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Bradley Beach Arts Council to Perform Award Winning Play

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Arts Council is presenting a reading of the award winning play “The Trip to Bountiful” on Fri., May 15 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School. The play was written by Horton Foote. This is the arts council’s first event of 2015 and features Julia Sandra Rand, chair of the BBAC, in the lead role of Mrs. Watts, a 60 year old widow longing to return to the home of her youth. Mrs. Watts is facing resistance from her son, Ludie, and his domineering wife, Jessie Mae, whose only interest is in collecting…

City School Board Member to Receive Public Official Award

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present it’s 2015 Public Official Carousel Award to Board of Education member Barbara Lesinski. The award, which is given for outstanding service to the community by a public official, will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Carousel Awards Dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Fri., May 8. The theme of this year’s gala is “The Love Boat. Come Aboard We’re Expecting You.” Lesinski is currently a member of the Asbury Park Board of Education, but her service to the city of Asbury Park has spanned three decades as…

In Bradley Beach: Recreation Department Prepares for Summer Programs

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer filled with activities for residents of all ages. “We want to broaden our scope of recreation,” said Recreation Director Shawn Heeter. “We really want to move beyond just youth programs.” Kicking off the summer season will the Recreation Summer Kick Off Event at the Recreation Center in Bradley Beach on Saturday, June 6. The event will follow the reintroduction of the Go Fish Program that hasn’t happened over the last few summers since Hurricane Sandy. “We’re bringing the Go Fish at Sylvan Lake program back…

Tinton Falls Goes All Out to Paint the Town Pink

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Officials in Tinton Falls are going all out for the Paint the Town Pink campaign taking place throughout the shore area during the month of May. The campaign is sponsored by Meridian Health to remind women to get regular mammograms and to raise money to provide the test to those without health insurance. The entrance to the Municipal Center was adorned with ribbons and a large sign across the front with the website paintthetownpink.com As a show of support Mayor Jerry Turning wore one of the pink T-shirts being sold for $10 as part of…

Ocean Police Investigate Robbery

  Ocean Township Police are looking for a suspect in the armed robbery of the Route 66 BP gasoline station on Wed., April 29. At about 9:10 p.m., a subject with a handgun robbed the attendant of cash and, then, fled on foot, according to police. Members of the township police, Neptune Police and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office searched the area without finding the suspect. The suspect is identified as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches, wearing a black sweatshirt, black hat and mask, according to Ocean Township Police.The person was last seen heading…

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Car Crash Knocks Out FIOS

  A one-vehicle accident on Route 33 in Neptune Sun., May 3, that involved a utility pole caused the interruption in Verizon FIOS cable service for many hours in the area, police said. The vehicle of John Puryear, 39, of Brick struck a utility pole in the area of Memorial Drive at about 9:20 a.m., township police said. Puryear was charged with possession of crack cocaine — although he apparently was not under the influence of a drug at the time, according to police. Puryear also was charged with traffic summonses, including reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane,…

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In Ocean Grove: North End Redevelopment Moving Forward

  By DON STINE Redevelopment of the North End section in historic Ocean Grove will proceed under a revised developer’s agreement – but an exact timeline for the project has not yet been announced. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who was mayor during the initial hearing to adopt the 2008 plan, said at Monday’s workshop that recent meetings were held with the main principles of the redevelopment project. “It was very hard and there were very frank discussions. Everyone at the table gave up things to make the plan better,” he said. “No plan will give everyone exactly what they…

Jersey Born Music Festival Rolls Into City in May

  The first-ever Jersey Born Music Festival, featuring performers from the Jersey Shore area, will be held in downtown Asbury Park at the end of May and festival organizers are expecting about 15,000 people. “This tribute to Jersey musicians will celebrate the enormous amount of talent found right here in the Garden State, especially in Asbury Park!” said festival organizer Ruthanne Harrison. The festival, presented by Coors Light and the Asbury Park Press, will be held on Cookman Avenue on Sat., May 30, with a rain date of Sunday, May 31. The fenced-in concert area, with two stages, will be…