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Interlaken Railroad Crossing to Close

  The closing of a railroad crossing on Grassmere Avenue in Interlaken will require a road closure and detour according to the Department of Transportation. Two way traffic on Grassmere Avenue will be closed between Main Street and Bridlemere Avenue from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until Wed. May 25. Grassmere Avenue was closed for an earlier construction project on the adjacent roundabout. The DOT also said the detour from Main Street to Grassmere Avenue will direct traffic from Main Street to Corlies Avenue, Westra Street and Grassmere Avenue. The traffic detour has been coordinated with the local police. If…

Neptune Police Promotions

  By DON STINE Four veteran Neptune police officers were promoted at this week’s Township Committee meetings. Sergeant Michael Zarro was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Patrolmen Vincent Letsch, Brice Byham and Matthew Webb were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The four officers showed “devotion, hard work and dedication” during their tenure within the police department, Police Commissioner and Township Committeeman Nicholas Williams said. Zarro has been on the police force for 21 years and has served in various leadership roles in the department, including with the traffic bureau, community outreach program, and special assignments. “He serves…

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…

Plea for Downtown Foot Patrols After ‘Wild Weekend’

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Several Asbury Park business owners urged the City Council this week to establish foot patrols in the downtown area every Friday and Saturday night after what some called a “wild weekend.” Complaints included vomiting, vandalism, urinating, defecating by bar patrons. Only two weeks after saying he was willing to spend the money to set the tone for the downtown area before the summer season begins, Mayor John Moor said, “We lost the downtown again this weekend.” Moor again made it clear he wants more of a police presence downtown during the weekends. “I’m getting sick and…

Christian Center Moving to House of Independents

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Shore Christian Center will begin holding services at the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., Sun., May 8 Mother’s Day. The move comes at the same time as the unexpected death of the Rev. Dewey Friedel April 18. Dewey Friedel’s son Rev. Isaac Friedel, who had been working along his father and will now take over running the church. Isaac said this week that it will be a bit “intimidating” pastoring his first service without his father. “It will be bittersweet,” he said. Up until now Isaac, who was ordained by his father in…

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…

New Hotel Nearing Completion

  By ELLEN CARROLL The 110-room boutique Asbury Hotel located in the former Salvation Army building on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park is nearing completion and scheduled to open Thurs., May 26 just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The hotel, owned by waterfront developer iStar, will have 110 rooms some with eight bunk beds in a room and all the way up to private king and queen rooms. Prices for rooms will start at $125 a room. The front desk and check-in doubles as The Counter, a grab-and-go kitchen where guests can fetch keys, order coffee, or buy something…

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…