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Neptune Readies for Mayor’s Ball

  What do a magician, a jazz band, a comedian, DJ, and a photo booth have in common? Neptune Mayor Kevin McMillan has created a unique venue for this year’s charity ball. The mayor and Matt Swartz, owner of Comedy Productions, along with the hard-working ball committee, have developed a fun and engaging evening. Joining in the fun is the return of Goodwin’s Good Time Photo Booth. Also new this year are eight honorees chosen by the mayor to be recognized for their innovative ideas and community-minded service. The Mayor’s 2016 Innovator Award winners are Richard Allen, Principal, Poseidon Project…

In Asbury Park: School Board Election Appeal Dismissed

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An appeal to overturn the Monmouth County Board of Elections’ nullification of mail in ballots in the Asbury Park Board of Education was dismissed on Monday in Freehold. Board Member Nicole Harris appealed the rejection of 41 mail in ballots by the Monmouth County Board of Election following the election in April. Harris lost by a slim margin to Dominic Latorraca, who was third in line for the three available seats when the ballots were counted. Harris asked for a recount and when that did not change the results, she appealed the court’s decision. Board…

In Bradley Beach: Mayor Running Unopposed

  By PETE WALTON There will be at least two new members of the Bradley Beach Borough Council next year. Incumbents Norman Goldfarb and Harold Cotler filed on Tuesday to run for re-election in November. Also filing were William Psiuk, Randy Bonnell and John Weber. Two present council members, Thomas Volante and Salvatore Galassetti, decided not to run again. Mayor Gary Engelstad will run for re-election unopposed. All four council seats and the mayor’s post will be on the ballot in the nonpartisan election on Nov. 8. Engelstad worked in management positions at the federal departments of Transportation and Treasury…

Remember the Freedom Train? Bradley Beach Does

  By DON STINE A long-forgotten artifact celebrating the 200th anniversary of our nation has been retrieved from near the NJ Transit railroad tracks in the Bradley Beach/Neptune area and will eventually be taken to Riley Park in Bradley Beach for public display. A large boulder with a commemorative bronze plaque was placed near the railroad tracks in 1976 to mark the site where the American Freedom Train was stationed on a side track in September 1976. “The boulder marks an important part of our country’s history and the local histories of both Neptune and Bradley Beach,” Bradley Beach historian…

Second Chances Thrift Store Gives Women a Second Chance

  By DENISE HERSCHEL A benefit for the Second Chances Thrift Store in Neptune City, an arm of Redeem-Her, an organization which helps women who have been incarcerated, is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Christ Church in Sycarmore from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The concept of the organization was birthed in 2003 behind the walls of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, New Jersey. A resource center was set up with a resume-writing workshop for more than 200 women; a hospice program; and recreational tournaments with hundreds of participants. In 2005 a Board of Trustees was established and…

County Seeking Employers for Sept. 30 Job Fair

  Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Fall Job Fair scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 at Brookdale Community College. “We are inviting employers who have immediate job openings to participate in Monmouth County’s Fall Job Fair, which draws hundreds of job seekers each year,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development. “Inviting employers with current job openings improves the probability that jobseekers will find employment by attending.” The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend.…

Neptune Republicans to Host Dinner Meeting, Coat Drive

  As part of its efforts to kick off Neptune Republican Club’s 2016 – 2017 Season, Club President Danielle Daly announced that the Republican Club will hold a dinner meeting on Thurs., Sept. 22nd at Il Posto’s Restaurant on 5 th Avenue in Neptune. (the former Mom’s Kitchen). The meeting itself will begin at 7 p.m. and feature a buffet of Chicken Francese, Eggplant Parmesan and a pasta option of the day, plus more, for members and any guests attending at a great price of only $20 per person. A “Get To Know Everyone Happy Hour” will precede the dinner…

$3.4 Million Collected in Parking Revenue So Far

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Although the plan to install parking meters at the beachfront in Asbury Park drew its share of criticism when it was introduced five years ago, it has paid off this year as revenues reached $3.4 million as of August 23. And with four months more to go in 2016 that number could rise to close to $5 milllion. Many balked when the city first decided to begin charging for parking at the beachfront as redevelopment efforts moved forward. Residents and business owners who had been instrumental in revitalization efforts over the past decade, thought it…

Standout Asbury Park Football Player Returns for Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER He’s back. Donte Abrams, the Asbury Park High School football standout who transferred to Michigan during the off season, is back in the Blue Bishops’ uniform. “He transferred back about three weeks ago,” Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque said on Aug. 16. “When he left us, it was a family decision. He feels he has the best opportunity to excel where he has been for his entire life. We’re excited to have him back. I received a call from him and he said he was on his way back. “He is our top returner. He gives…