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Loch Arbour Hires Lawyer to Seek Options for High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour continues to try to find a solution to its high school tax rate and village officials recently hired a law firm to see what options may be available. Loch Arbour has approached both Interlaken and Loch Arbour with a proposal to merge with the village but the idea was eventually rejected by both towns. “We are looking at alternatives to see if there are other ways to solve our school problem. The proposed mergers are not going through and we will investigate other means,” Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week.“It’s another way to…

Family Dollar to Move to New Location in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Family Dollar of Neptune received preliminary approval from the Neptune City Land Use Board this week to renovate the former Hostess outlet on Route 35 for its new location. Final approval is expected to be granted next month. When the new space is renovated and ready to open the Family Dollar store currently operating in the Stop and Shop center will close. The company will upgrade and renovate the former Hostess building to use a portion for a 9,480 square foot Family Dollar store. The remaining 9,700 square feet is proposed for up to 6 additional…

City Parking Lot Closed for Upgrade

  By DON STINE The municipal parking lot next to the Asbury Park City Hall will be closed for milling and repaving from Wednesday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 20. “This will be a logistical nightmare but the more we prepare the less of a nightmare it will be- but we will get through it,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s City Council workshop. Moor said the work, however, is extremely important yet people still need to be able to conduct their business at City Hall, which includes holding municipal court. Entrance doors on the northern end of the municipal…

Neptune Clerk Receives Award

  Neptune Township Clerk Richard J. Cuttrell received a special award from the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Cuttrell, who was unaware the award was being presented, was given the association’s Spotlight Award for the month of April. “The purpose of this award is to recognize MCANJ members who bring positive attention to the profession of being a clerk through engagement in civic activities or events outside of their normal duties and responsibilities in their home and/or work communities,” MCANJ President John M. Mitch wrote in a May 11 letter. Former Neptune City…

In Bradley Beach: Popular DJ to Return to Beachfront; Noise Complaints on Main Street

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE DJ Jay Bowman will be returning to the beachfront in Bradley Beach this summer following a movement by his fans to keep him entertaining. At the last Borough Council meeting supporters turned out in large numbers to express their dismay that he was not included in the summer calendar. This week Mayor Gary Engelstad said Bradley Beach Tourism Coordinator Rae Tutela would be meeting with Bowman to set up a schedule. “We will bring him back and just make sure that there is included in the contract that he abide by our request to lower the…

City Students Ready to Walk with Style

  The hot weather is approaching and fashion is changing. For those who like to keep up with the newest trends, Asbury Park High School is here to show you the hottest clothing for summer with a fashion show. Dubbed, “A Taste of Summer,” the APHS students are working to make this their best fashion show ever. The event takes place May 20 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel located at 1401 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park. The show starts at 7 p.m. “The goal of this summer show is for students to learn and participate in the business of creating…

Hovnanian Opens Sales Office for New City Homes

  K. Hovnanian Homes, New Jersey’s largest homebuilder, has announced the opening of South Grand, a new collection of luxury townhomes being developed in the heart of Asbury Park. K. Hovnanian’s South Grand, located on Cookman Avenue at the intersection of Grand and Monroe Avenues. It will feature 28 new, four-story townhomes and is another lynchpin in the ongoing waterfront redevelopment zone of the city. The new homes at South Grand feature a neo-traditional, urban-inspired architectural design. Buyers will have a choice of two distinctive floorplans, with townhomes offering up to 2,974 square feet of luxurious living space including three…

Asbury Park Will Limit Parking Permits

  Asbury Park is limiting the number of employees parking passes it will sell for the central business district this year and totally eliminating guest parking passes citywide. “People were buying too many guest passes and it is a luxury we can no longer afford in Asbury Park with our parking crisis,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who is on the city’s parking committee. The city had sold 65 guest passes by the end of April and the $100 passes, which are good for an entire year, will not be sold after June1. “We sold more passes in the last…

Skate and Surf Festival Rolls into Asbury Park

  The Skate and Surf Festival 2015 at the Asbury Park oceanfront May 16 to 17 is expected to bring about 10,000 people each day into the city. “So residents should be aware that there may be some parking and traffic issues,” city Director of Commerce Tom Gilmour said at Monday’s City Council workshop. The Skate and Surf Festival is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at Bradley Park and Ocean Avenue. The festival is a multi-day, youth culture event that combines music, competitive gaming, skateboarding and surfing. “I think it’s going to be great. It…

Incumbents Sweep Seats in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE The One Ocean Team, headed by Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano, swept Tuesday’s election for all five seats up for grabs on the Township Council. Siciliano’s team easily defeated the rival Ocean Together Team by more than a two-to-one margin. The Ocean One Team also includes Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo and current council members Donna L. Schepiga and Richard H. Long. The ticket also includes newcomer Robert Acerra, who is currently on the school board. “I am overwhelmed by the margin of victory- I thought it would be close. And I thought (Ocean Together) ran…