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Ocean Residents to See Tax Decrease

  Ocean Township’s municipal tax rate will remain almost the same this year with the average homeowner actually seeing a small decrease in taxes. “The township continues to evaluate the services it provides the taxpayers as we look for innovation ways to provide the same quality services with reducing the associated costs. We are not raising taxes to support the budget,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The total $34,677,627 municipal budget for 2015 is up by $257,330, or by three-quarters of a percent, from last year’s $34,420,297 budget. However, the amount to be raised through taxation remains stable at $20,668,097. Actually,…

Ready, Set, Package 20,000 Meals!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As part of its mission work, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove will package 20,000 meals on March 22 to be shipped to a third-world country or countries. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, about 100 church members and other volunteers are to meet to package the meals at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Youth Temple. The church is working with the Stop Hunger Now organization, with the congregation supplying the funds and volunteers to package meals with dehydrated rice and soy brought in by Stop Hunger Now. The Rev. John DiGiamberardino…

Budget Includes Full Day Kindergarten in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The borough of Tinton Falls is one step closer to offering full day kindergarten to students in September, while at the same time reducing the average tax levy by $39. At this week’s Board of Education meeting the board approved a preliminary budget for the 2014/2015 school year that includes full day kindergarten. The budget will now be sent to Executive Superintendent of Schools Joseph Passiment, Jr. for approval before coming back to the board for a public hearing and final vote. “There could be changes,” warned Board President Peter Karavites. Before taking the unanimous…

$2.5 Million Tennis Center Planned in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE An eight-court tennis center will be built on W. Park Avenue in Ocean Township under what Mayor Christopher Siciliano said is “an historic partnership” between a private company and the township. “This is a win-win situation for the township and an historic event in that it is the first time private and public entities are coming together to build a facility that will be useful to residents,” he said. The mayor said that, after three years of negotiations, a deal was signed last week to build the $2.5 million Park Avenue Tennis Center in front of…

Networking Breakfast in Ocean Township

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce will have a Free Networking Breakfast with a 10-Minuite Topic Speaker on Thurs., April 16 at the new showroom of GOTCC Gold Corporate Sponsor Lester Glenn Ford. The event is open to anyone in business however advance online registration is mandatory. The featured speaker at the breakfast will be Gene Wolf, President of the Monmouth County chapter of S.C.O.R.E., a non-profit organization, under the auspices of the SBA, that offers free counseling, mentoring and seminars for individuals who want to open a business and existing business owners. The topic will be “How…

New Community Garden to Open in Tinton Falls

  Six years after launching its initial garden behind the Crawford House on Tinton Avenue, the Tinton Falls Community Gardens will welcome area residents to a second location this spring. The new garden, located on Water Street in the historic district of Tinton Falls, will allow many more residents to join together in growing their own fresh organic produce. Members may range from beginners to experienced gardeners, and will tend their own plots as well as help to maintain the overall garden area. “We’ve had wonderful success with the Crawford House location for the last several years, and there was…

Asbury Park Baptist Church Welcomes 1st Female Deacon

  By DON STINE Long-time church member Mary S. Owens Scott has become the first female deacon at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park. Scott, who was ordained on Jan. 18, said it is an uncommon event for a woman to become a deacon in the Baptist Church. “There are probably less than a dozen female deacons in the Shore area. It is not common throughout the Baptist Church,” she said.“There are deaconesses who assist their husbands, who would be a deacon, but not many woman deacons.” Scott, 59, has been a member of the Second Baptist Church since…

Judge Dismisses Asbury Park Election Case

  By DON STINE A Monmouth County Superior Court judge today dismissed a case that sought to force a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral spot won by John Moor in the November election. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the election, filed the lawsuit seeking 355 vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. “(The county Elections Board) did not exceed their discretion in disqualifying the ballots” Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled today. A number of ballots were disqualified during…