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Catholic Parishes Merging in Avon, Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The Catholic parishes of St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach will merge July 1 and become St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. In addition, St. Mary’s parish in Deal will combine with St. Jerome’s of West Long Branch into Our Lady of Hope Parish. The changes are part of the “Faith in Our Future” initiative undertaken by the Diocese of Trenton to best utilize the available supply of priests to serve the congregations of the diocese. Bishop David M. O’Connell informed the affected parishes in a recent letter. Formal decrees regarding the changes will be issued…

Avon Teen Organizes Fish Fry to Raise Funds for Charity

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An Avon Elementary School eighth grader decided it was time for the new generation to step up to the plate. Lily Buerck, 14, applied to be chosen for this year’s class of Henrik Lundqvist Foundation’s Young  Ambassadors Program. The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation was founded by the famous Swedish hockey player and raises money for a variety of charities in New York, Sweden and the Dominican Republic. Lily, says her mother Gabi, has always had an interest in politics and government. “She has always been very civic minded, that’s what she wants to do when she…

A Bittersweet Decision for Schneider’s in Avon

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI With a heavy heart John Schneider, owner of Avon’s landmark Main Street restaurant which was damaged in an October fire, announced that he will not be reopening. “I am not going to rebuild,” he said. “I have this gray hair and I don’t have 20 years to start over.” Schneider said the one-acre parcel of land located across the street from SylvanLake, will be sold. He said he has been contacted by many developers, some who want to rehabilitate the partially charred building and others who say they will tear it down. “I have been…

Bradley Beach Purchasing Garbage Truck from Avon

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach is buying a garbage truck from Avon. After deciding not to renew its trash removal contact with a private hauler late last year, Bradley Beach reached an agreement with Avon to use one of that borough’s trucks. At this week’s meeting of the Bradley Beach Borough Council, Mayor Gary Engelstad said the truck lease costs $6,500 a month. The council voted 4-0 to buy the 1994 truck for $20,000. “It’s a no-brainer,” the mayor said. Chief Financial Officer Gail Krzyzczuk said that even with the need to hire four new part-time employees in the…

Outpouring of Support After Avon Restaurant Fire

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Residents of Avon and surrounding shore towns are feeling the loss this week of a landmark restaurant, Schneider’s on Main Street in Avon. The restaurant, which stood at the head of Sylvan Lake between Avon and Bradley Beach for 48 years, was a staple of the shore, especially for those of German heritage. Owner John “Johann” Schneider said his mother Theresa cried when he called her to give her the news. Schneider said he, himself, is still “in shock” and has not decided whether he will rebuild and reopen the restaurant. He was meeting with…

Boat Slips Still Available in Avon Municipal Marina

  By PETE WALTON Four slips have been leased so far for the 2017 season at the Avon municipal marina. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said that checks have been received from three boat owners and payment is expected shortly for the fourth. At its meeting this week, the Board of Commissioners decided to leave the recently updated marina regulations unchanged. A small charter boat operator leased a slip in the off-season and will be relocating to Raritan Bay in several weeks. The owner has expressed a desire to come back to Avon in mid-summer. The borough’s regulations for the…

No Municipal Tax Increase for Avon

  By PETE WALTON There will be no municipal tax increase in Avon this year, according to Borough Administrator Timothy Gallagher. He said county officials have also indicated that they will not raise taxes in 2017. Gallagher did not know the status of the Avon Board of Education’s budget. Commissioner Robert Mahon noted that the school district cannot raise its budget by more than 2 percent by law. The new municipal budget is likely to be introduced on March 27 with a public hearing in late April. The administrator said the borough did not have to use as much of…

Avon Seeks Green Acres Funds for Sylvan Lake

  By PETE WALTON  Avon officials have applied for a Green Acres grant to upgrade the borough’s Sylvan Lake shoreline.  An existing grant can cover urgently needed repairs to part of the shoreline, according to Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher.  Barbara Suchecki, Avon’s grant coordinator, says the $842,230 requested from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program would allow construction of a “living shoreline” along the length of Sylvan Lake in the borough.  A living shoreline would involve removal of the deteriorating wooden bulkhead, replacing it with a natural, gradually sloping shoreline, including “bioswales.”  According to the U.S.…

Avon Approves Lower Fees for Marina Slips

  By PETE WALTON The Avon Board of Commissioners has approved new rules and regulations for the municipal marina. The fee to lease boat slips has been lowered to $125 per foot based on the length of the craft or the slip, whichever is greater. Last season, the marina was underutilized and commissioners are hoping that the lower price will attract more boat owners to lease the slips. The previous price was $145 per foot. The hours of operation at the marina will be expanded but boaters will be required to restrict idling early in the morning and late at…

Bradley Beach, Avon Churches to Merge

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Two area Catholic Churches are being merged by the Diocese of Trenton. The Church of the Ascension, Bradley Beach and St. Elizabeth of Hungry in Avon will join and become one parish with one pastor. Each church will retain its building and current name. According to a letter distributed at masses Sunday “All organizations, ministries, programs, finances, assets and liabilities belong to the one new parish. The merger means that there will be one new staff formed, one new financial council and a new name may be established with approval by the Bishop. The combined…

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