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Avon to Hire 11 Special Police Officers

  By PETE WALTON Avon will add 11 special police officers to help keep the beachfront running smoothly this summer. The borough will establish a beachfront police command post at Sylvania Avenue to supervise the special officers and address law enforcement issues which may arise. Funding for the improved police presence will come from the borough’s beach utility, which saw a large increase in revenue last year after record-breaking attendance. Commissioner Frank Gorman said that the number of Class 1 special officers will be increased from 10 to 19, and there will be five Class 2 special officers this summer,…

Bradley Beach Police Say Beware of IRS Scams

  Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard A. Guida is urging residents to be on “high alert” for criminals impersonating Internal Revenue Service and Treasury employees this filing season. The phone fraud and e-mail scam has become an epidemic throughout the United States, according to a release from the chief. Guida outlined what residents need to know to protect themselves. The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone- e-mail or social media about unpaid taxes. Also the IRS will not ask for payment using prepaid debit card, a money order or wire transfers. The scammers often threaten…

Celebrating Youth Art in Ocean Township

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally in March each year and is designed to educate the community as to what is being taught in the visual arts curriculum, helping to emphasize the value of art education for all students. Across the country, events will occur throughout the month at the national, state, county and local levels to celebrate the talent students possess. As part of this observance the Ocean Township Library and Terner House Gallery will be the site of the Ocean Township School District’s Youth Art Month Exhibit during the entire month of March, according…

CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL RENAMED IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  BY ED SALVAS Students, faculty, staff and parents came together outside the Asbury Park Middle School Wednesday to join in renaming of the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremony included unveiling of a sign honoring the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The program began with welcoming remarks by the Principal, Dr. Rashawn Adams, and Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and featured Edith Savage- Jennings, a longtime friend of the King family who called her “Aunt Edith.” Dr. Repollet noted that King appeared in Asbury Park in 1960 and spoke…

Free Winter Festival Offers Music, Refreshments, Performances

  By DON STINE Not only will it be good times at The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s Winter Arts Festival in Ocean Grove later this month but there is something extra special – all events are free! “We have a benefactor providing hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments for events. So, everything is free and there is no reason for tickets now,” JSAC President Herb Herbst said. The second annual festival will span three days, from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets for a dinner and the variety show to be held on Saturday night were originally priced at…

In Tinton Falls: Officials Seek Help in Locating Dogs Who May Have Exposure to Rabies

  By PETE WALTON Tinton Falls officials are helping to look for pit bull puppies which may have been exposed to an adult dog with a confirmed case of rabies. The Monmouth County Health Department is seeking information from anyone who may have acquired, purchased, adopted or come into contact with pit bull puppies in the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen in the past month. “We are currently working to identify anyone who may have come into contact with pit bull puppies that may have been exposed to a confirmed case of rabies in an adult dog,” said Christopher Merkel, Monmouth…

City School to Have New Name

  The renaming of the Asbury Park Middle School is scheduled to take place Wed., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The school will be renamed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School. The Board of Education approved the name change in August.

Sports Roundup

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Led by Morgan Bartlett and Taylor Bartlett, the Ocean Township High School girls basketball team vanquished Brick 37-16. Morgan Bartlett scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds one assist and one steal for the Spartans (2-15) against the Green Dragons (1-16). Tyler Bartlett, who rained home three shots from beyond the arc, contributed 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. Sanaa Finley added five rebounds, one assist and three steals. Katelyn Molloy added six points on two treys, picked off five rebounds, handed out three assists and made one steal. Ocean sped to a 15-6 halftime…

Newly Elected Officials Urged to Attend Government Seminar

  If you have recently been elected to public office, or have been newly assigned to a leadership role in your community, you are encouraged to sign up for Monmouth County’s Local Government Seminar. “There are many responsibilities that come with serving on local governing bodies,” Monmouth County Freeholder, John P. Curley said. “Laws change and municipalities must conform to the new regulations which impact all levels of government. People who attend this session will gain some valuable knowledge and insight.” The Monmouth County Local Government Seminar that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Brookdale Community College will…

Neptune City Area Designated for Redevelopment

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials have designated the area between Steiner Avenue and 5th Avenue to Memorial Drive as an area in need of redevelopment, allowing the Borough Planner to prepare a Redevelopment Plan. The parcel of land was originally split between Neptune City and Neptune but as of January 1, 2016, became designated property of Neptune City. The area houses buildings that have been there since the 1950s according to Mayor Robert Brown. “We’re going to make sure (the redeveloper) does what’s in the best interest of Neptune City,” said Brown who also said the area, which…