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$7.4 Million Bridge Project on Schedule

  The $7.4 million project to replace the Sunset Avenue Bridge over Deal Lake between Ocean Township and Asbury Park will be taking a significant step forward in the coming weeks. Seventy-two piles are required to support three new piers that will support Sunset Avenue Bridge. Three test piles were driven in March. Weather permitting, 23 piles at each of the three piers should be driven in place by the end of this week. Additional piles will be driven this summer: 85 piles will be driven in June to support the bridge abutment and retaining walls on the Asbury Park…

Incumbents Sweep Seats in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE The One Ocean Team, headed by Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano, swept Tuesday’s election for all five seats up for grabs on the Township Council. Siciliano’s team easily defeated the rival Ocean Together Team by more than a two-to-one margin. The Ocean One Team also includes Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo and current council members Donna L. Schepiga and Richard H. Long. The ticket also includes newcomer Robert Acerra, who is currently on the school board. “I am overwhelmed by the margin of victory- I thought it would be close. And I thought (Ocean Together) ran…

Ocean Police Investigate Robbery

  Ocean Township Police are looking for a suspect in the armed robbery of the Route 66 BP gasoline station on Wed., April 29. At about 9:10 p.m., a subject with a handgun robbed the attendant of cash and, then, fled on foot, according to police. Members of the township police, Neptune Police and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office searched the area without finding the suspect. The suspect is identified as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches, wearing a black sweatshirt, black hat and mask, according to Ocean Township Police.The person was last seen heading…

Ocean Businesses Invited to Roundtable

  Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone is inviting Ocean Township business owners and managers to a Grow Monmouth roundtable at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the Town Hall at 399 Monmouth Rd. “This roundtable is being done in partnership with the governing body of Ocean Township,” said Arnone, liaison to the County’s Division of Economic Development. “This is an important opportunity for local officials, business owners and managers to get together to discuss ways to grow business, economy and community in Monmouth County.” The Grow Monmouth roundtables are partnerships between the Board of Chosen Freeholders and local…

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…

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