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$60,000 Scam in Ocean

  Ocean Township police are looking at a Maryland man, accused of stealing $60,000 from a township resident in a counterfeiting money scam. The wanted man is Leonnard Youtcha, 42, of Laurel, Md., whom police have charged with theft by deception. Police provided this narrative: On Aug. 18, the alleged victim reported he had had contact with a person on the Internet who claimed he had a money-making opportunity. Eventually, Youtcha met the victim at a township residence. Youtcha reportedly said he had a way to counterfeit money by taking real currency, placing it between two pieces of paper and…

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Crane House Receives National Historic Status

  The Asbury Park Historical Society was recently notified by the state Office of Historic Preservation that the historic Stephen Crane House has been officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of cultural resources significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and other similar categories. The Stephen Crane House, at 508 Fourth Avenue, was placed on the State Register of Historic Places on February 16, 2015. The historical society expects to take ownership of the house in the very near future.

The Zombie Walk May Be Returning from the Dead

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When you think the dead are dead, then you see a zombie…. And reports of the death of the Zombie Walk in Asbury Park may have been greatly exaggerated. The New Jersey Zombie Walk began seven years ago in Asbury Park. Last month, founder and organizer Jason Meehan announced its demise on the Facebook social media site. “It was probably the hardest decision I ever made,” Meehan said earlier this week. “There’s a lot of other things that have to come before the Zombie Walk.” Meehan and his wife welcomed their first child, daughter Maggie, who…

Thousands Attend Oysterfest

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is still calculating figures, but it appears 11,000 or 12,000 people visited its eighth annual Oyster Festival over the Sept. 11 to 13 weekend. This year, the festival, held near the Carousel building at the oceanfront, had weather ranging from clear on Friday to rainy and windy on Saturday to clear and rainy on Sunday, said Jacqueline L. Pappas, the chamber’s executive director. “Except for the weather on Saturday and Sunday, it was a great festival,” Pappas said. “The weather definitely put a damper on things.” But, overall, people enjoyed…

Neptune Deputy Mayor Filing in For Mayor

  By DON STINE Neptune has been without an active mayor for two months and township officials said that this will remain the case until the annual reorganization meeting on Jan.1. Mayor Mary Beth Jahn has been absent from meetings since July 27 due to medical reasons. In Neptune the mayor is elected from among the five members of the Township Committee. Jahn was selected by the committee members on Jan. 1. Her term is up Dec. 31. In the meantime, Deputy Mayor Kevin McMillan has taken the helm. “We have all been mayors before so we know the process.…

Main Street Bridge Over Deal Lake to Close

  The Main Street bridge over Deal Lake connecting Loch Arbour and Interlaken will close to all traffic at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 and remain closed until May 2016. “Monmouth County is replacing the bridge on Main Street that crosses over Deal Lake,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Utility relocations were performed before Memorial Day 2015, but work was halted during the summer to limit impacts on summer tourism. With the passing of Labor Day, we are now ready to start the bridge reconstruction.” This week, the County’s Public…

Ocean Student Makes His Mark in Running

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It was the summer of 2013. “I woke up one day and said, ‘I want to run,’ ” Elliot Gindi said. “Why did I say that? I think honestly I have no answer for that. It just popped into my head. I just wanted to try it.” Gindi has emerged as a top distance runner at Ocean Township High School where he competes on the boys cross country, indoor track and spring track teams. Gindi began his career in a 5 kilometer race at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch in the summer of 2013. “After a…

County to Celebrate Archives Day Oct. 3

  The excitement is building for the Monmouth County Clerk’s 2015 Archives and History Day. County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon invites everyone to start the celebration early, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters. “Archives Week is designed for history buffs and preservation enthusiasts who want to get the celebration started before the main event on Saturday, Oct. 3,” said Hanlon. “This year’s theme is the World War I era from approximately 1910 to 1920. Archives Week will feature special movie screenings and seminars for young and old to have a more in depth look at…

Ocean Chamber Launches Campaign to Help Seidle Family

  The Greater Ocean Township of Commerce is hosting a campaign to help the nine Seidle children of Neptune. The nine were left on their own after their lives were shattered by the death of of their mother June 16. Tamara Seidle was a much loved pillar of the community. She raised her children to be part of that community and taught them to be respectful, close-knit, hard-working students and athletes. With their approval, the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is launching an ongoing campaign to solicit the community’s support in donating gift cards for local supermarkets and clothing/shoe…