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Remembering Oakhurst School

  By DON STINE The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the Oakhurst School, built in 1900 on Monmouth Road, is the subject of a special exhibit at the museum that is bringing back memories to many residents. Exhibit curator Peggy Dellinger said the museum feels the old school is worthy of an exhibit. The museum was originally housed in the Oakhurst School, at 163 Monmouth Rd., for 25 years until a new museum was created in 2009 at the historic 18th century Eden Woolley House, now on Deal Road. “The Oakhurst School represents the…

Ocean Voters Go to Polls for School Referendum

  By DON STINE Ocean Township school officials are hoping voters will turn out Tues., Dec. 9 to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all five district schools. Approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service. Taxpayers will cast their votes during a special election at their regular polling places from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. School Superintendent James Stefankiewicz said Tuesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the referendum passing, saying it is “desperately needed in the district.” “We are trying to plan for the needs…

City Residents Discuss Pros and Cons of Paid Parking

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents told officials this week they would like to see either free parking or reduced parking rates on city streets during the winter months although many acknowledge the state would be critical of the reduction in revenues for the city. The comments were made at a meeting this week to discuss solving Asbury Park’s long-term parking problem, which is not unique among coastal towns. “Asbury Park is not unique (regarding parking), per se, but it has unique traits that cannot be found (elsewhere),” said Timothy Tracy, executive vice president of Desman Associates. City…

Asbury Park Toy Drive Hopes to Serve 500 Families This Season

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park Toy Drive is now 14 years old and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. “This is an Asbury Park-based drive and whatever is given here stays within the community. And you should see these kids faces when they get these toys,” Police Sgt. Connie Breech said. First started in 2000 by Breech and Georgie’s Tavern, 812 Fifth Avenue, the annual toy drive, which received its non-profit status last month, has grown every year. “The first year we got maybe a few hundred toys which were distributed to organizations in the city,”…

Press Building in Neptune Ready for Demolition

  By DON STINE The former Asbury Park Press building on Route 66 in Neptune has been sold and is slated to be torn down before the end of this year by an affiliate of the Tinton Falls-based H. Hovnanian Industries. “We are still waiting for submission of their final demolition and grading plans to be reviewed by township officials but their stated intent is to have it down by the end of next month,” Township Business Administrator Vito D. Gadaleta said on Tuesday. The building was sold to 3601 Route 66 LLC- an affiliate of H. Hovnanian Industries. Gadaleta…

Sign Points the Way for Colonial Terrace Association

  By DON STINE The Colonial Terrace Protective Association wants people to know where its residents live- so a large sign has just been installed to point them in the right direction. “Our residents love being out in the Asbury Park area but when they tell people where they live, people have no clue. It’s like they get blindsided and have no idea where we live,” said association member by Jon Girrson, who helped oversee the sign project. The Colonial Terrace section, which dates back to about 1925 and now has 138 homes, is located in Ocean Township at the…

Yeshiva Proposed in Wanamassa to House 96 Men

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy, which would house college-age students, on Logan Road in Ocean Township has raised concerns from area residents. Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, is seeking approval from the Board of Adjustment to use a former elementary school, at 1515 Logan Rd. in the Wanamassa section, to house the academy. The proposed Talmudic Academy is not a permitted use in the zone. A Board of Adjustment meeting was held on the application last Thursday, Nov. 13, but there was no time for public input on the matter. The…

Interlaken, Loch Arbour Residents Would Have Final Say in Any Merger

  By DON STINE Merging neighboring Interlaken and Loch Arbour together was the sole topic during a joint meeting of the two small communities held on Wednesday, November 12. About 200 residents from both towns packed the Allenhurst fire house on Hume Street to hear the first public presentation about a merger plan for the two adjacent towns. Some residents, from both communities, said they either felt that the presentation was very thorough and professional while others said they thought it was a hard-sell that made them nervous. Loch Arbour is seeking the merger to reduce its school tax rate…

Neptune Honors Veterans

  By DON STINE Neptune resident Anthony C. Repetti fought in World War II pretty much from the beginning in 1941 until the end in 1945, from North Africa and Italy as part of an Army infantry division. “He was injured near the end of the war and was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars,” said his daughter, Madelyn Fox, as she stared down at her father’s memorial brick paver on the walkway leading to the newly-dedicated Neptune Veteran’s Park on Old Corlies Avenue. Almost 200 pavers line the entranceway to the park and Repetti’s is one of many of…

Gables Residents Association to Celebrate 15 Years in 2015

  By DON STINE The Gables Residents Association in Neptune will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and the organization still spearheads maintaining the quality of life for residents living there. “Preserve and maintain is our motto,” past association president Michale D. Fornino said. According to Fornino, the association was started in 2000 when Jersey Shore University Medical CenterMemorial University Hospital, located just to the east of the Gables section, wanted to build a large parking garage at Route 33 and Wakefield Road, one of the main entrances into the neighborhood. “We felt that would have destroyed the character of…

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