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Ocean Township Athlete Wins Cross Country Title

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Elliot Gingi broke the tape and was overcome with emotion. The Ocean Township High School junior could hardly contain himself after winning the Monmouth County boys cross country title in 16:21 at Holmdel Park. “I felt it was amazing,” he said. “I was happy and I was excited and to be honest I wanted to run the next race (the boys junior varsity race). I was that excited. I wanted to go again … running twice.” Gingi, who is in his third season of competing in cross country, placed sixth last year in 16:46 at Holmdel…

Thanksgiving Food Drive in Ocean

The Ocean Township Department of Human Services and Community Hope Fund are gearing up their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, seeking donations and volunteers to help those in need. Donations, which should be made by Monday, Nov. 2, may be dropped off at or sent to Human Services at 601 Deal Road, Ocean Township, 07712. Non-perishable goods also are being collected at the Ocean Township High School varsity football game Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the school, 550 W. Park Ave. More information is available from Jennifer Appio at Human Services, telephone 732-531-2600 or email jappio@oceantwp.org.

Rewards Program in Ocean is Rewarding for Taxpayers

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will see lower property tax bills through the new “Own Ocean” rewards program, a program which can mean a few hundred dollar savings on their tax bill. The “Own Ocean” rebate program gives residents a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a participating township-based business. “Some rewards will be small but every time you get any money you will receive an instant message about a tax credit being applied,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Under the “Own Ocean” program, local merchants sign up and offer special discounts to Ocean Township residents…

Ocean Field Hockey Believes Team Has Makings of a Champion

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER There is a key reason why Denise D’Esposito enjoys coaching. “Just watching the kids,” the Ocean Township High School field hockey coach said. “You see them as freshmen. They leave you as seniors. You see them grow up as people and players. It’s rewarding to see them set a goal, reach it and perhaps go beyond it. When I went to Ocean, my best friend was a player on the team and she is still my best friend. You make memories in field hockey that you can’t make anywhere else. There is nothing like seeing a…

$60,000 Scam in Ocean

  Ocean Township police are looking at a Maryland man, accused of stealing $60,000 from a township resident in a counterfeiting money scam. The wanted man is Leonnard Youtcha, 42, of Laurel, Md., whom police have charged with theft by deception. Police provided this narrative: On Aug. 18, the alleged victim reported he had had contact with a person on the Internet who claimed he had a money-making opportunity. Eventually, Youtcha met the victim at a township residence. Youtcha reportedly said he had a way to counterfeit money by taking real currency, placing it between two pieces of paper and…

Ocean Student Makes His Mark in Running

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It was the summer of 2013. “I woke up one day and said, ‘I want to run,’ ” Elliot Gindi said. “Why did I say that? I think honestly I have no answer for that. It just popped into my head. I just wanted to try it.” Gindi has emerged as a top distance runner at Ocean Township High School where he competes on the boys cross country, indoor track and spring track teams. Gindi began his career in a 5 kilometer race at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch in the summer of 2013. “After a…

Ocean Chamber Launches Campaign to Help Seidle Family

  The Greater Ocean Township of Commerce is hosting a campaign to help the nine Seidle children of Neptune. The nine were left on their own after their lives were shattered by the death of of their mother June 16. Tamara Seidle was a much loved pillar of the community. She raised her children to be part of that community and taught them to be respectful, close-knit, hard-working students and athletes. With their approval, the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is launching an ongoing campaign to solicit the community’s support in donating gift cards for local supermarkets and clothing/shoe…

Ocean Township Spartans Ready for Football Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Here come the colleges. Ocean Township High School senior running back Tyler Thompson finds his name on the lips of numerous schools. They include West Virginia, Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. “They are the main ones,” said Don Klein, the Spartans’ ninth-year coach. “He has had more than 20 scholarship offers.” It’s easy to see why. Thompson has rushed for 3,294 yards and 31 touchdowns on 571 career carries. He has caught 28 passes for 267 yards and two career touchdowns. Last year, he blazed 90 yards with a punt return for a…

Ocean Township High School Turns 50

  By DON STINE Fifty years ago this month Ocean Township High School opened its doors for the first time to greet about 1,000 students- a move that would change the township school district forever. The opening of the high school in September, 1965 was a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park- the school district that, up to that year, educated most of Ocean Township’s students. “When the school opened in September, there was no senior class since seniors had returned to Asbury Park to graduate with their class. It was only until the next year that…

Back to School Even Before Labor Day

  Many area students are returning to school before Labor Day weekend where they will be welcomed with new science labs in Ocean Township, a partnering with Google in classroom environments in Neptune and a College and Career Readiness Institute in Asbury Park designed to groom students for post-secondary education. Both Ocean Township and Neptune students will return to class Thurs., Sept. 3. Asbury Park students return Sept. 10. In Asbury Park the district recently partnered with Scholastic to establish a pre-k to 12 comprehensive literacy model for the 2015-16 school year. District officials said they will implement a full-suite…

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