struck rock-star poses as he yelled to the crowd about the need to make New Jersey more "progressive" in the wake of Christie's administration. 

    "How about equal pay for equal work?!" Murphy exclaimed. 

    He said he recently spoke to Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown on the phone.

    "I told him I want New Jersey to be the California of the East Coast," Murphy said. 

    And Murphy -- who was a musical theater actor at Harvard University -- even sang "Happy Birthday" to his campaigner manager, Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill.

    "Should've done that when Job Bon Jovi was on stage," Murphy said.

    The event came almost one year to the day that Bon Jovi and fellow Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen played sets to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on the eve of the 2016 election.

    Murphy reminded the audience that race didn't turn out the way he -- or much of the country -- expected. And he implored them to vote to make sure it doesn't repeat Tuesday. 

    "We can't watch that movie again," Murphy said.

    Despite the campaign appearances, Bon Jovi told the crowd that he doesn't seem himself running for office one day. 

    "I have to tell you: It's a noble position. Not one I would ever want," he said. 

    "I say that only half-jokingly," the rocker added.

    Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.


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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    Here is this week's collection of some of the dogs and cats in need of adoption in New Jersey.

    We are now accepting dogs and cats to appear in the gallery from nonprofit shelters and rescues throughout New Jersey.

    If a group wishes to participate in this weekly gallery on nj.com, please contact Greg Hatala at ghatala@starledger.com or call 973-836-4922.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    From a legendary radio broadcast to gruesome murders, these are some of the most infamous events in New Jersey history.


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    It's time the Jersey underground spotlight shone down on Hodera

    LONG BRANCH -- Mention Montclair's burgeoning rock scene to someone who knows and you'll likely hear about Pinegrove, the idiosyncratic progeny of indie faves Wilco and Pavement that in the past two years has come to rival The Front Bottoms and Real Estate as one of New Jersey's most prominent contributions to the alternative zeitgeist. 

    But the conversation is shifting. Following an impassioned, genuinely devastating album released two weeks ago, the time has come for the Jersey underground spotlight to shine down on Hodera, another Montclair band primed to unseat Pinegrove -- and every other blooming local group -- as the state's must-hear rock act of the moment.

    This isn't a "good for a local band" or "good for a New Jersey band" situation -- Hodera is just plain good and listeners beyond our borders have taken notice. The band's new, sophomore LP "First Things First" cracked the Billboard albums chart last week, a first for the earnest alt-rock outfit.

    The North Jersey four-piece celebrated the record Friday night with a packed-full album release show at Brighton Bar in Long Branch, the first night in a month-long East Coast tour to showcase what is, for my money, the best New Jersey band album of 2017 (I'd still mark Maplewood R&B star SZA's sharp breakthrough "CTRL" as best overall). 

    A crowd of 100 or so fans cradling cans of PBR filled the small club, bopping and nodding along with the fervent singer Matthew Smith, who had smeared eye-black down his cheeks and donned a red bandana, Springsteen style. For what it's worth, the bar sits, as the crow flies, only about 700 feet from The Boss's old West End Court bungalow where "Born To Run" was famously written. 

    New #Hodera tune "Out of Sync" at #BrightonBar in #longbranch

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    However, Hodera's music doesn't really corral any of that chest-pounding influence; instead it's fueled by the same sort of folksy framework, twisting verses and emo-rock lament that made early The Front Bottoms records go, only with more traditional instrumentation: Smith sings and plays rhythm guitar, Doug Gallo noodles on lead guitar, Alek Mager plucks the bass and drummer Scott Tilley keeps very good time, even in transitions that dive into unusual prog-rock-leaning patterns. No keyboards, no brass. 

    Though perhaps akin to Springsteen, there's a yeoman-like quality to the band, particularly in Smith, who never changed out his blue Telecaster over the hour-long set, taking time to tune in between songs and admit that because the new album took a cool two years to make, its songs didn't feel very new at all anymore. 

    Still, the band played the songs like they were fresh off the practice room floor: the album opener "Out Of Sync," a song about life's balance or lack thereof, builds to an apex of self-frustration that sings: "I want to believe / That one day I'll be better / But the pressure won't ease / And I'm f***ing angry" before descending into roiling rock n' roll ecstasy, and the band framed the moment beautifully, blasting an explosion of white light to match the moment's drama. 

    #Hodera asks "Why Can't I Feel Better" in #longbranch

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    Much of "First Things First" grapples with difficult topics: self-doubt, depression, loss and love's darkest moments. But in step with Hodera's strong debut LP "United By Birdcalls," which produced two minor viral hits on Spotify in 2015, Smith and the group breathe so much darn life into the subjects that you find yourself listening in limbo, unsure whether to smile or cry as Smith rattles off inquiries in his low, post-grungy tone: "I could tell that you could tell that there was something wrong with me -- is there something wrong with me?" 

    Tinges of post-hardcore, even country, blend into the angsty stew, and like emo stalwarts Brand New, the band's songwriting is deft in its placement of hooks -- both slow and fast choruses with which you can't help but sing along, however maudlin they might be. 

    With that, if you're already lamenting Brand New's announcement that 2018 will be the band's final year, invest some time in Hodera and find a new, dynamic and smart band on the rise, with whom you can go get plenty sad.

    Breath easy with #Hodera at #BrightonBar in LongBranch

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    Bobby Olivier may be reached at bolivier@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyOlivier. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    A look at the upcoming girls soccer sectional semifinal games.


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    Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

    MONMOUTH COUNTY -- Voters will head to the polls this week not only to elect a new governor, but also local mayors, legislators, and board of education members.

    Scroll through the list below to see who is running for public office in contested races in Monmouth County on Tuesday. 

    The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check back with NJ.com/monmouth Tuesday after 8 p.m. to see the unofficial results of the races as they are released.

    Find all of our election coverage here.

    Monmouth County

    Board of Freeholders
    Vote for two

    Lillian Burry (R) 
    Patrick G. Impreveduto (R)
    Brian Wilton (D)
    Margie Donlon (D)

    Aberdeen

    Mayor
    Vote for one

    Michael Canberg (R)
    Fred Tagliarini (D)

    Council
    Vote for two

    William Sullivan (R)
    Augustine Toomey, III (R)
    Margaret Montone (D)
    Joseph Martucci (D)

    Allentown

    Council
    Vote for two

    NO NOMINATION MADE (R)
    NO NOMINATION MADE (R)
    Angela Anthony (D)
    William Borkowski (D)
    John A. Elder, III (I) (Allentown First)
    Thomas J. Monahan, Sr. (I) (Allentown First)

    Atlantic Highlands

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Peter Doyle (R)
    Susan Tidswell (R)
    Thomas F. Hayden, III (D)
    Jon Crowley (D)

    Belmar

    Borough Council
    Vote for one

    Joshua Vallario (R)
    Thomas Brennan (D)

    Colts Neck

    Township Committee
    Vote for two

    Thomas Orgo, II (R)
    Michael S. Viola (R)
    Jessica Soden (D)
    NO NOMINATION MADE (D)

    Township Committee
    Vote for one (one-year unexpired term)

    Frank Rizzuto (R)
    Alison DeNoia (D)

    Eatontown

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Mark W. Regan (R)
    Donna Mazzella-Diedrichsen (R)
    Jennifer Sherrod (D)
    Bridget H. Harris (D)

    Englishtown

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Cecilia Robilotti (R)
    Eric L. Mann (R)
    Steven Bloom (D)
    NO NOMINATION MADE (D) 

    Fair Haven

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Susan A. Sorensen (R)
    Elizabeth M. Koch (R)
    Christopher Rodriguez (D)
    Jessica Patel (D) 

    Freehold Twp.

    Township Committee
    Vote for two

    David M. Salkin (R)
    Lester A. Preston, Jr. (R)
    Alexander Wisienski (D)
    NO NOMINATION MADE (D)

    Hazlet

    Township Committee
    Vote for one

    Susan Kiley (R)
    Vincent Solomeno III (D)

    Highlands

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Greg Wells (I) (New Perspective, Fresh Ideas, Real Action)
    Kenneth R. Braswell (I) (Levelheaded Leadership)
    Rosemary D. Ryan (I) (Levelheaded Leadership)
    John Coberg (I)
    Frank L. Nolan (I) (Leadership, Experience, and Integrity Mean Something)

    Holmdel

    Township Committee
    Vote for two

    Gregory Buontempo (R)
    Rocco F. Pascucci (R)
    Larry Luttrell (D)
    Barbara Singer (D)

    Interlaken

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    John Gunn (R)
    Mindy Horowitz (R)
    Margaret A. Maloney (D)
    NO NOMINATION MADE (D)

    Keyport

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Kenneth M. Howe (R)
    Roy Jimenez (R)
    Joseph Sheridan (D)
    Isaiah Cooper (D)
    Daniel Fox (I) (Fox For Council)

    Little Silver

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Dane S. Mihlon (R)
    Michael E. Holzapfel (R)
    Christopher B. Healy (D)
    Matthew Cohen (D)

    Manalapan

    Township Committee 
    Vote for two

    Susan Cohen (R)
    John P. McNaboe (R)
    Adam S. Weiss (D)
    Amelia Rendeiro (D)
    Hisham Hamed (I) (Libertarian Party)

    Marlboro

    Councilmembers-At-Large 
    Vote for three

    John R. Dwyer (R)
    Derek DeLuca (R)
    Patricia B. Branch (R)
    Jeff Cantor (D)
    Scott Metzger (D)
    Carol Mazzola (D)

    Matawan

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Michael Caldon (R)
    Joseph Urbano (R)
    Stephanie Buckel (D)
    Deana Gunn (D)

    Middletown

    Township Committee
    Vote for two

    Stephanie C. Murray (R)
    Tony Fiore (R)
    William E. Hutton (D)
    Tricia Maguire (D)

    Millstone

    Township Committee
    Vote for two

    Michael T. Kuczinski (R)
    Fiore J. Masci (R)
    Thomas F. Cantalice (D)
    Raymond D. Dothard, Jr. (D)

    Neptune City

    Borough Council
    Vote for two

    Barbara Shafer (R)
    Gail Temple (R)
    Glen Kocsis (D)
    Pamela Renee (D)

    Neptune Twp.

    Township Committee
    Vote for one

    John O. Snowden, III (R)
    Kevin McMillan (D)
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    The fight, which led to serious injuries, highlights yet another incident residents point to as a reason the venue, GameChanger World, is a problem.

    HOWELL - A group of security guards who removed an unruly concertgoer at a metal music festival held at an event center on Route 9 in Howell Saturday night were attacked outside the venue, according to police.

    The attackers fled the area before police arrived. All four of the security guards were taken to the hospital by Howell police EMS and the Howell First Aid and Rescue Squad, according to police.

    Police said they suffered the following injuries: loss of teeth, lip and eye injuries, loss of consciousness, bruises, rib pain, dizziness, headaches, nausea and blurry vision.

    The fight highlights yet another incident residents point to as a reason the venue, GameChanger World, is a problem. Police data obtained by NJ Advance Media shows the event center, which has a capacity of roughly 800 people, has kept officers busy since it opened in late 2013. 

    GameChanger World was hosting Loud Fest 2017 featuring 11 hardcore punk and metal bands on Saturday. Police said one attendee was creating a disturbance near the front of the stage while "moshing" -- a term used to describe when concertgoers slam into each other in what is known as a "circle pit."

    The security guards asked the man to leave, but he refused had to be escorted out of the venue, Howell police said.

    As the security guards were outside with the man, one of the guards was punched in the face and then multiple people joined in and began fighting with the guards, according to police.

    "They were repeatedly punched and kicked," police said.

    One of the guards was able to break free and call 911. Howell police were already heading to the venue, located on Route 9 south, after an off-duty Freehold Township police officer who was working security called them to tend to a drunk concertgoer, police said.

    Police said they will continue to interview witnesses and review surveillance video as part of an ongoing investigation.

    Police urged anyone with additional information to message them on Facebook, leave an anonymous tip at www.p3tips.com or contact Detective Sgt. Christian Antunez at 732-938-4575 ext. 2243/ cantunez@howellpolice.org or Patrolman Daniel Scherbinski at 732-938-4575 ext. 2660/hscherbinski@howellpolice.org.

    GameChanger World was created by John D'Esposito, the brainchild behind the well-known punk music festivals Skate and Surf and Bamboozle. He told The Star-Ledger in May 2013 that the idea behind GameChanger World, a mobile app, was to integrate bands and mobile games. 

    "If 'Angry Birds' was on tour, it would sell out MetLife Stadium," he said, referring to the popular, addictive mobile video game. "Well, what if one of my bands could become 'Angry Birds'? Wouldn't that change the whole equation?"

    The brick-and-mortar location opened on Route 9 south in Howell at the end of 2013 and caused a stir among local officials and residents.

    The mayor of Howell at the time, William Gotto, expressed concern at a council meeting in January 2014 that the event space, which has a capacity of 808 people, wasn't living up to its billing as a family-oriented business with small private parties and Disney-themed events.

    "It doesn't really match up with what he portrays on the Internet, so I have concerns about that," Gotto said at the time, referring to the GameChanger World owner. "I looked pretty hard to find Disney characters on his Facebook page and his website and I didn't see any."

    However, Gotto said in February 2014 that he was "satisfied" with the venue, adding that he felt there was proper supervision at the space.  

    The venue continues to create a disturbance for residents in the area, according to multiple postings on a Howell community Facebook page and police data. 

    Residents describe constantly seeing a police presence there, hearing loud music late at night and seeing swarms of teenagers running up and down Route 9 and crossing the busy roadway.  

    Police data obtained by NJ Advance Media through the state Open Public Records Act show officers have responded to GameChanger World dozens of times over the years.

    More than half of the police calls are for noise complaints and/or reports of a loud party, but not all of the calls are found to be true. 

    Nearly a dozen calls are reported assaults or fights. And in certain cases, police have responded to GameChanger World multiple times in one day. 

    On Dec. 27, 2015, Howell police were called to the venue four different times from 12:02 p.m. to 12:41 a.m. -- for an assault, noise complaint, theft and a township ordinance violation. 

    No one answered the phone at GameChanger World Monday morning. In a statement posted on Facebook, GameChanger World said its staff cooperated with police and that the security officers are private contractors. 

    "GameChangerWorld has never had any problems with any of our crowds over the 4 years we have been in Howell and tonight's incident with our security contractor will be reviewed and addressed so future incidents are avoided," the statement said. 

    A voice message recording refers to the venue as New Jersey's No. 1 all-age destination.

    On its website, the venue advertises for upcoming events for several rap concerts and GCW Wrestling.

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