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Documentary Features Asbury Park Resident, a Foot Soldier in the Civil Rights Movement

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s Rev. Gil Caldwell was not only a foot soldier and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in the American civil rights movement, but he is also an advocate for defending the rights of gay Americans as well. A special documentary, prepared in collaboration with bisexual and transgender rights activist Marilyn Bennet, focusing on Caldwell’s fight and advocacy for these two important social issues will premiere in Ocean Grove Sat., April 2. “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?” is Caldwell’s first venture into documentaries about these issues. “I am also an advocate for…

Restoration and Replacement Projects Underway in Historic Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is undertaking several ambitious projects this spring in the historic district including replacing the northern section of the Ocean Grove boardwalk destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, installing a new roof on the Great Auditorium, restoration of Thornley Chapel and rebulding five tent sites destroyed by fire last year. The boardwalk project should be completed by Memorial Day weekend- at the latest. “This is now the beginning of the project and they have been working on it since January. We are hoping it will be done by the middle of May but…

Neptune Going to Tax Court Over Hospital Tax Exempt Status

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are going to court in an effort to find out what portions of Jersey Shore University Medical Center is tax exempt and what portions are not. At this week’s meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution that allocates up to $10,000 for Township Attorney Gene Anthony to file a tax complaint in the Tax Court of New Jersey appealing the present not-for-profit exemption status of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Route 33. Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which…

Free Performance of ‘Glass Managerie’ in Bradley Beach

  “The Glass Menagerie,” a play by Tennessee Williams, will be presented April 15, 16 and 17 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School Auditorium. This free event will take place at 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and att 3 p.m. April 17. This poignant memory play takes place in St. Louis and portrays a mother whose preoccupation with her past as a Southern belle and her unrealistic dreams for her children’s futures threaten to smother her painfully shy lame daughter and her aspiring writer son. The gentleman caller’s visit offers false hope and disrupts the family’s precarious balance. The…

Bradley Beach Will Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The borough of Bradley Beach is seeking volunteers to make this year’s Paint the Town Pink campaign in May its best yet. This will be the third time the town has participated in the event, which raises awareness and collects funds for breast cancer prevention, but in previous years participation has been limited. Michelle Whille , Deputy Registrar Vital Statistics, is co-chair of the campaign along with Denise Martin-Masi, a town resident and member of the first aid squad. Martin-Masa is also an employee of Riverview Medical Center, which is part of Meridian Health, sponsors…

Village Officials Continue to Seek Solutions to Exorbitant School Taxes

  By DON STINE Three incumbent candidates on the Loch Arbour Board of Commissioners are unchallenged in the upcoming nonpartisan May 10 election. Mayor Paul V. Fernicola, Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick and Commissioner Denis D’Angelo are seeking the three, four-terms on the governing body. All three candidates said they initially got on the governing body to try and deal with the village’s high school tax rate, adding that issue still remains a priority with them. “The high school tax rate is still an issue and I would still like to explore ways to address that,” Fernicola said. Fernicola, who…

Dune Grass Planting in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach will host a dune grass planting in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the American Littoral Society on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. The volunteer event will meet at Fifth and Ocean Avenues. Bradley Beach Environmental Commission Chairman John Weber secured an original 5,000 dune plants from a Cape May nursery in early March and was able to secure an additional 10,000 plants from the same nursery said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The 15,000 plants are expected to cover the entire beachfront said Engelstad. Weber will be picking up…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Law and Order. The Rule of Law. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. Liberty and Freedom. Personal Responsibility. Societal Responsibility. These are the words and terms of a free society; to be sure there are a lot more, we have been at this for well over 200 years, but I’ll discuss these for now. Do they mean anything in a modern America? Law and order is called into question based on who and how the law is enforced and what we demand there be order to. The rule of law, once a bedrock principle is now…

Celebrating Music in Film in Music City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The second annual Music in Film Festival in Asbury Park is bigger than the last and according to event organizer, Tom Bernard, it will get bigger and better every year. The festival is April 8 through April 10. Kicking off the festival on Fri., April 8 is a screening of the film “Miles Ahead” about the life of Miles Davis. The film stars Don Cheadle who will attend the showing and hold a Q & A session about his directorial debut with the film at the VIP party which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the…

Retirement on Hold for Neptune Township Official

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committee incumbents Randy Bishop and Carol Rizzo have officially received the nod from the local Democratic organization to be the party’s candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. Four candidates were put forward last Saturday by the local Democratic County Committee and Bishop, who will be seeking his fifth three-year full term, and Rizzo, who will be seeking her first full three-year term, will be on the ballot. Rizzo is currently filling the unexpired term of former Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who was elected as a state Assemblyman last November. Rizzo ran unsuccessfully for a…