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No Parking Zone Considered in City

  By DON STINE A one-block area in front of the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park is being considered as a possible no parking zone under a plan presented by city police earlier this week. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the no parking designation would help traffic flow in the busy area, including alleviating crowded conditions for buses on the narrow street. “It is a very difficult roadway to navigate,” he said. The one-block no parking zone would extend along the north side of Monroe Avenue, from Ridge to Prospect Avenues. The area contains…

Stolen Copper Panels Case Closed

  By DON STINE Two separate investigations into the theft of about six tons of copper panels from Asbury Park’s historic Convention Hall have officially been closed, which now allows boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette to be paid its claim for the loss. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said earlier this week that both the city’s police department and the state’s Division of Criminal Justice have officially closed their cases. “[Madison Marquette] can and should report their claim to the appropriate insurance company,” he said. The city’s Historical Society had recently looked into the matter and discovered, with the help of…

Karaoke Contest at Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE If you like karaoke, whether singing it or just being entertained by it, then you might head over to the Sudsy Mug in Neptune in the near future. The tavern, at 1105 Sixth Ave., is hosting a karaoke contest on Sat., May 23 and May 30, with a grand finale competition on Sat., June 6. “It’s the big weekend Memorial Day bash this weekend so what better way to celebrate it than with karaoke. And anybody can enter the contest,” Sudsy Mug owner Lynn Kieran said. And while karaoke has been a weekly event at the…

Hearing Continues on Proposed Dorm in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents continue to turn out in large numbers to oppose creating a dormitory for 96 college-age students at a proposed Talmudic academy in an existing school on Logan Road. More than 200 residents turned out on Mon., May 18 to hear further testimony on the application before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, with some ignoring regular board protocol, resulting in occasional contentious situations between board officials and residents. Board President Warren Goode had to explain several times that residents can only cross-examine and ask questions of the particular witness testifying that evening, not make…

Street Sweeping Measure in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Vehicles parked on Ocean and Main Avenues in Ocean Grove will have to be moved for 90 minutes once a week from April 15 through October 15 so streets can be cleaned under an ordinance introduced by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which will have a public hearing on Thurs., May 21, applies to the entire length of Ocean Avenue and on Main Avenue from New York to Central Avenue. It requires vehicles be removed for at least 90 minutes on the east side of Ocean Avenue from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on…

Loch Arbour Hires Lawyer to Seek Options for High School Taxes

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour continues to try to find a solution to its high school tax rate and village officials recently hired a law firm to see what options may be available. Loch Arbour has approached both Interlaken and Loch Arbour with a proposal to merge with the village but the idea was eventually rejected by both towns. “We are looking at alternatives to see if there are other ways to solve our school problem. The proposed mergers are not going through and we will investigate other means,” Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week.“It’s another way to…

City Parking Lot Closed for Upgrade

  By DON STINE The municipal parking lot next to the Asbury Park City Hall will be closed for milling and repaving from Wednesday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 20. “This will be a logistical nightmare but the more we prepare the less of a nightmare it will be- but we will get through it,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s City Council workshop. Moor said the work, however, is extremely important yet people still need to be able to conduct their business at City Hall, which includes holding municipal court. Entrance doors on the northern end of the municipal…

Incumbents Sweep Seats in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE The One Ocean Team, headed by Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano, swept Tuesday’s election for all five seats up for grabs on the Township Council. Siciliano’s team easily defeated the rival Ocean Together Team by more than a two-to-one margin. The Ocean One Team also includes Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo and current council members Donna L. Schepiga and Richard H. Long. The ticket also includes newcomer Robert Acerra, who is currently on the school board. “I am overwhelmed by the margin of victory- I thought it would be close. And I thought (Ocean Together) ran…

Asbury Park’s New City Clerk Begins Post

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new city clerk took over her job this week and said she feels up to the challenge. Cindy A. Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is “glad and excited” to be in the city. The city clerk position was temporarily held by Deputy Clerk and Registrar Melody Hartsgrove, who will now go back to her original jobs. Hartsgrove replaced City Clerk Stephen M. Kay who retired in February after serving 34 years in the position. “Asbury Park looked to be…

In Ocean Grove: North End Redevelopment Moving Forward

  By DON STINE Redevelopment of the North End section in historic Ocean Grove will proceed under a revised developer’s agreement – but an exact timeline for the project has not yet been announced. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who was mayor during the initial hearing to adopt the 2008 plan, said at Monday’s workshop that recent meetings were held with the main principles of the redevelopment project. “It was very hard and there were very frank discussions. Everyone at the table gave up things to make the plan better,” he said. “No plan will give everyone exactly what they…

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