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Ocean Man Saved After Overdose

  Ocean Township Police say they saved the life of a 25-year-old man after he apparently suffered a heroin overdose. Police gave this account: On Tuesday, Sept. 2, at about 11:20 p.m., Officers Randy Slawsky and Zachary Rhein responded to a reported overdose at a Rustic Drive apartment. They found an unconscious man in the living room. A family member reported it was believed the man had ingested heroin The officers administered two doses of naloxone hydrochloride to the man and he became conscious and responsive. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Oakhurst Couple Awarded Excellence in Parenting Award

  In a culture in which marriage, parenting, and nurture of children is tougher than ever, parents who stick with it should be honored. That’s the idea of National Parents’ Day, a federal observance that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year on Sun., July 27. Outstanding parents whose nurturing skills are admired by many were honored and included Charlie and Francine Neff of Oakhurst, who were were finalists for the National Parents of the Year for 2014. They have two children, and as a film producer, Fran Neff promotes strong families and healthy, loving marriages. In 1994, by a joint…

Concern About Coyotes in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Coyotes have been spotted in Ocean Township by some residents who have expressed concern, but county health officials advise the public to use good old common sense when dealing with the animals. “Coyotes have been sighted in all 21 counties and in 400 municipalities throughout the state- this is not something that is uncommon,” said Dave Henry, a health officer with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, Ocean Township resident Barbara Hudson, who lives in the Wayside area, said she has seen a coyote come into her yard . “I was outside and saw a small…

Big Lots Store Opening in Ocean

  Big Lots will open its newest store at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Seaview Square on Route 66 in Ocean Township. As the nation’s largest broadline closeout retailer, Big Lots is best known for bringing customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Big Lots offers new merchandise every week that typically sells for 20 to 40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70 percent below traditional retailers. This new store will carry thousands of products available from everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys, brand-name furniture, Serta mattresses and extraordinary one-time closeouts. “When shoppers visit this new…

Ocean Police to Target Unsafe Vehicle Operations

  From now until the end of August Ocean Township police will be conducting a Summer Traffic Safety Initiative. The goal of this initiative will be to target vehicle operations and actions which are unsafe. During the summer months police see increases in traffic volume, aggressive driving, and crashes. Many of the crashes can be attributed to unsafe vehicle operations. Enforcement will be conducted by Patrol Bureau and Traffic Bureau Officers. Police will be targeting all motor vehicle violations with particular attention to hazardous moving violations. This initiative is to include zero (0) tolerance for distracted driving related offenses, by…

6 Boy Scouts Obtain Eagle Scout Honors

  By DON STINE Six Boy Scouts from Oakhurst Troop 71 in Ocean Township obtained their Eagle Scout honors during a special ceremony recently at the Oakhurst Firehouse. Scouts Brendan Gifford, Dan Bauman, Max Natanagara, Nick Borgia, Erik Brockel and Nick Dawe were are recognized with scouting’s highest award. Gifford’s Eagle project was to construct two professional-grade information signs depicting the rich history of Palaia Park in Ocean Township, an area that dates back to the early 1800’s and was used to conduct wire-less radio research by AT&T and later the US Army. Gifford has been accepted to University of…

New Sephardic Youth Center Being Built in Ocean

  The new Deal Sephardic Youth Center is being built off Norwood Avenue in Ocean Township at the site of the old Acme supermarket building. The new center, at 224 Norwood Ave., near Roosevelt Avenue, is now using about 25,000 square feet of vacant space in the existing CVS pharmacy, once the Acme building. By adding 3,866-square-feet to an existing interior mezzanine space, the entire center will occupy about 29,000 square feet. The application for the center, which was approved late last year, was before the Board of Adjustment because it needed a use bulk variance, one for parking, and…

Slight Boost in Ocean Tax Rate

  By DON STINE Ocean Township property owners will see an average $48 increase in municipal taxes under the township’s 2014 budget, which was adopted without public comment at last week’s Township Council meeting. It was hoped that the increase could be lowered to about $41 using pension savings to lower the tax rate. “But instead we used that money for our capital improvement program to enhance our road improvement projects due to the terrible winter we had,” Chief Financial Officer Stephen Gallagher said. Gallagher said the new budget will result in a $48 overall increase for an average home…

Ocean Township Celebrates the Earth at Green Fair

  As a certified Sustainable Jersey Municipality, the Ocean Township Environmental Commission invites the public to attend the fourth annual Green Fair at the Ocean Township Library on Sat., June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, family-friendly festival is dedicated to the Earth. Programs for all ages will include: > 10 a.m. Sing into Summer with members of the Ocean Township Intermediate School Chorus. Come and allow the children’s voices to delight your ears and tend to your soul’s garden. > 10:30 a.m The Energy Hog is back. Join this dastardly character, who makes learning about energy…

New School Chief Named in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE James Stefankiewicz, the current School Superintendent at Red Bank Regional High School, has been appointed to replace John Lysko as the new superintendent of the Ocean Township school district. Stefankiewicz, who is an Ocean Township resident, was appointed at this week’s Board of Education meeting and will begin his new job on July 1. “I am very excited. Ocean Township is an outstanding school district,” he said. “And  I know I have huge shoes to fill. Living here has helped me understand where this school district wants to go and I want to pick up the ball…

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