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New Mayor in Neptune

  Kevin McMillan was sworn in as Neptune’s mayor in Jan. 1. McMillan was chosen by the other members of the Township Committee to serve as mayor. In addition, Nicholas Williams was sworn in for a three-year term on the committee and incumbent Michael Brantley was also sworn-in for another three-year term. Brantley was also appointed the new Deputy Mayor and begins his tenth year on the governing body, serving twice a mayor.

Avon Swears in New Mayor

  By PETE WALTON John B. Magrini, the top vote getter in the November election, is the new mayor of Avon At the Board of Commissioners meeting this week Magrini was sworn into office along with incumbents Robert Mahon and Frank Gorman. Magrini’s wife Norah and children Emily and Brendan held the Bible as Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher administered the oath of office. Later during the board’s reorganization meeting, Mahon, who had been serving as mayor, nominated Magrini to the post. By tradition, the highest vote getter in an election is chosen by the new board to serve as…

Cop Dies in Fatal Accident

  Just hours after he was sworn in as first assistant chief of the Deal Fire Company, Earl B.Alexander IV, who was the captain in the Deal Police Department, was killed in an early morning car accident on Route 71(Norwood Avenue) in Ocean Township. Police said they responded to a motor vehicle crash at approximately 12:33 a.m. Jan. 2 on Norwood Avenue just north of Perrine Avenue. The single car collision involved a 2007 Acura TSX that was operated by Alexander, 38, of Deal. A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling southbound approaching the intersection of Perrine Avenue.…

City Reorganizes for New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There were no changes in the appointments of personnel including attorneys, engineers and auditor, made by Asbury Park Mayor John Moor at this week’s reorganization meeting. The city did not however appoint a redevelopment attorney, which City Clerk Cindy Dye said was still being decided and would be on the agenda for the first regular meeting of the year on Monday. The only new appointments made by the mayor were to the library and planning boards and the Office of Emergency Management. Kerrin “Kerri”Martin was appointed to the library board committee. Garret M. Giberson, city…

The Lip Man Remembered for His Music and His Humor

  By DON STINE Mark Lipman, the eclectic, often irreverent, but always humorous leader of the Asbury Park-based band Lip Man and The Lips, died Christmas morning at age 65. “It’s like I lost more than half of myself,” Mark’s wife, Joan, said this week. The couple were married for more than three decades. Formed in Asbury Park in the late 1980’s, Lip Man and the Lips offered a fun comedy-rock repertoire, including unusual arrangements for cover songs along with original songs featuring names like “You Smell Like Lox and I Love You” and the ever popular “Guacamole Dip.” The…

Ready to Ring In the New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There are plenty of places to go to celebrate the new year, but for those not interested in heading to the frenzy of Times Square or taking to the Hudson River on a Sea Streak cruise for the the fireworks show, area restaurants are offering special nights of their own to welcome 2016 to the Jersey Shore. At Mister C’s in Allenhurst there will be two dinner seatings, one at 6 p.m. and the next at 9 p.m. which includes dinner and a show. Nicky Addeo, who is in the Sounds of Asbury Park Hall…

Bradley Beach Charity Event to Help Rescued Wolves

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An area pet store is hosting a charity event for the Howling Woods Farm wolf rescue in Howell Township beginning the day after Christmas. Patrons shopping at Paws and Anchor at 614 Main St., Bradley Beach from December 26, 27 and 28 will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their purchases to the farm. And some of the rescued wolves will be on hand for customers to see. The unique pet shop, owned by Nicole DC Kienlen, offers speciality items such as toys and treats that are eco-conscious and pet tattoos, which are temporary…

Synagogue Expansion in Deal

  Congregation Ohel Yaacob, located at the intersection of Lawrence and Ocean Avenues in Deal, is undergoing a major expansion of its synagogue that will hopefully be completed by next summer. “They need more room and are expanding their building. The project has received approval from the Planning Board. It is a major expansion,” Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said. Work has already begun on the project and Carasia said the congregation hopes to have to project done by this summer. “That is what their goal is,” he said. Most of the old synagogue has been demolished and the new synagogue…

Behind the Badge: “Dear Santa”

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Dear Santa, My name is Amanda, I’m 7 years old and I live on the Jersey Shore. I was watching TV last week and on the news I saw a lot of people yelling and screaming that the police were bad and that they do bad things. I asked Mommy and Daddy if that was true and they said I should ask you; so, are the police good or bad and will they protect me? Dear Amanda, That is a very serious question you ask and it deserves a very serious answer. First let me say…

Hopes and Dreams for 2016

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE Asbury Park Mayor John Moor didn’t hesitate for one minute to set his top priority for the new year: “It’s the same in Asbury Park as in every city, country and worldwide – less guns on the street, there are way too many guns, there is way too much violence.” Moor cited Sunday’s shooting death of city resident Jamar Small, 24, who was shot on Summerfield Avenue along with another MAN who remains hospitalized. “It should be every mayor’s priority,” he said. “It’s a shame any time of year, but especially right…