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Fire Destroys Businesses, But Not Spirits

  By DON STINE A spectacular daytime fire on Main Avenue in historic Ocean Grove Fri., Feb. 6 right in the center of its small business district, resulted in the destruction of four street-level businesses and seven apartments. The four-alarm fire, that had flames shooting through the roof of the three-story building, was at 50 Main Avenue. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. Firefighters got additional water to fight the flames by running extra hoses to Fletcher Lake, eight blocks away. Businesses destroyed in the fire include Fusion Jewelry, Village Kloset, Smuggler’s Cove, and Yvonne’s Cafe, along with the…

Asbury Park Footbridge Will Be Repaired

  By DON STINE The historic wooden footbridge over Sunset Lake in Asbury Park, once a trolley bridge, is scheduled to be repaired soon after it was seriously damaged during Superstorn Sandy. City Engineer Joseph Cunha said last week that the city received almost $626,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to repair the bridge, which has been closed to pedestrian traffic since the storm. The bridge, which dates back to the Victorian era, had its pilings up-heaved and planking destroyed during Sandy. The only way for pedestrians to cross Sunset Lake now is to walk around its perimeter…

Neptune Introduces Measures to Better Regulate Density

  By DON STINE Two ordinances have been introduced in Neptune that will help regulate density on large residential development projects and better define what is considered an impervious surface. “I urge you to pass these ordinances,” resident Chris Schuetz said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Schuetz, who has been spearheading a fight against overdevelopment particularly in the Jumping Brook Road area, said that the revised ordinances will better protect the township’s natural resources and provide construction that is more compatible with surrounding neighborhoods. “We are too densely packed,” she said. Other residents said they do not want to…

More Parking Spaces at Ocean Township Municipal Building

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will add about 70 more parking spaces to its municipal parking lot to alleviate overcrowding for municipal court and various other township meetings. “We have court twice a week and the lot can become full. Many times there is not enough parking for some meetings and people park across the street (at the old Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America building across Deal Road). And this can become a real safety issue,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said. The Township Council approved a $120,000 bond to purchase almost half-acre lot, to the north of the…

City’s Landmark Building to Be Sold

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s historic New Jersey National Guard Armory building, which is more than 100 years old and now houses Harold Daley VFW Post 1333, is being put up for sale. Post Junior Vice Commander Joseph Williams, who also chairs the post’s real estate and investment committee, said the decision to sell the building, at 701 lake Avenue, was a difficult one for the veterans to make but that, in the long run , it was determined the best thing to do. “This is a magnificently constructed building and has such a great history. We are all…

City’s Lutheran Church Celebrating 125 Years

  It has been 125 years since the Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park was founded at the corner of Monroe and Grand Avenues- and church members are going to celebrate. Karen Luttman, who is on the church’s anniversary celebration committee and researching the church’s history, said new information about the church has been turning up recently. “I am 51 years old and a church member for my entire life and I am finding out things I never knew,” she said. In 1953, Atonement Lutheran Church moved to its current location at 308 First Ave. Although the basement at the…

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Brady Fills Neptune City Council Vacancy

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Brady was sworn into office last week as the newest member of the Neptune City Borough. She replaces Christopher Gallagher, a Democrat, who won a seat in the November election but in December said he could not accept the position due to career obligations. The Democratic Party then submitted three names to the council as possible replacements. They were Brady, Jenee Farley, and Christopher Miller. Brady and Farley addressed the council prior to their decision during the Jan. 28 meeting. “I want to thank the Monmouth County Democrats for trusting my ability to fulfill the…