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Slight Increase in Allenhurst Budget

  Allenhurst property owners will see a half-cent increase in their municipal tax rate under the 2015 budget introduced at this week’s Borough Council meeting. The budget, which increases the tax rate to 51 cents for every $100 of assessed valuation, will have a public hearing on May 12. The total $4,893,776 budget, which has a $2,311,136 tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, is up slightly from last year’s total $4,665,483, budget, which had a $2,289,368 tax levy. Borough Clerk Lori L. Osborne said the half-a-cent increase is due to usual increases in expenses, such as…

Write a Poem, Win a Prize; Neptune library sponsoring contest

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month and as part of the celebration Neptune Library is sponsoring a poetry contest for township residents in grades six through twelve. The theme of this year’s contest, “Libraries Are a Place of Unlimited Possibilities,” is in conjunction with National Library Week, April 12 – April 18. “We have held a poetry contest in the past with success. We want students to be creative with their poems and to incorporate this year’s library theme into their poems. Libraries are a place where knowledge is gained,” said…

Interlaken GOP Primary Race

  By DON STINE There is a primary race in Interlaken for the mayor’s seat as well as two Borough Council seats. Two mayoral candidates and three Borough Council candidates are seeking the local Republican Party nod in the upcoming June 2 primary to run on the GOP line in the Nov. 3 general election. Mayor Michael Nohilly is being challenged in the primary by Councilman Keith Miller, who ran in a GOP primary four years ago as a mayoral write-in candidate. Mayoral terms in Interlaken are four years and the mayor only votes if there is a tie among…

In Bradley Beach: Buy a Homemade Bowl and Help Raise Funds for Food Pantry

  Members of the public can buy unique ceramic bowls hand made by school children, staff, parents, and friends of Bradley Beach Elementary School and receive a bowl of ice cream donated by Beach Plum Ice Cream Parlor at an event to raise money to fight hunger. The “Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social” will be held on Sat., May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bradley Food Pantry, 605 4th Ave., Bradley Beach. The event, part of an international grassroots movement to end hunger, was organized by art teacher Jennifer DiZefalo, of Neptune, to raise money for the…

Friends of Deal Lake Will Host Ocean Candidates Forum

  As part of the Save Deal Lake 2015 campaign, The Friends of Deal Lake said it will host an Ocean Township Council Candidate Forum Sat., May 2. The forum will give residents an opportunity to meet and hear directly from the future elected leaders of Ocean Township about the health of Deal Lake and the plans to protect and improve the lake. The forum is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Interlaken Municipal Building, 100 Grassmere Ave., Interlaken. The group believes the forum is important because Deal Lake, which is open to the public and owned by the state…

Want to Catch That Fish? Try These Hand-Crafted Plugs

  By DON STINE Every craftsman wants his home-made creations to sell well – and that is what Asbury Park’s Rob Pruszynski has accomplished with his Sunset Customs fishing plugs. At the last annual Asbury Park Fishing Club flea market on March 8, Pruszynski sold his entire inventory of 107 hand-crafted fishing plugs in just 45 minutes. “Was I surprised – absolutely!” he said. Pruszynski, who is a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, said he has been selling at its annual flea market for a few years and usually came home with unsold inventory. “But people are catching…

Neptune Library Sponsors Digital Preservation Event

  The Neptune Public Library will sponsor a digital preservation event on Sat., April 25 to help library patrons preserve personal collections of print, photographs, slides and audio-visual material including VHS videos, 8mm and 16mm movies. Neptune Public Library has partnered with Digital Memory Media (a Division of Innovative Document Imaging LLP), a leading provider of digital imaging services to provide digital preservation services to patrons. Once exclusive to industry, Digital Memory Media brings secure, professional preservation services to individuals at an affordable price. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the program will be credited to the library. Digital Memory…

Interlaken Feasibility Study Costs to Be Discussed

  By DON STINE The cost for a feasibility study to look into merging Interlaken with neighboring Loch Arbour, which may result in a one-time tax increase of about $121 to $193 for the average Interlaken homeowner in 2015, will be reviewed by the Borough Council during a special meeting on Wed., April 8. “The requests for proposals came in considerably higher than we anticipated,” Interlaken Mayor Michael Nohilly said earlier this week. The borough sent out a request for proposals (RFP) to do a feasibility study and two were submitted by the March 27 deadline. A $50,000 proposal was…

Memorial Display to Honor Communications Pioneer

  Members of the Class of 1945 of Neptune High School are invited to an event Wed., April 8 at at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at the entrance to Ocean Grove to see the memorial display in the “Remembering the 40” Room. Family members of Samuel E. Findler have also been invited. Findler attended Neptune High School but left before graduating to join the Navy during World War II. Findler became a pioneer in the communications field. He played an integral role advancing many of the Army’s subsequent communications satellites. He worked in the private sector for government contractors…

Fire Displaces 12 in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Twelve people were displaced when their McCabe Avenue rooming house was seriously damaged in a fire Sunday, March 29 in Bradley Beach. The fire at 217 McCabe Ave. began in the attic of the three-story wooden building, said Police Chief Len Guida. He said the afternoon-evening fire is considered non-suspicious and is believed to have been electrical in nature. There were no injuries, but two people were transported to the hospital, apparently for existing needs, Guida said. Guida said the building is at least temporarily uninhabitable. He said the American Red Cross provided temporary housing. Responding…

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