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Avon, Bradley Beach Strike Garbage Pickup Deal After Bid Rejected

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The boroughs of Avon and Bradley Beach will be coordinating on garbage and recycling pick up in Bradley Beach after the lone bid for a new solid waste and recycling contract was rejected by Bradley Beach officials. DeLisa Waste Services of Tinton Falls has been serving Bradley Beach for the last 10 years but when they bid 41 percent higher on a new five year contract Bradley Beach officials decided to look elsewhere. Company President Thomas DeLisa said when he bid for the contract five years ago his bid was significantly lower than other bidders…

Avon Time Capsule Contained Coins, Local Newspapers

  By PETE WALTON Avon residents gathered on New Years Day to watch the unsealing of a time capsule found at the former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church. A lead box inside the building’s cornerstone contained items preserved from the time of the church’s original construction in 1887 and rebuilding after a fire 40 years later. The borough bought the church after it closed and tore it down when efforts to sell it failed. The lot where the Sylvania Avenue church once stood and an adjacent property containing the former parson’s home were sold at auction to a single buyer last…

Avon and Bradley Beach Agree to Share Court Services

  By PETE WALTON Avon and Bradley Beach have agreed to share municipal court services, ending a previous arrangement both boroughs had with Neptune City. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said at this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting that Neptune City asked for a cost increase of more than 100 percent to renew the previous shared services agreement with the other two boroughs. Gallagher said the three-year contract with Bradley Beach will cost less than the Neptune City deal before the proposed increase. The administrator said the price will not increase over the term of the agreement. The board also…

Time Capsule May Have Been Found in Avon Church

  By PETE WALTON What may turn out to be a time capsule was found in the cornerstone of the former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Avon. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said there were rumors that a time capsule was buried at the church, which was built in 1886 and rededicated in 1927. No time capsule was found as the church was demolished and the ground excavated. The cornerstone was moved around the property several times as work continued. Gallagher said the cornerstone was then taken to the borough’s public works yard for cleaning before being placed on public…

In Avon: Former Church Property and Parsonage Will Be Auctioned

  By PETE WALTON Two properties formerly used by the Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon will be auctioned on Dec. 8. The borough’s Board of Commissioners approved arrangements for the auction at their meeting this week. The church and an adjacent parsonage were acquired by the borough when efforts to sell them failed. The borough demolished the church and has set a minimum bid of $675,000 for the land. The parsonage and the lot it stands on have a minumum auction bid of $750,000. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said there will be two open houses…

Avon Church Demolished; Another One Scheduled to Close

  By PETE WALTON The former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon has been demolished by the borough. Mayor John B. Magrini said at this week’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners that he hoped the property could be ready for sale in September or soon thereafter. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said that with the completion of the demolition, subdivision of the property can take place. The church was built in 1886 and initially called the First Baptist Church. After dwindling attendance in recent years, the church tried to find a buyer before conveying the property…

Merger for Three Catholic Parishes Will Be Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Town-hall style meetings will take place this week and next to discuss plans for three local Catholic parishes. The Diocese of Trenton has suggested that St. Rose in Belmar, St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach merge into one parish based in Belmar no later than July 2018, “pending a structural review and maintenance appraisal of the buildings,” according to the diocese. An “additional worship site” would be established at Ascension or St. Elizabeth’s and “evaluated every two years based on usage, finances, etc.,” the diocese said. The diocese established “cohorts” of parishes and…

In Avon: Government Continues Moving Forward with Property Auction

  By PETE WALTON The federal government is moving ahead with the auction of prime beachfront property formerly used to house Coast Guard personnel in Avon. The General Services Administration lists the land and building as multifamily housing but the borough attorney of Avon has put Washington on notice that the property is located in a single-family zone, and that future owners will have to comply with that zoning. As of Tues., June 28 the high bid for the property at the corner of Ocean and East End Avenues was $635,000. Four parties had submitted bids at that point. Borough…

Avon Wants Auction of Government Property Postponed

  By PETE WALTON Avon officials want the federal government to delay an auction of oceanfront property which was previously used to house U.S. Coast Guard personnel. The building at the corner of Ocean and East End avenues is located in a single-family residential zone, though the Coast Guard was allowed to use it for multi-family housing. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Borough Attorney Barry A. Cooke said the multi-family use does not survive a transfer of ownership. The federal government’s advertising of the property describes it as a “three-family residential dwelling” and makes no reference to the…

Avon Church Scheduled for Demolition

  By PETE WALTON The former Taylor Memorial Baptist Church on Sylvania Avenue in Avon is scheduled to be demolished Mon., May 23. The church, which was built in 1886 and initially called the First Baptist Church, was renamed in 1927 in honor of a former minister. The building is made out of brick, though renovations in the 1940s left it covered in stucco. After the congregation dwindled, the church tried for more than a year to find a buyer before conveying the property to the borough. The Board of Commissioners voted in December to demolish the building after their…

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