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Asbury Park to Receive $386,000 in Grant Money

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said Asbury Park will receive a $386,067 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for various housing and economic development programs in the city. The grant is part of more than $5.7 million from HUD for housing and economic development programs in Monmouth County and municipalities in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. These grants include funding through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which provides resources for community improvements to help foster economic development. The remaining funding comes from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership and the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. These programs…

Jewelry Sale Will Benefit Children of Slain Neptune Woman

  A bracelet and necklace called the Tami Collection by Krista Lynn Designs are on sale at DaniRisi, 329 Main St., Allenhurst. One hundred percent of the sales of the jewelry will be donated to the nine children of Tamara Seidle of Neptune who was killed last month. Krista Lynn Eggering said she started the fund-raiser July 2 and in 12 days raised over $3800 (between online sales www.kristalynndesigns.com and local sales at DaniRis). “My goal is $5000 by the end of the month,” she said in an email “I think that we will surpass that. Tami was a dear…

Avon Library Hosting Storytimes, Discussions and Book Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Avon Public Library has a full schedule for these upcoming summer months with programs for both children and adults alike. Library Director Sheila Watson has been busy finalizing plans for the month of July and the beginning of August with more programs in the works for mid- and late- August. According to Watson, the library has decided to “take a different approach to a summer reading program this year.” “It seems as if my Avon school-age children are overwhelmed with school assigned summer reading, swim team, water ballet, surf camp and sports camps. They are…

Meet Your Cops in Neptune City

  Neptune City Police are holding a “Coffee with a Cop” session Wednesday, July 22. The event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 Third Ave. “No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice comments and get to know the officers in your neighborhood,” according to the publicity material. More information is available from Lt. Matthew Quagliato, telephone 732-775-1298, ext. 38.

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In Bradley Beach: Council Plans to Readvertise for Bids for Library Renovations

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Council rejected all bids for the construction of an addition and renovation of the Bradley Beach Public Library due to the cost. The bids came in at $900,000 to $1.3 million. The budget for construction, however, is limited to $675,000. Bradley Beach resident, Randy Bonnell, expressed his concerns, stating that the delay will bring about “significant winter costs” and that “significant changes will need to be made to get it under budget.” “I’m here to help with this thing, for free,” Bonnell said. “We need to get it off dead center.” Bonnell was…

Bradley Beach Will Not Issue Permits for Driveway Parking

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials put to rest a measure which would have allowed residents to purchase parking spaces in front of their own driveways. “There’s no big problem in Bradley Beach of people blocking their driveways,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said. “The misinterpretation of this was through the roof.” In other business, the Borough Council adopted an ordinance which amends the way the borough handles special parking permits. The permits will now be handled by the Police Department and will begin at zero at the beginning of each year. “We think this will significantly decrease the amount of…

Neptune City to Purchase Generators, Tractor

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City introduced three ordinances this week dealing with the purchase of generators for municipal buildings and a 4-wheel drive tractor for the Department of Public Works. Under the measures the borough would appropriate $175,000.000, less a $93,000 FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Program Grant for the purchase of the generators, which are expected to last 15 years according to the ordinance. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of paperwork, a lot of bookkeeping on our department heads and that’s why we’re ably to do this,” said Mayor Robert Brown. The council also approved the introduction…

Summerfield Avenue Railroad Crossing to be Closed to Vehicular Traffic

  Asbury Park officials said this week they have lost their fight to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the Summerfield Avenue railroad track crossing to vehicular traffic. The NJ Transit proposal was denounced by the council, police and fire departments, and the city engineer but, eventually, to no avail. A proposal to also close-off the First Avenue crossing has been dropped and no date has been announced yet for the Summerfield Avenue closing, acting-City Manager Anthony Nuccio said. But at least one business owner said this will be a real hardship for him. Sam Vaccaro, owner of The Hardware…

Bradley Beach Mayor Accepts Position with United Methodist Homes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA United Methodist Homes of New Jersey Foundation has announced the appointment of Gary Engelstad, who is the mayor of Bradley Beach, to the position of director of strategic partnerships. In this role, Engelstad will promote, market and develop a strategic partnership program. While based at United Methodist Homes Corporate Office in Neptune, Engelstad will develop revenue-generating partnership opportunities system wide among the Homes’ 10 senior retirement communities in New Jersey Engelstad reports to Sharon Clapp, vice president of development, who said, “Gary brings a wealth of experience and expertise in developing strategic initiatives. He understands the…