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In Asbury Park: Board President Blasts Officials Over Library Panel Appointments

  By ED SALVAS The open feud between Asbury Park Library Board President Don Stine and Mayor John Moor and Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn jumped from the newspaper to the City Council Chambers at the council’s July 22 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Stine stepped to the microphone and repeated charges he made in a full-page ad in The Coaster and triCityNews July 16 in “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Asbury Park.” In the paid advertisement Stine accused the two officials of political cronyism and operating behind closed doors in connection with the appointments…

Love on the Beach in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE There was a lot of Love in Asbury Park Tues., July 28 when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love shot a video in the city for her upcoming album. Shooting of the video for her new song “Forbidden Nights,” an Elvis Costello composition, took place on the Third Avenue beach about 6 p.m. and from a 1961 Cadillac convertible at other locations in the city earlier in the day. Joan Jett, Paul Shaffer and Maureen Van Zandt were also on hand to participate in the shoot. “Forbidden Nights” is from the upcoming album “Introducing…

Yeshiva Hearing Cancelled Due to Overcrowding

  By DON STINE A Board of Adjustment hearing to create a dormitory for 96 college-age students at a proposed Talmudic academy in an existing school on Logan Road was shut down by an Ocean Township fire marshal July 16 due to overcrowding. Ocean Township Fire Marshal Chris Pujat called for the adjournment of the meeting at approximately 7:40 p.m. after the high school auditorium exceeded its 638 person capacity. “There were about 1,000 people there with some standing in the doorways and aisles. It was a safety concern. I recommended that the aisles and doorways be cleared but eventually…

New Members for Lake Commission

  By DON STINE The Wesley Lake Commission is adding two new member to its board, for a total of 11, in order to be facilitate operations of the board and include more focus on the lake’s watershed. Neptune Township Committeeman Michael Brantley, who is also chairman of the Wesley Lake Commission, said attendance at board meetings was inconsistent when he first came onboard about 10 years ago but that things have steadily improved over the years. “We have a more committed board now than we have had in years. With more people we will have a lot more fresh…

Livin’ in Ocean and Lovin’ Their Cops

  By ELLEN CARROLL If you live in Ocean Township and support your police department, really support the department, you now have a way to display that support for everyone to see. A magnetic sticker which reads “Ocean Township Loves Our Cops” is available to any resident who would like to display it on their vehicle. The idea came from longtime township resident, John Huss, who has lived in Ocean for 52 years. “The Ocean Township police is a class organization,” Huss said. “They are very effective and people should know it and they should advertise it.” And Police Chief…

Heroes and Their Stories at the Ocean Township Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Does your child have a hero? The Ocean Township Library is hosting its summer reading program with the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program centers on heroes who include superheroes and local heroes such as police officers and firefighters. All of the programs for the summer are based on the Collaborative Summer Reading theme, according to Kate Benedict, Monmouth County Children’s Librarian at the Ocean Township Library as well as the Little Silver branch. “Ocean Library has a large community of summer vacationers that use the library also. I have been told that they…

National Night Out Set for Aug. 4

  Asbury Park: The Community Relations Unit of the Asbury Park Police is sponsoring a “National Night Out” event at the municipal complex Tues., Aug. 4. The free event, an anti-crime event that includes drug awareness, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot. It includes food, music, games and give-aways. The idea is to provide networking between police and the community. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, demonstrate police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals neighborhoods are…

Firefighters Donate Fire Truck

  By DON STINE A second-hand fire truck headed out from Neptune July 21 for an 18-hour drive to Missouri- giving a fire company there a piece of equipment that members there desperately need. A 1999 Mac pumper truck, originally from the Hamilton Fire Department, has been donated to the Lancaster Fire and Rescue in Missouri. “We love helping these guys out. This equipment to them is golden,” said Shark River Hills Firefighter Joseph Malysko. Malysko said that some of the fire equipment in Missouri is just a pickup truck with a water tank and a pump. “When they get…

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