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Avon Plans Litigation If Program Not Halted

  By PETE WALTON Officials in Avon are asking the state to order the suspension of a controversial property tax assessment program and if the state fails to do so, will instruct Borough Attorney Barry A. Cooke to begin litigation. “The taxpayers of the borough are victims of this program which has produced [an] unsubstantiated increase in taxes and created uncertainty as to future tax liabilities,” Avon’s Board of Commissioners said in a letter to Michael J. Bryan, director of the state Division of Taxation. If the Monmouth County Board of Taxation fails to suspend the Assessment Demonstration Program, Cooke…

State Rescinds Plan to Reduce City Main Street to 2 Lanes

  Due to strong opposition from Asbury Park officials, the state will not reconfigure Main Street but will maintain the current traffic configuration of two lanes in each direction. The state had planned to reduce the roadway to one lane in each direction. The state also said due to the width of the roadway it would not be feasible to add bike lanes, as proposed. Mayor John Moor said he was pleased to hear that the state has changed its mind. “I am glad the state listened to us, to the police department, to the fire department and all our…

Lamar Davenport is back home

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Lamar Davenport is back home. And the former Asbury Park High School football player is glad he’s back. The ex-Monmouth University standout is in his first season of coaching the Blue Bishops’ wide receivers and defensive backs. “I love everything about coaching,” he said. “I am having a blast as I am able to be around these young kids and help them in any way I can. I am teaching them some things about the game. And I am trying to help them off the field as well. It has been a blast.” Tim Fosque, the…

Golf Outing in Remembrance of Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER William E. Pullen Jr. would have loved a recent Monday at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. There was fellowship. There was food. There was golf. And the proceeds from the fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will make it easier for graduates of his beloved Neptune High School to attend college. “We expect to be able to award four scholarships to deserving graduates of Neptune High School this spring,” said event spokesman Dick Cottrell, Pullen Jr.’s brother in law. The weather was again great for golf, another reason for Pullen…

Gloss Salon Hosting Evening to Make a Difference Oct. 24

  When John Partusch, owner of Gloss Salon and Toxic Tins Social Media Gallery decided to host an “Evening of Special Needs and Special Help,” Oct. 24, he wanted to make a difference, but didn’t realize he had chosen National Make A Difference Day. Partusch is sponsoring the benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. at his salon at 605 :Lake Ave., Asbury Park to raise funds and awareness for Best Day Foundation, the Valerie Fund’s Camp Happy Times and a Food Drive to help The Saint George Soup Kitchen feed residents in Asbury Park. The event will include live painting…

Man Charged with Assault on Police Officer

  Allenhurst police arrested a man Oct. 19 and charged him with assaulting a police officer. Police said at approximately 8 pm, the Allenhurst Police Department received a report of a suspicious person, loitering outside a Main Street business. Upon the officer’s arrival, the subject provided false information, as to his identity, to the officer. Shortly thereafter, the 22-year subject attempted to flee from the officer, on foot. After a brief struggle, the subject was taken into custody. The Allenhurst First Aid squad also responded due to the officer being bloodied during the apprehension. The officer was treated on scene by first aid personnel. The arrestee…

In Bradley Beach: Dress Yourself and Your Pet for Halloween Festivities

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Paws & Anchor in Bradley Beach along with the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first annual Bradley Beach Howl-O-Ween event on Sat., Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Riley Park. Paws & Anchor owner, Nicole Kienlen, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council regarding the event, which will include a Pooch Parade at 2 p.m., pet costume contest, pet talent show, and kid friendly activities. “After a Chamber of Commerce meeting I thought how could we improve commerce in Bradley Beach, we need more events, and we want to take advantage…

Recovery Funds Distributed to Shark River Hills Families

  Approaching three years after Super Storm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey we still find families displaced from their homes and others working to get their lives back in order. This week, Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc., made its second disbursement of funds to affected families. Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit foundation formed in 2013, after Sandy, whose sole purpose was to raise funds and awareness for affected families and businesses in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. Michelle Erbe, Foundation Chairwoman and KC Dempsey, Vice Chairwoman, announced that 51 families will receive…

Asbury Park Eliminating Commerce Director Position

  By ELLEN CARROLL and JOANNE PAPAIANNI In the midst of an economic boom in Asbury Park, which has seen a dramatic resurgence in restaurants, bars and shops, the city has fired its director of economic development. Tom Gilmour, who has been with the city 14 years and formerly served as the director of the Urban Enterprise Zone in the city, was informed in a letter from the city that his position would be eliminated and Oct. 30 would be his last day. Just a few years ago he and his wife sold their home in Fair Haven to live…

Memorial Day Festival Committee Donates $9,000 for Police Vehicle

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival Committee has donated $9,000 for a new Global Electric Motor Car police vehicle to the borough. Festival Committee member Harvey Rosenberg suggested that the vehicle could be used for traffic and parking enforcement along Main Street and the beachfront. “Over the past seven years, the committee has raised a total of $133,600, $26,600.00 in 2015 alone and donated a total of $142,600,” Rosenberg said. The committee announced that they are currently working on two new projects, which will be presented at a future date. Mayor Gary Engelstad suggested that…