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2014 Asbury Park High School Hall of Famers Named

  Twelve graduates, ranging from an astrophysicist to a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, will be inducted into the Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame in May. The induction ceremony will be held on May 16 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park. This event will mark the sixth induction ceremony since the first was held in 2003. A wall of plaques, entitled “The Wall of Fame”, is located in a hallway at the high school, with each plaque featuring a photograph and brief biography of a prior inductee. School personnel have reported that students often stop and study…

Residents, Agencies to Rally for Saving Deal Lake

  By DON STINE Deal Lake will experience increased flooding and fish will be prevented from spawning under a plan being pursued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local officials and environmentalists said this week. “The flume from the lake will be plugged up with sand and the only way to get water out of the lake will be by pumping it out- which is crazy,” said Joseph Pallotto president of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, the oldest such club in America. A protest will be held at 5 p.m. Fri., March 21 at the Eighth Avenue jetty in Asbury…

State Decision Grants Interlaken’s Request to End Ties with Asbury Park

  A recent state decision has ruled that Interlaken has satisfied required criteria and has granted the borough’s request to terminate its long-standing sending and receiving relations with the Asbury Park school district. Interlaken has been trying to severe its relationship with the Asbury Park school district for years. About two years ago the Interlaken Board of Education approved sending students to West Long Branch and Shore Regional on a per-pupil tuition cost. On March 7, the Office of Administrative Law issued a decision that the Interlaken Board of Education has satisfied required statutory criteria and granted the borough’s request…

Landmark Beach Cinema Upgrades to 21st Century

  By ED SALVAS When the Beach Cinema in Bradley Beach opened in 1925, it was called the Palace, and the films were silent and in black an white. Movie goers today will discover a 21st century theater, updated with state-of-the-art digital projection and enhanced with Surround Sound as the Beach Cinema completes an upgrade to digital to remain in business. “I’ve been told we had to do this for three years now” said owner John Esposito, who said the Beach Cinema is one of the last movie houses in Monmouth and Ocean counties to still be showing movies on…

Ocean Grove Architects Win Award for Asbury Park Building

  The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award in the “Un-built” category of its annual Design Day Competition. The agency recognized the firm for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S. community performing arts building in Asbury Park. “Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, FAIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is…

Adoptables from the Associated Humane Societies

  Ghost is a 1-year-old pup that was surrendered him to the shelter when his owners could not afford to treat his mange. Even though he’s completely healthy now, Ghost was disheartened to be left here. Ghost loves people and one look in his soulful eyes will convince you of this sweet boy’s need to be loved. Ghost is always happy to be out with the staff or volunteers on a walk. He loves other dogs– he wants to meet and play with them all. Ghost is very appreciative of all the attention he’s now getting and we know he…

Tinton Falls Residents Honored for 100 Hours of Volunteering

  Thank you. These words are always lovely to hear and even nicer to be shown. On March 2 it was the Monmouth County Park System’s turn to show its appreciation during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck. During the event, Park System staff honored 1,222 volunteers who gave 25,392 hours assisting with recreation programs, special events and park facilities. These volunteers can be found lending a helping hand throughout the year. They serve as historic site interpreters, trip and program leaders, and office assistants.  Many volunteers like to roll up their sleeves and…

Asbury Park Taxpayers Should Get Break on Municipal Taxes This Year

  Asbury Park taxpayers will get a break their municipal tax rate this year but the exact amount is hard to determine due to a recent citywide property revaluation. “Regarding the tax rate, you are not looking at apples to apples this year because of the revaluation,” acting Chief Financial Officer Richard Gartz said. The budget was introduced at the City Council’s March 5 meeting and a public hearing will be scheduled in the future with possible amendments to the budget. The total $39,242,859 budget is down from last year’s $41,372,555 amount. Gartz said this is due to $1.4 million…

A Game of Chicken in Ocean

  Pictured above – Timmy Koukoumis holds a rooster which he keeps in his yard on Larkin Place in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township. By JOSEPH SAPIA A game of chicken is being played in Ocean Township and, so far, no one is backing off. The conflict basically surrounds the 15 Rhode Island Reds – one rooster and 14 hens — and their pen and attached coops at the Koukoumis family home at 395 Larkin Place in the Oakhurst section of the township. The specifics: Zoning Officer Jerome P. Donlon says the poultry and their home are farm animals,…

Shark River Dredging Hits Dead End

  By DON STINE Plans to dredge the Shark River hit a dead end last week after state officials said a proposed dewatering site for dredge project was not a viable economic option. In a March 6 letter, state Sen. Jennifer Beck and Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone advised the Monmouth County Park System that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) said it will not fund placing dredge spoils on a 16-acre tract on the river’s edge at the county’s Shark River Park, off Old Corlies Avenue. The letter said that the DOT ruled that the use of the park…