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Record High Temps Bring Crowds to Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirts in the middle of December- in New Jersey? What is going on with the weather here? Record warm temperatures were recorded in this area Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 with temperatures almost 10 degrees above normal for the first half of December. Kay Harris, owner of the Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, said, even though she is on vacation in Florida, her employees raved about sales. “Apparently they were outstanding. They said it was like summertime and it’s safe to say the weather was good for…

Green Parrot in Neptune Was Known for Showcasing Local Bands

  By DON STINE If you wanted good times and really good music at the Jersey Shore during the 1980s, then you might have ended up at the Green Parrot on Route 33 in Neptune. “It was a great time – and a great time for music and FM 106.3 was way ahead of everybody else,” said Ocean Township resident Judi Yaccarino, whose family eventually owned the club. FM 106.3 has been compared to a commercial version of college radio station, playing artists years before mainstream radio and helping showcase local bands. The station played bands, like Redhouse and The…

Veterans honored in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Ocean Township veterans from World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts were honored with special proclamations at a recent Township Council meeting. “The council decided to go one step further than just honoring them on Veteran’s Day and we have veterans in the township that represent different wars and military actions,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The council also honored other veterans, mostly from World War II, at its previous meeting. “The stories these people have are fascinating. This is the type of stuff you watch on the History Channel and these are the guys…

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…

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