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Asbury Park’s New City Clerk Begins Post

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new city clerk took over her job this week and said she feels up to the challenge. Cindy A. Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is “glad and excited” to be in the city. The city clerk position was temporarily held by Deputy Clerk and Registrar Melody Hartsgrove, who will now go back to her original jobs. Hartsgrove replaced City Clerk Stephen M. Kay who retired in February after serving 34 years in the position. “Asbury Park looked to be…

Bradley Beach Plans Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After discussing the Ocean Avenue improvements for curbing and handicap ramps, the Bradley Beach Council voted to start the bond ordinance process. These improvements would include painting lines, handicap lines, and providing handicap access ramps on the sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $125,000 with an estimated hard cost of $85,000, engineering costs of $12,900, and estimated soft costs of $37,000. Bradley Beach would pay $6,000 as the down payment of five percent that is required by law. “This is not a want to, but a have to,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad, who toured these…

In Bradley Beach: 3 Police Officers to Ride in Unity Tour

  Three Bradley Beach police officers will be riding in the Police Unity Tour Sat., May 9 to memorialize those police officers who have died in the line of duty from the borough as well as other municipalities. This is the second year the borough police have participated. The event raises awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. “Our officers are part of the couty team,” said Police Chief Len Guida. “This is a good thing for law enforcement in general.”…

Bradley Beach Arts Council to Perform Award Winning Play

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Arts Council is presenting a reading of the award winning play “The Trip to Bountiful” on Fri., May 15 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School. The play was written by Horton Foote. This is the arts council’s first event of 2015 and features Julia Sandra Rand, chair of the BBAC, in the lead role of Mrs. Watts, a 60 year old widow longing to return to the home of her youth. Mrs. Watts is facing resistance from her son, Ludie, and his domineering wife, Jessie Mae, whose only interest is in collecting…

City School Board Member to Receive Public Official Award

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present it’s 2015 Public Official Carousel Award to Board of Education member Barbara Lesinski. The award, which is given for outstanding service to the community by a public official, will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Carousel Awards Dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Fri., May 8. The theme of this year’s gala is “The Love Boat. Come Aboard We’re Expecting You.” Lesinski is currently a member of the Asbury Park Board of Education, but her service to the city of Asbury Park has spanned three decades as…

In Bradley Beach: Recreation Department Prepares for Summer Programs

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer filled with activities for residents of all ages. “We want to broaden our scope of recreation,” said Recreation Director Shawn Heeter. “We really want to move beyond just youth programs.” Kicking off the summer season will the Recreation Summer Kick Off Event at the Recreation Center in Bradley Beach on Saturday, June 6. The event will follow the reintroduction of the Go Fish Program that hasn’t happened over the last few summers since Hurricane Sandy. “We’re bringing the Go Fish at Sylvan Lake program back…

Tinton Falls Goes All Out to Paint the Town Pink

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Officials in Tinton Falls are going all out for the Paint the Town Pink campaign taking place throughout the shore area during the month of May. The campaign is sponsored by Meridian Health to remind women to get regular mammograms and to raise money to provide the test to those without health insurance. The entrance to the Municipal Center was adorned with ribbons and a large sign across the front with the website paintthetownpink.com As a show of support Mayor Jerry Turning wore one of the pink T-shirts being sold for $10 as part of…

Ocean Police Investigate Robbery

  Ocean Township Police are looking for a suspect in the armed robbery of the Route 66 BP gasoline station on Wed., April 29. At about 9:10 p.m., a subject with a handgun robbed the attendant of cash and, then, fled on foot, according to police. Members of the township police, Neptune Police and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office searched the area without finding the suspect. The suspect is identified as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches, wearing a black sweatshirt, black hat and mask, according to Ocean Township Police.The person was last seen heading…

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