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2 Incumbents, Newcomer Win in Deal

  By DON STINE Two incumbents, including the current mayor, and one newcomer won four-year terms to the Deal Board of Commissioners in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. Winning seats were Mayor Morris Ades, incumbent Samuel M. Cohen and newcomer David Simhon. It was the first time in decades that the three incumbent commissioners did not run on the same ticket. “This is very unusual and I can’t remember this type of challenge since I came here in the 1970s. We never broke up a team of incumbent commissioners,” Mayor Morris Ades said during the campaign. Ades teamed up with incumbent Commissioner…

Avon Church Scheduled for Demolition

  By PETE WALTON The former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon is scheduled to be demolished Mon., May 23. The church, which was built in 1886 and initially called the First Baptist Church, was renamed in 1927 in honor of a former minister. The building is made out of brick, though renovations in the 1940s left it covered in stucco. After the congregation dwindled, the church tried for more than a year to find a buyer before conveying the property to the borough. The Board of Commissioners voted in December to demolish the building after their…

Neptune Resident Fought Racial Injustice

  By DON STINE Ermon K. Jones, who opened the door for African-Americans to teach at Neptune High School and who filed a lawsuit to fight housing discrimination which went all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court, died May 7. He was 92. The legacy of the life-long Neptune resident who fought racial prejudice and injustice for most of his life was celebrated at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting, Committeeman Michael Brantley, who was a fellow fraternity brother of Jones in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, said he knew Jones well and spent many Christmas’s at his…

Bradley Beach Prepares for Memorial Day Festival

  Bradley Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend festival will be held from May 28 through May 29 at the beachfront. This annual event begins with a parade along Ocean Avenue at 10 a.m. May 28. During the parade a wreath honoring American servicemen and women will be placed at the beachfront flags on Ocean Avenue near the stage area. The group’s annual donations will be presented to several borough organizations totalling $4,000. The Bradley Beach Boardwalk will be filled with more than 200 merchandise and food vendors along with Kiddie Rides and entertainment,including live music. The Ship Wrecked Mini Golf…

Tinton Falls lands $1.6 Million Road Repairs, Vehicle Purchases

  By PETE WALTON The Tinton Falls Borough Council plans to issue bonds worth $1.6 million to fund road improvements and three new public works vehicles. A $250,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation will help fund the $1.96 million total cost of the improvements. The borough’s 2016 Road Improvement Program includes Pine Street, Surrey Lane, Tracy Place, Acorn Drive, Chestnut Court, Apple Orchard Drive, Hamilton Court and the municipal public works lot. A new automated sanitation truck costing approximately $240,000 will be purchased, as well as two public works trucks at an estimated total price of $70,000. The…

Heroin Kills More Than Car Crashes or Murder

  By DON STINE More people are killed in Monmouth County by heroin overdoses than by murder and highway accidents- combined. Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Camden, have the highest rate of heroin-related deaths and a special forum on the subject was held April 27 in the High Ocean Township High School auditorium. “This is a very, very serious problem, particularly in Monmouth County,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck, who hosted the forum. “Young people can become so addicted in such a short period of time and unable to get away from it- it’s unprecedented. It really sets you on your…

Neptune Electrical Official Named Inspector of the Year

  By DON STINE Donald Clare, an electrical sub-code official in Neptune, has been selected the 2016 Electrical Inspector of the Year by the Municipal Electrical Inspector’s Association. “We are very proud of Don. He has been an exemplary employee and definitely deserves the award. He is very diligent and active in his industry and prides himself in knowledge of his field,” Neptune’s Director of Code and Construction William Doolittle said. “I am very proud of Don for receiving this honor from his peers. It just reinforces my belief that we have township employees that are dedicated to both their…

Woman in Stable Condition After Falling Into Lake

  A 59-year-old female Ocean Grove resident was pulled from the southern shore of Wesley Lake Wednesday afternoon (May 4) and taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. “She was somewhat hypothermic but alive,” Neptune police department spokesman Michael McGhee said. He said a person on the Asbury Park side of the lake witnessed the accident, near the footbridge in the middle, of the lake and immediately called police. McGhee said the woman is visually impaired and fell off the embankment into the lake. Police did not release here name. He said three Good Samaritans…

Neptune Crime Rate Down

  By DON STINE Neptune’s reportable crime rate, which includes both violent and property crimes, decreased by 12.5 percent last year, according to the department’s 2015 annual report. Presented to the Township Committee and public this weet, the report shows that violent and property crimes went from 1,541 crimes in 2014 to 1,347 last year, according to FBI statistics. Calls for service to the police department dropped from 38,611 in 2012 to 34,258 last year. “I am proud of our 74 sworn full-time police officers, our part-time special law enforcement officers, and our civilian staff who have accepted the responsibility…

Replacement of Beach Railings Turned Down in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council could not get the votes to authorize spending up to $500,000 for the replacement of beach railings. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the project was recommended by FEMA. Police Chief Leonard Guida said 90 percent of the $500,000 “looks pretty good for reimbursement.” “We wouldn’t be doing this unless we had a strong response from FEMA,” Engelstad said. Guida said the rail system couldn’t be done piecemeal by the borough’s public works department. But the ordinance was tabled after it didn’t receive the four yes votes needed to pass. Councilman Sal Galassetti…

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