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Grief counselors and a memorial service for the fifth-grader killed by a car in Keansburg, the heroin epidemic in our area continues to spiral out of control, and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County news.

More than $30,000 in donations has been raised to help a Keansburg family pay for the funeral of their 11-year old son who was struck and killed by an SUV Tuesday afternoon. Danny Keough was a 5th grader at Bolger Middle School. Grief counseling is being offered to students and parents. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Forest Park to honor the boy’s memory.

Five lives this month alone have been saved in Ocean County with the heroin antidote Narcan. The nasal spray was used in 4 overdoses in less than 48 hours. Three of the saves occurred within 24 hours of each other. The fourth happened just before 11 Wednesday morning on Hollow Road in Forked River where Narcan was used on a 30-year old female. Two women in Seaside were saved Tuesday. Monmouth County officials are expected to get Narcan training next month.

Efforts to hold drug dealers responsible in overdose deaths continue in Ocean County. A Toms River woman is charged with manslaughter for allegedly selling heroin to a man who overdosed and died last year. 34-year olf Jeana Ganun is accused of causing the drug-induced death of 27-year old Eric Mills of Toms River last May. She’s the 5th person to be charged this year under the Strick Liability in Drug-Induced Deaths laws.

Two Toms River residents are charged with selling heroin inside a Fischer Boulevard business. Cops watched the deal unfold and arrested 25-year old Dana Matrano and Albert Palmieri Monday. The buyer, 28-year old Michael Lord of Lavalette, also was arrested.

Another red flag warning for our entire state today. The high winds and dry conditions increase the likelihood of brush fires. The warning is in effect from 10 am – 8 pm. Be careful with fire pits, outdoor grills, lighting materials and cigarettes.

Ortley Beach Surf Club owner Joey Harrison is suing a North Jersey demolition firm for breaking a contract agreement to tear the bar down. It was supposed to be done last summer. People living near the Sandy-battered oceanfront building are concerned about safety.

Brookdale Community College could face substancial cuts if administrators don’t stop using surplus funds to balance the budget. That warning from Brookdale’s board of trustees. Nearly $5 million of the school’s $87 million dollar spending plan will come from surplus.

Governor Christie could face harsh criticism today about our state’s Sandy recovery efforts when he visits Brick Township for his Town Hall meeting. Christie has placed most of the blame on the federal government.

Sea Bright’s temporary firehouse might end up being located on property owned by a resident who owes more than $40 thousand in back taxes. Residents are up in arms after learning the new spot at the corner of Peninsula and Ocean Avenues would cost Sea Bright $4,500 a month to rent. The borough’s Sandy damaged firehouse was condemned.

A $25 million beach replenishment project is now complete along the southern Monmouth County coastline battered by Sandy. The federal project covering Belmar to Manasquan wrapped up yesterday. They continue to work on some of the beaches Avon and north.

Clean Ocean Action is once again launching its Spring Beach Sweeps this Saturday and you are invited to participate. The goal is to remove as much trash from the sand as possible. Over 4,000 people have registerd to help out so far but more volunteers are still needed.

You have until the end of the month to help the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County with a special food drive. Bins are still in place at Monmouth County library branches and Monmouth County buildings until the close of business April 30th. Those donating nonperishible food at libraries are also eligible for a free drawing to win an E-Reader.

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