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Beloved Asbury Park Photographer Remembered

  By DON STINE Asbury Park lost one of its most iconic business owners on Sat., Dec. 5 with the death of well-known local photographer who had his business in the city for more than 60 years. Ed Noumair, 94, died peacefully in his Lincroft home. Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Edward George Noumair started his business in Asbury Park in 1939 after he graduated from Asbury Park High School. He remained in the city for more than 60 years except for a tour with the Marines during World War II. And almost everybody knew Ed Noumair, especially for his…

Oh Deer! What a Reindeer

  By DON STINE Ocean Township resident Dave Gallina, a professional woodworker, knows how to celebrate Christmas in a big way; namely with a 15-foot-high wooden reindeer he made for his front lawn. “I made it primarily for my girlfriend, my children, and my grandchildren. They love it but I want everyone to stop by and enjoy it. Many people stop and take pictures standing underneath it,” he said. The massive reindeer is made from six sheets of plywood, took about 40 hours of work to construct, and a gallon of white paint to decorate. Gallina, who will be 70…

Ocean Board Denies Proposal for Dorm on Logan Road

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy that would house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section was unanimously denied by the Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment at the Dec. 1 meeting. The seven-member board was forced to vote on the use variance application after the applicant, Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, refused to sign a time waiver that would have allowed testimony to be carried to another future meeting. Under state law, a board must decide an application within 120 days unless a time…

Playing in the Band at Your Home or Business

  By DON STINE Most of us are familiar with the traditional Salvation Army brass ensembles that are common around Christmas time. But now you can bring that ensemble to your business or home. The Salvation Army’s traditional brass ensemble, with high-level musicians, is willing to play for five minutes to an hour in an effort to raise money to help fund the organization programs throughout the upcoming year. “There is no verbal presentation. We just play traditional Christmas and holiday music, including well-known songs like ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ” said Major Carl Carvill,…

Lighting Will Be Replaced Along Broadway in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Bulbs on new lighting fixtures recently installed along Broadway in Ocean Grove, which some residents said are too bright, will all be replaced. “We will put the new light bulbs in but we will then draw the line there,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at Monday’s Neptune Township Committee workshop. While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. Residents have complained that the light shines onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk and is too harsh for the neighborhood. Residents presented the governing body with a…

Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…

Dredging Begins at Deal Lake

  By DON STINE The current dredging of Deal Lake, which began this week, will help prevent flooding but what is also needed is a long-term solution to prevent ocean water from getting into the lake during storms, officials say. “One item that will be critical is a surge gate,” Deal Lake Commission Chairman Don Brockel said. “We are not talking about a new gate house but rather a surge gate or a one-way baffle on our outfall line closer to the ocean.” A $1.66 million dredging project that will remove 12,000 cubic yards of sand pushed into the 158-acre…

Democrats Keep Seats in Neptune

By DON STINE The Neptune Township Committee will remain all Democratic after a two-member Independent ticket failed to end the one-party rule. For the first time in decades, no candidate was listed on the Republican column in Tuesday’s general election for two Township Committee seats. Instead, Independent Dianna Harris and GOP candidate Kevin Sheehan ran on an independent ticket for the three-year terms. But the Democrats held on with incumbent Committeeman Michael Brantley being top vote-getter with 2,321 votes, or about 30 percent. Second was Democratic newcomer Nicholas Williams, who got 2,142 votes, or almost 28 percent. Harris was top…

Deal Bridge Will Be Restored

  By DON STINE Deal’s more-than 100-year-old pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks into the Dear Harbor neighborhood is getting a facelift. Jason Fazio, superintendent in public works in Deal since March 2, said he is a history buff and realized the bridge needed some help. The bridge, off Atlantic Avenue and crossing the railroad tracks, was originally a car bridge but eventually shut down to allow for pedestrian foot-traffic only. And while the integrity of the bridge is still good, thanks to a restoration effort in the late 1990s, the façade could use some help, Fazio said. “Stone ornamentation,…

Deal Officials Table Parking Hearing; Seek a Solution

  By DON STINE Concerned citizens packed the Oct. 9 Deal Board of Commissioners meeting even though a public hearing on a proposed ordinance restricting parking on seven oceanfront streets was cancelled, It was standing-room-only at the 9 a.m. meeting with every seat taken and more people standing in the hallway outside. “It was never our intention to restrict access to the beaches. They are free and open and we want to keep it that way and find a solution to our problem. We would love to have a solution,” Mayor Morris Ades said to a packed house. Borough officials…

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