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In Bradley Beach: Boardwalk Railing Project Discussed

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council this week tabled the discussion of the improvement to the lifeguard station until a time when Business Administrator Joyce Wilkins can be present to further address the renovations. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is attempting to limit the amount of work done by outside contractors and increase the amount of work that can be performed by borough workers in an effort to lower costs. Councilman Norman Goldfarb addressed the boardwalk railing that Engelstad said had a “band aid” on it since Superstorm Sandy. Goldfarb said he received word from FEMA…

Republican Wins Seat in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE According to Monmouth County Board of Elections, the unofficial counts for the special election in Neptune City showed Republican incumbent Richard Pryor winning the council seat with 510 seats and Democrat Michael Skudera with 475. There were two write in votes. The official results will not be confirmed until Thurs., March 24, said Mayor Robert Brown. “It was a hard fought victory,” said Pryor when contacted about the unofficial results. “I have no agenda. I’m just here for Neptune City and to continue to give homeowner’s relief.” The special election took place after Neptune City resident…

Body Cameras for Asbury Park Police Planned

  Within two months the Asbury Park Police Department will be receiving 70 body-worn cameras. The City Council approved the purchase of the cameras at its March 16 meeting after the city was awarded a $35,000 grant under the Attorney General’s BWC Assistance Project in February to off-set the costs of the cameras. That brings the price per camera from $1,285.54 to $785.54, for a total cost of $54,987.50 to the city for the 70 BWCs, according to a release from Hannah Walker, Director of Communications. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the cameras will begin operating by mid-summer after…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

Monmouth County Job Fair April 1

  If you are looking for a job, you should attend Monmouth County’s Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Brookdale Community College Collins Arena, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. This job fair will provide you with access to employers seeking talented candidates in every discipline, from hospitality and health care to finance, education, telecommunications, computer science and everything in between. More than 140 local employers and employment resource organizations will be participating in the free event. No registration is required for jobseekers. “In addition to bringing in top employers from throughout the…

Avon Plans No Increase for Tax Rate or Sewer, Water Fees

  By PETE WALTON There are no plans to increase the municipal tax rate, sewer and water fees or beach badges in Avon this year. Borough officials had hoped to introduce the new budget this week but state officials asked all communities which received aid after the Sandy superstorm to hold off. At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners to discuss the budget, Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher explained that the state has not yet decided if the funds will be treated as a grant or a loan. Avon received $1.2 million to help with municipal expenses due…

Neptune Committeeman Will Receive Award

  Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will receive the Golden Hearts Founders Award from Coastal Habitat for Humanity at is awards dinner April 21 at the Manasquan River Golf Club. The event began in 2015 to commemorate the organization’s 20th year of serving families in need of affordable housing in Southern Monmouth County. This year, Coastal Habitat once again honors its community partners and their dedication to providing affordable housing assistance to low-income families. The 2016 Hearts & Hammers honorees are Bishop, The New Jersey Bankers Association which will receive The Golden Hammer Award and the Star News Group which…

Neptune City Business Receives $1,815 Facade Grant

  A Lot of Cars Auto Sales of Neptune City has joined the growing list of Monmouth County businesses that have benefitted from the Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program. “A Lot of Cars Auto Sales received a reimbursement check for $1,815 for exterior paint on their building at 58 West Sylvania Ave.,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Every Façade Improvement Program check helps make a needed improvement to a local business.” Owner Ivan Ferro accepted the reimbursement check from Arnone on Friday, March 4. The Façade Improvement Program is part of the successful Grow Monmouth initiative that is utilizing…

$50,000 Grant for City Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

Asbury Park Fire Chief Seeks OK to Hire New Firefighters

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Fire Chief Kevin Keddy asked the City Council this week to hire two firefightes to replace two expected retirees. He also requested approval to hire an additional three firefighters. Mayor John Moor raised concerns that the two firefighters may choose not to retire giving the fire department an excess of employees. Keddy said the department would hire the three new fire fighters with the help of a 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant and noted that the grant process changes from year to year. The grant, provides funding for new…