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Davon Thompson does a good job for the Asbury Park Blue Bishops

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Tim Fosque promised fans a team that will be fun to watch. “We will be an aggressive, go get ’em kind of football team,” the Asbury Park High School Blue Bishops’ first-year coach said. “They will get after it. We will swarm to the ball on defense. On offense, we will look to be very aggressive in terms of running and creating contact.” The Blue Bishops come off a 2-8 season. One of their assistant coaches was Fosque, who was an Asbury Park aide for 15 years. The team’s defensive coordinator for two years, he also…

Zombie Walk Dead; Funeral Services Planned

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The New Jersey Zombie Walk, an Asbury Park fixture which began seven years ago, is dead. Founder and organizer Jason Meehan announced the demise on the New Jersey Zombie Walk Facebook page Thurs., Aug. 20. “Its death was not sudden,” according to the post, “and every attempt was made to revive the deceased. “Untreated issues and complications, both existing and previously unforeseen, put the event in critical condition early this year. Several unsuccessful treatments led to a terminal diagnosis and this subsequent passing.” He suggested various contributing causes: the toll of pulling off Zombie Walk; the…

Neptune Seeks $250,000 Grant for Field

  Neptune’s Loffredo Field on West Bangs Avenue would see improvements under a $250,000 Monmouth County Open space Grant being sought by township officials. Three potential projects were under consideration for the grant money at this week’s Township Committee workshop. They are a dog park in the Shark River Hills area; a walking trail from the Bert Willis Park, on Old Corlies Avenue, to the old Welsh dairy farm tract that now is home to the township’s new Veteran’s Memorial Park; or improvements and resurfacing Loffredo Field. “If I weigh in, Loffredo Field has the most merit,” Committeeman Randy Bishop…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Police Officer, Says Farewell to Tourism Secretary

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council welomed a new member to the Police Department and said farewell to a longtime dedicated employee. Edwin Hernandez was administered the Oath of Office during the Bradley Beach Boriugh Council meeting Aug. 25. “When this availability came up, he was at the top of the list,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “Growing up, I always dreamed of this and thanks to the chief, captain, mayor and council, I’ve completed my dream,” Hernandez said. The council also recognized Rae Tutela’s services as Tourism Board of Secretary. Tutela retired after 10 years of…

In Bradley Beach: Beach Revenue Up

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council tabled the discussion of the beach bench program until the first council meeting in September while the engineer develops a plan that will provide the number of appropriate benches for areas including Sylvan Lake, Fletcher Lake, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Riley Park, and Main Street. The council also approved a request from a boardwalk vendor to bring back advertising “feathers” or signs from now through Labor Day weekend. The vendor is located at Cliff Avenue and Lareine Avenue. “I want to help our businesses,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. During council reports…

In Avon: Cooking Devices Banned on Beach; Beachfront Metered Parking Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Officials in Avon have decided to limit tents, tables and cooking devices on the beach, in response to the problems caused by an increase of visitors. The new rules go into effect today (Aug. 27). By a 3-0 vote at this week’s town hall meeting, the Board of Commisioners approved an ordinance which prohibits tents or canopies on the beach if they require more than one pole to hold them up. Serving trays, warming trays and burners of any kind will not be allowed. Tables, stands or boards which are set up to act as tables…

Village Hires Law Firm to Examine Alternatives to High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour officials have appropriated $40,000 to hire a private law firm to examine alternatives to solve the village’s high school tax rate problem. Mayor Paul Fernicola said that the appropriation is for payment of legal fees over potential litigation pertaining to Loch Arbour’s affiliation with the Ocean Township school district. Since the neighboring towns of Allenhurst and Interlaken have rejected offers to merge with the Loch Arbour, the village is pursuing other alternatives, Fernicola said. “We are trying to determine what options there are other than consolidating with another town. It’s an important enough issue…

Back to School Even Before Labor Day

  Many area students are returning to school before Labor Day weekend where they will be welcomed with new science labs in Ocean Township, a partnering with Google in classroom environments in Neptune and a College and Career Readiness Institute in Asbury Park designed to groom students for post-secondary education. Both Ocean Township and Neptune students will return to class Thurs., Sept. 3. Asbury Park students return Sept. 10. In Asbury Park the district recently partnered with Scholastic to establish a pre-k to 12 comprehensive literacy model for the 2015-16 school year. District officials said they will implement a full-suite…

In Ocean Grove: Replacement Planned for North End Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk is being replaced and widened this fall giving oceanfront strollers the experience of walking along a boulevard as they enter the historic district. This week the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project. “(Township officials) are very pleased with the earlier boardwalk project and I believe this one will go just as smooth. It shows the strength of a public/private partnership to make certain we accomplish what residents need and want,” Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said.…

The Phoenix Will Rise in Ocean Grove

  By JOSEPH SAPIA After a fire destroyed the three-story commercial-residential buidling at 50 Main Ave. in Ocean Grove in February, The Phoenix is rising. Within the next few weeks construction should begin on a new three-story building — The Phoenix — on the site, according to Kurt Cavano, who owns the property with his wife, Janet Mazur Cavano. The two have been Ocean Grove residents for more than 30 years. Now, the Cavanos are in the process of filing for building permits, Cavano said. The new wooden building will be 12,000 square feet over three floors and a basement.…