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Summer at the Shore: Ready, Set, Go

  By JOSEPH SAPIA On Tuesday, Joanne Letson was planting canna flowers and palms at the “Bradley Beach sign” on the oceanfront. Earlier, she had planted marigolds and begonias in the area. Soon, the B-R-A-D-L-E-Y B-E-A-C-H lettering sitting in the flower bed would be getting a coat of white paint. “I go to the beach frequently,” said Letson, 54, who works for the Bradley Beach public works department. “Probably everyday in season.” In-season is upon us: Memorial Day Weekend. “Start of summer, Opening Day,” said Rick Wlazlowski, 19, a Wall resident who was surfing earlier this week at Avon. “Everything…

In Interlaken: No Increase in Municipal Tax Rate

  Interlaken taxpayers will see no increase in their municipal tax rate this year after the Borough Council last week applied $5,000 in surplus to keep the tax rate stable. Under a previous budget presented to the council, the average home, which is assessed at $568,827, would have seen an average $6 total increase in the municipal tax rate. The Interlaken municipal tax rate has been fairly stable for the past few years. Councilman Keith Miller said it was ultimately a bipartisan effort to amend the budget. “We discussed minimal cuts in numerous areas but our chief financial officer said…

Neptune City Police to Participate in National ‘Click It or Ticket’

  Neptune City Police will be taking part in the national “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt campaign until June 1. The idea of the annual campaign is to promote the life-saving value of seatbelt use. “Using a seatbelt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2010 alone, seatbelts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” Proedubicky said the state goal is to increase front-seat belt use from 91 percent to 92 percent. “To meet our goal, we…

North End Building Gets OK for Repairs

  Above – The North End building in Ocean Grove right after Superstorm Sandy. By BONNIE GRAHAM At the most recent Ocean Grove Homeowners Association meeting residents were informed that the Historic Preservation Commission has approved the application for 4 Boardwalk – the North End Building. The approved plan includes a separate, enclosed dining terrace with permanent windows that will not have air conditioning.  At this time, they are going forward with repairing the building. Joan Venezia of the association’s North End Committee thanked the members of the North End Committee (Connie Ogden, Carol Woidt, Ann Horan, Mark Kourey, and…

Questions and Mystery Surround Massive Shark River Fish Kill

  By DON STINE What killed massive numbers of fish in the Shark River remains a mystery- and at least three separate theories are being put forward as to the cause of the massive fish kill over the weekend. Tens of thousands of fish, most of them bunker or menhaden, were seen floating in the Shark River early Mon., May 12 and state and county officials stated they believe the fish died due to a lack of oxygen in the water. But one well-known local fisherman and a retired state fisheries expert said they believe that theory is possibly wrong,…

Neptune, Asbury Park Seek $500,000 Grant to Fight Gangs

  Neptune and Asbury Park police plan to aggressively deal with local gang-related crime and violence by seeking a $500,000 federal grant designed to create safer neighborhoods. This week Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for a Violent Gang and Gun Crime Program Grant, also called “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” He said he expects to know by Oct.1 if the grant has been awarded. “The grant money will be used to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. I believe we have…

Spanish Dance Theatre Opens at Arts Center

  On Friday May 16 at 7:30 p.m., celebrate spring with the vibrant colors, sights and sounds of Spain, with New Jersey’s premier Spanish Dance and Flamenco company, the widely-acclaimed Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, located at 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove. Ticket prices are $20 General and $17 for Seniors/Students, and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center at 732-502-0050 or on-line at jerseyshoreartscenter.org.  For further information, please visit www.alboradadance.org, call 732-598-3979, or email alboradadance@optonline.net. This performance features world-renowned flamenco guitarist Arturo Martinez with the soloists and ensemble dancers of Alborada and singer Gisele Assi.  A local…

These Knights Ride to Raise Money for Charities

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When one thinks of the Roman Catholic men’s group, the Knights of Columbus, one may think of members collecting money for charity on roadsides or dressed in ceremonial costumes of cape, hat with ostrich feathers and sword. But riding motorcycles? In New Jersey, the state Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry has existed since 2008, said Mark “Bozz” Bozzo of Bradley Beach. Since June, the 61-year-old business owner — he owns New Jersey Retractable Awnings in Wall — has been president of the approximately 180-member state ministry. This ministry is just an extension of Knights of Columbus…

School Board Member Resigns in Neptune City

  The Neptune City Board of Education is looking to fill a vacancy on the board, caused by the resignation of Brian Sullivan, board president. The school district asks anyone interested to submit a letter of interest to William Folk, the district business administrator and board secretary, by Fri., May 16. The school district address is 210 W. Sylvania Ave., Neptune City, 07753. More information on the seat is available from the board. With the recent resignation of Sullivan, a board member since 2004, the nine-member board is down to eight members.

Buy a Poppy; Help Our Veterans

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Every May millions of red crepe paper poppies are distributed throughout the United States as a symbol of the sacrifice of service made by veterans. This year, as every year for 64 years, the American Legion and its auxiliary of Neptune Post 346 are participating in the program. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy program began in 1921 and “Poppy Days” are a familiar tradition in almost every American community, said Doreen Gallagher, past unit president and past county president of American Legion Auxiliary United 346 in Neptune. “The distribution of the bright red memorial flower to…

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