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Ocean Budget Has No Tax Increase

  By DON STINE The 2016 Ocean Township municipal budget, which calls for no tax increase, was unanimously adopted by the Township Council last week. There was no public comment during the hearing on the budget, which was introduced on March 10. And no public comment is sometimes a good thing, Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. “It means residents are confident in the budget and we are doing what we promised during the last election campaign- to stabilize the tax rate while not compromising services. Siciliano said that the township has also added new staff under the budget, including one appointed…

2 Charged with Burglary in Ocean

  On April 18th at 12:50 p.m. Ocean Township police patrols responded to a suspicious vehicle that was parked in front of an unoccupied residence on Logan Road. When officers arrived on location they found that the vehicle in question had already left the area. A short time later the vehicle, a 2002 white Dodge Pickup truck, was observed by Officer Dave Marino parked at a convenience store located on Deal Road. Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Nicholas Sanchez, 24, Staten Island and Anthony Moretto, 36, Richmond, N.Y.were found to be in possession…

Ocean Program Seeks Proposals for Youth Development

  The Community Hope Fund of Ocean Township is once again seeking Proposal for its Youth Development Grant Program. Through this program, CHF supports local programs that employ innovative and research based models to promote youth development. Specifically, CHF is looking for local programs that build “Developmental Assets” in youth. Assets are the 40 positive experiences and personal qualities that help determine whether youth make good or bad decisions. Community, school-based, and after school programs help youth thrive by promoting constructive use of time , building self-esteem and reinforcing health and well-being. This year, the Community Hope Fund will award…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

Creating Your Own Rain Garden

  Area residents are invited to show support for the Whalepond Brook Watershed and try to help reduce neighborhood flooding and erosion by attending a public seminar on how to create your own rain garden on Sat., April 23. The free seminar, to be held at the Ocean Township Public Library on Deal Road from 1 to 3 p.m., will teach participants about watershed ecology and how to create their own rain garden in their backyards. Laurel Von Gerichten, with the Ocean Township Shade Tree Commission, will also give a tour of the award-winning rain garden outside the Ocean Township…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

No Knock Ordinance Will Go Into Effect in Ocean

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will soon be able to register to prevent solicitors from coming to their door trying to sell services or products. Referred to as the “No-Knock” ordinance, it prevents any type of solicitation to homes that have placed their address on a special registry. Township Manager Andrew Brannen said the ordinance, which was adopted at the Feb. 9 Township Council meeting, does not apply to religious or political groups. “It does prevent any types of other solicitation, such as people trying to sell you doors, windows, cable television, etc.” he said. A property owner…

Celebrating Youth Art in Ocean Township

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally in March each year and is designed to educate the community as to what is being taught in the visual arts curriculum, helping to emphasize the value of art education for all students. Across the country, events will occur throughout the month at the national, state, county and local levels to celebrate the talent students possess. As part of this observance the Ocean Township Library and Terner House Gallery will be the site of the Ocean Township School District’s Youth Art Month Exhibit during the entire month of March, according…

Shrewsbury Volkswagen Donates $10,000 for Ocean Events

  A $10,000 donation by a local business to help offset the costs for Ocean Township’s special annual events will go a long way, Mayor Christopher Siciliano said at this week’s Township Council meeting. Prior to the meeting, Siciliano and Councilwoman Donna Schepiga accepted the $10,000 check from Gino Dellomo, a lifelong township resident and general manager for Shrewsbury Volkswagen in Tinton Falls. Siciliano said a major sponsorship for township events is offered every year, adding that Dellomo “stepped up to the plate” this year to help his community. He said contributions go to help offset costs for events, like…

Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Hosted by Ocean Chamber of Commerce

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce’s will hold its Annual Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Benefit and New Member Drive Thurs., Feb. 11 at the award-winning Shore Antique Center at 413 Allen Avenue in neighboring Allenhurst. The event that will begin at 5:30 pm, will once again be sponsored by Wegmans Market of Ocean. “This year, the event has a fun new twist – we will have beer tastings for those who prefer ale to grape,” said Chamber Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda. She added “Every year we seem to takes on a new dimension, it is truly…

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