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Neptune Flight Nurse Returns from Deployment in Afghanistan

  By JOSEPH SAPIA While a student at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, Gretchen Hayes had to figure a way to pay for a college education. “So, I went into the military because they had tuition assistance,” said Hayes, 30, now living in Neptune. “The Air Force, (because) my dad’s prior Air Force.” She chose the healthcare field – first getting a bachelor’s degree in biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, then an associate’s degree in nursing from Brookdale Community College and, finally, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Peter’s University. “I always liked to…

No Decision on Talmudic Academy in Ocean

  By DON STINE A decision on creating a 96-student residential Talmudic Academy on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township was not reached at a special meeting Tuesday night so the case is being carried to another hearing. About 150 to 200 people attended the special three-hour Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on the application held at the Ocean Township High School where further testimony was given by Rabbi Shlomo Lesin, head of the academy; traffic engineer Maurice Rached; and architect Stephen J. Carlidge. A date has not been set for the next hearing on the application…

Interlaken Plans Feasibility Study on Proposed Merger

  By DON STINE Interlaken will receive requests for proposals to get prices from various companies on what it will cost to do a feasibility study on the proposed merger between the borough and neighboring Loch Arbour. At last week’s Borough Council meeting, the council approved the final wording on the RFP and authorized Borough Administrator Lori Reibrich to advertise it. She said the proposals would probably be sent out and advertised within one week and there is a 30-day deadline to submit a proposal. The council unanimously authorized the RFP last month but wanted to proof the text before…

Sharing Ocean Recycling Center

  Four smaller municipalities surrounding Ocean Township will soon be given the opportunity to use the township’s new recycling center at the western end of Sunset Avenue. The newly-opened Ocean Township Recycling Center, near the public works yard, was paid for through a $150,000 Monmouth County Municipal Recycling Services Improvement Grant. Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said one of the stipulations of the grant is that the township would attempt to facilitate shared services with neighboring communities, in this case Loch Arbour, Interlaken, Allenhurst and Deal. Brannen said that he has already met with officials from all four towns and that…

Some Like It Cold, But Most Do Not

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For 21 years, Juan Rivera has worked in a refrigerated room. “Forty-five, forty-three degrees, all day,” said Rivera, 58, who works at Gourmet Kitchen, a food-preparer in Neptune. Sure, the Asbury Park resident is used to the cold, but it does not mean he is used to the constant threat of snow and sub-freezing, sometime near-zero temperatures the recent weeks of winter have brought us. “It’s terrible,” said Rivera, who finds himself spending more time indoors. “It just won’t let up.” But Rivera, as with others, is grinning and bearing the winter. “I’m hanging in there,”…

Ballots in Question Reduced During Trial

  By DON STINE The number of vote-by-mail ballots in question in the November Asbury Park election has been reduced to 246, from 355, during a trial this week in Freehold Superior Court. The attorney for the plaintiffs, Remond Palmer, a candidate for mayor, and Arva Council, a school board candidate, threw out 106 ballots of the 355 in question for not having matching signatures. The trial, which began Feb. 23, will determine if there should be a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral position and a new winner for a school board seat. The county Board of…

Asbury Park Daycare Operator Indicted for Defrauding School Board

  The owner and operator of an Asbury Park daycare center and pre-school was arrested Tues., Feb. 24 after a Monmouth County grand jury returned a 9-count indictment charging her with crimes related to contracts to provide services for city pre-schoolers, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Sylvia B. Brodrick, 59, of Shadow Lawn Drive in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, is charged with two counts each of third degree Theft by Deception, third degree Tampering with Public Records, second degree Making False Representations in Payment Claims on a Government Contract, second degree False Material Representation in…

Asbury Park Election Trial to Begin

  By DON STINE Despite a request by the plaintiffs to postpone a trial over controversial vote-by-mail ballots in last November’s Asbury Park City Council election, a Superior Court judge has ruled that the trial will proceed as scheduled, beginning Mon., Feb. 23. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor, one of the defendants, said that a conference call on the trial was held with all parties Feb. 17 and that the judge has decided the case will move on. “I am looking forward to the judicial process moving forward,” Moor said. “The residents deserve finality and there is a reason this…

City Seeks Funds to Repave Fourth Avenue

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s Fourth Avenue has been notorious for sometime now for its poor condition but, with increased bus and truck traffic from a detour route to replace the Sunset Avenue Bridge, matters are only getting worse. “The buses and trucks only result in making the road deteriorate faster,” Mayor John Moor said at the last City Council meeting. And while city public works crews have been out filling potholes in the harsh winter weather, things are not looking too much better. As a possible solution Asbury Park is petitioning Monmouth County officials to aid in repaving…

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