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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…

Editorial: What Are They Thinking?

  The state, in all its wisdom, is planning to switch Main Street in Asbury Park from four lanes to two lanes with a turning lane in the center and two bike lanes to be added between the through lanes and parking lanes on each side of the road. There are only two cities in Monmouth County – Long Branch, and, you guessed it ,Asbury Park. And guess which one gets more traffic? Right again, Asbury Park. We wonder if any of the state officials who are pushing this idiotic plan have ever driven down Main Street in Asbury Park…

Ocean Field Hockey Believes Team Has Makings of a Champion

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER There is a key reason why Denise D’Esposito enjoys coaching. “Just watching the kids,” the Ocean Township High School field hockey coach said. “You see them as freshmen. They leave you as seniors. You see them grow up as people and players. It’s rewarding to see them set a goal, reach it and perhaps go beyond it. When I went to Ocean, my best friend was a player on the team and she is still my best friend. You make memories in field hockey that you can’t make anywhere else. There is nothing like seeing a…

Seats Still Available for Historic Trip

  Rock/blues icon Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are headed to Cuba for an historic visit and appearance at the Havana International Jazz Festival Dec. 17 to 2217th – 22nd, while the band is also touring around the U.S. in support of their new CD Soultime! The album is the band’s first new studio CD in five years and the Havana trip allows them to be one of the first American recording artists to perform for a Cuban audience since the restoration of diplomatic relations with the U.S. Southside Johnny sees himself as a kind of “musical ambassador” bringing…