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New Sephardic Youth Center Being Built in Ocean

  The new Deal Sephardic Youth Center is being built off Norwood Avenue in Ocean Township at the site of the old Acme supermarket building. The new center, at 224 Norwood Ave., near Roosevelt Avenue, is now using about 25,000 square feet of vacant space in the existing CVS pharmacy, once the Acme building. By adding 3,866-square-feet to an existing interior mezzanine space, the entire center will occupy about 29,000 square feet. The application for the center, which was approved late last year, was before the Board of Adjustment because it needed a use bulk variance, one for parking, and…

Fashion Show Benefits Arts Center

  The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s 18th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held June 25. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved by telephoning 732-774-5638. Proceeds are to fund the center’s third-floor restoration and culinary project for the visually impaired.

Fish Kill Number Rises to 800,000

  By DON STINE The estimated number of dead fish removed from the Shark River after a massive fish kill about one month ago has risen from 500,000 to as many as 800,000 fish. Neptune Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said this week that revised fish kill numbers came from the Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls where the fish were dumped Gadaleta said that about 310 tons of fish were weighed in at the landfill facility, with fish ranging in weight from three-quarters of a pound to a pound each. “From these weight measurements it was determined that about…

Neptune City Plans Improvements to Memorial Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials hope to extend the boardwalk at Memorial Park 520 feet and widen it 10 feet as part on an ongoing project to improve the park. Mary Sapp, Borough Administrator, addressed the Borough Council and the public about the ongoing plan to extend the boardwalk upon the completion of the bulkhead under the Community Development Block Grant. “The bulkhead and the boardwalk was originally in a two part plan,” Mayor Robert Brown said. The proposed project would extend the boardwalk 520 feet and widen it to 10 feet. The proposed boardwalk is set to…

Slight Boost in Ocean Tax Rate

  By DON STINE Ocean Township property owners will see an average $48 increase in municipal taxes under the township’s 2014 budget, which was adopted without public comment at last week’s Township Council meeting. It was hoped that the increase could be lowered to about $41 using pension savings to lower the tax rate. “But instead we used that money for our capital improvement program to enhance our road improvement projects due to the terrible winter we had,” Chief Financial Officer Stephen Gallagher said. Gallagher said the new budget will result in a $48 overall increase for an average home…

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…

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