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Yeshiva Plan Raises Concerns in Ocean

  By DON STINE An overflow crowd of concerned Ocean Township residents packed a hearing last week over a proposal to create a Talmudic Academy on Logan Road, which would house 96 college-age students, on Logan Road. Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, is seeking approval from the Board of Adjustment to use a former elementary school, at 1515 Logan Rd. in the Wanamassa section, to house the academy. The proposed Talmudic Academy is not a permitted use in the zone and five out of the seven zoning board members, or two thirds, must vote in favor for…

Ocean Will Swear In New Councilman

  By ELLEN CARROLL Rich Long, who has been a member of the Ocean Township Board of Education since October 2010, is scheduled to be sworn in as a Township Councilman in January. Long will fill the seat left vacant with the retirement of Mayor Bill Larkin. Currently, Chris Siciliano is serving as acting mayor. In an interview this week Long said he is looking forward to serving the township as a member of the Township Council. “In the political world, when it comes to Ocean Township, it doesn’t matter if I’m a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian or a…

New Firefighters

  New Wanamassa Fire Company firefighters are (from left) Andy Floros, Nick Colalilo and John Berbilis. They will attend the training class at the Monmouth County Fire Academy in the Spring. “We are very fortunate to have these three men in the Company,” said Fire Chief Michael Evans “I commend them on their willingness to get involved and help their community.” For more information on becoming a volunteer call 732-775-9784 ext 400 or visit the company web site at www.wanamassafirecompany.com.

Remembering Oakhurst School

  By DON STINE The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the Oakhurst School, built in 1900 on Monmouth Road, is the subject of a special exhibit at the museum that is bringing back memories to many residents. Exhibit curator Peggy Dellinger said the museum feels the old school is worthy of an exhibit. The museum was originally housed in the Oakhurst School, at 163 Monmouth Rd., for 25 years until a new museum was created in 2009 at the historic 18th century Eden Woolley House, now on Deal Road. “The Oakhurst School represents the…

Ocean Voters Go to Polls for School Referendum

  By DON STINE Ocean Township school officials are hoping voters will turn out Tues., Dec. 9 to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all five district schools. Approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service. Taxpayers will cast their votes during a special election at their regular polling places from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. School Superintendent James Stefankiewicz said Tuesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the referendum passing, saying it is “desperately needed in the district.” “We are trying to plan for the needs…

Ocean Police Offer First Tweetalong in Monmouth County Law Enforcement

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Ever wonder what it is like to be an area police officer? On Wed., Nov. 26 the Ocean Township Police Department will offer an unprecedented look at a day in the life of an officer thanks to the area’s first-ever law enforcement Tweetalong. “We are committed to giving our community the best service possible and our social media communications program is a part of that,” said Chief Steven Peters. “This, our first Tweetalong, will help educate the community about what we do every day.” For eight hours Wednesday, Social Media Officer Lieutenant Timothy Torchia will shadow…

Sign Points the Way for Colonial Terrace Association

  By DON STINE The Colonial Terrace Protective Association wants people to know where its residents live- so a large sign has just been installed to point them in the right direction. “Our residents love being out in the Asbury Park area but when they tell people where they live, people have no clue. It’s like they get blindsided and have no idea where we live,” said association member by Jon Girrson, who helped oversee the sign project. The Colonial Terrace section, which dates back to about 1925 and now has 138 homes, is located in Ocean Township at the…

Yeshiva Proposed in Wanamassa to House 96 Men

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy, which would house college-age students, on Logan Road in Ocean Township has raised concerns from area residents. Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, is seeking approval from the Board of Adjustment to use a former elementary school, at 1515 Logan Rd. in the Wanamassa section, to house the academy. The proposed Talmudic Academy is not a permitted use in the zone. A Board of Adjustment meeting was held on the application last Thursday, Nov. 13, but there was no time for public input on the matter. The…

Middlebrook Cinemas Reopens, Plans Many Upgrades

  By ED SALVAS A theater chain with locations in India, Romania and Bulgaria has signed a lease to operate the Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township. Cine Grand has reopened the complex which had closed October 26 when the lease held by Bow Tie Cinemas with the Middlebrook Plaza ended. The company has re-named the complex the Cine Grand Galleria Middlebrook Cinemas and opened for business on Fri., Nov. 7. Middlebrook represents Cine Grand’s entry into the North American market. Robert Silverstein, whose family owns the Middlebrook Plaza, said Cine Grand plans to spend a significant amount to upgrade…

Ocean Township Mayor to Retire Jan. 1

  By DON STINE Mayor William F. Larkin – Ocean Township’s longest-serving elected official – announced last week that he will be leaving office effective Jan. 1. “This comes after a tremendous amount of thought and soul-searching. It was a very difficult decision because I have enjoyed all 23.5 years but it is time to move on and let others come in,” he said at the end of last Thursday’s Township Council meeting. “I am retiring, not resigning,” he said. The entire five-member council is up for re-election this May and Larkin said he had already made the decision not…

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