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Multi-Million Dollar Tennis Center Readied for Opening in Ocean

  By DON STINE An eight-court tennis center under construction on West Park Avenue in Ocean Township, a product of both private and public funding, is scheduled to open this spring. “We are almost there and I think we will be open in the late spring Hopefully, we will also have the outdoor courts ready for the summer. This is a great project and wonderful for the community,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. A deal was signed to build close to a $3 million Park Avenue Tennis Center in front of the existing township pool complex on W est Park Avenue.…

Ocean Chamber Says Farewell to Director

  By DON STINE Kim Horn Blanda, executive director of the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce, is leaving her position after serving for eight years leading the organization she helped create in 1983. A founding member of the chamber, Blanda has created and chaired several events over the years and designed and edited the chamber’s long-time newsletter “Business in Ocean.” In addition to running the day-to-day activities of the chamber, and working with all committees on the development and implementation of events and programs, Blanda has been designing and updating the chamber’s website “I was always a very, very…

Slight Increase in Neptune School Tax

  If the school budget is approved next week the school tax rate in Neptune will drop by about six cents this year although the average homeowner will pay an extra $66 in school taxes due to the increased value of homes in the township. The total $91.5 million budget, to be voted by the public on April 17, calls for a school tax rate of about 98 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, down from about a $1.04 tax rate last year. However, due to an increase in ratables, the school taxes for an average home went from $3,023…

A SPRINGSTEEN CONFERENCE ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

  Clockwise from top left: Gary Cavico and Vini Lopez, Joe Rapolla, and Pat Roddy help Monmouth University mark the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, during a weekend of words, music, and history. (Bruce photo by Michael J. Booth; Rapolla photo by John Posada) By TOM CHESEK From the bins of Sam Goody and Record Town — to the win-an-album wheel games where so many life-changing LPs found their forever-homes — Memorial Day 1978 came and went without an official transmission from the Future of Rock and Roll. But from the boardwalk to the bars…

Neptune Urged to Build Unique Skateboard Park in Township

  By DON STINE If Neptune plans to design and build a public skateboard park then they need to do it right to make it work. That is the message that avid skateboarder Louis Cuccaro brought to the Township Committee at its last meeting. Cuccaro worked on creating the skateboard park inside the  Carousel building in the Asbury Park Casino. He said the new skateboard park needs to have supervision in its planning. “There are companies with a lot of experience and those with no experience,” he said. Neptune Mayor Nicholas Williams said that the township is looking further into…

In Neptune City: Route 35 Changed to Commercial Instead of Mixed Use

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has approved zoning changes, one of which designates the Route 35 corridor as commercial rather than mixed use. Borough Planner Jennifer Beahm said at this week’s council meeting that the zoning change does not prohibit any existing use and will have no effect on tax bills or assessments. Other changes involved properties which fell into more than one zone. Beahm said the dual zoning required some property owners to go through extra approval procedures affecting only a small portion of their land. “Our primary focus is to cleanup the [zoning] map,”…

Tinton Falls Homeowners Will See Savings on Tax Bills

  By PETE WALTON Property taxes collected for municipal purposes in Tinton Falls will increase by 2.4 percent in 2018, according to the Borough Council’s proposed budget but the average homeowner, however, will see a decrease in the amount they pay for borough services. The amount to be raised by local taxes for borough purposes in 2018 will be $15,570,412, according to the proposed budget. A total of $15,196,681 was raised for 2017, according to a summary of the 2017 budget published on the borough website. The council will hold its 2018 budget hearing on April 17. Mayor Vito Perillo, who…

Donations Sought for Rummage Sale

  St. Paul’s Church in Ocean Grove will host its Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, April 6  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and Sat., April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. This event directly benefits many people in the community who would not ordinarily be able to afford retail prices on household items and clothing. The profits made from the sale fund important ministries such as the St. Paul’s Angel Fund which financially assists local families faced with unforeseen emergencies. Donations of new and/or ‘gently used and cleaned’ clothing and shoes, handbags & accessories, linens, china/housewares, books, wall decor, kitchen…

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