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New City Council Said It Will Not Renew City Manager’s Contract

  On behalf of the incoming members of the Asbury Park City Council, this statement will confirm that on Dec. 18 Jack Kelly was advised that the new Council does not intend to appoint him to the City Manager position under the new “Council-Manager” form of government which takes effect as of Jan. 1. Kelly’s current contract expires Dec. 31. He has served as city manager for approximately one yer. The statement also said the new Council thanked Kelly for his dedication and service to the residents of Asbury Park over the last year, and to offer hime their best…

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting to Receive $1.6 Million for Boardwalk

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds, or 90 percent of the approximately $1.8 million the association needed, to repair the boardwalk damaged in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy. Elected officials of both parties supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency coming through on this project. “I’m thankful that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is receiving this grant, as it completes a journey that took over two years,” said state Senator Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth County. “This is a huge victory for not only Ocean Grove, the Camp Meeting Association, but also…

In Allenhurst: Beachfront Restaurant Being Rebuilt

  By DON STINE The building which has housed a restaurant at the Allenhurst beachfront for many years is expected to be rebuilt by April and hopefully open for business by Memorial Day weekend. The building last housed Mister C’s Beach Bistro which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. But the restaurant may be back in business at the site. The Allenhurst Board of Commissioners is expected to award a five-year contract to operate the restaurant on Monday, Dec. 29 and Mister C’s, one of two bids submitted, scored highest in four required categories in the proposal submitted, Borough Administrator Lori…

10 Neptune Students Get $200 Shopping Spree

  By DON STINE Two hundreds dollars is a lot of money for a kid to spend on presents for Christmas but that’s the amount given to 10 lucky Neptune students for their own personal shopping spree at the Target store in Seaview Square, Ocean Township. The Neptune police department and the township’s school district, in conjunction with Target, gave $200 gift cards to each of the 10 students Dec. 11 to help brighten their holiday season. “Our group was able to identify 10 children of need in the Neptune school system during the Christmas season and allow them to…

Yeshiva Plan Raises Concerns in Ocean

  By DON STINE An overflow crowd of concerned Ocean Township residents packed a hearing last week over a proposal to create a Talmudic Academy on Logan Road, which would house 96 college-age students, on Logan Road. Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, is seeking approval from the Board of Adjustment to use a former elementary school, at 1515 Logan Rd. in the Wanamassa section, to house the academy. The proposed Talmudic Academy is not a permitted use in the zone and five out of the seven zoning board members, or two thirds, must vote in favor for…

City Housing Authority Seeks Input from Residents on Redevelopment

  Asbury Park Housing Authority officials want city residents to tell them what they would like to see in place of the Boston Way Village housing complex, which is scheduled soon for demolition. About 50 residents attended at special meeting hosted by the city’s Housing Authority, which oversees the 123-unit federally-subsidized housing development at Memorial Drive and Springwood Avenue. Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Tyrone Garrett said the meeting was being held to get dialogue and develop a strategic plan for redeveloping the area, especially Boston Village, eight separate buildings built on a four-acre site in 1952. Garrett said another…

Ocean Will Swear In New Councilman

  By ELLEN CARROLL Rich Long, who has been a member of the Ocean Township Board of Education since October 2010, is scheduled to be sworn in as a Township Councilman in January. Long will fill the seat left vacant with the retirement of Mayor Bill Larkin. Currently, Chris Siciliano is serving as acting mayor. In an interview this week Long said he is looking forward to serving the township as a member of the Township Council. “In the political world, when it comes to Ocean Township, it doesn’t matter if I’m a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian or a…

Hard Times for Neptune’s Madonna House

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Madonna House in Neptune has been serving local communities and beyond for the past 27 years providing children’s clothing, formula, diapers, bedding, toiletries, and other necessities to those in need. But now after several decades of tireless giving, the non-profit organization may have to close it’s doors. Financial constraints have forced its founder and director, Rebecca Blonski, to possibly consider closing the Madonna House in the foreseeable future. According to Blonski, the Madonna House has three privately held mortgages for their property. “Our total amount is approximately $223,000.00. One of the mortgages is a balloon…