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Monmouth County Lifeguards Win 2nd Place in National Tourney

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Team Monmouth County posted two second-place finishes at the Nautica United States Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Monmouth scored 707.625 points while competing for the Greg Farry Trophy (most points overall, open points only). The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association won with 781.625 points. There were 10 teams in the competition. Monmouth piled up 907.625 points in its pursuit of the Howard Lee Trophy (most points overall, Open and Age Group “A” teams). A total of 10 teams competed. A total of 55 USLA chapters from around the nation showcased…

Hazy, Hot and Humid: Enough!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was only 9:20 a.m., but the temperature was already up to 83 degrees on a sticky recent day. Paul Jimenez was shooting baskets on the court at the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex in Neptune City, but he did not plan on staying long in the heat. “I usually do it in the morning before the sun hits,” said Jimenez, 37, of Asbury Park. “I probably have another half-hour or so and, then, I’m out of here.” Jimenez is winding down summer by looking forward to the coolness of fall. Others are hoping to extend…

Good Weather Equals Good Business

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There seems to be a greater number of people visiting the Asbury Park area this summer — perhaps because of the good weather, an improving economy, publicity, things to do. But whether businesses profited from this seems to be the type of businesses being discussed. “I think more people are here,” said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce. “If you go out on a Saturday or Sunday, you can’t even park.” Kay Harris, owner of Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall agrees. “Even during the weekdays, a lot of people on…

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…

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