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Mr. C’s Beach Bistro to Open at Allenhurst Beach

  By DON STINE Chic Parotta, also known as Mr. C, will be back in the restaurant at the brand new Allenhurst Beach Club this season with his new and improved Mr. C’s Beach Bistro. Parotta, one of five bidders, won a five-year contract to operate the new restaurant after it was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. “It feels great. I have already been there for six years and I think it will be a big success. It has the best view at the Jersey Shore; no other place has that view,” he said. Mr. C’s Beach Bistro will seat 140…

Slight Increase in Allenhurst Budget

  Allenhurst property owners will see a half-cent increase in their municipal tax rate under the 2015 budget introduced at this week’s Borough Council meeting. The budget, which increases the tax rate to 51 cents for every $100 of assessed valuation, will have a public hearing on May 12. The total $4,893,776 budget, which has a $2,311,136 tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, is up slightly from last year’s total $4,665,483, budget, which had a $2,289,368 tax levy. Borough Clerk Lori L. Osborne said the half-a-cent increase is due to usual increases in expenses, such as…

In Allenhurst: Beachfront Restaurant Being Rebuilt

  By DON STINE The building which has housed a restaurant at the Allenhurst beachfront for many years is expected to be rebuilt by April and hopefully open for business by Memorial Day weekend. The building last housed Mister C’s Beach Bistro which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. But the restaurant may be back in business at the site. The Allenhurst Board of Commissioners is expected to award a five-year contract to operate the restaurant on Monday, Dec. 29 and Mister C’s, one of two bids submitted, scored highest in four required categories in the proposal submitted, Borough Administrator Lori…

Allenhurst Asking Residents to Increase School Budget

  By DON STINE Allenhurst taxpayers have had a very low school tax rate for the last six years but now they are being asked to approve a referendum on Nov. 4 allowing for a permanent increase of $150,000 annually in school taxes. “That would be the minimum tax levy every year. It could go up but it is unlikely that it will go down,” School Board President Larry O’Rourke said earlier this week. In 2008 Allenhurst’s annual school tax was $257,516 but when the state announced that non-operating school districts, or towns without their own schools like Allenhurst, would…

Allenhurst Police Officer awarded

  Allenhurst Police Officer Michael DiBona received an award recently for his work in procuring more than $1 million in military surplus equipment for the borough of Allenhurst. So far, the borough has obtained heavy duty trucks, emergency portable water pumps, emergency generators, emergency management supplies, and vehicles, that can be used in a storm situation, such as snow or flooding. This equipment has been obtained, at no cost to the borough, under the federal government’s LESO program, where excess military equipment can be transferred to state and local law enforcement agencies. Contrary to public perceptions, this equipment is going…

14-Year-Old Girl Charged with Driving Without License

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Allenhurst Police, while working on a driving while intoxicated-enforcement detail, stopped a vehicle for going erratically — and found a 14-year-old driving. The Neptune girl had taken her mother’s vehicle without her permission, police said. A 17-year-old also was riding in the car, police said. The 14-year-old was charged with driving while unlicensed, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn and having improper maintenance of lights, police said. The vehicle’s owner responded and took custody of both juveniles, police said. Patrolman First Class Michael DiBona and Patrolman…

Allenhurst Police Get $5,000 Grant

  Allenhurst Police, in cooperation with the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety, is participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 15 to Sept. 1. The police received a $5,000 grant to put more officers on the road, in patrols and at checkpoints, to apprehend drunk drivers. Another goal of the program is to enhance police visibility and deter drunk driving. Allenhurst Police remind drivers to drink responsibly.

Allenhurst Awards Bid for Club Building

  By DON STINE The contract to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, was awarded by the Board of Commission this week. Santorini Construction Inc., based in Neptune, was awarded the $2,360,000 contract. Santorini was the lowest of nine bidders on the project. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said rebuilding the restaurant could begin as early as May but is not expected to be finished until sometime on the fall. The project was estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will…

In Allenhurst: 9 Bids Received for Beach Club Project

  Nine bids were opened earlier this week to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said the project is estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The nine bids will be reviewed and one will probably be awarded at the April 29 Board of Commissioners meeting. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will sit on a concrete foundation, not pilings. The restaurant will, however, be setback a bit from an existing sea wall nearby. Osborn said the work is expected to begin…

Spring Finally Arrives After the Longest Winter

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Outside Serpico’s Pizzeria Restaurant in Allenhurst, Anastacio Acevedo sat in a chair, feet up on another one, working his cellular telephone. “First time in a long time decent weather,” said Acevedo, 37. “You can actually sit outside and enjoy it a little. I prefer the heat, the hotter the better.” OK, so Tues., April 1 was not exactly beach weather. But after this winter season’s snow-every-other-day and single-digit-temperature weather, it was at least sweatshirt warm of about 50 to 55 degrees. Additionally, it was sunny with a bluebird sky. “Nice,” said Boris Shambat, 68, an Asbury…

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