Author: Greg Kelly

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Long Branch: Keys to the City

How old is Long Branch? It goes all the way back to May 1668. According to local folklore, five associates of the original Monmouth...

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The Trials of Dr. Carl Coppolino

While exploring my physician-father’s medical book collection at our home one day, I found an oddly titled one, The Practice of Hypnosis in Anesthesiology...

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Broadway: More Than Business

Legendary Road Awaits New Vision First mapped in 1835, first paved in 1891 — Broadway was where Long Branch did commerce. Historically, the road...

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Long Branch City Clerks: Some History

“A direct link between residents and their local government.” —Long Branch Daily Record The first Long Branch municipal clerk was R. Jerome Van Brunt,...

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Nauvoo — Start of Sea Bright

Sea Bright beginnings … It was first known as “Nauvoo” (Hebrew for “pleasant place”). And the shore area’s very first settlers — Nathan Woolley,...

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Sea Bright … Shore Shots

Technically, the borough is a barrier beach — narrow and long. Sea Bright, the land separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Shrewsbury River, is...

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Long Branch Hotels: Grand Past

Magnificent seashore lodgings from a city’s glory days I’m endlessly fascinated by the magnificent seashore hotels that sprawled along the Long Branch coastline. These...

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Elmer Fudd in Monmouth Beach

While researching Monmouth Beach history, I’m sometimes amazed by the caliber of people who have called this small community home. One former borough resident...

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Monmouth Beach History Archive

Here’s your chance to do some binge-reading about Monmouth Beach history — pick a link and have a look: • MB Founding Father — HERE...

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North Long Branch: Keeping Cool

It was known as “Fishtown” in Entertaining a Nation and marked as “Atlanticville” on an 1873 F.W. Beers map. I remember locals calling it...

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Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge Images

Photos of a shore crossing … Since the first bridge was opened in December 1872, a total of four have connected northern Sea Bright...

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Long Branch and the Presidency

Although seven American chief executives have visited Long Branch, I only dug deep on two: Presidents Grant and Garfield. Ulysses S. Grant: 18th American...

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