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Recovery Funds Distributed to Shark River Hills Families

  Approaching three years after Super Storm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey we still find families displaced from their homes and others working to get their lives back in order. This week, Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc., made its second disbursement of funds to affected families. Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit foundation formed in 2013, after Sandy, whose sole purpose was to raise funds and awareness for affected families and businesses in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. Michelle Erbe, Foundation Chairwoman and KC Dempsey, Vice Chairwoman, announced that 51 families will receive…

Asbury Park Eliminating Commerce Director Position

  By ELLEN CARROLL and JOANNE PAPAIANNI In the midst of an economic boom in Asbury Park, which has seen a dramatic resurgence in restaurants, bars and shops, the city has fired its director of economic development. Tom Gilmour, who has been with the city 14 years and formerly served as the director of the Urban Enterprise Zone in the city, was informed in a letter from the city that his position would be eliminated and Oct. 30 would be his last day. Just a few years ago he and his wife sold their home in Fair Haven to live…

Memorial Day Festival Committee Donates $9,000 for Police Vehicle

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival Committee has donated $9,000 for a new Global Electric Motor Car police vehicle to the borough. Festival Committee member Harvey Rosenberg suggested that the vehicle could be used for traffic and parking enforcement along Main Street and the beachfront. “Over the past seven years, the committee has raised a total of $133,600, $26,600.00 in 2015 alone and donated a total of $142,600,” Rosenberg said. The committee announced that they are currently working on two new projects, which will be presented at a future date. Mayor Gary Engelstad suggested that…

In Bradley Beach: Curb Your Bicycle Please!

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After receiving complaints from the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, an organization comprised of a number of businesses located in the borough, Bradley Beach officials said they will begin to crack down on bicyclists riding on sidewalks. At a recent chamber meeting many business olwners who attended voiced their concerns about bicycle riding on Main Street. John Esposito, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of Beach Cinema, said that Bloom owner, Kelly Gambella, brought the situation to the chamber’s attention. “She said she spent a lot of time in front of her store…

Deal Bridge Will Be Restored

  By DON STINE Deal’s more-than 100-year-old pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks into the Dear Harbor neighborhood is getting a facelift. Jason Fazio, superintendent in public works in Deal since March 2, said he is a history buff and realized the bridge needed some help. The bridge, off Atlantic Avenue and crossing the railroad tracks, was originally a car bridge but eventually shut down to allow for pedestrian foot-traffic only. And while the integrity of the bridge is still good, thanks to a restoration effort in the late 1990s, the façade could use some help, Fazio said. “Stone ornamentation,…

A Look at the Ocean High Girls Cross Country Team

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School girls cross country coach Paul Looney said at the start of the season he was hopeful for big things from Michela Cholak. “She is our number one runner,” he said. “She should have a great senior season.” Cholak has delivered for the Spartans, pacing the team to wins in four of its first seven dual meets. She ran the 12th-fastest time in school history at hilly Holmdel Park. She has run the second-best time in school annals at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. And she has run 19 minutes at Ocean County Park…

Asbury Park Overrun by Zombies

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Both the new owner and the old owner of Asbury Park’s zombie walk deemed the eighth annual event, held Saturday, Oct. 10, a success. “It was wonderful,” said city tavern-restaurant owner John “Johnny Mac” McGillion, who recently purchased the rights to the event from founder Jason Meehan. Meehan, who stay aboard to assist, said the event had “a great turnout, (it was) a great event.” Meehan and McGillion estimated the Asbury Park Zombie Walk — which went back to the original name used only in year one — attracted 8,000 to 10,000 people. Of these, an…

Avon Wants to Extract Itself from Assessment Firm

  By PETE WALTON Avon officials will try to get out of a contract with a property assessment firm until allegations of possible impropriety can be investigated. Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley has asked county prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni to look into allegedly improper relationships between a former member of the county tax board and companies hired under a pilot program intended to make property tax assessments more equitable. Avon is in the second year of a five-year contract with Realty Appraisal Co. of West New York, N.J. Realty Appraisal is among the private companies which have been awarded a…

Deal Officials Table Parking Hearing; Seek a Solution

  By DON STINE Concerned citizens packed the Oct. 9 Deal Board of Commissioners meeting even though a public hearing on a proposed ordinance restricting parking on seven oceanfront streets was cancelled, It was standing-room-only at the 9 a.m. meeting with every seat taken and more people standing in the hallway outside. “It was never our intention to restrict access to the beaches. They are free and open and we want to keep it that way and find a solution to our problem. We would love to have a solution,” Mayor Morris Ades said to a packed house. Borough officials…

Asbury Park Mayor Seeks Opinion on Possible Fitness for Duty Policy

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Mayor John Moor asked City Attorney Fred Raffetto at a recent work session to research the legalities of implementing a “fitness for work” policy for the city. His request came directly after Councilman Jesse Kendle suggested introducing a policy allowing for random drug tests for city employees. Moor asked Raffetto to discuss the issue with the city’s labor counsel and see what the legal issues are and seek recommendations. Raffetto said he would speak to the labor attorney and report back to the mayor and council. “I will get back to you as…