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Bocce Tournament Celebrating 40 years at the Shore

  A well-known local bocce tournament, formerly known as the Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo National Bocce Tournament, is turning 40 this year. Founded in 1977 by Asbury Park police officer Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo, his cousin and fellow bocce enthusiast Sal Caliendo, 69, kept the tournament going after Petillo died in 1987. “It was always held on the Asbury Park boardwalk or in Convention Hall until 1992 when we were told the Grand Arcade had structural problems and was no longer safe. So we had to move it,” Caliendo said. Since then the tournament, which attracted bocce players from around…

Heroin Kills More Than Car Crashes or Murder

  By DON STINE More people are killed in Monmouth County by heroin overdoses than by murder and highway accidents- combined. Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Camden, have the highest rate of heroin-related deaths and a special forum on the subject was held April 27 in the High Ocean Township High School auditorium. “This is a very, very serious problem, particularly in Monmouth County,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck, who hosted the forum. “Young people can become so addicted in such a short period of time and unable to get away from it- it’s unprecedented. It really sets you on your…

Neptune Electrical Official Named Inspector of the Year

  By DON STINE Donald Clare, an electrical sub-code official in Neptune, has been selected the 2016 Electrical Inspector of the Year by the Municipal Electrical Inspector’s Association. “We are very proud of Don. He has been an exemplary employee and definitely deserves the award. He is very diligent and active in his industry and prides himself in knowledge of his field,” Neptune’s Director of Code and Construction William Doolittle said. “I am very proud of Don for receiving this honor from his peers. It just reinforces my belief that we have township employees that are dedicated to both their…

Woman in Stable Condition After Falling Into Lake

  A 59-year-old female Ocean Grove resident was pulled from the southern shore of Wesley Lake Wednesday afternoon (May 4) and taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. “She was somewhat hypothermic but alive,” Neptune police department spokesman Michael McGhee said. He said a person on the Asbury Park side of the lake witnessed the accident, near the footbridge in the middle, of the lake and immediately called police. McGhee said the woman is visually impaired and fell off the embankment into the lake. Police did not release here name. He said three Good Samaritans…

Neptune Crime Rate Down

  By DON STINE Neptune’s reportable crime rate, which includes both violent and property crimes, decreased by 12.5 percent last year, according to the department’s 2015 annual report. Presented to the Township Committee and public this weet, the report shows that violent and property crimes went from 1,541 crimes in 2014 to 1,347 last year, according to FBI statistics. Calls for service to the police department dropped from 38,611 in 2012 to 34,258 last year. “I am proud of our 74 sworn full-time police officers, our part-time special law enforcement officers, and our civilian staff who have accepted the responsibility…

Changes Planned at City Waterfront

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Summer Experience Program in Asbury Park is making some changes and expanding its sphere for the upcoming beach season. Frederic P. Lavinthal, of Chiesa , Shahinian and Giantomasi addressed the City Council at a recent meeting and asked for an extension of the beachfront developer iStar’s Summer Experience Center which began in 2013 as a three year program. Lavinthal also said some changes will be made for the upcoming summer season including changing the name of the program from the Asbury Park Waterfront to simply Asbury Park. A new color scheme is also proposed…

Rooftop patio being constructed on Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park is adding another amenity to the landmark building: a rooftop patio. The hotel’s Director of Engineering, Steven Pilley, is in the midst of constructing a rooftop patio at the historic hotel that he says, “Will have the best view in town.” Pilley, lives at the hotel with his aptly named dog, Berkeley, and is responsible for keeping the entire building in good working order. It’s a 24/7 job. “I never have a day off,” he said. Pilley says since he came on board two years ago, he has…

Replacement of Beach Railings Turned Down in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council could not get the votes to authorize spending up to $500,000 for the replacement of beach railings. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the project was recommended by FEMA. Police Chief Leonard Guida said 90 percent of the $500,000 “looks pretty good for reimbursement.” “We wouldn’t be doing this unless we had a strong response from FEMA,” Engelstad said. Guida said the rail system couldn’t be done piecemeal by the borough’s public works department. But the ordinance was tabled after it didn’t receive the four yes votes needed to pass. Councilman Sal Galassetti…

School Chief Will Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS In the 18-months that Dr. Lamont Repollet has been Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, he has overseen the move to a new Administrative Office, launched a series of academic initiatives, created an Early College Academy and designed a new logo for the district, all aimed at changing the long-held perception of a failed system. On May 13, the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present Repollet with the 2016 Public Official Carousel Award, one of five awards to be handed out at a gala dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Repollet came to Asbury Park…

Fond Farewell for Bradley Beach Dedicated Clerk

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials said good bye to longtime Borough Clerk Mary Ann Solinski, who retired this week after serving the borough for 26 years. “There’s been one voice, one steady hand for 26 years,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure working with you. She has such love and compassion for our town and always wanted it to be done right.” Solinski was originally hired under former Mayor Leonard Riley during the commission form of government. “I want to thank the current governing body and all the former administrations, for giving me…