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In Asbury Park: School Board Election Appeal Dismissed

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An appeal to overturn the Monmouth County Board of Elections’ nullification of mail in ballots in the Asbury Park Board of Education was dismissed on Monday in Freehold. Board Member Nicole Harris appealed the rejection of 41 mail in ballots by the Monmouth County Board of Election following the election in April. Harris lost by a slim margin to Dominic Latorraca, who was third in line for the three available seats when the ballots were counted. Harris asked for a recount and when that did not change the results, she appealed the court’s decision. Board…

Standout Asbury Park Football Player Returns for Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER He’s back. Donte Abrams, the Asbury Park High School football standout who transferred to Michigan during the off season, is back in the Blue Bishops’ uniform. “He transferred back about three weeks ago,” Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque said on Aug. 16. “When he left us, it was a family decision. He feels he has the best opportunity to excel where he has been for his entire life. We’re excited to have him back. I received a call from him and he said he was on his way back. “He is our top returner. He gives…

Ocean Twp. Class of ’80 rocks it out!

  By DON STINE The 1980 graduating class of Ocean Township High School had a rockin’ good time in Asbury Park last Friday night. The high school class’s popular band, Nightfall, hit the stage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and played before its fellow classmates for the first time in 36 years. “It went very well and it was awesome. It was a good evening with lots of music and memories to share,” band spokesman Jim Finn said. About 150 to 200 Ocean Township alum, mostly from the class of 1980, showed up for the special gig. Nightfall…

All Ocean Students Will Have Their Own Computers

  By DON STINE Improving reading, technical skills, and facility improvements are high on the list as Ocean Township opens its schools next month. “There’s lots of good stuff going on at Ocean right now,” Superintendent of Schools James Stefankiewicz said. This year the school district is introducing a new kindergarten through fifth grade literacy program. “We want to dramatically change how we deliver reading and writing instruction. Literacy is where it all begins and when kids learn to read and write well it carries over to other subject areas. We feel it’s important for students to read at grade…

City School District Has New Special Services Director

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park school district will have a new director of special services when school opens next month. “I’m anxious for the new school year and looking forward to see our planning come to fruition,” said School Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet Repollet said one new major change is the addition of a new Director of Special Services. Carolyn Morano is coming the the city from Vernon and replacing interim director Roxanne Johnson. Repollet said the main goal of the new director will be to place students in the least restrictive educational environment as well was expand…

Scholarship Will Be Established in Volunteer’s Name

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Jamar Small’s memory lives. The Asbury Park High School football program will honor Small, the former Blue Bishops’ standout who was murdered in the city last Dec. 20. “We will have a scholarship fund in his name,” coach Tim Fosque said. “We will probably award a couple of scholarships to our senior players.” Small was a volunteer assistant coach with the Blue Bishops last fall. “He was due to come on our staff this season,” said Fosque, who is in his second season as the team’s mentor. “He was an Asbury Park kid. He was a…

Blue Bishops Losing Key Player

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team has taken a big hit. Donte Abrams, who starred for the Blue Bishops last fall as a sophomore, has transferred to a Michigan high school, Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque said. “He was our best returning player,” said Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ second-year coach. Fosque said Abrams will live with his father. “It was a family decision,” Fosque said. Fosque said he learned of the decision in late May. “Donte worked out with our team,” Fosque said. “Of course, when you lose your best player you are discouraged and…

In Neptune: High-Flying Principal

  By DON STINE It’s not every day that elementary school students get to see their principal flying over their heads on a parasail. But that is exactly what hundreds of Neptune Midtown Community Elementary School students saw on Mon., June 20. School principal Arlene Rogo promised her school’s 450 students that if they could read 25,000 books by the end of the school year, she would go parasailing for them. And, the kids won the bet by reading 26,308 books! So, it was a high-flying school principal off the beach at the Ocean Grove fishing pier Monday morning as…

Ocean Twp. Middle school students excel in French

  French students from Ocean Township’s middle and high schools were nationally ranked in the 81st annual Le Grand Concours, also know as National French Contest in Marion, Illinois. The 19 students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. According to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours, the contest is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2016 event. Silver medalists Daniela Martinez, Christiana Santos, Samuel Prudhomme, Whizdee Dolbrus, Yasmeen Elzamek, Vanessa Miranda, and Bronze medalists Thomas McVey,…

City School Board Candidate Files Lawsuit Over Mail-In Ballots

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Board of Education President Nicolle Harris has filed a lawsuit to contest the nullification of 41 mail-in ballots from the April 19 election. Harris along with her two running mates lost the election by a margin of 28 with Harris garnering the most on her ticket of 477. Dominic Latorraco who received the least number of votes on his ticket received 519 votes. Harris is not seeking a recount, which she would have had to request 15 days after the election. Latorraco and Connie Breech, who were both elected, were both served papers about…

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