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Out of This World Experience

  It will be an out-of-this-world experience at the InfoAge Center in Wall Sun., Aug. 28 – literally a unique presentation about two first-time journeys into deep space. Frank O’Brien, a volunteer historian for NASA, will give a presentation about NASA’s New Horizons space probe journey to Pluto and its Dawn mission to Ceres. “The New Horizon’s journey to Pluto and Dawn’s mission to Ceres explored those ancient worlds. They found unexpected vistas, from frozen oceans of nitrogen to mountains of salt. These discoveries help confirm that the early solar system was a chaotic place with planets shifting positions and…

Respect the Power of the Ocean

  By PETE WALTON and JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Officials at the shore caution bathers never to underestimate the ocean following the rescue of four from the water in Asbury Park Sun., Aug. 14 and the apparent drowning of a man off Bradley Beach over the weekend. Bradley Beach Chief of Police Leonard Guida reminds those who want to swim at the borough’s beaches to respect the power of the ocean at all times. “It comes down to common sense,” Guida said. “Even if it appears calm, you always have to respect it. If you look at it that way, you…

Merger for Three Catholic Parishes Will Be Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Town-hall style meetings will take place this week and next to discuss plans for three local Catholic parishes. The Diocese of Trenton has suggested that St. Rose in Belmar, St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach merge into one parish based in Belmar no later than July 2018, “pending a structural review and maintenance appraisal of the buildings,” according to the diocese. An “additional worship site” would be established at Ascension or St. Elizabeth’s and “evaluated every two years based on usage, finances, etc.,” the diocese said. The diocese established “cohorts” of parishes and…

The Heat is On!

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a weekend of near constant heat advisories and thunderstorms watches from local police departments as officials warned shore area residents and visitors to take caution in the high heat. Asbury Park Deputy City Manager Kevin Keddy said the city was “busier than you can even imagine. The whole city was busy.” Keddy, who is also fire chief, said the fire department’s first aid squad answered 202 calls from Friday to Sunday night, many at the b eachfront. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said the weekend in the city was one of the busiest…

Business Booming Over Fourth of July Weekend

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI By all accounts the 2016 Fourth of July weekend at the Jersey shore was a great one, beginning with wonderful weather, large crowds and businesses and beaches thriving. In Asbury Park Beach Safety Supervisor Joe Bongiovanni could hardly contain his enthusiasm. “It was great, we were mobbed every day,” he said. Bongiovanni said all three days of the weekend were great as far as daily badges go, but Sunday, even though the weather was not optimum, was the best day of the three. Bongiovanni did not have exact figures compared to last year, but said…

Rebel Arts Fair Planned for InfoAge July 9

  The second annual Rebel Arts Fair is being held Sat., July 9 from noon until 8 p.m. at the InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum at Camp Evans in Wall Township. Musicians Kevin Grossman and friends are organizing the music lineup for the event. The music comes from a line of classically trained artists who will be playing an array of experimental jazz type music along with contemporary sounds. All members are welcome. This is a free public event, which last year brought 300 new visitors. Info Age is located at 2201 Marconi Road. For more information email…

Monmouth County Seniors Invited to Submit Artwork

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is extending an invitation to all Monmouth County residents age 60 and over to participate in the 2016 Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition by submitting one piece of original, visual art. Application deadline is July 8. Senior artists who have professional or nonprofessional status are welcome. Categories in both divisions are acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. The 2016 application, rules, eligibility requirements and important dates are available on the County website. Previous participants will be sent information via US mail on June…

Heroin Kills More Than Car Crashes or Murder

  By DON STINE More people are killed in Monmouth County by heroin overdoses than by murder and highway accidents- combined. Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Camden, have the highest rate of heroin-related deaths and a special forum on the subject was held April 27 in the High Ocean Township High School auditorium. “This is a very, very serious problem, particularly in Monmouth County,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck, who hosted the forum. “Young people can become so addicted in such a short period of time and unable to get away from it- it’s unprecedented. It really sets you on your…

Record Number Attend Made in Monmouth Event

  A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth expo April 9.. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing. The event was held in the MAC at Monmouth University. “I would like to thank all the vendors who displayed the quality products and services they provide and are based in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “After five events, the ‘Made in Monmouth’ program is still growing and is a huge success. This year, the number of merchants increased more than…

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