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Avon Plans Ban on Smoking at Beachfront

  By KATHARINA CAVINO Avon commissioners are planning to ban smoking at the beachfront. The designated beachfront area would be within 50 feet from every entrance to the boardwalk or beach. There would be a $500 penalty for any violation. Commissioner Frank Gorman said he hopes “to be smoke free on the beach by the 4th of July.” Concerns were raised about effective enforcement of the ordinance and whether it would include newer smoking products such as e-cigarettes. In response to the concerns Police Chief Terence Mahon said that it would be “easier to handle” since there will be no…

In Ocean Grove: Boardwalk Reconstruction on Schedule

  By DON STINE The constant banging of a loud pile driver in action may be annoying to some but residents in Ocean Grove are glad to hear the sound. Pilings are now being driven and work is proceeding on schedule to complete the middle section of the historic district’s boardwalk which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. “We hope to be done between June 15 and the end of the month so we are still on track with that,” said J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. “The whole boardwalk corridor will now be open…

In Interlaken: 2 Newcomers Win Primary

  By DON STINE Two Republican political newcomers beat out a former Interlaken mayor in this week’s GOP primary. Mindy Horowitz and John Gunn beat former Mayor Robert Wolf III to get their party’s nod to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Horowitz was the high vote-getter with 169, followed by Gunn with 160 votes. Wolf received 88. Democratic incumbent Robert Napoli, who ran unopposed in his party’s primary, received 27 votes. One of the seats up for grabs in November is Napoli’s and the other is that of Jonathan Cohen, who…

Ocean Township Celebrates the Earth at Green Fair

  As a certified Sustainable Jersey Municipality, the Ocean Township Environmental Commission invites the public to attend the fourth annual Green Fair at the Ocean Township Library on Sat., June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, family-friendly festival is dedicated to the Earth. Programs for all ages will include: > 10 a.m. Sing into Summer with members of the Ocean Township Intermediate School Chorus. Come and allow the children’s voices to delight your ears and tend to your soul’s garden. > 10:30 a.m The Energy Hog is back. Join this dastardly character, who makes learning about energy…

Pile Driving for New Ocean Grove Boardwalk Begins

  Ocean Grove’s $1.1 million dollar boardwalk reconstruction project is scheduled to begin today (May 29) when Epic Management’s construction crew will begin driving pilings into the sand along a half-mile stretch of beachfront on Ocean Avenue that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. “The new boardwalk is being rebuilt 30 feet west of its former location in line with the existing northerly and southerly sections and behind the existing bulkhead that provided excellent protection during the storm,” said Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s Chief Operating Officer, J.P. Gradone. The $1,135,570 construction project has been funded by a Neptune Township Bond…

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Curtiss, the director of the Bradley Beach Food Pantry, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week urging residents and officials to donate whatever they can to the food pantry. “We will accept anything that’s edible,” Curtiss said. The Bradley Beach Food Pantry is the third largest food pantry served by the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Despite their large dependence on the Foodbank, the pantry spends an additional $30,000 plus per year to purchase food and packaging supplies. With the help of volunteers, the pantry assists over 20,000 people per year in food…

In Neptune City: Library Hosts Open House

  The Neptune City Library will celebrate the beginning of its 90th year of service with an open house Tues.,June 3. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library on the east side of the Municipal Complex, 106 W. Sylvania Ave. Musical entertainment will be provided by Joe Riccardello, compliments of the Monmouth County Library System, of which the borough library is part of. There will be giveaways, snacks and a drawing for a $90 gift card. Only those with library cards can enter the drawing. Library membership is open to Neptune City residents, property owners,…

Shark River: A Place Where Fish Go to Die

  By DON STINE Residents, politicians and biologists are all saying that if the recent fish kill in the Shark River, estimated at 500,000 fish, isn’t a wake-up call to dredge the river – then what is? “Hopefully this fish kill will be a wakeup call that the river has to be dredged – soon. It’s way overdue,” Shark River Yacht Club Commodore Bill Geschke said over the weekend. “The river eventually got the reputation for mud flats and now it has a reputation as a place where fish go to die. When, actually, the Shark River could be a…

Bradley Beach Book Bike to Bring Books to Residents

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the Bradley Beach Memorial Day parade helps kick start the official summer season this weekend, crowds can expect to see not only the typical parade fanfare such as marchers, floats and firetrucks but the debut of what is soon to be another borough favorite: the “Book Bike.” Manned in the parade by Sharlene Edwards, library program coordinator, the “Book Bike” may very well be the talk of the town as it will be the first time residents will be able to have access to the library on a “roaming basis.” Edwards said she will ride…

Hollywood Comes to Krenkel’s in Neptune

  By DON STINE Hollywood came to Krenkel’s food and convenience store in Neptune Thurs., May 15 when well-known comedian Mike Marino filmed part of a pilot television series there. The half-hour pilot, called “Reconstruction New Jersey,” will be presented to various networks in hopes that it will get picked up. And as far as filming at Krenkel’s, Marino said it was a natural choice. “George is a good friend of mine and I get breakfast here a lot,” said Marino, who hails from Scotch Plains but also has a house in Belmar. As a matter of fact, Marino loves…

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