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Specially Trained Armed Police in Ocean Schools in September

  By DON STINE Specially-trained armed police will now be part of the security plan in Ocean Township schools, under a measure approved by the Board of Education on June 19. The board approved hiring one Special Class III police officer for each of the five schools in the district at an estimated cost of $50,000 per officer. “The cost will be a mutual shared-services agreement between the school district and the police department,” School Superintendent of Schools James Stefankiewicz. The Special Class III officers, who will be retired police officers, will carry firearms and receive special training for their…

The Challenge of Summer Parking in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park is bracing itself for a summer onslaught of visitors, following two previous summers when parking became scarce on weekends as beaches, downtown businesses and restaurants thrived. The installation of parking meters in the city has been very successful. Over the last five years more than $5 million has been transferred to the city’s general fund. City Transportation Manager Michael Manzella and Mayor John Moor sat down to discuss ways the city will be dealing with summer tourists and help them navigate the beachfront and downtown areas with ease. New at the beginning of…

Bradley Beach Attorney Resigns

  By PETE WALTON Michael R. DuPont has resigned as borough attorney for Bradley Beach. Mayor Gary Engelstad said DuPont decided to leave the position in order to spend more time with his family. The mayor cited the evening hours during which DuPont was required to attend municipal meetings as a particular factor in the decision. DuPont is a principal in the Red Bank law firm of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins and Stone. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and John Marshall Law School. DuPont served three three-year terms as a Democrat on the Red Bank Borough Council…

$1.1 Million Ocean Grove Boardwalk Replacement Completed

  The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has completed a $1.1 million boardwalk replacement project in time for the summer season. The new boardwalk stretches 800 feet from McClintock Street to Seaview Avenue and is now open to the public. “I hope people feel joy and gladness when they look at the ocean here,” said Michael Badger, president of the Camp Meeting Association. The Camp Meeting bore the entire cost of the replacement project. Badger said the boardwalk, once called a “plank-walk,” dates back in Ocean Grove, which was founded in 1869, to at least 1877 when Rev. Elwood Stokes,…

Asbury Park Officials Discuss Banning Plastics on Beaches

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Plastic pollution is being targeted up and down the Jersey Shore and Asbury Park may be the next beach town banning items made of plastic materials including straws and plastic bags. Two employees of the Surfrider Foundation, John Weber, regional director and Andrew Chambarry, chair of the Jersey Shore chapter, spoke to the City Council at the June 13 meeting asking them to introduce legislation either banning plastic items or charging a fee for their use on the Asbury Park beaches and boardwalk. “It gets into the food chain and environment,” Chambarry said. He also…

$12,400 Distributed by Community Hope Fund

  The Community Hope Fund of Ocean Township, a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to promoting youth development and supporting charitable needs in the township and surrounding communities, recently awarded eight grants totaling $12,400. The grants will help to financially support the efforts of shore area groups that strive to provide youth with programs and activities. These programs and activities build skills and behaviors which enhance positive youth development. The 2018-19 grant recipients are: the Midtown Urban Renaissance Program of Neptune; the Boys and Girls Club of Asbury Park; the Mercy Center of Asbury Park; the LEAD (Law Enforcement Against…

Interfaith Gala Event Honors Founder and Hospital Chief

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of Interfaith Neighbors drew a crowd of 400 to Monmouth University’s OceanFirst Bank Center to honor two luminaries of the Jersey Shore: Joseph Mamora and John K. Lloyd. Memora is founder and executive director of Interfaith Neighbors and Lloyd is the co-chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. Both men are retiring this year. The event, Decades of Dedication Gala, was held June 14 and will support Interfaith Neighbors’ programs. New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Mike’s, and Hackensack Meridian Health were lead sponsors of the event. The event brought…

New Look for City’s West Side Community Center

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There is a transformation happening on DeWitt Avenue in Asbury Park as the West Side Community Center gets a new coat of paint, new landscaping and fencing and a new gymnasium floor. Volunteers from such diverse organizations as Neighborworks, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch came to the center on Fri. June 8 working all day to make the old new again. The more than 100 volunteers climbed ladders with paint brushes, planted flowers and installed new fencing. Inside, the old, warped gymnasium floor was pulled up by a bobcat and plans for a new floor…

Lobster Fest Cancelled This Year

  The popular Lobster Fest held in Bradley Beach each year has been cancelled for this year. The event, which has been operated by the Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled for June 23 to 25 at the beachfront. “It’s very unfortunate,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “But due to legal concerns at this time and the fact that there is not enough time we have to cancel.” A lawsuit had been filed by resident Thomas J. Coan over the vote on the Lobster Fest dates. In his legal papers he alleged that the vote was not valid because Councilman Harold Cotler voted.  Cotler’s…

City Woman Raises $6,000 for Beach Badges for Asbury Park Families

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Family beach days are a tradition up and down the Jersey shore but in Asbury Park where 37 percent of families are living under the poverty line, paying for beach badges is just not possible. Asbury Park resident Lisa Marie Cramp said after listening to neighborhood children telling her, as she headed to the beach, that they would like to go too but can’t afford it, she decided to do something about that. She set up an online GoFundMe page to raise money for beach passes, collecting $6000 in just nine days. Her goal when…