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Neptune City Business Receives $1,815 Facade Grant

  A Lot of Cars Auto Sales of Neptune City has joined the growing list of Monmouth County businesses that have benefitted from the Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program. “A Lot of Cars Auto Sales received a reimbursement check for $1,815 for exterior paint on their building at 58 West Sylvania Ave.,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Every Façade Improvement Program check helps make a needed improvement to a local business.” Owner Ivan Ferro accepted the reimbursement check from Arnone on Friday, March 4. The Façade Improvement Program is part of the successful Grow Monmouth initiative that is utilizing…

$50,000 Grant for City Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

Asbury Park Fire Chief Seeks OK to Hire New Firefighters

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Fire Chief Kevin Keddy asked the City Council this week to hire two firefightes to replace two expected retirees. He also requested approval to hire an additional three firefighters. Mayor John Moor raised concerns that the two firefighters may choose not to retire giving the fire department an excess of employees. Keddy said the department would hire the three new fire fighters with the help of a 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant and noted that the grant process changes from year to year. The grant, provides funding for new…

Disbarred Neptune Attorney Indicted

  A Monmouth County grand jury returned a four-count indictment this week naming a disbarred attorney for providing legal services and failing to properly handle a $17,000 settlement, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Kim Andre Fellenz, 58, of Neptune, who was disbarred in 2012 for knowingly misappropriating client funds, was named in the indictment following a direct presentment of the facts to a Monmouth County Grand Jury. The charges stem from a client meeting Fellenz had on Sept. 17, 2012, seven days after he was disbarred by the New Jersey State Supreme Court. At that meeting, Fellenz…

County Seeking Historical Structures

  Is there an historic structure in your neighborhood? The Monmouth County Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards program that recognizes the people behind local, and often noticed, building preservation projects. “Residents and business people who do the work to preserve local structures and buildings deserve public praise and recognition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Historical Commission. “The Historical Commission has a tradition of finding some historic gems in the community and acknowledging the people who make sure that we continue to remember our past.” Anyone, including a property owner, may…

Fishing Flea Market Opens March 13

  There are smiles on the faces of thousands of fishermen as the approach of the 24th Annual Asbury Park Fishing Club’s Fishing Flea Market draws near. This major sporting event will be held on Sun., March 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall. Since the doors opened in 1992, this has become the benchmark for all fishing flea markets. Featured are more than 115 vendors including some of the east coast’s top plug makers. Proceeds from the show are donated to various local community groups including Asbury Park’s Little League, Pop Warner, Boys and…

Home Show Coming to City’s Convention Hall

  The 6th annual Asbury Park Spring Home Show returns to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall Fri., March 18 through Sun., March 20. The hall will be filled with exhibits featuring doors and windows, kitchen designs, granite fabrication, sunrooms, landscaping, patios, decks and total remodeling. The show is free to the public. Show times are Fri., March 18 3 to 8 p.m., Sat., March 19 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. and Sun., March 20 11 a.m., to 5 p.m. For more information call 904-940-0069.

Community Organizer Will Be Honored with Carousel Award

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Asbury Park resident Sonja O’Brien has spent a lifetime unconditionally giving back. She’s a doer and a giver. After 14 years of tangible local impact – much of it behind the scenes – the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is recognizing O’Brien with the 2016 Carousel Humanitarian Award. The award is one of five given annually and celebrates “outstanding dedication” to Asbury Park. “Sonja is great at bringing people together and beyond that, she does it all with heart,” said Jackie Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber. “She is the kind of person who…

Shore Beaches Yield Hidden Treasures

  By DON STINE Sun bathers hitting the beaches from Deal to Loch Arbour this summer should not be surprised if they find an old bullet, button or other artifact in the sand. Sand for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project from Loch Arbour to Deal is being taken off of Sandy Hook, host to the U.S. Army’s Civil War era Fort Hancock. Old bullets and musket balls, uniform buttons, coins and even old shark teeth have been found in the sand since it was placed on the beach in Deal. Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy…

New Bradley Beach Police Officer

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Christopher Hingston became a member of the Bradley Beach Police Department this week after he was administered the Oath of Office by Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad. Hingston, who has been a special class police officer in the borough for the past two years, applied for the position after Captain Stephen Fahnholz retired on Dec. 31. “We had a lot of candidates who applied for the job, and Chris excelled,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “He comes from a great service and we all love him here. He’ll make a fine addition and I couldn’t be…