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Republicans Sweep in Neptune City

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Republicans swept the local election in Neptune City, winning the mayor’s seat and three Borough Council seats. In the mayor’s race for a full four-year seat, incumbent Robert J. Brown defeated Democrat Councilwoman Pamela Renee, 612 to 556. “I was, obviously, very happy, pleased, the residents re-elected me to serve another four years,” said Brown, who has been mayor for five years. Renee could not be reached for comment. In a race for two full, three-year term Council seats, newcomer Andrew Wardell received 612 votes and incumbent Richard Pryor, 566, to win. They defeated Democrat newcomers…

Democratic Challengers Win Assembly Seats

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Democrats Eric Houghtaling, a member of the Neptune Township Committee, and Joann Downey, a lawyer from Freehold Township who has never held elected office, have won the two 11th District state Assembly seats. They defeated Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini of Ocean Township and Caroline Casagrande of Colts Neck Township in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General election. The unofficial votes were Houghtaling, 13,727; Downey, 13,452; Angelini, 13,287; and Casagrande, 13,063. The votes include machine and absentee ballot totals, but not provisional ballots. “Eric and I are both excited about going to Trenton, helping people of the…

Police Officer of Deal and Allenhurst Remembered

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Jeff Henry died just prior to his Saturday day shift on the Allenhurst Police department, doing something that was routine for him. “He was sitting in his car,” said Sgt. Brian Egan of the Deal Police, where Henry formerly worked. “He would do it everyday before his shift — drink coffee, read his paper.” On Saturday, Oct. 31, Halloween, Henry, 44, was doing that at the Asbury Park beachfront when he suffered an apparent heart attack and died, according to the Deal and Allenhurst departments. He was scheduled to begin work at 7 a.m., said Allenhurst…

Vote for Asbury Park to Bring Free Concert Series to City

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation is now in the running to bring a 10-week live music series to the West Side Community of Asbury Park during the summer of 2016. Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free concert series in America, the APMF hopes to qualify as one of the 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Grant Awards. The awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by Levitt Pavilions to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities up to 400,000 people. Fifteen nonprofits, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, will receive up…

Business Owners Ask for Delay in Director of Commerce Vote

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Despite the efforts of numerous business owners and residents who publicly praised the job Tom Gilmour has done as Director of Commerce for the last 10 years the Asbury Park, the City Council voted 4 to 1 to introduce an ordinance eliminating the $85,000 position. Public hearing on the ordinance is November 12. Council plans to create a new position of Director of Communications at an entry level salary of $55,000. Councilmember Jesse Kendle abstained from the vote, with no explanation given. Gilmour’s last day on the job is October 30. Councilmember Joe Woerner discussed…

City Councilman’s Statement on Position Elimination

  Asbury Park City Councilman Joe Woerner issued the following statement regarding the proposed elimination of the Director of Commerce position. The post has been held by Tom Gilmour. “ When this Mayor and Council came to serve, we had promised this city that we will do everything we can to bring about positive change in city government. One area of focus coming into office was open communication with all of Asbury Park as well as helping to spread the benefits of development to all of our residents “In order to fulfill our promises, we review the current structure at…

Ocean Township Athlete Wins Cross Country Title

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Elliot Gingi broke the tape and was overcome with emotion. The Ocean Township High School junior could hardly contain himself after winning the Monmouth County boys cross country title in 16:21 at Holmdel Park. “I felt it was amazing,” he said. “I was happy and I was excited and to be honest I wanted to run the next race (the boys junior varsity race). I was that excited. I wanted to go again … running twice.” Gingi, who is in his third season of competing in cross country, placed sixth last year in 16:46 at Holmdel…

Asbury Park Football Team Does More Than Just Football

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team took Pride in the Park on a recent Saturday. It was the Blue Bishops’ bye week, but the team was far from idle. The club took part in a citywide initiative called Pride In The Park. About 15 Blue Bishops, first-year coach Tim Fosque said, participated in the community cleanup event. He said the team worked at sprucing up Ridge Prospect, Washington and Bangs avenues on the west side. “Our players used garbage bags, gloves, rakes and shovels and sticks with hooks on them,” Fosque said. “Our players were…

Chocolate Store Plans Opening in Asbury Park

  Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar, New York’s award-winning candy store for grown ups, will open its largest U.S store to date in 2016 in Asbury Park in the former Chicos House of Jazz located at 631 Lake Ave. Since the opening of its first store in New York City in 2002, Alison Nelson’s Chocolate bar has built a network of more than 15 restaurants across 4 markets. The Asbury Park location will include a large-scale cafe with a sales floor of nearly 2,180 square feet. Designed as a Flagship showcase for the Chocolate Bar brand, the venue will be crafted…

Tea Will Support Bradley Beach Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Library and the Tranquil Garden Tea Room located at 706 Lareine Ave., Bradley Beach will host Library Lovers Book Sale and Tea. This dual event will run from Sat., Nov. 7 through Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book sale will be hosted at the Carmen Biase Community Center at 719 Main Street. Hardcover book will be $2 each or three for $5 and paperbacks will be four for $1. All proceeds will support the library building fund. At the same time, the Tranquil Garden Tea Room will host a…