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Taborn’s Owner Ready for Her 100th Birthday

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ann Taborn is lively, in good health, well-groomed, has a strong voice and easily recalls history from decades ago “She reads the New York Times everyday without glasses,” said Tara Fantini Cadet, her great-granddaughter. Taborn does not even wear glasses for distance. All not bad for someone who will turn 100 Mon., Nov. 24. “I’m thinking how well I am for 100,” said Taborn, who lives in Ocean Township’s Cedar Village age-restricted community. “I have no aches or pain.” Many may recognize Taborn as the matriarch of Taborn’s restaurant, which was on Asbury Park’s Main Street,…

Hall of Fame Ceremony in Convention Hall

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A dozen New Jerseyans — including two with Monmouth County connections, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and the late writer Dorothy Parker — will be inducted in the New Jersey Hall of Fame Nov. 13 in Asbury Park. Performing at the 7 p.m. ceremony at Conventional Hall will be singer Dionne Warwick, who was inducted last year. It is the first time the ceremony will be held in the city. This year’s inductees are: – Williams, born in 1959, who grew up in Middletown. – Parker, 1893 to 1967, a member of the famed Algonquin…

Give Peace a Chance

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Traveling on Asbury Park’s First Avenue between Main Street and the beach, one is likely to have seen the taller-than-an-adult, lighted peace sign on the second-floor balcony of a house. “People do know it,” said Linda Myers, owner of the house. “They use it as a landmark.” The peace sign, eight feet in diameter, went up as a political statement about eight years ago – “This was my response to (President George W.) Bush starting a war,” she said – and it simply remains in place. And who is Myers? As she says on her website,…

In Neptune City: $360,000 School Referendum Question on Nov. 4 Ballot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and DON STINE Neptune City voters are being asked to approve a $360,000 referendum in the Nov. 4 general election to restore some teaching positions and extra-curricular activities at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School- an amount that will add about $175 to the average school tax bill. About 50 people turned out for an informational meeting held by the Board of Education at the school Tuesday night, of which about 20 were local educational association members showing their support for the referendum. School Board President Christine Oppegaard said the Wilson School is in a “crisis situation”…

Fund-Raising Campaign Begins for Bradley Food Pantry

  Pictured above: Volunteers at the Bradley Beach Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of bradleybeachfoodpantry.org. By JOSEPH SAPIA No one should go to sleep at night without someone having his or her back. That is what is guiding George Moffett in his project to improve the Bradley Food Pantry, specifically leading an effort to raise $16,000 for refrigerator and freezer units. The money would fully support replacing a refrigerator-freezer in the pantry and to install a walk-in freezer in the basement, replacing three chest freezers. The current units are in some way inefficient, according to the pantry. “I don’t think there’s…

Professionals by Day, Derby Skaters at Night

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Kim Predham does not think of herself as an athlete. When she was growing up in Neptune City, she was the last one picked when teams were chosen. She considered herself “very bookish.” “(But) I always liked roller-skating as a kid,” Predham said. “I would skate for hours in my basement.” Those hours of roller-skating were put to good use. Now, at 32, the Asbury Park resident is a local version of a roller derby queen, as is her teammate, Jessica O’Hanlon, 37, of Avon. O’Hanlon, skating under the name Anna Stesia because she is a…

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Founder Turning 100

  By JOSEPH SAPIA If you can spare a hundred, the Bradley Food Pantry is ready to take it off your hands. The 100, in honor of founder Eleanor Pierson turning 100-years-old Friday, Sept. 19, can be in various forms, such as $100, 100 dimes, 100 cans of food, 100 minutes or hours of volunteerism and so on. Or more or less than 100. “There’s no cutoff,” said pantry director Linda Curtiss. “It’s really celebrating the legacy of what she created.” The Bradley Food Pantry, which sits on the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of 4th…

14-Year-Old Girl Charged with Driving Without License

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Allenhurst Police, while working on a driving while intoxicated-enforcement detail, stopped a vehicle for going erratically — and found a 14-year-old driving. The Neptune girl had taken her mother’s vehicle without her permission, police said. A 17-year-old also was riding in the car, police said. The 14-year-old was charged with driving while unlicensed, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn and having improper maintenance of lights, police said. The vehicle’s owner responded and took custody of both juveniles, police said. Patrolman First Class Michael DiBona and Patrolman…

Asbury Park Police Get Involved with Youth

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In response to Asbury Park Police Officer Tyron McAllister’s belted-out instructions, a group of kids lined up and, then, sat down for lunch in the Salvation Army gym. This was a normal day at the city’s Summer Youth Boot Camp, run by an active, but perhaps generally unknown, Police Department unit, the Community Relations Unit. “We promote a positive image for the police department,” said Patrolman Michael Casey, 42, who has been in the unit for six of his 10 years on the department. “We are not only about making arrests. We’re here to improve the…

Thousands Attend Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Bradley Beach’s sixth annual Lobster Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, drew its biggest crowd ever, about 40,000 people. That was about 10,000 more than in 2013, said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the food and entertainment gathering along the beachfront. “The weather was spectacular on Saturday,” Connolly said. “It got a little iffy on Sunday, but it wasn’t bad.” The chamber was still figuring out how much money was brought in, Connolly said. She said the festival is used as a fund-raising event for the…

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