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Ocean Township Spartans Ready for Football Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Here come the colleges. Ocean Township High School senior running back Tyler Thompson finds his name on the lips of numerous schools. They include West Virginia, Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. “They are the main ones,” said Don Klein, the Spartans’ ninth-year coach. “He has had more than 20 scholarship offers.” It’s easy to see why. Thompson has rushed for 3,294 yards and 31 touchdowns on 571 career carries. He has caught 28 passes for 267 yards and two career touchdowns. Last year, he blazed 90 yards with a punt return for a…

The Greening of the Ocean in Allenhurst

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO What began 72 years ago as a spontaneous birthday celebration continues in Allenhurst as the most popular beach day of the season – the annual dyeing of the ocean green. “My grandfather, Bob Fountain who owned the Bubble Land amusement ride in Asbury Park started the ocean dyeing in 1943 to celebrate my mom’s birthday,” said Gail Matarazzo, co-organizer of the current-day ocean dye with her sister Joan Desmarais. “He would be so happy to see how excited everyone still gets. Some people say it’s their favorite day of the summer.” The 72nd ocean dye will…

New Leadership Award Will Honor Former County Clerk

  Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced the creation of the annual “M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation.” French, Hanlon’s predecessor, was County Clerk from 1997 until her retirement on April 1, 2015. During French’s 18-year tenure, she oversaw the modernization of the Clerk’s Office, including digitizing county records and the electronic reporting of election results, as well as the expansion of the Office’s services with Monmouth County Connection Office in Neptune Township. “Claire was an outstanding leader and public servant for more than 30 years, 18 years as clerk. We want to recognize and…

The One Last Long Weekend of Summer

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ellen Brahney likes hitting the Avon beach between the Pavilion and the Bradley Beach boundary in the morning. Brahney, who lives in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, was doing just that the other day. After all, it is still the summer season at the Shore “because,” as she put it, “it’s not Labor Day” yet. But, with Labor Day being late this year on Sept. 7, some kids are back in school and the crowds have diminished. Recalling what she noticed when she left the beach the other day, Brahney said, “There were not…

Neptune Seeks $250,000 Grant for Field

  Neptune’s Loffredo Field on West Bangs Avenue would see improvements under a $250,000 Monmouth County Open space Grant being sought by township officials. Three potential projects were under consideration for the grant money at this week’s Township Committee workshop. They are a dog park in the Shark River Hills area; a walking trail from the Bert Willis Park, on Old Corlies Avenue, to the old Welsh dairy farm tract that now is home to the township’s new Veteran’s Memorial Park; or improvements and resurfacing Loffredo Field. “If I weigh in, Loffredo Field has the most merit,” Committeeman Randy Bishop…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Police Officer, Says Farewell to Tourism Secretary

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council welomed a new member to the Police Department and said farewell to a longtime dedicated employee. Edwin Hernandez was administered the Oath of Office during the Bradley Beach Boriugh Council meeting Aug. 25. “When this availability came up, he was at the top of the list,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “Growing up, I always dreamed of this and thanks to the chief, captain, mayor and council, I’ve completed my dream,” Hernandez said. The council also recognized Rae Tutela’s services as Tourism Board of Secretary. Tutela retired after 10 years of…

In Bradley Beach: Beach Revenue Up

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council tabled the discussion of the beach bench program until the first council meeting in September while the engineer develops a plan that will provide the number of appropriate benches for areas including Sylvan Lake, Fletcher Lake, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Riley Park, and Main Street. The council also approved a request from a boardwalk vendor to bring back advertising “feathers” or signs from now through Labor Day weekend. The vendor is located at Cliff Avenue and Lareine Avenue. “I want to help our businesses,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. During council reports…

In Avon: Cooking Devices Banned on Beach; Beachfront Metered Parking Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Officials in Avon have decided to limit tents, tables and cooking devices on the beach, in response to the problems caused by an increase of visitors. The new rules go into effect today (Aug. 27). By a 3-0 vote at this week’s town hall meeting, the Board of Commisioners approved an ordinance which prohibits tents or canopies on the beach if they require more than one pole to hold them up. Serving trays, warming trays and burners of any kind will not be allowed. Tables, stands or boards which are set up to act as tables…

Village Hires Law Firm to Examine Alternatives to High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour officials have appropriated $40,000 to hire a private law firm to examine alternatives to solve the village’s high school tax rate problem. Mayor Paul Fernicola said that the appropriation is for payment of legal fees over potential litigation pertaining to Loch Arbour’s affiliation with the Ocean Township school district. Since the neighboring towns of Allenhurst and Interlaken have rejected offers to merge with the Loch Arbour, the village is pursuing other alternatives, Fernicola said. “We are trying to determine what options there are other than consolidating with another town. It’s an important enough issue…

Back to School Even Before Labor Day

  Many area students are returning to school before Labor Day weekend where they will be welcomed with new science labs in Ocean Township, a partnering with Google in classroom environments in Neptune and a College and Career Readiness Institute in Asbury Park designed to groom students for post-secondary education. Both Ocean Township and Neptune students will return to class Thurs., Sept. 3. Asbury Park students return Sept. 10. In Asbury Park the district recently partnered with Scholastic to establish a pre-k to 12 comprehensive literacy model for the 2015-16 school year. District officials said they will implement a full-suite…

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