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Ocean Township Student Reaches Semi-Finals in National Science Competition

  A student from Ocean Township has recently become one of 10 semifinalists in a national space engineering competition. Myles Fort, of Ocean Township, was recognized in the junior level division in the five to 12 year old group in American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Foundation and NASA’s Two for the Crew Challenge. He will now progress to the next round of competition. According to a release from Future Engineers, an online education platform, there are 20 semifinalists in the Two for the Crew Challenge, the sixth in a series of design competitions tasking students to invent useful items…

Coaster Columnist Wins Award

  Joseph Pangaro, a retired Ocean Township police officer, who now writes the Behind the Badge column for The Coaster has won the Top Safety Advisor for 2017 award. This is the second time Pangaro has won the award from Autism Parenting Magazine. Pangaro said he began writing for many  publications includingAutism Parenting magazine, a nation wide magazine dedicated to helping the families of children on the spectrum. “I began writing for this magazine several years ago after I started to concentrate on safety and security issues for all children in school. “One specific population was the special needs community…

In Ocean: Modifications Made to Proposed Town Center

  By DON STINE Modifications, based on public input, have been made to a proposal to develop a 32-acre property at the intersection of Route 35 and Deal Road in Ocean Township. A special presentation was held Jan. 29 at the high school with about 100 people attending. It is the second large public presentation on the project. The previous one also held at the high school last year. “This project has evolved in the past four or five years. We have been listening to residents and officials and scaled the project back,” said Maurice Zekaria, owner of Paramount Realty,…

Special Meeting Planned on Ocean Development

  A special public presentation over a proposal to develop a 28-acre property at the intersection of Route 35 and Deal Road in Ocean Township has been rescheduled to Monday, Jan. 29. The presentation was originally scheduled for Jan. 4 but had to be cancelled due to a snowstorm. The event, the second special presentation on the project that has been given to the general public, will be at the High School Auditorium from 7 to 9 pm. The project is only a proposal right now and no application has yet been presented to the Planning Board. Township resident Maurice Zekaria, owner…

Ocean Officials Honor Golf Group

  By DON STINE Helping children become better people through the game of golf is the goal of The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Ocean Township officials recognized them at a recent meeting. “We want to recognize their support in Ocean Township for almost 10 years,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said while presented the organization with a special proclamation. He said that almost 2,000 local children have gone through the First Tee program. The organization has its office and operates a program at the William F. Larkin golf course in the Wanamassa section of the township. The program…

Ocean Chamber Announces Honorees

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Annual Awards and Installation Luncheon at Wanamassa’s English Manor at 12 noon on Wed., Jan. 10, 2018. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend and will feature open networking/socializing, a buffet luncheon and award ceremony hosted by Martin J. Arbus, Esq., a GOTCC Honorary Lifetime Member, Hall of Famer and Past-President. The  names of the  2018 honorees: are: Community Service – The Asbury Park Rotary Club. Founded in 1919, the Asbury Rotary Club supports many facets of the local community through dedicated volunteerism and fundraising. Their efforts support…

In Ocean: Residents Angry Over Proposed Development

  By ED SALVAS The Mon., Nov. 27  meeting of the Ocean Township Planning Board drew a near capacity crowd anticipating the board’s review of an ordinance amending the township Master Plan which would allow for the development of a large property at Route 35 and Deal Road. The meeting was held in the large meeting room because of the anticipated large audience. The property in question, 28 acres including some designated wetlands, is the last remaining privately owned land on Route 35 where the owner, Paramount Realty, proposes building a 112-room Marriott Hotel and a Wawa gas station and…

Ocean Resident First to Spot Sputnik

  By DON STINE In 1957, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union officially began with the launching of the satellite Sputnik 1 and Ocean Township resident Stan Schodowski was the first person to view the controversial satellite in outer space. On Oct. 12, 1957, Schodowski was the first American to optically sight (with aid of a telescope) Sputnik, its nose cone, and booster rocket—three objects. “Six of us were on the roof of the Hexagon Building at Fort Monmouth in the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 12, 1957. We were the Fort Monmouth Moonwatch Team,…

Wanamassa Fire Company Elects 2018 Officers

  The Wanamassa Fire Company elected the officers for 2018 at their November meeting. They are: Administration: President Patrick Barrett, Vice President Michael Evans, Secretary William Boyington, Asst. Secretary Steven Grant, Treasurer David Greene, Asst. Treasurer Steven Sexten. Operations: Chief Brian Pemberton, 1st. Asst. Chief Dean Schoch II, 2nd. Asst. Chief Nicholas Dowling, Captain Paul Kowaliwskyj, 1st. Lt. David Cohen and 2nd. Lt. Nick Colalilo. The Officers will be sworn in at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, on the second floor of the Emergency Services building located at 1401 Wickapecko Dr.

Veterans Day has a special meaning for Ocean Township Resident Lois Kiely

  By DON STINE Veteran’s Day is always a special and emotional day for Ocean Township resident Lois La Pointe Keily whose father was killed during World War II when she was only two years old. “I never heard my father’s voice. There were photographs of him, and I know his handwriting from the letters he wrote to my mother. But I always wondered how he sounded. Did his voice reflect the French-Canadian dialect of his parents’ speech? Or did it have a masculine North Jersey sound to it? Was he soft spoken or a deep baritone?” she frequently asks…

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