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Bradley Beach Prepares for Memorial Day Festival

  Bradley Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend festival will be held from May 28 through May 29 at the beachfront. This annual event begins with a parade along Ocean Avenue at 10 a.m. May 28. During the parade a wreath honoring American servicemen and women will be placed at the beachfront flags on Ocean Avenue near the stage area. The group’s annual donations will be presented to several borough organizations totalling $4,000. The Bradley Beach Boardwalk will be filled with more than 200 merchandise and food vendors along with Kiddie Rides and entertainment,including live music. The Ship Wrecked Mini Golf…

New Hotel Nearing Completion

  By ELLEN CARROLL The 110-room boutique Asbury Hotel located in the former Salvation Army building on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park is nearing completion and scheduled to open Thurs., May 26 just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The hotel, owned by waterfront developer iStar, will have 110 rooms some with eight bunk beds in a room and all the way up to private king and queen rooms. Prices for rooms will start at $125 a room. The front desk and check-in doubles as The Counter, a grab-and-go kitchen where guests can fetch keys, order coffee, or buy something…

Tinton Falls lands $1.6 Million Road Repairs, Vehicle Purchases

  By PETE WALTON The Tinton Falls Borough Council plans to issue bonds worth $1.6 million to fund road improvements and three new public works vehicles. A $250,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation will help fund the $1.96 million total cost of the improvements. The borough’s 2016 Road Improvement Program includes Pine Street, Surrey Lane, Tracy Place, Acorn Drive, Chestnut Court, Apple Orchard Drive, Hamilton Court and the municipal public works lot. A new automated sanitation truck costing approximately $240,000 will be purchased, as well as two public works trucks at an estimated total price of $70,000. The…

Bocce Tournament Celebrating 40 years at the Shore

  A well-known local bocce tournament, formerly known as the Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo National Bocce Tournament, is turning 40 this year. Founded in 1977 by Asbury Park police officer Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo, his cousin and fellow bocce enthusiast Sal Caliendo, 69, kept the tournament going after Petillo died in 1987. “It was always held on the Asbury Park boardwalk or in Convention Hall until 1992 when we were told the Grand Arcade had structural problems and was no longer safe. So we had to move it,” Caliendo said. Since then the tournament, which attracted bocce players from around…

Heroin Kills More Than Car Crashes or Murder

  By DON STINE More people are killed in Monmouth County by heroin overdoses than by murder and highway accidents- combined. Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Camden, have the highest rate of heroin-related deaths and a special forum on the subject was held April 27 in the High Ocean Township High School auditorium. “This is a very, very serious problem, particularly in Monmouth County,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck, who hosted the forum. “Young people can become so addicted in such a short period of time and unable to get away from it- it’s unprecedented. It really sets you on your…

Neptune Electrical Official Named Inspector of the Year

  By DON STINE Donald Clare, an electrical sub-code official in Neptune, has been selected the 2016 Electrical Inspector of the Year by the Municipal Electrical Inspector’s Association. “We are very proud of Don. He has been an exemplary employee and definitely deserves the award. He is very diligent and active in his industry and prides himself in knowledge of his field,” Neptune’s Director of Code and Construction William Doolittle said. “I am very proud of Don for receiving this honor from his peers. It just reinforces my belief that we have township employees that are dedicated to both their…

Woman in Stable Condition After Falling Into Lake

  A 59-year-old female Ocean Grove resident was pulled from the southern shore of Wesley Lake Wednesday afternoon (May 4) and taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. “She was somewhat hypothermic but alive,” Neptune police department spokesman Michael McGhee said. He said a person on the Asbury Park side of the lake witnessed the accident, near the footbridge in the middle, of the lake and immediately called police. McGhee said the woman is visually impaired and fell off the embankment into the lake. Police did not release here name. He said three Good Samaritans…

Neptune Crime Rate Down

  By DON STINE Neptune’s reportable crime rate, which includes both violent and property crimes, decreased by 12.5 percent last year, according to the department’s 2015 annual report. Presented to the Township Committee and public this weet, the report shows that violent and property crimes went from 1,541 crimes in 2014 to 1,347 last year, according to FBI statistics. Calls for service to the police department dropped from 38,611 in 2012 to 34,258 last year. “I am proud of our 74 sworn full-time police officers, our part-time special law enforcement officers, and our civilian staff who have accepted the responsibility…

Changes Planned at City Waterfront

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Summer Experience Program in Asbury Park is making some changes and expanding its sphere for the upcoming beach season. Frederic P. Lavinthal, of Chiesa , Shahinian and Giantomasi addressed the City Council at a recent meeting and asked for an extension of the beachfront developer iStar’s Summer Experience Center which began in 2013 as a three year program. Lavinthal also said some changes will be made for the upcoming summer season including changing the name of the program from the Asbury Park Waterfront to simply Asbury Park. A new color scheme is also proposed…

Rooftop patio being constructed on Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park is adding another amenity to the landmark building: a rooftop patio. The hotel’s Director of Engineering, Steven Pilley, is in the midst of constructing a rooftop patio at the historic hotel that he says, “Will have the best view in town.” Pilley, lives at the hotel with his aptly named dog, Berkeley, and is responsible for keeping the entire building in good working order. It’s a 24/7 job. “I never have a day off,” he said. Pilley says since he came on board two years ago, he has…