Middletown Art & Yoga Workshops; Belmar Bar Settles For $1.5 Million In Drunk Driving Death

Sources: Patch.com New Jersey; Jersey Shore Online

Beginning in November, Marilyn’s Place in Middletown, which provides a location for victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse run solely by survivors, will be adding art and yoga workshops to their monthly calendars. They explain in a statement:
“With the holidays being an emotional time for many, we agreed that bringing in the art and yoga workshops would be a way to encourage people to participate in more social activities.

Our monthly gatherings have revealed that simply getting out and having a place to come to for a cup of coffee and conversation has been so helpful to those who have come to Marilyn’s Place.

“Our meetings have been uplifting and positive, and we want to expand on that by offering other social options. In the near future we will be adding even more social events for people to enjoy.”

As is the policy of Marilyn’s Place, all events, meetings and workshops are free of charge. For more information on the upcoming workshops, please call (732) 962-3115 or email Marilyn’s Place at info @ BecauseSheIs.org.

8th Avenue Ventures, the corporation that owns the now-closed Belmar bar Connelly Station Restaurant and Tavern, settled a lawsuit brought on by the estate of Tiffany Soto, who died April 20, 2014. Soto’s estate claimed the bar continued to serve her boyfriend, Edwin Martinez, despite his being visibly intoxicated that night.

After Martinez got into a fight with other patrons outside the bar – he broke their windshield with a tire iron, according to a legal report — the couple left in his car, which a block away collided with another car before striking a curb and utility pole, jumping the embankment and flipping onto its roof in a parking lot.

Soto, a Howell resident, was ejected from the car and thrown into the Shark River. Her autopsy listed her cause of death as drowning and blunt force head trauma. She was 26.

Martinez, then 24, had his blood drawn two hours after the accident. His blood was .207, twice the legal limit. He pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and drunk driving and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016.

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