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Public Invited to Meeting on Merger between Allenhurst and Loch Arbour

  By DON STINE A proposed merger between neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is moving forward and a public meeting on the issue will be held Thursday, Jan. 9. “We have made substantial progress,” Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week. In a Dec. 20 letter sent to both Allenhurst and Loch Arbour residents, the governing bodies said that they plan to present a consolidation application to the state Department of Community Affairs for review and possible approval. “This public meeting will determine if we move forward, depending on the feedback we get from residents,” Fernicola said. The Jan. 9 meeting…

Unique Program Will Give Students Degree, Diploma at Same Time

  By DON STINE Neptune High School students will participate next year in a unique program, believed to be the first of its kind in New Jersey, which will pay for the students to also attend Brookdale Community College and earn their two-year associate Bachelors of Arts degree at the same time they receive their high school disploma. “Students will attend their four years in high school and, at the same time, earn their two-year Associates Degree from Brookdale,” School Superintendent David A. Mooij said earlier this week. Called the Poseidon Early College High School program, eighth-grade students are now…

Asbury Park Still Searching for a City Manager

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park City Council had hoped to have a new city manager hired by Jan. 1, at the latest, but as that day nears it’s uncertain if that will happen. Director of Social Services Tony Nuccio was appointed acting-city manager for the last two months with expectations that a new city manager would be in place by the first of the year. And while some council members say that a qualified person has been offered the city manager’s job that person has not made any commitment yet and certainly no one appears to be in…

Ocean Woman Wins Seat on School Board

  By DON STINE One of five write-in candidates for a seat on the Ocean Township Board of Education garnered enough votes in the November general election to be seated to a three-year term. Amy McGovern, 36, who is a flight attendant and lives in the West Allenhurst section, outdistanced her four rivals with 329 votes. She will be sworn in with two other winning incumbent candidates at the school board’s Jan. 7 reorganization meeting. School Board /Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said that the county Board of Elections recently officially certified McGovern as the winner and added that the board…

50 New Housing Units for Neptune Seniors

  By DON STINE Some Neptune senior citizens will be moving into brand new housing in a little more than a year thanks to the local Housing Authority and the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. A grounding-breaking ceremony was held Monday at 2109 Wells Ave., one of two sites to be developed with the new housing with county, local and Meridian Health Care officials attending. Jersey Shore is part of the Meridian Health group. “We support progress and progress is being made here,” Mayor Eric Houghtaling said. The 50-year-old John Knox Homes at 19 Davis Avenue, which has 50 senior…

Eclectic Restaurant a Year in the Making to Open Soon

  By DON STINE One of the most eclectic restaurants in Asbury Park, and perhaps in the surrounding area, is about to open in Asbury Park. Kim Marie’s Eat ‘n Drink Away, in the former Adriatic restaurant at 1409 Kingsley Street, is scheduled to open by Christmas after more than a year of renovations, said co-owner John McGillion. “There are new floors, walls, ceilings, new bathrooms, and a new look on the exterior and interior,” he said. McGillion also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits at 208 Main St., Asbury Park and anyone familiar with that iconic watering hole, which…

Allenhurst Police Unveil New Personalized Patch

  By DON STINE For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the Allenhurst police department will have its own personalized police patch. The image on the new patch (pictured on this page) is that of the famous 1854 New Era shipwreck that occurred off the beach in what is now Asbury Park. The local volunteer lifesaving service station was manned by many residents, in what would later become Allenhurst, and they were among the first respond to the tragedy. “We wanted a patch with a personal and some historical connection to Allenhurst,” police Capt. Michael Schneider said.…

Jay Bernstein: Remembering a Life Cut Short

  Jay Bernstein, a well-known and popular Asbury Park resident and real estate agent, apparently fell to his death Sun., Nov. 24 from outside his ninth-floor penthouse condominium in the Santander, located at Deal Lake Drive and Park Avenue. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon said police and other emergency responders arrived at the scene immediately after the incident was reported by a Santander tenant. “It happened shortly before noon. At this point we believe it to be accidental but we are investigating, along with the Prosecutor’s Office,” he said. Kinmon said it is believed Bernstein fell from the fire…

Tax Rate Goes Down in City But Not Necessarily Taxes

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s city-wide property tax rate will only be about one-third of what it is now in 2014 but, for most property owners, this low figure will not result in their property taxes going down by the same amount. Property assessment values in Asbury Park have tripled in the last decade, jumping from $416 million to $1.2 billion, which will result in a property tax rate decrease to about a third of what it is now at $5.92 for each $100 of assessed valuation. But, points out City Tax Assessor Eric Aguilar, the city will still…

Colorful Ocean Grove Resident to Reveal Secrets

  By DON STINE Herb Herbst may have retired from his longtime job but he has certainly never retired from helping improve his community and now everyone can spend an evening with the well-known and ever-engaging Ocean Grove resident Sat., Nov. 16. “An Evening with Herb” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Jersey Shore Arts Center- an institution that would never have existed without Herbst. “The secrets and history to restoring the arts center shall be revealed and they are both dramatic and humorous,” he said about his upcoming performance. During “An Evening with Herb,” this man on…

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