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Parking Plan in Deal Criticized; Meeting May Be Held Oct. 9

By DON STINE A public hearing on a proposed ordinance that will allow permit-only parking on six oceanfront streets in Deal – a move that has many local fishermen, surfers and beachgoers upset – may or may not be held tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9. Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said that recent reports posted Wednesday by various media sources that the public hearing on the ordinance has been cancelled are inaccurate. He said Mayor Morris Ades and Borough Attorney Martin Barger will meet today (Thursday, Oct. 8) to determine if the meeting will be held. “There is nothing official about the…

Neptune City Sees Additional $10,000 in Revenue Due to Recycling Efforts

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Borough Council approved the introduction of a budget amendment, which included an additional $10,000 to the borough due to the increased amount of recycling tonnage received. The money will be used to upgrade the recycling facilities in town. In addition, the council also introduced a resolution to appropriate $30,000 for the rehabilitation of the sewer lines. The Department of Public Works will be lining some of the existing sewer lines for preventative maintenance, the newest way to prevent future breakage. “One break can easily exceed, not to mention all of the problems that…

Golf Outing Will Honor Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It’s a most fitting way for William E. Pullen Jr. to be remembered. The fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will take place Mon., Oct. 12 at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. “He was an avid golfer,” said his widow, Bertha L. Williams, the assistant superintendent of schools in the Neptune School District. “He loved it. Each time he could get out on a golf course, that’s where he was.” Williams said she will take a couple of swings in honor of Pullen Jr. “I call myself a dysfunctional golfer,”…

Need Homework Help? Try the Asbury Park Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Asbury Park children have plenty to look forward to this fall at the Asbury Park Library, according to Linda Keane, Children’s Librarian and Program Coordinator. The “Craft Lady,” Miss Irene Boles-Petry is back again to continue with her monthly session of stories, snacks and seasonal crafts. Boles-Petry is a regular favorite among the children who “enjoy her creativity,” Keane said. The program is for ages kindergarten and up with pre-registration required. Space is limited to the first twelve children. The next session is Wednesday, October 14 at 3:15pm. The following sessions will be Wednesday, November 4…

Bradley Beach Seeks Tourism Director

  Following the retirement of long serving and beloved Rae Tutella, Bradley Beach has begun the process of searching for someone to fill take her place. “It’s a tough act to follow, Rae put Bradley Beach on the map in terms of events, activities and beautifying our Main Street and incredible entertainment on our beachfront,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. who added it would be tough to find someone to fill her “awfully big shoes.” The part-time job entails putting together a myriad of events during the year which bring thousands of visitors to Bradley Beach, the mayor said. These events…

Rewards Program in Ocean is Rewarding for Taxpayers

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will see lower property tax bills through the new “Own Ocean” rewards program, a program which can mean a few hundred dollar savings on their tax bill. The “Own Ocean” rebate program gives residents a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a participating township-based business. “Some rewards will be small but every time you get any money you will receive an instant message about a tax credit being applied,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Under the “Own Ocean” program, local merchants sign up and offer special discounts to Ocean Township residents…

Dredging Contract Awarded

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Shark River’s western navigational channels was awarded last week and officials hope dredging will begin by the end of this year. “It’s been years and it’s been a fight; it has been a long road,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Bishop issued a statement last week announcing that the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the Shark River dredging…

Neptune Basketball Standout Returns Home

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Shakena Richardson is excited and it’s easy to see why. The former Neptune High School girls basketball standout has returned to the Garden State. “I am happy to be here,” she said. “It’s my home state. I will play for a great university (Seton Hall) and a great coaching staff. I am just happy to be home. Of course, I missed New Jersey (while playing for Florida State University). My whole family is here and I missed them a lot. There is a different kind of play in the Big East (Conference) than the ACC (Atlantic…

Condos, Marina Planned for Shark River

  By DON STINE A new 42-unit condominium project on the Shark River, with a marina, was presented to the Neptune Township Committee this week night for preliminary approval. The Planning Board wuld have to amend the area’s mixed-use site plan to allow for the residential use. Called Marina Pointe, the property is owned by Coast Cities Truck Sales President Douglas M. Gallagher, who said he originally bought the property 18 years ago as a site to park trucks but that it was never developed for various reasons. He called the project “shovel-ready to go,” if approved. The one-acre site,…

The Zombies Are Coming!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It is hard to kill the undead — Asbury Park’s zombie walk is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 3 for the 8th consecutive year. Jason Meehan, founder of the walk, has sold the event — the rights, events, Facebook and website sites, and brands — to city tavern-restaurant owner John “Johnny Mac” McGillion. “I think it’s terrific, not necessarilly (that) I’m the owner, but that the Zombie Walk won’t have any problems, financing it and so on,” McGillion said. “It’s a great thing for the town, us and I can’t wait to get it started.” The contract…