Monmouth County News Briefs, Aug. 17


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New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and the Eastern Transportation Coalition are asking residents to participate in a Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF) pilot program.

Drivers who participate can earn $100 and will help policy makers explore potential alternatives to the fuel tax to maintain New Jersey’s roads and bridges, according to a press release.

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Currently, transportation infrastructure in New Jersey is funded largely from a fuel tax paid by drivers on each gallon of gas they buy at the pump. As vehicles go farther on less fuel, and with some people not using any gas at all, it will be harder to maintain a well-functioning transportation system, according to the press release.

A Mileage-Based User Fee approach means each driver would pay based on the miles they drive, instead of paying a tax on the fuel they buy. This could provide an alternative approach for funding transportation projects based on how much an individual drives, regardless of the type of vehicle, according to the press release.

The program is open to all New Jersey residents with a valid driver’s license and a vehicle. When a volunteer enrolls, they are given a small device to plug into their vehicle that records only their mileage. After a few months of driving the participant mails the device back. There are strict privacy protection measures in place to safeguard personal data, according to the press release.

Individuals can enroll by visiting

For more information, watch the video at


Alliance Health System (AHS) has announced that the 2022 JAR of Hope invitational golf outing will be held at Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck, on Sept. 13.

AHS has partnered with the JAR of Hope charity for this event to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Sponsors include Bank
of Montreal, Ferrari of Central New Jersey and Bentley Edison, according to a press release.

Sponsorship packages range from $5,000 to $25,000. Last year’s event raised $53,050 for continued DMD research, according to the press release. The winning foursome of the event will receive a grand prize of $13,000.

JAR of Hope’s mission is to advocate for a cure for DMD, one of the most rapidly progressive childhood neuromuscular disorders.

Proceeds from the event will fund research on several new therapies aimed at increasing the quality of life and life expectancy of those living with DMD, according to the press release.

For registration information, visit


New Jersey state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) is one of 11 state legislators nationally to be honored by Mental Health America for championing mental health, according to a press release.

“It’s an honor to be one of 11 state legislators throughout the country to be recognized by Mental Health America for championing mental health,” said Gopal, who has sponsored bills that have become law to increase access to services and programs for people who have mental and behavioral disabilities.

Mental Health America cited Gopal’s work to establish a statewide crisis system of care, his efforts to increase suicide prevention training and his focus on school-based mental health education, according to the press release.

Mental Health America is based in Alexandria, Va. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals who are living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all people, according to the press release.

Earlier this summer, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County recognized Gopal with its Humanitarian Award in recognition of his leadership and advocacy on behalf of all those who experience mental health concerns throughout New Jersey, according to the press release.


The Monmouth County Park System is seeking entries into its upcoming Autumn Terrains exhibit. The exhibit, to be held from Sept. 16 through Nov. 19 at the Gallery in the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft, will reflect the palette, essence and aesthetics of the autumn season. Nontraditional and traditional renderings are welcome. Additional information and an entry form are available on The Gallery at Thompson Park page at The entry deadline is Aug. 26, according to a press release.


The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners is inviting families of Monmouth County Sept. 11, 2001 victims to participate in the Monmouth County Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony, which will be held at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook, 460 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Highlands, on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

“The Board of County Commissioners would like to invite the families of those who lost their lives during this tragedy to not only attend, but to participate in the county’s memorial ceremony,” Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “It is our responsibility to continue to remember those who lost loved ones and to honor the memory of those who perished.”

“Every year, the county personally invites families of those who lost their lives on 9/11, but we know people may move or there could be extended family who would like to help honor their loved ones,” Commissioner Ross F. Licitra said. “We invite families to contact our offices if they are interested in participating in the memorial ceremony.”

Those interested in participating in the Monmouth County Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony are asked to email Lauren Bumbera at or Danielle Banyacski at by Sept. 2, according to a press release.

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