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News from Monmouth County, New Jersey

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    A look at some of the top linemen, tight ends, kickers and punters in New Jersey this season


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    A wristband with the words "In loving memory of Kyle Richard Guidice" was found among the remains, officials said. Guidice, 16, of Brick, died in 2008.

    Items that included a memorial wristband for a teen who died in 2008 were found with a set of human skeletal remains discovered Tuesday in Howell.

    The bones were discovered in a wooded area near a collapsed bridge on Ramtown-Greenville Road by surveyors, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said on Facebook.

    A wristband with the words "In loving memory of Kyle Richard Guidice" was found among the remains, officials said. Guidice, 16, of Brick, died in 2008.

    Investigators have been in contact with Guidice's family, who were unable to provide any clues as to whom the wristband may have belonged, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Spokesman Chris Swendeman said.

    Other items found with the body included a Hybrid brand zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a watch, pants size 32/32 with a black belt, and size 8 Nike sneakers.

    There was also a dental bridge in the four of the skull's upper teeth.

    An autopsy and an examination of the remains was performed Wednesday, but the results were not available Wednesday night and Swendeman said he could not release any further details. 

    Anyone who recognized the items found or had any information about the identity of the remains may call Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Det. Andrea Tozzi at 800-533-7443 or Howell Police Det. Corporal Nancy Carroll at 732-938-4111.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Heading back to school through the years in New Jersey.

    This is a totally unscientific and opinionated theory ... but I think I know why it was harder to go back to school at the end of the summer when I was a kid than it is now.

    We spent more time outdoors. School takes place indoors.

    treeclimb.jpgClimbing trees, for instance. 

    This isn't a rant about "kids nowadays," it's simply a pragmatic look at the difference between then and now. Then, not as many homes had air conditioning as now; going outside didn't seem like a bad choice. There weren't as many things to DO inside, and again, I'm not making any judgments about imagination and creativity; there were only a handful of channels on TV and no videotapes or video games.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    I think the main reason we saw the start of school with foreboding was that we'd spent most of our time outdoors all summer, and school was going to place us indoors for a solid seven hours. Add in how many new advancements have come to the classroom -- technology, activities and, in many, air conditioning -- and I'd bet we would have been just a bit more eager to go back.

    Well, okay, maybe not "eager." Perhaps "accepting."

    Here's a gallery of vintage photos of the start of another school year in New Jersey. And here are links to more galleries you'll enjoy.

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


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    A new college president wants to clean up Greek life at this New Jersey campus.

    The party is over at Monmouth University -- at least for the time being. 

    The private college in West Long Branch announced Thursday it's suspending its entire Greek life system indefinitely, citing a series of "serious conduct violations," involving hazing, alcohol, drug use and lack of academic focus, according to a letter obtained by NJ Advance Media. 

    Monmouth University's president, Grey Dimenna, broke the news to the campus community in the letter and referenced a negative culture "casting a long shadow over Greek life at Monmouth." 

    "Over the course of the past several years, Greek communities across the country have faced challenges that have often resulted in tragic situations," Dimenna wrote. "I feel it is essential for us to be proactive in this area to avoid circumstances such as we have seen at other institutions."

    The move comes amid a national push to clean up Greek life, especially fraternities, following a series of student deaths related to alcohol and hazing. Earlier this week, the North-American Interfraternity Conference voted to ban hard alcohol in most fraternities across the country.

    Monmouth's decision affects about 750 students in seven fraternities and nine sororities, according to the university. 

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    University officials met with leaders of the Greek community in May to address concerns and asked students to develop a draft plan to address those issues, Dimenna wrote. The plan they submitted fell short of expectations, he added. 

    "This means there will be no recruitment, social, philanthropic, or any such activities within the fraternity and sorority community until we receive and approve an acceptable plan from the Greek Senate," he wrote. 

    Leaders of the Greek community were informed of the decision last month, according to the university. 

    Solutions need to come from the students, not from top-down mandates, Dimenna wrote. 

    "I am very confident that our Greek community will rise to this challenge and together we will develop an improved Greek community here at Monmouth," he wrote. 

    Staff writer Sophie Nieto-Munoz contributed to this report. 

    Adam Clark may be reached at adam_clark@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on twitter at @realAdamClarkFind NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Charlie Rogers, a Manalapan Regional HS standout who played for the Seahawks and Bills, threatened to blitz an opposing team's 11-year-old player until he was forced out of a game

    Charlie Rogers Bills ball Getty.jpgCharlie Rogers, before becoming an American Youth Football coach.  

    UPDATE: Rogers was reportedly let go from his coaching job at St. John Vianney High School as of Friday morning, according to the Asbury Park Press.

    A former NFL player could be suspended from his youth football coaching job in Matawan over an expletive-laden voicemail message threatening to blitz an opposing 11-year-old player until he was forced out of the game, according to a published report.

    Charlie Rogers, a punt returner, running back and wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins from 1999 to 2003, is the head coach the midget-class team in Matawan's American Youth Football program.

    Rogers, 42, who is also an assistant coach at St. John Vianney High School, left the message on Aug. 25, for Christ Schuster, who is a former Matawan AYF president and the father of the player being threatened, The Asbury Park Press reported.

    "We are going to blitz every (expletive) play util your guy comes out of the game," Rogers can be heard saying on the message in reference to the Oct. 7 game.

    Hear the voicemail Rogers allegedly left below.

    Rogers, who declined to comment, was angry that Schuster had pulled his son from the Matawan team and placed him in the East Brunswick program, the Press reported. Jersey Shore American Youth Football, the league that includes Matawan, will hold a hearing to decide what action to take against Rogers, including a suspension of one game or more, the report said.

    Neither Rogers nor Schuster could be reached. American Youth Football officials from Matawan, the Jersey Shore Conference and the organization's national office did not respond to requests for comment. Officials at St. John Vianny also did not respond.

    Matawan's local AYF program was criticized on social media for failing to take action on its own against Rogers, a Matawan Regional High School standout who as a rookie with the Seahawks in 1999 led the NFL in yards per punt return.

    And word of the controversy has begun to spread around the Garden State's youth football community. For example, the Manalapan Youth Football Association posted about it on the associations Facebook page.

     

    Steve Strunsky may be reached at sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook


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    Sean "Pretty Tone" Lambert had been released after a 10-year sentence for possessing a weapon

    An Asbury Park man was federally indicted Thursday on crack distribution charges.

    Sean "Pretty Tone" Lambert, 47, was on federal probation at the time of the alleged crimes after a 10-year sentence for illegally possessing a weapon. 

    U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced the charges in a news release.

    The feds say Lambert sold crack on Feb. 28 and March 9 from an apartment in a multi-unit building in Asbury Park. The March 9 sale was of a quantity greater than 28 grams, Carpenito said.

    Law enforcement were watching when the alleged deal of 30 grams of crack took place, according to a criminal complaint filed in March.

    Lambert has a prior conviction for felony drug distribution, so he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a maximum $8 million fine.

    Records show Lambert was released from federal prison in February 2016.

    He was arraigned Thursday before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's New Jersey office investigated Lambert.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at jbrandt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The company will try to find jobs for 124 employees at other Lord & Taylor stores

    The Lord & Taylor store in the Monmouth Mall will close after the holiday season, company and state officials said.

    Company spokesman Spencer Waybright confirmed that the Monmouth Mall location will close in January.

    It's one of as many as 10 Lord & Taylor stores slated to close across the country next year. Lord & Taylor said it will try to find jobs for the Eatontown store's 124 employees at other locations.

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    The Monmouth Mall store closure will "better balance the brand's brick and mortar presence with its online channels," Waybright said. "These decisions are never easy, but they are prudent for the company and we are committed to offering support and assistance to our team affected by the closing."

    Companies with more than 100 employees must notify the state Department of Labor and Workforce Department at least 60 days before any planned mass layoff. 

    There are 13 Lord & Taylor stores in New Jersey among 50 in the nation. Nearly all are on the East Coast.

    The closing announcement comes less than two months after Eatontown officials approved a $500 million makeover of the Monmouth Mall

    The plan calls for a new mixed-use facility will include 700 rental apartments, dining and entertainment venues, medical facilities and retail. Kushner Companies and Brookfield Properties, which are partnering on the project, plan to re-name the property The Heights at Monmouth. No timetable has been offered for its completion.

    A group of local residents have sued to stop the project, arguing it violates the borough's master plan. The suit, filed in state Superior Court, is still awaiting a decision by Monmouth County Assignment Judge Lisa Thornton a year after a trial held in July 2017. 

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

     

     


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    An attorney for John Brogan sent a cease-and-desist letter to Michael Paulhus, who accused the recovery coach of extortion and aiding illegal drug activity in a whistleblower suit.

    A celebrated drug-addiction recovery coach is firing back at a former Ocean County assistant prosecutor who accused him of extortion and other illegal activity in a recent lawsuit.

    The prosecutor, Michel Paulhus, last week alleged he was fired for bringing alleged illegal activity by the recovery coach, John Brogan, to the attention of Ocean County Prosector Joe Coronato.  

    That prompted an angry response from Brogan, whose attorney this week sent a cease-and-desist letter to Paulhus and accused him of spreading false information for political gain.

    "Mr. Brogan has nothing whatsoever to do with this dispute," the attorney, Loly Tor, said in the letter. "And he will not tolerate the unlawful dissemination of any false information about him or his business, which serve no legitimate interest and are designed solely to distract from the actual reason for your termination and cause Mr. Brogan harm."

    In a tort claim filed last week against Coronato, Paulhus said he was fired shortly after informing the prosecutor of alleged illegal activity by Brogan, including shepherding a woman to acquire drugs so she would be accepted into a rehab facility. 

    In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Brogan called the allegations baseless. 

    "This is clearly politically motivated by a Democratic individual who was trying to cover the facts of why he was really fired," said Brogan, who runs Lifeline Recovery Support Services. "We've had hundreds and hundreds of success stories and we've never had a complaint." 

    The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has said Paulhus was terminated for creating a "hostile work environment," but declined to elaborate. It's unclear what evidence Paulhus' attorney plans to present in connection with the claim, and he has declined to elaborate on his court filings.

    Pat Healy, who has been the clinical director at Brogan's company for two years, defended Brogan. 

    "I've been in this business for 44 years," Healy said. "I'd like to think I'm a pretty good judge. I would put my name and my licenses on the fact that John Brogan and Joe Coronato are two of the finest men I've ever worked with." 

    Brogan, who is in recovery from opioid addiction himself, has been lauded by many, including former governors Chris Christie and James E. McGreevey. He's worked with several groups around the state, including Monmouth and Ocean counties, and became the face of the recovery coach program after being spotlighted in one of Christie's State-of-the-State speeches

    Stephen Stirling may be reached at sstirling@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @sstirling. Find him on Facebook.

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