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August 2010

Stop Identity Theft!

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in our country, according to the FBI. One of the best ways to keep from being a victim, say law enforcement officials, is to shred any papers that contain personal information. Stuff that comes in your mail, especially those ubiquitous credit card offers, should be shredded, along with old bank statements and department store bills.

This fall, the county is holding six Saturday shredding events in county municipalities, according to the following schedule:


September 11 – Howell

September 25 – Long Branch

October 16 – Millstone

October 23 – Tinton Falls

November 6 – Atlantic Highlands

November 13 – Shrewsbury Boro

Note: Because of the anticipated heavy demand, the 100-pound weight limit will be strictly enforced. For more info, call 732-431-7460 or visit the county website.

Monmouth County’s endless summer is about to begin

No matter what the calendar says, summer does not end on Labor Day in Monmouth County.  


There is plenty of warm-weather fun to be found during September. The beaches are open, farm markets are bountiful, free concerts are still in parks – just as though it were the height of the summer season. A few twists have been added to the mix: beach bonfires, the Jazz and Wine Festival, flea markets and a street fair.

 Monmouth County’s endless summer is about to begin.

Garden State Outpaces U.S. Sales

According to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) second quarter 2010 State Resale report, New Jersey existing home sales have far outpaced the nation. Existing home sales in the Garden State increased 15.4 percent from the first quarter of 2010 to the second. New Jersey's resales are 29.9 percent higher than the second quarter of last year. The national figure for second-quarter resales only showed a quarterly sales increase of 9.1 percent and a yearly increase of 17.3 percent.

In addition, each of New Jersey's metro areas showed year-over-year growth in median home price, according to NAR's Metropolitan Area Home Price report. According to NJAR® CEO Jarrod Grasso, "This may be a sign of market stability. Even with the tax credit out of the equation, today's buyers can experience record-low interest rates and affordable prices. However, these conditions will not last forever."

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