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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…

City Parking Lot Closed for Upgrade

  By DON STINE The municipal parking lot next to the Asbury Park City Hall will be closed for milling and repaving from Wednesday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 20. “This will be a logistical nightmare but the more we prepare the less of a nightmare it will be- but we will get through it,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s City Council workshop. Moor said the work, however, is extremely important yet people still need to be able to conduct their business at City Hall, which includes holding municipal court. Entrance doors on the northern end of the municipal…

Incumbents Sweep Seats in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE The One Ocean Team, headed by Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano, swept Tuesday’s election for all five seats up for grabs on the Township Council. Siciliano’s team easily defeated the rival Ocean Together Team by more than a two-to-one margin. The Ocean One Team also includes Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo and current council members Donna L. Schepiga and Richard H. Long. The ticket also includes newcomer Robert Acerra, who is currently on the school board. “I am overwhelmed by the margin of victory- I thought it would be close. And I thought (Ocean Together) ran…

Asbury Park’s New City Clerk Begins Post

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new city clerk took over her job this week and said she feels up to the challenge. Cindy A. Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is “glad and excited” to be in the city. The city clerk position was temporarily held by Deputy Clerk and Registrar Melody Hartsgrove, who will now go back to her original jobs. Hartsgrove replaced City Clerk Stephen M. Kay who retired in February after serving 34 years in the position. “Asbury Park looked to be…

In Ocean Grove: North End Redevelopment Moving Forward

  By DON STINE Redevelopment of the North End section in historic Ocean Grove will proceed under a revised developer’s agreement – but an exact timeline for the project has not yet been announced. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who was mayor during the initial hearing to adopt the 2008 plan, said at Monday’s workshop that recent meetings were held with the main principles of the redevelopment project. “It was very hard and there were very frank discussions. Everyone at the table gave up things to make the plan better,” he said. “No plan will give everyone exactly what they…

Asbury Park Paving Municipal Parking Lot; Hires City Clerk

  By DON STINE It will be a little bit difficult parking at Asbury Park’s City Hall for the next 30 days. Concrete was poured at the municipal parking lot last week and other work will continue into late May in an attempt to provide more parking. “Please be patient, this will take several weeks,” Acting-City Manager Tony Nuccio said at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The city is repaving and metering the 125-space parking lot to provide more downtown parking. Installing new concrete curbs and sidewalks should be concluded this week but the parking lot will be milled, paved…

In Asbury Park: Kingsley Street Repairs Scheduled for Completion by Memorial Day

  By DON STINE Infrastructure improvements along Kingsley Street in Asbury Park are on schedule and should be completed by Memorial Day weekend – at least that is what city officials are hoping. “I have asked at every recent (council) meeting if the project is on schedule and the answer has always been yes,” Mayor John Moor said recently. “Everybody feels it is on target and should be done by Memorial Day weekend.” Moor said both he and the council has tried to stay on top of the project and he notes that there is a full-time person overseeing it…

Mr. C’s Beach Bistro to Open at Allenhurst Beach

  By DON STINE Chic Parotta, also known as Mr. C, will be back in the restaurant at the brand new Allenhurst Beach Club this season with his new and improved Mr. C’s Beach Bistro. Parotta, one of five bidders, won a five-year contract to operate the new restaurant after it was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. “It feels great. I have already been there for six years and I think it will be a big success. It has the best view at the Jersey Shore; no other place has that view,” he said. Mr. C’s Beach Bistro will seat 140…

In Asbury Park: Assistant to City Manager Named

  By DON STINE Asbury Park remains without a city manager, a police chief and a full-time chief financial officer and some residents say officials need to step up to the plate and get these positions filled. Although the city has been without a permanent city clerk since February Cindy Dye, currently the municipal clerk for North Hanover, is expected to appointed city clerk at press time. At the recent City Council workshop a resident urged city officials to fill the important positiions quickly. “The city is like a ship without a captain. These are two critical positions that need…

Lights, Camera, Action at Neptune’s Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE It was lights, camera, action at the Sudsy Mug Saloon on Sixth Avenue in Neptune last Sunday morning. Ocean Grove resident Drew Shiminec, 27, used the bar as one of the settings for his upcoming short movie, “Raising the Dead.” Shiminec wrote the screenplay. “It’s a dark comedy about a kid who comes back home after years volunteering in Uruguay,” he said. “However, both his mother and brother have told the insurance company that he is dead to collect money for a start-up business. The son doesn’t want to turn them in, even though he thinks…

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