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City Objects to Closing 2 Railroad Crossings

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials will petition the state to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the crossovers on its railroad tracks at Summerfield and First Avenues. “NJ Transit wants to do away with the crossings over its tracks on Summerfield Avenue in Asbury Park and they would like to do it right away,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. He said NJT cites safety and maintenance as the main reasons for eliminating the crossover, adding that the First Avenue crossover is also on the list to be eliminated. According to a 2009 DOT study, Summerfield…

Deadline for Asbury Park City Council Election 1 Month Away

By DON STINE With the deadline for filing to run for Asbury Park mayor and City Council a month away only two residents so far – Council members John Moor and Amy Quinn have announced their intention to run. The deadline to file a candidacy petition for the upcoming election is Sept. 2 and the election is Nov. 4. Under the city’s change of government, all five seats are up for grabs, including the first time the mayor will be elected directly by the people. The new City Council will be seated on Jan. 1, 2015. Under the current form…

City Faulted on Hiring Practices

  By DON STINE Asbury Park city employees almost didn’t get paid after the City Council at last week’s meeting initially did not approve a resolution to pay the city’s monthly payroll and claims bill. When the issue of paying the city’s bills and claims came up, Deputy Mayor Sue Henderson and Councilwoman Amy Quinn voted to approve them. However, Councilman John Moor voted no and Mayor Myra Campbell abstained which caused the measure to fail. A majority vote is needed to pass. Councilman John Loffredo was absent. “The ramifications were that nobody was going to get paid,” Moor said…

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Dragons Rule the Day in Pedal Boat Race

By DON STINE It was Neptune versus Asbury Park during the annual Swan Versus Dragon pedal boat race on Wesley Lake, which borders both municipalities. The annual race, sponsored by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, for the first time brought in an opposing team from another town- Neptune. “We are gonna win. I am confident in our team and we are ready to go. We’re here and we’re the winning team,” Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley said. But Asbury Park officials said not so fast. “I have confidence we will go out with a win. This is a friendly competition…

Neptune City Day is Aug. 2 with Pizza Eating Contest

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The 22nd Neptune City Day is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 2 in Memorial Park and this year features a pizza eating contest as well as an ice cream eating contest. Most borough streets will be closed from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the annual 5K race at 8:00am. The 5k registration will take place from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and will benefit the Neptune City First Aid Squad. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment including Glycerine Queens at 4 p.m. and Rick Pryor and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Rides and food and craft vendors will open at…

Neptune Welcomes 3 New Police Officers

  Three new Neptune police officers were sworn in at this week’s Township Committee meeting, brings the department’s work force back to its full compliment of 74 officers. Christopher Monahan, Angel Marerro, and Christopher Wilson are the new officers and they replace other police officers who are retiring. “Each of the proposed officers display multiple strengths and values that make them the right candidates for Neptune. They demonstrate community involvement, understanding of the communities within Neptune, strong interpersonal skills, and they come well prepared for police work,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt said. Monahan currently works for Neptune as a…

In Interlaken: State OKs Severing School Ties with Asbury Park

  By DON STINE The New Jersey Commissioner of Education has approved Interlaken’s move to sever its ties with the Asbury Park school district and go into a send-receive relationship with the West Long Branch and Shore Regional school districts. “Effective immediately, the Commissioner of Education has approved the Interlaken Board of Education’s application to sever its send-receive relationship with the Asbury Park Board of Education. The Commissioner has also approved and authorized the Interlaken Board of Education to establish a formal send-receive relationship with the West Long Branch and Shore Regional boards of education for all Interlaken students Pre-K…

Asbury Park Police Get Involved with Youth

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In response to Asbury Park Police Officer Tyron McAllister’s belted-out instructions, a group of kids lined up and, then, sat down for lunch in the Salvation Army gym. This was a normal day at the city’s Summer Youth Boot Camp, run by an active, but perhaps generally unknown, Police Department unit, the Community Relations Unit. “We promote a positive image for the police department,” said Patrolman Michael Casey, 42, who has been in the unit for six of his 10 years on the department. “We are not only about making arrests. We’re here to improve the…

Shakespeare in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After being unable to perform last year due to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, the Bradley Beach Arts Council will return to the Bradley Beach boardwalk with its popular production, “Shakespeare at the Beach.” The free event will be held the weekend of Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, July 27. In honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the cast will perform a compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays including “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet” and…