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Asbury Park Man Charged in Neptune Shooting

  A 22-year-old Asbury Park man has been charged in connection with the early Monday morning shooting of a female inside her Neptune home, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Diquan Speights is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Speights is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, in $650,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Judge Vernoia also ordered Speights may…

One Woman’s Story 2 Years After Superstorm Sandy

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO On October 21, 2012, Neptune resident Pam Callender was managing everyday life with her two teenage foster children, in the modest dream home she purchased seven years earlier in the Shark River Hills section overlooking Shark River. “At that point, my life was no different than any other middle class, single parent household,” Callender said. “There was never enough time after taking care of the kid’s with their schedules and activities. When the economy took a dive, it was tough but we survived. We always had a good time and I was glad to have a…

Interlaken and Loch Arbour Will Meet to Discuss Proposed Merger

  By DON STINE Merging neighboring Interlaken and Loch Arbour together will be the sole topic of discussion during a special joint meeting of the two small communities to be held on Wed., Nov. 12. The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is being held in the Allenhurst fire department, Hume Street, since neither other town has a large enough space to handle the expected crowd. Interlaken will hold its regular Borough Council meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 12 so the council can then get to the joint meeting. There will be no other council meeting in November…

City Downtown Receives Historic Designations

  Asbury Park’s downtown business district has been placed officially on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, which allows some financial incentives for owners to historically renovate their buildings. “I think this is a good thing. It’s recognition of the history of Asbury Park’s downtown and the significance of the city itself,” said Donald Sammet, the city’s director of planning and redevelopment. Sammet said the historic designation also opens to door to the possibility of obtaining grants and other funding sources to improve historic buildings. “It is also good for historic heritage tourism and recognizes the history…

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Asbury Park Police Department Accepting Special Officer Applications

  The Asbury Park Police Department is accepting applications for special officers. Applicants must be a United States citizens, at least 18-years-old, have a high school diploma or its equivalency, a New Jersey’s driver’s license and be able to endure vigorous physical and academic training. Preference is given to city residents. The deadline to pick up applications is Friday, Oct. 31. Applications or more information is available from Lt. Guy Thompson or Patrolman Michael Case, telephone: 732-775-6124. Training at the Monmouth County Police Academy for these positions will begin in January and end in May.

Bradley Beach Elementary School Student is a Winner

  A poem by Naomi Ruiz Otero, a sixth grader at Bradley Beach Elementary School, was selected among hundreds by students across the state to win the 13th annual Recycling Poetry Contest sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection. One hundred and forty eight schools submitted a total of 563 poems for the contest, which was open to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, according to Victoria Kerekes, a program specialist for the state DEP’s Bureau of Recycling and Planning. Students were asked to submit a poem of 100 words or less explaining why they believe recycling is important, why…

Beach and Parking Revenues in Asbury Park Over $1Million Each

  Beach and parking revenues were up in Asbury Park this year and at least one city officials says he expects them to keep growing. Beach revenues were about $1.1 million last year and are at close to $1.3 million this year. Parking revenues for last year were at $1,975,197 and, as of August this year, the revenue is already at almost $1.9 million, with another four months of revenue still to come in. “I project the city will realize in excess of $2.5 million in 2014,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. Councilman John Loffredo, who co-chairs…

Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

In Ocean: $28 Million School Referendum Question on Dec. 9

  By DON STINE Ocean Township taxpayers will be asked to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all schools in the district but approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service, school officials said earlier this week. Taxpayers will cast their votes on the referendum during a special election on Dec. 9 at their regular polling places from 7 am to 9 pm. A special public meeting on the referendum was held last night, Oct. 8, at the Wayside School on Bowne Road. More public forums are…