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2 Incumbents Win in Ocean Plus Write-In Candidate Not Yet Named

  Two unopposed candidates won two, three-year terms on the Ocean Township Board of Education in Tuesday’s general election while a still unknown write-in candidate won a third seat. Incumbent board member Sylvia Sylvia was top vote-getter with 3,654 votes, or about 45.5 percent of ballots cast. Incumbent Sean Moore got 3,358 votes, or about 41.75 percent. School Superintendent John Lysko said Wednesday that the county Board of Elections office said the winner of the write-in candidate spot should be announced by Nov. 18, or in about two weeks. “I am happy to continue working with everybody and I am…

Ocean School Chief to Retire in June

  Retirement is in the near future for Ocean Township School Superintendent John Lysko, who will leave his post at the end of the school year. Lysko, 64, has been in the school district for 42 years and his retirement takes effect June 30, 2014. “Ocean Township is the only place I have ever worked and it has truly been a privilege to live and work here,” he said. Lysko started his educational career as a biology teacher at the High School, then became supervisor of science and was then promoted to high school principal for three years. He then…

Ocean to Receive $1.3 Million Grant to Purchase Property

  Ocean Township will receive a $1.3 million state grant to help fund the acquisition of Whalepond Village- a 96-unit affordable-housing complex that was threatened with high rent increases. Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced the grant, awarded by the Department of Community Affairs, in a Sept. 27 press release. The grant will assist the township in passing the property to a new owner who will ensure the facility remains affordable housing available to senior citizens. The former owner had considered selling the property to a developer who would have allowed the affordable housing…

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,…

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