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Fond Farewell for Bradley Beach Dedicated Clerk

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials said good bye to longtime Borough Clerk Mary Ann Solinski, who retired this week after serving the borough for 26 years. “There’s been one voice, one steady hand for 26 years,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure working with you. She has such love and compassion for our town and always wanted it to be done right.” Solinski was originally hired under former Mayor Leonard Riley during the commission form of government. “I want to thank the current governing body and all the former administrations, for giving me…

Ocean Budget Has No Tax Increase

  By DON STINE The 2016 Ocean Township municipal budget, which calls for no tax increase, was unanimously adopted by the Township Council last week. There was no public comment during the hearing on the budget, which was introduced on March 10. And no public comment is sometimes a good thing, Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. “It means residents are confident in the budget and we are doing what we promised during the last election campaign- to stabilize the tax rate while not compromising services. Siciliano said that the township has also added new staff under the budget, including one appointed…

Neptune OKs School Budget

  Current Neptune School Board President Jason A. Jones and incumbent board members Michelle A. Moss and Donna L. Puryear have won three-year terms on the Board of Education after running unopposed in Tuesday’s election. William S. Wells ran unopposed for a one-year unexpired term. Puryear was top vote-getter with 656 votes, or 32.83 percent. Moss was the next top vote-getter with 654 votes, or 32.73 percent, while Jones garnered 635 votes, or 31.7 percent. There were 53 write-in votes. Wells received 629 votes, or 98.28 percent since there were also 11 write-in votes. Voters also approved the total $94.4…

Shark River Hills Run Benefits Homeowners Hurt by Superstorm

  The Shark River Hills section of Neptune is continuing its post-Sandy recovery three plus years after the storm devastated the area. Some 40 homes have been elevated and many more homes are in the process of being elevated to mitigate future flood losses and comply with proposed FEMA flood maps. Instrumental in the post-storm rebuilding of the neighborhood, has been the Recovery Along the River Foundation. The Foundation was created to raise fund and awareness to assist the residents of Shark River Hills who were impacted by the storm. To date, the Foundation has raised $85,000 and has distributed…

225 New Jobs Created in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON Tinton Falls officials expect a $6.5 million private investment in a former Fort Monmouth building to generate 225 permanent high-paying positions and dozens of temporary construction jobs. The Borough Council designated Radar Properties Urban Renewal LLC as the redeveloper of what is commonly known as Building 2525 on the former fort property. As an urban renewal entity, Radar Properties filed a tax abatement application with the borough earlier this month. The redeveloper is seeking a 15-year tax exemption, though it will make service charge payments to the borough. At present, the property generates no revenue for…

2 Charged with Burglary in Ocean

  On April 18th at 12:50 p.m. Ocean Township police patrols responded to a suspicious vehicle that was parked in front of an unoccupied residence on Logan Road. When officers arrived on location they found that the vehicle in question had already left the area. A short time later the vehicle, a 2002 white Dodge Pickup truck, was observed by Officer Dave Marino parked at a convenience store located on Deal Road. Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Nicholas Sanchez, 24, Staten Island and Anthony Moretto, 36, Richmond, N.Y.were found to be in possession…

United Methodist Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Volunteers of the United Methodist Communities were honored at a special luncheon April 13 at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove. Approximately 50 attended the program in the chapel of that facility. Meg Cox Gerth, the FAM’s Volunteer Coordinator, welcomed everyone and spoke of how this facility provides “abundant life for seniors.” “The volunteers do so much to improve the life of our residents”, she said. She said there are many opportunities for volunteering at the FAM, and then read a lengthy list of participating groups, which included: Ocean Township High School, Neptune High School, Shore…

Ocean Program Seeks Proposals for Youth Development

  The Community Hope Fund of Ocean Township is once again seeking Proposal for its Youth Development Grant Program. Through this program, CHF supports local programs that employ innovative and research based models to promote youth development. Specifically, CHF is looking for local programs that build “Developmental Assets” in youth. Assets are the 40 positive experiences and personal qualities that help determine whether youth make good or bad decisions. Community, school-based, and after school programs help youth thrive by promoting constructive use of time , building self-esteem and reinforcing health and well-being. This year, the Community Hope Fund will award…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

Record Number Attend Made in Monmouth Event

  A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth expo April 9.. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing. The event was held in the MAC at Monmouth University. “I would like to thank all the vendors who displayed the quality products and services they provide and are based in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “After five events, the ‘Made in Monmouth’ program is still growing and is a huge success. This year, the number of merchants increased more than…

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