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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.…

Ocean Names Parade Grand Marshall

  Longtime Ocean Township resident John Huss, whol initiated the “Ocean Township Loves Our Cops” project, has been chosen as the grand marshall of the township’s Memorial Day Parade. The parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. Mon., May 30 at town hall following an 11 a.m. ceremony. Huss has dedicated himself to community service for the last 50 years and recently initiated the “Ocean Township Loves Our Cops” project. He purchased hundreds of stickers with the slogan on them for distribution to residents. He said the project allows residents to show support and respect for the township police officers. Riding…

Deal Lake bridges to open next week

  By DON STINE Two major bridge replacement projects – one between Asbury Park and the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and one on Main Street between Interlaken and Loch Arbour – should be completed next week and the roads open to traffic. Freeholder Thomas Arnone, liaison to the county Department of Public Works and Engineering, said this week that the bridges, both crossing Deal Lake, are expected to be open by May 23. The eastern end of Grasmere Avenue in Interlaken, which was also closed to through traffic beginning May 2 for milling and repaving on the roadway adjacent…

Ocean Township Prepares for Memorial Day Parade

  Ocean Township residents are being urged to turn out and support this year’s Memorial Day Parade, which is returning after a four-year hiatus. “Memorial Day is such an important occasion and we have many township residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice to help preserve our freedom. And they deserve our recognition and support,” Councilwoman Donna Schepiga said. And Schepiga, who is the council liaison to the Community Celebration Committee, said the parade is getting a lot more support this year. “We have more organizations wanting to march, we are getting more antique cars, have quite a few bands,…

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