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Dredging of River Channel is Expected

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River is expected to be awarded later this summer, according to area legislators. “This project is closer to reality than ever before. This is a result of years of work coordinating with the many agencies that have authority over this project. This project focuses on what we can do- dredge the state navigation channels of the river,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, a former Neptune City Mayor. “A project like this has to have full cooperation from the federal, state,…

Real Estate Agent Celebrates 37 Years in Business

  Jean Westfall Hones of Jack Green Realty, Ocean Grove, is celebrating 37 years as a realtor associate with 22 of those years in Ocean Grove. Prior to her career in Ocean Grove, she was a realtor in Bergen County. Hones began her real estate career in 1978 and has qualified many times for the Medallion and the President’s Clubs and many times for the New Jersey Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club. A native of West Virginia, she moved to New Jersey with her husband and three children. She is now a widow and says that working in real…

Neptune Raiders Bowling Club Hosts Dinner in Memory of Member

  The Neptune Raiders Bowling Club, founded more than 40 years ago and active in community causes, is sponsoring a dinner Sat., June 6, in memory of member Warren Worthy Sr., who recently died. The dinner will be held 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, 1515 Corlies Ave. (Route 33). Tickets are $20 each, available through Dave Jenkins, telephone 732-306-6192, or Leamon “Toby” Tatum, 732-768-4333. Worthy died at 63-years-old May 2 with his wife, Gwen Farris-Worthy, at his side. He also was a member of American Legion Post 266, Neptune, and United Fellowship Baptist…

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Celebrating 125 Years

  By DON STINE For 125 years, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, on the West Side of Asbury Park, has been serving the Lord and its community and plans to continue doing the same into the future. Church vestry member Carolann Nicholas said the church, now with a congregation of about 150, remains an important part of Asbury Park to this day. “It still has a place in the community and is still vital today just as it has been in the past. And if it disappeared, we would be missed. We are a part of the community and people recognize…

Allenhurst Police Hosting Blood Drive

  The Allenhurst Police Department, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be sponsoring a blood drive, to be held at the Allenhurst Borough Hall, 125 Corlies Ave. on Mon., June 22 from 1to 6 p.m. Blood donations are usually at their lowest points during the summer months, and sadly, that is often when they are also needed the most. Donating blood takes very little time, uses state of the art equipment, and involves highly trained professionals, from the American Red Cross. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended, as it keeps waiting times to a minimum. A valid…

Community Urged to Participate in $3.4 Million Literacy Program

  By DON STINE Parents and community members are being urged to participate in a $3.4 million comprehensive literacy improvement program being implemented in Asbury Park’s school district. “We need a specific intervention to take place because three out of four of our students do not read at grade level,” said Sancha Gray, the school district’s director of curriculum and instruction. Residents, especially parents, were invited to the first annual Parent Literacy Conference held at the Middle School Sat., May 30. The event is a kick off the district’s new $3.4 million initiative to improve literacy and reading skills in…

Fee for Street Performers Increases in Asbury Park

  Street performers, a common sight on the Asbury Park boardwalk, will still be allowed to bring their acts to the oceanfront although it may cost them a little more. The City Council recently adopted an ordinance that raises the yearly street performers permit fee from $20 to $50. Permits must be displayed while the performer is on the boardwalk. “You listened to performers and took it in,” said Toms River-based magician Robert Francis, a frequent performer on the boardwalk. Francis and other performers attended previous council meeting to urge to council not to make fees or restrictions too severe.…

Residents Take to the Lake to Clean

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A clean up of Sylvan Lake Sun., May 31, by the lake commission and Friends of Sylvan Lake, yielded 25 large garbage bags of debris. Bradley Boulevard resident Kathy Martin is s member of both the Sylvan Lake Commission and the Friends of Sylvan Lake and said this was the second clean up this year. Martin said in September the Friends of Sylvan Lake, made up of residents living immediately near the lake on the Bradley Beach side, got together to clean up the lake. That event was in addition to the annual spring clean…

Vehicle Wish List Considered in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Department heads in Bradley Beach gave their “wish lists” for new equipment to the governing body at last week’s meeting. The requests for the purchases totals $643,500. The borough is once again participating in the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, or MCIA, program which is a county wide debt financing program. First up was Director of Public Works Richard Bianchi who said he needs two pick up trucks and a new switch-and-go vehicle which allows for five different attachments to be installed for various jobs. The vehicle used now is 17 years old. Bianchi also said…

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