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Ocean Names First Ever Police Chaplain

  Father Andrew Eugenis, of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, was sworn in last week as the Ocean Township police department’s first police chaplain. “Father Eugenis is a dynamic person and a great community leader and it is a great honor to have him be a part of the Ocean Township police department,” Mayor William F. Larkin said. Larkin said Father Eugenis, who is also a chaplain with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will offer counseling and support for the police department. St. George’s moved from Asbury Park into a new church in Ocean Township in…

Ocean Buys 3 More Automated Garbage Trucks

  By DON STINE Ocean Township plans to purchase three more automated garbage trucks which will bring the public works department’s compliment of trucks to full capacity. “This purchase will bring the total of trucks up to eight, which will be a full fleet,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said this week. A bond ordinance, which will have a Sept. 17 public hearing, appropriates $930,000, with $883,500 to be bonded, to purchase the three automated trash collection trucks. Brannen said the older, rear-loading trucks will still be used for bulk collections and as a temporary replacement should an automated truck need…

New Ocean Police Officer

  Brian Klein was sworn in as an Ocean Township police officer by Mayor William Larkin and witnessed by Police Chief Steven R. Peters, Councilwoman Donna Shepiga, Councilmen Christopher Siciliano and William Garofalo and Klein’s family. Klein has a bachelors degree from Stockton State College and has served as a Special Law Enforcement Officer II with the department since January 2012. He will be assigned to the uniform patrol bureau following completion of his field training assignment.

Ocean High Graduate is an Ironman, First-Timer

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joe Villapiano liked the idea of being called an iron man. So, the 1999 graduate of Ocean Township High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball, entered the Ironman Lake Placid. Held July 28 in New York’s Adirondacks region, it involved a 2.4-mile swim, 112 miles bicycling and a marathon run of 26.2 miles, held July 28. “If I was going to do one, I would do the big one,” said Villapiano, 32, who now lives in Boston and is an assistant football coach at Harvard University. “I just love the title, Iron Man.…

Ocean Booster Club Still Seeking Funds for Field

  The Ocean Township Spartan Booster Club is still $44,000 short on its contribution to help pay for an artificial turf field at the high school and it is looking for additional community support. The school district is attempting to raise $730,000 for the project, which will replace the current grass field with an artificial turf field. The Booster Club pledged to raise $216,000, which already includes a $100,000 donation from a private citizen. The Board of Education will apply $515,000 from its capital reserve fund. So far the club has raised $171,000 but more money is needed to reach…

Wanamassa Man Places 3rd at International Shooting Match

  By DON STINE Ocean Township has its own “top shot” and his name is Fred Nordensvan, who has been consistently and accurately hitting the bulls-eye ever since he began shooting decades ago. Nordensvan, who lives in Wanamassa and has been shooting since high school, decided that this year was the time to go for the gold on the international sharpshooting scene. For the first time he attended the 41st annual International Benchrest Shooters Competition, called “The Super Shoot,” in North Lawrence, Ohio from May 22-25, where 300 competitors from around world competed for the honor of being the best…

3-Day Greek Festival Opens in Ocean

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean Township is sponsoring a Greek Festival from Fri., June 28 to Sun., June 30 with Greek food, games, music and rides. The festival will be held at the church site at 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. Admission is $2. The church is celebrating 83 years beginning first in Asbury Park before moving to its new home in Ocean Township. The first officially recorded church service by the Hellenic Community of Asbury Park was held in the basement of the Asbury Park Library on Saint Demetrios Day, October 26,…

Ocean School Buses to Display Advertising

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – School buses in Ocean Township will not only be carrying students this fall but they will also be promoting local businesses as well. The district has approved a program to place commercial advertising on its school buses. School Board President Sean Moore said the move to put advertising on the buses is to help generate additional sources of revenue for the school district. “I think that in this financial environment we are looking at everything,” he said. School Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said the district will accept advertising to be posted on the school buses in…

‘Batman’ Movie Producer to Speak at Ocean Graduation

  By DON STINE OCEAN TOWNSHIP – If you want to be successful in life then get up off the couch and start pursing your dreams. At least that’s the message that Ocean Township High School graduate and “Batman” movie produced Michael Uslan will tell students next week. Uslan, class of 1969, will deliver the commencement address for this year’s graduating class at Ocean Township High School on Monday, June 24. An avid comic book collector,Uslan is best known as a producer of all of the modern “Batman” films to date, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film and continuing to…

$700,000 Artificial Turf Field Planned at Ocean Township High School

  By DON STINE OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Ocean Township High School students can expect to see a new artificial turf field up and running this fall thanks to local residents and businesses pitching in with school officials to make it happen. School Superintendent John Lysko said there has been a community initiative, together with school board involvement, to help fund the $700,000 field, which will replace the current grass field. “This has been on our radar for awhile but it gained momentum this year with parents. They stepped forward to raise money and we had one private citizen give us a…

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