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Judge Dismisses Asbury Park Election Case

  By DON STINE A Monmouth County Superior Court judge today dismissed a case that sought to force a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral spot won by John Moor in the November election. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the election, filed the lawsuit seeking 355 vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. “(The county Elections Board) did not exceed their discretion in disqualifying the ballots” Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled today. A number of ballots were disqualified during…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO When I first joined the police department I met a lot of different people. There were very energetic people, there were tough guys, there were meek reserved men and there was one regular guy. He wasn’t one of the giant muscle bound types that you might expect to see in uniform. He was a normal size guy with a smile and boyish charm. Always quick to ask a question or provide some information about a location or person in town, it seemed to me that he knew everyone. Who is that? I asked my training officer.…

The Winter of Our Discontent?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Remember the generally snowless, mild weather of December and early January — the Winter That Was Not. Then came the onslaught of sub-freezing, sometime near zero, temperatures and seemingly almost every other day snow or ice — not large accumulations, but enough in which they had to be dealt with. What would you title this winter — so far, because we could have snow for another month, for example, no matter what the calendar says? “Unending Torment or Unending Torrent, one of the two,” said Jewels Reigns of Ocean Grove. It felt as though it was…

Agencies Will Meet to Discuss Dredging

  By DON STINE Future dredging the Shark River is looking as uncertain as ever although for the first time all agencies involved will be sitting down together to discuss a solution. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who has been a major and vocal supporter of the dredging, said the issue has been approached to the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection. “And for the first time we are all sitting together and looking for possibilities as one group,” he said this week. In a joint Jan. 15 press release, state Sen. Jennifer Beck, Freeholder…

Election Trial Continues; Judge Wants to See Witnesses

  A Superior Court trial that may determine if there is a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral position continued in Freehold this week but one of the defendants said it is a long, tedious process. “It is a slow, slow process,” Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said, who is a respondent to the lawsuit. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election, filed the lawsuit seeking vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. Last week 19 more…

Be an Election Worker, Earn $200

  The Monmouth County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for upcoming elections. Poll workers will be compensated $200 for working a Primary Election or General Election. “Voting is one of the greatest privileges that we have as Americans,” said Monmouth County Board of Elections Commissioner Christine Hanlon. “Poll workers are essential to the voting process and right now we are asking our Monmouth County citizens to be a part of this process and help their community exercise their right to vote.” To qualify to be a poll worker, you must be a registered voter in Monmouth County and…

City Officials Reject Plan to Use North Beach for Staging Area

  By DON STINE The North Beach area in Asbury Park will not be used as a staging area for a federal beach replenishment project from Loch Arbour to Long Branch. Asbury Park officials said last week that a proposal to use the North Beach as a staging area is being rejected, primarily due to a lack of information and a set timeframe for the site to be vacated. “There are too many unanswered questions and not enough information. It just made no sense to us that the Army Corps said they will begin the project in the beginning of…

Iconic Turf Club Sign to Be Restored for Free

  A Good Samaritan name Allied Environmental Signage, based in Farmingdale, has offered to restore the iconic neon sign from the Turf Club, a well-known Springwood Avenue night club in Asbury Park, for free. “I thought I could help out. Somebody’s should do it and I have the facilities,” Company President Kevin White said earlier this week. The Asbury Park Historical Society removed the sign, which was hanging on the side of the now-abandoned and gutted Turf Club, several years ago with permission of the owner. The metal sign, with electric and neon lights, measures about eight-feet wide, by four-feet…

Musicians Hosting a Benefit for One of Their Own

  By DON STINE It is now time to help an area musician who has helped many others over the years. George Meyer, a long-time member of the Blackberry Blues Band, is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and a benefit is being held this Sun., March 8 to support him and help cover medical expenses. “George has a long musical history and he has done many benefits for others in the past. And, this time, it’s for George. George and I have done many benefits over the years and we are doing this benefit to love and support him- both financially…