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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.…

New Brewery Will Open in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Three area residents are taking their passion for beer to the next level. They are going to start brewing their own. But not just for personal consumption, for all the craft beer enthusiasts out there. Former Tinton Falls mayor Mike Skudera along with Pete Artherholt, Tinton Falls and Red Bank resident Chris Hanigan are opening Jughandle Brewing Company, named after New Jersey’s famously unique traffic patterns, in Tinton Falls Centre Plaza on Asbury Avenue. It is located near Garden State Parkway exit 102 and just minutes from the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. “We will offer…

Beloved Asbury Park Photographer Remembered

  By DON STINE Asbury Park lost one of its most iconic business owners on Sat., Dec. 5 with the death of well-known local photographer who had his business in the city for more than 60 years. Ed Noumair, 94, died peacefully in his Lincroft home. Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Edward George Noumair started his business in Asbury Park in 1939 after he graduated from Asbury Park High School. He remained in the city for more than 60 years except for a tour with the Marines during World War II. And almost everybody knew Ed Noumair, especially for his…

New Chamber Office ‘Funky’ and Centrally Located

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and Harold Daley VFW Post 1333, it is a happy marriage — the chamber renting newly renovated space in the basement of the post at the corner of Lake Avenue and Bond Street. “We’ve learned a lot more in what the chamber is doing for the community,” said Frank Brogna, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, adding the new marriage is good for joint efforts between the VFW and the Chamber. “It’s a nice combination of learning what they do, what we do, helping one another.” “This…