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Remembering Oakhurst School

  By DON STINE The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the Oakhurst School, built in 1900 on Monmouth Road, is the subject of a special exhibit at the museum that is bringing back memories to many residents. Exhibit curator Peggy Dellinger said the museum feels the old school is worthy of an exhibit. The museum was originally housed in the Oakhurst School, at 163 Monmouth Rd., for 25 years until a new museum was created in 2009 at the historic 18th century Eden Woolley House, now on Deal Road. “The Oakhurst School represents the…

Blue Service Helps Those Dealing with Loss

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The hustle and the bustle of the holiday season is officially upon us as shoppers scurry to find the best deals and plans for the neighborhood Christmas party are finalized. With all of the festivities surrounding the season it is often easy to forget that the holiday is not always a joyous one for all. It can be a time of rememberence for the loss of loved ones or the loss or a job or a home. For the third year, the Hamilton United Methodist Church in Neptune is offering a Blue Christmas service as a…

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Ocean Voters Go to Polls for School Referendum

  By DON STINE Ocean Township school officials are hoping voters will turn out Tues., Dec. 9 to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all five district schools. Approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service. Taxpayers will cast their votes during a special election at their regular polling places from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. School Superintendent James Stefankiewicz said Tuesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the referendum passing, saying it is “desperately needed in the district.” “We are trying to plan for the needs…

Neptune City Library Hosts Open House

  The Neptune City Library is hosting a Holiday Open House Tues., Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. wtih entertainment and refreshments for all. Entertainment will be provided by Joe “Mr. Ric” Riccardello, compliments of the Monmouth County Library System. Drawings will be held for gifts donated by local merchants and Friends of the Library. Snacks will also be provided. Patrons who join the library’s 2015 Friends of the Library that night will receive an additional ticket into the drawings. Books will be available for sale. Membership in the library is free and open to borough residents, property owners,…

City Residents Discuss Pros and Cons of Paid Parking

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents told officials this week they would like to see either free parking or reduced parking rates on city streets during the winter months although many acknowledge the state would be critical of the reduction in revenues for the city. The comments were made at a meeting this week to discuss solving Asbury Park’s long-term parking problem, which is not unique among coastal towns. “Asbury Park is not unique (regarding parking), per se, but it has unique traits that cannot be found (elsewhere),” said Timothy Tracy, executive vice president of Desman Associates. City…

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Neptune City Fire Cadet Receives Memorial Grant

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City Fire Cadet Richard T. Maher received the Terry Morcom Memorial Cadet Grant during the Borough Council meeting this week. He was the first cadet to receive the award. Established this year by the children of Morcom: Kimberly, Andrea, and Craig, it honors the memory of their father, Terry Morcom who joined the Neptune City Fire Department in 1969 and became chief in 1983. Morcom had cancer and died last year while he was still on active duty in the department. Current or former cadets of the NCFD that are advancing their education through secondary…

Neptune Ready for Winter

  Neptune is ready for the onslaught on a severe winter, much like last year, with 41 heavy-duty trucks and more than 900 tons of salt on hand right now to meet the challenge. Public Works Director Wayne Rode told the Township Committee Monday night that the township is ready. Weather experts predict another polar vortex will hit the area this winter with freezing temperatures and inclement weather conditions. Rode said the township has 41 pieces of “heavy equipment” ready to meet the challenge, including 12 trucks with salt spreaders and two new snow plows that replace two “damaged beyond…