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Sunset Avenue Bridge to Close for Repairs

  Motorists better rethink their driving patterns if they are heading into Asbury Park via Sunset Avenue for about the next two years. The Sunset Avenue Bridge, which crosses Deal Lake between the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and Asbury Park, will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 28 for an estimated 454 days under a $9 million to $10 million Department of Transportation funded project to replace the bridge. The projected date for the bridge to reopen is May 27, 2016 County officials, along with representatives from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation,…

Tinton Falls Officials Show Support for Police Department

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Police in Tinton Falls were assured at this week’s borough council meeting that the Mayor and Council are behind them and support their efforts at keeping the borough and its residents safe from harm. Council President Gary Baldwin read part of the resolution passed by council as he congratulated six officers who were at the meeting to represent the police department in accepting the sentiments. The resolution specifically declares the council’s “support and solidarity with the men and women who serve as law enforcement officers for their distinctive service and dedicated efforts, earning our highest…

‘A Night at the USO’ to Raise Funds for Neptune’s Veterans Memorial Park

  The Neptune Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee is hosting a fund-raiser to help with funding for ongoing maintenance at the park and to add other amenities. The fund-raiser is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Gully Road and is called “A Night t the USO.” Bernadette Sherman, Gold Star Mother, and chair of the Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee, invites local residents to attend for a “night to remember.” “I am proud of the work that the Veterans Memorial Park Committee and the township have done on transforming a…

Fire Damages Ocean Grove Tents

  On Jan. 21 at 2:51 a.m. Neptune police responded to the area of New York Avenue and Mount Carmel Way in Ocean Grove for a report of an odor of smoke. Upon arrival, officers located an active fire emanating from the tent structure of 25 Front Circle. Ocean Grove Fire, Neptune Fire, Bradley Beach Fire, Neptune EMS and Neptune OEM responded and extinguished the fire. The fire damaged the following structures: 25 Front Circle (extensive), 26 Front Circle (extensive), 1 Tabernacle Way (minimal), 2 Tabernacle Way (minimal) and 1 Mt. Zion Way (minor). No one was displaced as a…

Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten Will Have European Flair

  By DON STINE The new Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten restaurant is having a soft-opening for a few days this week in anticipation of its grand opening, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7. “We are having an invitation-only, soft opening for three days. We will then regroup and see what needs to be improved and fixed,” co-owner Jennifer Lampert said. She said the restaurant will then have another soft opening, inviting only local residents and workers before its Feb. 7 grand opening. “We will have a ribbon-cutting, music and should be in full swing by then,” she said. Restaurateur Andy Ivanov,…

Neptune Raises $35,00 for Pancreatic Cancer Research

  The Pound The Pavement For Purple Committee in Neptune, which raises money for pancreatic cancer research, presented more than $35,000 to the Lustgarten Foundation at Monday’s Township Committee meeting. The $35,158.60 was raised during the first annual 5K run/2 Mile walk held last November. The Lustgarten Foundation, based in Bethpage, NY, has provided more than $90 million to advance the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Neptune Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who helped organize the event, said they were pleased with the amount of money raised, even though weather conditions the day of…

$16,000 in Prizes Offered by Ocean Chamber of Commerce

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a year-long contest called “Got 30!” One lucky GOTCC member, and one non-member, will each win a “Grow Your Business” Grand Prize at the contest’s culmination in January 2016. The two grand prizes have a combined total of more than $16,000. Having partnered with many local media outlets and other businesses that provide an array of products and services targeted at business growth, the GOTCC Grand Prizes will include radio, newspaper and tabloid advertising; printing; social media, Website and IT services and more. All things that…

Asbury Park City Clerk to Retire After 34 Years

  By DON STINE After 34 years on the job, Asbury Park City Clerk Stephen M. Kay is calling it quits at the end of this month. “I guess it’s about time,” Kay said earlier this week. He also said that a recent knee replacement operation and the slow pace of his physical recovery is also a factor in his decision to retire. Kay, who is 63, has been the city clerk since 1980 and he has seen more than his fair share of ups and downs in the city, including surviving through a number of political scandals on the…

Judge Directs Asbury Park Voters to Appear in Court

  By DON STINE A Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 14 that between 230 to 350 voters filing vote-by-mails ballots in Asbury Park’s last municipal election will each be called to testify in court about their individual applications. Superior Court Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled that the hundreds of voters will testify during a lengthy trial set for Feb. 23 through Feb. 27. It is unclear at this time how the subpoenaed voters will be brought to the county court house in Freehold. Two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election have filed the lawsuit seeking 343 vote-by-mail…

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