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Monmouth County News Briefs, Aug. 24

The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has announced that the county has been awarded a reimbursement grant through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption and tourism through investments in EV chargers on county property.

“Monmouth County is thrilled to assist visitors and residents who have electric vehicles by offering six dual port level chargers in downtown Freehold by the Hall of Records and the county health department and another six dual port level chargers at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch as part of the BPU Electric Vehicle Tourism Program,” Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “This project will help those who have electric vehicles have charging options when visiting some of our local downtown areas and businesses.”

According to the state, the EV Tourism program provides funding for chargers at tourist locations across New Jersey, whether a downtown, the shore or an historic site.

“I want to commend our Engineering Division, Planning Division and NorthStar Strategies for their steadfast work on the applications to bring this project to the residents and visitors of Monmouth County,” Arnone said.

Installation and availability of the charging stations will be announced at a later date, according to a press release from the county.

 

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, presents “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” at the Monmouth Museum, on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.

The exhibition examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,” and how each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”

“Voices and Votes” will be on view through Oct. 2, according to a press release from Brookdale.

Brookdale, in collaboration with the Monmouth Museum, was chosen by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to host “Voices and Votes” as part of the Museum on Main Street program – a national, state and local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations, according to the press release.

“Voices and Votes” explores the action, reaction, vision and revision that democracy demands as Americans continue to question how to shape the country.

Exhibition sections explore the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens, according to the press release.

Brookdale will host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding of their own history, the joys and challenges of living rural, how change has impacted the community and prompt discussion of goals for the future.

To visit the Monmouth Museum, park in parking lot No. 1 on the Brookdale campus. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is free admission and the exhibit is open to the public.

 

A Hazlet resident has been arrested and criminally charged with breaking into his father’s home on Aug. 17 and attacking two relatives, killing one of them, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Aug. 18.

Ernest K. Kotey, 43, is charged with first degree murder, second degree burglary and second degree domestic violence strangulation in connection with the death of Nikoi Kotey, 77, and neck injuries sustained by a 67-year-old woman, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 17, members of the Hazlet Police Department responded to a home on the 300 block of Middle Road and found Nikoi Kotey unresponsive in a bedroom. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5:45 p.m. Aug. 17, according to the press release.

An investigation involving members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and the Hazlet Police Department determined Ernest Kotey had allegedly broken into the home via a rear entrance, confronted his father and physically attacked him, causing fatal injuries, according to the press release.

He then returned downstairs to attack his aunt, grabbing her by the throat until she
managed to free herself and escape the house, according to the press release.

Kotey was arrested at the scene and later transported to the Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township.

 

With the back-to-school season around the corner, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury is reminding parents, teachers and students to take advantage of the statewide back-to-school sales tax holiday that begins next weekend.

The 10-day sales tax holiday, which runs from Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, will make school supplies and other essential items more affordable for families and educators, according to a press release from state officials.

The sales tax holiday will apply to items bought in stores and online.

Tax exempt supplies and equipment include: (1) school supplies, such as pens and pencils, notebooks and binders; (2) school art supplies, such as paints and paintbrushes, clay and glazes; (3) school instructional materials, such as reference books, reference maps, globes, textbooks and workbooks; (4) computers with a sales price less than $3,000; and (5) school computer supplies with a sales price less than $1,000, such as computer storage equipment, printers and personal digital assistants.

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