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Tinton Falls to Establish Policy for Tax Breaks for Disabled Veterans

  By PETE WALTON The Tinton Falls Borough Council plans to establish a policy regarding tax breaks for totally disabled veterans. Under state law, persons certified by the Veterans Administration as 100 percent disabled because of their service can apply to be exempted from paying local property taxes. In the absence of a formal policy, the borough has been granting exemptions retroactively to the date that the VA declares the veteran 100 percent disabled. Thomas Fallon, the borough’s chief financial officer, told the council Tuesday night of a recent case in which tax payments totaling $40,000 and dating back to…

Neptune Library Hosting Holiday Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Friends of the Neptune Library is hoping to tempt the community with the sweet treats of the season as they hold their first annual Friends of the Library Holiday Bake Sale. Set for Sat., Dec. 19 from 10 am to 2pm, the sale will be held in the Library Lobby with goodies galore and all of the proceeds going to the Mayor’s Book Club, according to Amanda LeMay, Reference Intern and organizer of the event. “This is the first time we are holding a bake sale at the library. We have been looking into different…

Asbury Park Hires 2 Directors

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park will be starting the new year with two new hires, a Director of Communications and Director of Public Works. City Manager Michael Capabianco said the communications director, which is a new position, is Hannah Walker, formerly of the Asbury Park Sun, an online news publication, with a starting salary of $52,500. Walker is a city resident and will begin her post January 4. Director of Public Works is William McClave of Howell Township. McClave is leaving his position as Assistant Superintendent of Public Works in Hillside to begin in the city January 4…

Asbury Park Police Officer Receives Award

  A Boulder, Colorado-based, nationally-syndicated radio show has selected Asbury Park Police Officer Connie Breech its eChievement Award for her work gathering toys for needy children during the Christmas season. The annual Asbury Park Toy Drive is now in its 16th year. Founded by Breech, the program has expanded over the years and toys collected go to area residents only. Former Mayor Ed Johnson, who wrote the letter of nomination for Breech, said it was one of the easiest things he ever did. “I have written many letters of recommendation and sometimes they’re a challenge to write, but this was…

Ocean Spartans Ice Hockey Team Readies for Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School ice hockey coach Dave Smith has announced the Spartans’ 2015-16 regular-season schedule. Dec. 10: 6:15 p.m., Middletown South vs. Ocean at Jersey Shore Arena; Dec. 14: 5:15 p.m., vs. Edison at Woodbridge; Dec. 16: 3:45 p.m., vs. South Brunswick at Pro Skate; Dev. 17: 6:15 p.m., vs. Wall at Jersey Shore Arena; Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., vs. West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Lawrenceville Prep; Dec. 27, 2:15 p.m. vs. Marlboro at Jersey Shore Arena; Jan. 2: 4:40 p.m., vs. Passaic Valley at Floyd Hall; Jan. 4: 7:30 p.m., vs. Central Regional at Winding…

Time Again for Season’s Readings

  The busy season is upon us, but if you’ve got the time to spend a couple of hours listening to old friends reading short stories and tales of the season, come join us at the Crane House, 508 4th Ave., Asbury Park Dec. 19 for an afternoon called “Season’s Readings: a Crane House Christmas.” The festivies begin at at 2 p.m. It is the14th annual offering, and there is no charge for admission, but you’re welcome to bring an unwrapped toy for the Asbury Park toy drive. Or if you like, you can donate by check or cash to…

Green Parrot in Neptune Was Known for Showcasing Local Bands

  By DON STINE If you wanted good times and really good music at the Jersey Shore during the 1980s, then you might have ended up at the Green Parrot on Route 33 in Neptune. “It was a great time – and a great time for music and FM 106.3 was way ahead of everybody else,” said Ocean Township resident Judi Yaccarino, whose family eventually owned the club. FM 106.3 has been compared to a commercial version of college radio station, playing artists years before mainstream radio and helping showcase local bands. The station played bands, like Redhouse and The…

Veterans honored in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Ocean Township veterans from World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts were honored with special proclamations at a recent Township Council meeting. “The council decided to go one step further than just honoring them on Veteran’s Day and we have veterans in the township that represent different wars and military actions,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The council also honored other veterans, mostly from World War II, at its previous meeting. “The stories these people have are fascinating. This is the type of stuff you watch on the History Channel and these are the guys…

Asbury Park Students Urged to Work Hard, Respect Elders

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI Work hard, don’t be discouraged and respect those who love was the message Community Activist Tyronne Laws brought to Asbury Park High School students during a recent program. The program “Understanding and Respecting Your Culture” touched on a wide range of topics during a slide show of prominent African Americans. As he went through the program which included Wilma Rudolph, Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Hank Aaron, Laws frequently pointed out to students that these luminaries started out as teenagers just like them. “They realized something inside of them when they were your age,” he told them.…

It’s December and the Flowers Are in Bloom

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Traditionally, Santa Claus travels by reindeer-pulled sleigh, bundled up against the cold. This year, though, he may travel by surfboard and bathing suit — because it has been warm. Over the last week or so around Asbury Park, highs have been in the mid-40s to more than 60 degrees. Lows have ranged from about just below freezing, or 32 degrees, into the 50s. This weekend, the National Weather Service forecast is for temperatures with a high around 60 degrees. The normal high for Dec. 10, for example, is 46, the normal low, 31, said Richard J.…