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Asbury Park’s Top Law Enforcement Official Retiring

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI As his nearly 30 year career in law enforcement for the city of Asbury Park nears its close, Acting Chief of Police Anthony Salerno, who has led the police force for the last three years, believes he is leaving his department and the city in better shape than when he took over. He will leave the post April 25. Although he welcomes retirement, his affection for his job and the city got the best of him this week when a long time resident stopped to wish him well. Salerno returned to his desk wiping a…

Bradley Beach Restaurateur Remembered as a Giving Person

  By DON STINE Bradley Beach icon Rhonda Manno, whose family owned Giamano’s Ristorante on Main Street for more than 30 years, died April 11. Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad said that Manno was a kind and caring person and that was always reflected in her restaurant. “Every time you walked through the door she treated you like your own mom. She just had a way about her and friends and strangers always felt equally welcome there. She was one of the hallmarks of the restaurant,” he said. Engelstad said that Manno gave much back to her community and those…

VFW Donates $5,000 to Vet Who is an Inspiration to All

  By DON STINE Scott Nokes, a Neptune Marine veteran, who served in Afghanistan, arrived home unscathed from battle but when he got home he would find that he his biggest battle was still ahead of him. Nokes, 25, is believed to have contracted an illness during his two tours in Afghanistan that didn’t hit him until last September when he was safely back home. He contracted a horrible infection that took over his system. He ended up at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where both his legs were amputated below the knees. He also lost his vision due to…

Submarines and the Jersey Shore? Author will discuss and sign new book

  The Jersey Shore is known for many things, but a hotbed of submarine activity during World Wars I and II? In their book, “A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore,” co-authors Joe Bilby and Harry Ziegler document this surprising piece of maritime history. On May 16 at 7:15 p.m. co-author Joe Bilby will share their findings at the Township of Ocean Historical Museum event at the Board of Education office, 163 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst. Those findings trace the state’s connections to submarine warfare back to 1776, the year the first (and not very successful) American submarine sank…

Earth Day Creative Protest Planned

  The Asbury Park Environmental and Shade Tree Commission and the Women’s March Asbury Park are hosting an Earth Day beach sweep and creative protest April 22 when they hope enough people will show up to form letters and make a message in the sand. Both groups said this week that 222 people had registered so far, but more are needed to send a larger message. Organizers say it will take about seven to 10 volunteers to form each each letter box. The various suggested words are prioritized as: 1. FUND EPA- 325- 350 people ideally; 2. RISE UP- 300…

The Question is…

  The Question is…’What famous person do people tell you you look like?”

Your Neptune Police Officer Wants to Meet You

  By DON STINE Don’t be surprised if you’re out weeding your garden in Neptune this spring and a police officer stops by to talk to you. It’s all part of a new initiative launched by the department designed to create personal connections between officers and the community by increasing police visibility and interaction. The “Community Outreach Field Contact Initiative,” put into effect on April 3 and perhaps the first of its kind, is a new directive requiring Neptune police officers to self-initiate at least one new citizen contact every week. During this field contact, the officer will introduce themselves,…

Chamber Breakfast with Senator Beck

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce played host to Sen. Jennifer Beck at a recent breakfast meeting held at the VFW Harold Daly Post 1333. Following a buffet breakfast provided by DJ’s Delights, Beck, discussed a number of issues ranging from rental housing to transportation funding, the minimum wage and the gas tax. Beck discussed how she and Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton, who also attended the breakfast, worked together to obtain funding for replacement of the Boston Way Village project on the city’s west side. She also lauded the recent series in the Asbury Park…

USO Night at American Legion; Dance will honor Neptune Veteran

  Step back in time with the music of the 1940s with DJ Fred and dance instructor Mel Heggie at the third annual Night at the USO at the American Legion in Neptune. The event will honor hometown hero Cpl. Scott Nokes of Neptune. He contracted a disease while serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan He developed an infection in September and spent several weeks in the hospital following the amputation of his legs. He has vision loss and tissue damage to his hands due to complications from an illness while serving overseas. The event is sponsored by the…