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Allenhurst Police Chief Earns Traffic Award

  Allenhurst Police Chief Michael Schneider received the Traffic Safety Specialist Level 1 Leadership designation at the Ocean County Police Traffic Officers’ Association event held on Thurs., Feb. 15. The Traffic Safety Specialist Program was first established in Maryland to recognize police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency, in Highway Safety Enforcement methods and procedures. Eligibility involves officers enrolling in the program and submitting documentation on employment, completion of appropriate certifications, and permission of employers. Level 1 requirements include three years of independent patrol experience, speed detection device certification, standard field sobriety certification, and 30 points…

School Officials Take Extra Steps to Ensure Student, Staff Safety

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI and DON STINE School officials in the area have taken measures to ensure the safety of students and staff in the wake of the deadly shootings at a Florida school. Security has been increased and letters have been sent home to parents about school safety. John Napolitani, president of the Asbury Park Education Association said security was increased at city schools after the shooting. “They checked every individual student coming into the school at the Middle School,” he said earlier this week. Napolitani, who lives in Ocean Township, says he does worry about his own children…

JCP&L Building Sold in Allenhurst

  By DON STINE The long-vacant Jersey Central Power and Light Company buildings in Allenhurst have been successfully sold through auction and plans for the building are now pending. “I think the town is excited and we are hopeful. These buildings have been abandoned for over ten years and are starting to fall into disrepair. The are looking forward to their renovation, which will help our Main Street area,” Mayor David McLaughlin said earlier this week. Allenhurst Power Station LLC, was the successful bidder. The corporation is headed by Jon Leidersdorff, owner of the Lake House Music Academy in Asbury…

Tinton Falls Fire Districts Consider Moving Election

  By DON STINE Tinton Falls’ two fire district are considering moving their annual elections, now held in February, to November and they are also exploring increasing shared services or possible consolidation of the two districts. A 2017 state law allows fire districts throughout the state to move their annual elections to the general election in November, such like was recently done with school districts. “It would be part of the general election and the county would bear the cost,” Fire District #1 President Andrew Calvo said. He said the two districts are looking at the “pluses and minuses” of…

Demolition of Wardell-Welsh Dairy House in Neptune Discussed

  By DON STINE The old Wardell-Welsh dairy house on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune will probably be razed, township officials said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Mayor Nicholas Williams said that the building, at 703 Old Corlies Ave., is “in pretty tough shape.” “I don’t think we should put money into rehabilitating it. A park will be something where everybody can come and enjoy it. (The house) is just an eyesore now,” he said. Township business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the old house, which is more than 100 years old, would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to…

Proposal to Hire Preservation Specialist

  By DON STINE Neptune is hoping to hire an historical preservation professional to review the existing guidelines governing historic preservation, particularly as it applies to the Historic Preservation Commission. The action is being taken “ in anticipation of recommendations for updating the guidelines to certain standards and, beyond that, to assist the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in the future,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. “The professional will work with the HPC to review and make recommendations to the current guidelines,” he said. Gadaleta said the Township Committee made a determination that there needs to be such a review…

Upgrades at Beachfront in Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON Beachgoers can expect major changes for the better in Bradley Beach this summer. The lifeguard station is getting an upgrade and beach tag booths will have a new exterior of wooden shingles, replacing cracked and crumbling stucco. Twelve new trash and recycling stations will be in place and the repaired beachfront fountain, which Mayor Gary Engelstad described as “stunning,” will make its debut in May, according to Business Administrator Kelly Barrett. At the Borough Council meeting earlier this week, Barrett said that costs for the oceanfront work were much less than had been anticipated. She said…

There’s No Church but There is a Tax bill

  By DON STINE The Union Baptist Church in Neptune may not physically be there right now but congregants still want to worship the Lord and save souls. But that will come at a price – the Neptune tax assessor just slapped the church with a $3,500 tax bill. “The congregation is not in a position to fund this bill,” Rev. John Wright, pastor of the church at 2101 W. Bangs Ave., said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Wright and about two dozen congregants and supporters attended the meeting. The church was built at its current site in 1972…

Neptune City School Official Retires After 25 Years

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After a quarter century of working as the business administrator in the Neptune City School District, William Folk has retired. Folk who says “I have not lived a day of my life out of Neptune City” said his most proud accomplishment is the passage of a “long needed” $12 million 2005 referendum that expanded the facilities at the kindergarten through eighth grade school. “It was very exciting to see the community come out and support that,” he said. “We really needed it…in my capacity I was focused on the facility so that was a big…

Ocean Township Student Reaches Semi-Finals in National Science Competition

  A student from Ocean Township has recently become one of 10 semifinalists in a national space engineering competition. Myles Fort, of Ocean Township, was recognized in the junior level division in the five to 12 year old group in American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Foundation and NASA’s Two for the Crew Challenge. He will now progress to the next round of competition. According to a release from Future Engineers, an online education platform, there are 20 semifinalists in the Two for the Crew Challenge, the sixth in a series of design competitions tasking students to invent useful items…

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