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Good Weather Equals Good Business

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There seems to be a greater number of people visiting the Asbury Park area this summer — perhaps because of the good weather, an improving economy, publicity, things to do. But whether businesses profited from this seems to be the type of businesses being discussed. “I think more people are here,” said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce. “If you go out on a Saturday or Sunday, you can’t even park.” Kay Harris, owner of Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall agrees. “Even during the weekdays, a lot of people on…

Area Chef on Food Network

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Chef Peter Morris, executive chef of Woody’s which is scheduled to open in Tinton Falls, will be featured tonight (July 30) at 10 p.m. on the Beat Bobby Flay show on the Food Network. In the episode, Morris faced off against Tex-mex chef Gregory Webb as they competed to make a winning dish featuring pomegranate. “I thought wow, how am I going to make pomegranate the focus?” said Morris of Freehold who’s dish was judged by New York City chef celebrities Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the competition, Morris, former chef de cuisine at Langosta…

Giamano’s Outdoor Sunday Music Series Silenced

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council voted 4-1 to rescind the approval for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series on Sundays. Earlier this year the council said it would allow the series as long as certain requirements were met, including stopping the music at 8:30 p.m. In an effort to be fair to both residents and business owners the council said the sound level must not exceed standards approved by the Monmouth Board of Health. The resolution also stated that the council had the right to rescind the approval upon any complaints received by residents. “As of last weekend,…

In Neptune: Bikes and Bike Helmets Given Away at National Night Out Aug. 4

  The Neptune Police Department is once again hosting National Night Out Tues., Aug. 4. This community event has been a staple of the summer in Neptune for more than 20 years. National Night Out is an event held in over 16,000 communities across the country every year, created by the National Association of Town Watch. This annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, bolster a sense of community, deter crime, and give…

In Bradley Beach: First Aid Squad Requests Memorial Installation at Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials this week discussed a request by the First Aid Squad to install a squad memorial in southwest corner of Riley Park. Borough Councilman Harold Cotler said he had spoken to the squad and suggested that before approving the memorial that the council “look at the park from a total ground standpoint.” “I’m not opposed to a memorial because I’m a first aider, but I think we need to have the park usable for all the towns’ people and not just have a statue park,” Cotler said. “They (the First Aid Department) were fine…

Neptune City Hires Bookkeeper

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City has hired a lifelong borough resident for a part time bookkeeping position at borough hall. Borough Councilman Joseph Zajack said this week that Albert Jardine has been hired for the position after four candidates were interviewed. He said Jardine was “extremely qualified” and has a four-year college degree. Zajack also said the interview process for a new CFO will begin this week, this week, possibly July 30. The council also approved the audit, which includes over 65 accounts that have to be balanced. The audit was submitted and returned with only two comments. “I’m…

Pizza Eating and Ice Cream Eating Competitons at Neptune City Day

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City will host its 23rd Annual Neptune City Day Aug.1 at Memorial Park and Riverview Avenue. Starting off the celebration will be the annual 5K race at 8 a.m. Runners can register at the Neptune City First Aid Building starting at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 1 or July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center. After the race, the festivities will begin at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park with rides, entertainment, food, vendors, and demonstrations. Attendees are invited to enjoy food from the Neptune City Committee including hamburgers, hot dogs,…

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…

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