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$7.4 Million Bridge Project on Schedule

  The $7.4 million project to replace the Sunset Avenue Bridge over Deal Lake between Ocean Township and Asbury Park will be taking a significant step forward in the coming weeks. Seventy-two piles are required to support three new piers that will support Sunset Avenue Bridge. Three test piles were driven in March. Weather permitting, 23 piles at each of the three piers should be driven in place by the end of this week. Additional piles will be driven this summer: 85 piles will be driven in June to support the bridge abutment and retaining walls on the Asbury Park…

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Vote for Your Favorite County Beach

  What is your favorite Monmouth County beach? You can cast your ballot in the statewide best beaches survey and help prove that Monmouth County has the best beaches in the state. “We would love to see several Monmouth County beaches appear on the 2015 New Jersey Top Ten Beaches list,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said. “Fans of Monmouth County and its beaches need to vote online by June 19 to have their vote count.” Twenty-three Monmouth County beaches are on the ballot and eligible for voting in 2014. The beaches are: Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Cliffwood…

Street Sweeping Measure in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Vehicles parked on Ocean and Main Avenues in Ocean Grove will have to be moved for 90 minutes once a week from April 15 through October 15 so streets can be cleaned under an ordinance introduced by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which will have a public hearing on Thurs., May 21, applies to the entire length of Ocean Avenue and on Main Avenue from New York to Central Avenue. It requires vehicles be removed for at least 90 minutes on the east side of Ocean Avenue from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on…

Registration Open for City Summer Camp

  Registration is now underway for children ages 5 to 12 who want to attend the Asbury Park Summer Day Camp Program, which runs from June 29 to Aug. 7. For residents, the cost is $150, plus $50 for each additional child. For non-residents, the fee is $300, plus $150 for each additional child. Registration is available on the second floor at City Hall on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon. The camp is held at the Thurgood Marshall and Bradley primary schools. More information is available from Leesha Floyd, telephone 732-502-5759,…

Loch Arbour Hires Lawyer to Seek Options for High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour continues to try to find a solution to its high school tax rate and village officials recently hired a law firm to see what options may be available. Loch Arbour has approached both Interlaken and Loch Arbour with a proposal to merge with the village but the idea was eventually rejected by both towns. “We are looking at alternatives to see if there are other ways to solve our school problem. The proposed mergers are not going through and we will investigate other means,” Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week.“It’s another way to…

Family Dollar to Move to New Location in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Family Dollar of Neptune received preliminary approval from the Neptune City Land Use Board this week to renovate the former Hostess outlet on Route 35 for its new location. Final approval is expected to be granted next month. When the new space is renovated and ready to open the Family Dollar store currently operating in the Stop and Shop center will close. The company will upgrade and renovate the former Hostess building to use a portion for a 9,480 square foot Family Dollar store. The remaining 9,700 square feet is proposed for up to 6 additional…

City Parking Lot Closed for Upgrade

  By DON STINE The municipal parking lot next to the Asbury Park City Hall will be closed for milling and repaving from Wednesday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 20. “This will be a logistical nightmare but the more we prepare the less of a nightmare it will be- but we will get through it,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s City Council workshop. Moor said the work, however, is extremely important yet people still need to be able to conduct their business at City Hall, which includes holding municipal court. Entrance doors on the northern end of the municipal…

Neptune Clerk Receives Award

  Neptune Township Clerk Richard J. Cuttrell received a special award from the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Cuttrell, who was unaware the award was being presented, was given the association’s Spotlight Award for the month of April. “The purpose of this award is to recognize MCANJ members who bring positive attention to the profession of being a clerk through engagement in civic activities or events outside of their normal duties and responsibilities in their home and/or work communities,” MCANJ President John M. Mitch wrote in a May 11 letter. Former Neptune City…