Independent News Briefs, Sept. 9

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The Matawan Borough Council has authorized the promotion of Matawan Police Department Detective Brian Murphy to the rank of sergeant.

Police Chief Thomas Falco said Murphy “was the next candidate on the current sergeant’s promotional list after a competitive testing process, governed by local ordinance.”

The council members passed a resolution authorizing Murphy’s promotion on Aug. 5.

In related news, the council members authorized the hiring of Cory Nusbaum as a patrolman with the Matawan Police Department.

Falco said Nusbaum graduated from the 21st Basic Police Recruit Class of the Atlantic County Police Training Center as an alternate route candidate.

In New Jersey, an alternate route candidate is an individual who does not hold a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer, but who is seeking such an appointment, according to the Camden County College website.

“The promotion of Detective Murphy and the hiring of Officer Nusbaum are in advance of Lt. Patrick Walker’s retirement after 25 years of service, effective Dec. 31. Lt. Walker is currently using accrued time off prior to his retirement,” Falco said.


Westminster Church, 94 Tindall Road, Middletown, will host a free concert on its Great Lawn as a musical gift to the community from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 12.

The “Faith, Hope and Music Concert” will feature an opening set by the Good News Band led by Carl and Laurie Gentry with BethAnne Clayton’s son Paulie Reinhold, Ben Figuly and Billy Pisciotta. The headliner will be the Next Generation of Soul 12-piece Christian band.

Guests may bring their own chairs and food.

“Music has become an important bridge between Westminster Church and the community.  Our Music Ministry offers free program offerings from the popular Crossroads Café coffeehouses, to virtuoso performer recitals, to the Summer Service Soloist Series, to our annual ‘Faith, Hope and Music Festival,’ ” Director of Music Erika Sayar said.

Parking is available at the church. For more information and event updates, see the event’s Facebook page at or visit


Dr. Tejas Shinde of Holmdel has been named chair of the Department of Radiology at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Shinde, who joined Monmouth Medical Center in 2006, has served as interim chair of Radiology since January.

Shinde has previously served as director of MRI and MSK Imaging at Monmouth Medical Center. In this role, he developed a core curriculum and lectures for radiology residents and orthopedic surgery residents, streamlined screening processes to improve MRI patient safety and referring clinician satisfaction, and implemented multiple collaborative MRI programs.

Shinde is a clinical assistant professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.