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New Members for Lake Commission

  By DON STINE The Wesley Lake Commission is adding two new member to its board, for a total of 11, in order to be facilitate operations of the board and include more focus on the lake’s watershed. Neptune Township Committeeman Michael Brantley, who is also chairman of the Wesley Lake Commission, said attendance at board meetings was inconsistent when he first came onboard about 10 years ago but that things have steadily improved over the years. “We have a more committed board now than we have had in years. With more people we will have a lot more fresh…

Livin’ in Ocean and Lovin’ Their Cops

  By ELLEN CARROLL If you live in Ocean Township and support your police department, really support the department, you now have a way to display that support for everyone to see. A magnetic sticker which reads “Ocean Township Loves Our Cops” is available to any resident who would like to display it on their vehicle. The idea came from longtime township resident, John Huss, who has lived in Ocean for 52 years. “The Ocean Township police is a class organization,” Huss said. “They are very effective and people should know it and they should advertise it.” And Police Chief…

Heroes and Their Stories at the Ocean Township Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Does your child have a hero? The Ocean Township Library is hosting its summer reading program with the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program centers on heroes who include superheroes and local heroes such as police officers and firefighters. All of the programs for the summer are based on the Collaborative Summer Reading theme, according to Kate Benedict, Monmouth County Children’s Librarian at the Ocean Township Library as well as the Little Silver branch. “Ocean Library has a large community of summer vacationers that use the library also. I have been told that they…

National Night Out Set for Aug. 4

  Asbury Park: The Community Relations Unit of the Asbury Park Police is sponsoring a “National Night Out” event at the municipal complex Tues., Aug. 4. The free event, an anti-crime event that includes drug awareness, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot. It includes food, music, games and give-aways. The idea is to provide networking between police and the community. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, demonstrate police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals neighborhoods are…

Firefighters Donate Fire Truck

  By DON STINE A second-hand fire truck headed out from Neptune July 21 for an 18-hour drive to Missouri- giving a fire company there a piece of equipment that members there desperately need. A 1999 Mac pumper truck, originally from the Hamilton Fire Department, has been donated to the Lancaster Fire and Rescue in Missouri. “We love helping these guys out. This equipment to them is golden,” said Shark River Hills Firefighter Joseph Malysko. Malysko said that some of the fire equipment in Missouri is just a pickup truck with a water tank and a pump. “When they get…

A Visit to the Wonder Bar

  Bruce Springsteen joined Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers onstage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park Sat., July 18 for more than two hours of rock ‘n’ roll.  The surprise performance featured “Because the Night,” “Light of Day” and Pink Cadillac and a dozen others. Coaster Photo by John Cavanaugh.

Asbury Park to Receive $386,000 in Grant Money

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said Asbury Park will receive a $386,067 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for various housing and economic development programs in the city. The grant is part of more than $5.7 million from HUD for housing and economic development programs in Monmouth County and municipalities in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. These grants include funding through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which provides resources for community improvements to help foster economic development. The remaining funding comes from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership and the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. These programs…

Jewelry Sale Will Benefit Children of Slain Neptune Woman

  A bracelet and necklace called the Tami Collection by Krista Lynn Designs are on sale at DaniRisi, 329 Main St., Allenhurst. One hundred percent of the sales of the jewelry will be donated to the nine children of Tamara Seidle of Neptune who was killed last month. Krista Lynn Eggering said she started the fund-raiser July 2 and in 12 days raised over $3800 (between online sales www.kristalynndesigns.com and local sales at DaniRis). “My goal is $5000 by the end of the month,” she said in an email “I think that we will surpass that. Tami was a dear…

Avon Library Hosting Storytimes, Discussions and Book Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Avon Public Library has a full schedule for these upcoming summer months with programs for both children and adults alike. Library Director Sheila Watson has been busy finalizing plans for the month of July and the beginning of August with more programs in the works for mid- and late- August. According to Watson, the library has decided to “take a different approach to a summer reading program this year.” “It seems as if my Avon school-age children are overwhelmed with school assigned summer reading, swim team, water ballet, surf camp and sports camps. They are…

Meet Your Cops in Neptune City

  Neptune City Police are holding a “Coffee with a Cop” session Wednesday, July 22. The event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 Third Ave. “No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice comments and get to know the officers in your neighborhood,” according to the publicity material. More information is available from Lt. Matthew Quagliato, telephone 732-775-1298, ext. 38.