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Tinton Falls Homeowners Will See Savings on Tax Bills

  By PETE WALTON Property taxes collected for municipal purposes in Tinton Falls will increase by 2.4 percent in 2018, according to the Borough Council’s proposed budget but the average homeowner, however, will see a decrease in the amount they pay for borough services. The amount to be raised by local taxes for borough purposes in 2018 will be $15,570,412, according to the proposed budget. A total of $15,196,681 was raised for 2017, according to a summary of the 2017 budget published on the borough website. The council will hold its 2018 budget hearing on April 17. Mayor Vito Perillo, who…

Tinton Falls Hires New Borough Clerk

  By DON STINE Tinton Falls has hired a new Borough Clerk- Melissa A. Hesler, the former Deputy Clerk in Middletown. “I am very excited about this job and am looking forward to new path myself. My duties are basically the same but process a bit different, so I have a little learning curb but I will learn in time,” she said. Hesler, 61, worked in Middletown for more than 20 years in several positions, with about 10 years as the deputy clerk. She began her job in Tinton Falls on Feb. 28 and will be paid an annual salary…

Tinton Falls Fire Districts Consider Moving Election

  By DON STINE Tinton Falls’ two fire district are considering moving their annual elections, now held in February, to November and they are also exploring increasing shared services or possible consolidation of the two districts. A 2017 state law allows fire districts throughout the state to move their annual elections to the general election in November, such like was recently done with school districts. “It would be part of the general election and the county would bear the cost,” Fire District #1 President Andrew Calvo said. He said the two districts are looking at the “pluses and minuses” of…

Neptune Mourns Loss of Police Officer

  Neptune Police Officer John Jackson Jr., 48, of Tinton Falls died Wed., Dec. 6.  There appears to be nothing suspicious and there is no public threat connected to his death. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. It is with deep sorrow and regret that we announce the death of one of our active police officers who died this morning while off-duty, said Neptune Township Police Chief James M. Hunt, Jr. He was a 19-year veteran police officer. “Police Officer Jackson was an integral part of our law enforcement…

Tinton Falls Names New Administrator Over Objection of Mayor-Elect

  By PETE WALTON Despite the pleas of Mayor-elect Vito Perillo, the Tinton Falls Borough Council voted 4-1 to name Interim Borough Administrator Elizabeth Perez as permanent administrator. Perillo had asked that the council let him recommend a candidate for the post before it made what the mayor-elect described as a “midnight appointment.” Council President Gary Baldwin said that Perez was named permanent administrator so that the post would not be vacant after Dec. 31, when her current contract as interim administrator expires. Perillo said he did not object to Perez continuing on an interim basis. “I’m disappointed, but I plan to…

Vet, 93, Elected Mayor in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON A 93-year-old World War II veteran is the apparent winner in this week’s Tinton Falls mayoral race. According to unofficial results, Vito Perillo upended incumbent in Mayor Gerald M. Turning by more than seven percentage points. Running under the slogan of “Taxpayers First,” Perillo received 2,499 votes to Turning’s 2,146 in the nonpartisan election for the four-year seat. Provisional ballots were not included in the unofficial vote totals released by Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Perillo served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before beginning a 38-year career as an electronic engineer at…

Tinton Falls Community Day Oct. 8

  The 19th annual Tinton Falls Community Day is scheduled for Sun., Oct. 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sycamore Soccer Complex. The day will include family fun and community connections with local businesses featuring giveaways, community organizations, rides for children, touch-a-truck activites on the fire and emergency vehicles along with local construction companies. Free admission and parking. Sponsorships include Diamond $1000; gold $500; silver $250; bronze $150 and contributor $100. Contact Captain David Scrivanic at dscrivanic@tintonfalls.com or Chairperson Councilman Christopher Pak at cpak@tintonfalls.com.

Tinton Falls Luigi’s Features Garden to Table Vegetables

  By DON STINE Chef Louie “Linguine Dello checks out vegetables grown in his garden at Luigi’s Tavern in Tinton Falls. Dello, who is also chef at Kim Marie’s Eat ‘n Drink Away in Asbury Park, uses the fresh produce from his garden in his recipes at both restaurants.. Tinton Falls officials have denied him permission to put a fence around the garden, at 5119 Asbury Ave., so the animals are getting their fair share of the vegetables, too. Vegetables in the garden include tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other vegetables. “I have just about every kind of hot…

In Tinton Falls: Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Reading Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Although school has been out for almost a month and summer vacation is in full swing, there is still time for kids in the borough of Tinton Falls to sign up for the summer reading program at the Tinton Falls Library. According to Ruth Santulli, Youth Services Library Assistant at Tinton Falls Library, approximately 135 children registered for last year’s program and she hopes even more will join this year. “The Vacation Reading Club (VRC) began June 1 and ends on August 12,” Santulli said. “Our program is limited to Tinton Falls patrons but children outisde…

Tinton Falls Library Activities

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With the school year coming to a close and the summer season just around the corner, the Tinton Falls Library has planned activities and events to keep everyone entertained and engaged for the next several months. One of the newest programs to be offered at the borough library will be a workshop series entitled “Build a Better Life.” Set for Thursday evenings on June 8, July 6, and August 3, the adults-only classes will focus on decluttering and organization with possible expansion into meal planning (body) and wellness (mind) in the near future. Coordinated by Alison…

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