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$22,000 Raised for Orlando Victims

  Club Paradise in Asbury Park has raised more than $22,000 that will be sent to the Pulse Victims Fund to support people needing financial assistance in the wake of the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. “I am still in shock about how much money we raised. And I am happy people felt comfortable coming out after the Florida event,” Club Paradise manager Joseph “Jo Jo” Crisci said earlier this week. He said that when there is a good cause people, both gay and straight, tend to turn out and support it. Between Monday and Friday last week, the…

Asbury Park Emergency Personnel, Police Honored

  The 200 Club of Monmouth County honored several Asbury Park emergency responders at its annual Valor Awards Luncheon at the Spring Lake Golf Club earlier this month. Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness was the guest speaker. The 200 Club recognizes police, fire and first aid members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the community every year. Special Recognition was given to members of Asbury Park Police Street Crime Unit including: Lt. David Desane; Sgt. Lorenzo Pettway; Sgt. Kamil Warraich; Officer Fil Lao; Officer Sean DeShader; Officer Joe…

Camping Denied at Carousel Lot

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council decided that the proposal for upscale boutique tent camping in the Carousel building parking lot was not in keeping with the redevelopment agreement with Madison Marquette. In a three to two vote, the proposal was denied after being reviewed by the Technical Review Committee last week and the council at its June 13 work session. The two yes votes came from Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and new Clouncilwoman Eileen Chapman. The mayor and two council members agreed with the resolution that boutique camping does not constitute “hotels, lodging and conference…

City OKs Condo Project on West Side

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Interfaith Neighbors Inc. has been approved to build 20 residential units on a vacant lot on Springwood Avenue across from the new park in Asbury Park. The $4.1 million project has been called the Turf Club Project because it is across the street from the former Turf Club. The resolution states it will be completed with no cost to the city. It calls for 10 townhouses in five buildings with each containing a two bedroom unit upstairs and a one bedroom unit on the ground floor. Each deed includes two units, allowing for one to…

New Restaurant Opens on Ocean Grove Boardwalk

  By DON STINE A unique co-op restaurant at the north end of the Ocean Grove boardwalk will open this weekend and it promises to have food items to please just about everyone. The new Dunes Boardwalk Café will house eight different food vendors – each offering their own specialty items. The building has been closed since befoe Superstorm Sandy. It formerly housed the Homestead Restaurant which opened in 1915 and featured white tablelothes on all the tables and silver-plated tea service. It closed in 1978. Later it housed a Perkins Pancake House and several other restaurants. “We will have…

Neptune City Police Officer Graduates from FBI Academy

  Neptune City Police Lieutenant Matthew J. Quagliato graduated from the FBI National Academy on June 10. Two hundred and thirteen Law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 264th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 21 international countries, four military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training…

In Ocean: Stop Feeding the Deer, Officials Say

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents are being urged not to feed the local wildlife, especially the deer. “People are feeding wildlife, mostly in their own yards, and this attracts wildlife out of its natural habitat and into residential neighborhoods,” Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo said. “The wildlife can then also damage property and increases the possibility that animals could be struck by vehicles,” he said. He said that putting out food also attracts other animals, like rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and rabbits. Bird feeders are not a problem “But deer are a particular problem. Feeding them takes them…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO When the gun fire erupted in a night club in Orlando Florida people ran for cover and many were killed. The shooter took control of the building and the people inside were trapped and at the mercy of a maniac. This was an act of terror designed to hurt all of us. The reality for the people inside the building was absolutely life and death; fear, and horror. Around them, on the floor their friends and loved ones lay dead or dying. We know from their phone messages that many of the people in the club…

Benefit Planned for Seidle Family

  The Neptune High School Class of 1982 is teaming up with the domestic violence organization 180 turning Lives Around, Inc. to host a memorial tribute June 18 to classmate Tamara Wilson-Seidle, who was murdered a year ago by her husband, Police Sergeant Philip Seidle. The family friendly festival will include games, food for purchase, music and fun for everyone. It will be held at the Neptune High School rear parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Rain date is June 25. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Wilson-Seidle’s nine children. “Tami believed in carrying out random acts…

Ocean Township Waiving Some Fees to Attract Businesses

  By DON STINE If you want to start your own small business then you might think about locating it in Ocean Township and save yourself some money in the process. The Township Council last week passed a resolution that will waive a number of commercial fees to attract new, small businesses to vacant commercial spaces in the township. “We are trying to stimulate small businesses to come in by waiving some fees, like electrical or plumbing inspections, as an incentive to attract small businesses,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. He said move is intended to attract small businesses probably needing…