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Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

In Ocean: $28 Million School Referendum Question on Dec. 9

  By DON STINE Ocean Township taxpayers will be asked to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all schools in the district but approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service, school officials said earlier this week. Taxpayers will cast their votes on the referendum during a special election on Dec. 9 at their regular polling places from 7 am to 9 pm. A special public meeting on the referendum was held last night, Oct. 8, at the Wayside School on Bowne Road. More public forums are…

In Neptune City: $360,000 School Referendum Question on Nov. 4 Ballot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and DON STINE Neptune City voters are being asked to approve a $360,000 referendum in the Nov. 4 general election to restore some teaching positions and extra-curricular activities at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School- an amount that will add about $175 to the average school tax bill. About 50 people turned out for an informational meeting held by the Board of Education at the school Tuesday night, of which about 20 were local educational association members showing their support for the referendum. School Board President Christine Oppegaard said the Wilson School is in a “crisis situation”…

Ocean Woman Chosen for Special Olympics Summer World Games

  By DON STINE It is not an easy task to train hard enough and well enough to become an Olympian but don’t tell that to Ocean Township’s 22-year-old Molly Hebert. Hebert, who has cerebral palsy, has been selected to participate in the gymnastics competition at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games to be held in Los Angeles, opening in July. “It’s surreal. When Molly was born and first diagnosed, people said she may not walk or participate in activities with her peers. They painted a picture of a non-ambulatory individual. And now to see her walking on a…

Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

Neptune Police Chief sworn in

  By DON STINE James M. Hunt Jr., a 20-year police veteran, was sworn as the new Neptune Police Chief by the Township Committee last week. He has run the police department as deputy chief since June, 2013. “Under his leadership, this department has maintained its position as a highly professional and highly respected police department which has continually adapted and improved based upon the ever-changing world in which we live,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom. In addition to appointing Hunt, Bascom was also appointed the civilian police director. Hunt will run the day-to-day operations of the police department…

No Decision Yet on City Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not see any changes to personnel at the top level of the police department until at least after the first of the year when the new City Council and mayor are sworn in. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon retired earlier this month and the department is running under the supervision of Deputy Chief Anthony Salerno. Over the last several months there have been discussions about the position of chief as well as police director. “We are going to let the new council be seated before we make this decision,” City Manager Jack…

Record Low Number of Candidates File to Run in Asbury Park Election

  By DON STINE Two five-member tickets and three independents have filed to run in the Asbury Park City Council election in November, the smallest number of candidates to file in more than 15 years. The five-member Asbury Together (pictured above/Asbury Together photo) ticket consists of current Councilman John Moor, who has filed to run for mayor, Councilwoman Amy Quinn, Joe Woerner, a teacher in Neptune who ran with Quinn and Moor last year; Jesse Kendle, a retired Asbury Park High School coach; and newcomer Barbara Yvonne Clayton. The other five-candidate ticket is the A-Team, which consists of former Board…

3-Mile Bicycle Path Planned for Neptune, Neptune City

  By DON STINE A three-mile bicycle path through Neptune, which will connect neighboring Wall Township and Neptune City, is expected to be created next year. Township Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at last week’s Township Committee meeting that a $580,000 Department of Transportation grant has been received to create the bike path. “Out of 149 applicants, only 28 received funding. The connectivity of the bike path with neighboring towns was a determining factor in obtaining the grant,” she said. The bike path will begin at Monmouth County park land on Brighton Avenue, near the Brighton Avenue…

Concern About Coyotes in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Coyotes have been spotted in Ocean Township by some residents who have expressed concern, but county health officials advise the public to use good old common sense when dealing with the animals. “Coyotes have been sighted in all 21 counties and in 400 municipalities throughout the state- this is not something that is uncommon,” said Dave Henry, a health officer with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, Ocean Township resident Barbara Hudson, who lives in the Wayside area, said she has seen a coyote come into her yard . “I was outside and saw a small…

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