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Ocean Twp. Staffer Honored

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s Kathleen Ivey has worked more years than most people in the township and she was recognized for her 40 years of service at the last Township Council meeting. “She obviously has stamina and has worn everybody else out,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Ivey was hired by the township as a key punch operator and clerk typist on September 13, 1976 and has been employed by the township for the last 40 years in various positions, including her current position as Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police. She has served six previous police chiefs,…

The Undead Return to Asbury Park

  They’re back again among the living. Thousands of zombies will stagger into Asbury Park again on Sat., Oct. 1 for the annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk. The walk, which attracts thousands of the undead, was originally conceived, organized and produced by Jason Meehan in the fall of 2008. Hearing stories from friends about zombie walks in other cities around the world, and finding no zombie walk within the Garden State, he was inspired to create one himself – right in his own backyard. The event grew from a small gathering to a genuine zombie horde and has earned the…

Neptune Discusses Lighting for Island

  Street light improvements on Seaview Island, in the Shark River, and Neptune’s participation in such an upgrade was a subject brought up at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Seaview Island residents, who live within two condominium associations, want to upgrade the island’s street light to better match the nautical theme of the island in the Shark River, with a marina. The cost of the new fixtures would be paid for by the condominium associations and the new LED lighting would “reduce significantly” costs for the township to provide the power, Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. However, the outer…

$605,000 Upgrade for Ocean Pool

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s community pool facility, off West Park Avenue, will see a unique upgrade in the near future. Recreation Director Kathy Reiser said at the last Township Council meeting that the township is applying for $250,000, the maximum amount allowed, from the Monmouth County Open Space program, to create a water activity pool at the facility. “We are making this move to bring our facility up to the next level. Built in the 19870s, the pool facility has served us well but the wading pool can be improved to accommodate younger children and people of all…

Residents Invited to Study Abroad

  Community members ages 18 and up are invited to broaden their horizons this year with a short-term study abroad course offered by Brookdale Community College. The six-week courses, offered between May and August 2017, blend traditional classroom learning with one- to two-week guided excursions across the globe. This year students are invited to swim, snorkel and study environmental science in Bermuda; explore local attractions and tour the Tuscan countryside while studying art or public speaking in Italy; or immerse themselves in “the city of light” while studying creative writing or world literature in Paris. Students who complete a study…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO On Saturday a bomb exploded along the route of a charity 5K run for Marines and Sailors. Later that night another bomb, a “pressure cooker” bomb as they are called because they are made with pressure cookers normally used for cooking dinner, exploded in New York City and a third unexploded pressure cooker bomb was located in a trash can a few blocks away. And then on Sunday night a back pack with 5 pipe bombs was located on a train platform in Elizabeth. All of these devices were designed to maim and kill innocent people;…

Ocean Township Care Facility Hosting for Mary’s Place

  By DON STINE Onora, a family-owned business in Ocean Township, provides nursing support and care for people with early stages of memory loss in an intimate home setting for its senior residents. “We are driven by our personal experiences and embrace the practice of heart-centered care. Onora team members understand the importance of integrating life enrichment care to give your loved one a truly individualized experience,” Director of Community Outreach Tara Cadet said. “Our innovative residential, daycare, and respite enrichment programs focus on each resident’s needs to optimize brain function, foster confidence and increase happiness. Caring for our residents…

In Ocean: Police Seek Volunteers

  The Ocean Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our Domestic Violence Response Team. In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the police department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence during the initial stages of a highly emotional and traumatic experience. 180 will be conducting an intensive 40-hour mandatory training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers October 4-27, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Wall Township Police Headquarters, 2700 Allaire Road. The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT Program are…

City Council Candidate Withdraws From Race

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Sept. 15 is the last day Asbury Park canidates have to withdraw from the City Council race before the ballots are printed. At press time newcomer Dougls McQueen said he was withdrawing from the race. The three members of the Asbury Together team have the top ballot position for the November 8 election. The team includes incumbent council women Yvonne Clayton and Eileen Chapman and incumbent Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. The Citizens for Asbury ticket is second on the ballot and includes Daniel Harris, Stephen Williams and Kenneth E. Saunders, Jr. Newcomer Ketsia Beaubrun is…