Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The vacant Broad Street location had its letters removed Tuesday.
With Morgan Stanley having recently completed an expansion of its Red Bank headquarters on Linden Place, adding more than 7,000 square feet of office space and 50 additional parking spots, the Broad Street home of Smith Barney had become a bit redundant. On Tuesday, crews and a crane set to work removing the Smith Barney letters from the facade of 89 Broad Street, signaling an official end to the independent offices of the multinational financial investment firm, which was purchased from debt-ridden Citigroup by Morgan Stanley in 2009. Employees located in the Smith Barney building have been relocated to Morgan Stanley's offices leaving the prominent downtown landmark vacant, for now at least.
While many downtown businesses got power back just days after Hurricane Sandy, it took nearly two weeks for all businesses to be restored.
Maybe there was a feeling of excitement at first. Just a couple of days after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and caused serious damage and widespread outages throughout the state, the lights were back on in the businesses directly across the street. Sure, those business on the northern side of Monmouth Street are on the same power grid as Riverview Medical Center, officials said. And, with the grid energized to get the hospital back online as soon as possible, the businesses along the same track were welcomed beneficiaries of the newly surging juice. On a separate grid, business owners on the other side of Monmouth waited patiently for their power to be restored. A few days without power turned into a week without power. As the remainder …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
New location opened Friday on Route 70 in Lakewood
WaWa celebrated the grand opening of its newest Ocean County location Friday by making donations to local Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. CEO Howard Stoeckel presented a $10,000 donation to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey while marking the opening of the convenience store chain's new location on Route 70 in Lakewood. "It's remarkable how people have been bringing the community back to life and supporting one another," Stoeckel said. A tractor-trailer containing 8 tons of food and disaster relief supplies was parked alongside the store. Over 260,000 meals have been delivered by the food bank since Sandy struck. The organization's treasurer, Lauren Holman, accepted the donation. "We can't…