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Avon Seeks Suspect in Burglaries

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon police are continuing their search for a suspect believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries during the last six weeks. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting Lt. Michael Pelech said the burglaries have all occurred in unoccupied houses during the day and in all but one, the suspect entered the home through unlocked windows or doors. Camera footage from the school security cameras on Fifth Avenue showed that the burglar is a young man in his early twenties and is riding around town on a bicycle. “I believe it’s somebody that has…

Asbury Park Still Searching for a City Manager

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park City Council had hoped to have a new city manager hired by Jan. 1, at the latest, but as that day nears it’s uncertain if that will happen. Director of Social Services Tony Nuccio was appointed acting-city manager for the last two months with expectations that a new city manager would be in place by the first of the year. And while some council members say that a qualified person has been offered the city manager’s job that person has not made any commitment yet and certainly no one appears to be in…

Beware the Snow? Not This Week

  By JOSEPH SAPIA With only a coating at best, Tuesday’s snow event in the Asbury Park area was kind of a bust. “I was all excited this morning,” said Sam Vaccaro Sr. Tuesday afternoon. “Now, I’m disappointed.” Vaccaro owns The Hardware in Asbury Park and was ready to sell snow shovels, snowblowers, de-icing salt, those kinds of things. But, while he was talking, the city looked just like another so-so day that was clearing up. “If it doesn’t snow, business is way off,” said Vaccaro, noting people are not buying lawn-and-garden and other outside items this time of year.…

Do you think you’ll be spending more or less on the holidays as compared to last year?

  Take the pulse of the Holiday economy by clicking on any picture for an answer to: Do you think you’ll be spending more or less on the holidays as compared to last year?

Out & About

  Spotted on the streets – or at better eateries, shops or public spaces in the area – were these fine folks this past week.  All photos by Mike Kearns.  

Ocean Woman Wins Seat on School Board

  By DON STINE One of five write-in candidates for a seat on the Ocean Township Board of Education garnered enough votes in the November general election to be seated to a three-year term. Amy McGovern, 36, who is a flight attendant and lives in the West Allenhurst section, outdistanced her four rivals with 329 votes. She will be sworn in with two other winning incumbent candidates at the school board’s Jan. 7 reorganization meeting. School Board /Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said that the county Board of Elections recently officially certified McGovern as the winner and added that the board…

Old School Auditorium Steps Into the Future

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For Betty Ann White Slocum, the refurbishing of the Bradley Beach Elementary School auditorium is a step back in time. “I love it,” said Slocum, who attended the school from kindergarten to eighth grade. “They made it look like the era it’s supposed to be from. “This just makes it a special place,” she said. “It’s elegant-looking.” For Slocum, the school’s secretary who has worked for the local kindergarten-to-eighth grade district for all but two years since 1981, and the rest of the town, the remodeling of the auditorium will also be a step into the…

50 New Housing Units for Neptune Seniors

  By DON STINE Some Neptune senior citizens will be moving into brand new housing in a little more than a year thanks to the local Housing Authority and the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. A grounding-breaking ceremony was held Monday at 2109 Wells Ave., one of two sites to be developed with the new housing with county, local and Meridian Health Care officials attending. Jersey Shore is part of the Meridian Health group. “We support progress and progress is being made here,” Mayor Eric Houghtaling said. The 50-year-old John Knox Homes at 19 Davis Avenue, which has 50 senior…

Neptune Man Dies on Train Tracks

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A Neptune man died when struck by an NJ Transit train Tues., Dec. 3 in Asbury Park. The dead man is Abdul Clackley, 51, of Neptune, said Asbury Park Police Capt. Marshawn Love. The train struck the man in the area of the 6th Avenue train crossing and the Deal Lake railroad bridge, according to city police and NJ Transit. Police received a report of the incident at 4:11 p.m., apparently from the train crew, Love said. An initial investigation shows the man appeared to come from behind the bridge’s structure onto the tracks, Love said. The…

Eclectic Restaurant a Year in the Making to Open Soon

  By DON STINE One of the most eclectic restaurants in Asbury Park, and perhaps in the surrounding area, is about to open in Asbury Park. Kim Marie’s Eat ‘n Drink Away, in the former Adriatic restaurant at 1409 Kingsley Street, is scheduled to open by Christmas after more than a year of renovations, said co-owner John McGillion. “There are new floors, walls, ceilings, new bathrooms, and a new look on the exterior and interior,” he said. McGillion also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits at 208 Main St., Asbury Park and anyone familiar with that iconic watering hole, which…