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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…

St. Patty’s Day Parade Proposed for Asbury Park

  ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park’s first-ever Saint Patrick’s Day parade may take place next year if a special committee looking into the matter has anything to say about it. The committee, chaired by city fire official Garrett Giberson, has been holding meetings in an attempt to plan the event. “And things are going in a good direction as far getting the parade off ground. We will have meetings until it happens and plan to make a presentation to the City Council once everything is in place,” he said But Giberson added that there is still a lot of work…

Shark River Hills River Concert Raises $50,000

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Just 12 hours after the close of the Neptune Mayor’s Ball which raised $50,000 for Mary’s Place in Ocean Grove, River Concert 2013 kicked off in the Shark River Hills section of the township which also raised $50,000. That money will go to support township residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. More than 1,300 people turned out for the concert held along the Shark River. The concert featured local resident Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others for a daylong concert which began at noon and continued until 7 p.m. Warren Lapp, treasurer of the…

PHOTOS: Jersey Pride Celebration in Asbury Park

  The 22nd annual Gay Pride celebration took place Sun., June 2 in Asbury Park. The parade began at City Hall and traveled through the city to the beachfront where a festival was held in Bradley Park across from Convention Hall. More than 50 organizations participated. Click on any thumbnail image below for a slideshow of pictures from the parade.

Should New Jersey beaches be free this summer?

  Should New Jersey beaches be free this summer? Benjamin, Jae ’Vani’ and Minnie Prince of Neptune say, “We think they should be free because they received so much federal money to fix them up. So much work went in to it, it would be nice if people could come down and see the beautiful work that was done and they didn’t have to pay. And we love Asbury Park. It would be nice if people came down to see the wonderful job they’ve done.” To find out what other Shore residents think, click any thumbnail image below for their…

Neptune Mayor’s Ball Raises $50,000

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – This year’s annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball raised more money than ever- and all going toward a good cause. Mayor Eric Houghtaling said that the ball raised $50,000. “That’s the most we’ve ever raised and it will all go to Mary’s Place,” he said. Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, was the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball. Approximately 400 people attended the ball, held at the Jumping Brook Country Club Fri., May 31. “People were very generous and both…

Adoptable Pets from Associated Humane Societies

  Gorgeous Princess (above) is looking for her Prince…Or perhaps a whole royal family ;) This sweet girl was surrendered to the shelter when her owners could no longer care for her. Princess is a lovely girl that gets along splendidly with humans and other cats. Come on over to AHS-Tinton Falls or a royal visit with Princess and perhaps you can anoint her a new home all her own! Our Awesome Adoption Special is still running – the $25 fee covers spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and a carrier to take your new best friend home! Angelica is about 2-yrs-old and we…

Waiting for Obama

  By JOSEPH SAPIA ASBURY PARK – Elizabeth Burns stood on Asbury Park’s Fifth Avenue, between the railroad tracks and Main Street, an umbrella protecting her from Tuesday’s drizzle. But that was OK. “It’s not often you get the president coming,” said Burns, 56, a city resident. “This is a good thing.” A good thing President Barack Obama was visiting the boardwalk area with Gov. Chris Christie, showing the Shore is open for business for the summer season. But some criticized the visit for various reasons: a waste of public money, an inconvenience to people stuck in the secure area…