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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…

Allenhurst Police Dog Gets Vest

  K9 Bia of the Allenhurst Police Department will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group. A $950 donation was made to the charity by friends and family of Bia to provide her with a vest. On Christmas Day Police Officer Anthony Carafa was notified that his K9 partner was the recipient of the gift. “We are extremely happy and proud to have Officer Carafa and K9 Bia working with us and both have done an excellent job so far,” said Police Capt. Michael Schneider.…

Allenhurst/Loch Arbour Merger Proposal Derailed After Vote Reversal

  By DON STINE A proposal to consolidate neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst was derailed Tuesday night after a member of the Allenhurst Board of Commissioners changed his vote. The proposal as it stands now will not be officially submitted to state officials for review and possible approval. Allenhurst Commissioner Christoper McLoughlin said at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting he was reversing his previous vote after contacting state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) officials and getting no concrete answers to questions he posed about the possible merger, especially on issues about creating a special tax district in Loch Arbour and…

Loch Arbour/Allenhurst Merger Plan Goes to State for Review

  By DON STINE A proposal to consolidate neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is being sent to state officials for review and possible approval after more than 100 residents from both towns attended a special public hearing on the matter last week and officials approved it.   “We need a binding plan and we need to start the process. (The state) has to have something in their hands to make a qualified decision,” Loch Arbour Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick said during the Jan. 9 meeting at the Hume Street fire house in Allenhurst. Loch Arbour officials unanimously voted that…

Public Invited to Meeting on Merger between Allenhurst and Loch Arbour

  By DON STINE A proposed merger between neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is moving forward and a public meeting on the issue will be held Thursday, Jan. 9. “We have made substantial progress,” Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week. In a Dec. 20 letter sent to both Allenhurst and Loch Arbour residents, the governing bodies said that they plan to present a consolidation application to the state Department of Community Affairs for review and possible approval. “This public meeting will determine if we move forward, depending on the feedback we get from residents,” Fernicola said. The Jan. 9 meeting…

Allenhurst Police Unveil New Personalized Patch

  By DON STINE For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the Allenhurst police department will have its own personalized police patch. The image on the new patch (pictured on this page) is that of the famous 1854 New Era shipwreck that occurred off the beach in what is now Asbury Park. The local volunteer lifesaving service station was manned by many residents, in what would later become Allenhurst, and they were among the first respond to the tragedy. “We wanted a patch with a personal and some historical connection to Allenhurst,” police Capt. Michael Schneider said.…

Allenhurst Child Abduction Attempt Unfounded

  A reported child abduction attempt near the Allenhurst train station Sat., Nov. 9 has been determined to be unfounded, police said. “Our subsequent investigation shows that the incident did not happen and that there was no attempted child abduction,” Capt. Michael Schneider said on Monday. The incident reportedly happened Saturday around 2:25 p.m. near the Allenhurst train station parking lot and Spier Avenue. The child reported he was being forced by a male into a white van but escaped and ran to a nearby business, which called 911. The incident hit the media and Schneider said there was an “overwhelming response” from…

No Action Planned on Proposed Allenhurst, Loch Arbour Merger

  By DON STINE Any action on a proposed merger between Loch Arbour and neighboring Allenhurst to help ease the village’s school tax burden will not take place in the near future. Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting that fiscal issues due to Superstorm Sandy remain unresolved for both. “At this point it is impossible to do a fiscal impact study,” he said. Each municipality is to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) for damage caused by the storm, which was almost one year ago. Fernicola said Loch Arbour has…

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