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Asbury Park Library Director Honored

  Longtime Asbury Park Library Director Bob Stewart was honored recently with the 2016 Susan Swartzburg award. The award is given in memory of Swartzburg, a Rutgers preservation librarian whose leadership in New Jersey inspired and influenced many others in her chosen profession, particularly in the areas of preservation, archives, and the book arts. Swartzburg was an educator during the formative stages of library preservation and wrote three books, along with numerous publications on preservation of library materials. Stewart was recognized at the awards ceremony held in May in Atlantic City, for being “a remarkable librarian and library director who…

Bands Join Coalition to Celebrate and Protect Shark River

  The Shark River Cleanup Coalition will host Dredgefest at The Headliner, Neptune on Thurs., June 30 to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and phase one of the Shark River dredging project which begins in July. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. with live music, a buffet and happy hour drink prices. Tickets are $20. “The SRCC has been advocating for Shark River to be dredged for 15 years and we are happy to see the towns, politicians, and state come together to implement the beginning of this plan. Our river is a source of beauty and life…

In Ocean: Ready is Sport of the Mind

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The 2016 Summer Olympics are still several months away but the summer reading games are about to begin at the Ocean Township Library. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read,” tieing into the Olympics and playing with the idea that reading is a “sport of the mind” ,according to Kate Benedict, Children’s Librarian of the Ocean Township Library branch for the Monmouth County Library System. To help launch the summer reading program, the Ocean Township Friends of the Library will present “Mr. Scott, The Music Man” on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:15 p.m. Scott…

Pirates are Theme for Bradley Beach Library Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Pirates abound this summer in the borough of Bradley Beach when these “soldiers of fortune” are celebrated with a multitude of fun-filled family festivities. Included in the plans are a Summer of Pirates Library Launch Party, a gala Pirate Party and Treasure Hunt and a Summer of Pirates Goodbye Party, all in conjunction with the Bradley Beach Library. The launch party kicks off June 11. Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator, said participants will read books and earn points – enough so that they can raid the treasure chest. “This year’s program runs from June…

Monmouth County Seniors Invited to Submit Artwork

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is extending an invitation to all Monmouth County residents age 60 and over to participate in the 2016 Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition by submitting one piece of original, visual art. Application deadline is July 8. Senior artists who have professional or nonprofessional status are welcome. Categories in both divisions are acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. The 2016 application, rules, eligibility requirements and important dates are available on the County website. Previous participants will be sent information via US mail on June…

Ocean Grove Parking Will be Topic of Meeting

  Neptune and Ocean Grove residents interested in parking issues in Ocean Grove may want to attend a meeting of the Township Committee at 5 p.m. Mon., June 13. The committee is scheduled to discuss recommendations made by the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association. Recommendations included possible metered parking and permits in the historic district. The discussion will take place at a workshop meeting and although the public is usually not permitted to speak at a workshop they are welcome to attend. The regular meeting will follow the workshop and the public is permitted to speak at that time.

Try a Taste of Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The annual Taste of Bradley is scheduled for Sat., June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to tastings and samples at participating restaurants and shops, the lineup includes fitness demonstrations and entertainment in Riley Park on Main Street between LaReine and Brinley avenues. The Bradley Beach Tourism Commission is selling wristbands for $20 each at participating businesses and online at eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, wristbands will be sold at Riley Park for $25 each. Jersey Shore Fitness Shop will conduct yoga and zumba demonstrations in Riley Park from 11:30 am…

Crane House Updated for Summer

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park is being repaired, painted and spruced up in time for the planned summer programs. Asbury Park Historical Society Vice President James Henry, said the main focus in this phase of the rehabilitation is the parlor, which is where most of the programs take place. “Our focus is on the parlor and restoring that to its original condition,” he said. Cracks in the plaster have been fixed along with restoration of the plaster molding lining the ceiling. The wallpaper is being taken off and will be replaced with a…

City School Board Candidate Files Lawsuit Over Mail-In Ballots

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Board of Education President Nicolle Harris has filed a lawsuit to contest the nullification of 41 mail-in ballots from the April 19 election. Harris along with her two running mates lost the election by a margin of 28 with Harris garnering the most on her ticket of 477. Dominic Latorraco who received the least number of votes on his ticket received 519 votes. Harris is not seeking a recount, which she would have had to request 15 days after the election. Latorraco and Connie Breech, who were both elected, were both served papers about…

Cost of being arrested in Asbury may rise

  Acting Asbury Park Police Chief Anthony Salerno told a breakfast meeting of the Chamber of Commerce that it soon may be more expensive to be arrested in Asbury Park. Salerno addressed Chamber members at a breakfast meeting at the VFW Harold Daly Post 1330 and spoke directly about recent problems involving young people coming from the bars and creating a disturbance and leaving a mess when they leave town. Salerno said one way to address the problem is in the Municipal Court. “We are working with the Judge (Daniel DiBenedetto) to increase the penalties and fines for these crimes.…