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Rehab Facility at Bradley Beach Oceanfront Evicted

  By PETE WALTON A controversial rehabilitation facility has been evicted from the Bradley Beach oceanfront. The owner of 811 Ocean Ave. is seeking to sell the building, Mayor Gary Engelstad announced at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “The tenant has been evicted, they’ve moved out, and with the actions we’ve taken, something like this will not happen again,” the mayor said. Engelstad thanked neighbors of the former Tranquil and Quest operation for bringing to the council’s attention the quality of life problems caused by the facility. The mayor praised municipal attorney Michael R. DuPont for his work on behalf…

Catholic Parishes Merging in Avon, Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The Catholic parishes of St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach will merge July 1 and become St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. In addition, St. Mary’s parish in Deal will combine with St. Jerome’s of West Long Branch into Our Lady of Hope Parish. The changes are part of the “Faith in Our Future” initiative undertaken by the Diocese of Trenton to best utilize the available supply of priests to serve the congregations of the diocese. Bishop David M. O’Connell informed the affected parishes in a recent letter. Formal decrees regarding the changes will be issued…

In Neptune City: Route 35 Changed to Commercial Instead of Mixed Use

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has approved zoning changes, one of which designates the Route 35 corridor as commercial rather than mixed use. Borough Planner Jennifer Beahm said at this week’s council meeting that the zoning change does not prohibit any existing use and will have no effect on tax bills or assessments. Other changes involved properties which fell into more than one zone. Beahm said the dual zoning required some property owners to go through extra approval procedures affecting only a small portion of their land. “Our primary focus is to cleanup the [zoning] map,”…

Tinton Falls Homeowners Will See Savings on Tax Bills

  By PETE WALTON Property taxes collected for municipal purposes in Tinton Falls will increase by 2.4 percent in 2018, according to the Borough Council’s proposed budget but the average homeowner, however, will see a decrease in the amount they pay for borough services. The amount to be raised by local taxes for borough purposes in 2018 will be $15,570,412, according to the proposed budget. A total of $15,196,681 was raised for 2017, according to a summary of the 2017 budget published on the borough website. The council will hold its 2018 budget hearing on April 17. Mayor Vito Perillo, who…

Bradley Beach Seeking Solutions to More Parking

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach officials will obtain appraisals on two Fifth Avenue properties as they consider options for more parking near Main Street. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is not committed to buying the single-family residences at 705 and 707 Fifth Ave. but is simply exploring its options. “We just want to see what the price is,” the mayor said. Engelstad told a resident who inquired that 18 parking spaces could be created on the lots. The Borough Council voted at its meeting this week to pay Stern and Dragoset of Woodbridge $1,500 and Benchmark Appraisal of…

In Neptune City: Read Some Books, Maybe Win Tickets

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Family Foundation is launching a new readathon program in conjunction with Woodrow Wilson School and the Wilson Boosters club. The program is designed to track how many books students read, then tally them on at a class level. The two classes that have the most points will each receive an ice cream party, and their students entered into a drawing to win four season passes to Six Flags Great Adventure. “We developed a point system to incentivize the kids to visit the library more and check out books from there,” said Alex Tallman,…

Bradley Beach Man Sues Borough

  By PETE WALTON A Bradley Beach resident is suing the Borough Council, the mayor and the borough itself, asking that approval of dates for the popular Lobster Fest be overturned. Thomas J. Coan wants a judge in state Superior Court in Freehold to reverse the vote to set June 23 through 25 as the dates for this year’s event. Lobster Fest attracts thousands to the borough beachfront each year. Some residents, including Coan, said they would rather see the event moved to the off season. Council members also have supported moving it to the off season. “The resolution should be voided…

Upgrades at Beachfront in Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON Beachgoers can expect major changes for the better in Bradley Beach this summer. The lifeguard station is getting an upgrade and beach tag booths will have a new exterior of wooden shingles, replacing cracked and crumbling stucco. Twelve new trash and recycling stations will be in place and the repaired beachfront fountain, which Mayor Gary Engelstad described as “stunning,” will make its debut in May, according to Business Administrator Kelly Barrett. At the Borough Council meeting earlier this week, Barrett said that costs for the oceanfront work were much less than had been anticipated. She said…

Neptune City Family Foundation Plans Dance at Community Center

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Family Foundation will host its first dance for school-age youth at the Community Center on Fri., Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The nonprofit charitable foundation was started by Councilman Alexander J. Tallman and his family in the fall of 2016. “The idea for the foundation arose after I started campaigning for council,” Tallman said. “I wanted to try and make an impact on our town in a way that was more directed toward the youth of our community. They are the future of this town, and have always been the highest priority…

Bradley Beach Purchasing Garbage Truck from Avon

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach is buying a garbage truck from Avon. After deciding not to renew its trash removal contact with a private hauler late last year, Bradley Beach reached an agreement with Avon to use one of that borough’s trucks. At this week’s meeting of the Bradley Beach Borough Council, Mayor Gary Engelstad said the truck lease costs $6,500 a month. The council voted 4-0 to buy the 1994 truck for $20,000. “It’s a no-brainer,” the mayor said. Chief Financial Officer Gail Krzyzczuk said that even with the need to hire four new part-time employees in the…

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