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Bradley Beach Elementary School Students Honored

  By KATHARINA CAVANO “Tonight is a great night” said Superintendent Joseph Majka at Bradley Beach’s Board of Education meeting this week. “We’re celebrating the tremendous work that went into the PTO Fundraiser…and we’re celebrating perfection.” The annual PTO fun-raiser dinner and gift auction was held at The Columns in Avon on Oct. 10. Gift baskets were donated by local area merchants from Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, and Ocean Grove, among others. By the end of the night, the PTO had raised over $14,000. The funds will go towards Bradley Beach Elementary’s technology program, Majka said and the purchase of…

Avon Plans Ban on Smoking at Beachfront

  By KATHARINA CAVINO Avon commissioners are planning to ban smoking at the beachfront. The designated beachfront area would be within 50 feet from every entrance to the boardwalk or beach. There would be a $500 penalty for any violation. Commissioner Frank Gorman said he hopes “to be smoke free on the beach by the 4th of July.” Concerns were raised about effective enforcement of the ordinance and whether it would include newer smoking products such as e-cigarettes. In response to the concerns Police Chief Terence Mahon said that it would be “easier to handle” since there will be no…

In Avon: Residents Continue to See Red Over Discolored Tap Water

By KATHARINA CAVINO About a dozen residents of the Washington Avenue area of Avon attended this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting to again voice their concerns about discolored water flowing from their taps. They brought mason jars filled with yellow water, white tee shirts stained yellow by the water in their washing machines, and two-month-old water filters that had turned completely brown from the water being piped into their homes. Residents had one word for the chronic problem: “deplorable.” The group of residents, represented by Jack Ryan of Wshington Avenue, demanded a long term solution to the problem. “One of…

One-on-One at the Neptune Public Library

  By KATHARINA CAVANO John Bonney’s personal mission in life is to make a difference in the lives of others through kindness. In the past three years he has implemented that mission into his work at the Neptune Public Library, where he heads outreach and will soon serve as assistant director. In 2010, the Neptune Library officially began their One-on-One Program and now, three years later, the program has captured the attention of the State Librarian, Mary Chute. The One-on-One Program is designed to meet the needs of the community beyond the typical “reference desk” questions and queries. Patrons can…

Avon Seeks Suspect in Burglaries

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon police are continuing their search for a suspect believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries during the last six weeks. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting Lt. Michael Pelech said the burglaries have all occurred in unoccupied houses during the day and in all but one, the suspect entered the home through unlocked windows or doors. Camera footage from the school security cameras on Fifth Avenue showed that the burglar is a young man in his early twenties and is riding around town on a bicycle. “I believe it’s somebody that has…

Step Into Tango in Asbury Park

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Lee Sager doesn’t just dance the tango, he is tango. The man has a deep passion for the art of Argentine Tango and has brought it here to the Jersey Shore in the hopes to one-day make Asbury Park the center of the Jersey Shore Tango Community. Sager is a survivor – six years after 9/11 and the destruction of both his Manhattan office and apartment, he returned home to Monmouth County. Then, nearly six years later his home in Sea Bright was moved into the river by Superstorm Sandy. This brought him to Asbury Park.…

Avon Police Urge Residents to Lock Windows, Garages

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon Police Chief Terence Mahon told residents this week that one suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the borough and urged residents to keep their homes and garages locked. “We need your eyes and ears,” Mahon told residents at the Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 12. Mahon assured citizens that he and the rest of the police force were working their hardest to catch the culprits. In fact, they have arrested one suspect in connection with the burglaries, and he is now in the county jail. Mahon said the burglaries…

Bradley Beach to Receive $250,000 to Improve Roadway

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Bradley Beach will receive a $250,000 NJDOT grant to continue the construction and improvements to LeReine Avenue. At the Borough Council meeting this week officials said the borough can apply for more grant money if needed to complete the project from Central Avenue to Ocean Avenue. The borough will also receive another $30,500 from FEMA to go towards the tag booth on the boardwalk as well as the gazebo and the solar panels on the roof. Pete Johner, the Area Manager of External Affairs of the Central Region from Jersey Central Power and Light, presented an…

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