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Asbury Park Daycare Operator Indicted for Defrauding School Board

  The owner and operator of an Asbury Park daycare center and pre-school was arrested Tues., Feb. 24 after a Monmouth County grand jury returned a 9-count indictment charging her with crimes related to contracts to provide services for city pre-schoolers, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Sylvia B. Brodrick, 59, of Shadow Lawn Drive in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, is charged with two counts each of third degree Theft by Deception, third degree Tampering with Public Records, second degree Making False Representations in Payment Claims on a Government Contract, second degree False Material Representation in…

Asbury Park Election Trial to Begin

  By DON STINE Despite a request by the plaintiffs to postpone a trial over controversial vote-by-mail ballots in last November’s Asbury Park City Council election, a Superior Court judge has ruled that the trial will proceed as scheduled, beginning Mon., Feb. 23. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor, one of the defendants, said that a conference call on the trial was held with all parties Feb. 17 and that the judge has decided the case will move on. “I am looking forward to the judicial process moving forward,” Moor said. “The residents deserve finality and there is a reason this…

City Seeks Funds to Repave Fourth Avenue

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s Fourth Avenue has been notorious for sometime now for its poor condition but, with increased bus and truck traffic from a detour route to replace the Sunset Avenue Bridge, matters are only getting worse. “The buses and trucks only result in making the road deteriorate faster,” Mayor John Moor said at the last City Council meeting. And while city public works crews have been out filling potholes in the harsh winter weather, things are not looking too much better. As a possible solution Asbury Park is petitioning Monmouth County officials to aid in repaving…

Polar Express Stopping at Shore

  By JOSEPH SAPIA On Tuesday, Donna Ryan was out of breath, shoveling snow on a neighbor’s sidewalk on Bradley Beach’s Ocean Avenue. “I’ve had enough,” said Ryan, 49, speaking of the winter weather. The snow is one thing, but the cold has been worse — frozen pipes, the furnace chugging to keep up. “It’s been a tough February,” Ryan said. “We had an easy December and January. It was great. Then, February came back to bite us. “My poor kids,” said Ryan, speaking of son, Jake, 13 and daughter, Kylie, 9. “They need to get outside. In 10 minutes,…

Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting Raises Funds for Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL It’s been a decade since Bradley Beach artist and Friends of the Bradley Beach Library President Joan Cicchi had an idea — showcase local artists work at a library exhibit to the public while raising funds for the library. Thirty artists and 100 attendees were involved in that first show in 2005. Now 10 years later, more than 60 artists and 300 people are expected to be a part of the annual Bradley Beach Library Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting event at the library on Sun., March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. “The art show…

Rude Awakening Program in Ocean Details Dangers of Drinking and Driving

  By DON STINE Ocean Township High School and Hillel Yeshiva students will have a rude awakening soon about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Rude Awakening Program is a nationally-recognized drunk-driving awareness program geared toward junior and senior high school students. The program is scheduled to be presented to students of the Ocean Township High School and Hillel Yeshiva High School in the spring. “It will be given to every junior and senior in the schools. It’s an in-your-face program about fatal automobile accidents,” said Police Administrative Lieutenant Timothy R. Torchia, who is…

Neptune Police Investigate Armed Robbery

  Neptune Police responded to the 500 Block of Myrtle Avenue Sun., Feb. 15 for a reported armed robbery. Two women from Pleasantville were allegedly confronted by three masked men a few minutes before 9 p.m. who demanded money from the victims. The only reported proceeds were the keys to the victims’ vehicle. Police said the three unidentified men ran off with the keys. It was reported there was a gunshot fired at that time. However, there was no confirmation or evidence of a gunshot being fired. Neither victim was injured in the incident. Neptune Police are continuing investigation into…

Patrick Parker Realty Collecting Supplies for Fire Victims

  Patrick Parker Realty is calling on the local community to donate to their Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive now being held to benefit the victims of the Feb. 6 fire on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Patrick Parker Realty’s Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive will accept clothing, food, personal items and household supplies on behalf of the victims. This drive is being conducted in conjunction with other area efforts and all donations will be delivered promptly to collection and distribution centers as designated by the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association. “The fire destroyed the homes and businesses…

Now at the Bradley Beach Library: Zen Meditation Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Bradley Beach Library has offered reading groups, support groups, and now it has added a Zen Meditation group. Introduced several months ago, the weekly group has developed a following with anywhere from five to 10 individuals regularly attending. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said the idea to begin such a group was the brainchild of Bradley Beach resident and library patron Elaine Held who took her Buddhist vows about seven years ago. “Elaine approached me about bringing her Zen Meditation group here. She agreed that it would be free and open to the public. I…