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Business Booming Over Fourth of July Weekend

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI By all accounts the 2016 Fourth of July weekend at the Jersey shore was a great one, beginning with wonderful weather, large crowds and businesses and beaches thriving. In Asbury Park Beach Safety Supervisor Joe Bongiovanni could hardly contain his enthusiasm. “It was great, we were mobbed every day,” he said. Bongiovanni said all three days of the weekend were great as far as daily badges go, but Sunday, even though the weather was not optimum, was the best day of the three. Bongiovanni did not have exact figures compared to last year, but said…

Tinton Falls Scouts Will Help Flood Victims

  A call has gone out to residents of Tinton Falls to help Boy Scout Troop 124 help those devastated by flooding in Virginia. The troop is leaving for Virginia on July 9 for the High Adventure expedition. The boys will be camping near the area that was recently devastated by the torrential rains which caused historic flooding to the area. The troop is collecting small items that have the biggest impact on daily life such as: tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, bars of soap and other common items used on a daily basis. Anyone wishing to donate may contact…

Synagogue Welcomes New Rabbi

  Congregation Agudath Achim of Bradley Beach welcomes Rabbi Maury Kelman to the community. Rabbi Kelman received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,in NYC, NY. He has served as a rabbi in congregations in New York and Jerusalem and has run educational programs in numerous cities in Europe and North America. He is the founder and chairman of Kedma, a Jewish student organization. Rabbi Kelman also directs Route 613, an Orthodox conversion program. Professionally, he received a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and he’s worked as a corporate attorney. Rabbi Kelman is married…

Launch Party at Asbury Hotel

  Residents and visitors are invited to the official launch party of the Asbury Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park tonight (July 7) beginning at 6 p.m. The party will feature live music, the unveiling of The Hall, a special event space and the screening of “Top Gun.” Fireworks are also planned. The hotel features two rooftop spaces, a pool, a beer garden and lobby space with a bar, bleachers, picnic tables and sofas for lounging. The launch party includes: 6 p.m. Emily Grove 7 p.m.-Nicole Atkins, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why 8 p.m. Open mic with JImmy…

Senior Club Seeks Members

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Senior Club is looking for new members. Being a Bradley Beach resident is not a requirement for membership. The group recently met for lunch at the Black Trumpet in Spring Lake to enjoy each other’s company and discuss ways to recruit new members. Leader of the group, Rebecca Wasson, read the mission statement to the club staying, “Our goal is to meet with friends as often as possible. It has been scientifically proven that group friendship strengthen the immune system which leads to longer lives. “We want to provide the most enjoyment…

Neptune Reviews Proposal for Dog Park, Skateboard Park

  Proposals to create a dog park and skateboard park are under review by the Neptune Township Committee. Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township is looking to fund the parks using Monmouth County Open Space funding. “That process is underway,” he said. Township Committee members said that access and visibility are important factors in creating either of the parks and that a previous proposal to place a skateboard park at the intersection of Stratford Avenue and Neptune Blvd. fell through due to a lack of community support to locate it there. “We need to make sure of their location…

Trees Will Be Planted for Orlando Victims

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Sunshine Girl Charities Inc. of Manasquan has offered to plant 49 trees, one for each victim, including name plaques in Asbury Park. Manasquan resident Jacqueline Klosek is the founder and director of Sunshine Girl Charities and said in a release recently that she “was saddened, shaken, and moved to action.” “And like many people, I wanted to do something, whatever small thing I could do, to respond in some way to the massacre,” Klosek said. Klosek founded the charity in 2014 with the goal of helping to protect vulnerable beings and resources, and to…

$60,000 Grant for Cleanup in Neptune

  By DON STINE Clean-up efforts will continue on a contaminated section on the former Welsh Farm tract, off Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune, under a a state grant recently received by Neptune. A grant of about $60,000 has been received from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Public Entity Program HDSRF to continue clean-up efforts. The program, charged with cleaning up a hazardous substance or hazardous waste, is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection. “This is basically additional remediation to the former Welsh Farms property at 703 Corlies Avenue,” said Leeanne Hoffman, the township’s Director of Planning…

In Asbury Park: Members Sought for Lake Commission

  Asbury Park City Councilwoman Eileen Chapman said the city is activating a Sunset Lake Commission. The commission will address the status of Sunset Lake, and create action plans for the improvement and beautification of one of the city’s major bodies of water. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office and must be submitted Mon., July 11. They can be emailed to cindy.dye@cityofasburypark. “There’s a lot to do for Sunset Lake, and a lot of issues to address, so we want to begin to take action now before we reach the hottest days of the summer,” Chapman said. “We’re…

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