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Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO When the gun fire erupted in a night club in Orlando Florida people ran for cover and many were killed. The shooter took control of the building and the people inside were trapped and at the mercy of a maniac. This was an act of terror designed to hurt all of us. The reality for the people inside the building was absolutely life and death; fear, and horror. Around them, on the floor their friends and loved ones lay dead or dying. We know from their phone messages that many of the people in the club…

Benefit Planned for Seidle Family

  The Neptune High School Class of 1982 is teaming up with the domestic violence organization 180 turning Lives Around, Inc. to host a memorial tribute June 18 to classmate Tamara Wilson-Seidle, who was murdered a year ago by her husband, Police Sergeant Philip Seidle. The family friendly festival will include games, food for purchase, music and fun for everyone. It will be held at the Neptune High School rear parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Rain date is June 25. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Wilson-Seidle’s nine children. “Tami believed in carrying out random acts…

Ocean Township Waiving Some Fees to Attract Businesses

  By DON STINE If you want to start your own small business then you might think about locating it in Ocean Township and save yourself some money in the process. The Township Council last week passed a resolution that will waive a number of commercial fees to attract new, small businesses to vacant commercial spaces in the township. “We are trying to stimulate small businesses to come in by waiving some fees, like electrical or plumbing inspections, as an incentive to attract small businesses,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. He said move is intended to attract small businesses probably needing…

Avon Wants Auction of Government Property Postponed

  By PETE WALTON Avon officials want the federal government to delay an auction of oceanfront property which was previously used to house U.S. Coast Guard personnel. The building at the corner of Ocean and East End avenues is located in a single-family residential zone, though the Coast Guard was allowed to use it for multi-family housing. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Borough Attorney Barry A. Cooke said the multi-family use does not survive a transfer of ownership. The federal government’s advertising of the property describes it as a “three-family residential dwelling” and makes no reference to the…

Ocean Officer Promoted

  Ocean Township Police Officer Michael Sorrentino, a 20-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of Police Captain at last week’s Township Council meeting. Mayor Christopher Siciliano administered the oath of office while Sorrentino’s wife, Tracey, and his children, Brianna and Michael Jr., look on with other council members and Police Chief Steven R. Peters.

In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee to Explore Options

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to establish a special parking committee to look into the chronic parking problems in the historic district of Ocean Grove which faces a dramatic increase in population and vehicles every summer. But some residents said more could be done. “This is preposterous. You just keep pushing this off and it’s intolerable,” Ocean Grove Homeowners Association (OGHA) Trustee Joyce M. Klein said after the governing body closed the workshop June 13. Klein and others said the governing body has had enough time to organize a special committee and that there has already been lots…

‘We Are With You Orlando’

  By RICH VIRGILIO “Asbury Park is with you Orlando,” Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said outside Georgie’s Bar. “Our hearts break for the victims, their family and friends. People came to that club as a safe-haven with a promise to see friends, celebrate life and acceptance. This is a somber time for our community; we carry the pain of Orlando with us.” And so it went Sunday night as area residents gathered to mourn and remember the Orlando mass shooting victims, their families, friends and the community. “It was a flash vigil we organized in hours because we…

Neptune City’s Ted Wardell honored

  Ted Wardell, a former Neptune City councilman and mayor, received the prestigious Lee Veale Award at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Spring Conference. The award was presented at the organization’s Board of Directors Dinner on Wednesday, April 27. In addition to holding elected office Wardell served the borough as a voluntary first responder and past president of the Neptune City First Aid Squad. He also coached various youth basketball teams. He has been a member of the NJCM Mayors Emeritus Association for 15 years. Wardell is employed by Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors as Senior Vice President of…

Ocean Twp. Middle school students excel in French

  French students from Ocean Township’s middle and high schools were nationally ranked in the 81st annual Le Grand Concours, also know as National French Contest in Marion, Illinois. The 19 students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. According to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours, the contest is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2016 event. Silver medalists Daniela Martinez, Christiana Santos, Samuel Prudhomme, Whizdee Dolbrus, Yasmeen Elzamek, Vanessa Miranda, and Bronze medalists Thomas McVey,…

Asbury Park Library Director Honored

  Longtime Asbury Park Library Director Bob Stewart was honored recently with the 2016 Susan Swartzburg award. The award is given in memory of Swartzburg, a Rutgers preservation librarian whose leadership in New Jersey inspired and influenced many others in her chosen profession, particularly in the areas of preservation, archives, and the book arts. Swartzburg was an educator during the formative stages of library preservation and wrote three books, along with numerous publications on preservation of library materials. Stewart was recognized at the awards ceremony held in May in Atlantic City, for being “a remarkable librarian and library director who…