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City Objects to Closing 2 Railroad Crossings

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials will petition the state to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the crossovers on its railroad tracks at Summerfield and First Avenues. “NJ Transit wants to do away with the crossings over its tracks on Summerfield Avenue in Asbury Park and they would like to do it right away,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. He said NJT cites safety and maintenance as the main reasons for eliminating the crossover, adding that the First Avenue crossover is also on the list to be eliminated. According to a 2009 DOT study, Summerfield…

Deadline for Asbury Park City Council Election 1 Month Away

By DON STINE With the deadline for filing to run for Asbury Park mayor and City Council a month away only two residents so far – Council members John Moor and Amy Quinn have announced their intention to run. The deadline to file a candidacy petition for the upcoming election is Sept. 2 and the election is Nov. 4. Under the city’s change of government, all five seats are up for grabs, including the first time the mayor will be elected directly by the people. The new City Council will be seated on Jan. 1, 2015. Under the current form…

City Faulted on Hiring Practices

  By DON STINE Asbury Park city employees almost didn’t get paid after the City Council at last week’s meeting initially did not approve a resolution to pay the city’s monthly payroll and claims bill. When the issue of paying the city’s bills and claims came up, Deputy Mayor Sue Henderson and Councilwoman Amy Quinn voted to approve them. However, Councilman John Moor voted no and Mayor Myra Campbell abstained which caused the measure to fail. A majority vote is needed to pass. Councilman John Loffredo was absent. “The ramifications were that nobody was going to get paid,” Moor said…

Dragons Rule the Day in Pedal Boat Race

By DON STINE It was Neptune versus Asbury Park during the annual Swan Versus Dragon pedal boat race on Wesley Lake, which borders both municipalities. The annual race, sponsored by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, for the first time brought in an opposing team from another town- Neptune. “We are gonna win. I am confident in our team and we are ready to go. We’re here and we’re the winning team,” Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley said. But Asbury Park officials said not so fast. “I have confidence we will go out with a win. This is a friendly competition…

In Interlaken: State OKs Severing School Ties with Asbury Park

  By DON STINE The New Jersey Commissioner of Education has approved Interlaken’s move to sever its ties with the Asbury Park school district and go into a send-receive relationship with the West Long Branch and Shore Regional school districts. “Effective immediately, the Commissioner of Education has approved the Interlaken Board of Education’s application to sever its send-receive relationship with the Asbury Park Board of Education. The Commissioner has also approved and authorized the Interlaken Board of Education to establish a formal send-receive relationship with the West Long Branch and Shore Regional boards of education for all Interlaken students Pre-K…

Bradley Beach Lifeguards Take First Place in Tournament

  By DON STINE Bradley Beach lifeguards pulled ahead of their life-saving peers last week during the borough’s annual lifeguard tournament. The Bradley Beach Lifeguard Tournament, held July 17, has been going on for at least 50 years and other shore towns have similar tournaments, said tournament organizer Dick Johnson. “I thought the tournament went very well and Bradley Beach’s performance was truly outstanding,” he said. Based on final scores, Bradley Beach won the tournament, out of a 10-team field, with 37 points. Belmar was second with 24 points. Johnson said such tournaments are a basic part of a lifeguard’s…

6 Boy Scouts Obtain Eagle Scout Honors

  By DON STINE Six Boy Scouts from Oakhurst Troop 71 in Ocean Township obtained their Eagle Scout honors during a special ceremony recently at the Oakhurst Firehouse. Scouts Brendan Gifford, Dan Bauman, Max Natanagara, Nick Borgia, Erik Brockel and Nick Dawe were are recognized with scouting’s highest award. Gifford’s Eagle project was to construct two professional-grade information signs depicting the rich history of Palaia Park in Ocean Township, an area that dates back to the early 1800’s and was used to conduct wire-less radio research by AT&T and later the US Army. Gifford has been accepted to University of…

Neptune to Discuss Possible Park Along Shark River

  By DON STINE Neptune would like to acquire about 18 flood-prone properties along the Shark River under the state’s Green Acres program. “Some properties are vacant, some are environmentally sensitive, and others are commercial and residential properties,” said Leanne Hoffman, the township’s director of engineering and planning. All properties are near the Shark River and between S. Riverside Drive and Valley Road in the Shark River Hills area. The properties can only be acquired if the owner is a willing seller and eminent domain does not come into play. “We are not going after properties that do not have…

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…

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