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Allenhurst Police Chief Earns Traffic Award

  Allenhurst Police Chief Michael Schneider received the Traffic Safety Specialist Level 1 Leadership designation at the Ocean County Police Traffic Officers’ Association event held on Thurs., Feb. 15. The Traffic Safety Specialist Program was first established in Maryland to recognize police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency, in Highway Safety Enforcement methods and procedures. Eligibility involves officers enrolling in the program and submitting documentation on employment, completion of appropriate certifications, and permission of employers. Level 1 requirements include three years of independent patrol experience, speed detection device certification, standard field sobriety certification, and 30 points…

VFW Members Seeking New Space for Post

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The VFW building on Lake Avenue in Asbury Park was sold over a year ago, and the closing will take place soon although no specific date has been named. Post Commander Robert Jameson said the building, which was purchased by the post in 1933, was sold for $4 million to Douglas Development Corporation. Douglas Development Corporation is located in Washington, DC and specializes in buying older historic buildings and renovating them. A year and a half ago, those renting space in the building were sent letters that they had to find another location because the…

School Officials Take Extra Steps to Ensure Student, Staff Safety

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI and DON STINE School officials in the area have taken measures to ensure the safety of students and staff in the wake of the deadly shootings at a Florida school. Security has been increased and letters have been sent home to parents about school safety. John Napolitani, president of the Asbury Park Education Association said security was increased at city schools after the shooting. “They checked every individual student coming into the school at the Middle School,” he said earlier this week. Napolitani, who lives in Ocean Township, says he does worry about his own children…

JCP&L Building Sold in Allenhurst

  By DON STINE The long-vacant Jersey Central Power and Light Company buildings in Allenhurst have been successfully sold through auction and plans for the building are now pending. “I think the town is excited and we are hopeful. These buildings have been abandoned for over ten years and are starting to fall into disrepair. The are looking forward to their renovation, which will help our Main Street area,” Mayor David McLaughlin said earlier this week. Allenhurst Power Station LLC, was the successful bidder. The corporation is headed by Jon Leidersdorff, owner of the Lake House Music Academy in Asbury…

Asbury Park Woman Nominated for State Director Post

   The Murphy administration has nominated Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton of Asbury Park to serve as the new Commissioner of the Motor Vehicle Commission. Fulton is currently the Executive Director of Women in the Service Change Initiative. If confirmed, this would make her the first high level government appointment of an LGBT person since Governor Murphy’s inauguration. Fulton was member of the first class at West Point to admit women in 1980, and she served in the army until she was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. After leaving the service she founded multiple organizations that advocate for LGBT…

Tinton Falls Fire Districts Consider Moving Election

  By DON STINE Tinton Falls’ two fire district are considering moving their annual elections, now held in February, to November and they are also exploring increasing shared services or possible consolidation of the two districts. A 2017 state law allows fire districts throughout the state to move their annual elections to the general election in November, such like was recently done with school districts. “It would be part of the general election and the county would bear the cost,” Fire District #1 President Andrew Calvo said. He said the two districts are looking at the “pluses and minuses” of…

Demolition of Wardell-Welsh Dairy House in Neptune Discussed

  By DON STINE The old Wardell-Welsh dairy house on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune will probably be razed, township officials said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Mayor Nicholas Williams said that the building, at 703 Old Corlies Ave., is “in pretty tough shape.” “I don’t think we should put money into rehabilitating it. A park will be something where everybody can come and enjoy it. (The house) is just an eyesore now,” he said. Township business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the old house, which is more than 100 years old, would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to…

Women’s Convention Announces Speakers

  The Asbury Park Women’s Convention: A Day of Politics and Comedy is set to be both educational and entertaining. The nonpartisan event, set for Sat., Feb. 24 aims to look at issues that affect women across party lines in an engaging and realistic manner. The APWC will address issues such as: Equal Pay, Women’s Healthcare, and Sexual Violence.  The event boasts a full and entertaining day, with food available from local woman-owned businesses. According to a release from organizers, “The state-wide buzz for the APWC has been taken to a new level as panel participants, comedians, and speakers are now being…

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