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CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL RENAMED IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  BY ED SALVAS Students, faculty, staff and parents came together outside the Asbury Park Middle School Wednesday to join in renaming of the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremony included unveiling of a sign honoring the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The program began with welcoming remarks by the Principal, Dr. Rashawn Adams, and Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and featured Edith Savage- Jennings, a longtime friend of the King family who called her “Aunt Edith.” Dr. Repollet noted that King appeared in Asbury Park in 1960 and spoke…

Free Winter Festival Offers Music, Refreshments, Performances

  By DON STINE Not only will it be good times at The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s Winter Arts Festival in Ocean Grove later this month but there is something extra special – all events are free! “We have a benefactor providing hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments for events. So, everything is free and there is no reason for tickets now,” JSAC President Herb Herbst said. The second annual festival will span three days, from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets for a dinner and the variety show to be held on Saturday night were originally priced at…

In Tinton Falls: Officials Seek Help in Locating Dogs Who May Have Exposure to Rabies

  By PETE WALTON Tinton Falls officials are helping to look for pit bull puppies which may have been exposed to an adult dog with a confirmed case of rabies. The Monmouth County Health Department is seeking information from anyone who may have acquired, purchased, adopted or come into contact with pit bull puppies in the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen in the past month. “We are currently working to identify anyone who may have come into contact with pit bull puppies that may have been exposed to a confirmed case of rabies in an adult dog,” said Christopher Merkel, Monmouth…

City School to Have New Name

  The renaming of the Asbury Park Middle School is scheduled to take place Wed., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The school will be renamed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School. The Board of Education approved the name change in August.

Sports Roundup

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Led by Morgan Bartlett and Taylor Bartlett, the Ocean Township High School girls basketball team vanquished Brick 37-16. Morgan Bartlett scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds one assist and one steal for the Spartans (2-15) against the Green Dragons (1-16). Tyler Bartlett, who rained home three shots from beyond the arc, contributed 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. Sanaa Finley added five rebounds, one assist and three steals. Katelyn Molloy added six points on two treys, picked off five rebounds, handed out three assists and made one steal. Ocean sped to a 15-6 halftime…

Newly Elected Officials Urged to Attend Government Seminar

  If you have recently been elected to public office, or have been newly assigned to a leadership role in your community, you are encouraged to sign up for Monmouth County’s Local Government Seminar. “There are many responsibilities that come with serving on local governing bodies,” Monmouth County Freeholder, John P. Curley said. “Laws change and municipalities must conform to the new regulations which impact all levels of government. People who attend this session will gain some valuable knowledge and insight.” The Monmouth County Local Government Seminar that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Brookdale Community College will…

Neptune City Area Designated for Redevelopment

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials have designated the area between Steiner Avenue and 5th Avenue to Memorial Drive as an area in need of redevelopment, allowing the Borough Planner to prepare a Redevelopment Plan. The parcel of land was originally split between Neptune City and Neptune but as of January 1, 2016, became designated property of Neptune City. The area houses buildings that have been there since the 1950s according to Mayor Robert Brown. “We’re going to make sure (the redeveloper) does what’s in the best interest of Neptune City,” said Brown who also said the area, which…

Bradley Beach Ready for Its Closeup

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Don Lewis, president of the Bradley Beach Historical Society and Museum, along with various residents, were featured on NJTV and Channel 13 on Tues., Feb. 9 after Bradley Beach Tourism Director and owner of Paws & Anchor, Nicole Kienlen, entered the Ask Away contest. Kienlen asked, “Who was Captain William Kidd and where is his treasure buried in Bradley Beach?” According to NJTV’s research, Kidd buried his treasure along the Jersey coast and it’s suspected to be worth millions. NJTV interviewed Department of Public Works Operation Supervisor, Richard Bianchi, Jr. who found a centerpiece from an…

Shrewsbury Volkswagen Donates $10,000 for Ocean Events

  A $10,000 donation by a local business to help offset the costs for Ocean Township’s special annual events will go a long way, Mayor Christopher Siciliano said at this week’s Township Council meeting. Prior to the meeting, Siciliano and Councilwoman Donna Schepiga accepted the $10,000 check from Gino Dellomo, a lifelong township resident and general manager for Shrewsbury Volkswagen in Tinton Falls. Siciliano said a major sponsorship for township events is offered every year, adding that Dellomo “stepped up to the plate” this year to help his community. He said contributions go to help offset costs for events, like…

New Campaign to Save Madonna House

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The founder and director of Madonna House in Neptune is once again asking for donations so she can stay in the building where she also runs a thrift store. Madonna House, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization supporting destitute women and children. Founder Rebecca Blonski said she recently received a letter from the mortgage holders of the building calling in the entire $123,000 mortgage on the property in 30 days. If the entire amount is not paid by then, the letter states, foreclosure proceedings will begin. The mortgage holder, whom Blonksi chooses not to…