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Shop Ocean Township and Receive Rebate on Property Tax

  By DON STINE Ocean Township business owners are being urged to sign up to participate in the “Own Ocean” program that gives residents a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a township-based business. “It is a property tax rewards program that tries to put money back in the taxpayer’s pocket,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The first meeting on the program will be held Fri., March 28, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the township council chambers at 399 Monmouth Road. “It will be a breakfast meeting and the response has been pretty good. We have about…

Ocean Residents to See Tax Decrease

  Ocean Township’s municipal tax rate will remain almost the same this year with the average homeowner actually seeing a small decrease in taxes. “The township continues to evaluate the services it provides the taxpayers as we look for innovation ways to provide the same quality services with reducing the associated costs. We are not raising taxes to support the budget,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The total $34,677,627 municipal budget for 2015 is up by $257,330, or by three-quarters of a percent, from last year’s $34,420,297 budget. However, the amount to be raised through taxation remains stable at $20,668,097. Actually,…

$2.5 Million Tennis Center Planned in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE An eight-court tennis center will be built on W. Park Avenue in Ocean Township under what Mayor Christopher Siciliano said is “an historic partnership” between a private company and the township. “This is a win-win situation for the township and an historic event in that it is the first time private and public entities are coming together to build a facility that will be useful to residents,” he said. The mayor said that, after three years of negotiations, a deal was signed last week to build the $2.5 million Park Avenue Tennis Center in front of…

Networking Breakfast in Ocean Township

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce will have a Free Networking Breakfast with a 10-Minuite Topic Speaker on Thurs., April 16 at the new showroom of GOTCC Gold Corporate Sponsor Lester Glenn Ford. The event is open to anyone in business however advance online registration is mandatory. The featured speaker at the breakfast will be Gene Wolf, President of the Monmouth County chapter of S.C.O.R.E., a non-profit organization, under the auspices of the SBA, that offers free counseling, mentoring and seminars for individuals who want to open a business and existing business owners. The topic will be “How…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO When I first joined the police department I met a lot of different people. There were very energetic people, there were tough guys, there were meek reserved men and there was one regular guy. He wasn’t one of the giant muscle bound types that you might expect to see in uniform. He was a normal size guy with a smile and boyish charm. Always quick to ask a question or provide some information about a location or person in town, it seemed to me that he knew everyone. Who is that? I asked my training officer.…

No Decision on Talmudic Academy in Ocean

  By DON STINE A decision on creating a 96-student residential Talmudic Academy on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township was not reached at a special meeting Tuesday night so the case is being carried to another hearing. About 150 to 200 people attended the special three-hour Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on the application held at the Ocean Township High School where further testimony was given by Rabbi Shlomo Lesin, head of the academy; traffic engineer Maurice Rached; and architect Stephen J. Carlidge. A date has not been set for the next hearing on the application…

Sharing Ocean Recycling Center

  Four smaller municipalities surrounding Ocean Township will soon be given the opportunity to use the township’s new recycling center at the western end of Sunset Avenue. The newly-opened Ocean Township Recycling Center, near the public works yard, was paid for through a $150,000 Monmouth County Municipal Recycling Services Improvement Grant. Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said one of the stipulations of the grant is that the township would attempt to facilitate shared services with neighboring communities, in this case Loch Arbour, Interlaken, Allenhurst and Deal. Brannen said that he has already met with officials from all four towns and that…

Rude Awakening Program in Ocean Details Dangers of Drinking and Driving

  By DON STINE Ocean Township High School and Hillel Yeshiva students will have a rude awakening soon about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Rude Awakening Program is a nationally-recognized drunk-driving awareness program geared toward junior and senior high school students. The program is scheduled to be presented to students of the Ocean Township High School and Hillel Yeshiva High School in the spring. “It will be given to every junior and senior in the schools. It’s an in-your-face program about fatal automobile accidents,” said Police Administrative Lieutenant Timothy R. Torchia, who is…

More Parking Spaces at Ocean Township Municipal Building

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will add about 70 more parking spaces to its municipal parking lot to alleviate overcrowding for municipal court and various other township meetings. “We have court twice a week and the lot can become full. Many times there is not enough parking for some meetings and people park across the street (at the old Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America building across Deal Road). And this can become a real safety issue,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said. The Township Council approved a $120,000 bond to purchase almost half-acre lot, to the north of the…

Proposed Incentive Plan in Ocean Would Decrease Property Taxes

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents may get a little property tax relief by shopping at local businesses under an innovative plan being put together by township officials. Called “Own Ocean,” the program calls for participating residents to get a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a township-based business. “It is a property tax rewards program that tries to put money back in the taxpayer’s pocket,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Siciliano said the program is still being organized and is expected to be launched sometime later this year. “It may take about nine months but it…

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