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Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO A few weeks ago I wrote about my family’s impending trip to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day parade. I said that I was confident that the NYPD would provide the proper protection for the crowds of people who would be traveling to the city to celebrate the holiday. I am very happy to report that everything went very well. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere around the city did not feel dangerous at all, in fact it was just the opposite. We took a train into Penn Station where we saw lots and…

Girls High School Basketball Preview

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Year in and year out, the Neptune High School girls basketball team is among the finest in the Shore Conference. Look for the Scarlet Fliers to put another strong team on the court. NEPTUNE Head coach: John Brown, 10th season Assistant coaches: Kerri Quinn, Keshon Bennett Career record: 224-31 Last year’s record: 23-3 Key returners: 5-foot-7 guard-forward Brianna Love (2017), 5-foot-5 guard Desiree Allen (2017), 5-foot-7 guard Alexa Vreeland (2016), 5-foot-6 forward Kaeyln Kimbrough (2016), 5-foot-4 guard Alexis Bennett (2017) Key newcomers: 5-foot-7 guard Rahmena Henderson (2019), 5-foot-3 guard Precious Allah (2018), 5-foot-9 forward Lydia Clancy…

Wrestling Preview: Ocean Township, Monmouth Regional

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Ocean Township High School wrestling team should be one of the best in the Shore Conference. “A bit of a rarity at any school, the Spartans have the ability to put out a previous varsity letter winner at every weight, including five District medal winners,” Ocean coach Cippy Apicelli said. OCEAN TOWNSHIP Head coach: Cippy Apicelli, fifth season Career record: 72-29 Last year’s record: 16-11 (third in District 22, NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinalist, third in Shore Conference Class B North, fifth in Garden State Classic) Possible 2015-16 lineup: Sophomore Adam Manzo (106), freshman…

Record High Temps Bring Crowds to Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirts in the middle of December- in New Jersey? What is going on with the weather here? Record warm temperatures were recorded in this area Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 with temperatures almost 10 degrees above normal for the first half of December. Kay Harris, owner of the Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, said, even though she is on vacation in Florida, her employees raved about sales. “Apparently they were outstanding. They said it was like summertime and it’s safe to say the weather was good for…

Tinton Falls to Establish Policy for Tax Breaks for Disabled Veterans

  By PETE WALTON The Tinton Falls Borough Council plans to establish a policy regarding tax breaks for totally disabled veterans. Under state law, persons certified by the Veterans Administration as 100 percent disabled because of their service can apply to be exempted from paying local property taxes. In the absence of a formal policy, the borough has been granting exemptions retroactively to the date that the VA declares the veteran 100 percent disabled. Thomas Fallon, the borough’s chief financial officer, told the council Tuesday night of a recent case in which tax payments totaling $40,000 and dating back to…

Neptune Library Hosting Holiday Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Friends of the Neptune Library is hoping to tempt the community with the sweet treats of the season as they hold their first annual Friends of the Library Holiday Bake Sale. Set for Sat., Dec. 19 from 10 am to 2pm, the sale will be held in the Library Lobby with goodies galore and all of the proceeds going to the Mayor’s Book Club, according to Amanda LeMay, Reference Intern and organizer of the event. “This is the first time we are holding a bake sale at the library. We have been looking into different…

Asbury Park Hires 2 Directors

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park will be starting the new year with two new hires, a Director of Communications and Director of Public Works. City Manager Michael Capabianco said the communications director, which is a new position, is Hannah Walker, formerly of the Asbury Park Sun, an online news publication, with a starting salary of $52,500. Walker is a city resident and will begin her post January 4. Director of Public Works is William McClave of Howell Township. McClave is leaving his position as Assistant Superintendent of Public Works in Hillside to begin in the city January 4…

Asbury Park Police Officer Receives Award

  A Boulder, Colorado-based, nationally-syndicated radio show has selected Asbury Park Police Officer Connie Breech its eChievement Award for her work gathering toys for needy children during the Christmas season. The annual Asbury Park Toy Drive is now in its 16th year. Founded by Breech, the program has expanded over the years and toys collected go to area residents only. Former Mayor Ed Johnson, who wrote the letter of nomination for Breech, said it was one of the easiest things he ever did. “I have written many letters of recommendation and sometimes they’re a challenge to write, but this was…

Ocean Spartans Ice Hockey Team Readies for Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School ice hockey coach Dave Smith has announced the Spartans’ 2015-16 regular-season schedule. Dec. 10: 6:15 p.m., Middletown South vs. Ocean at Jersey Shore Arena; Dec. 14: 5:15 p.m., vs. Edison at Woodbridge; Dec. 16: 3:45 p.m., vs. South Brunswick at Pro Skate; Dev. 17: 6:15 p.m., vs. Wall at Jersey Shore Arena; Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., vs. West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Lawrenceville Prep; Dec. 27, 2:15 p.m. vs. Marlboro at Jersey Shore Arena; Jan. 2: 4:40 p.m., vs. Passaic Valley at Floyd Hall; Jan. 4: 7:30 p.m., vs. Central Regional at Winding…

Time Again for Season’s Readings

  The busy season is upon us, but if you’ve got the time to spend a couple of hours listening to old friends reading short stories and tales of the season, come join us at the Crane House, 508 4th Ave., Asbury Park Dec. 19 for an afternoon called “Season’s Readings: a Crane House Christmas.” The festivies begin at at 2 p.m. It is the14th annual offering, and there is no charge for admission, but you’re welcome to bring an unwrapped toy for the Asbury Park toy drive. Or if you like, you can donate by check or cash to…