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Fire Displaces 12 in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Twelve people were displaced when their McCabe Avenue rooming house was seriously damaged in a fire Sunday, March 29 in Bradley Beach. The fire at 217 McCabe Ave. began in the attic of the three-story wooden building, said Police Chief Len Guida. He said the afternoon-evening fire is considered non-suspicious and is believed to have been electrical in nature. There were no injuries, but two people were transported to the hospital, apparently for existing needs, Guida said. Guida said the building is at least temporarily uninhabitable. He said the American Red Cross provided temporary housing. Responding…

2 Longtime Neptune City Residents Remembered

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Borough Council observed a moment of silence for two Neptune City families who lost family members during the last two weeks. Elizabeth “Betty” Matson, 96, and Mildred Adams, 95, who was the wife of former Neptune City Mayor Holmes A. Adams both died within the last two weeks. Holmes served 30 years in Neptune City from 1955 – 1985 where she worked as the Deputy Clerk, Tax Collector, Municipal Clerk, and Registrar of Vital Statistics. “Mildred wore many hats,” Mayor Robert Brown said. “She knew all the residents by name and was always…

Detour Deteriorating City Road in Asbury

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials and residents are seeking to have New Jersey Transit buses use Asbury Avenue as the detour route for the Sunset Avenue Bridge project rather than Fourth Avenue, which runs entirely through residential neighborhoods. “The city did not do the best planning (for the detour), especially using Fourth Avenue,” resident Daniel Weiss said at this week’s City Council workshop. On Feb. 25, the council created the Sunset Avenue Bridge Traffic Safety Liaison Committee, a volunteer group of city residents concerned about the detour route during the closing of the Sunset Avenue Bridge. The Sunset…

Shop Ocean Township and Receive Rebate on Property Tax

  By DON STINE Ocean Township business owners are being urged to sign up to participate in the “Own Ocean” program that gives residents a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a township-based business. “It is a property tax rewards program that tries to put money back in the taxpayer’s pocket,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The first meeting on the program will be held Fri., March 28, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the township council chambers at 399 Monmouth Road. “It will be a breakfast meeting and the response has been pretty good. We have about…

Parking Survey Says: Hire Professional and Raise the Rates

  By DON STINE One of the first things Asbury Park can do to bring its parking problem under control is to hire a professional person to oversee and manage it. And while the city’s parking utility brought in a little more than $2.5 million last year “no one is planning or managing the system,” said Gregory A. Shumate, a Senior Associate with parking consultant Desman Associates, based in New York City. Last June, the council hired Desman Associates to conduct a thorough study throughout the city, including at the waterfront and downtown, on Main Street, and in the Springwood…

Ocean Residents to See Tax Decrease

  Ocean Township’s municipal tax rate will remain almost the same this year with the average homeowner actually seeing a small decrease in taxes. “The township continues to evaluate the services it provides the taxpayers as we look for innovation ways to provide the same quality services with reducing the associated costs. We are not raising taxes to support the budget,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The total $34,677,627 municipal budget for 2015 is up by $257,330, or by three-quarters of a percent, from last year’s $34,420,297 budget. However, the amount to be raised through taxation remains stable at $20,668,097. Actually,…

Ready, Set, Package 20,000 Meals!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As part of its mission work, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove will package 20,000 meals on March 22 to be shipped to a third-world country or countries. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, about 100 church members and other volunteers are to meet to package the meals at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Youth Temple. The church is working with the Stop Hunger Now organization, with the congregation supplying the funds and volunteers to package meals with dehydrated rice and soy brought in by Stop Hunger Now. The Rev. John DiGiamberardino…

Budget Includes Full Day Kindergarten in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The borough of Tinton Falls is one step closer to offering full day kindergarten to students in September, while at the same time reducing the average tax levy by $39. At this week’s Board of Education meeting the board approved a preliminary budget for the 2014/2015 school year that includes full day kindergarten. The budget will now be sent to Executive Superintendent of Schools Joseph Passiment, Jr. for approval before coming back to the board for a public hearing and final vote. “There could be changes,” warned Board President Peter Karavites. Before taking the unanimous…

$2.5 Million Tennis Center Planned in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE An eight-court tennis center will be built on W. Park Avenue in Ocean Township under what Mayor Christopher Siciliano said is “an historic partnership” between a private company and the township. “This is a win-win situation for the township and an historic event in that it is the first time private and public entities are coming together to build a facility that will be useful to residents,” he said. The mayor said that, after three years of negotiations, a deal was signed last week to build the $2.5 million Park Avenue Tennis Center in front of…