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Bradley Beach to Honor Neighbors

  “Thank You, Neighbor” forms, a way of honoring good neighbors, are available at the Bradley Beach Public Library. They can be dropped at the library, 511 Fourth Avenue, or emailed to neighbor@bradleybeachlibrary.org. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 12. “Don’t miss a chance to recognize your good neighbors,” said Library Director Janet Torsney. “There’s no limit to the number of neighbors who can be recognized.” The “Thank You, Neighbor” celebration will be held at the library Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. “We are delighted with the response to our Good Neighbor celebration,” Torsney said. “People have been…

Wak for All Ages Raises Funds for Ocean Grove Residents

  If there’s one group that have always stood by their loved ones, it’s grandmas and grandpas. On Sept. 7 people will have the opportunity to Do Something Grand for Grandparents’ Day at the 20th annual Walk for All Ages in Ocean Grove. National Grandparents’ Day directly relates to the United Methodist Homes’ focus on seniors. The intergenerational charity event benefits the Fellowship Fund, a financial safety net for the United Methodist Homes’ residents. Walk registration runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Francis Asbury Manor located at 70 Stockton Avenue in Ocean Grove. The 107.1FM radio van will…

Second Generation Steps Up at Rich’s Auto Body Shop

  By ED SALVAS When you call Rich’s Auto Body in Asbury Park to check on a claim or an insurance estimate, chances are Rich Crompton himself will take the call. But these days, it most likely will be Rich Crompton Jr. on the phone. The second generation of the family is assuming a more active role in the business, founded in 1982 and still repairing cars at 1602 Asbury Ave. Rich Sr. explains that the address may be Asbury Park, but a portion of the property lies in Neptune Township. “I pay taxes in both towns,” he says. Starting…

Oakhurst Couple Awarded Excellence in Parenting Award

  In a culture in which marriage, parenting, and nurture of children is tougher than ever, parents who stick with it should be honored. That’s the idea of National Parents’ Day, a federal observance that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year on Sun., July 27. Outstanding parents whose nurturing skills are admired by many were honored and included Charlie and Francine Neff of Oakhurst, who were were finalists for the National Parents of the Year for 2014. They have two children, and as a film producer, Fran Neff promotes strong families and healthy, loving marriages. In 1994, by a joint…

Concern About Coyotes in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Coyotes have been spotted in Ocean Township by some residents who have expressed concern, but county health officials advise the public to use good old common sense when dealing with the animals. “Coyotes have been sighted in all 21 counties and in 400 municipalities throughout the state- this is not something that is uncommon,” said Dave Henry, a health officer with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, Ocean Township resident Barbara Hudson, who lives in the Wayside area, said she has seen a coyote come into her yard . “I was outside and saw a small…

Big Lots Store Opening in Ocean

  Big Lots will open its newest store at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Seaview Square on Route 66 in Ocean Township. As the nation’s largest broadline closeout retailer, Big Lots is best known for bringing customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Big Lots offers new merchandise every week that typically sells for 20 to 40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70 percent below traditional retailers. This new store will carry thousands of products available from everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys, brand-name furniture, Serta mattresses and extraordinary one-time closeouts. “When shoppers visit this new…

City Tavern Manager Dies

  Charlie Gurrera, the manager of Georgie’s Tavern on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park, died in his apartment Tues., Aug. 19. Gurrera lived in an apartment above the tavern where he worked for many years. An autopsy  will be performed. The cause of death is pending the results. The death is not being treated as a homicide.

Cameo Bar to Have New Home

  By DON STINE One of the longest continuing operating bars in Asbury Park, the Cameo Bar, is scheduled to be relocated to the city’s downtown near Johnny Mac House of Spirits. The building where the Cameo is now located at 1213 Main St. will eventually be put up for sale. Cameo owner John McGillion, who also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits also on Main Street, said the Cameo will be relocated in a building adjacent to an expansion project he has underway at Johnny Mac. The Cameo’s liquor license would then be available to use in both of…

Blood Drive for Neptune City Girl

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Central Jersey Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 3rd Avenue, on Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The blood drive is being held in honor of seven year old Neptune City resident, Lauren Blecki, who was recently diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells including white and red blood cells and platelets leaving the person fatigued and at a higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. During a Neptune City fun run at the…

In Asbury Park: Redevelopment Proposal Hits Snag

  By DON STINE The landscape of Asbury Park’s waterfront would change dramatically under a proposal by the City Council requesting that beachfront develolper iStar Financial allow lot-by-lot redevelopment at the beachfront by private property owners. The council unanimously approved sending a letter to iStar Financial requesting the company mutually agree to lot-by-lot redevelopment in the waterfront zone. “This should have happened 10 years ago,” said Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who introduced the motion to send the letter. “This will be a complete change to the waterfront redevelopment plan,” Asbury Park Director of Redevelopment Donald Sammet said. But Brian Cheripka, vice…