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Asbury Park Planning Board OKs High Rise

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park Planning Board gave preliminary and final approval to waterfront redeveloper iStar Residential for the construction of a 16-story high rise on Ocean Avenue at the long vacant Esperanza site. According to Board Member Yvonne Clayton all board members were in favor of the plan. “They were all in favor and think it’s a great project going forward,” she said. Clayton, herself, had high praise for the project. “It’s a beautiful design and it’s well thought out,” Clayton said. Clayton also said she is glad to see the project moving forward because the building…

Thanksgiving Food Drive in Ocean

The Ocean Township Department of Human Services and Community Hope Fund are gearing up their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, seeking donations and volunteers to help those in need. Donations, which should be made by Monday, Nov. 2, may be dropped off at or sent to Human Services at 601 Deal Road, Ocean Township, 07712. Non-perishable goods also are being collected at the Ocean Township High School varsity football game Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the school, 550 W. Park Ave. More information is available from Jennifer Appio at Human Services, telephone 732-531-2600 or email jappio@oceantwp.org.

2 Asbury Park Organizations Receive County Arts Grants

  Monmouth Arts recently announced its ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2016. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation was one of the organizations receiving a grant along with the Premier Theatre Company of Asbury Park. These grants help Monmouth Arts meet its mission to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts. These grants will result in over 3,000 high quality, low cost art events including art exhibitions, concerts, dance, theater, film and festivals throughout Monmouth County, reaching over 800,000 people. Twenty two groups submitted grants requesting a total of $244,006. The awarded grants totaled…

In Interlaken: Candidates Running Unopposed

By DON STINE Three incumbent Iinterlaken Borough Council members, including the mayor, are running unopposed in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. All three are Republicans. Mayor Michael Nohilly is running for a his second four-year term as mayor and incumbents Robert White and Mervin Franks are running for three-year terms. Nohilly previously served a three-year term as a councilman. The mayor serves a four-year term in Interlaken. No Democrats are in the race. “I’m running for a second term simply because I care about keeping Interlaken peaceful, quiet, and with everyone’s views appreciated and valued,” Nohilly said. He said…

The B Plot: Trail of Terror at Camp Evans

By RICHARD VIRGILIO Creepy clowns, awkward aliens and ghoulish ghosts have returned with a few of their possessed friends for Season 10 of Camp Evans’ Base of Terror haunted walk in Wall Township. “Our volunteers have done a fantastic job of making the trail extra frightening and special for its tenth anniversary,” said Fred Carl, chief operating officer of the Info Age Science History Center and Ocean Grove resident. “This is way beyond a Halloween attraction. People say it’s more along the lines of walk-through art installation or performance art because of the spectacular creativity and energy that goes into…

Neptune City Dog is Expert at Finding Lost Baseballs, Softballs

  By JOSEPH SAPIA At the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex, teams gather to play baseball and softball. “The balls they hit in the woods, they don’t got get them,” said Cathie DiGironimo, who lives next-door to the fields. “You can’t see theM.” But her dog, Simon, sniffs them out on walks. He is a golden retriever of lost baseballs and softballs, gathering, according to DiGironimo’s husband, Frank, an estimated thousand-plus in his seven years. “I don’t know how he finds them,” said Frank DiGironimo, who operates Neptune City Barber Shop at his house on West Sylvania Avenue. At the…

Men’s Day Celebration at City Church; Technical contributions of African-Americans discussed

  In March 1993, when Camp Evans’ closing was announced, Fred Carl began an effort to save Camp Evans in Wall Township, a part of Ft. Monmouth by transforming Camp Evans into a Science Education Center. In 1998, it was incorporated as a not-for-profit – Information Learning Center/ InfoAge Science History Center with a web site www.InfoAge.org . Carl, who is a graduate of Ocean Township High School and Monmouth University, will be the guest speaker at Men’s Day Oct. 11 at St. Augustine Church in Asbury Park. The public is invited to the 9 a.m. service. Carl successfully defended…

Second Baptist Church Celebrating 130 Years in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE The Second Baptist Church in Asbury Park continues to serve it’s the Lord and its community as it celebrates its 130th anniversary Sun., Oct. 11. “We are known for our very giving nature. We still feed people through our food pantry, help people in the neighborhood, and help youth in the area. The church is still very much involved in the community,” said Dan Harris, a deacon and chairman of the church’s Men’s Ministry group. A special anniversary church service will be held Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. Congregants…

Ocean Grove United Brunch at Starving Artist

Ocean Grove United invites the public to join the group in a Harvest Brunch to benefit St. Paul’s Food Pantry in Ocean Grove Sun., Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. The brunch will be held at The Starving Artist, 47 Olin St, Ocean Grove. The cost is $20 per person (including tax and gratuity) payable at the door (cash only). Thanks to the generosity of The Starving Artist, the bill includes a substantial donation to the Food Pantry. Those planning on attending should RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited. Send an email to ogu.info@gmail.com stating the names of…

Homes, Retail Space Planned at Fort Monmouth

  By PETE WALTON Two pieces of the former Fort Monmouth property in Tinton Falls are being sold to a developer who will construct residential units and retail space. A third parcel being sold includes a building which will be leased to one of the state’s fastest growing companies. The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority has authorized the sale of 52 acres to US Home Corp., a subsidiary of Lennar Corp., a national home builder and real estate developer. A 12-acre plot, which includes a two-story, 86,400-square-foot former administration building, is being sold to RADAR Properties LLC, which will lease…