Monmouth County News Briefs, Jan. 20

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties completed its 2020 Warmest Wishes Coat Drive for local preschool, elementary and middle school students in need.

Thanks to the generosity of 91 local organizations and individuals, 2,669 children in Monmouth and Ocean counties received a new coat this winter. More than 3,700 winter outerwear and holiday items were also distributed to children in 33 schools throughout the organization’s region. As a partner in the Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore initiative, United Way has now helped to supply its community with more than 5,000 coats, according to a press release.

“The Red Bank Borough schools are so thankful for our community partnership with United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” said Cathy Reardon, a registered nurse at the Red Bank Primary School.

“Their Warmest Wishes Coat Drive is an amazing program that provides new coats to our students in need. This year has been especially tough for a lot of our families and a new coat will help alleviate some extra worry. The excitement on our students’ faces and the gratitude from their parents when they receive this gift is immeasurable,” Reardon said.

For more information about how to participate in next year’s Warmest Wishes Coat Drive or the variety of donation drives United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has to offer, email Jackie Liguori at


As the demand for COVID testing in New Jersey grows, Immediate Care is now taking its service on the road.

The Red Bank-based company, which has been erecting mobile testing centers in parking lots to test thousands of people a day, is introducing a fully customized commercial van as a mobile testing site, according to a press release.

The van, which is staffed by a nurse practitioner, a medical assistant and a driver, is now making scheduled stops throughout central New Jersey, collecting nasal and saliva swabs of people where they live and work.

“When we built the mobile testing centers, we quickly realized they can’t be easily relocated,” said Sal Cannizzaro, CEO of Immediate Care. “So, we thought the best way to accommodate the smaller groups at municipal facilities or business locations such as restaurants, offices or warehouses would be through some innovation. That’s where the idea for the mobile medical van was born.”

The van operates from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, making scheduled stops in Monmouth County and other parts of central New Jersey. There is no cost to schedule the van to visit a place of business or government, or a neighborhood organization. There is also no cost for the tests, which are covered by health insurance or federal funding, according to the press release.

To schedule the van or to learn more about Immediate Care, visit or call William Schuler at 908-216-0784.


New Jersey American Water has announced that customers can now report a water outage, leak, or other water emergency online. Eliminating the need to report an emergency by phone, customers can now notify the company through the New Jersey American Water website or through the company’s online customer portal, MyWater.

All New Jersey American Water customers are encouraged to establish an online
account through the company’s MyWater portal. This platform allows customers to track
water usage, see real-time alert notifications for their service area, set up paperless
billing, pay bills online and more, according to a press release.

By creating a MyWater account, customers can report a water emergency online for their specific residence. Customers must have a MyWater account and log in to the account to report a water service outage or emergency at their residence, according to the press release.