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Blue Bishops Losing Key Player

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team has taken a big hit. Donte Abrams, who starred for the Blue Bishops last fall as a sophomore, has transferred to a Michigan high school, Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque said. “He was our best returning player,” said Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ second-year coach. Fosque said Abrams will live with his father. “It was a family decision,” Fosque said. Fosque said he learned of the decision in late May. “Donte worked out with our team,” Fosque said. “Of course, when you lose your best player you are discouraged and…

The Center’s Meal Programs Seeks Help in Stocking Shelves

  The Center in Asbury Park has put out the call for help stocking their freezer for the Meals to Go program. The program provides home cooked frozen meals to people living in motels and rooming houses who have no way to prepare meals. The Center is asking individuals and groups to help fill the freezer with frozen cooked meals and will provide microwavable containers to volunteers. They are also in need of pantry food items including: cereal, instant oatmeal, rice, juice, milk (condensed or powdered) Jell-O, canned puddings, fruit and tuna. Also needed are raisins, healthy snacks, macaroni and…

City Audit Gets High Marks

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Auditor David Kaplan gave Asbury Park good marks in his annual audit report saying this year’s total general fund balance is the highest ever at $4.7 million. In 2014 the fund balance was $3.4 million. “You have complied,” he said. “ You have an unmodified report; that’s what you want.” He also said there was a record surplus and record increases in revenues. One section that did not receive good marks was the sewer collection totals. “There has been a deficit the past two years,” Kaplan said. Kaplan cited inaccuracies in the bills along with…

Dredging Will Continue in Shark River

  The dredging of the navigational channels in the Shark River will continue after all after it was determined that Federal Emergency Management Agency funding that had been awarded in the wake of Superstorm Sandy may have been in jeopardy if the state did not act. The project calls for the removal of106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the navigational channels in the Shark River. The dredging was suspended due to a lack of funding in the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). “We had concerns but the project is back on track and hopefully the contractor can now fulfill…

Half-Price Membership at Ocean Pool

  There’s still plenty of summer left and Ocean Township is helping to make it more enjoyable with half-price memberships to the Community Pool and Tennis Facility, 615 West Park Ave. The attractive recreation center sits on more than six acres and offers three pools: a kiddie pool for the youngest visitors, a main pool with an open swim area and separate lap section and a 10 foot deep dive tank. In addition, there are tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a playground. Mature trees provide cool shade so visitors can enjoy the outdoor facility even on the hottest…

Madonna House Will Receive $130,000

  By DON STINE The prayers at the Madonna House in Neptune were recently answered when a generous donor paid off the charitable organization’s $130,000 mortgage. “I was always praying not to have a mortgage and what a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” Madonna House founder Rebecca Blonski said earlier this week. Blonski said she was struggling to pay off three separate mortgages and the pressure was on when one of the privately-held mortgages needed to be paid off for the Madonna House property at 1401 Seventh Ave. She purchased the property in 1988. The 10,000-square-foot building houses…

Concerns Continue Over Land Leases

  By DON STINE Potential hefty increases for land leases in Ocean Grove, particularly for commercial properties, remains an issue with people owning property there and the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and others have retained an attorney to look into the matter. The Homeowners Association and other stakeholders have retained Roseland-based Attorney Matthew Adams, who is the son of former Neptune Police Chief Robert Adams, to look into the land lease issue. All land in Ocean Grove is owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and leased to its property owners. In addition, property owners are still taxed on…

New Neptune City Police Officer

  Alexander J. Parisi was sworn in as a Neptune City probationary patrolman this week. Parisi, of Toms River, successfully passed the Monmouth County Chiefs of Police written and physical examination. More than 100 police officer candidate applications were reviewed by the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department. Thirty applicants went before the Command Staff Oral Review Board of the Neptune City Police Department and out of those six were selected to appear before Mayor Robert Brown, Police Commissioner Joseph Zajack, and the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department for the final review. Parisi was the…

Dumpsters Off the Streets in Ocean Grove

  Dumpsters and other temporary storage units must be removed from Ocean Grove’s public streets from 3 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday during the summer season (May 15- Sept. 15) under an ordinance adopted by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, is intended to free up much-needed parking spaces during the summer months but some residents said it doesn’t make a great deal of sense and may be a burden to property owners. “This is nonsense,” Ocean Grove resident Jack Braden said, who asked if dumpsters can be placed in yards. Township…