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Bradley Beach Elementary School Student is a Winner

  A poem by Naomi Ruiz Otero, a sixth grader at Bradley Beach Elementary School, was selected among hundreds by students across the state to win the 13th annual Recycling Poetry Contest sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection. One hundred and forty eight schools submitted a total of 563 poems for the contest, which was open to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, according to Victoria Kerekes, a program specialist for the state DEP’s Bureau of Recycling and Planning. Students were asked to submit a poem of 100 words or less explaining why they believe recycling is important, why…

Beach and Parking Revenues in Asbury Park Over $1Million Each

  Beach and parking revenues were up in Asbury Park this year and at least one city officials says he expects them to keep growing. Beach revenues were about $1.1 million last year and are at close to $1.3 million this year. Parking revenues for last year were at $1,975,197 and, as of August this year, the revenue is already at almost $1.9 million, with another four months of revenue still to come in. “I project the city will realize in excess of $2.5 million in 2014,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. Councilman John Loffredo, who co-chairs…

Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

In Ocean: $28 Million School Referendum Question on Dec. 9

  By DON STINE Ocean Township taxpayers will be asked to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all schools in the district but approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service, school officials said earlier this week. Taxpayers will cast their votes on the referendum during a special election on Dec. 9 at their regular polling places from 7 am to 9 pm. A special public meeting on the referendum was held last night, Oct. 8, at the Wayside School on Bowne Road. More public forums are…

In Neptune City: $360,000 School Referendum Question on Nov. 4 Ballot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and DON STINE Neptune City voters are being asked to approve a $360,000 referendum in the Nov. 4 general election to restore some teaching positions and extra-curricular activities at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School- an amount that will add about $175 to the average school tax bill. About 50 people turned out for an informational meeting held by the Board of Education at the school Tuesday night, of which about 20 were local educational association members showing their support for the referendum. School Board President Christine Oppegaard said the Wilson School is in a “crisis situation”…

Fund-Raising Campaign Begins for Bradley Food Pantry

  Pictured above: Volunteers at the Bradley Beach Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of bradleybeachfoodpantry.org. By JOSEPH SAPIA No one should go to sleep at night without someone having his or her back. That is what is guiding George Moffett in his project to improve the Bradley Food Pantry, specifically leading an effort to raise $16,000 for refrigerator and freezer units. The money would fully support replacing a refrigerator-freezer in the pantry and to install a walk-in freezer in the basement, replacing three chest freezers. The current units are in some way inefficient, according to the pantry. “I don’t think there’s…

Out & About

Professionals by Day, Derby Skaters at Night

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Kim Predham does not think of herself as an athlete. When she was growing up in Neptune City, she was the last one picked when teams were chosen. She considered herself “very bookish.” “(But) I always liked roller-skating as a kid,” Predham said. “I would skate for hours in my basement.” Those hours of roller-skating were put to good use. Now, at 32, the Asbury Park resident is a local version of a roller derby queen, as is her teammate, Jessica O’Hanlon, 37, of Avon. O’Hanlon, skating under the name Anna Stesia because she is a…

Undead to Return to Asbury Park

  This year it’s zombies versus brain cancer at the annual Zombie Walk to be held in Asbury Park Sat., Oct. 4. For the first time in the seven-year history of the walk, money from the event will be donated to Camp Jinka, a Red Bank-based summer program for children and teenagers whose lives have been impacted by brain cancer. “To help us fight the war against brain cancer, we are calling on the most powerful army we know, the undead,” said Zombie Walk founder Jason Meehan. The 2014 New Jersey Zombie Walk will kick off Grey Matters, a campaign…