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Ocean Twp. Staffer Honored

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s Kathleen Ivey has worked more years than most people in the township and she was recognized for her 40 years of service at the last Township Council meeting. “She obviously has stamina and has worn everybody else out,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Ivey was hired by the township as a key punch operator and clerk typist on September 13, 1976 and has been employed by the township for the last 40 years in various positions, including her current position as Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police. She has served six previous police chiefs,…

$605,000 Upgrade for Ocean Pool

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s community pool facility, off West Park Avenue, will see a unique upgrade in the near future. Recreation Director Kathy Reiser said at the last Township Council meeting that the township is applying for $250,000, the maximum amount allowed, from the Monmouth County Open Space program, to create a water activity pool at the facility. “We are making this move to bring our facility up to the next level. Built in the 19870s, the pool facility has served us well but the wading pool can be improved to accommodate younger children and people of all…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO On Saturday a bomb exploded along the route of a charity 5K run for Marines and Sailors. Later that night another bomb, a “pressure cooker” bomb as they are called because they are made with pressure cookers normally used for cooking dinner, exploded in New York City and a third unexploded pressure cooker bomb was located in a trash can a few blocks away. And then on Sunday night a back pack with 5 pipe bombs was located on a train platform in Elizabeth. All of these devices were designed to maim and kill innocent people;…

Ocean Township Care Facility Hosting for Mary’s Place

  By DON STINE Onora, a family-owned business in Ocean Township, provides nursing support and care for people with early stages of memory loss in an intimate home setting for its senior residents. “We are driven by our personal experiences and embrace the practice of heart-centered care. Onora team members understand the importance of integrating life enrichment care to give your loved one a truly individualized experience,” Director of Community Outreach Tara Cadet said. “Our innovative residential, daycare, and respite enrichment programs focus on each resident’s needs to optimize brain function, foster confidence and increase happiness. Caring for our residents…

In Ocean: Police Seek Volunteers

  The Ocean Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our Domestic Violence Response Team. In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the police department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence during the initial stages of a highly emotional and traumatic experience. 180 will be conducting an intensive 40-hour mandatory training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers October 4-27, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Wall Township Police Headquarters, 2700 Allaire Road. The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT Program are…

Ocean to Create Zone for Residential Religious Facilities

  By DON STINE Ocean Township is proposing a land use ordinance that will allow religious and other parochial education facilities that house students be placed in the township’s industrial/office park area at the western end of Sunset Avenue without the need for a use variance. “It will not zone these uses out but allows us to be better prepared in the future. I think it is a step in the right direction to help keep our residential neighborhoods strictly residential,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said earlier this week. The ordinance was introduced at the last Township Council meeting and a…

Ocean Twp. Class of ’80 rocks it out!

  By DON STINE The 1980 graduating class of Ocean Township High School had a rockin’ good time in Asbury Park last Friday night. The high school class’s popular band, Nightfall, hit the stage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and played before its fellow classmates for the first time in 36 years. “It went very well and it was awesome. It was a good evening with lots of music and memories to share,” band spokesman Jim Finn said. About 150 to 200 Ocean Township alum, mostly from the class of 1980, showed up for the special gig. Nightfall…

$25,000 Repair Project for Ocean Water Tower

  By DON STINE A three-story, historic water tower near the Ocean Township library will see renovations under a $25,000 improvement project funded partially with a $12,500 grant. “This grant will go a long way to preserve the water tower- it has been an eyesore for years,” Township of Ocean Historical Museum President Paul Edelson said. The $12,500 grant comes from the 1772 Foundation and it has to be matched by the museum, for a total of $25,000. “A local contractor is going to scrap, repair and paint the tower and we expect to begin in the near future. We…

Court OKs Dorm in Wanamassa; Ocean Will Not Appeal

  By DON STINE A federal judge last week approved the creation of a Talmudic Academy to house college-age students at an existing school on Logan Road Ocean Township’s Wanamassa section. U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson ruled that the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment violated federal law when it unanimously voted on April 26 to deny a use variance to Yeshiva Gedola Na’os Yaakov to provide housing for up to 96 college-age students The judge did, however, limit the number of students to a maximum of 80. Mayor Christopher Siciliano said he knows the judge’s decision is a…

Oakhurst Fire Department Receives $66,000 Grant

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s Oakhurst fire department will see upgrades to important safety equipment under a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The department’s Board of Fire Commissioners applied to the Assistance To Firefighters grant program, administered through FEMA. The department received $66,165 in FEMA funding, which it has to match with a 10 percent, or $6,616, contribution. “This grant money saves taxpayers money. It’s a considerable amount that taxpayers otherwise would have to pay,” Fire District Administrator J. David Hiers said. The grant money will be used to upgrade breathing tank air-refill systems at both Oakhurst…

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