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  By JOSEPH SAPIA As some stores gear up to open their doors on Thanksgiving this year, many local, small business owners in the area say they are looking forward to the weekend to Saturday which has come to be known as Small Business Saturday. Jim Carella, owner of Carella’s Art and Sole Footwear in Avon, praised the Small Business Saturday promotion, saying it is “out there for the small business industry.” “It’s really raised awareness for Main Street businesses,” said Carella, who has had his store seven years. “I think people in general, since the recession hit, turned a…

Professionals by Day, Derby Skaters at Night

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Kim Predham does not think of herself as an athlete. When she was growing up in Neptune City, she was the last one picked when teams were chosen. She considered herself “very bookish.” “(But) I always liked roller-skating as a kid,” Predham said. “I would skate for hours in my basement.” Those hours of roller-skating were put to good use. Now, at 32, the Asbury Park resident is a local version of a roller derby queen, as is her teammate, Jessica O’Hanlon, 37, of Avon. O’Hanlon, skating under the name Anna Stesia because she is a…

Avon Plans Ban on Smoking at Beachfront

  By KATHARINA CAVINO Avon commissioners are planning to ban smoking at the beachfront. The designated beachfront area would be within 50 feet from every entrance to the boardwalk or beach. There would be a $500 penalty for any violation. Commissioner Frank Gorman said he hopes “to be smoke free on the beach by the 4th of July.” Concerns were raised about effective enforcement of the ordinance and whether it would include newer smoking products such as e-cigarettes. In response to the concerns Police Chief Terence Mahon said that it would be “easier to handle” since there will be no…

In Avon: Residents Continue to See Red Over Discolored Tap Water

By KATHARINA CAVINO About a dozen residents of the Washington Avenue area of Avon attended this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting to again voice their concerns about discolored water flowing from their taps. They brought mason jars filled with yellow water, white tee shirts stained yellow by the water in their washing machines, and two-month-old water filters that had turned completely brown from the water being piped into their homes. Residents had one word for the chronic problem: “deplorable.” The group of residents, represented by Jack Ryan of Wshington Avenue, demanded a long term solution to the problem. “One of…

Avon Seeks Suspect in Burglaries

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon police are continuing their search for a suspect believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries during the last six weeks. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting Lt. Michael Pelech said the burglaries have all occurred in unoccupied houses during the day and in all but one, the suspect entered the home through unlocked windows or doors. Camera footage from the school security cameras on Fifth Avenue showed that the burglar is a young man in his early twenties and is riding around town on a bicycle. “I believe it’s somebody that has…

Dredging Begins in Sylvan Lake

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Working with a federal grant of more than $300,000, Avon and Bradley Beach officials have been dredging Sylvan Lake, along with removing debris from it. An estimated 10,000 cubic yards of spoils would be removed, opening water drainage to east end outflow gates that are clogged, along with adding lake depth to retain more water, said Steve Kegelman, Avon’s deputy emergency management coordinator. Workers also cleared stormwater drains entering the lake, which runs between Ocean Avenue and Main Street/Route 71, Kegleman said. The lake has needed to be dredged for years, said Kegelman, adding the lake’s…

After 30 Years Hair Salon Owner Has No Plans to Retire

  By ED SALVAS It’s not unusual to find Cissie Giresi at work in her W. Sylvania Avenue salon in Neptune City at 6 a.m. By then, she’s already had a workout at the nearby Retro Fitness center where she generally starts her daily routine. In October, Giresi celebrates the 30th anniversary of the opening if Cissies Touch of Class Hair and Nail Salon at 201 W. Sylvania Ave. She opened the salon after working for 15 years at other shops, including the Hamilton Barber Shop and at the Glemby’s salon at Sears. Giresi sad she was encouraged to go…

Avon Makes Burglaries Arrests

  With the arrest of an adult and two teenagers Sept. 15, Avon Police have closed a four-month burglary investigation. Estafan Magana, 19, and two minors, all from Asbury Park, were arrested. Magana was charged with several counts of burglary, theft of property, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. Charges are pending against the two minors. On Sun., Sept. 16 Avon Police Officers Timothy McGrath and Dave Barry responded to Roosevelt Avenue to handle a reported residential burglary. The victim said her smart phone and a large amount of cash had been stolen, police said. The investigation revealed goods were being…

“It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation…”

  By ED SALVAS Bryan Nesci’s idea of a summer vacation is operating a free shuttle service for beach goers in Avon-by-the-Sea. The 23-year-old senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken is wrapping up his second season of business on Labor Day to return to school where he’s studying mechanical engineering. Nesci has been working seven days a week since Memorial Day picking up and dropping off passengers at their cars and taking them to the Avon beach in his six passenger, all electric golf cart, known as an LSV, or low-speed vehicle. “It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation,” Nesci…

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