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Loch Arbour Voters Go to Polls April 4

  By DON STINE A state Appellate Court has ruled the April 4 election allowing Loch Arbour residents to vote on whether they want to leave the Ocean Township school district can take place as scheduled. The state Superior Court, Appellate Division rejected an Ocean Township motion to obtain an injunction to prevent the ballot from moving forward. The appeal challenged state Department of Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington’s Feb. 24 decision to allow the election. “(The court) preserved the principle that a citizen’s right to vote is an essential foundation of this nation’s democratic traditions when it refused Ocean BOE’s…

Carousel Award Winners Named

  Spring is in the air and it is once again time for the celebration of the year in Asbury Park. The 2017 AP Chamber Carousel Awards Gala, themed “Havana Nights”, brings a Latin flare to this annual event scheduled for May 5. Asbury Park Chamber President, Nikki Ouellette, said of the awards that, “this year’s nominees represent the very heart of Asbury Park. Entrepreneurs who’ve helped to rebuild the community, law enforcement, veterans, volunteers, residents and icons who have shown us that success knows no boundaries in our city when we work together.” The 2017 Carousel honorees exemplify the…

May Opening Planned for New Ocean Grove Building

  By ED SALVAS Friday, February 6, 2015 was a dark day for Janet Mazur and her husband Kurt Cavano as they watched their building on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove go up in flames. The couple, longtime Ocean Grove residents, were also devastated, but their decision to rebuild was quick and a new, modern three-story commercial and residential building is nearing completion. Mazur and Cavano call the building at 50 Main Ave. “The Phoenix” as it is rising from the ashes of the old building that was built more than a century ago. Mazur and Cavano are understandably anxious…

City School Board Candidates Drops Out

  There will be six candidates, including three incumbents, vying for the three seats in the upcoming Asbury Park Board of Education election April 25. Christian Hall, a former board member who lost his seat in the last election, has withdrawn from the race but he did not do so before the deadline and his name will appear on the ballot. According to the board’s Communication Director, Chanta Jackson, Hall would have to petition the court to have his name removed. Ballot positions are: 1) James Famularo, a former board president; 2) Eric Pinckney; 3) Christian Hall; 4) incumbent Felicia…

Former Ocean Mayor Dead at 68

  By DON STINE Former Ocean Township Mayor Terrance Weldon, who was a central figure in the Operation Bid Rig scandal in 2002, died early March 23 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune after dealing with a prolonged illness. He was 68. Weldon, a lifelong township resident, admitted to taking bribes from developers while he was serving in office. He eventually spent several years in prison before his release. At this week’s Ocean Township Council meeting officials said Weldon made some mistakes but he was intrinsically a good person and did a lot for Ocean Township. “Terry did…

Sunset Lake is Focus of Meeting

  The Asbury Park Sunset Lake Commission is planning a discussion forum with the community to share information about the future of Sunset Lake. The gathering will be Sun., March 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hotel Tides, 408 7th Ave., Asbury Park. It will be an opportunity for residents and visitors to have a meaningful dialogue about issues surrounding the Lake. The commission will also share the problems which they have uncovered as well as their short term, intermediate and long term goals for the lake. Members of the Sunset Lake Commission also look forward to hearing…

Trinity Church Features Free Art Exhibition of Stations of the Cross

  Trinity Episcopal Church, the oldest parish in Asbury Park, is celebrating this Lenten season with the first annual visual artists’ exhibition of 14 Stations of the Cross. These dynamic works of art were created by New Jersey artists with varied backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences, including accomplished and award-winning artists such as painters Christina Sanes and Pat Hutchinson, woodworker Buren Gilpin, and sea glass sculptor Nicole Vincenti. Contemporary and traditional works in fiber and wire, painting, sculpture, mixed media and videography are featured. “We are honored that these artists chose to share their beautiful and intriguing art with us and…

$200,000 Grant for Ocean Pool Upgrade

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s community pool facility, off West Park Avenue, will see a unique upgrade in the near future under a $200,000 matching grant from the Monmouth County Open Space program. Under the project, the 25-foot-square kiddie wading pool will be replaced by a 40- by 70-foot pool with a depth of 2.5 to three feet. It will allow children, or adults, to walk in and out of the pool easily. It will also be handicapped accessible. The total project will redo the wading pool and install about seven water activity features. The pool facility now has…

Lutheran Church Welcomes New Pastor

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Tinton Falls introduced its new pastor during an installation ceremony Sun., March 12. The pulpit at the church has been vacant since Aug. 2014 when the then pastor of 30 years retired and interim pastors have filled in. Pastor Jace Detrie recently arrived from a small town in Texas and says New Jersey is very different but so far he likes what he sees. “I like it. It’s completely different but I like it. I just came from the foothills of the Smokies. I was in the middle of…

Pit Bull Attacks in Neptune City

  By DON STINE A 22-year-old Neptune City man is being called a hero after he was able to grab and subdue an enraged pit bull March 21 that has already bitten four people, including the man’s aunt. Carl Ganchier was inside his Brighton Arms apartment around 7 a.m. when he heard his 42-year-old aunt, Odette Durogene, screaming in the parking lot. He immediately ran outside and was able to grab ahold of the dog and restrain it until police arrived. Mayor Robert Brown said that Ganchier really is a hero. “It was truly a heroic thing he did,” he…