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A Look at the Ocean High Girls Cross Country Team

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School girls cross country coach Paul Looney said at the start of the season he was hopeful for big things from Michela Cholak. “She is our number one runner,” he said. “She should have a great senior season.” Cholak has delivered for the Spartans, pacing the team to wins in four of its first seven dual meets. She ran the 12th-fastest time in school history at hilly Holmdel Park. She has run the second-best time in school annals at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. And she has run 19 minutes at Ocean County Park…

Asbury Park Overrun by Zombies

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Both the new owner and the old owner of Asbury Park’s zombie walk deemed the eighth annual event, held Saturday, Oct. 10, a success. “It was wonderful,” said city tavern-restaurant owner John “Johnny Mac” McGillion, who recently purchased the rights to the event from founder Jason Meehan. Meehan, who stay aboard to assist, said the event had “a great turnout, (it was) a great event.” Meehan and McGillion estimated the Asbury Park Zombie Walk — which went back to the original name used only in year one — attracted 8,000 to 10,000 people. Of these, an…

Avon Wants to Extract Itself from Assessment Firm

  By PETE WALTON Avon officials will try to get out of a contract with a property assessment firm until allegations of possible impropriety can be investigated. Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley has asked county prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni to look into allegedly improper relationships between a former member of the county tax board and companies hired under a pilot program intended to make property tax assessments more equitable. Avon is in the second year of a five-year contract with Realty Appraisal Co. of West New York, N.J. Realty Appraisal is among the private companies which have been awarded a…

Deal Officials Table Parking Hearing; Seek a Solution

  By DON STINE Concerned citizens packed the Oct. 9 Deal Board of Commissioners meeting even though a public hearing on a proposed ordinance restricting parking on seven oceanfront streets was cancelled, It was standing-room-only at the 9 a.m. meeting with every seat taken and more people standing in the hallway outside. “It was never our intention to restrict access to the beaches. They are free and open and we want to keep it that way and find a solution to our problem. We would love to have a solution,” Mayor Morris Ades said to a packed house. Borough officials…

Asbury Park Mayor Seeks Opinion on Possible Fitness for Duty Policy

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Mayor John Moor asked City Attorney Fred Raffetto at a recent work session to research the legalities of implementing a “fitness for work” policy for the city. His request came directly after Councilman Jesse Kendle suggested introducing a policy allowing for random drug tests for city employees. Moor asked Raffetto to discuss the issue with the city’s labor counsel and see what the legal issues are and seek recommendations. Raffetto said he would speak to the labor attorney and report back to the mayor and council. “I will get back to you as…

Repair Work to Begin on Bradley Beach’s Third Avenue

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Assemblyman Dave Rible attended the Bradley Beach Borough Council meeting this week to announce that after a near fatal incident where a pedestrian was hit by a car on Main Street the Department of Transportation crews would begin work on Third Avenue. “After the incident, I reached out to Assemblyman Dave Rible to expedite this (the crosswalks), the best he could,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said. “You guys have done such a tremendous job with your Main Street that these crosswalks will be beneficial for safety but also for foot traffic and business owners,” Rible said. “It’s…

Shark River Channel Dredging to Begin in a Few Weeks

  By DON STINE Dredging navigational channels in the Shark River will begin within the next few weeks under a contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. The announcement that the dredging will begin this year was made yesterday after a preconstruction conference Wed., Oct. 14 at the New Jersey Department of Transportation Engineering and Operations Building in Trenton. “After so many years working to get the river dredged, I’m extremely happy that we will see work in this calendar year. This would not be happening without the help of all municipalities around…

Asbury Park Team Success Hinges on Offensive and Defensive Lines

By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Asbury Park High School football coach Tim Fosque has a name for his offensive and defensive linemen. The first-year mentor dubbed his players in the trenches the line dogs. “They are the anchors of our team,” he said. “We send them out on the front lines as the anchors of our team. We want to get on people. We want to attack. They are our first line of attack. We want to impose our will on the other team.” Fosque applied the term to his beloved linemen on the Blue Bishops’ first day of camp. “Being a…

Asbury Park Planning Board OKs High Rise

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park Planning Board gave preliminary and final approval to waterfront redeveloper iStar Residential for the construction of a 16-story high rise on Ocean Avenue at the long vacant Esperanza site. According to Board Member Yvonne Clayton all board members were in favor of the plan. “They were all in favor and think it’s a great project going forward,” she said. Clayton, herself, had high praise for the project. “It’s a beautiful design and it’s well thought out,” Clayton said. Clayton also said she is glad to see the project moving forward because the building…

Thanksgiving Food Drive in Ocean

The Ocean Township Department of Human Services and Community Hope Fund are gearing up their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, seeking donations and volunteers to help those in need. Donations, which should be made by Monday, Nov. 2, may be dropped off at or sent to Human Services at 601 Deal Road, Ocean Township, 07712. Non-perishable goods also are being collected at the Ocean Township High School varsity football game Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the school, 550 W. Park Ave. More information is available from Jennifer Appio at Human Services, telephone 732-531-2600 or email jappio@oceantwp.org.