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Bradley Beach Will Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The borough of Bradley Beach is seeking volunteers to make this year’s Paint the Town Pink campaign in May its best yet. This will be the third time the town has participated in the event, which raises awareness and collects funds for breast cancer prevention, but in previous years participation has been limited. Michelle Whille , Deputy Registrar Vital Statistics, is co-chair of the campaign along with Denise Martin-Masi, a town resident and member of the first aid squad. Martin-Masa is also an employee of Riverview Medical Center, which is part of Meridian Health, sponsors…

Village Officials Continue to Seek Solutions to Exorbitant School Taxes

  By DON STINE Three incumbent candidates on the Loch Arbour Board of Commissioners are unchallenged in the upcoming nonpartisan May 10 election. Mayor Paul V. Fernicola, Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick and Commissioner Denis D’Angelo are seeking the three, four-terms on the governing body. All three candidates said they initially got on the governing body to try and deal with the village’s high school tax rate, adding that issue still remains a priority with them. “The high school tax rate is still an issue and I would still like to explore ways to address that,” Fernicola said. Fernicola, who…

Dune Grass Planting in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach will host a dune grass planting in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the American Littoral Society on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. The volunteer event will meet at Fifth and Ocean Avenues. Bradley Beach Environmental Commission Chairman John Weber secured an original 5,000 dune plants from a Cape May nursery in early March and was able to secure an additional 10,000 plants from the same nursery said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The 15,000 plants are expected to cover the entire beachfront said Engelstad. Weber will be picking up…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Law and Order. The Rule of Law. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. Liberty and Freedom. Personal Responsibility. Societal Responsibility. These are the words and terms of a free society; to be sure there are a lot more, we have been at this for well over 200 years, but I’ll discuss these for now. Do they mean anything in a modern America? Law and order is called into question based on who and how the law is enforced and what we demand there be order to. The rule of law, once a bedrock principle is now…

Celebrating Music in Film in Music City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The second annual Music in Film Festival in Asbury Park is bigger than the last and according to event organizer, Tom Bernard, it will get bigger and better every year. The festival is April 8 through April 10. Kicking off the festival on Fri., April 8 is a screening of the film “Miles Ahead” about the life of Miles Davis. The film stars Don Cheadle who will attend the showing and hold a Q & A session about his directorial debut with the film at the VIP party which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the…

Retirement on Hold for Neptune Township Official

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committee incumbents Randy Bishop and Carol Rizzo have officially received the nod from the local Democratic organization to be the party’s candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. Four candidates were put forward last Saturday by the local Democratic County Committee and Bishop, who will be seeking his fifth three-year full term, and Rizzo, who will be seeking her first full three-year term, will be on the ballot. Rizzo is currently filling the unexpired term of former Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who was elected as a state Assemblyman last November. Rizzo ran unsuccessfully for a…

In Bradley Beach: Boardwalk Railing Project Discussed

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council this week tabled the discussion of the improvement to the lifeguard station until a time when Business Administrator Joyce Wilkins can be present to further address the renovations. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is attempting to limit the amount of work done by outside contractors and increase the amount of work that can be performed by borough workers in an effort to lower costs. Councilman Norman Goldfarb addressed the boardwalk railing that Engelstad said had a “band aid” on it since Superstorm Sandy. Goldfarb said he received word from FEMA…

Republican Wins Seat in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE According to Monmouth County Board of Elections, the unofficial counts for the special election in Neptune City showed Republican incumbent Richard Pryor winning the council seat with 510 seats and Democrat Michael Skudera with 475. There were two write in votes. The official results will not be confirmed until Thurs., March 24, said Mayor Robert Brown. “It was a hard fought victory,” said Pryor when contacted about the unofficial results. “I have no agenda. I’m just here for Neptune City and to continue to give homeowner’s relief.” The special election took place after Neptune City resident…

Body Cameras for Asbury Park Police Planned

  Within two months the Asbury Park Police Department will be receiving 70 body-worn cameras. The City Council approved the purchase of the cameras at its March 16 meeting after the city was awarded a $35,000 grant under the Attorney General’s BWC Assistance Project in February to off-set the costs of the cameras. That brings the price per camera from $1,285.54 to $785.54, for a total cost of $54,987.50 to the city for the 70 BWCs, according to a release from Hannah Walker, Director of Communications. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the cameras will begin operating by mid-summer after…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…