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Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

In Ocean: $28 Million School Referendum Question on Dec. 9

  By DON STINE Ocean Township taxpayers will be asked to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all schools in the district but approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service, school officials said earlier this week. Taxpayers will cast their votes on the referendum during a special election on Dec. 9 at their regular polling places from 7 am to 9 pm. A special public meeting on the referendum was held last night, Oct. 8, at the Wayside School on Bowne Road. More public forums are…

In Neptune City: $360,000 School Referendum Question on Nov. 4 Ballot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and DON STINE Neptune City voters are being asked to approve a $360,000 referendum in the Nov. 4 general election to restore some teaching positions and extra-curricular activities at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School- an amount that will add about $175 to the average school tax bill. About 50 people turned out for an informational meeting held by the Board of Education at the school Tuesday night, of which about 20 were local educational association members showing their support for the referendum. School Board President Christine Oppegaard said the Wilson School is in a “crisis situation”…

Fund-Raising Campaign Begins for Bradley Food Pantry

  Pictured above: Volunteers at the Bradley Beach Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of bradleybeachfoodpantry.org. By JOSEPH SAPIA No one should go to sleep at night without someone having his or her back. That is what is guiding George Moffett in his project to improve the Bradley Food Pantry, specifically leading an effort to raise $16,000 for refrigerator and freezer units. The money would fully support replacing a refrigerator-freezer in the pantry and to install a walk-in freezer in the basement, replacing three chest freezers. The current units are in some way inefficient, according to the pantry. “I don’t think there’s…

Professionals by Day, Derby Skaters at Night

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Kim Predham does not think of herself as an athlete. When she was growing up in Neptune City, she was the last one picked when teams were chosen. She considered herself “very bookish.” “(But) I always liked roller-skating as a kid,” Predham said. “I would skate for hours in my basement.” Those hours of roller-skating were put to good use. Now, at 32, the Asbury Park resident is a local version of a roller derby queen, as is her teammate, Jessica O’Hanlon, 37, of Avon. O’Hanlon, skating under the name Anna Stesia because she is a…

Undead to Return to Asbury Park

  This year it’s zombies versus brain cancer at the annual Zombie Walk to be held in Asbury Park Sat., Oct. 4. For the first time in the seven-year history of the walk, money from the event will be donated to Camp Jinka, a Red Bank-based summer program for children and teenagers whose lives have been impacted by brain cancer. “To help us fight the war against brain cancer, we are calling on the most powerful army we know, the undead,” said Zombie Walk founder Jason Meehan. The 2014 New Jersey Zombie Walk will kick off Grey Matters, a campaign…

Neptune Senior Director to be Honored

  Rosemary Gray, director of the Neptune Senior Center, will be honored as a leader of distinction in the field of aging Oct. 21 at a luncheon at Seabrook in Tinton Falls. This year marks SCAN’s 26th Annual Leaders of Distinction Luncheon and Awards. The lunchon begins at 11 a.m. This year’s honorees are Thomas F. Hayes, NJNG and Penny McDaniel, Investors Bank. Other leaders being honored include Denise Barry, Marlboro; Pat Scinto-Krosnicki, Long Branch; Elaine Mc Namara, Manalapan Township; Patrice Nugent, Middletown Town ship;Wendy Tooker, Keyport and Carol Zur, Howell Township. All have been working in the field of…

Neptune Promotes 2 Police Officers to Rank of Lieutenant

  Veteran 19-year Neptune Police Sergeants Michael D’Amico and Christopher Schembri were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant this week at the Neptune Township Committee meeting. Both officers were sworn in by Mayor Michael Brantley. D’Amico, a former Marine, has served as a detective, a shift commander, and a road supervisor. He has also served on the township’s Quality of Life (Street Crimes) unit and as a field training officer. He is a graduate of Neptune High School and has a Masters of Administrative Services from Farleigh Dickenson University. He has also spent a lot of time coaching and counseling…

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