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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…

Monmouth Regional Offensive Tackle Prepares for College

By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Tyler Gallagher has Friday, June 30 circled on his calendar. It’s when the Monmouth Regional High School senior will play in the final high school game of his career–the 39th annual U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Central Regional at 7 p.m. Gallagher figures to be in the lineup at offensive tackle for the Monmouth County All-Stars, who will oppose the Ocean County All-Stars. “It feels great to be selected,” the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder said. “It feels really good knowing people are proud of how I played. It’s special to represent my school. It shows our school is…

Asbury Park Graduate Honored for Scientific Research

  A 1962 graduate of Asbury Park High School was honored recently for his 50 years of scientific research of RNA. Dr. Paul F. Agris was recognized at a recent annual symposium of the RNA Institute at SUNY Albany. Agris is the founding director of the institute. Dr. Agris is the leading authority ion the specialized field of RNA research. During the past year he was the keynote speaker at an International RNA conference in Greece. He is an inductee in the Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame and graduated from Bucknell University before earning a Ph.D from M.I.T.…

BOE Elections Tuesday in City

  Asbury Park residents will be choosing three board of education members out of a field of six candidates. Incumbent Connie Breech, former board member Barbara Lesinski and newcomer Dominc Latorraca are running as a team. They are being challenged by incumbent Nicole Harris, newcomer Derrick Grant and former board member James Famularo. Polls are open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A candidates forum was recorded by APTV. The 23-minute program will run on Verizon channel 30 and Cablevision channel 77 nine times a day through April 19. It can also be viewed on asburyparktv.org. Voting locations are based…

Candidates File for Asbury Park School Board Race

  Two three-member tickets are seeking to win three, three-year terms on the Asbury Park Board of Education in the April 19 election. The school board recently voted to move the elections back to April from November, which cuts all recently-elected board member’s terms by eight months. Board member Corey Lowell has decided not to seek reelection. Incumbent Nicole Harris, who is also the current school board president, is running on the “From the Community, For The Community” ticket along with former assistant city manager and former school board president James Famularo and Derrick Grant, vice-president of the Asbury Park…

Celebrating Youth Art in Ocean Township

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally in March each year and is designed to educate the community as to what is being taught in the visual arts curriculum, helping to emphasize the value of art education for all students. Across the country, events will occur throughout the month at the national, state, county and local levels to celebrate the talent students possess. As part of this observance the Ocean Township Library and Terner House Gallery will be the site of the Ocean Township School District’s Youth Art Month Exhibit during the entire month of March, according…

CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL RENAMED IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  BY ED SALVAS Students, faculty, staff and parents came together outside the Asbury Park Middle School Wednesday to join in renaming of the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremony included unveiling of a sign honoring the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The program began with welcoming remarks by the Principal, Dr. Rashawn Adams, and Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and featured Edith Savage- Jennings, a longtime friend of the King family who called her “Aunt Edith.” Dr. Repollet noted that King appeared in Asbury Park in 1960 and spoke…

City School to Have New Name

  The renaming of the Asbury Park Middle School is scheduled to take place Wed., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The school will be renamed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School. The Board of Education approved the name change in August.

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