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Interlaken, Loch Arbour Residents Would Have Final Say in Any Merger

  By DON STINE Merging neighboring Interlaken and Loch Arbour together was the sole topic during a joint meeting of the two small communities held on Wednesday, November 12. About 200 residents from both towns packed the Allenhurst fire house on Hume Street to hear the first public presentation about a merger plan for the two adjacent towns. Some residents, from both communities, said they either felt that the presentation was very thorough and professional while others said they thought it was a hard-sell that made them nervous. Loch Arbour is seeking the merger to reduce its school tax rate…

Interlaken and Loch Arbour Will Meet to Discuss Proposed Merger

  By DON STINE Merging neighboring Interlaken and Loch Arbour together will be the sole topic of discussion during a special joint meeting of the two small communities to be held on Wed., Nov. 12. The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is being held in the Allenhurst fire department, Hume Street, since neither other town has a large enough space to handle the expected crowd. Interlaken will hold its regular Borough Council meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 12 so the council can then get to the joint meeting. There will be no other council meeting in November…

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…

$4,000 Grant for Interlaken

  A $4,000 state Clean Communities Grant will be used by Interlaken to purchase and install five new dog waste stations to be placed around the borough. Borough Administrator Lori Reibrich said she is ordered the waste stations this week and that she expects them to be installed sometime in August. Dog waste sites will be placed at the intersections at five sites throughout the borough: Windermere Avenue and Scarba Street, near Deal lake; Interlaken Drive and Grassmere Avenue, near the path that enters the borough; Bridlemere Avenue and Scarba Strret, the the side nearest the lake; and Bridlemere Avenue…

Change of Government Proposed in Interlaken

  A petition drive in Interlaken began this week to urge residents to change the borough’s form of government to a three-member Board of Commissioners. The petition seeks to do away with the current mayor and six-member Borough Council and replace it with a three-member Board of Commissions, similar to the governments in nearby Deal, Loch Arbour, and Allenhurst. Councilman Keith Miller said he has personally initiated the change-of-government drive because he would like to do away with the, sometimes petty, partisan politics and have a more stable governing body, each member with a four-year term. “The last primary election…

In Interlaken: 2 Newcomers Win Primary

  By DON STINE Two Republican political newcomers beat out a former Interlaken mayor in this week’s GOP primary. Mindy Horowitz and John Gunn beat former Mayor Robert Wolf III to get their party’s nod to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Horowitz was the high vote-getter with 169, followed by Gunn with 160 votes. Wolf received 88. Democratic incumbent Robert Napoli, who ran unopposed in his party’s primary, received 27 votes. One of the seats up for grabs in November is Napoli’s and the other is that of Jonathan Cohen, who…

In Interlaken: No Increase in Municipal Tax Rate

  Interlaken taxpayers will see no increase in their municipal tax rate this year after the Borough Council last week applied $5,000 in surplus to keep the tax rate stable. Under a previous budget presented to the council, the average home, which is assessed at $568,827, would have seen an average $6 total increase in the municipal tax rate. The Interlaken municipal tax rate has been fairly stable for the past few years. Councilman Keith Miller said it was ultimately a bipartisan effort to amend the budget. “We discussed minimal cuts in numerous areas but our chief financial officer said…

3 Candidates Seeking GOP Support in Interlaken Primary

  By DON STINE Three Interlaken Republicans and one Democrat are seeking their party’s nod in the June 3 primary to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Former Mayor Robert Wolf III, John Gunn and Mindy Horowitz are running in the GOP primary. Incumbent Councilman Robert Napoli is the only candidate running as a Democrat so he is guaranteed a spot on the November ballot. One of the three GOP primary candidates will also not be on the ballot after votes are cast June 3. The question is: which one? One of…

State Decision Grants Interlaken’s Request to End Ties with Asbury Park

  A recent state decision has ruled that Interlaken has satisfied required criteria and has granted the borough’s request to terminate its long-standing sending and receiving relations with the Asbury Park school district. Interlaken has been trying to severe its relationship with the Asbury Park school district for years. About two years ago the Interlaken Board of Education approved sending students to West Long Branch and Shore Regional on a per-pupil tuition cost. On March 7, the Office of Administrative Law issued a decision that the Interlaken Board of Education has satisfied required statutory criteria and granted the borough’s request…

150 Attend Interlaken Board of Education Meeting

  Interlaken residents remained split regarding a recent school tax increase and the issue was once again the topic at the Board of Education meeting, which about 150 people attended Sept. 23. Residents packed the Allenhurst Fire House to learn more, or to complain or support, a recent move by the Board of Education to offer the first-ever education option for borough students and their parents. Traditionally, the borough has been a sending district to Asbury Park. But for more than a decade no residents attended school there due its poor academic standing. A recent decision by education officials has…

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