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Ocean Twp. Class of ’80 rocks it out!

  By DON STINE The 1980 graduating class of Ocean Township High School had a rockin’ good time in Asbury Park last Friday night. The high school class’s popular band, Nightfall, hit the stage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and played before its fellow classmates for the first time in 36 years. “It went very well and it was awesome. It was a good evening with lots of music and memories to share,” band spokesman Jim Finn said. About 150 to 200 Ocean Township alum, mostly from the class of 1980, showed up for the special gig. Nightfall…

$25,000 Repair Project for Ocean Water Tower

  By DON STINE A three-story, historic water tower near the Ocean Township library will see renovations under a $25,000 improvement project funded partially with a $12,500 grant. “This grant will go a long way to preserve the water tower- it has been an eyesore for years,” Township of Ocean Historical Museum President Paul Edelson said. The $12,500 grant comes from the 1772 Foundation and it has to be matched by the museum, for a total of $25,000. “A local contractor is going to scrap, repair and paint the tower and we expect to begin in the near future. We…

The Ocean in Allenhurst Will Turn Green

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO It’s one of the many overlooked special things about New Jersey that help us forget the Housewives and Snooki. For the 73rd year on Sun., Sept. 4 at 2 p.m., following a brief bagpiper procession on the boardwalk, more than 10 pounds of vegetable-based dye will be released into the ocean in Allenhurst temporarily turning the water bright emerald green and permanently creating great memories for all attendees. Over the last few years, the ocean dye has seen record attendance, become the ceremonial end to the “official” summer season and received national attention from media outlets…

Court OKs Dorm in Wanamassa; Ocean Will Not Appeal

  By DON STINE A federal judge last week approved the creation of a Talmudic Academy to house college-age students at an existing school on Logan Road Ocean Township’s Wanamassa section. U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson ruled that the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment violated federal law when it unanimously voted on April 26 to deny a use variance to Yeshiva Gedola Na’os Yaakov to provide housing for up to 96 college-age students The judge did, however, limit the number of students to a maximum of 80. Mayor Christopher Siciliano said he knows the judge’s decision is a…

Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary Raised $42,000 to Donate

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Throughout the summer of 2016, a sizeable contingent from the all-volunteer Ladies Auxiliary of the Auditorium Ushers worked a variety of events to raise funds for various Ocean Grove summer and community-wide projects and programs. The multi-generational group was easily recognizable, as always, in their red polo shirts or red T-shirts with the Ladies Auxiliary logo. This year the group raised more than $42,000 through the member’s efforts. The funds will be distributed to almost two dozen groups. The women prepared for their various events in the off-season, with countless hours spent on collecting, sorting, and…

Bradley Beach Synagogue Honors Police Officers

  On Sat., Aug. 20 over 100 congregants of the Congregation Agudath Achim in Bradley Beach took time after services to honor the borough’s police department. Chief Leonard Guida, Lt. Ed Scott and a number of other officers represented the department while Mayor Gary Engelstad and Borough Councilmen Harold Cotler and Norman Goldfarb, a longtime police officer, represented the council. Cotler read a prepared message to the police department stressing the fact that officers put their own safety on the line everyday. Rabbit Kelman recited a special blessing for the state and police. Children from the synagogue made cards, giving…

Avon-Based Band at Langosta

  It will be a funky time on the Asbury Park boardwalk this Sunday as Waiting For Mongo- an Avon-based band, takes the stage at the Langosta Lounge. “Our music like a funky dance party,” band spokesman T.J. McCarthy said. “They are a soulful stew of funk and heavy grooves. These guys make everybody get up and dance,” restaurant entertainment director Peter Mantas said. The band will play at the Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Sept. 4 just after the Asbury Park beachfront fireworks are over. Admission is free. Band members are Mike “Mongo” Iatesta (keys, guitar); T.J. McCarthy (bass,…

My Week in an Ocean Grove Tent

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Last week due to my precarious living conditions, I had the good fortune of spending the week living in the tent community in Ocean Grove. I sold my house in Brick Township on July 20 and have been living out of a suitcase in my car while circling among my daughter’s condominium in Bayonne and friends in Bradley Beach, while waiting for the closing on my new house in Neptune. It’s been a rough summer, I’ve always had a place to lay my head down. The whole vagabond thing was getting kind of old when…

Avon Church Demolished; Another One Scheduled to Close

  By PETE WALTON The former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon has been demolished by the borough. Mayor John B. Magrini said at this week’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners that he hoped the property could be ready for sale in September or soon thereafter. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said that with the completion of the demolition, subdivision of the property can take place. The church was built in 1886 and initially called the First Baptist Church. After dwindling attendance in recent years, the church tried to find a buyer before conveying the property…

Beach Revenues Up $381,000 Over 2015

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Beach revenues are way up in Asbury Park as new attractions, hotels, restaurants and worldwide publicity have drawn bigger crowds. Not only is the beachfront benefiting from the influx, but downtown as well, where several new restaurants and breweries have opened. On holiday weekends in the summer finding a parking space can be challenging if not downright impossible. According to beach utilities manager Gary Giberson Sr. the total so far collected in beach pass sales this year has surpassed the 2015 season by $381,498. Overall there has been a 20 percent increase in the number…

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