MANTOLOKING — The results of an autopsy conducted on Meghan Kelly, the 5-year-old borough summer resident who died in her family’s pool Saturday afternoon, show the young girl’s death was the result of an accidental drowning. “It doesn’t appear to be foul play,” Deputy Chief of Detectives Mike Mohel, with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, said Monday morning. Detective Mohel said Dr. Hydog Park, with Community Medical Center in Toms River, performed the autopsy last night and determined Meghan’s cause of death to have been asphyxia by drowning and the manner of death to have been accidental. “It’s still an ongoing investigation,” Detective Mohel said Monday, despite the autopsy report issued Sunday night. At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Mantoloking Police received an emergency call from the Kelly family that Meghan was unresponsive in the family’s pool on Ocean Avenue [Route 35] in the borough. Meghan was transported to the Ocean Urgent Care Center at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 88 in Point Pleasant Beach, a satellite office of Ocean Medical Center in Brick. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., Meghan was pronounced dead. The Kelly family resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and are Mantoloking summer residents. When contacted Monday morning, Mantoloking Police dispatcher Beverly Konopada said the department will not comment on the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Saturday, June 4, homeowners in Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head and Mantoloking will participate in a town-wide garage sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a donation of $20, homeowners will have the opportunity to host a garage sale while simultaneously benefitting the 2011 Point Pleasant Beach High School Project Graduation. Project Graduation provides students with a safe, drug- and alcohol-free graduation-night celebration. Garage sale participants’ donation checks should be made payable to “Point Pleasant Beach Project Graduation.” Point Pleasant Beach residents who wish to participate in the town-wide garage sale should register at the high school’s main office, at 700 Trenton Ave. Bay Head residents are asked to register at borough hall, 81 Bridge Ave. in Bay Head. Mantoloking residents may register at Mantoloking Borough Hall, 202 Downer Ave. Municipal garage sale permit fees will be waived for town-wide garage sale participants. Participants’ addresses will be placed on town-wide garage sale maps that will be made available to the public on June 4 at the participating towns’ borough halls, all Point Pleasant Beach 7-11 convenience stores, and Curtis’ Central Market and Applegate’s Hardware, in Bay Head. Balloons to mark participating town-wide garage sale houses will be available at Point Pleasant Beach Borough Hall, on New Jersey Avenue, the morning of the event. Balloons can be delivered to participating homes if the homeowner is not available to pick one up. For more information about the June 4 town-wide garage sale to benefit the Point Pleasant Beach High School Project Graduation, call 732-701-0403.
Mantoloking resident Linda Hejduk has artwork on display at The Brielle Public Library through the end of March.Ms. Hejduk is the president of the Manasquan River Group of Artists [MRGA], which has a long history in the area – dating back to 1938.The MRGA hosted a reception recently at the library, where the works of 43 artists, including Ms. Hejduk, were placed on display.
The reception was held Saturday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., and included an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.The MRGA Ad Hoc Exhibition Committee is comprised of Ms. Hejduk, the president, along with vice president Vinnie Nardone and member Louis Riccio. Joanne Zezula served as the group’s refreshments organizer. Artists brought …
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The governing body of Mantoloking issued a statement this week addressing the recent removal of Chief Charles Grace Jr., who headed the neighboring Bay Head Police Department.Councilman Stanley Witkowski said Councilman Steve Gillingham, chairman of the public safety committee issued the statement.The statement reads, in part, that “the mayor and council have expressed unqualified confidence that the leadership of the Mantoloking Police Department and Mantoloking’s municipal finance officer have established internal procedures which minimize the chances of financial improprieties like those that have allegedly occurred in neighboring Bay Head.”Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford relieved Bay Head’s Chief Grace of his duties on Saturday, Jan. 15, after the chief was charged with stealing at least $500 from the local Policemen’s Benevolent Association [PBA].New Jersey statute states theft of items totaling between $500 and $75,000, is considered a third-degree offense, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.According to Deputy Chief Michael Mohel, of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the former police chief was charged as a result of a complaint filed by Detective Raymond Gardener, of the prosecutor’s office, for an incident which allegedly occurred on April 10, 2007.Deputy Chief Mohel could not comment on the exact amount of money Chief Grace allegedly stole from the PBA.The former chief surrendered his badge, weapons and access keys to the police department to representatives of the prosecutor’s office after being charged.Prosecutor Ford stated former Chief Grace was charged with one count of theft in an amount in excess of $500. The complaint alleges that the victim of the theft is the Bay Head/Mantoloking PBA Local No. 347.Councilman Witkowski said although Mantoloking and Bay Head are members of the same local PBA, the borough has not seen evidence of any wrongdoing inside Mantoloking. “We have no indication of anything improper,” Councilman Witkowski said this week.He, as did council collectively, expressed confidence in key borough employees.The Mantoloking Police Department, which Chief Mark A. Wright currently heads, has a long history of service to borough residents, dating back to 1911, when there was just one police officer.There are currently seven officers in Mantoloking, including Chief Wright. Lt. John Barcus is next in command, followed by Sgt. Gino Saccone. There are four officers who also serve as members of the department: William Shewan, Stacy Ferris, Jon Meyer and Scott Dryburgh.“My colleagues on the council and I want Mantoloking citizens and taxpayers to know that we have insisted that money and related matters in borough hall be managed in a way that protects them from loss and embarrassment,” Mayor Nebel recently stated.
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