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Monmouth Regional High School Teacher Faces Charges

  A Monmouth Regional High School teacher surrendered to authorities Wed., June 3 after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with one of his students who was under the age of 18, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Nicholas DePue, 29, of Whispering Oaks Way in Jackson, is charged with second degree counts of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jamie Perri, J.S.C., who also ordered DePue have no contact with his victim and he is not to…

Need a Ride? Download Uber on Your Smartphone

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Uber, the app that connects riders to drivers, celebrated its first year anniversary at the Jersey Shore over the Memorial Day weekend. Known for its ability to connect a rider with a driver instantly through a smart phone, Uber has been expanding since it’s founding in 2009. “The Jersey Shore was a natural move, especially in the summer,” said Matt Wing, a representative from Uber. “You can easily get where you need to go.” According to Uber’s website, since their founding in 2009, “Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.”…

Time for Parades and Picnics

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was a busy Memorial Day weekend for Ocean Grove’s Caroll DeRocco. Participation in events honoring fallen military veterans, the Atlantic Wind Ensemble concert at the Great Auditorium, Sunday morning religious services on the Boardwalk, her children participating in the parade, Bradley Beach’s annual festival and, in Asbury Park, Yappy Hour for dogs at the Wonder Bar and fireworks. The traditional beginning of the summer season at the Jersey Shore rocketed in with sunny skies and bustling activity. “I love the beginning of summer,” said DeRocco, 51. “I love we begin (by) honoring those that have…

Vote for Your Favorite County Beach

  What is your favorite Monmouth County beach? You can cast your ballot in the statewide best beaches survey and help prove that Monmouth County has the best beaches in the state. “We would love to see several Monmouth County beaches appear on the 2015 New Jersey Top Ten Beaches list,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said. “Fans of Monmouth County and its beaches need to vote online by June 19 to have their vote count.” Twenty-three Monmouth County beaches are on the ballot and eligible for voting in 2014. The beaches are: Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Cliffwood…

Friends of Deal Lake Will Host Ocean Candidates Forum

  As part of the Save Deal Lake 2015 campaign, The Friends of Deal Lake said it will host an Ocean Township Council Candidate Forum Sat., May 2. The forum will give residents an opportunity to meet and hear directly from the future elected leaders of Ocean Township about the health of Deal Lake and the plans to protect and improve the lake. The forum is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Interlaken Municipal Building, 100 Grassmere Ave., Interlaken. The group believes the forum is important because Deal Lake, which is open to the public and owned by the state…

The Winter of Our Discontent?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Remember the generally snowless, mild weather of December and early January — the Winter That Was Not. Then came the onslaught of sub-freezing, sometime near zero, temperatures and seemingly almost every other day snow or ice — not large accumulations, but enough in which they had to be dealt with. What would you title this winter — so far, because we could have snow for another month, for example, no matter what the calendar says? “Unending Torment or Unending Torrent, one of the two,” said Jewels Reigns of Ocean Grove. It felt as though it was…

Be an Election Worker, Earn $200

  The Monmouth County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for upcoming elections. Poll workers will be compensated $200 for working a Primary Election or General Election. “Voting is one of the greatest privileges that we have as Americans,” said Monmouth County Board of Elections Commissioner Christine Hanlon. “Poll workers are essential to the voting process and right now we are asking our Monmouth County citizens to be a part of this process and help their community exercise their right to vote.” To qualify to be a poll worker, you must be a registered voter in Monmouth County and…

Some Like It Cold, But Most Do Not

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For 21 years, Juan Rivera has worked in a refrigerated room. “Forty-five, forty-three degrees, all day,” said Rivera, 58, who works at Gourmet Kitchen, a food-preparer in Neptune. Sure, the Asbury Park resident is used to the cold, but it does not mean he is used to the constant threat of snow and sub-freezing, sometime near-zero temperatures the recent weeks of winter have brought us. “It’s terrible,” said Rivera, who finds himself spending more time indoors. “It just won’t let up.” But Rivera, as with others, is grinning and bearing the winter. “I’m hanging in there,”…

Polar Express Stopping at Shore

  By JOSEPH SAPIA On Tuesday, Donna Ryan was out of breath, shoveling snow on a neighbor’s sidewalk on Bradley Beach’s Ocean Avenue. “I’ve had enough,” said Ryan, 49, speaking of the winter weather. The snow is one thing, but the cold has been worse — frozen pipes, the furnace chugging to keep up. “It’s been a tough February,” Ryan said. “We had an easy December and January. It was great. Then, February came back to bite us. “My poor kids,” said Ryan, speaking of son, Jake, 13 and daughter, Kylie, 9. “They need to get outside. In 10 minutes,…

The ‘Blizzard’ That Bombed

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Madello family of Avon was going on a cruise this week to Key West in Florida and Nassau in the Bahamas. Not that they need the warmer weather, though. On Wednesday, in 27 degrees, the family — dad Dylan, 40; mom Mikhael, 35; and daughters, Scarlett, 4, and Elise, 2 — were visiting the playground on the Avon beach. Mikhael said she thought it was easier “to be in the snow than in the house with the pent-up energy” her daughters have. “We’re just giving the kids some exercise,” Dylan said. “They seem to be…

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