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Avon Wants Auction of Government Property Postponed

  By PETE WALTON Avon officials want the federal government to delay an auction of oceanfront property which was previously used to house U.S. Coast Guard personnel. The building at the corner of Ocean and East End avenues is located in a single-family residential zone, though the Coast Guard was allowed to use it for multi-family housing. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Borough Attorney Barry A. Cooke said the multi-family use does not survive a transfer of ownership. The federal government’s advertising of the property describes it as a “three-family residential dwelling” and makes no reference to the…

Ocean Officer Promoted

  Ocean Township Police Officer Michael Sorrentino, a 20-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of Police Captain at last week’s Township Council meeting. Mayor Christopher Siciliano administered the oath of office while Sorrentino’s wife, Tracey, and his children, Brianna and Michael Jr., look on with other council members and Police Chief Steven R. Peters.

In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee to Explore Options

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to establish a special parking committee to look into the chronic parking problems in the historic district of Ocean Grove which faces a dramatic increase in population and vehicles every summer. But some residents said more could be done. “This is preposterous. You just keep pushing this off and it’s intolerable,” Ocean Grove Homeowners Association (OGHA) Trustee Joyce M. Klein said after the governing body closed the workshop June 13. Klein and others said the governing body has had enough time to organize a special committee and that there has already been lots…

‘We Are With You Orlando’

  By RICH VIRGILIO “Asbury Park is with you Orlando,” Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said outside Georgie’s Bar. “Our hearts break for the victims, their family and friends. People came to that club as a safe-haven with a promise to see friends, celebrate life and acceptance. This is a somber time for our community; we carry the pain of Orlando with us.” And so it went Sunday night as area residents gathered to mourn and remember the Orlando mass shooting victims, their families, friends and the community. “It was a flash vigil we organized in hours because we…

Neptune City’s Ted Wardell honored

  Ted Wardell, a former Neptune City councilman and mayor, received the prestigious Lee Veale Award at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Spring Conference. The award was presented at the organization’s Board of Directors Dinner on Wednesday, April 27. In addition to holding elected office Wardell served the borough as a voluntary first responder and past president of the Neptune City First Aid Squad. He also coached various youth basketball teams. He has been a member of the NJCM Mayors Emeritus Association for 15 years. Wardell is employed by Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors as Senior Vice President of…

Ocean Twp. Middle school students excel in French

  French students from Ocean Township’s middle and high schools were nationally ranked in the 81st annual Le Grand Concours, also know as National French Contest in Marion, Illinois. The 19 students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. According to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours, the contest is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2016 event. Silver medalists Daniela Martinez, Christiana Santos, Samuel Prudhomme, Whizdee Dolbrus, Yasmeen Elzamek, Vanessa Miranda, and Bronze medalists Thomas McVey,…

Asbury Park Library Director Honored

  Longtime Asbury Park Library Director Bob Stewart was honored recently with the 2016 Susan Swartzburg award. The award is given in memory of Swartzburg, a Rutgers preservation librarian whose leadership in New Jersey inspired and influenced many others in her chosen profession, particularly in the areas of preservation, archives, and the book arts. Swartzburg was an educator during the formative stages of library preservation and wrote three books, along with numerous publications on preservation of library materials. Stewart was recognized at the awards ceremony held in May in Atlantic City, for being “a remarkable librarian and library director who…

Bands Join Coalition to Celebrate and Protect Shark River

  The Shark River Cleanup Coalition will host Dredgefest at The Headliner, Neptune on Thurs., June 30 to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and phase one of the Shark River dredging project which begins in July. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. with live music, a buffet and happy hour drink prices. Tickets are $20. “The SRCC has been advocating for Shark River to be dredged for 15 years and we are happy to see the towns, politicians, and state come together to implement the beginning of this plan. Our river is a source of beauty and life…

In Ocean: Ready is Sport of the Mind

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The 2016 Summer Olympics are still several months away but the summer reading games are about to begin at the Ocean Township Library. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read,” tieing into the Olympics and playing with the idea that reading is a “sport of the mind” ,according to Kate Benedict, Children’s Librarian of the Ocean Township Library branch for the Monmouth County Library System. To help launch the summer reading program, the Ocean Township Friends of the Library will present “Mr. Scott, The Music Man” on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:15 p.m. Scott…

Pirates are Theme for Bradley Beach Library Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Pirates abound this summer in the borough of Bradley Beach when these “soldiers of fortune” are celebrated with a multitude of fun-filled family festivities. Included in the plans are a Summer of Pirates Library Launch Party, a gala Pirate Party and Treasure Hunt and a Summer of Pirates Goodbye Party, all in conjunction with the Bradley Beach Library. The launch party kicks off June 11. Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator, said participants will read books and earn points – enough so that they can raid the treasure chest. “This year’s program runs from June…