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Donate a Toy, Get a $20 Voucher

  On Fri., July 3 area residents are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of the following venues to support the Asbury Park Toy Drive and receive a voucher for $20 to one of several businesses or a discount from businesses. The drive is being organized in partnership wth the Stone Pony Summer Stage. On July 3 bring the toy to any of the following locations: The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, Club Paradise or The Silverball Museum to receive a voucher for $20 or a 10 percent discount from one of the following locations: Asbury Festhalle…

In Neptune: Property Owners Will Face Fines For Not Shoveling Sidewalks

  By DON STINE Neptune is keeping a financial penalty in place for property owners who do not shovel their sidewalks after a snow storm and fines will be especially heavy in areas near schools. “Clearing sidewalks around schools is of the utmost importance because many of our schools have pedestrian traffic,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. The Township Committee has been looking into revising its current snow removal ordinance to remove any penalties for not shoveling sidewalks after a snowstorm- unless you live near a local school. Under the current ordinance, there is no direct fine if property…

City Officials Believe Marijuana Should be Legalized

  By DON STINE Asbury Park may be well on its way to becoming the first municipality in New Jersey to legalize marijuana since City Council members said this week they have no problem becoming the first community to do so. “It’s a symbolic gesture,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s council workshop.“It’s going to anger some people but, then, we come to history and reality. Sometimes you have to be the first,” he said. The Help Not Handcuffs campaign is calling on the mayor and council to pass a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana to avert the…

Neptune Mourns Death of School Chief

  By DON STINE Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij died on Sunday, just a little more than a week from his official retirement date from the job he had held for 10 years. His official retirement date was July 1. “The Neptune Township Board of Education and the dedicated staff members of the school system pay tribute to Superintendent of Schools David A. Mooij. During his remarkable 40-year tenure as a teacher, coach, supervisor, instructional leader, business administrator and school superintendent, he exemplified a life well-served on behalf of the children of Neptune. “We extend the sympathies of the…

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Harry Eichhorn is Grand Marshall of Ocean Grove Parade

  With marching bands, floats, community groups, civic organizations, local politicians, businesses and thousands of onlookers, Ocean Grove’s annual Independence Day Parade will kick off Sat., July 4, at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins on Whitefield Avenue and turns east along Main Avenue to Central Avenue; then turns north towards Ocean Pathway, then east again ending along Ocean Avenue. Among this year’s musical participants are: the Monmouth County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch, the Ocean Grove Summer Band, the Neptune High School Marching Band and the Clown Band. The 2015 parade Grand…

Asbury Park Jazz Lovers Weekend Planned for Aug. 7 to 9

  By ED SALVAS Asbury Park will be swinging to a jazz beat on the first weekend of August with the inauguration of a new summer music event in the city. Asbury Park Loves Jazz will take place on the weekend of Aug. 7, 8 and 9 with the sounds of Jazz being heard throughout the city from downtown to the boardwalk. Asbury Park Loves Jazz is not just a Jazz Festival according to Jackie Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event. She said the idea is to provide great music plus a…

Working in a Man’s World

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joanne Letson and Roberta Walker give Bradley Beach a lot of exposure around town. They are seasonal public works department workers planting flowers, maintaining fountains, sprucing up garden beds on Main Street and at the beachfront. “Incredible work to detail,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “They’re extremely friendly. They have a great attitude, they’re always smiling. “They just represent the town in incredible fashion,” Engelstad said. Oh, but those public works muscle-type shirts gave Letson and Walker more bosomy exposure than they or their ages wanted. “The arm hole was really big,” said Walker, 63. “If you’re…

3-Way Stop Intersection Added in City; Some Metered Parking Removed

  The intersection at Sunset Avenue and Memorial Drive in Asbury Park will become a three-way stop under a plan to reroute buses down Asbury Avenue instead of Fourth Avenue. Asbury Park officials and residents have been asking New Jersey Transit to use Asbury Avenue as the bus detour route for the Sunset Avenue Bridge project rather than Fourth Avenue, which runs entirely through residential neighborhoods. Acting-Police Chief Anthony Salerno said that an additional stop sign will be added at the southwest corner of the intersection so that buses do not have to stop on the railroad tracks while making…

Ocean Chamber Seeks Golf Sponsors

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 20th anniversary golf outing – the Ansell, Grimm aand Aaron PC Classic – and seeking businesses who are interested in getting months of positive exposure as a sponsor of the October 14th outing at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal. “We give a great deal of exposure for your marketing dollar, for both months in advance of the outing, and months after” said 3rd year Outing Chair Keith Dorney, GOTCC VP, of Edward Jones Investments of Ocean. Multi-media exposure promoting the event reaches over a hundred thousand readers/viewers/listeners…