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Historic Fountain Up and Running Again in Library Park

  By DON STINE The historic TenBroeck fountain in Asbury Park’s Library Square Park is up and running again thanks to the city’s department of public works and local historical society members can’t be happier. Robert Bianchini, deputy director of the city’s public works department, said the fountain was up and running last week after some repairs were made. “We sandblasted the inside of the fountain, filled-in cracks, put on a special water-resistant paint, installed new lamppost globes, and put in a new submersible pump,” he said. Bianchini said many residents were asking him when the fountain, which has not…

Asbury Park Appoints Historian

  By DON STINE Former Asbury Park City Historian Werner Baumgartner was reappointed to his old position on July 8 by City Manager Jack Kelly. “I think Werner has a really good grasp on the history of Asbury Park and those things that were designed by (city founder James A.) Bradley and others for a reason. He is well-written and I think he has an unbridled honestly about local historic issues. “Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who has no other interest than these pure beliefs. I enjoy his unbridled honestly,” he said. The city manager is the…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…

City Police Chief to Retire

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon is scheduled to retire Sept. 1, according to a city official. On June 30 City Manager Jack Kelly confirmed that Kinmon will be retiring after 27 years in the police department. He did not say who will replace him. “We have not made that decision yet on who will be leading the police department. We have the option to study if we will have a new chief or appoint a police director instead,” he said. Anthony Salerno, who has been on the force for 26 years, was recently appointed as the…

Fish Kill Number Rises to 800,000

  By DON STINE The estimated number of dead fish removed from the Shark River after a massive fish kill about one month ago has risen from 500,000 to as many as 800,000 fish. Neptune Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said this week that revised fish kill numbers came from the Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls where the fish were dumped Gadaleta said that about 310 tons of fish were weighed in at the landfill facility, with fish ranging in weight from three-quarters of a pound to a pound each. “From these weight measurements it was determined that about…

Slight Boost in Ocean Tax Rate

  By DON STINE Ocean Township property owners will see an average $48 increase in municipal taxes under the township’s 2014 budget, which was adopted without public comment at last week’s Township Council meeting. It was hoped that the increase could be lowered to about $41 using pension savings to lower the tax rate. “But instead we used that money for our capital improvement program to enhance our road improvement projects due to the terrible winter we had,” Chief Financial Officer Stephen Gallagher said. Gallagher said the new budget will result in a $48 overall increase for an average home…

In Ocean Grove: Boardwalk Reconstruction on Schedule

  By DON STINE The constant banging of a loud pile driver in action may be annoying to some but residents in Ocean Grove are glad to hear the sound. Pilings are now being driven and work is proceeding on schedule to complete the middle section of the historic district’s boardwalk which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. “We hope to be done between June 15 and the end of the month so we are still on track with that,” said J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. “The whole boardwalk corridor will now be open…

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…

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