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Bridge Replacement on Schedule

  Although rumors have been circulating that the Sunset Avenue Bridge project between Wanamassa and Asbury Park is ahead of schedule, a bridge project manager said last week that is not necessarily the case. “You are never ahead of schedule until you open,” project superintendent Mark Timari said. He said that the original reopening date remains the same, May 27, just before Memorial Day weekend. “We should be open by Memorial Day and that is what we are shooting for right now,” he said. Timari said that the weather has been good and that the recent snow storm had little…

Former Unsuccessful Candidate Seeks to Recall City Councilman

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A former unsuccessful candidate for Asbury Park City Council and two other residents have filed a Notice of Intention at Asbury Park city hall to recall Councilman Jesse Kendle. Duanne Small, Mabin Womble and Brian Bass, formally known as the Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle, were given approval to proceed in creating a petition. The petition will be brought back to city hall for final approval before the recall committee can begin collecting the required signatures. State law mandates that the recall petition must contain at least 25 percent of the electorate. A letter from…

New Committee Member in Neptune

  By DON STINE Resident Carol J. Rizzo was appointed to the Neptune Township Committee Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Eric Houghtaling, who took office in the State Assembly earlier this month. Rizzo, an Ocean Grove resident since 2001, said it is “a thrill and honor” to be appointed to the governing body, which has been all-Democratic since Republican Thomas A. Catley retired in 2008. “I plan to fulfill the pledges I have made to residents in the past and will work to make the township better,” she said. Rizzo said her pet issues coming onto the…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPHN PANGARO An officer on patrol is expected to know their beat; who lives in it and what the normal rhythms of the area are. This is an essential element of police work and something we can all understand. If we see a person we don’t recognize we take interest in what they are doing and where they go. This is also an essential part of providing a security net in the towns and cities we work in. Of course seeing someone we don’t know does not mean we are to assume the worst and assign a malevolent…

Deputy Court Admininstrator Named in Neptune City

By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Council approved the appointment of Tracy Sorrentino as Deputy Court Administrator after the Monmouth County Assignment Judge approved the appointment. Neptune City, Bradley Beach, and Avon work within a mutually beneficial shared services agreement, said Mary Sapp, Neptune City Administrator and Municipal Clerk. Neptune City provides the courtroom for all three towns and Bradley Beach provides the personnel. Sorrentino will be an employee of and compensated by Bradley Beach, taking the place of the current Court Administrator in April when Kelly Barrett, the current Court Administrator will take over the Municipal Clerk role in…

Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Hosted by Ocean Chamber of Commerce

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce’s will hold its Annual Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Benefit and New Member Drive Thurs., Feb. 11 at the award-winning Shore Antique Center at 413 Allen Avenue in neighboring Allenhurst. The event that will begin at 5:30 pm, will once again be sponsored by Wegmans Market of Ocean. “This year, the event has a fun new twist – we will have beer tastings for those who prefer ale to grape,” said Chamber Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda. She added “Every year we seem to takes on a new dimension, it is truly…

The B Plot: Eat Clean

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Eating great and healthier is easier than ever thanks to Eat Clean Delivery in Neptune City. A few years ago, Mike Hollemans, was a successful event management expert. After a month-long work trip, he should have returned home to Belmar jazzed about all his achievements. Instead, he felt overweight at 300 pounds, tired and generally unfulfilled. “After that trip everything clicked for me,” Hollemans said. “That was the beginning of the new beginning. I started making small changes like cooking better meals and taking care of myself and, slowly, my friends started noticing. It didn’t happen…

Assembly Members Question State’s Failure to Secure Significant Disaster Relief Funds

  Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey said this week they will ask Assembly leaders to hold hearings on why New Jersey finished dead last out of 13 states that were awarded National Disaster Resilience Competition grants from the federal government. Out of the $1 billion in aid available through the competition, at least $181 million was set aside for projects in New Jersey and New York, but New Jersey received $15 million while New York City received $176 million and New York state received an additional $35.8 million. Eleven other states were awarded grant money, including landlocked states…

Ocean Senior Makes College Plans

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School senior standout Tyler Thompson has verbally committed to the University of Massachusetts to continue his football career, Ocean coach Don Klein announced. “He will take his official visit there the weekend of Jan. 29 and sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 3 at Ocean,” Klein said. In almost four full varsity seasons (he missed part of his junior year because of a broken leg), Thompson scored 57 touchdowns–53 rushing, three receiving and one punt return). He piled up 5,419 yards of total offense on 851 touches, averaging 6.4 yards per…

Special Election in Neptune City

  By ELLEN CARROLL Neptune City voters will be asked to go to the polls one more time, March 22, for a special election for a Borough Council seat. The election follows a decision to count the provisional ballot cast by Michaela O’Brien, a first time voter who said she voted across the board for Republicans. Voters will be asked to vote for Richard Pryor, a Republican who lost the election by one vote, and Michael Skudera, a Democrat who was sworn in to a seat Jan. 1. Pryor has been a counciilman since 2000.Skudera is a newcomer to elected…