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No Knock Ordinance Will Go Into Effect in Ocean

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will soon be able to register to prevent solicitors from coming to their door trying to sell services or products. Referred to as the “No-Knock” ordinance, it prevents any type of solicitation to homes that have placed their address on a special registry. Township Manager Andrew Brannen said the ordinance, which was adopted at the Feb. 9 Township Council meeting, does not apply to religious or political groups. “It does prevent any types of other solicitation, such as people trying to sell you doors, windows, cable television, etc.” he said. A property owner…

Free Winter Festival Offers Music, Refreshments, Performances

  By DON STINE Not only will it be good times at The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s Winter Arts Festival in Ocean Grove later this month but there is something extra special – all events are free! “We have a benefactor providing hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments for events. So, everything is free and there is no reason for tickets now,” JSAC President Herb Herbst said. The second annual festival will span three days, from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets for a dinner and the variety show to be held on Saturday night were originally priced at…

Neptune Reviewing Possible Boost in Property Taxes for Hospital

  By DON STINE Whether or not Jersey Shore University Medical Center will have to pay more local property taxes to Neptune is a question still up in the air but one that will probably be answered in the near future. “Things are still up in the air but we don’t have the luxury to wait,” Tax Assessor Bernie Haney said earlier this week. Gov. Christ Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which have had long-standing tax exemptions, may now have to cough up more property taxes. Hospitals have…

New Committee Member in Neptune

  By DON STINE Resident Carol J. Rizzo was appointed to the Neptune Township Committee Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Eric Houghtaling, who took office in the State Assembly earlier this month. Rizzo, an Ocean Grove resident since 2001, said it is “a thrill and honor” to be appointed to the governing body, which has been all-Democratic since Republican Thomas A. Catley retired in 2008. “I plan to fulfill the pledges I have made to residents in the past and will work to make the township better,” she said. Rizzo said her pet issues coming onto the…

New Ocean Logo Incorporates Elements of Old One

  By DON STINE After more than 40 years, Ocean Township is proudly displaying its newly-redesigned logo. “We love it and will soon be putting it up behind the council dais and on the podium. And, it is becoming a family legacy,” Councilwoman Donna Schepiga said. The new township logo was designed by Robert Hazelrigg Jr., whose father, Robert Sr., designed the first logo in 1974. His new logo is divided into three segments, each containing either a cornucopia, oak leaves, or Indian feathers. Hazelrigg Jr., 52, is a graphic artist and his father is an architect who still maintains…

King’s Legacy Reinforced During Celebration

  By DON STINE Asbury Park School Superintendent Lamont Repollet brought a little faith of his own to Congregation Torat El last week and issued “a call to action” during the temple’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held on Jan. 13. Repollet, who was the keynote speaker, said there has been poor parental involvement in Asbury Park. “The community matters. People need to stand up and say `enough is enough’ and take back their families, their communities, and their education,” he said. “Let us be united to save our students.” Repollet said he is calling on people of all…

New Brewery Opening in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Dark City Brewing Company, which opens Jan. 8 and has been more than two years in the planning and construction, offers a unique selection of hand-crafted beers. “I am incredibly excited and a little bit nervous but it is nice to finally be open,” company founder Kevin Sharpe said. Located at the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue, the small-craft brewery is having its grand opening January 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. “We will have a selection of year-round and seasonal beers as well as limited releases of specialty beers,” Sharpe…

The Lip Man Remembered for His Music and His Humor

  By DON STINE Mark Lipman, the eclectic, often irreverent, but always humorous leader of the Asbury Park-based band Lip Man and The Lips, died Christmas morning at age 65. “It’s like I lost more than half of myself,” Mark’s wife, Joan, said this week. The couple were married for more than three decades. Formed in Asbury Park in the late 1980’s, Lip Man and the Lips offered a fun comedy-rock repertoire, including unusual arrangements for cover songs along with original songs featuring names like “You Smell Like Lox and I Love You” and the ever popular “Guacamole Dip.” The…

Neptune OKs ‘Misunderstood’ Ordinance

  By DON STINE A controversial ordinance, described by a lawyer as the most misunderstood ordinance he ever saw dealing with private encroachments onto township-owned property, brought a packed crowd to this week’s Township Committee meeting. The ordinance was eventually unanimously approved by the governing body. The Township Committee was holding the final public hearing on an ordinance that would allow residents to apply for a Revocable License to permit an encroachment onto township properties or right-of-ways, which would also make the township harmless from any injury or damage caused by the encroachment. Some residents called the ordinance a “hot…

Record High Temps Bring Crowds to Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirts in the middle of December- in New Jersey? What is going on with the weather here? Record warm temperatures were recorded in this area Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 with temperatures almost 10 degrees above normal for the first half of December. Kay Harris, owner of the Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, said, even though she is on vacation in Florida, her employees raved about sales. “Apparently they were outstanding. They said it was like summertime and it’s safe to say the weather was good for…

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