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In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee Recommends Some Meters

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Parking Committee of the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association has recommended ways to alleviate the parking situation in the historic district which include metered parking along the east side of Ocean Avenue and on Broadway between Ocean and Central Avenues, a shuttle service from one of the Neptune schools and establshing a three-hour parking limit in the central business district between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. All the members of the committee live in Ocean Grove and spent many hours over the last several months putting together the recommendations. The committee also researched parking ordinances of…

Stars in City for Hall of Fame Ceremony

  The stars will be out in Asbury Park tonight (April 7) for the New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk. Twelve residents from our Garden State will be honored. They represent the arts, sports, public service, literature and enterprise. They are Kool and the Gang, Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter, Christine Rampone, Dick Vitale, James Fenimore Cooper, William Fox, Lewis Katz and Bernard Marcus, Jack H. Jacobs, Frank Lautenberg and Carla Harris. Hosting the evening will be Joe Piscopo, a 2013 Hall inductee. During last year’s event in the city Bruce Springsteen attended

Municipal Taxes Remain Stable in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Municipal taxes in Bradley Beach will remain stable under the budget introduced by the Borough Council last month. Borough Administrator Joyce Wilkins said although there was a slight increase in taxes, there was an increase in the total value of homes and property tax collected leaving a net zero increase for residents. The total budget increased to approximately $9.3 million in 2016 from $9.1 million in 2015. The total amount to be raised by taxes is $6,544,607. Wilkins said funds for improvements to Sylvan Lake were increased by $40,000 to $48,000 to allow for a…

$15 Million Sports Complex Ok’d in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON A new $15 million sports complex planned in Tinton Falls will bring jobs, recreational opportunities, and new customers for local businesses. The borough Planning Board has approved a proposal by George Altirs, founder of the Capelli apparel brand, to build an indoor-outdoor sports facility off Wayside Road near Shafto Road. The project will include an indoor soccer pitch and spectator area which will host events involving traveling youth and professional teams throughout the year. “There will be tournaments all winter,” said Mayor Gerald M. Turning at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “Our hotels and restaurants will…

City Church Welcomes New Pastor

  Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park will host a ceremony to welcome its new pastor, Semaj Y. Vanzant Sr. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and former pastor of Christ Experience Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been at the Asbury Park church since Sun., Jan. 3. Two celebration services have been scheduled at Second Baptist Church and and the public is invited. The first one is Sun., April 17 at the 10 a.m. Worship Service. The guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Johnnie Baylor of Judson Baptist Church, Carson, California. The actual Installation service will…

College Corner

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It didn’t take Marajiah Bacon long to emerge as one of the nation’s top women’s basketball players. The Kean University 5-foot-3 freshman guard out of Neptune High School made the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention team. She was the lone freshman selected among the 40 players recognized in both the first-team and honorable mention categories. She is the first Cougar named to the squad since the 2011-12 season. Bacon was recently named the D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year as well as being named a second-team member of the…

Documentary Features Asbury Park Resident, a Foot Soldier in the Civil Rights Movement

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s Rev. Gil Caldwell was not only a foot soldier and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in the American civil rights movement, but he is also an advocate for defending the rights of gay Americans as well. A special documentary, prepared in collaboration with bisexual and transgender rights activist Marilyn Bennet, focusing on Caldwell’s fight and advocacy for these two important social issues will premiere in Ocean Grove Sat., April 2. “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?” is Caldwell’s first venture into documentaries about these issues. “I am also an advocate for…

Restoration and Replacement Projects Underway in Historic Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is undertaking several ambitious projects this spring in the historic district including replacing the northern section of the Ocean Grove boardwalk destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, installing a new roof on the Great Auditorium, restoration of Thornley Chapel and rebulding five tent sites destroyed by fire last year. The boardwalk project should be completed by Memorial Day weekend- at the latest. “This is now the beginning of the project and they have been working on it since January. We are hoping it will be done by the middle of May but…

Neptune Going to Tax Court Over Hospital Tax Exempt Status

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are going to court in an effort to find out what portions of Jersey Shore University Medical Center is tax exempt and what portions are not. At this week’s meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution that allocates up to $10,000 for Township Attorney Gene Anthony to file a tax complaint in the Tax Court of New Jersey appealing the present not-for-profit exemption status of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Route 33. Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which…