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Cop Dies in Fatal Accident

  Just hours after he was sworn in as first assistant chief of the Deal Fire Company, Earl B.Alexander IV, who was the captain in the Deal Police Department, was killed in an early morning car accident on Route 71(Norwood Avenue) in Ocean Township. Police said they responded to a motor vehicle crash at approximately 12:33 a.m. Jan. 2 on Norwood Avenue just north of Perrine Avenue. The single car collision involved a 2007 Acura TSX that was operated by Alexander, 38, of Deal. A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling southbound approaching the intersection of Perrine Avenue.…

Synagogue Expansion in Deal

  Congregation Ohel Yaacob, located at the intersection of Lawrence and Ocean Avenues in Deal, is undergoing a major expansion of its synagogue that will hopefully be completed by next summer. “They need more room and are expanding their building. The project has received approval from the Planning Board. It is a major expansion,” Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said. Work has already begun on the project and Carasia said the congregation hopes to have to project done by this summer. “That is what their goal is,” he said. Most of the old synagogue has been demolished and the new synagogue…

Police Officer of Deal and Allenhurst Remembered

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Jeff Henry died just prior to his Saturday day shift on the Allenhurst Police department, doing something that was routine for him. “He was sitting in his car,” said Sgt. Brian Egan of the Deal Police, where Henry formerly worked. “He would do it everyday before his shift — drink coffee, read his paper.” On Saturday, Oct. 31, Halloween, Henry, 44, was doing that at the Asbury Park beachfront when he suffered an apparent heart attack and died, according to the Deal and Allenhurst departments. He was scheduled to begin work at 7 a.m., said Allenhurst…

Deal Bridge Will Be Restored

  By DON STINE Deal’s more-than 100-year-old pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks into the Dear Harbor neighborhood is getting a facelift. Jason Fazio, superintendent in public works in Deal since March 2, said he is a history buff and realized the bridge needed some help. The bridge, off Atlantic Avenue and crossing the railroad tracks, was originally a car bridge but eventually shut down to allow for pedestrian foot-traffic only. And while the integrity of the bridge is still good, thanks to a restoration effort in the late 1990s, the façade could use some help, Fazio said. “Stone ornamentation,…

Deal Officials Table Parking Hearing; Seek a Solution

  By DON STINE Concerned citizens packed the Oct. 9 Deal Board of Commissioners meeting even though a public hearing on a proposed ordinance restricting parking on seven oceanfront streets was cancelled, It was standing-room-only at the 9 a.m. meeting with every seat taken and more people standing in the hallway outside. “It was never our intention to restrict access to the beaches. They are free and open and we want to keep it that way and find a solution to our problem. We would love to have a solution,” Mayor Morris Ades said to a packed house. Borough officials…

Parking Plan in Deal Criticized; Meeting May Be Held Oct. 9

By DON STINE A public hearing on a proposed ordinance that will allow permit-only parking on six oceanfront streets in Deal – a move that has many local fishermen, surfers and beachgoers upset – may or may not be held tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9. Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said that recent reports posted Wednesday by various media sources that the public hearing on the ordinance has been cancelled are inaccurate. He said Mayor Morris Ades and Borough Attorney Martin Barger will meet today (Thursday, Oct. 8) to determine if the meeting will be held. “There is nothing official about the…

First Responders Save Deal Woman’s Life

  On Sept. 5, 2013, what happened to Deal resident Renee Sutton could happen to anyone – she suffered a heart condition. But what was different was that she was walking on Ocean Avenue in Deal and collapsed into the street. “God was really with me on that day,” she said earlier this week. Sutton, now 76, was walking home from a family event when she suddenly collapsed at the intersection of Ocean and Lawrence Avenues. “Thank God I was in a public area or I think people may have never found me,” she said. Sutton’s heart had stopped. She…

New Sephardic Youth Center Being Built in Ocean

  The new Deal Sephardic Youth Center is being built off Norwood Avenue in Ocean Township at the site of the old Acme supermarket building. The new center, at 224 Norwood Ave., near Roosevelt Avenue, is now using about 25,000 square feet of vacant space in the existing CVS pharmacy, once the Acme building. By adding 3,866-square-feet to an existing interior mezzanine space, the entire center will occupy about 29,000 square feet. The application for the center, which was approved late last year, was before the Board of Adjustment because it needed a use bulk variance, one for parking, and…

Deal Police Officers Promoted

  Two Deal police officers were recently promoted to the rank of sergeant.    

Deal Administrator Retires; Former Police Chief Named to Post

  By DON STINE Deal Borough Administrator James Rogers has retired from his position after serving the borough for 15 years. “I felt it was time to reduce my activities,” said Rogers, who is 74. He was formerly a vice president of sales and marketing for a paint company. “I always got a great deal of satisfaction out of my job as borough administrator and I did enjoy it,” he said. Retired borough police chief Stephen Carasia has been appointed to the position. Rogers said some of the major accomplishments under his tenure were renovating Borough Hall and building a…

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