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Avon Commissioners Increase Fines for Violations

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Being charged with a borough offense will cost you more in Avon when a new ordinance governing violations and penalties is approved at the July 13 meeting. The borough is making the change, said Borough Administrator Tim Gallagher, at the behest of the Monmouth County court. The ordinance will change the maximum fine issued by the municipal judge from $1250 to $2000. The change will cover all borough ordinances. Also at the meeting resident Wally French complained about mail delivery service to the borough, which is handled by the Belmar Post Office. French said the…

Neptune City Considering Neighborhood Watch Program

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Director Edward Kirschenbaum and Detective Michael Vollbrecht of the Neptune City Police Department presented plans for a Neighborhood Watch Program to the Borough Council this week. The program was initially discussed in January with Mayor Robert Brown, Kirschenbaum, Capt.Louis Trocchio and Lt. Matthew Quagliato. “Knowing that the Police Department can’t be everywhere,” Kirschenbaum said. “We’re thinking how proactive we can be with our neighborhoods.” The proposed Neighborhood Watch Program would break the town up into eight difference sections where a patrol officer would cover that section of town. Each section would then have a neighborhood watch…

Prosecutor to Conduct Internal Affairs Review of Shooting

  Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said his office will conduct a review and evalution of the performance of the responding officers to last week’s shooting by off-duty Neptune Police Officer Phillip Seidle. Here is Gramiccioni’s statement: “Yesterday morning, I informed the police chiefs of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments that our Office will conduct the Internal Affairs review and evaluation of the performance of the responding officers to last week’s tragic shooting by off-duty Neptune Township Police Officer Philip Seidle. “This review will be conducted by our Professional Responsibility Bureau to ensure a thorough…

In Neptune: Seaview Island Residents Concerned About Dredge Material

  By DON STINE Neptune residents living on Seaview Island in the Shark River packed this week’s Township Committee meeting seeking more information about a proposal to use vacant property there to dewater dredge materials from the river. “We were totally blindsided by this and are very upset,” said Annette Bergstein, president of the Seaview Island Homeowners Association. “We want to get a handle on this and be prepared.” The Township Committee recently approved a resolution authorizing use of a township-owned parcel along the Shark River to be used as a temporary dewatering site under a state proposal to dredge…

Donate a Toy, Get a $20 Voucher

  On Fri., July 3 area residents are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of the following venues to support the Asbury Park Toy Drive and receive a voucher for $20 to one of several businesses or a discount from businesses. The drive is being organized in partnership wth the Stone Pony Summer Stage. On July 3 bring the toy to any of the following locations: The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, Club Paradise or The Silverball Museum to receive a voucher for $20 or a 10 percent discount from one of the following locations: Asbury Festhalle…

In Neptune: Property Owners Will Face Fines For Not Shoveling Sidewalks

  By DON STINE Neptune is keeping a financial penalty in place for property owners who do not shovel their sidewalks after a snow storm and fines will be especially heavy in areas near schools. “Clearing sidewalks around schools is of the utmost importance because many of our schools have pedestrian traffic,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. The Township Committee has been looking into revising its current snow removal ordinance to remove any penalties for not shoveling sidewalks after a snowstorm- unless you live near a local school. Under the current ordinance, there is no direct fine if property…

City Officials Believe Marijuana Should be Legalized

  By DON STINE Asbury Park may be well on its way to becoming the first municipality in New Jersey to legalize marijuana since City Council members said this week they have no problem becoming the first community to do so. “It’s a symbolic gesture,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s council workshop.“It’s going to anger some people but, then, we come to history and reality. Sometimes you have to be the first,” he said. The Help Not Handcuffs campaign is calling on the mayor and council to pass a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana to avert the…

Neptune Mourns Death of School Chief

  By DON STINE Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij died on Sunday, just a little more than a week from his official retirement date from the job he had held for 10 years. His official retirement date was July 1. “The Neptune Township Board of Education and the dedicated staff members of the school system pay tribute to Superintendent of Schools David A. Mooij. During his remarkable 40-year tenure as a teacher, coach, supervisor, instructional leader, business administrator and school superintendent, he exemplified a life well-served on behalf of the children of Neptune. “We extend the sympathies of the…

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Harry Eichhorn is Grand Marshall of Ocean Grove Parade

  With marching bands, floats, community groups, civic organizations, local politicians, businesses and thousands of onlookers, Ocean Grove’s annual Independence Day Parade will kick off Sat., July 4, at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins on Whitefield Avenue and turns east along Main Avenue to Central Avenue; then turns north towards Ocean Pathway, then east again ending along Ocean Avenue. Among this year’s musical participants are: the Monmouth County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch, the Ocean Grove Summer Band, the Neptune High School Marching Band and the Clown Band. The 2015 parade Grand…