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In Bradley Beach: Beach Revenue Up

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council tabled the discussion of the beach bench program until the first council meeting in September while the engineer develops a plan that will provide the number of appropriate benches for areas including Sylvan Lake, Fletcher Lake, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Riley Park, and Main Street. The council also approved a request from a boardwalk vendor to bring back advertising “feathers” or signs from now through Labor Day weekend. The vendor is located at Cliff Avenue and Lareine Avenue. “I want to help our businesses,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. During council reports…

In Avon: Cooking Devices Banned on Beach; Beachfront Metered Parking Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Officials in Avon have decided to limit tents, tables and cooking devices on the beach, in response to the problems caused by an increase of visitors. The new rules go into effect today (Aug. 27). By a 3-0 vote at this week’s town hall meeting, the Board of Commisioners approved an ordinance which prohibits tents or canopies on the beach if they require more than one pole to hold them up. Serving trays, warming trays and burners of any kind will not be allowed. Tables, stands or boards which are set up to act as tables…

Village Hires Law Firm to Examine Alternatives to High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour officials have appropriated $40,000 to hire a private law firm to examine alternatives to solve the village’s high school tax rate problem. Mayor Paul Fernicola said that the appropriation is for payment of legal fees over potential litigation pertaining to Loch Arbour’s affiliation with the Ocean Township school district. Since the neighboring towns of Allenhurst and Interlaken have rejected offers to merge with the Loch Arbour, the village is pursuing other alternatives, Fernicola said. “We are trying to determine what options there are other than consolidating with another town. It’s an important enough issue…

Back to School Even Before Labor Day

  Many area students are returning to school before Labor Day weekend where they will be welcomed with new science labs in Ocean Township, a partnering with Google in classroom environments in Neptune and a College and Career Readiness Institute in Asbury Park designed to groom students for post-secondary education. Both Ocean Township and Neptune students will return to class Thurs., Sept. 3. Asbury Park students return Sept. 10. In Asbury Park the district recently partnered with Scholastic to establish a pre-k to 12 comprehensive literacy model for the 2015-16 school year. District officials said they will implement a full-suite…

In Ocean Grove: Replacement Planned for North End Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk is being replaced and widened this fall giving oceanfront strollers the experience of walking along a boulevard as they enter the historic district. This week the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project. “(Township officials) are very pleased with the earlier boardwalk project and I believe this one will go just as smooth. It shows the strength of a public/private partnership to make certain we accomplish what residents need and want,” Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said.…

The Phoenix Will Rise in Ocean Grove

  By JOSEPH SAPIA After a fire destroyed the three-story commercial-residential buidling at 50 Main Ave. in Ocean Grove in February, The Phoenix is rising. Within the next few weeks construction should begin on a new three-story building — The Phoenix — on the site, according to Kurt Cavano, who owns the property with his wife, Janet Mazur Cavano. The two have been Ocean Grove residents for more than 30 years. Now, the Cavanos are in the process of filing for building permits, Cavano said. The new wooden building will be 12,000 square feet over three floors and a basement.…

Annual Postcard and Antiques Show in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 25th Annual OCEAN GROVE SUMMER POSTCARDS, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, AND JERSEY SHORE MEMORABILIA SHOW on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10AM to 4PM. Admission is free. This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove. A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities…

Making Ice Cream is a Family Affair in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There is Mom and Dad Becker. Four boys. The rest is family and business history. The Beckers — JoAnn, 54, Pete, 55, and their four sons, Danny, 30, Dave, 26, Luke, 20, and Jake, 17 — recently opened their third Four Boys Ice Cream stand, at the corner of Ocean and Third Avenues in Bradley Beach. It is a summer season location, opening in May and planning to stay open to about Sept. 15. “We love it here,” Pete said. “People have been so nice,” JoAnn added. “I love the town.” The Beckers, all of whom…

$1 Million Upgrades in Neptune’s Gables

  By DON STINE The sanitary sewer system in the Gables section of Neptune will see a major upgrading under a $1 million bond ordinance introduced by the Township Committee at its last meeting. The bond ordinance appropriates $1 million for the reconstruction of the township’s sanitary sewer system, mainly for the Gables Sewer Rehabilitation project. “The Gables section has some of the oldest sewer lines in Neptune and there is significant water infiltration into lines in that area. These pipes will be replaced but they are buried very deep and this is not work we can do in-house. We…

Monmouth County Lifeguards Win 2nd Place in National Tourney

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Team Monmouth County posted two second-place finishes at the Nautica United States Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Monmouth scored 707.625 points while competing for the Greg Farry Trophy (most points overall, open points only). The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association won with 781.625 points. There were 10 teams in the competition. Monmouth piled up 907.625 points in its pursuit of the Howard Lee Trophy (most points overall, Open and Age Group “A” teams). A total of 10 teams competed. A total of 55 USLA chapters from around the nation showcased…