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Bradley Beach Synagogue Honors Police Officers

  On Sat., Aug. 20 over 100 congregants of the Congregation Agudath Achim in Bradley Beach took time after services to honor the borough’s police department. Chief Leonard Guida, Lt. Ed Scott and a number of other officers represented the department while Mayor Gary Engelstad and Borough Councilmen Harold Cotler and Norman Goldfarb, a longtime police officer, represented the council. Cotler read a prepared message to the police department stressing the fact that officers put their own safety on the line everyday. Rabbit Kelman recited a special blessing for the state and police. Children from the synagogue made cards, giving…

My Week in an Ocean Grove Tent

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Last week due to my precarious living conditions, I had the good fortune of spending the week living in the tent community in Ocean Grove. I sold my house in Brick Township on July 20 and have been living out of a suitcase in my car while circling among my daughter’s condominium in Bayonne and friends in Bradley Beach, while waiting for the closing on my new house in Neptune. It’s been a rough summer, I’ve always had a place to lay my head down. The whole vagabond thing was getting kind of old when…

Avon Church Demolished; Another One Scheduled to Close

  By PETE WALTON The former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon has been demolished by the borough. Mayor John B. Magrini said at this week’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners that he hoped the property could be ready for sale in September or soon thereafter. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said that with the completion of the demolition, subdivision of the property can take place. The church was built in 1886 and initially called the First Baptist Church. After dwindling attendance in recent years, the church tried to find a buyer before conveying the property…

Oakhurst Fire Department Receives $66,000 Grant

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s Oakhurst fire department will see upgrades to important safety equipment under a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The department’s Board of Fire Commissioners applied to the Assistance To Firefighters grant program, administered through FEMA. The department received $66,165 in FEMA funding, which it has to match with a 10 percent, or $6,616, contribution. “This grant money saves taxpayers money. It’s a considerable amount that taxpayers otherwise would have to pay,” Fire District Administrator J. David Hiers said. The grant money will be used to upgrade breathing tank air-refill systems at both Oakhurst…

All Ocean Students Will Have Their Own Computers

  By DON STINE Improving reading, technical skills, and facility improvements are high on the list as Ocean Township opens its schools next month. “There’s lots of good stuff going on at Ocean right now,” Superintendent of Schools James Stefankiewicz said. This year the school district is introducing a new kindergarten through fifth grade literacy program. “We want to dramatically change how we deliver reading and writing instruction. Literacy is where it all begins and when kids learn to read and write well it carries over to other subject areas. We feel it’s important for students to read at grade…

Remembering Sen. Joe Palaia

  By DON STINE One of Ocean Township’s most recognized and revered leaders, Joseph Palaia, died on Sat., Aug. 20. He was 89 years old. He was a former state assemblyman and state senator. “We will always remember our good friend Joe,” former Mayor William F. Larkin said earlier this week. “Joe is a legacy to Ocean Township. He always wanted the Deal Test Site to remain open space but he had no idea we would name the park there after him.” The former 208-acre U.S. Army test site, renamed for Palaia in 1998, was acquired by the township after…

Respect the Power of the Ocean

  By PETE WALTON and JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Officials at the shore caution bathers never to underestimate the ocean following the rescue of four from the water in Asbury Park Sun., Aug. 14 and the apparent drowning of a man off Bradley Beach over the weekend. Bradley Beach Chief of Police Leonard Guida reminds those who want to swim at the borough’s beaches to respect the power of the ocean at all times. “It comes down to common sense,” Guida said. “Even if it appears calm, you always have to respect it. If you look at it that way, you…

Library Hosting Old Fashioned Games and Ice Cream Party

  By DENISE HERSCHEL There may be a few weeks left until the start of the new school year but the Bradley Beach Library still has several summer activities in store for the month of August. After a successful season of reading, it is even more of a reason for the children to celebrate, according to Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator. “I think that summer reading was a big success! The library was literally overflowing with party-goers at our Pirate Party with 93 people in attendance. Our little pirates were reading and having fun doing so. Experts agree…

Deal Police Department Receives National Award for Road Safety

  The Deal Police Department has placed third in the International Association of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Challenge. Police Chief Ronen Neuman made the announcement last week. The NLEC is a traffic safety recognition program that recognizes agencies that excel in keeping their roadways safe. It is designed to strengthen and support traffic safety and provides agencies an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve, learn from each other, and establish future goals in traffic education and enforcement. This is the first time in the history of the National Law Enforcement Challenge that any New…

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