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New Brewery Will Open in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Three area residents are taking their passion for beer to the next level. They are going to start brewing their own. But not just for personal consumption, for all the craft beer enthusiasts out there. Former Tinton Falls mayor Mike Skudera along with Pete Artherholt, Tinton Falls and Red Bank resident Chris Hanigan are opening Jughandle Brewing Company, named after New Jersey’s famously unique traffic patterns, in Tinton Falls Centre Plaza on Asbury Avenue. It is located near Garden State Parkway exit 102 and just minutes from the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. “We will offer…

Beloved Asbury Park Photographer Remembered

  By DON STINE Asbury Park lost one of its most iconic business owners on Sat., Dec. 5 with the death of well-known local photographer who had his business in the city for more than 60 years. Ed Noumair, 94, died peacefully in his Lincroft home. Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Edward George Noumair started his business in Asbury Park in 1939 after he graduated from Asbury Park High School. He remained in the city for more than 60 years except for a tour with the Marines during World War II. And almost everybody knew Ed Noumair, especially for his…

New Chamber Office ‘Funky’ and Centrally Located

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and Harold Daley VFW Post 1333, it is a happy marriage — the chamber renting newly renovated space in the basement of the post at the corner of Lake Avenue and Bond Street. “We’ve learned a lot more in what the chamber is doing for the community,” said Frank Brogna, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, adding the new marriage is good for joint efforts between the VFW and the Chamber. “It’s a nice combination of learning what they do, what we do, helping one another.” “This…

Oh Deer! What a Reindeer

  By DON STINE Ocean Township resident Dave Gallina, a professional woodworker, knows how to celebrate Christmas in a big way; namely with a 15-foot-high wooden reindeer he made for his front lawn. “I made it primarily for my girlfriend, my children, and my grandchildren. They love it but I want everyone to stop by and enjoy it. Many people stop and take pictures standing underneath it,” he said. The massive reindeer is made from six sheets of plywood, took about 40 hours of work to construct, and a gallon of white paint to decorate. Gallina, who will be 70…

Midtown Tree Lighting in Neptune

  Midtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Midtown Commons, West Lake Avenue, Neptune is scheduled for Wed., Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will take place across from the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center. It will feature performances by Neptune High School Band, Chorus, Cheerleaders, Dancers, NJROTC, and NHS Shakespeare Society. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Sponsored by Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) and Neptune High School. For more information call the MURC Office at 732-988-4400.

Donate a Toy, Enjoy Free Buffet

  Georgie’s Bar on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park will host the annual toy drive to benefit the Asbury Park Toy Drive from 5 to 10 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6. Those attending are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and enjoy a free buffet, drink specials and live entertainment featuring Lady Marisa and Christy Girlington with musical guests Lisa and Wendy, the Acoustic Duo with Chris “Jiggy’ Whittet on guitar. All proceeds benefit the children of Asbury Park. In addition those attending the Stone Pony show featuring Nicole Atkins with Marco Beneventos Dec. 5…

Democrat Challenger Wins Seat in Neptune City Recount

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A recount in the Neptune City election shows Democrat challenger Michael Skudera winning a seat on the Borough Council. Practically speaking, the only votes in question were those of Skudera and incumbent Republican Richard Pryor. The recount showed Skudera beat Pryor, 602 to 601, for a three-year, full term on Council. Skudera, who sought elected office for the first time, said he was pleased and noted that the last few weeks were “pretty crazy.” “I liked the experience; I learned a lot about the town and the residents,” he said. “Overall it was a good experience.”…

Solar Energy Project Planned at Seabrook in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON A new solar energy project, which has been approved by Tinton Falls officials, will provide electricity to Seabrook Village. The Tinton Falls Board of Adjustment approved a proposal by KDC Solar of Bedminster for 3 megawatts of ground-mounted solar infrastructure on 10 acres adjacent to the village, a 98-acre retirement community on Essex Road and owned by Erickson Living. Seabrook Village’s buildings and the area where the solar project is to be located are completely surrounded by wooded, vacant land. “The project has been designed to minimize adverse impacts on environmental elements such as soil erosion,…

Ocean Board Denies Proposal for Dorm on Logan Road

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy that would house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section was unanimously denied by the Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment at the Dec. 1 meeting. The seven-member board was forced to vote on the use variance application after the applicant, Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, refused to sign a time waiver that would have allowed testimony to be carried to another future meeting. Under state law, a board must decide an application within 120 days unless a time…

3 Charged in 2009 Killing of Neptune City Woman

  Following a relentless investigation by local and county law enforcement three men have been charged with the 2009 murder of a Neptune City woman. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said James Fair, 27, Ebenezer Byrd, 35, and Gregory Jean-Baptiste, 26, all of Asbury Park, are each charged with first degree Felony Murder, first degree Robbery, second degree Conspiracy, second degree Burglary, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons, in connection with the Sept. 14, 2009 death of 33-year-old…