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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…

Ocean Township Mayor to Retire Jan. 1

  By DON STINE Mayor William F. Larkin – Ocean Township’s longest-serving elected official – announced last week that he will be leaving office effective Jan. 1. “This comes after a tremendous amount of thought and soul-searching. It was a very difficult decision because I have enjoyed all 23.5 years but it is time to move on and let others come in,” he said at the end of last Thursday’s Township Council meeting. “I am retiring, not resigning,” he said. The entire five-member council is up for re-election this May and Larkin said he had already made the decision not…

Asbury Together Ticket Sweeps Election

  By DON STINE The four-candidate Asbury Together City Council team (pictured above) , which included City Councilman John Moor at the top of the ticket running for mayor, easily swept the election this week for five seats in Asbury Park. The election was the first time residents directly elected a city mayor. Moor easily defeated his main opponent, the A-Team’s Remond Palmer, with 1,374 votes, or 54.53 percent with Palmer getting 696 votes, or 27.7 percent. Also winning seats were each member of Moor’s ticket: Councilwoman Amy Quinn, the top vote-getter with 1,522 votes, or 17.77 percent, Jesse “Coach K”…

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.…

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