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Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

Neptune Police Chief sworn in

  By DON STINE James M. Hunt Jr., a 20-year police veteran, was sworn as the new Neptune Police Chief by the Township Committee last week. He has run the police department as deputy chief since June, 2013. “Under his leadership, this department has maintained its position as a highly professional and highly respected police department which has continually adapted and improved based upon the ever-changing world in which we live,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom. In addition to appointing Hunt, Bascom was also appointed the civilian police director. Hunt will run the day-to-day operations of the police department…

No Decision Yet on City Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not see any changes to personnel at the top level of the police department until at least after the first of the year when the new City Council and mayor are sworn in. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon retired earlier this month and the department is running under the supervision of Deputy Chief Anthony Salerno. Over the last several months there have been discussions about the position of chief as well as police director. “We are going to let the new council be seated before we make this decision,” City Manager Jack…

14-Year-Old Girl Charged with Driving Without License

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Allenhurst Police, while working on a driving while intoxicated-enforcement detail, stopped a vehicle for going erratically — and found a 14-year-old driving. The Neptune girl had taken her mother’s vehicle without her permission, police said. A 17-year-old also was riding in the car, police said. The 14-year-old was charged with driving while unlicensed, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn and having improper maintenance of lights, police said. The vehicle’s owner responded and took custody of both juveniles, police said. Patrolman First Class Michael DiBona and Patrolman…

Candidate Disqualified in Asbury Park

  By ELLEN CARROLL Marilyn Schlossbach, who submitted a petition this week for a City Council seat in the Asbury Park election, has been disqualified. In order to be placed on the ballot for a seat in the Nov. 4 election 89 certified petitions are needed. She only had 87. It was her first bid for elected office in the city. She owns several businesses in the city including Langosta Lounge and Pop’s Garage, both on the city boardwalk. Twelve other candidates submitted petitions for the election. This will be the first election in the city under the new form…

Record Low Number of Candidates File to Run in Asbury Park Election

  By DON STINE Two five-member tickets and three independents have filed to run in the Asbury Park City Council election in November, the smallest number of candidates to file in more than 15 years. The five-member Asbury Together (pictured above/Asbury Together photo) ticket consists of current Councilman John Moor, who has filed to run for mayor, Councilwoman Amy Quinn, Joe Woerner, a teacher in Neptune who ran with Quinn and Moor last year; Jesse Kendle, a retired Asbury Park High School coach; and newcomer Barbara Yvonne Clayton. The other five-candidate ticket is the A-Team, which consists of former Board…

Ocean Museum Celebrates 30 Years

  More than 90 friends and supporters gathered recently for a luncheon at the Deal Golf and Country Club to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum. Harpist Marjorie Mollenaur entertained the arriving guests as they viewed 30 years of pictures of past events. A silent auction was arranged by committee members Brenda Wityk and Carin Greenspan. Presenting the Museum with congratulatory Resolutions were Mayor William Larkin, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry. Speaker of the afternoon was Freeholder John Curley. Chairmen of the Luncheon were Marjorie Edelson and Joan Berzansky. Other committee…

3-Mile Bicycle Path Planned for Neptune, Neptune City

  By DON STINE A three-mile bicycle path through Neptune, which will connect neighboring Wall Township and Neptune City, is expected to be created next year. Township Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at last week’s Township Committee meeting that a $580,000 Department of Transportation grant has been received to create the bike path. “Out of 149 applicants, only 28 received funding. The connectivity of the bike path with neighboring towns was a determining factor in obtaining the grant,” she said. The bike path will begin at Monmouth County park land on Brighton Avenue, near the Brighton Avenue…

Ocean Man Saved After Overdose

  Ocean Township Police say they saved the life of a 25-year-old man after he apparently suffered a heroin overdose. Police gave this account: On Tuesday, Sept. 2, at about 11:20 p.m., Officers Randy Slawsky and Zachary Rhein responded to a reported overdose at a Rustic Drive apartment. They found an unconscious man in the living room. A family member reported it was believed the man had ingested heroin The officers administered two doses of naloxone hydrochloride to the man and he became conscious and responsive. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.