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Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Law and Order. The Rule of Law. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. Liberty and Freedom. Personal Responsibility. Societal Responsibility. These are the words and terms of a free society; to be sure there are a lot more, we have been at this for well over 200 years, but I’ll discuss these for now. Do they mean anything in a modern America? Law and order is called into question based on who and how the law is enforced and what we demand there be order to. The rule of law, once a bedrock principle is now…

Celebrating Music in Film in Music City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The second annual Music in Film Festival in Asbury Park is bigger than the last and according to event organizer, Tom Bernard, it will get bigger and better every year. The festival is April 8 through April 10. Kicking off the festival on Fri., April 8 is a screening of the film “Miles Ahead” about the life of Miles Davis. The film stars Don Cheadle who will attend the showing and hold a Q & A session about his directorial debut with the film at the VIP party which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the…

Retirement on Hold for Neptune Township Official

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committee incumbents Randy Bishop and Carol Rizzo have officially received the nod from the local Democratic organization to be the party’s candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. Four candidates were put forward last Saturday by the local Democratic County Committee and Bishop, who will be seeking his fifth three-year full term, and Rizzo, who will be seeking her first full three-year term, will be on the ballot. Rizzo is currently filling the unexpired term of former Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who was elected as a state Assemblyman last November. Rizzo ran unsuccessfully for a…

In Bradley Beach: Boardwalk Railing Project Discussed

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council this week tabled the discussion of the improvement to the lifeguard station until a time when Business Administrator Joyce Wilkins can be present to further address the renovations. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is attempting to limit the amount of work done by outside contractors and increase the amount of work that can be performed by borough workers in an effort to lower costs. Councilman Norman Goldfarb addressed the boardwalk railing that Engelstad said had a “band aid” on it since Superstorm Sandy. Goldfarb said he received word from FEMA…

Republican Wins Seat in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE According to Monmouth County Board of Elections, the unofficial counts for the special election in Neptune City showed Republican incumbent Richard Pryor winning the council seat with 510 seats and Democrat Michael Skudera with 475. There were two write in votes. The official results will not be confirmed until Thurs., March 24, said Mayor Robert Brown. “It was a hard fought victory,” said Pryor when contacted about the unofficial results. “I have no agenda. I’m just here for Neptune City and to continue to give homeowner’s relief.” The special election took place after Neptune City resident…

Body Cameras for Asbury Park Police Planned

  Within two months the Asbury Park Police Department will be receiving 70 body-worn cameras. The City Council approved the purchase of the cameras at its March 16 meeting after the city was awarded a $35,000 grant under the Attorney General’s BWC Assistance Project in February to off-set the costs of the cameras. That brings the price per camera from $1,285.54 to $785.54, for a total cost of $54,987.50 to the city for the 70 BWCs, according to a release from Hannah Walker, Director of Communications. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the cameras will begin operating by mid-summer after…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

Monmouth County Job Fair April 1

  If you are looking for a job, you should attend Monmouth County’s Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Brookdale Community College Collins Arena, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. This job fair will provide you with access to employers seeking talented candidates in every discipline, from hospitality and health care to finance, education, telecommunications, computer science and everything in between. More than 140 local employers and employment resource organizations will be participating in the free event. No registration is required for jobseekers. “In addition to bringing in top employers from throughout the…

Avon Plans No Increase for Tax Rate or Sewer, Water Fees

  By PETE WALTON There are no plans to increase the municipal tax rate, sewer and water fees or beach badges in Avon this year. Borough officials had hoped to introduce the new budget this week but state officials asked all communities which received aid after the Sandy superstorm to hold off. At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners to discuss the budget, Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher explained that the state has not yet decided if the funds will be treated as a grant or a loan. Avon received $1.2 million to help with municipal expenses due…

Neptune Committeeman Will Receive Award

  Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will receive the Golden Hearts Founders Award from Coastal Habitat for Humanity at is awards dinner April 21 at the Manasquan River Golf Club. The event began in 2015 to commemorate the organization’s 20th year of serving families in need of affordable housing in Southern Monmouth County. This year, Coastal Habitat once again honors its community partners and their dedication to providing affordable housing assistance to low-income families. The 2016 Hearts & Hammers honorees are Bishop, The New Jersey Bankers Association which will receive The Golden Hammer Award and the Star News Group which…