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Ocean Township Prepares for Memorial Day Parade

  Ocean Township residents are being urged to turn out and support this year’s Memorial Day Parade, which is returning after a four-year hiatus. “Memorial Day is such an important occasion and we have many township residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice to help preserve our freedom. And they deserve our recognition and support,” Councilwoman Donna Schepiga said. And Schepiga, who is the council liaison to the Community Celebration Committee, said the parade is getting a lot more support this year. “We have more organizations wanting to march, we are getting more antique cars, have quite a few bands,…

Neptune Director Named President of State Recreation Association

  Neptune Recreation Director Dawn Thompson was recently appointed president of The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and the title is well-deserved, according to Mayor Kevin McMillan. McMillan, who is the governing body’s liaison to the township’s parks and recreation committee, said the presidency “is a great honor for Dawn.” “Dawn is a leader and a visionary, not only with activities in Neptune but throughout the state and I know she does a fantastic job,” he said. McMillan said recreation is very important for the young people of Neptune and that Thompson’s innovative programs help get them out of…

In Tinton Falls: Traffic Light Planned at Fox Chase Drive and Asbury Avenue

  By PETE WALTON Motorists on Asbury Avenue in Tinton Falls will soon encounter a new traffic light during their travels. The borough and Monmouth County officials have reached agreement regarding the placement of a signal where Cannonball Drive and Fox Chase Drive meet County Route 16, also known as Asbury Avenue. The intersection is approximately halfway betweeen the Garden State Parkway and Shafto Road. The county will inspect and maintain the signal while the borough will provide electric service, as it does for all such installations maintained by the county within borough limits. Also at their meeting this week,…

Interlaken Railroad Crossing to Close

  The closing of a railroad crossing on Grassmere Avenue in Interlaken will require a road closure and detour according to the Department of Transportation. Two way traffic on Grassmere Avenue will be closed between Main Street and Bridlemere Avenue from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until Wed. May 25. Grassmere Avenue was closed for an earlier construction project on the adjacent roundabout. The DOT also said the detour from Main Street to Grassmere Avenue will direct traffic from Main Street to Corlies Avenue, Westra Street and Grassmere Avenue. The traffic detour has been coordinated with the local police. If…

Neptune Police Promotions

  By DON STINE Four veteran Neptune police officers were promoted at this week’s Township Committee meetings. Sergeant Michael Zarro was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Patrolmen Vincent Letsch, Brice Byham and Matthew Webb were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The four officers showed “devotion, hard work and dedication” during their tenure within the police department, Police Commissioner and Township Committeeman Nicholas Williams said. Zarro has been on the police force for 21 years and has served in various leadership roles in the department, including with the traffic bureau, community outreach program, and special assignments. “He serves…

2 Incumbents, Newcomer Win in Deal

  By DON STINE Two incumbents, including the current mayor, and one newcomer won four-year terms to the Deal Board of Commissioners in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. Winning seats were Mayor Morris Ades, incumbent Samuel M. Cohen and newcomer David Simhon. It was the first time in decades that the three incumbent commissioners did not run on the same ticket. “This is very unusual and I can’t remember this type of challenge since I came here in the 1970s. We never broke up a team of incumbent commissioners,” Mayor Morris Ades said during the campaign. Ades teamed up with incumbent Commissioner…

Avon Church Scheduled for Demolition

  By PETE WALTON The former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon is scheduled to be demolished Mon., May 23. The church, which was built in 1886 and initially called the First Baptist Church, was renamed in 1927 in honor of a former minister. The building is made out of brick, though renovations in the 1940s left it covered in stucco. After the congregation dwindled, the church tried for more than a year to find a buyer before conveying the property to the borough. The Board of Commissioners voted in December to demolish the building after their…

Neptune Resident Fought Racial Injustice

  By DON STINE Ermon K. Jones, who opened the door for African-Americans to teach at Neptune High School and who filed a lawsuit to fight housing discrimination which went all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court, died May 7. He was 92. The legacy of the life-long Neptune resident who fought racial prejudice and injustice for most of his life was celebrated at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting, Committeeman Michael Brantley, who was a fellow fraternity brother of Jones in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, said he knew Jones well and spent many Christmas’s at his…

Plea for Downtown Foot Patrols After ‘Wild Weekend’

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Several Asbury Park business owners urged the City Council this week to establish foot patrols in the downtown area every Friday and Saturday night after what some called a “wild weekend.” Complaints included vomiting, vandalism, urinating, defecating by bar patrons. Only two weeks after saying he was willing to spend the money to set the tone for the downtown area before the summer season begins, Mayor John Moor said, “We lost the downtown again this weekend.” Moor again made it clear he wants more of a police presence downtown during the weekends. “I’m getting sick and…

Christian Center Moving to House of Independents

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Shore Christian Center will begin holding services at the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., Sun., May 8 Mother’s Day. The move comes at the same time as the unexpected death of the Rev. Dewey Friedel April 18. Dewey Friedel’s son Rev. Isaac Friedel, who had been working along his father and will now take over running the church. Isaac said this week that it will be a bit “intimidating” pastoring his first service without his father. “It will be bittersweet,” he said. Up until now Isaac, who was ordained by his father in…