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Ocean Township High School Turns 50

  By DON STINE Fifty years ago this month Ocean Township High School opened its doors for the first time to greet about 1,000 students- a move that would change the township school district forever. The opening of the high school in September, 1965 was a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park- the school district that, up to that year, educated most of Ocean Township’s students. “When the school opened in September, there was no senior class since seniors had returned to Asbury Park to graduate with their class. It was only until the next year that…

Last Chance to See Ed Tang and the Chops for Awhile

  By DON STINE It will be anchors away for the shore area’s Ed Tang and The Chops Saturday night in Asbury Park- it will be Tang’s final local performance for some time because he is leaving on a Navy assignment in California. As an active-duty Navy logistics officer, Tang, 33, is being stationed at Monterey for more than a year. “People should come out and see us one last time. Our shows are usually pretty wild events and this will be one last hurrah,” he said earlier this week. Based in Belmar, Ed Tang and The Chips play what…

Village Hires Law Firm to Examine Alternatives to High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour officials have appropriated $40,000 to hire a private law firm to examine alternatives to solve the village’s high school tax rate problem. Mayor Paul Fernicola said that the appropriation is for payment of legal fees over potential litigation pertaining to Loch Arbour’s affiliation with the Ocean Township school district. Since the neighboring towns of Allenhurst and Interlaken have rejected offers to merge with the Loch Arbour, the village is pursuing other alternatives, Fernicola said. “We are trying to determine what options there are other than consolidating with another town. It’s an important enough issue…

In Ocean Grove: Replacement Planned for North End Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk is being replaced and widened this fall giving oceanfront strollers the experience of walking along a boulevard as they enter the historic district. This week the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project. “(Township officials) are very pleased with the earlier boardwalk project and I believe this one will go just as smooth. It shows the strength of a public/private partnership to make certain we accomplish what residents need and want,” Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said.…

$1 Million Upgrades in Neptune’s Gables

  By DON STINE The sanitary sewer system in the Gables section of Neptune will see a major upgrading under a $1 million bond ordinance introduced by the Township Committee at its last meeting. The bond ordinance appropriates $1 million for the reconstruction of the township’s sanitary sewer system, mainly for the Gables Sewer Rehabilitation project. “The Gables section has some of the oldest sewer lines in Neptune and there is significant water infiltration into lines in that area. These pipes will be replaced but they are buried very deep and this is not work we can do in-house. We…

No Plan to Dredge Entire Shark River

  By DON STINE The environmentally-beleaguered Shark River will probably only have its navigational channels cleared in the future but most likely never be dredged in its entirety, according to a federal environmental official. “Due to ecological impacts, as well as the logistics and economics of removing that much sediment, the likelihood of a permit being issued for such an activity appears minimal,” said Karen Greene, Mid-Atlantic Field Offices Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division, in a statement. “While dredging the entire river would, in fact, be something desirable for everybody unfortunately, in these times,…

Neptune Terminates Developer’s Contract for West Lake Avenue

  By DON STINE Neptune officials have terminated the contract with the sole designated redeveloper for the township’s blighted West Lake Avenue section and will seek multiple developers to move the project forward. CityWorks, a Trenton-based nonprofit development corporation, was designated by Neptune officials to oversee the West Lake Avenue project. The contract was awarded in 2005 and called for redevelopment of the street with mixed-use retail, commercial outlets, and residential units from the Asbury Park border to Route 35. “They have not completed the redevelopment in the set timeframe so we have terminated their contract. We have been having…

On the River: Waiting for the Tide

  By DON STINE Things are pretty normal this year at the Shark River Yacht Club in Neptune but high tides still control the destiny of its boaters. The Shark River is so filled in with sediment that boaters can only leave the club’s docks for one hour on either side of a high tide. “We are still renting our boat slips anyway but boaters come and go by the tide. Everyone, at this point, knows what the situation is. Boaters still need to wait until a high tide before they can leave or come back in,” Yacht Club Commodore…

Ocean Grove Chamber Chief Retires, New Director Welcomed

  By DON STINE Lois Hetfield, the Executive Director for the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down from her post after 14 years on the job. “I have very mixed emotions. I have loved this job for 14 years and enjoyed working with everybody. It was a big decision to step down but running our many events does eventually take its toll,” she said. So Hetfield has decided to pass the torch on to a younger person, namely new Executive Director Rebecca Cavanaugh, who is 35. She began her new job this week. Cavanaugh, who lives in Deal,…

In Asbury Park: Board President Blasts Officials Over Library Panel Appointments

  By ED SALVAS The open feud between Asbury Park Library Board President Don Stine and Mayor John Moor and Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn jumped from the newspaper to the City Council Chambers at the council’s July 22 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Stine stepped to the microphone and repeated charges he made in a full-page ad in The Coaster and triCityNews July 16 in “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Asbury Park.” In the paid advertisement Stine accused the two officials of political cronyism and operating behind closed doors in connection with the appointments…

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