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In Bradley Beach: Concert to Benefit Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE A free concert benefiting the Bradley Beach Library will be held at Riley Park on Sat., Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is being paid “through the generation of our local business partners,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad with no cost to the library. Asbury Park’s The Shady Street Showband, an 8-piece band with a large brass section will be performing contemporary music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. After reading about The Shady Street Showband in The Coaster, Engelstad approached the Bradley Beach Library about doing something fun together with the band. “We’re…

Ocean Police Seek Help in Finding Robbery Suspect

  Ocean Township police are seeking the public’s help to find a suspect in a reported robbery that happened in the area of the Italian American Festival Friday, Aug. 7. A 14-year-old boy reported being confronted by four people, including the person who, he says, robbed him of money at Joe Palaia Park, according to police. The suspect is described as a dark-complexion black male, dreadlock-style hair with bleached tips, about 6 feet 1 inch-tall. He was said to be wearing a maroon shirt saying “Diamond Surf Co.,” beige pants and black Jordan sneakers with reflective stripes. The boy said…

New Law Changes Voting Regulations

  Under a new law effectively immediately an authorized messenger at election time may only deliver three ballots to the county Board of Elections, instead of 10 which was allowed in the past. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said this reform and others are the result of a new law signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug.10. “The new law impacts New Jersey voters who, by necessity or by choice, have another individual submit a Vote By Mail request and/or election ballot on their behalf,” Hanlon said. The new law reduces number of voters for whom a person can…

Comedy Show in Bradley Beach

  The Bradley Beach Arts Council will present Flighty Connection, a comedic solo show performed by Liz Days, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the banquet hall fire house as part of their 2015 free event series. “This program is pretty unusual for the Jersey Shore,” said Julia Rand of the Bradley Beach Arts Council. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it here.” The show which is written and performed by New York City actress, comedian, and playwright, Liz Days, and directed by Rachael Harrington, is about a passenger on a plane who meets seven other…

Ocean Grove Chamber Chief Retires, New Director Welcomed

  By DON STINE Lois Hetfield, the Executive Director for the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down from her post after 14 years on the job. “I have very mixed emotions. I have loved this job for 14 years and enjoyed working with everybody. It was a big decision to step down but running our many events does eventually take its toll,” she said. So Hetfield has decided to pass the torch on to a younger person, namely new Executive Director Rebecca Cavanaugh, who is 35. She began her new job this week. Cavanaugh, who lives in Deal,…

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…

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