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Rude Awakening Program in Ocean Details Dangers of Drinking and Driving

  By DON STINE Ocean Township High School and Hillel Yeshiva students will have a rude awakening soon about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Rude Awakening Program is a nationally-recognized drunk-driving awareness program geared toward junior and senior high school students. The program is scheduled to be presented to students of the Ocean Township High School and Hillel Yeshiva High School in the spring. “It will be given to every junior and senior in the schools. It’s an in-your-face program about fatal automobile accidents,” said Police Administrative Lieutenant Timothy R. Torchia, who is…

Neptune Police Investigate Armed Robbery

  Neptune Police responded to the 500 Block of Myrtle Avenue Sun., Feb. 15 for a reported armed robbery. Two women from Pleasantville were allegedly confronted by three masked men a few minutes before 9 p.m. who demanded money from the victims. The only reported proceeds were the keys to the victims’ vehicle. Police said the three unidentified men ran off with the keys. It was reported there was a gunshot fired at that time. However, there was no confirmation or evidence of a gunshot being fired. Neither victim was injured in the incident. Neptune Police are continuing investigation into…

Patrick Parker Realty Collecting Supplies for Fire Victims

  Patrick Parker Realty is calling on the local community to donate to their Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive now being held to benefit the victims of the Feb. 6 fire on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Patrick Parker Realty’s Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive will accept clothing, food, personal items and household supplies on behalf of the victims. This drive is being conducted in conjunction with other area efforts and all donations will be delivered promptly to collection and distribution centers as designated by the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association. “The fire destroyed the homes and businesses…

Now at the Bradley Beach Library: Zen Meditation Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Bradley Beach Library has offered reading groups, support groups, and now it has added a Zen Meditation group. Introduced several months ago, the weekly group has developed a following with anywhere from five to 10 individuals regularly attending. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said the idea to begin such a group was the brainchild of Bradley Beach resident and library patron Elaine Held who took her Buddhist vows about seven years ago. “Elaine approached me about bringing her Zen Meditation group here. She agreed that it would be free and open to the public. I…

Ocean Grove Community Pulls Together as One

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Born and raised in Ocean Grove, Bobby Eastin knows the charm of the late 1800s historic community. And Eastin, 40, knows the dark history of fire in a town of old wooden structures only inches apart from each other, sometime whipped by a Shore breeze. “Everybody in town is very fire-conscious,” Eastin said. “You’re just aware of how dangerous it can be.” But Eastin said he was not thinking of that on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 6, when he walked out of the business he owns, Ocean Grove Hardware at 51 Main Ave., and saw…

Fire Destroys Businesses, But Not Spirits

  By DON STINE A spectacular daytime fire on Main Avenue in historic Ocean Grove Fri., Feb. 6 right in the center of its small business district, resulted in the destruction of four street-level businesses and seven apartments. The four-alarm fire, that had flames shooting through the roof of the three-story building, was at 50 Main Avenue. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. Firefighters got additional water to fight the flames by running extra hoses to Fletcher Lake, eight blocks away. Businesses destroyed in the fire include Fusion Jewelry, Village Kloset, Smuggler’s Cove, and Yvonne’s Cafe, along with the…

Neptune Introduces Measures to Better Regulate Density

  By DON STINE Two ordinances have been introduced in Neptune that will help regulate density on large residential development projects and better define what is considered an impervious surface. “I urge you to pass these ordinances,” resident Chris Schuetz said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Schuetz, who has been spearheading a fight against overdevelopment particularly in the Jumping Brook Road area, said that the revised ordinances will better protect the township’s natural resources and provide construction that is more compatible with surrounding neighborhoods. “We are too densely packed,” she said. Other residents said they do not want to…

More Parking Spaces at Ocean Township Municipal Building

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will add about 70 more parking spaces to its municipal parking lot to alleviate overcrowding for municipal court and various other township meetings. “We have court twice a week and the lot can become full. Many times there is not enough parking for some meetings and people park across the street (at the old Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America building across Deal Road). And this can become a real safety issue,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said. The Township Council approved a $120,000 bond to purchase almost half-acre lot, to the north of the…

Brady Fills Neptune City Council Vacancy

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Brady was sworn into office last week as the newest member of the Neptune City Borough. She replaces Christopher Gallagher, a Democrat, who won a seat in the November election but in December said he could not accept the position due to career obligations. The Democratic Party then submitted three names to the council as possible replacements. They were Brady, Jenee Farley, and Christopher Miller. Brady and Farley addressed the council prior to their decision during the Jan. 28 meeting. “I want to thank the Monmouth County Democrats for trusting my ability to fulfill the…

The ‘Blizzard’ That Bombed

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Madello family of Avon was going on a cruise this week to Key West in Florida and Nassau in the Bahamas. Not that they need the warmer weather, though. On Wednesday, in 27 degrees, the family — dad Dylan, 40; mom Mikhael, 35; and daughters, Scarlett, 4, and Elise, 2 — were visiting the playground on the Avon beach. Mikhael said she thought it was easier “to be in the snow than in the house with the pent-up energy” her daughters have. “We’re just giving the kids some exercise,” Dylan said. “They seem to be…

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