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The Angel of Salvage in Asbury Park

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO What began in 2002 as a personal desire to restore a home to its original glory has evolved into Central New Jersey’s largest architectural salvage showroom, Salvage Angel, located in Asbury Park. “Salvage Angel grew from a personal need but I knew there were other people like me trying to truly restore their homes in a pure way,” said Carolyn Curtin, founder. “I started getting wish lists from friends and neighbors and my hobby grew from collecting architectural items to include vintage furniture and home decor.” The 20,000-square-foot warehouse in the former Canada Dry building on…

Neptune Garden Growing Bigger

  By DON STINE Community involvement and living a healthier lifestyle in Neptune’s Midtown area will get a boost under a proposal to expand a community garden in the area. “The garden has proven to be successful and now we have a chance to expand it and get more people involved,” First Pentecostal Church Sr. Pastor Paul L. Brown said. In 2011, the Township Committee granted the First Pentecostal Church, 144 Oxonia Ave. and Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation use of a 50- by 100-foot section Liberty Park on Monroe Avenue for a community garden. Church and MURC officials are now…

Former Councilman Fondly Remembered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Bradley Beach Councilman Patrick D’Angelo died February 26 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He was 82. D’Angelo, originally from Staten Island, spent his summers in Bradley Beach before moving there permanently when he retired. After becoming a full time resident he ran for a council seat, serving about 16 years. During his tenure he worked with the state to acquire grant funding for the town including one for the construction of the boardwalk promenade after the 1992 nor’easter. Due to his involvement in his community he received many awards and citations and then…

Asbury Park Recall Committee Authorized to Collect Signatures

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle from his position as a councilman in Asbury Park has moved one step closer to achieving its goal. The group, comprised of Duanne Small, Mabin Womble and Brian Bass, had submitted a petition to City Clerk Cynthia Dye last week but corrections were needed. On Monday Dye said she had received the corrected petition and signed off on it. Dye said the committee could begin collecting the 391 signatures needed on Thursday at 5 p.m.. They will then have 160 days from the date Dye approved the petition to…

Candidates File for Asbury Park School Board Race

  Two three-member tickets are seeking to win three, three-year terms on the Asbury Park Board of Education in the April 19 election. The school board recently voted to move the elections back to April from November, which cuts all recently-elected board member’s terms by eight months. Board member Corey Lowell has decided not to seek reelection. Incumbent Nicole Harris, who is also the current school board president, is running on the “From the Community, For The Community” ticket along with former assistant city manager and former school board president James Famularo and Derrick Grant, vice-president of the Asbury Park…

Neptune Police Officer Promoted to Captain

  A 19-year Neptune police veteran was promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lt. Anthony Gualario was promoted during a special swearing-in ceremony attended by fellow police officers, family and friends. “Lt. Gualario has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping this police department and has served in various leadership roles,” Police Director Michael J. Bascom said. Gualario has served with the traffic bureau, the professional responsibility and internal affairs, departments, and served as a shift commander and patrol supervisor in the Operations Division. “He has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping this police department…

No Knock Ordinance Will Go Into Effect in Ocean

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will soon be able to register to prevent solicitors from coming to their door trying to sell services or products. Referred to as the “No-Knock” ordinance, it prevents any type of solicitation to homes that have placed their address on a special registry. Township Manager Andrew Brannen said the ordinance, which was adopted at the Feb. 9 Township Council meeting, does not apply to religious or political groups. “It does prevent any types of other solicitation, such as people trying to sell you doors, windows, cable television, etc.” he said. A property owner…

Avon to Hire 11 Special Police Officers

  By PETE WALTON Avon will add 11 special police officers to help keep the beachfront running smoothly this summer. The borough will establish a beachfront police command post at Sylvania Avenue to supervise the special officers and address law enforcement issues which may arise. Funding for the improved police presence will come from the borough’s beach utility, which saw a large increase in revenue last year after record-breaking attendance. Commissioner Frank Gorman said that the number of Class 1 special officers will be increased from 10 to 19, and there will be five Class 2 special officers this summer,…

Bradley Beach Police Say Beware of IRS Scams

  Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard A. Guida is urging residents to be on “high alert” for criminals impersonating Internal Revenue Service and Treasury employees this filing season. The phone fraud and e-mail scam has become an epidemic throughout the United States, according to a release from the chief. Guida outlined what residents need to know to protect themselves. The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone- e-mail or social media about unpaid taxes. Also the IRS will not ask for payment using prepaid debit card, a money order or wire transfers. The scammers often threaten…

Celebrating Youth Art in Ocean Township

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally in March each year and is designed to educate the community as to what is being taught in the visual arts curriculum, helping to emphasize the value of art education for all students. Across the country, events will occur throughout the month at the national, state, county and local levels to celebrate the talent students possess. As part of this observance the Ocean Township Library and Terner House Gallery will be the site of the Ocean Township School District’s Youth Art Month Exhibit during the entire month of March, according…