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Neptune to Hire Traffic Consultant

  By DON STINE Neptune will hire an independent traffic engineer to look into the chronic parking problem in Ocean Grove, particularly during the summer months. The Township Committee passed a resolution at this week’s meeting to hire independent traffic consultant CME Associates, based in Howell Township, for an amount not to exceed $5,000. The consultant will provide the results of its study to the governing body and to the newly-created parking task force. “We are not experts and we need somebody. I think it’s a necessity,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Deputy Mayor Michael Brantley, who has always supported hiring…

Asbury Park Recall Petition Misses Deadline

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A group which had been formed to recall Asbury Park Councilman Jesse Kendle did not meet the Aug. 3 deadline for the filing of a recall petition. City Clerk Cindy Dye said this week that no petition had been submitted to her. The Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle from the Office of Council consisted of Duanne Small, Mattison Avenue; Mabin Womble, Third Avenue and Brian Bass, Church Street. The group needed to obtain 2,175 signatures in order to have the vote taken in a special election. The estimated cost of the election was $25,000. Petitioner…

Ocean Awaits Decision on Yeshiva Dorm

  By DON STINE A decision is expected soon on an appeal by Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov over a recent Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment decision to deny its application to create a Talmudic Academy to house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section. A hearing was held on July 27 before Judge Freda Wolfson in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for New Jersey and another hearing on Aug. 4 before Judge Douglas E. Arpert, who was sitting in for Wolfson since she was on vacation. According to court records, Yeshiva…

Scholarship Will Be Established in Volunteer’s Name

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Jamar Small’s memory lives. The Asbury Park High School football program will honor Small, the former Blue Bishops’ standout who was murdered in the city last Dec. 20. “We will have a scholarship fund in his name,” coach Tim Fosque said. “We will probably award a couple of scholarships to our senior players.” Small was a volunteer assistant coach with the Blue Bishops last fall. “He was due to come on our staff this season,” said Fosque, who is in his second season as the team’s mentor. “He was an Asbury Park kid. He was a…

Blue Bishops Losing Key Player

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team has taken a big hit. Donte Abrams, who starred for the Blue Bishops last fall as a sophomore, has transferred to a Michigan high school, Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque said. “He was our best returning player,” said Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ second-year coach. Fosque said Abrams will live with his father. “It was a family decision,” Fosque said. Fosque said he learned of the decision in late May. “Donte worked out with our team,” Fosque said. “Of course, when you lose your best player you are discouraged and…

The Center’s Meal Programs Seeks Help in Stocking Shelves

  The Center in Asbury Park has put out the call for help stocking their freezer for the Meals to Go program. The program provides home cooked frozen meals to people living in motels and rooming houses who have no way to prepare meals. The Center is asking individuals and groups to help fill the freezer with frozen cooked meals and will provide microwavable containers to volunteers. They are also in need of pantry food items including: cereal, instant oatmeal, rice, juice, milk (condensed or powdered) Jell-O, canned puddings, fruit and tuna. Also needed are raisins, healthy snacks, macaroni and…

City Audit Gets High Marks

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Auditor David Kaplan gave Asbury Park good marks in his annual audit report saying this year’s total general fund balance is the highest ever at $4.7 million. In 2014 the fund balance was $3.4 million. “You have complied,” he said. “ You have an unmodified report; that’s what you want.” He also said there was a record surplus and record increases in revenues. One section that did not receive good marks was the sewer collection totals. “There has been a deficit the past two years,” Kaplan said. Kaplan cited inaccuracies in the bills along with…

Dredging Will Continue in Shark River

  The dredging of the navigational channels in the Shark River will continue after all after it was determined that Federal Emergency Management Agency funding that had been awarded in the wake of Superstorm Sandy may have been in jeopardy if the state did not act. The project calls for the removal of106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the navigational channels in the Shark River. The dredging was suspended due to a lack of funding in the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). “We had concerns but the project is back on track and hopefully the contractor can now fulfill…

Half-Price Membership at Ocean Pool

  There’s still plenty of summer left and Ocean Township is helping to make it more enjoyable with half-price memberships to the Community Pool and Tennis Facility, 615 West Park Ave. The attractive recreation center sits on more than six acres and offers three pools: a kiddie pool for the youngest visitors, a main pool with an open swim area and separate lap section and a 10 foot deep dive tank. In addition, there are tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a playground. Mature trees provide cool shade so visitors can enjoy the outdoor facility even on the hottest…

Madonna House Will Receive $130,000

  By DON STINE The prayers at the Madonna House in Neptune were recently answered when a generous donor paid off the charitable organization’s $130,000 mortgage. “I was always praying not to have a mortgage and what a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” Madonna House founder Rebecca Blonski said earlier this week. Blonski said she was struggling to pay off three separate mortgages and the pressure was on when one of the privately-held mortgages needed to be paid off for the Madonna House property at 1401 Seventh Ave. She purchased the property in 1988. The 10,000-square-foot building houses…