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Remembering Sen. Joe Palaia

  By DON STINE One of Ocean Township’s most recognized and revered leaders, Joseph Palaia, died on Sat., Aug. 20. He was 89 years old. He was a former state assemblyman and state senator. “We will always remember our good friend Joe,” former Mayor William F. Larkin said earlier this week. “Joe is a legacy to Ocean Township. He always wanted the Deal Test Site to remain open space but he had no idea we would name the park there after him.” The former 208-acre U.S. Army test site, renamed for Palaia in 1998, was acquired by the township after…

Respect the Power of the Ocean

  By PETE WALTON and JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Officials at the shore caution bathers never to underestimate the ocean following the rescue of four from the water in Asbury Park Sun., Aug. 14 and the apparent drowning of a man off Bradley Beach over the weekend. Bradley Beach Chief of Police Leonard Guida reminds those who want to swim at the borough’s beaches to respect the power of the ocean at all times. “It comes down to common sense,” Guida said. “Even if it appears calm, you always have to respect it. If you look at it that way, you…

Library Hosting Old Fashioned Games and Ice Cream Party

  By DENISE HERSCHEL There may be a few weeks left until the start of the new school year but the Bradley Beach Library still has several summer activities in store for the month of August. After a successful season of reading, it is even more of a reason for the children to celebrate, according to Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator. “I think that summer reading was a big success! The library was literally overflowing with party-goers at our Pirate Party with 93 people in attendance. Our little pirates were reading and having fun doing so. Experts agree…

Deal Police Department Receives National Award for Road Safety

  The Deal Police Department has placed third in the International Association of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Challenge. Police Chief Ronen Neuman made the announcement last week. The NLEC is a traffic safety recognition program that recognizes agencies that excel in keeping their roadways safe. It is designed to strengthen and support traffic safety and provides agencies an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve, learn from each other, and establish future goals in traffic education and enforcement. This is the first time in the history of the National Law Enforcement Challenge that any New…

Neptune Official Leaving Post

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will be leaving his post on the governing body Mon., Aug. 22 after 12 years of service to take a job with the county Board of Elections. “Monday will be my last meeting and I will be resigning my position effective at 11:59 p.m.,” he said. “It is required I step down now that I have a job with the county.” Bishop will be replacing Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County Hedra Siskel although Siskel will stay in her post until after this November’s election to help Bishop…

Tinton Falls Woman Charged with Murder

  A Tinton Falls woman and a Long Branch resident have been charged with the murder of a Union County woman who has been missing since March and the subject of an extensive search and investigation. On Aug. 16 detectives discovered the body of Tyrita R. Julius, 41, who has been missing since March 8, 2016. Her friend Jennifer Sweeney, 32 of Tinton Falls, and Andre Harris, 32 of Long Branch, are charged with first degree Murder, second degree Desecration of Human Remains and fourth degree Tampering with Physical Evidence. Bail was set at $1.5 million cash only, as set…

Neptune to Seek $250,000 in Grant Funds for Liberty Park Upgrades

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are looking to pick up to $250,000 from the Monmouth County Open Space Grant Program to make upgrades at Liberty Park. Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at Monday’s Township Committee meeting that the township has “a good history” with the grant program and will seek money again this year. The grant has a maximum of $250,000, which also requires at 25 percent match in funding from the township. Hoffman said two projects best meet the criteria to receive the funding right now: improving basketball courts and other facilities, such as lighting…

Mayor’s Trophy Regatta Aug. 12

  Showing off what they have learned over the past two weeks, the sailors in the Shark River Roundtable sponsorship sailing program are ready for some friendly competition. With representation from Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Neptune City, Neptune Township, and Wall, the Friends of the Belmar Harbor and the respective Recreation Directors are coordinating a program-ending Mayors’ Cup Regatta between the towns. The Regatta will be held at the L Street Beach Marina in Belmar from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 12. Each town has offered five residents, ages 9-16, a sponsorship to participate in the two-week instructional…

Drone Use Limited in Loch Arbour

  By DON STINE The use of drones and similar devices in Loch Arbour will be limited and controlled under an ordinance adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Aug. 3 by a two-to-one vote. Deputy Mayor Al Cheswick cast the only dissenting vote against adopting the ordinance with Mayor Paul Fernicola and Commissioner Denis D’Angelo voting for it. “I don’t feel it’s a wise use of police resources. I have questions about enforcement and for the overall necessity for it. To me, it is not a problem in general,” Cheswick said. Cheswick also said other questions are raised with…

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