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Bradley Beach Chamber Updates Positive Changes in Town

  By ED SALVAS Members of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce are receiving a letter from the organization’s newly elected President outlining the changes that have taken place to make the community a better place to live and do business. John Esposito, owner of the Beach Cinema, assumed the Chamber Presidency for 2016 and said he decided to send the letter to the Chamber’s members because he believed that many of the newer members are unaware of how things were just a few years ago. “Things weren’t always this good in Bradley Beach,” Esposito said, and he credits the…

Asbury Park’s APTV Looks Back at 2015 in Special Series

  Asbury Park’s Public Access Cable Television station, APTV, is taking a look back at the year 2015 by presenting a three-week review of programs produced and aired during the year on the city’s public access channels. APTV broadcasts on channel 30 on Verizon/FIOS and channel 77 on Cablevision and the 2015 retrospective is running around the clock through January 18. “In 2015, APTV produced and showcased Asbury Park High School’s award winning Debate Team, the Summer Internship Work Program, and Class Valedictorian Carl Cazeau. APHS Principal Reginald Mirthil has assembled a collective of students, who will create features on…

Former Ocean Grove Business Owner Admits to Child Pornography Possession

  A former Ocean Grove business owner and resident admitted he was in possession of multiple images of child pornography when he was arrested last year, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Peter Tumblety, 58, of Gordon Court in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township, pleaded guilty Mon., Jan. 11 to a charge of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography) in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Tumblety admitted to Judge Oxley that he was in possession of less than 100 images depicting the sexual exploitation or…

Art, Music, Light of Day Will Collide on Cookman Avenue

  On the heels of the successful Asbury Underground Art and Music Crawl which brought some 6,000 attendees to the downtown district of Asbury Park this past October for an afternoon of music, art and shopping, the Light of Day Foundation once again has invited Asbury Underground to produce the downtown leg of their festival which will take place on Jan. 16 and new this year, an added Sunday, Jan. 17. This years’ event, the third year running with Light of Day, will feature 32 performances by musicians and/or bands, with the focus on original music, and singer/songwriters, playing in…

County Completes Sale of Care Centers

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders made good on its commitment to sell both Monmouth County care centers by the end of 2015 by transferring the ownership of John L. Montgomery Care Center (JLM) and Geraldine L. Thompson Care Center to new owners Dec. 31. “The JLM and GLT facilities changed hands at midnight, but the residents woke up on New Year’s Day with many of the same staff members providing their care,” said Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “To provide continuum of care and to minimize disruption for the residents, the purchasers of both facilities hired…

New Councilman Welcomed in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON John A. Manginelli was sworn in Tuesday night as the newest member of the Tinton Falls Borough Council. Manginelli and incumbents Gary A. Baldwin, Nancyanne Fama and Christopher Pak were unopposed on November’s election for four open seats on the nonpartisan council. Baldwin, Fama and Pak were elected to four-year terms. Manginelli was elected to fill an unexpired term which ends on Dec. 31, 2017. Baldwin was reelected as council president and Pak will again serve as deputy. The council named Baldwin as its appointment to the Planning Board. Ronald Palmieri, Ronald Battista and Aaron Brawner…

New Brewery Opening in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Dark City Brewing Company, which opens Jan. 8 and has been more than two years in the planning and construction, offers a unique selection of hand-crafted beers. “I am incredibly excited and a little bit nervous but it is nice to finally be open,” company founder Kevin Sharpe said. Located at the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue, the small-craft brewery is having its grand opening January 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. “We will have a selection of year-round and seasonal beers as well as limited releases of specialty beers,” Sharpe…

New Mayor in Neptune

  Kevin McMillan was sworn in as Neptune’s mayor in Jan. 1. McMillan was chosen by the other members of the Township Committee to serve as mayor. In addition, Nicholas Williams was sworn in for a three-year term on the committee and incumbent Michael Brantley was also sworn-in for another three-year term. Brantley was also appointed the new Deputy Mayor and begins his tenth year on the governing body, serving twice a mayor.

Avon Swears in New Mayor

  By PETE WALTON John B. Magrini, the top vote getter in the November election, is the new mayor of Avon At the Board of Commissioners meeting this week Magrini was sworn into office along with incumbents Robert Mahon and Frank Gorman. Magrini’s wife Norah and children Emily and Brendan held the Bible as Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher administered the oath of office. Later during the board’s reorganization meeting, Mahon, who had been serving as mayor, nominated Magrini to the post. By tradition, the highest vote getter in an election is chosen by the new board to serve as…

Cop Dies in Fatal Accident

  Just hours after he was sworn in as first assistant chief of the Deal Fire Company, Earl B.Alexander IV, who was the captain in the Deal Police Department, was killed in an early morning car accident on Route 71(Norwood Avenue) in Ocean Township. Police said they responded to a motor vehicle crash at approximately 12:33 a.m. Jan. 2 on Norwood Avenue just north of Perrine Avenue. The single car collision involved a 2007 Acura TSX that was operated by Alexander, 38, of Deal. A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling southbound approaching the intersection of Perrine Avenue.…