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Allenhurst Police Chief Earns Traffic Award

  Allenhurst Police Chief Michael Schneider received the Traffic Safety Specialist Level 1 Leadership designation at the Ocean County Police Traffic Officers’ Association event held on Thurs., Feb. 15. The Traffic Safety Specialist Program was first established in Maryland to recognize police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency, in Highway Safety Enforcement methods and procedures. Eligibility involves officers enrolling in the program and submitting documentation on employment, completion of appropriate certifications, and permission of employers. Level 1 requirements include three years of independent patrol experience, speed detection device certification, standard field sobriety certification, and 30 points…

JCP&L Building Sold in Allenhurst

  By DON STINE The long-vacant Jersey Central Power and Light Company buildings in Allenhurst have been successfully sold through auction and plans for the building are now pending. “I think the town is excited and we are hopeful. These buildings have been abandoned for over ten years and are starting to fall into disrepair. The are looking forward to their renovation, which will help our Main Street area,” Mayor David McLaughlin said earlier this week. Allenhurst Power Station LLC, was the successful bidder. The corporation is headed by Jon Leidersdorff, owner of the Lake House Music Academy in Asbury…

Plant Talk at Garden Club

  The Allenhurst Garden Club members held their October meeting at Dearborn Farms Holmdel Township.  It was a “Lunch and Learn” experience. Set against a backdrop of autumn color arrangements, pumpkins, and greenery, a presentation on container plantings was given by Mike Shamey, an experienced gardener. He suggested not to discard plants when the air turns chilly, but to find a home in the ground or plant in containers. Many perennials and shrubs can survive for several years when planted in pots.  Plants like Green Mountain, Boxwood ,Golden Creeping Jenny, Japanese Pieris Bergenia ,and Emerald Arborvitae are some of the…

Deal Lake Cleanup Oct. 28

  A Deal Lake Cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 28 rain or shine. Those participating should dress for the weather and bring your favorite work clothes, gloves and older shoes. Work gloves, trash bags, and tools will be available. Boat and kayak help is welcomed. Meet at any of the three locations: the Asbury Park Boat Ramp (next to 7-11 on Rt 71) or Allenhurst gazebo or at the Flume on Ocean Ave at 9 a.m. Deal Lake will be lowered for the clean-up for a few days, so before or during Oct. 28 homeowners should do their best to remove…

$735,000 Awarded to 3 Coastal Lakes

  By DON STINE Three coastal lakes, including Deal Lake the largest lake in the county, will see their water quality improved under a $735,000 state grant recently awarded to the Deal Lake Commission. Deal Lake, which borders several towns including Ocean Township and Neptune, Sunset Lake in Asbury Park, and Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, will all see water-quality improvement projects under funding from the state Department of Environmental Protection agency’s 2017 Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is intended to reduce non-point pollution sources going into the three lakes. The funding has been a goal of…

Allenhurst Officials Will Go to Trenton to Stop Railroad Crossing Closure

  By DON STINE A proposal to permanently close the railroad crossing at Allen Avenue in Allenhurst brought more than two dozen borough residents to this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The state Department of Transportation and NJ Transit are planning to close the Allen Avenue railroad crossing between Main Street and Lake Drive.  NJT updated the Spier and Corlies Avenue crossings, the only other railroad crossings in the borough, last year at a cost of about $500,000 each and it has been conducting traffic studies on Allen Avenue. Those attending the meeting this week said closing the crossing it…

Former JCP&L Building Up for Auction

  By DON STINE Jersey Central Power and Light Company is auctioning off two of its buildings on Main Street and Hume Street in Allenhurst next month. “We are very happy that action on these buildings is moving forward. They currently serve no purpose and we are looking forward to some revitalization in that area,” Mayor David J. McLaughlin said. The auction will include a four-story operations and maintenance building at 520-534 Main Street. The masonry, Art Deco-style building, built in 1929, has almost 99,000 square feet of space and is on 1.15 acres of land west of Main Street,…

Allenhurst Opposes Railroad Crossing Closing

  By DON STINE The railroad crossing in Allenhurst at Allen Avenue will be permanently closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic under a proposal now being presented to borough officials. The state Department of Transportation (DOT) and NJ Transit (NJT) are planning to close the Allen Avenue railroad crossing between Main Street and Lake Drive. Borough Administrator Donna Campagna said NJT updated the Spier and Corlies avenue crossings last year at a cost of about $500,000 each and has been conducting traffic studies on Allen Avenue. “We were told about closing the Allen Avenue crossing when the other two were…

Allenhurst Ends Sending-Receiving Relationship with Asbury Park School District

  By DON STINE Allenhurst is following in the footsteps of its two neighboring towns and will begin to send its students to West Long Branch Elementary School and to Shore Regional High School on a per-pupil tuition basis. Board of Education President Larry O’Rourke said that Allenhurst school board officials saw Interlaken and Loch Arbour recently make the same move with permission of state Acting-Commissioner of Education Kimberly Harrington. All three communities are considered non-operational school districts since they do not have their own schools. “We didn’t have any children using public schools and we thought this would be…

Slight Tax Decrease in Allenhurst

  Allenhurst residents will see a slight decrease in their municipal purpose tax rate under the 2017 budget introduced on March 28. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for on Tues., April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Taxpayers will see an approximate two-cent decrease in their municipal tax rate under the total $5,224,732 budget, up slightly from last year’s $5,031,105 budget. The tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, also rose slightly to $2,395,282, up from $2,311,137 last year. Even though the tax levy is up slightly, the municipal tax rate will go down due to…

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