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A landmark diner is shut down, and a landmark restaurant is demolished. Those stories and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County news from Townsquare Media.

Two Lakewood men allegedly gave a minor alcohol, then sexually abused her at a party early Sunday. Authorities say a guardian of the 15-year old girl took her to the hospital for a forensic exam. 23-year old Luis Pastrana and 22-year old Juan Carlos Chavez-Rosa were arrested at their homes.

Authorities are searching for a suspect involved in a fight on Seeley Avenue in Keansburg yesterday morning that ended with six people being arrested. All of them were treated for cuts and bruises and charged with rioting, simple assault, and disorderly conduct.

Governor Christie kicks off his Summer Town Hall series in Ocean County this afternoon. He’ll be in Long Beach at the View Park Gazebo at 3 pm. He initially planned to hold the event in Long Branch last week but it was rained out.

Property owners who paid higher flood insurance premiums before the rates were reduced will be getting a refund beginning in October. FEMA officials haven’t said how much the average refund will be or the total amount the agency will pay out.

Five people are facing charges after a weekend drug raid in Neptune. Police arrested 27-year old Keshon Fenter, 26-year old Keith Philpot, 50-year old Susan Philpot, 28-year old Antonio Ortiz, and 26-year old Antwan Ortiz for possession of cocaine, heroin and marijuana as well as stolen property and unlawful possession of firearms. Sunday’s raid was the result of a 2-month investigation.

The Broadway Diner in Red Bank has shut down after 18 years. The 24/7 diner closed yesterday following the death of one of its owners six months ago. A daughter of the late co-owner started the popular Toast eateries in both Asbury Park and Montclair and reportedly plans on turning the Broadway Diner into a third location of Toast.

Workers have demolished McLoone’s Rum Runner restaurant along the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright. The restaurant had fallen victim to Superstorm Sandy when it flooded and lost its dock, then, this past winter, the cold weather caused a pipe in the fire suppression system to burst, soaking everything inside. The owner, Tim McLoone, says he met his wife in that building and he plans to build a new Rum Runner on the same spot.

Seven NJ Boardwalks are among the Best in America. The Daily Meal ranked boardwalks using 5 criteria, including food options. Wildwood is third, Atlantic City fourth, Seaside Heights is 14th, Ocean City is 15th, Asbury Park is 18th, Keansburg is 26th and Point Pleasant Beach is 27th. San Diego’s Mission Beach Boardwalk and Ocean City, Maryland rank first and second nationwide.

Starting today, the NJ State Little League Tournament returns to Ocean County for the first time since 1994 and for the first time ever the Junior Little League Tournament will also take place in the same location. Berkeley Little League is rolling out the welcome mat as host. They’re hoping festivities over the 7 day event help boost tourism and the ongoing recovery from Sandy. The tournaments will feature two Toms River teams.

The 82-year old carousel at Casino Pier in Seaside is expected to fetch $3 million or more. A NY auction house has announced the carousel is up for sale, but will continue operating until bidding ends. It is being sold to make room for new attractions. The National Carousel Association says it’s one of only 212 classic wood carousels left in North America.

Do you think you have what it takes to become the Jersey Shore’s next singing sensation? How about the funniest? Or even the worst singer at the Jersey Shore? Those are some of the categories of the Jersey Shore Karaoke Idol Competition hosted by the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau this summer. They’re hoping to get over 6,000 participants. There are 3 ways to register and some of those include live performances at participating bars.

 

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