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Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Hosted by Ocean Chamber of Commerce

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce’s will hold its Annual Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Benefit and New Member Drive Thurs., Feb. 11 at the award-winning Shore Antique Center at 413 Allen Avenue in neighboring Allenhurst. The event that will begin at 5:30 pm, will once again be sponsored by Wegmans Market of Ocean. “This year, the event has a fun new twist – we will have beer tastings for those who prefer ale to grape,” said Chamber Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda. She added “Every year we seem to takes on a new dimension, it is truly…

Ocean Senior Makes College Plans

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School senior standout Tyler Thompson has verbally committed to the University of Massachusetts to continue his football career, Ocean coach Don Klein announced. “He will take his official visit there the weekend of Jan. 29 and sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 3 at Ocean,” Klein said. In almost four full varsity seasons (he missed part of his junior year because of a broken leg), Thompson scored 57 touchdowns–53 rushing, three receiving and one punt return). He piled up 5,419 yards of total offense on 851 touches, averaging 6.4 yards per…

New Ocean Logo Incorporates Elements of Old One

  By DON STINE After more than 40 years, Ocean Township is proudly displaying its newly-redesigned logo. “We love it and will soon be putting it up behind the council dais and on the podium. And, it is becoming a family legacy,” Councilwoman Donna Schepiga said. The new township logo was designed by Robert Hazelrigg Jr., whose father, Robert Sr., designed the first logo in 1974. His new logo is divided into three segments, each containing either a cornucopia, oak leaves, or Indian feathers. Hazelrigg Jr., 52, is a graphic artist and his father is an architect who still maintains…

Girls High School Basketball Preview

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Year in and year out, the Neptune High School girls basketball team is among the finest in the Shore Conference. Look for the Scarlet Fliers to put another strong team on the court. NEPTUNE Head coach: John Brown, 10th season Assistant coaches: Kerri Quinn, Keshon Bennett Career record: 224-31 Last year’s record: 23-3 Key returners: 5-foot-7 guard-forward Brianna Love (2017), 5-foot-5 guard Desiree Allen (2017), 5-foot-7 guard Alexa Vreeland (2016), 5-foot-6 forward Kaeyln Kimbrough (2016), 5-foot-4 guard Alexis Bennett (2017) Key newcomers: 5-foot-7 guard Rahmena Henderson (2019), 5-foot-3 guard Precious Allah (2018), 5-foot-9 forward Lydia Clancy…

Wrestling Preview: Ocean Township, Monmouth Regional

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Ocean Township High School wrestling team should be one of the best in the Shore Conference. “A bit of a rarity at any school, the Spartans have the ability to put out a previous varsity letter winner at every weight, including five District medal winners,” Ocean coach Cippy Apicelli said. OCEAN TOWNSHIP Head coach: Cippy Apicelli, fifth season Career record: 72-29 Last year’s record: 16-11 (third in District 22, NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinalist, third in Shore Conference Class B North, fifth in Garden State Classic) Possible 2015-16 lineup: Sophomore Adam Manzo (106), freshman…

Ocean Spartans Ice Hockey Team Readies for Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School ice hockey coach Dave Smith has announced the Spartans’ 2015-16 regular-season schedule. Dec. 10: 6:15 p.m., Middletown South vs. Ocean at Jersey Shore Arena; Dec. 14: 5:15 p.m., vs. Edison at Woodbridge; Dec. 16: 3:45 p.m., vs. South Brunswick at Pro Skate; Dev. 17: 6:15 p.m., vs. Wall at Jersey Shore Arena; Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., vs. West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Lawrenceville Prep; Dec. 27, 2:15 p.m. vs. Marlboro at Jersey Shore Arena; Jan. 2: 4:40 p.m., vs. Passaic Valley at Floyd Hall; Jan. 4: 7:30 p.m., vs. Central Regional at Winding…

Veterans honored in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Ocean Township veterans from World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts were honored with special proclamations at a recent Township Council meeting. “The council decided to go one step further than just honoring them on Veteran’s Day and we have veterans in the township that represent different wars and military actions,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. The council also honored other veterans, mostly from World War II, at its previous meeting. “The stories these people have are fascinating. This is the type of stuff you watch on the History Channel and these are the guys…

Oh Deer! What a Reindeer

  By DON STINE Ocean Township resident Dave Gallina, a professional woodworker, knows how to celebrate Christmas in a big way; namely with a 15-foot-high wooden reindeer he made for his front lawn. “I made it primarily for my girlfriend, my children, and my grandchildren. They love it but I want everyone to stop by and enjoy it. Many people stop and take pictures standing underneath it,” he said. The massive reindeer is made from six sheets of plywood, took about 40 hours of work to construct, and a gallon of white paint to decorate. Gallina, who will be 70…

Ocean Board Denies Proposal for Dorm on Logan Road

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy that would house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section was unanimously denied by the Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment at the Dec. 1 meeting. The seven-member board was forced to vote on the use variance application after the applicant, Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, refused to sign a time waiver that would have allowed testimony to be carried to another future meeting. Under state law, a board must decide an application within 120 days unless a time…

Ocean Boys Soccer Team Looks Back on Winning Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER When Ocean Township High School boys soccer coach Tom Reilly examines his team’s season, he does so with a smile. “Well,” he said, “overall you have to consider the season a resounding success.” Indeed it was. The Spartans captured the Shore Conference Class B North title. They advanced to the championship match of the prestigious Shore Conference Tournament, losing 2-0 to Christian Brothers Academy. They won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III crown, downing West Windsor-Plainsboro North 1-0 in the finale. They ended their season with a 1-0 loss to Toms River South in the Group…

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