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In Neptune: Police Panel Makes Changes

By DON STINE The new Neptune Police Committee is currently reviewing standard operating procedures within the entire police department and some changes have already been made. Mayor Michael Brantley said several changes have been made to the police department’s operating procedures- ones that make it an across-the-board process for a high-ranking officer, like captain, to be promoted in a fairer manner. “We want to make sure there is a fair criteria for selecting the deputy chief and other officers and now all three captains will able to apply (for a promotion), Certain criteria are being revised so that more officers…

Bar Owner Demonstrates How to ‘Keep Christmas’

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The owners of a Main Street bar in Asbury Park are showing the community what it truly means in the words of Charles Dickens to “keep Christmas well.” John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits, and his wife Mary Christine are spending the weeks up until Christmas Day, not hoarding their money like Scrooge, but spending it. And not on themselves but on the children of Asbury Park. The largest donation the couple made was $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County’s summer program in Asbury Park. They have also…

Charter School Approved to Move to New Location

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A second location for the College Achieve Asbury Park Charter School Asbury Park was approved at this week’ s Board of Adjustment meeting. The school opened its doors at 700 Grand Ave. in September but has been seeking approval since June to open its other location in the First Baptist Church at Third and Grand Avenues. The application was approved by a five to one vote with board member Daniel Harris casting the lone vote. School Director Michael Piscal said he was very happy and hoped to move 105 of the students to the new…

Neptune’s New Police Committee Meets with Public

  By DON STINE The newly-formed Neptune Police Committee held its first public meeting this week where residents raised a number of questions about problems in the township’s police department and what will be done to correct them. The meeting, attended by more than 50 people, was sponsored by the Asbury Park/Neptune Ministerial Alliance and held at the annex of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Drummond Avenue. The new committee is made up of Mayor Michael Brantley, Deputy Mayor Nick Williams and retired Newark Police Captain Barry Colicelli. The committee will oversee the Neptune police department with the chief…

Senior Member of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 12 Years

  An Asbury Park man, a senior member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization, was sentenced  this week to 12 years in prison for distributing heroin in Ocean and Monmouth Counties and elsewhere in New Jersey, said Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick . Robert Britt, a/k/a “True,” 45, of Asbury Park, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence Dec. 5 in Trenton federal court. Between March and May 2014, 21 other individuals, including numerous members of the drug trafficking organization, were…

Bradley Beach Purchasing Garbage Truck from Avon

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach is buying a garbage truck from Avon. After deciding not to renew its trash removal contact with a private hauler late last year, Bradley Beach reached an agreement with Avon to use one of that borough’s trucks. At this week’s meeting of the Bradley Beach Borough Council, Mayor Gary Engelstad said the truck lease costs $6,500 a month. The council voted 4-0 to buy the 1994 truck for $20,000. “It’s a no-brainer,” the mayor said. Chief Financial Officer Gail Krzyzczuk said that even with the need to hire four new part-time employees in the…

SantaCon Returns to Asbury Park

  Police in Asbury Park are asking attendees at this year’s SantaCon on Dec. 9 to act and drink responsibly. The holiday-themed bar crawl begins with attendees registering at several bars in the Central Business District at 11 a.m., and continues throughout the day and night. The Police Department welcomes everyone to Asbury Park, to enjoy the bars and restaurants and all that the city has to offer but asks all to drink and act responsibly. In past years the event has drawn criticism for rowdiness, violence, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, noise complaints, and vandalism. The police department is taking a zero-tolerance approach…

Breakfast with Santa in Shark River Hills

  Breakfast with Santa is being held at the Shark River Hills Fire House on Sat., Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Santa will be dressed and ready for pictures with the kids. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, assorted Danish and bagels, coffee, tea and juice. Adults are $10, kids three to 12 years old , $5 and children under 2 years old are free. For information call 732.425.5559. Also Santa Claus along with the Shark River Hills Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary and Santa’s Elves are running a holiday toy drive on Sat., Dec. 9. Santa Claus will deliver pre-wrapped gifts on…

Neptune Mourns Loss of Police Officer

  Neptune Police Officer John Jackson Jr., 48, of Tinton Falls died Wed., Dec. 6.  There appears to be nothing suspicious and there is no public threat connected to his death. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. It is with deep sorrow and regret that we announce the death of one of our active police officers who died this morning while off-duty, said Neptune Township Police Chief James M. Hunt, Jr. He was a 19-year veteran police officer. “Police Officer Jackson was an integral part of our law enforcement…

Tinton Falls Names New Administrator Over Objection of Mayor-Elect

  By PETE WALTON Despite the pleas of Mayor-elect Vito Perillo, the Tinton Falls Borough Council voted 4-1 to name Interim Borough Administrator Elizabeth Perez as permanent administrator. Perillo had asked that the council let him recommend a candidate for the post before it made what the mayor-elect described as a “midnight appointment.” Council President Gary Baldwin said that Perez was named permanent administrator so that the post would not be vacant after Dec. 31, when her current contract as interim administrator expires. Perillo said he did not object to Perez continuing on an interim basis. “I’m disappointed, but I plan to…