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Avon Police Urge Residents to Lock Windows, Garages

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon Police Chief Terence Mahon told residents this week that one suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the borough and urged residents to keep their homes and garages locked. “We need your eyes and ears,” Mahon told residents at the Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 12. Mahon assured citizens that he and the rest of the police force were working their hardest to catch the culprits. In fact, they have arrested one suspect in connection with the burglaries, and he is now in the county jail. Mahon said the burglaries…

Bike-Riding Juveniles Ignore Request to Leave Boardwalk

  Bradley Beach police responded to the boardwalk Wed., Aug. 7 after about 25 teenagers failed to stop riding their bikes on the boardwalk after being warned to stop by a special police officer. Police Chief Len Guida said “upwards of 25” teenagers were approached by the special officer who asked the boys to take the bikes off the boardwalk if they wanted to continue riding them. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. and bicycle riding is banned on the boardwalk at that time. Guida said that the teenagers then ignored the officer’s command and continued on riding by him.…

QSpot to hold 2nd Annual LGBT Youth & Family Picnic

  ASBURY PARK – QSpot will hold its second annual LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)Youth & Family Picnic on Sunday, August 25th, 12-7 pm at Sunset Park in Asbury Park. “It’s a traditional family picnic for the new traditional family,” said MaryAnn Buchanan, Board Chair of QSpot, the only non-profit serving the needs of the LGBT community in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. While the focus of the picnic will be on good food, fun and relaxation, the event will also highlight the unmet needs of LGBT youth who are disproportionately impacted by a number of troubling issues including homelessness,…

Out and About

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Saving the Dairy House in Neptune

  By DON STINE The old Wardell-Welsh dairy house, at 703 Old Corlies Ave. in Neptune, (pictured above) will be saved and refurbished under initial plans presented by the Township Committee. Committeeman Randy Bishop said he has always been a strong advocate of saving the house, if possible, and that tearing it down would be “a mistake.” “It is part of the fabric of the area and residents are anxious to try and save it,” he said. He said that it is best for the township’s history to save the building and seek grant money to refurbish it. He added…

Loch Arbour Plans Beachfront Purchase

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour hopes to acquire privately-owned beachfront property through purchase or by using the power of eminent domain. An ordinance scheduled to be introduced by the village’s Board of Commissioners at press time seeks to acquire the beachfront property of Jack Kassin, who purchased a commercially-operattract in 1995 to use as a private beach club. The public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for Aug. 19. Mayor Paul Fernicola said acquiring the property is in the best interest of the village and its residents and the timing is right to obtain funding for the purchase. An…

Wesley and Fletcher Lakes Scheduled for Dredging Next Year

  A $1.4 million project to dredge Wesley and Fletcher Lakes, which both border Ocean Grove, and replace retaining walls is scheduled to take place next year. A walkway along the new bulkhead at Wesley Lake is also expected to be part of the project. It’s been a long time coming, said Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop. “(Neptune officials) have been working on wall restoration wall for more than a decade and the dredging for longer than that,” Bishop said. He praised the Wesley Lake and Fletcher Lake Commissions, township officials, and residents for helping to bring this project about.…

A Gnome Now Gone from Home

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Gerome is a gnome, Now, he is gone from his home, From a trove, In Ocean Grove, At 116 Avenue Cookman, At the home of the family Mileham, Taken from his wicker chair, No clues left behind, nary a hair, He liked to hang out there, With his friend, Cate, a rainbow-colored caterpillar, “Please,” Cate said, “bring back my gnome: purple hat, yellow pants, long white beard, “Put him back ‘neath the tree and no scolding there’ll be, shouts of joy on the street will be heard,” Bring him back soon, So, poems such this no…

Ocean High Graduate is an Ironman, First-Timer

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joe Villapiano liked the idea of being called an iron man. So, the 1999 graduate of Ocean Township High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball, entered the Ironman Lake Placid. Held July 28 in New York’s Adirondacks region, it involved a 2.4-mile swim, 112 miles bicycling and a marathon run of 26.2 miles, held July 28. “If I was going to do one, I would do the big one,” said Villapiano, 32, who now lives in Boston and is an assistant football coach at Harvard University. “I just love the title, Iron Man.…

From Ocean Grove with Love: United Methodist Women raise funds for missions

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Marilyn Shotwell, who has lived in Ocean Grove for 65 years, vividly recalled her time spent as a young girl in Sunday school. One of the morning’s speakers was a missionary who had traveled the world aiding others in need. And from that moment, Shotwell was hooked. Intrigued by the mission stories, she knew as a 10-year-old girl that one day she too hoped to spread the word of the missionaries or perhaps became one herself. And although Shotwell did not become a missionary she did study nursing eventually becoming a registered nurse helping others in…