LONG BRANCH: The evening to celebrate the peace and joys that any community would love was at Slocum Park in the city on Tuesday evening.
Hundreds of families filled the park with playful activities, super food, and exhibits that parallel a great circus program. Those who provide safety and support to a happy town were at the gathering to meet the people of the city and show off their wares, from the “Touch the Truck” to trained police dogs that provide the special services for which they have been groomed.
The sadness of the evening was the memory of the violence that took the lives of a Joan Colbert, a local woman and her foster child only the week before. As the evening began, Assistant County Prosecutor Marc Lemieux addressed the group to remind them of the loss of a neighbor and to assure all that the County and Long Branch law enforcement will continue their efforts until the person or persons responsible are brought to justice. He asked for public support and gave the number to call for anyone who had information.
The audience was reminded, to that all calls would be private, no names taken, and no follow up approach and questioning of those calling. The numbers are: County Crime Stoppers 1-800-671-4400 and then dial 274637. Or contact Long Branch Police at 732-222-1000. There is a cash award of up to $5,000 for information leading to arrest.
Organizations with displays on hand were: Monmouth County Family Health Center, MOCEANS, Long Branch Covenant Church, Rook Coffee, LB Recreation, 180 Turning Lives Around, Prevention First, Afrobrazilian Martial Arts, Long Branch Public Works, Fire Department, First Aid, Police Explorers, Emergency Management Team, Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical, LB Crime Stoppers of Monmouth County, Neighborhood Watch of Long Branch and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department.