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Big Lots Store Opening in Ocean

  Big Lots will open its newest store at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Seaview Square on Route 66 in Ocean Township. As the nation’s largest broadline closeout retailer, Big Lots is best known for bringing customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Big Lots offers new merchandise every week that typically sells for 20 to 40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70 percent below traditional retailers. This new store will carry thousands of products available from everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys, brand-name furniture, Serta mattresses and extraordinary one-time closeouts. “When shoppers visit this new…

City Tavern Manager Dies

  Charlie Gurrera, the manager of Georgie’s Tavern on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park, died in his apartment Tues., Aug. 19. Gurrera lived in an apartment above the tavern where he worked for many years. An autopsy  will be performed. The cause of death is pending the results. The death is not being treated as a homicide.

Cameo Bar to Have New Home

  By DON STINE One of the longest continuing operating bars in Asbury Park, the Cameo Bar, is scheduled to be relocated to the city’s downtown near Johnny Mac House of Spirits. The building where the Cameo is now located at 1213 Main St. will eventually be put up for sale. Cameo owner John McGillion, who also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits also on Main Street, said the Cameo will be relocated in a building adjacent to an expansion project he has underway at Johnny Mac. The Cameo’s liquor license would then be available to use in both of…

Blood Drive for Neptune City Girl

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Central Jersey Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 3rd Avenue, on Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The blood drive is being held in honor of seven year old Neptune City resident, Lauren Blecki, who was recently diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells including white and red blood cells and platelets leaving the person fatigued and at a higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. During a Neptune City fun run at the…

In Asbury Park: Redevelopment Proposal Hits Snag

  By DON STINE The landscape of Asbury Park’s waterfront would change dramatically under a proposal by the City Council requesting that beachfront develolper iStar Financial allow lot-by-lot redevelopment at the beachfront by private property owners. The council unanimously approved sending a letter to iStar Financial requesting the company mutually agree to lot-by-lot redevelopment in the waterfront zone. “This should have happened 10 years ago,” said Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who introduced the motion to send the letter. “This will be a complete change to the waterfront redevelopment plan,” Asbury Park Director of Redevelopment Donald Sammet said. But Brian Cheripka, vice…

Police Will Have Chief and Civilian Director in Neptune

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to swear in a new police chief next month while a civilian police director will continue to handle administrative functions of the department. This ambitious new arrangement for the police department will be the only one of its kind in Monmouth County. This week the Township Committee passed a resolution to accept applications for the new police chief job. A search will also continue within the current township staff to fill the civilian police director job. Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom has been the acting-civilian police director since former Police Chief Robert Adams…

2 Police Officers Promoted in Neptune

  Two Neptune police officers were promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lieutenants Larry Fisher Jr. and Robert Mangold, both 26-year veterans on the police force, were promoted during special ceremonies. “Filling these captain positions is critical to our police department,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt Jr. said. Fisher has served as an officer supervisor for 15 years and was the township’s first DARE officer. He has served as a shift commander and a detective. Since March, Fisher has been managing the township’s Community Outreach and Community Policing programs. Now that he has been…

Celebrating Italy at Cultural Festival in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Arts Council will host an Italian Cultural Festival on Thurs., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Banquet Hall Firehouse in Bradley Beach. The free event is the council’s second summer event of the season following its very successful Shakespeare at the Beach, which attracted over 400 guests. Each summer the Arts Council brings education and culture to the community. As part of their vocal concert series, which began in 2011 with “Irish Festivity: A Celebration of Irish Arts,” the council is bringing together a group of professional singers from musical theater and…

Taxpayers Seeing Changes in Bills in Asbury Park

  Many Asbury Park taxpayers are seeing changes in their property taxes this year under a new property revaluation conducted last year. On the average, property taxes have increased because the properties are now more valuable, including commercial and some residential properties, City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. “The most likely reason anyone’s property taxes went up is because their property saw a substantial increase in value and was undervalued previously,” he said. Kelly said that Asbury Park is now at 100 percent of assessed valuation whereas previously it was at 38 percent of true value. “So some…

Neptune Business Owner Remembered as ‘Good People’

  By DON STINE Laurie Price, operator of Laurie’s Country Farm Market in Neptune, was remembered by friends this week for her loving and giving nature. Price, who lived in Neptune, died unexpectedly Fri., Aug. 8 at her home. She was 54 years old. Price was born in Sea Girt but lived most of her life in Neptune, where she opened her market on Atkins Avenue seven years ago after working in the restaurant business for many years. Dianne Fitzpatrick, who is a long-time friend and has been helping out at the farm market since it opened, said Price will…