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Allenhurst Asking Residents to Increase School Budget

  By DON STINE Allenhurst taxpayers have had a very low school tax rate for the last six years but now they are being asked to approve a referendum on Nov. 4 allowing for a permanent increase of $150,000 annually in school taxes. “That would be the minimum tax levy every year. It could go up but it is unlikely that it will go down,” School Board President Larry O’Rourke said earlier this week. In 2008 Allenhurst’s annual school tax was $257,516 but when the state announced that non-operating school districts, or towns without their own schools like Allenhurst, would…

New Uniforms for Neptune Police

  By DON STINE Neptune police officers will all be wearing brand new uniforms beginning Jan. 1- a move that will cost taxpayers no additional money. Police Chief James M. Hunt Jr., who gave a special presentation to the Township Committee at this week’s workshop, said the new uniforms will be purchased for patrolmen, officers, and even special-class police officers. Hunt said the decision to purchase new uniforms was made after years of discussion, with input from the officers and local Police Benevolent Association, and that more than 90 uniforms will be purchased, enough to accommodate the entire police department.…

Asbury Park May Be Home to State’s 1st Craft Distillery

  By DON STINE Downtown Asbury Park hopes to be home to New Jersey’s first craft distillery. In 2003, the state legislature amended state laws to permit craft distilleries, the first time such a move has been made since the Prohibition era. Asbury Park Distilling, LLC. is seeking to have the city’s downtown central business district’s (CBD) zoning amended to allow light industry in a 4,000-square-foot craft distillery at 527 Lake Ave., located in the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten, which is now under construction. “I propose you consider allowing it and a larger discussion (of the zoning amendment) is warranted.…

Interlaken and Loch Arbour Will Meet to Discuss Proposed Merger

  By DON STINE Merging neighboring Interlaken and Loch Arbour together will be the sole topic of discussion during a special joint meeting of the two small communities to be held on Wed., Nov. 12. The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is being held in the Allenhurst fire department, Hume Street, since neither other town has a large enough space to handle the expected crowd. Interlaken will hold its regular Borough Council meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 12 so the council can then get to the joint meeting. There will be no other council meeting in November…

Beach and Parking Revenues in Asbury Park Over $1Million Each

  Beach and parking revenues were up in Asbury Park this year and at least one city officials says he expects them to keep growing. Beach revenues were about $1.1 million last year and are at close to $1.3 million this year. Parking revenues for last year were at $1,975,197 and, as of August this year, the revenue is already at almost $1.9 million, with another four months of revenue still to come in. “I project the city will realize in excess of $2.5 million in 2014,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. Councilman John Loffredo, who co-chairs…

Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

In Ocean: $28 Million School Referendum Question on Dec. 9

  By DON STINE Ocean Township taxpayers will be asked to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all schools in the district but approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service, school officials said earlier this week. Taxpayers will cast their votes on the referendum during a special election on Dec. 9 at their regular polling places from 7 am to 9 pm. A special public meeting on the referendum was held last night, Oct. 8, at the Wayside School on Bowne Road. More public forums are…

In Neptune City: $360,000 School Referendum Question on Nov. 4 Ballot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and DON STINE Neptune City voters are being asked to approve a $360,000 referendum in the Nov. 4 general election to restore some teaching positions and extra-curricular activities at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School- an amount that will add about $175 to the average school tax bill. About 50 people turned out for an informational meeting held by the Board of Education at the school Tuesday night, of which about 20 were local educational association members showing their support for the referendum. School Board President Christine Oppegaard said the Wilson School is in a “crisis situation”…

Ocean Woman Chosen for Special Olympics Summer World Games

  By DON STINE It is not an easy task to train hard enough and well enough to become an Olympian but don’t tell that to Ocean Township’s 22-year-old Molly Hebert. Hebert, who has cerebral palsy, has been selected to participate in the gymnastics competition at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games to be held in Los Angeles, opening in July. “It’s surreal. When Molly was born and first diagnosed, people said she may not walk or participate in activities with her peers. They painted a picture of a non-ambulatory individual. And now to see her walking on a…

Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

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