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Middlebrook Cinemas Close

  By ED SALVAS The Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township are closed, but the 10-screen theater complex at Middlebrook Plaza could be back in business as early as this weekend. The theaters, operated by Connecticut-based Bow Tie Cinemas, closed following the last show on Sunday October 26, according to Robert Silverstein whose family owns the Route 35 Middlebrook Plaza. Asked about the sudden closing, Silverstein said it had been in the works for some time. “It’s very simple, their lease was up and they chose not to renew.” Silverstein said a new theater management company is taking over and…

In Ocean: $28 Million School Referendum Question on Dec. 9

  By DON STINE Ocean Township taxpayers will be asked to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all schools in the district but approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service, school officials said earlier this week. Taxpayers will cast their votes on the referendum during a special election on Dec. 9 at their regular polling places from 7 am to 9 pm. A special public meeting on the referendum was held last night, Oct. 8, at the Wayside School on Bowne Road. More public forums are…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Who is a hero? Or better yet, who is your hero? When you ask that question you can get an almost unlimited number of responses; each one different and unique. I suppose you first have to define what it means to be a hero. We have all types of hero’s in our culture, from sports stars to rock stars to movie stars. There are also the classic hero’s like cops, fire fighters, military personnel and other first responders as well as moms and dads, teachers and coaches. At one time or another I have had all…

Ocean Woman Chosen for Special Olympics Summer World Games

  By DON STINE It is not an easy task to train hard enough and well enough to become an Olympian but don’t tell that to Ocean Township’s 22-year-old Molly Hebert. Hebert, who has cerebral palsy, has been selected to participate in the gymnastics competition at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games to be held in Los Angeles, opening in July. “It’s surreal. When Molly was born and first diagnosed, people said she may not walk or participate in activities with her peers. They painted a picture of a non-ambulatory individual. And now to see her walking on a…

Ocean Museum Celebrates 30 Years

  More than 90 friends and supporters gathered recently for a luncheon at the Deal Golf and Country Club to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum. Harpist Marjorie Mollenaur entertained the arriving guests as they viewed 30 years of pictures of past events. A silent auction was arranged by committee members Brenda Wityk and Carin Greenspan. Presenting the Museum with congratulatory Resolutions were Mayor William Larkin, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry. Speaker of the afternoon was Freeholder John Curley. Chairmen of the Luncheon were Marjorie Edelson and Joan Berzansky. Other committee…

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…

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