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Week in News: Hopes High for Prince Harry's Visit

Check out the stories you may have missed from our Patch neighbors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Belmar Hoping Prince Harry Comes to Visit

Belmar- Belmar is hoping to get on Prince Harry's itinerary for a stateside tour the royal has planned in May. 

The Prince of Wales plans to tour Hurricane-Sandy affected areas of New Jersey and New York.

Read more on Belmar Patch.

Former Port Monmouth Man Admits Guilt in Huge Illegal Growing Operation

Middletown- A man who formerly lived in Port Monmouth pleaded guilty today to leading a narcotics network that was responsible for the largest indoor marijuana growing operation ever shut down by police in New Jersey, the state attorney general's office announced.

Read more on Middletown Patch.

Investigators Still Probing Recent Long Branch Homicides

Long Branch- The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and Long Branch Police are still investigating three homicides which occurred in the last three weeks in the city.

The double homicide which occurred last month in the city is still under investigation as is the case where a Point Pleasant man was found dead in city resident's backyard.

Read more on Long Branch Patch.

Eatontown-Based Birdsall Settles With NJ Attorney General's Office

Eatontown- A settlement between Birdsall Services Group and State Division of Criminal Justice was reached on Monday afternoon for what was called a "civil forfeiture action," according to a press release from Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. 

Read more on Eatontown Patch.

Seaside Park Surf Shop Battles Back from Sandy Destruction

Seaside- Mike Colombo's warm and easy going personality makes it hard for those greeted by the Right Coast Surf Shop owner to realize that just five months ago Superstorm Sandy dealt devastating blows to his home and business.

The barrier island native and father of two is still dealing with the aftermath of the destruction Sandy brought to the business he has owned for over fourteen years.

Read more on Toms River Patch.

Over 350,000 Pieces of Debris Removed During 2012 New Jersey Beach Sweeps

Jersey Shore- Clean Ocean Action (COA) has released its 2012 Beach Sweeps report and announced that over 350,000 pieces of debris were removed from New Jersey beaches in 2012.

In April and October, 6,926 volunteers gathered at various beaches and collected the debris so it could tabulated by COA.

Read more on Ocean City Patch.

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