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In Interlaken: 2 Newcomers Win Primary

  By DON STINE Two Republican political newcomers beat out a former Interlaken mayor in this week’s GOP primary. Mindy Horowitz and John Gunn beat former Mayor Robert Wolf III to get their party’s nod to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Horowitz was the high vote-getter with 169, followed by Gunn with 160 votes. Wolf received 88. Democratic incumbent Robert Napoli, who ran unopposed in his party’s primary, received 27 votes. One of the seats up for grabs in November is Napoli’s and the other is that of Jonathan Cohen, who…

Asbury Park Hiring Practices Under Fire by Residents

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents are expected to attend this week’s City Council to complain about the city’s hiring practices which they said more often than not places non-residents in city jobs, shutting out qualified residents. The residents also say the city has a dismal record of screening potential employees. Duanne Small, a resident and unsuccessful City Council candidate who is a longtime advocate for hiring local residents for jobs, said that he was informed that several newly-hired employees live outside of Asbury Park. “All were hired from outside the city and I heard that one is…

Shark River: A Place Where Fish Go to Die

  By DON STINE Residents, politicians and biologists are all saying that if the recent fish kill in the Shark River, estimated at 500,000 fish, isn’t a wake-up call to dredge the river – then what is? “Hopefully this fish kill will be a wakeup call that the river has to be dredged – soon. It’s way overdue,” Shark River Yacht Club Commodore Bill Geschke said over the weekend. “The river eventually got the reputation for mud flats and now it has a reputation as a place where fish go to die. When, actually, the Shark River could be a…

Hollywood Comes to Krenkel’s in Neptune

  By DON STINE Hollywood came to Krenkel’s food and convenience store in Neptune Thurs., May 15 when well-known comedian Mike Marino filmed part of a pilot television series there. The half-hour pilot, called “Reconstruction New Jersey,” will be presented to various networks in hopes that it will get picked up. And as far as filming at Krenkel’s, Marino said it was a natural choice. “George is a good friend of mine and I get breakfast here a lot,” said Marino, who hails from Scotch Plains but also has a house in Belmar. As a matter of fact, Marino loves…

Questions and Mystery Surround Massive Shark River Fish Kill

  By DON STINE What killed massive numbers of fish in the Shark River remains a mystery- and at least three separate theories are being put forward as to the cause of the massive fish kill over the weekend. Tens of thousands of fish, most of them bunker or menhaden, were seen floating in the Shark River early Mon., May 12 and state and county officials stated they believe the fish died due to a lack of oxygen in the water. But one well-known local fisherman and a retired state fisheries expert said they believe that theory is possibly wrong,…

Asbury Park Swears In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Deputy Police Chief Anthony Salerno, who was sworn in on May 1, said this week that his 26 years experience on the force helps gives him insight and provide some guidance in addressing crime problems in the city. “Our biggest challenge is to eradicate gun violence, to instill greater confidence in the police department, and to encourage and develop a process where the police and the community get to know each other better,” he said. Salerno joined the Asbury Park police department in 1988 and worked his way up through the ranks. During…

Down to the Wire for Dredging of Wesley Lake

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove residents and the co-owner of the swan boat concession on Wesley Lake in Asbury Park are concerned that a project to dredge the lake is coming too late in the season. Neptune Director of Planning and Engineering Leanne Hoffman said that the contract to dredge the lake requires it to be done by Memorial Day, or Mon., May 26. “We are hoping it will be done in advance of that,” she said. The project is being done by Precise Construction, based in Freehold. If the project is not completed by Memorial Day, there is…

Repaired Asbury Park Boardwalk to Reopen Soon

  PICTURED ABOVE – Coaster file photo of the Asbury boardwalk south of Convention Hall from the beach. The section has been undergoing repairs for the last few months. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic boardwalk is nearly fully repaired and may even open this weekend, according to a city official. City Manager Jack Kelly said he visited the boardwalk early Tues., May 6 and reports “it looks fabulous.” “It looks like it is almost completed, right up to Convention Hall. They were also installing railing and other accessories. There doesn’t seem to be much structural work left to do-…

In Neptune City: School Board Seeks OK for $360,000 Referendum Question

  By DON STINE Neptune City voters will be asked to approve a $360,000 referendum question in the November general election which would provide additional funding so extra-curricular activities and sports do not have to be cancelled at the Woodrow Wilson School for the 2014-2015 school year. Approving the question will result in the average homeowner paying an additional $174.86 in annual school taxes. Residents will already see a 4.9 cent increase for each $100 of assessed valuation, or from $1.23 to $1.28, under the $8,369,442 total budget introduced on March 25. The average Neptune City home is assessed at…

Allenhurst Awards Bid for Club Building

  By DON STINE The contract to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, was awarded by the Board of Commission this week. Santorini Construction Inc., based in Neptune, was awarded the $2,360,000 contract. Santorini was the lowest of nine bidders on the project. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said rebuilding the restaurant could begin as early as May but is not expected to be finished until sometime on the fall. The project was estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will…

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