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Pirates are Theme for Bradley Beach Library Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Pirates abound this summer in the borough of Bradley Beach when these “soldiers of fortune” are celebrated with a multitude of fun-filled family festivities. Included in the plans are a Summer of Pirates Library Launch Party, a gala Pirate Party and Treasure Hunt and a Summer of Pirates Goodbye Party, all in conjunction with the Bradley Beach Library. The launch party kicks off June 11. Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator, said participants will read books and earn points – enough so that they can raid the treasure chest. “This year’s program runs from June…

Monmouth County Seniors Invited to Submit Artwork

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is extending an invitation to all Monmouth County residents age 60 and over to participate in the 2016 Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition by submitting one piece of original, visual art. Application deadline is July 8. Senior artists who have professional or nonprofessional status are welcome. Categories in both divisions are acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. The 2016 application, rules, eligibility requirements and important dates are available on the County website. Previous participants will be sent information via US mail on June…

Ocean Grove Parking Will be Topic of Meeting

  Neptune and Ocean Grove residents interested in parking issues in Ocean Grove may want to attend a meeting of the Township Committee at 5 p.m. Mon., June 13. The committee is scheduled to discuss recommendations made by the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association. Recommendations included possible metered parking and permits in the historic district. The discussion will take place at a workshop meeting and although the public is usually not permitted to speak at a workshop they are welcome to attend. The regular meeting will follow the workshop and the public is permitted to speak at that time.

Try a Taste of Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The annual Taste of Bradley is scheduled for Sat., June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to tastings and samples at participating restaurants and shops, the lineup includes fitness demonstrations and entertainment in Riley Park on Main Street between LaReine and Brinley avenues. The Bradley Beach Tourism Commission is selling wristbands for $20 each at participating businesses and online at eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, wristbands will be sold at Riley Park for $25 each. Jersey Shore Fitness Shop will conduct yoga and zumba demonstrations in Riley Park from 11:30 am…

Crane House Updated for Summer

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park is being repaired, painted and spruced up in time for the planned summer programs. Asbury Park Historical Society Vice President James Henry, said the main focus in this phase of the rehabilitation is the parlor, which is where most of the programs take place. “Our focus is on the parlor and restoring that to its original condition,” he said. Cracks in the plaster have been fixed along with restoration of the plaster molding lining the ceiling. The wallpaper is being taken off and will be replaced with a…

City School Board Candidate Files Lawsuit Over Mail-In Ballots

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Board of Education President Nicolle Harris has filed a lawsuit to contest the nullification of 41 mail-in ballots from the April 19 election. Harris along with her two running mates lost the election by a margin of 28 with Harris garnering the most on her ticket of 477. Dominic Latorraco who received the least number of votes on his ticket received 519 votes. Harris is not seeking a recount, which she would have had to request 15 days after the election. Latorraco and Connie Breech, who were both elected, were both served papers about…

Cost of being arrested in Asbury may rise

  Acting Asbury Park Police Chief Anthony Salerno told a breakfast meeting of the Chamber of Commerce that it soon may be more expensive to be arrested in Asbury Park. Salerno addressed Chamber members at a breakfast meeting at the VFW Harold Daly Post 1330 and spoke directly about recent problems involving young people coming from the bars and creating a disturbance and leaving a mess when they leave town. Salerno said one way to address the problem is in the Municipal Court. “We are working with the Judge (Daniel DiBenedetto) to increase the penalties and fines for these crimes.…

Bradley Beach Police Promotions

  Bradley Beach Police Chief Len Guida announced the following police promotions effective May 26. 1: Lt. Charles Zulla-Captain 2. Sgt. Theodore Bianchi-Lieutenant 3. Sgt. Edward Scott- Lieutenant

FBI Make Dog Fighting Arrest

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park police were asked to serve as backup when the Federal Bureau of Investigations conducted an investigation into dog fighting in the city Wednesday morning. Michael Casey, Public Information Officer, said city one resident was arrested. He had no further information about the arrest but said the FBI would most likely be issuing a report. In another incident Casey said a Howell man, 23, who was known to police, was given the antidote drug Narcan after overdosing on a narcotic in one of the Convention Hall bathrooms. Police responded to the call Fri., May…

Area Runners Fund Van for Disabled Vets

  A group of runners and walkers raised over $30,000 at the Spring Lake Five event for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van for the Disabled American Veterans of Asbury Park and Neptune. Called Team Freedom, the group was started in 1997 by five West Point graduates, including James MacInerny of Spring Lake. The group participates every year in the Spring Lake Five, always held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Over the past 20 years Team Freedom has grown to almost 300 members and raised over $130,000, donating to veteran’s causes such as American Widow Project, Salute American…