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Dredging of River Channel is Expected

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River is expected to be awarded later this summer, according to area legislators. “This project is closer to reality than ever before. This is a result of years of work coordinating with the many agencies that have authority over this project. This project focuses on what we can do- dredge the state navigation channels of the river,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, a former Neptune City Mayor. “A project like this has to have full cooperation from the federal, state,…

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Celebrating 125 Years

  By DON STINE For 125 years, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, on the West Side of Asbury Park, has been serving the Lord and its community and plans to continue doing the same into the future. Church vestry member Carolann Nicholas said the church, now with a congregation of about 150, remains an important part of Asbury Park to this day. “It still has a place in the community and is still vital today just as it has been in the past. And if it disappeared, we would be missed. We are a part of the community and people recognize…

Community Urged to Participate in $3.4 Million Literacy Program

  By DON STINE Parents and community members are being urged to participate in a $3.4 million comprehensive literacy improvement program being implemented in Asbury Park’s school district. “We need a specific intervention to take place because three out of four of our students do not read at grade level,” said Sancha Gray, the school district’s director of curriculum and instruction. Residents, especially parents, were invited to the first annual Parent Literacy Conference held at the Middle School Sat., May 30. The event is a kick off the district’s new $3.4 million initiative to improve literacy and reading skills in…

Landmark Venues Open for Season

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre on the city’s boardwalk will remain open this season as work on installing fire sprinklers continues in the historic complex. And while the landmark building, owned by boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette, is 85-years-old, it still needs to be up to state fire safety codes, officials said. Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said the complex had to have sprinklers installed because of its public use under state fire prevention codes and it was agreed that the project would be done in phases. “They are right on schedule and meeting their…

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…

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