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Bradley Beach Will Not Issue Permits for Driveway Parking

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials put to rest a measure which would have allowed residents to purchase parking spaces in front of their own driveways. “There’s no big problem in Bradley Beach of people blocking their driveways,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said. “The misinterpretation of this was through the roof.” In other business, the Borough Council adopted an ordinance which amends the way the borough handles special parking permits. The permits will now be handled by the Police Department and will begin at zero at the beginning of each year. “We think this will significantly decrease the amount of…

Neptune City to Purchase Generators, Tractor

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City introduced three ordinances this week dealing with the purchase of generators for municipal buildings and a 4-wheel drive tractor for the Department of Public Works. Under the measures the borough would appropriate $175,000.000, less a $93,000 FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Program Grant for the purchase of the generators, which are expected to last 15 years according to the ordinance. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of paperwork, a lot of bookkeeping on our department heads and that’s why we’re ably to do this,” said Mayor Robert Brown. The council also approved the introduction…

Summerfield Avenue Railroad Crossing to be Closed to Vehicular Traffic

  Asbury Park officials said this week they have lost their fight to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the Summerfield Avenue railroad track crossing to vehicular traffic. The NJ Transit proposal was denounced by the council, police and fire departments, and the city engineer but, eventually, to no avail. A proposal to also close-off the First Avenue crossing has been dropped and no date has been announced yet for the Summerfield Avenue closing, acting-City Manager Anthony Nuccio said. But at least one business owner said this will be a real hardship for him. Sam Vaccaro, owner of The Hardware…

Bradley Beach Mayor Accepts Position with United Methodist Homes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA United Methodist Homes of New Jersey Foundation has announced the appointment of Gary Engelstad, who is the mayor of Bradley Beach, to the position of director of strategic partnerships. In this role, Engelstad will promote, market and develop a strategic partnership program. While based at United Methodist Homes Corporate Office in Neptune, Engelstad will develop revenue-generating partnership opportunities system wide among the Homes’ 10 senior retirement communities in New Jersey Engelstad reports to Sharon Clapp, vice president of development, who said, “Gary brings a wealth of experience and expertise in developing strategic initiatives. He understands the…

Police Seek Help in Locating Missing Man

  Ocean Township police are seeking the public’s help in located Nicholas Johnson who was originally reported missing July 3 from the Gateway Treatment Center located on Center Street in Ocean Township. He is a 27-year-old white male who stands 6’05” tall, weighs 170 lbs. and has brown hair and hazel colored eyes. At the time of his disappearance he was seen wearing black pants and a black coat If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Johnson they are urged to contact Detective Jeffrey Malone at 732-531-1800. You can also provide information by emailing us to crimetips@oceantwp.org or by…

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Free Concert Series in Asbury Park

  The 70th season of the Asbury Park Concert Band is underway with concerts every Thursday through August 27 on the boardwalk between McLoone’s and Convention Hall at Ocean and Fifth Avenues. The free concerts start at 7 p.m. under the direction of John Luckenbill. One of the highlights of recent concert seasons has been the addition of Young Adult Concerts which will again this year feature shore area students playing alongside the adult musicians four times this summer, on July 9 and 23 and August 13 and 27. Luckenbill said each concert has a theme and the themes for…

Make Your Own Soaps and Learn to Tie Dye at Neptune Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With the school year finally complete, thoughts of summer activities for the older kids, in particular the tween and teen set, are on the minds of parents and caregivers alike. There are plenty of programs available for younger children but those in the double digit years may feel left out of the mix. But not at the Neptune Public Library where this summer there are several scheduled activities for kids in sixth through twelfth grades. The list includes Tie Dyeing, Soap Making, a Super Hero Design course, and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Bath Bombs, all of which are…

Tinton Falls Woman Charged with Stabbing a Houseguest

  A Tinton Falls woman is charged with stabbing a borough man outside her Howard Avenue home on Mon., July 6, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Natacha Perez, 35, is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, third degree Endangering the Welfare of a child, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. She is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township,in $300,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John…

Ocean Museum Wins 1st Place Award

  On June 13 the Township of Ocean Historical Museum received a first place award for its quarterly newsletter, “Ocean’s Heritage.” The Kevin M. Hale publication’s award for newsletters from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey was given at their spring meeting at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern in Rahway. Accepting the award for the all volunteer Ocean Museum was Peggy Dellinger, editor of the newsletter and exhibit chairman. The competitive awards which also include books, booklets, brochures, DVD’s, calendars, pamphlets and posters were created to recognize the achievements of its over two hundred member societies that include…