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Synagogue Expansion in Deal

  Congregation Ohel Yaacob, located at the intersection of Lawrence and Ocean Avenues in Deal, is undergoing a major expansion of its synagogue that will hopefully be completed by next summer. “They need more room and are expanding their building. The project has received approval from the Planning Board. It is a major expansion,” Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said. Work has already begun on the project and Carasia said the congregation hopes to have to project done by this summer. “That is what their goal is,” he said. Most of the old synagogue has been demolished and the new synagogue…

Behind the Badge: “Dear Santa”

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Dear Santa, My name is Amanda, I’m 7 years old and I live on the Jersey Shore. I was watching TV last week and on the news I saw a lot of people yelling and screaming that the police were bad and that they do bad things. I asked Mommy and Daddy if that was true and they said I should ask you; so, are the police good or bad and will they protect me? Dear Amanda, That is a very serious question you ask and it deserves a very serious answer. First let me say…

Hopes and Dreams for 2016

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE Asbury Park Mayor John Moor didn’t hesitate for one minute to set his top priority for the new year: “It’s the same in Asbury Park as in every city, country and worldwide – less guns on the street, there are way too many guns, there is way too much violence.” Moor cited Sunday’s shooting death of city resident Jamar Small, 24, who was shot on Summerfield Avenue along with another MAN who remains hospitalized. “It should be every mayor’s priority,” he said. “It’s a shame any time of year, but especially right…

Neptune OKs ‘Misunderstood’ Ordinance

  By DON STINE A controversial ordinance, described by a lawyer as the most misunderstood ordinance he ever saw dealing with private encroachments onto township-owned property, brought a packed crowd to this week’s Township Committee meeting. The ordinance was eventually unanimously approved by the governing body. The Township Committee was holding the final public hearing on an ordinance that would allow residents to apply for a Revocable License to permit an encroachment onto township properties or right-of-ways, which would also make the township harmless from any injury or damage caused by the encroachment. Some residents called the ordinance a “hot…

In Asbury Park: Proposed Parking Fees Lowered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After complaints about a rise in metered parking fees in Asbury Park, the parking committee made several changes to its proposed ordinance 2962 including making the maximum hourly fee $2 down from $3. City Councilman Joe Woerner, who chairs the committee said changes were made in response to residents comments in emails and on social media. “The point of the process is to get feedback,” he said and thanked residents for their input. Another change is the reduction of resident annual permits in zone 4 to $90 from $120. Additional permits may also be purchased…

Theft at City School Puts Damper on Holiday Fun

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The theft of about $200 from a staff member at the Barack H. Obama School in Asbury Park saddened Asbury Park Education Association President John Napolitani. “It’s such a shame, especially to do that to this woman. She’s such a conscientious worker. She tries to get staff involved in everything,” he said. Napolitani did not mention the staff member by name but said it is a para-professional at the school who was outside monitoring recess when the theft occurred. The woman had collected money for APEA’s annual holiday celebration which took place Friday, December 18…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO A few weeks ago I wrote about my family’s impending trip to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day parade. I said that I was confident that the NYPD would provide the proper protection for the crowds of people who would be traveling to the city to celebrate the holiday. I am very happy to report that everything went very well. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere around the city did not feel dangerous at all, in fact it was just the opposite. We took a train into Penn Station where we saw lots and…

Girls High School Basketball Preview

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Year in and year out, the Neptune High School girls basketball team is among the finest in the Shore Conference. Look for the Scarlet Fliers to put another strong team on the court. NEPTUNE Head coach: John Brown, 10th season Assistant coaches: Kerri Quinn, Keshon Bennett Career record: 224-31 Last year’s record: 23-3 Key returners: 5-foot-7 guard-forward Brianna Love (2017), 5-foot-5 guard Desiree Allen (2017), 5-foot-7 guard Alexa Vreeland (2016), 5-foot-6 forward Kaeyln Kimbrough (2016), 5-foot-4 guard Alexis Bennett (2017) Key newcomers: 5-foot-7 guard Rahmena Henderson (2019), 5-foot-3 guard Precious Allah (2018), 5-foot-9 forward Lydia Clancy…

Wrestling Preview: Ocean Township, Monmouth Regional

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Ocean Township High School wrestling team should be one of the best in the Shore Conference. “A bit of a rarity at any school, the Spartans have the ability to put out a previous varsity letter winner at every weight, including five District medal winners,” Ocean coach Cippy Apicelli said. OCEAN TOWNSHIP Head coach: Cippy Apicelli, fifth season Career record: 72-29 Last year’s record: 16-11 (third in District 22, NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinalist, third in Shore Conference Class B North, fifth in Garden State Classic) Possible 2015-16 lineup: Sophomore Adam Manzo (106), freshman…

Record High Temps Bring Crowds to Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirts in the middle of December- in New Jersey? What is going on with the weather here? Record warm temperatures were recorded in this area Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 with temperatures almost 10 degrees above normal for the first half of December. Kay Harris, owner of the Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, said, even though she is on vacation in Florida, her employees raved about sales. “Apparently they were outstanding. They said it was like summertime and it’s safe to say the weather was good for…