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County Completes Sale of Care Centers

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders made good on its commitment to sell both Monmouth County care centers by the end of 2015 by transferring the ownership of John L. Montgomery Care Center (JLM) and Geraldine L. Thompson Care Center to new owners Dec. 31. “The JLM and GLT facilities changed hands at midnight, but the residents woke up on New Year’s Day with many of the same staff members providing their care,” said Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “To provide continuum of care and to minimize disruption for the residents, the purchasers of both facilities hired…

New Councilman Welcomed in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON John A. Manginelli was sworn in Tuesday night as the newest member of the Tinton Falls Borough Council. Manginelli and incumbents Gary A. Baldwin, Nancyanne Fama and Christopher Pak were unopposed on November’s election for four open seats on the nonpartisan council. Baldwin, Fama and Pak were elected to four-year terms. Manginelli was elected to fill an unexpired term which ends on Dec. 31, 2017. Baldwin was reelected as council president and Pak will again serve as deputy. The council named Baldwin as its appointment to the Planning Board. Ronald Palmieri, Ronald Battista and Aaron Brawner…

New Brewery Opening in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Dark City Brewing Company, which opens Jan. 8 and has been more than two years in the planning and construction, offers a unique selection of hand-crafted beers. “I am incredibly excited and a little bit nervous but it is nice to finally be open,” company founder Kevin Sharpe said. Located at the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue, the small-craft brewery is having its grand opening January 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. “We will have a selection of year-round and seasonal beers as well as limited releases of specialty beers,” Sharpe…

New Mayor in Neptune

  Kevin McMillan was sworn in as Neptune’s mayor in Jan. 1. McMillan was chosen by the other members of the Township Committee to serve as mayor. In addition, Nicholas Williams was sworn in for a three-year term on the committee and incumbent Michael Brantley was also sworn-in for another three-year term. Brantley was also appointed the new Deputy Mayor and begins his tenth year on the governing body, serving twice a mayor.

Avon Swears in New Mayor

  By PETE WALTON John B. Magrini, the top vote getter in the November election, is the new mayor of Avon At the Board of Commissioners meeting this week Magrini was sworn into office along with incumbents Robert Mahon and Frank Gorman. Magrini’s wife Norah and children Emily and Brendan held the Bible as Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher administered the oath of office. Later during the board’s reorganization meeting, Mahon, who had been serving as mayor, nominated Magrini to the post. By tradition, the highest vote getter in an election is chosen by the new board to serve as…

Cop Dies in Fatal Accident

  Just hours after he was sworn in as first assistant chief of the Deal Fire Company, Earl B.Alexander IV, who was the captain in the Deal Police Department, was killed in an early morning car accident on Route 71(Norwood Avenue) in Ocean Township. Police said they responded to a motor vehicle crash at approximately 12:33 a.m. Jan. 2 on Norwood Avenue just north of Perrine Avenue. The single car collision involved a 2007 Acura TSX that was operated by Alexander, 38, of Deal. A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling southbound approaching the intersection of Perrine Avenue.…

City Reorganizes for New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There were no changes in the appointments of personnel including attorneys, engineers and auditor, made by Asbury Park Mayor John Moor at this week’s reorganization meeting. The city did not however appoint a redevelopment attorney, which City Clerk Cindy Dye said was still being decided and would be on the agenda for the first regular meeting of the year on Monday. The only new appointments made by the mayor were to the library and planning boards and the Office of Emergency Management. Kerrin “Kerri”Martin was appointed to the library board committee. Garret M. Giberson, city…

The Lip Man Remembered for His Music and His Humor

  By DON STINE Mark Lipman, the eclectic, often irreverent, but always humorous leader of the Asbury Park-based band Lip Man and The Lips, died Christmas morning at age 65. “It’s like I lost more than half of myself,” Mark’s wife, Joan, said this week. The couple were married for more than three decades. Formed in Asbury Park in the late 1980’s, Lip Man and the Lips offered a fun comedy-rock repertoire, including unusual arrangements for cover songs along with original songs featuring names like “You Smell Like Lox and I Love You” and the ever popular “Guacamole Dip.” The…

Ready to Ring In the New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There are plenty of places to go to celebrate the new year, but for those not interested in heading to the frenzy of Times Square or taking to the Hudson River on a Sea Streak cruise for the the fireworks show, area restaurants are offering special nights of their own to welcome 2016 to the Jersey Shore. At Mister C’s in Allenhurst there will be two dinner seatings, one at 6 p.m. and the next at 9 p.m. which includes dinner and a show. Nicky Addeo, who is in the Sounds of Asbury Park Hall…

Bradley Beach Charity Event to Help Rescued Wolves

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An area pet store is hosting a charity event for the Howling Woods Farm wolf rescue in Howell Township beginning the day after Christmas. Patrons shopping at Paws and Anchor at 614 Main St., Bradley Beach from December 26, 27 and 28 will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their purchases to the farm. And some of the rescued wolves will be on hand for customers to see. The unique pet shop, owned by Nicole DC Kienlen, offers speciality items such as toys and treats that are eco-conscious and pet tattoos, which are temporary…