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It’s True: The Bridge is Slower than Usual

  By MARY WALTON It’s not your imagination, people. The venerable old Shark River Bridge on Ocean Avenue between Avon and Belmar has been more than three times slower than usual for the past couple weeks. As the buzzer sounds, red lights flash on, and cars and pedestrians clump behind the lowered crossing gates, the bridge creeps upward like an old timer with a bad hip. Constructed in 1936, it’s no youngster. And it, too, has had a bad part. But here’s the good news. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County director of public information, said the part arrived Monday and installation…

‘Batman’ Movie Producer to Speak at Ocean Graduation

  By DON STINE OCEAN TOWNSHIP – If you want to be successful in life then get up off the couch and start pursing your dreams. At least that’s the message that Ocean Township High School graduate and “Batman” movie produced Michael Uslan will tell students next week. Uslan, class of 1969, will deliver the commencement address for this year’s graduating class at Ocean Township High School on Monday, June 24. An avid comic book collector,Uslan is best known as a producer of all of the modern “Batman” films to date, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film and continuing to…

Neptune Police Chief Retires

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Neptune officials are keeping their options opening in appointing a replacement for former Police Chief Robert Adams, who retired effective June 1 after 40 years with the department. A retirement dinner was held for Adams at the Jumping Brook Country Club on June 7 with 300 attending. “It is been a pleasure to work with Chief Adams because the first time he took the oath of office, and each time he took another oath for new position, he rededicated himself to those words every time, which are to uphold the constitution and arrive…

Bradley Beach Church Project to Raise Funds for Fellowship Hall

  BRADLEY BEACH – The First United Methodist Church of Bradley Beach seeks to raise almost $5,000 to improve conditions in its Fellowship Hall, a meeting center for programs such as the “Shepherd’s Table” meals for the needy. Specifically, the church seeks to raise $4,650 for 12 tables and 110 chairs. The cost includes 110 reinforced folding chairs with a vinyl padded back and seat at a cost of $27 each totaling $2,970.00. The first service in the church building was convened on Oct. 4, 1900, and has been in continuous service meeting the needs of generation after generation. Like any…

What are your summer plans…?

  Sadi and Emily Delaney, from Easton, PA (above), are working and coming to the Jersey Shore. “We go to LBI, Seaside, Asbury Park. Asbury Park has changed. We like the changes. We’ll be back. We’ve kept up with the progress after the storm,” they say. See what other folks have planned by clicking on any image below:

This week’s adoptable pets

  TREY – Gentle, well-mannered, sweet Trey (above) is looking for a great new family to call his own. Trey is a handsome 2yr-old Brindle Terrier Mix that was found as a stray. Trey is a great boy to have around – he loves walks, playtime and quiet time next to his best friend forever (you!). Trey knows some of his basic commands, such as sit and paw and since he is a smart boy, he probably knows even more that we haven’t discovered. You can embark on an exciting adventure and teach this special guy lots more commands and…

QVC Host Finds New Home, Opportunity in Bradley Beach

  By ED SALVAS BRADLEY BEACH – Regular viewers of the QVC Shopping Channel will recognize Jane DeNoble as one of the channel’s regular hosts and know that she’s well organized because of the numerous time saving products she’s introduced on the air. Now, the new resident of Bradley Beach has been named head of the town’s Garden Club and is helping organize a beautification effort in the borough. DeNoble says she’s still unpacking in her new home but once she expressed an interest in becoming involved in the beautification effort, her realtor, Brenda Connolly, suggested she call the Chamber…

Temporary Gazebo Will Be in Place in Bradley Beach

  By DON STINE BRADLEY BEACH – Bradley Beach officials plan to replace the beachfront gazebo destroyed by Superstorm Sandy with a new permanent one, although a temporary gazebo will be in place over most of the summer. The permanent replacement gazebo will not be delivered until after the summer is over and its design is still under review. The gazebo, at the intersection of Ocean and Fifth Avenues, is the site of concerts, weddings, plays and other events. The Borough Council voted this week to pay $7,500 to have a temporary 12- by 20-foot temporary gazebo installed over the…

City Still Waiting for Figures for Municipal Budget

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – It looks like the new Asbury Park City Council, which will be seated July 1, will have to deal with the city’s 2013 municipal budget, which has not been introduced yet. Only two members of the incoming council – Deputy Mayor John Loffredo and Councilwoman Sue Henderson have any knowledge of the budget. Three newcomers, John Moor, Amy Quinn and Myra Campbell, are scheduled to be sworn in July 1 along with the two incumbents. Councilman James Bruno, who did not seek reelection, said he finds it hard to believe that this year’s…

$700,000 Artificial Turf Field Planned at Ocean Township High School

  By DON STINE OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Ocean Township High School students can expect to see a new artificial turf field up and running this fall thanks to local residents and businesses pitching in with school officials to make it happen. School Superintendent John Lysko said there has been a community initiative, together with school board involvement, to help fund the $700,000 field, which will replace the current grass field. “This has been on our radar for awhile but it gained momentum this year with parents. They stepped forward to raise money and we had one private citizen give us a…