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Crane House to Screen Comedy

  Two men on a raft…a pair of devoted friends, though you’d never know it from the way they bicker, banter and brouhaha their way from the 19th century beach at Asbury Park, to the middle of the Atlantic, and places that are far afield of both their expectations and their left-behind street clothes. A rare comical adventure from the pen of Stephen Crane (and a story with the flavor of the Jersey Shore resort where he made his home as a young man), “The Reluctant Voyagers” has long cried out for presentation on the live stage — and on…

Neptune Police Officer Indicted; Facing Life Without Parole

  A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging suspended Neptune Township Police Officer Philip Seidle with one count each of first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, announced acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Seidle, 51, of Neptune Township, is currently being held in the Mercer County Correctional Center, Hopewell Township, on $2 million bail with no ten percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Since that time, a motion for bail reduction before…

Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…

Asbury Park Team Members Attend Anti-Gang Workshop

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It has been a season of positive numbers for the Asbury Park High School football team. The Blue Bishops won six of their first seven games, losing only to Point Pleasant Beach in overtime in the regular-season opener both teams and erasing the scars left by last year’s 2-8 record. And, led by wide receiver Jaedon Stephens and quarterback Davon Thompson, they have established themselves as one of the highest scoring teams in the Shore Conference. However, there is one number that gnaws at the insides of first-year head coach Tim Fosque. “About 80 percent of…

Tinton Falls Appoints Acting Judge

  By PETE WALTON Susan Schroeder Clark is scheduled to become the acting municipal judge in Tinton Falls. She will replace Richard B. Thompson, who has been suspended without pay pending an investigation. Clark will serve in the post until Thompson returns or a permanent successor is appointed. Superior Court Judge Lisa P. Thornton suspended Thompson, who has been the municipal judge in Tinton Falls, Bradley Beach, Neptune City and six other Monmouth County towns. The suspension order said that Thompson would be investigated by the state’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct for possible violations involving the “integrity and independence”…

Blue Star Memorial Program in Interlaken

  Interlaken has unveiled a Blue Star By-Way marker, honoring those who have served in the military, at the flagpole at Borough Hall. The Blue Star Memorial Marker program originated with a New Jersey garden club in 1944 that planted approximately 8, 000 dogwood trees along a 5-1/2 mile stretch of highway as a living memorial to the men and women of the Armed Forces. The Blue Star was chosen to symbolize the memorial because it was used during World War II on flags and homes of families that had a son or daughter in the service. At the close…

No Sitting Down for Asbury Park Basketball Coach

  By CHRIS CRISTOPHER Keith Coleman, a former Neptune High School boys basketball player, was named the head boys coach at Asbury Park High School for the 2015-16 season by the Board of Education. “I want to thank the Asbury Park Board of Education and the community for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach,” said Coleman, 53. “I have been involved in basketball for most of my life. I enjoy watching it whether it’s boys or girls or adults. I just enjoy the game of basketball. The athleticism of the game is definitely one of the reasons…

City Chamber, Pride in the Park Unite for Decorating Contest

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park residents will have the opportunity to show their creative side in a holiday decorating contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Pride in the Park committee. Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton announced the contest at the Nov. 9 City Council meeting, saying there are several levels of competition, including whole house, condo/apartment or window/terrace only. Registration for the contest is free and those wishing to participate are required to call the chamber at 732.775.7676 or email to info@asburyparkchamber.com by Dec. 7. Registered windows will be evaluated from Dec. 10 to 14 by a…

Vendor Fees, Contracts Discussed at Asbury Park City Council Meeting

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Changes will be coming for those business owners who want to do business in the city. The City Council discussed vendor fees, both seasonal and annual at it’s meeting Mon., Nov. 9. Regarding the seasonal vendors, Mayor John Moor suggested authorizing a minimum bid and collecting one year’s payment in escrow on five year contracts for summer businesses. Those include beach chairs and umbrellas concenssions, pedal boats on Wesley Lake and stand up paddle rentals. Moor said the city was burned this year when some vendors did not pay their full contracted amount. The mayor…

Provisional Ballots Change Election in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The results of last week’s Asbury Park Board of Education elections have changed due to the counting of 53 provisional ballots. The results listed on the Monmouth County website show that incumbent Barbara Lesinski, with a total of 651 has now lost her seat to Sheila Etienne whose vote count totals 657. Angela Ahbez-Anderson was the high vote getter with 688, while Kenneth Saunders garnered 680 votes. Anderson ran with Lesinski and Peter J. Cheney on a ticket of support for Superintendent of Schools Lamont Repollet. Etienne ran on a ticket with Saunders and current…