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Prayer Service for Tamara Seidle

  There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. tonight (June 17) at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Asbury Park for Tamara Seidle. It will be followed by a gathering in Mt. Carmel School cafeteria at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Trauma counselors will be on hand.

Group Suggests City Legalize Marijuana

  A campaign is underway to make Asbury Park the first city in New Jersey to legalize marijuana. The Help Not Handcuffs campaign is calling on the Mayor and City Council to pass a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana to avert the harms of prohibition and take responsibility for a nearly ubiquitous black market substance; and to the extent possible, make marijuana prohibition the lowest law enforcement priority until legalization is implemented. The effort is being supported by a key group of civic leaders, namely the Asbury Park Democrats. “We would like the City Council to lend their…

2 Neptune GOP Write-In Candidates Decline to Run

  By DON STINE Former Neptune Mayor Thomas Catley and Ocena Grove attorney Donald Beekman on June 8 announced that they will not accept their recent write-in nominations to be placed on the ballot for two seats on the Neptune Township Committee. The two men, who are the vice-chairman and chairman of the local Republican Party respectively, said they will, instead, support the “Coalition For Change in Neptune” ticket, which includes both a Republican and Democratic candidate. Residents Dianna Harris, president of the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) and a Democrat, and Kevin Sheehan, a former Republican candidate, have formed…

Summer is Time for Reading at Asbury Park Public Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL For many children, the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer season translates into three months of no reading, no writing and no arithmetic. But for Linda Keane, children’s librarian at Asbury Park Library, summer break shouldn’t represent a book-free one. She believes quite the contrary and supports “the time in which kids get the chance to fall in love with reading.” “Summer vacation is when children have this chance. Studies have shown that children who are allowed to choose books they really like are the ones who both read the most…

City School District Chalks Up Almost a $1 Million for Good Behavior

  Faculty and staff at Asbury Park Public Schools have chalked up over $900,000 worth of good behavior. Their energy-efficient practices have earned big savings — and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition. Asbury Park Public Schools has achieved $967,345 in cost savings in 48 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which presented its Energy Excellence Award during a recent meeting of the school board. “Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. Asbury Park Public Schools has achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy…

Bradley Beach Considers New Parking Permit

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials introduced an ordinance this week, which if approved, would allow residents to purchase permits to park in front of their own houses. Police Chief Leonard Guida had recommended the ordinance. Municipal Clerk Mary Ann Solinksi sent out a request through the Clerk’s Association asking for comparable ordinances. She received information back from towns including Woodbridge, Jersey City, and Englishtown. Residents with shared driveways “may be entitled to this permit and they may be able to share it,” said Councilman Thomas Volante. “I look at it as a luxury to the residents.” But Councilman…

Want Special Backstage Seating? See a Concert at the Paramount

  By DON STINE If you ever wanted to be onstage or backstage during a concert by your favorite performer, then you might want to check out the unique concert series beginning at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. The “Where The Audience And The Music Share The Stage” series begins Sat., June 13 with a peformance by Williams Honor on June 13. The series is followed by Graham Parker on June 27; Marshall Crenshaw on July 25; and Loudon Wainwright III on Aug. 22. Concert promoter Sammy Boyd of Allenhurst said that the 200 limited-seating audience will actually be…

Ocean Grove Prepares for Annual Giant Craft Show

  Ocean Grove’s Annual Giant Craft Show is scheduled for Sat., June 20 rain or shine on Ocean Pathway. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show will be filled with one-of-a-kind crafters showcasing handmade items including pottery, unique clothing, decorative storage boxes, wreaths, candles, soaps, handbags and wonderful statement-making pieces of original jewelry. With over 250 crafters, this show is on par with some of the largest craft shows in the country. All of these products are handmade in the USA. One of this year’s crafters will be John and Trish Hamm of Hamm’s Art Studio. This creative couple…

Have Coffee with a Cop in Neptune City

  Neptune City Police are sponsoring “Coffee with a Cop,” an informal session for the police and public to meet, Thursday, June 18, at the police department’s Community Relations Unit. The unit is the Brighton Arms III apartment complex, Apartment 301A. The event begins at 3 p.m. The idea is to have an informal get-together to discuss issues, build relationships and drink coffee. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers,” said Public Safety Director Edward Kirschenbaum. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” Coffee with a…

Monmouth Regional High School Teacher Faces Charges

  A Monmouth Regional High School teacher surrendered to authorities Wed., June 3 after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with one of his students who was under the age of 18, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Nicholas DePue, 29, of Whispering Oaks Way in Jackson, is charged with second degree counts of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jamie Perri, J.S.C., who also ordered DePue have no contact with his victim and he is not to…