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In Ocean, New App Helps Residents Report Concerns Directly to Officials

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will be the first municipality in the nation to use a special app that allows residents to report a problem to township officials and get an immediate response. Report It is a free and simple-to-use app that can be installed on any mobile device or accessed via the web. It is designed to provide users the ability to share important information, comments or suggestions directly with organizations and companies in a way that’s simple, anonymous and non-confrontational. “It allows someone to generate a report (with attached photos) anonymously and send it to the right…

Mayor Gives Ocean State of the Township Address

  By DON STINE Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano gave his first- and perhaps the first ever- state of the township address at last week’s Township Council meeting. “It’s to let residents know where we are and where we are going,” he said. The half-hour address focused on issues like better access to government, budget and finance, quality of life and economic development. Siciliano said his Coffee With The Mayor program, where residents can meet with the mayor on Monday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., has been a big success. “So far I have visited with hundreds of…

Museum Commemmorates Civil War Veterans

  The American Civil War ended in 1865. It had lasted four years and killed at least 620,000 soldiers, North and South. On Sat., July 30 the Ocean Township Historical Museum will honor American Civil War veterans at a flag-raising ceremony on the Woolley House grounds. The Woolley House on Deal Road will be open on the evening of July, 30. There will be a flag ceremony and remembrance to those veterans who served. The museum will be open for those attending to come in and see the current exhibits. To arrange for your loved one to be honored call…

In Ocean: Stop Feeding the Deer, Officials Say

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents are being urged not to feed the local wildlife, especially the deer. “People are feeding wildlife, mostly in their own yards, and this attracts wildlife out of its natural habitat and into residential neighborhoods,” Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo said. “The wildlife can then also damage property and increases the possibility that animals could be struck by vehicles,” he said. He said that putting out food also attracts other animals, like rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and rabbits. Bird feeders are not a problem “But deer are a particular problem. Feeding them takes them…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO When the gun fire erupted in a night club in Orlando Florida people ran for cover and many were killed. The shooter took control of the building and the people inside were trapped and at the mercy of a maniac. This was an act of terror designed to hurt all of us. The reality for the people inside the building was absolutely life and death; fear, and horror. Around them, on the floor their friends and loved ones lay dead or dying. We know from their phone messages that many of the people in the club…

Ocean Township Waiving Some Fees to Attract Businesses

  By DON STINE If you want to start your own small business then you might think about locating it in Ocean Township and save yourself some money in the process. The Township Council last week passed a resolution that will waive a number of commercial fees to attract new, small businesses to vacant commercial spaces in the township. “We are trying to stimulate small businesses to come in by waiving some fees, like electrical or plumbing inspections, as an incentive to attract small businesses,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. He said move is intended to attract small businesses probably needing…

Ocean Officer Promoted

  Ocean Township Police Officer Michael Sorrentino, a 20-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of Police Captain at last week’s Township Council meeting. Mayor Christopher Siciliano administered the oath of office while Sorrentino’s wife, Tracey, and his children, Brianna and Michael Jr., look on with other council members and Police Chief Steven R. Peters.

Ocean Twp. Middle school students excel in French

  French students from Ocean Township’s middle and high schools were nationally ranked in the 81st annual Le Grand Concours, also know as National French Contest in Marion, Illinois. The 19 students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. According to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours, the contest is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2016 event. Silver medalists Daniela Martinez, Christiana Santos, Samuel Prudhomme, Whizdee Dolbrus, Yasmeen Elzamek, Vanessa Miranda, and Bronze medalists Thomas McVey,…

In Ocean: Ready is Sport of the Mind

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The 2016 Summer Olympics are still several months away but the summer reading games are about to begin at the Ocean Township Library. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read,” tieing into the Olympics and playing with the idea that reading is a “sport of the mind” ,according to Kate Benedict, Children’s Librarian of the Ocean Township Library branch for the Monmouth County Library System. To help launch the summer reading program, the Ocean Township Friends of the Library will present “Mr. Scott, The Music Man” on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:15 p.m. Scott…

In Ocean: Hearings Continue on Plan for 75 New Homes

  By DON STINE Testimony continued May 23 at the Ocean Township Planning Board meeting on a proposal to build 75 single-family housing units on an 80-acre tract at the intersection of Green Grove Road and West Park Avenue. Toll Brothers, based in Horsham, Pa, is seeking approval to build the 75 upscale, age-restricted homes on the site, which is the former Apple Farm property on the south side of W. Park Ave., west of Route 18 and diagonally across from the township’s Intermediate School. The application is for preliminary and final major subdivisions and site plan approval with variances.…

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