1 Interactive Links: People Editorial Sports Front Classified School News Obituaries A Proud Mother Pins Her Eagle Scout Son Page 23 Spending Some Special Time With Grandma Page 28 Thursday May 17, cents Not guilty verdict sparks cops outrage By Dan Zomack RED BANK Wall Police Capt. Bernard Sullivan was found not guilty by Municipal Court Judge William Himelman on a charge of Driving While Intoxicated [DWI], as well as several other motor vehicle charges, in court here Monday morning. The 23-year-veteran of the Wall Police Department was pulled over just after midnight on Jan. 27 and arrested for DWI, following a near motor vehicle accident, after failing to stop for a red light on Route 35 and Sixteenth Avenue and driving on the opposing traffic lane on Belmar Boulevard, according to the arresting officer s report. The stop, and subsequent arrest, were made by Wall Police Ptl. Todd Verrecchia. Judge Himelman, who took a 10-minute break to deliberate after the prosecution and defense had finished presenting their testimony, said it was the first time in five years that he had found an individual not guilty for DWI. Judge Himelman said the case bothered him from the start, when the trial began last Tuesday, throughout the weekend and until this Monday morning, when the trial resumed. See NOT GUILTY, PAGE 15 Sollitto jury hung on most counts Not guilty on two theft charges By Meghan Berry FREEHOLD The case file of Ronald Sollitto and Michael Casale will now be reviewed by First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter E. Warshaw Jr., after a jury last Friday acquitted Dr. Sollitto of two minor theft charges and was hung on all other counts. In its ninth day of deliberation, the jury deciding the fate of the two defendants said Dr. Sollitto was not guilty of two counts of theft of moveable property money. Dr. Sollitto was accused of paying bills as power of attorney [POA] after the death of Madeleine Stockdale and for paying a gas bill for 10 Monroe Ave. from her account after the house had been sold to Dr. Sollitto. See SOLLITTO, PAGE 28 CANDICE KENMUIR, The new Avon Board of Commissioners, Robert McGovern [from left], Frank Gorman and new Mayor Robert Mahon recited the oaths of office, administered by Municipal Judge Al D Auria, during the swearing-in ceremony at the municipal building on Tuesday. Avon swears in new boro commissioners By Nick Malfitano AVON-BY-THE-SEA At noon on Tuesday, the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea officially swore in and welcomed its new board of commissioners. The three-member board is made up of Robert Mahon, who was the only incumbent to seek re-election this year, and newcomers Frank Gorman and Robert McGovern. Borough Administrator Tim Gallagher read the results from the May 8 municipal election, which showed that Mr. Mahon received 450 votes, Mr. McGovern garnered 417 votes, Mr. Gorman collected 374 votes, and defeated challenger Russell Hinman got 281 votes. Municipal Judge Al D Auria administered the oath of office to all three commissioners. Mr. Gallagher then read resolutions which assigned each commissioner to a separate committee. Commissioner McGovern was appointed the director of public works, parks and public property. Commissioner Gorman was appointed the director of public affairs and safety, and Commissioner Mahon was re-appointed to his post as director of the department of revenue and finance. In addition, Commissioner Mahon was chosen to be the new mayor of Avon by Commissioners Gorman and McGovern. I d like to extend my appreciation to the residents and voters of Avon for their support in the last election. I d also like to express my appreciation for my fellow commissioners for the confidence that they have expressed in me in making me the mayor during our administration, said Mayor Mahon. CANDICE KENMUIR, New Avon commissioners Robert McGovern [from left], Frank Gorman and Mayor Robert Mahon began their fouryear terms at the reorganization meeting this week. Avon s a great town, and I know you have the same feeling. For all of us, it s the ideal place to live, though there are many things that need to be addressed, the mayor continued. And that s the challenge that awaits the three of us as we start the next four years in our administration. Commissioner McGovern also expressed his gratitude to the public. I would like to thank my wife and family for all the support they ve given me, and every voter in town that showed their support as much as they have, he said. I look forward to working on the lanes, the sidewalks, the boardwalk, and I am really looking forward to getting close to the [Sylvan] Lake Commission. I too, wish to thank all of you for coming today, and certainly for having the confidence in me to elect me It s quite an honor, said Commissioner Gorman. The commissioner recalled walking down the boardwalk with his parents as a child, and other parents taking notice of his friendly nature, remarking that he would be probably be in political office someday. Who knew 40 years later, they d be right, Commissioner Gorman said. The commissioner expressed interest in working with many groups in town, such as the first aid, fire and recreation departments, and added he would be accessible to inquiries and comments from the public. Almost three-year old DWI case still pending By Brian O Keefe S P R I N G L A K E HEIGHTS A man who was arrested in the borough nearly three years ago for Driving While Intoxicated has yet to face a judge on the charge, in a case that his former defense attorney said has obliterated the 60-day state guideline for resolving DWI court cases. On Aug. 21, 2004, Ptl. Andrew O Neill of the Spring Lake Heights Police Department arrested Metuchen resident Joseph P. Buttafuoco, now 77, after he was involved in an 11 p.m. accident with another vehicle at the corner of Route 71 and Ludlow Avenue. The accident was apparently a minor one, and police and court documents indicate no unusual complicating factors in the arrest. According to Ptl. O Neill s arrest report, Mr. Buttafuoco said he had one martini at The Breakers earlier that night. Breathalyzer readings indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.10 percent and 0.09 percent, just above the legal threshold of 0.08 percent. Mr. Buttafuoco has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included reckless driving and driving an uninsured vehicle. The arrest report states Mr. Buttafuoco handed the same expired insurance card back to Ptl. O Neill six times, asking the officer each time if it was valid. But in the two years and eight months since his arrest, the case has still not been heard in court, as the trial has Wheels of justice slowed down by numerous trial postponements been delayed, transferred to Brick T o w n s h i p Municipal Court, and then postponed numerous times. If the case had been tried within 60 days and Mr. Buttafuoco had been convicted, the standard three-month license suspension would have ended more than two years ago. The New Jersey sentencing guidelines for first-time DWI offenders with a blood alcohol level between 0.08 and 0.10 percent includes a license suspension period of three months. Mr. Buttafuoco does not have any prior offenses, according to his former attorney, Mitchell Ansell. Mr. Buttafuoco, an insurance defense attorney, is also a major political campaign donor who has personally contributed nearly 250,000 to Democrats in New Jersey over the past two decades, at the county, state and federal levels, according to data from the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission and the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C. This should have been heard over two years ago, Spring Lake Heights Police Chief Mark Steets said of the case last week. The chief said that in his many years of law enforcement experience, he has seen occasional lapses in meeting the 60-day guideline. But not this long, See DWI, PAGE 3 A Face-to-Face Meeting LAUREN PARKER, Britney Soto, 10, got close-up and personal with Willis, an African Bullfrog, at the Bradley Beach Public Library, Tuesday evening. See story, page 16. 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2 PAGE 2 [USPS ] Published every Thursday at 13 Broad Street, Manasquan, N.J per year within Monmouth County. 37 per year outside Monmouth County. Periodicals postage paid at Manasquan, N.J. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Coast Star, 13 Broad Street, Manasquan, N.J WEEKLY MEMBER ACCESS CODE MEMBER ID: PASSWORD:08736 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 Council approves open space grant agreement with county By Brian O Keefe The Spring Lake Heights Council authorized an agreement to receive a 250,000 grant from the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Program for the possible purchase of 1200 Allaire Road, a property next to Allaire Road Park, at Monday night s meeting. The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved the grant for the borough last year. The purpose of the resolution passed by the council is to indicate to the county that the borough is still interested in receiving the grant, Mayor Elwood Malick explained. Borough Attorney Frederick C. Raffetto is still negotiating with the lawyer of property owner M.B. Fletcher, and no agreement has been reached regarding whether the borough will actually buy the land. In other news from Monday night s council meeting: The council appointed M. Tara Shinn as a part-time violations clerk in the municipal court office, at a pay rate of 12 per hour. Old Mill Road resident Andrew Neaves was appointed as a temporary summer employee in the public works department, at an hourly pay rate of Mayor Malick presented a proclamation to borough resident Leslie Labruto, who was selected as Manasquan High School s student achiever of the year for the Spring Lake Heights school year. Leslie is also ranked first in her class and is this year s valedictorian. It will be the first time a Spring Lake Heights Elementary School graduate was named valedictorian at the high school since The council authorized a permit to the Spring Lake Heights Little League to hold a Family Fun Day on June 23. Shore Road resident James Martin inquired about the new format of council agendas introduced at the meeting. Is that a permanent change? he asked. It s a work in progress, Mr. Martin, replied Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande. Including roll call tables on the agenda makes it quicker to complete meeting minutes, she said. Mr. Martin said that might be good for the council, but distributing an agenda in that format to the public was a waste of paper. Ready To Play Fri. & Sat. Eve. - 7:05, 9:20 Sun. to Thurs. Eve - 7:20 Matinee Sat. & Sun. - 1:30 ROBIN J. STACY Attorney at Law Estate Planning Wills Powers of Attorney Living Wills Health Care Directives Guardianships Special Needs HOME & HOSPITAL VISITS AVAILABLE 707 Hwy. 71, Suite 401 Brielle, NJ First aid call leads to arrest for CDS By Brian O Keefe A Bradley Beach woman was arrested for possession of codeine pills without a prescription by Spring Lake Heights Police, after the department received a call regarding a person lying on her back on the sidewalk of Route 71 near the intersection with Warren Avenue. Ptl. Edward Gunnell and Sgt. Barry Johnstone responded, thinking it was a first aid call, and found Michelle Sullivan, 24, walking northbound on the west sidewalk of Route 71, at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue. The officers interviewed Ms. Sullivan, asking if she had been lying on the sidewalk and if she had a medical condition. They found prescription Pain Ease tablets in her possession without a prescription. Ptl. Gunnell made the arrest. 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3 he added. The case apparently did not come before former Spring Lake Heights Municipal Court Judge Evan W. Broadbelt until January 2005, four months after the arrest. That delay resulted when the lawyer whom Mr. Buttafuoco initially hired to represent him in the matter had a conflict of interest, according to Mr. Ansell, who subsequently represented him. Mr. Ansell has since withdrawn from the case because of a conflict of his own that arose last January. His law partner, Frederick C. Raffetto, was named the Spring Lake Heights borough attorney at that time, and Mr. Ansell withdrew in order to avoid taking an adverse position to the Spring Lake Heights Police Department while his partner represented the borough. The case was transferred in January 2005 to Brick Township Municipal Court, where trial dates have been repeatedly scheduled and then cancelled over the past two years. In Spring Lake Heights, former Judge Broadbelt and Prosecutor Colin Quinn had recused themselves, citing the fact that Mr. Buttafuoco is a lawyer who represents the Middlesex County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, which is the borough s liability insurer. The case was then sent to Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Lawrence M. Lawson, for reassignment to another municipal court. The case was transferred outside the county because Mr. Buttafuoco had also represented the Monmouth County Prosecutor s Office, which Judge Lawson said presented a problem with the case being tried in any municipality in the county. Plea bargaining on the case in Brick Township Municipal Court during 2005 was unsuccessful, according to Mr. Ansell, and it was determined that the matter would go to trial. Since January 2005, Mr. Buttafuoco and his lawyers, Mr. Ansell and Peter O Mara, have requested at least 10 adjournments of that trial. Many of the adjournment requests were for conflicting appearances in superior and municipal courts that Mr. Ansell, Mr. O Mara and Mr. Buttafuoco had on their respective trial schedules. Other reasons cited in the defense s adjournment requests included a prepaid vacation scheduled by Mr. Ansell, a nonprofit board of directors meeting for Mr. Buttafuoco, an unspecified prior personal commitment of Mr. Ansell s and a business trip for Mr. Buttafuoco. The state guideline of 60 days for the resolution of municipal court DWI cases is not a legal requirement, and there are no firm rules on how quickly such cases must be resolved, according to Spring Lake Heights Court Administrator Anna Kuntz. Brick Township Municipal Court attempts to follow the 60- day guideline, said Brick Township Court Administrator Michelle Lawrence. She declined to comment on whether the delay in Mr. Buttafuoco s trial is Spring Lake Heights DWI trial set to start almost three years after arrest FROM PAGE 1 unusual. There are different reasons that things may go on, Ms. Lawrence said. I guess it depends on what the situation is. Each time a court date is set, Ptl. O Neill is required to appear, which always creates a police scheduling problem, Chief Steets said. The Spring Lake Heights Police Department switches shifts or schedules to accommodate the hearings and officers are sometimes paid on an overtime basis when schedules cannot be rearranged. The numerous court date cancellations for Mr. Buttafuoco s trial have been inconvenient for the department as a whole, as well as for the arresting officer, Chief Steets said. The police department sometimes does not receive notice of adjournments until the day of the trial, the chief said. At other times, the department has been given one to two weeks advance notice, he said. In addition to the adjournment requests by the defense, another factor that has delayed the trial stems from Mr. Ansell s subpoena of the New Jersey State Police breath test coordinator, Trooper Edward Huber, to testify about the accuracy of the Breathalyzer device used to test Mr. Buttafuoco. Mr. Ansell has told the court the defense plans to argue that the simulator solution Trooper Huber used to test and certify the Heights police department s Breathalyzer could not verify that the device was accurate for readings below a 0.10 percent blood alcohol level. The tests in question were conducted in August and September 2004, using a 0.10 percent simulator solution. Both tests showed the device was accurate within acceptable tolerance levels, according to two certificates signed by Trooper Huber. However, Mr. Ansell has contended that the 0.10 percent test solution was scientifically unreliable, and that a 0.08 percent solution should have been used to test the Breathalyzer. The blood alcohol level for being legally drunk had been lowered to 0.08 percent in January The subpoena of Trooper Huber was at first quashed by Brick Township Municipal Court Judge Brant S. Collins, after the prosecution argued that the trooper would be an involuntary expert witness with no firsthand knowledge related to the case. In his ruling, Judge Collins stated that the Breathalyzer inspection certificates contained no anomalies, and that forcing Trooper Huber to appear in the case would set an unacceptable precedent in municipal courts. However, an Ocean County Superior Court judge reinstated the subpoena, after Judge Collins decision was appealed by the defense. The prosecution then appealed that decision to the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, which let the subpoena stand in May Former New Jersey deputy attorney general Stephen Monson was assigned to represent Trooper Huber during his testimony on the Breathalyzer issue, but Mr. Monson, who is now retired, had been unable to appear in Brick Township Municipal Court since last September because of his involvement in the State v. Chun Supreme Court case involving the Alcotest breath test device. That case involves a dispute over the accuracy of the Alcotest device, which is a newer technology than the Breathalyzer. The decision on that case will have no effect on Mr. Buttafuoco s case, as he was tested with a Breathalyzer. Deputy Attorney General John Dell Aquilo has been assigned to replace former deputy attorney general Monson in the trial. Besides providing representation for Trooper Huber, the New Jersey Attorney General s Office has also apparently gotten involved in the prosecution of the simple municipal DWI case, as has the Ocean County Prosecutor s Office. Last July, former Brick Township prosecutor Kimberley Casten wrote a letter to Judge Collins complaining that both the attorney general s office and the Ocean County Prosecutor s Office were directing her regarding how to prosecute the matter. I no longer feel comfortable and confident in moving forward with the prosecution of the case, Ms. Casten wrote the judge. She requested that either Ocean County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Cannavo or former deputy attorney general Monson take over the prosecution. Both offices declined to take THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 3 CANDICE KENMUIR, A relatively minor DWI arrest made by Spring Lake Heights Police in 2004 has yet to be heard in court almost three years later. over the prosecution. Ocean County Prosecutor Thomas Kelaher, in denying Ms. Casten s request, also stated that his office would continue to advise her. New Jersey Attorney General s Office spokesman Peter Aseltine said he could not specifically comment on whether former deputy attorney general Monson had provided direction to Ms. Casten, but he said that in general, that has not been our role here in this case. That's one of my main jobs, Mr. Cannavo said of advising municipal prosecutors, adding that type of involvement by the county prosecutor s office in municipal cases is not unusual. Mr. Cannavo said he acted as an intermediary between the attorney general s office and the municipal prosecutor in the case. Ms. Casten is no longer working as a prosecutor for Brick, and Doug Jones has taken over the prosecution. Despite his own numerous requests for adjournments of trial dates during the two years after Mr. Buttafuoco s arrest, Mr. Ansell complained to the court last October that former deputy attorney general Monson s schedule conflict was holding up the trial, and he questioned the need for him to appear. My client and I were absolutely ready to proceed when the deputy attorney general requested an adjournment in August 2006, Mr. Ansell wrote, adding that the majority of the delays [in the case] have been caused by the State. In a memo to Judge Collins shortly after Mr. Ansell s letter, Ms. Lawrence noted that many of the adjournments were in fact due to requests by the defense, which had requested at least seven earlier adjournments. [I] reassert my client s right to a speedy trial, Mr. Ansell wrote. The 60-day guideline in this case has been obliterated, and my client deserves to have this ugly chapter in his life closed so he can move on with his life. Mr. O Mara took over as Mr. Buttafuoco s defense attorney after Mr. Ansell withdrew last January. Mr. O Mara has since filed at least two adjournment requests of his own, while also demanding a speedy trial for his client. The first adjournment request, for Feb. 14, cited conflicting ORDER NOW LOW PRICES court appearances for both himself and Mr. Buttafuoco. The second adjournment request was for the case s latest trial date, set for next Wednesday. That request, which was denied by Judge Collins, stated that expert witness Gilbert Snowden of D.W.I. Consultants could not make that court date. Mr. O Mara has also motioned to have the case dismissed, under the argument that Mr. Buttafuoco was illegally arrested, because, the attorney argued, there was no probable cause for Ptl. O Neill to stop and seize him without a warrant. That letter, dated Feb. 1, 2007, is the first time that court records indicate such an argument being made. Mr. O Mara has also requested a trial by jury. Reached last week, Mr. Ansell blamed the delays on the prosecution s decision to fight his subpoena of Trooper Huber, which he said created an issue within an issue in the case. He also cited former deputy attorney general Monson s schedule conflict. It was completely unusual, Mr. Ansell said of the delays. Regarding the numerous adjournment requests by the defense, Mr. Ansell noted that both he and Mr. Buttafuoco have busy trial schedules, although some of the requests were for reasons other than conflicting trials. Mr. Buttafuoco, Brick Township Prosecutor Jones and Spring Lake Heights Prosecutor Quinn did not return phone calls requesting comment. Mr. O Mara and Ms. Casten were reached but had no comment on the case. Ms. Lawrence said she expects the trial to begin in Judge Collins courtroom at next Wednesday s session. Spring Lake Heights Police Chief Steets said he hopes the trial actually gets underway next week, so his department does not have to deal with further adjournments. 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May 19th 8p.m. Village Life at the Howell Works Sunday, May 20th, 1 PM - 4 PM Enjoy a day in the life of an 1830s community Blacksmith, Carpenter, Wheelwright, Tinsmith Cooking, Ironing, Casting & Molding, Tools of 1830s Outdoor Games, Water Hauling, Militia Muster Admission and Parking are FREE! The Historic Village at Allaire web Allaire Village, Inc. is a privately funded, non-profit organization licensed to operate The Historic Village at Allaire living-history museum, located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Ave. Wall. Allaire Village received an operating support grant from the NJ Historical Comm., a division of the Dept. of State. Spring Lake Heights Community Calendar To submit a calendar listing or Spring Lake Heights news story, Senior Health Fair Set For Saturday A senior health fair for residents of Spring Lake Heights and Spring Lake will be held in the Spring Lake Heights Elementary School Cafetorium on Saturday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free services and guidance will be provided to residents of either town who are 50 or older. The event is sponsored by the borough councils of both towns, with support from Jersey Shore University Medical Center and local medical professionals. ~ Town-Wide Yard Sale Set For Sat. Spring Lake Heights will hold a town-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 19, sponsored by the Mayor s Citizens Advisory Committee. The sale is open to all residents. The registration fee for the sale is 5. Any resident wanting to participate can register at borough hall until Monday, May 14. Residents will receive a yard sale permit, however it will not count towards the two sale a year limit. The committee will design a map of the town complete with yard sale addresses highlighted. The committee will also advertise the sale and have the map available for shoppers on sale day at the community center and borough hall. SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOW ACCEPTING NON-RESIDENT TUITION STUDENTS Call ext. 100 For Application/Details Spring Lake Heights Congressmen briefed about Wreck Pond By Brian O Keefe A Minnesota congressman who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure visited Spring Lake on Monday, and was briefed by state and local officials about the problems at Wreck Pond. Rep. Christopher Smith [R- NJ] invited Democratic Rep. James Oberstar to the area in order to raise the profile of potential Army Corps of Engineers projects to study and clean up the polluted pond, according to Patrick Creamer, Bird, plant walk set for May 20 Spring Lake Heights Environmental Commission members Steve Timmerman and Gary Mennie will host a spring Bird and Plant Walk this Sunday, May 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ocean Road Park. Mr. Timmerman, an expert birder, will lead the walk along park trails behind the tennis courts. He will assist new birders with tips to help identify bird species. Mr. Mennie, a naturalist, will be on hand to identify the many native plants and wildflowers that grow in the wooded area. The walk will convene, rain or shine, in the parking lot near the tennis courts. The starting time is 9 a.m., so participants are advised to arrive prior to this time. The trails are easily accessible, but may be muddy, so walkers are advised to dress appropriately. All levels of bird watcher are welcome, from novice to experienced. Binoculars and cameras are recommended. For more information, call Rep. Smith s communications director. The two congressman met in Spring Lake Borough Hall with local officials from Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Sea Girt and Wall, as well as Nancy Hayduk of the Wreck Pond Watershed Association and Cindy Zipf of Clean Ocean Action. Rep. Oberstar asked basic questions about the pond, such as the type of water it contains, whether it is channeled to the ocean and the width of the outfall pipe. Rep. Oberstar said he was supporting Rep. Smith s request to make an appropriation for an initial study of the pond by the Army Corps of Engineers. The first thing that will need to be done is to clear out that gunk from the pond, Rep. Oberstar said. He also suggested that the Army Corps of Engineers investigate creating a retention basin that would prevent water from the pond from flowing directly into the ocean during storms. The outfall pipe could then be diverted to the retention basin, Rep. Oberstar suggested. The group then drove to the site of the outfall pipe. Rep. Smith said he brought Rep. Oberstar to the site because if Wreck Pond s problems are to be resolved, federal funding will be required. He estimated that the entire cost of studying and cleaning up the pond would be between 25 million and 35 million. Rep. Smith said he hoped the studies and cleanup could be expedited so that it could be finished well before 2018, but said he could not estimate when. Ms. Hayduk said she did not get a sense that the cleanup would in fact be expedited, but said she was heartened that the congressmen seemed to be committed to cleaning up the pond for future generations. [Rep. Oberstar] was certainly knowledgeable of the issues at hand, so hopefully he ll raise Wreck Pond on the priority of issues that they have to deal with, said Sea Girt Council President Mark Clemmensen, who was also in attendance. Councilman Clemmensen concurred with Ms. Hayduk that there was no realistic indication during the meeting that the work would happen quicker than a previously discussed timeline that had an earliest possible completion date of CANDICE KENMUIR, U.S. Rep. 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5 Spring Is In Full Bloom Avon-By-The-Sea From May 21 to June 3, law enforcement officers throughout New Jersey will be stepping up enforcement and education of the state s primary Seat Belt Law. The enforcement and education campaign comes as part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket mobilization. The goal of the program is to increase the statewide safety belt usage rate to 92 percent. The current safety belt usage rate is 90 percent, and the rate has steadily risen during the last 10 years. In 2006, there were 773 motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey, a large percentage of which were not wearing a safety belt. Safety belt use saves lives and prevents injuries. Between 1975 and 2000, safety belts prevented 135,000 fatalities and 3.8 million injuries nationwide, saving 585 billion in medical and other costs. Safety belt use is especially important for teens and young adults. Motor vehicle crashes THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 5 Avon reminding public of Click It or Ticket are the leading cause of death people age 15 to 34 in the United States. During the mobilization period from May 21 to June 3, local police agencies will conduct a zero-tolerance safety belt enforcement campaign. Motorists who are not buckled up will be issued a ticket. In addition, concerted efforts are going on locally and statewide to raise awareness about the importance and life-saving benefits of safety belts. High visibility enforcement saves lives, said Pamela Fischer, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Our goal is to make sure that all motor vehicle occupants are properly restrained, on every trip. We are committed to the Click It or Ticket strategy, added Tom Louizou, Regional Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tickets are a strong deterrent and the results are meaningful. Fewer deaths on our roads. LAUREN PARKER, Elle Duffy, 18 months old, recently enjoyed the spring weather at a playground on the beach in Avon. Nicholas Leather Foundation to hold fund-raising benefit The Nicholas Leather Heart to Heart Foundation was created in the loving memory of Nicholas Alexander Leather, who died on May 6, Nicholas was born on March 14, 2001 along with his twin brother. Nicholas had been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect [CHD], which would require several surgeries to correct. The expert care Nicholas received allowed him to have a fighting chance to survive. The technologies and skills in this area are improving every year. With increased awareness and research, children diagnosed with congenital heart defects will be able to receive advanced care. This will allow for a better quality of life. Nicholas Leather s extended family received so much love and support during his life that they feel the only true way to show appreciation would be to share the strength they received by helping others. The goal is two fold: to raise awareness of congenital heart defects and offer a realistic hope for families faced with the difficult challenges, as well as offering financial support to families through organizations such as Ronald McDonald House. The initial fund-raiser of selling blue CHD AWARE- NESS wristbands began in February On Saturday, May 26, the first Walk for Nicholas will be held on the Avon Boardwalk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Avon Pavilion [rain or shine]. Participants are requested to donate at least 25 to walk. T-shirts and wristbands will also be available for donations. Information from the Congenital Heart Defect Information Network and Ronald McDonald House will be available. The Nicholas Leather Heart to Heart Foundation is a registered non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Avon Police blotter Detective Greg Torchia of the Avon-by-the-Sea Police Department reported the following police activity in the borough: On May 1, Ptl. John Riley responded to Main Street for a reported theft of a propane tank from the front porch of a residence. On May 1, Ptl. Timothy McGrath was dispatched to a residence on Norwood Avenue for a report of theft. The resident reported seeing fraudulent activity on a credit card. New commissioners hold first meeting By Nick Malfitano The new members of the Avon Board of Commissioners held their first official meeting as a governing body at the municipal building on Tuesday, directly after their swearing-in, reading two ordinances and passing several resolutions. An ordinance amending the stormwater management plan will be taken up on second reading with a hearing on May Avon Community Calendar To submit a calendar listing or Avon news story, St. Elizabeth s Rosary Altar Society Slates Luncheon The Rosary Altar Society of St. Elizabeth Parish in Avon will host a luncheon on May 17 at Belmar s Waterview Pavilion at 12:30 p.m. The cost is 20 per person. For reservations, please call Society President Anne Albert at as soon as possible. ~ Avon Home & School Association Fun Run For Kids The Avon Home & School Association will be holding their Fun Run For Kids on June 1 at the corner of Norwood and Ocean avenues at 6 p.m. All children ages 2-10 are eligible to participate. Applications are available at or by calling Brigid Magrini at The cost to enter is 12. T-shirts, prize bags and refreshments will be provided. 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Mr. Gallagher said that Avon s tax maps will be updated to reflect the change, since a grant from the county to do work on Volunteer Park is being withheld until the street is vacated. The board of commissioners passed a resolution that would approve cutting 90,000 from the defeated school budget. The council suggested budgeting an additional 40,000 in state extraordinary aid, which has not yet been received this year, but officials are expecting the same amount to be provided by the state as last year. The commissioners also increased the contribution to the budget from the surplus. The planned hiring of a part-time janitor was also cut under the commissioner s recommendations. The school can either accept the 90,000 cut or appeal to the county superintendent of schools. 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6 PAGE 6 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 The way it s meant to be 1104 Third Ave., Spring Lake, NJ, Mon.-Sat. 10-5:00pm Sun. 10-4pm Water-sewer rates to increase in boro By Kelly Skellinger Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle and the borough council passed an ordinance, at last Wednesday s meeting of the mayor and council, that will establish higher watersewer rates and a minimum usage fee for borough residents. The ordinance states that, effective May 1, on the thirtieth day after payment of the water-sewer bill is due, interest on the unpaid amount of the bill will accrue at a rate of 18 percent per annum, to be calculated from the due date of the bill until the date of the actual payment. The minimum quarterly usage fee for utilizing water and sewer services will increase by 7.50, from to 59. per account. This fee will allow for usage of 5,000 gallons of water per quarter. All water used in excess of By Kelly Skellinger Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle and the borough council are expected to consider a request at their next meeting on May 23 from three Ocean Grove inns, seeking to run a dining cruise boat out of the Belmar Marina. Bob Valenti, who approached the Belmar Harbor Commission on behalf of the three inns located in Ocean Grove, will be presenting the request to Mayor Pringle and the borough council at next Wednesday s meeting. Mr. Valenti, who represents The Ocean Plaza, The Oceanview and The Parkview Inn, first made the request at the meeting of the Belmar Harbor Commission held on May 2. We do have a commercial slip available for 20,000, Belmar Borough Clerk Margaret Plummer explained to the mayor We re Here For You Our Professional Staff will be happy to assist you! 911 MAIN ST., BELMAR, NJ PRESCRIPTIONS & HEALTH RELATED PRODUCTS Remedies, Vitamins, Skin Care, First Aid Items 5,000 gallons will be billed at the rate of for each 1,000 gallons of water actually used at the resident s property. This new rate is an increase of 1.50 from the borough s previous rate of The new water-sewer rate of equates to a new sewer rate of 6.65, an increase of 98 cents, combined with a new water rate of 5.15, an increase of 52 cents, per every thousand gallons of water. The previous sewer rate equated to 5.67, with a water rate of 4.63 per every thousand gallons of water. The ordinance will increase the separate water rate of 4.63 for customers who have a separate metered account for a lawn sprinkler system to 5.15 for each 1,000 gallons of water used on the property and will not be charged a minimum quarterly fee. Slip request to go before council and council at last Wednesday s workshop meeting when the matter came up. Councilman Matthew Doherty, who is also a member of the Belmar Harbor Commission, expressed to the mayor and his fellow council members that he thought Mr. Valenti s request was a great idea. It s basically three inns in Ocean Grove who have come together to purchase a boat for dinner cruises, Councilman Doherty said. Their intentions aren t bad. It s for small parties for folks, about 20 people or less. Councilman Doherty confirmed that Mr. Valenti would be serving alcohol on the boat and had already looked into getting a maritime alcohol license. Mayor Pringle stated that the council, acting as the local ABC board, needed only to get notification of the permit. We don t have to pass anything, Mayor Pringle said. Police Chief Jack Hill agreed. While Mayor Pringle did not seem to have a problem with the idea of a dining cruise boat, he did express his concerns over the issuance of slips to, what he called, the booze cruise industry. Mayor Pringle stated that maybe the council should consider putting a limitation on the number of people allowed on a boat that serves alcohol. Mayor Pringle stated that he didn t know how the mayor and council could say yes to Mr. Valenti s request and no to others who may be interested in creating dining boat cruises, but may border on the edge of being part of the booze cruise industry. Mayor Pringle requested that the council look into defining the maximum occupancy of boats that wish to serve alcohol. Belmar Trende Tees Opens On Main Street CANDICE KENMUIR, Family and friends came out to support Trende Tees owners, Lisa Miller and Carol Turano, last Monday morning during their ribbon cutting ceremony. Jackie Oberst [from left], Mary Turano, Kim Oberst, Tyler Lessa, a featured artist, Lisa Miller, Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle, Carol Turano, Norma Crocco and Chamber of Commerce President Rachel Rogers huddled together, each one holding a piece of the ceremonial ribbon. Trende Tees is located on 1310 Main St., in Belmar. Pringle says no to creation of all-volunteer rec committee By Kelly Skellinger Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle put his foot down at last Wednesday night s workshop meeting of the governing body, stating that he was opposed to having a volunteer recreation committee in lieu of a paid recreation director. Councilman William Merkler had requested that the mayor and council have a public meeting in two weeks to discuss the possibility of a volunteer recreation committee. Mayor Pringle did not see the point in holding a public meeting on the issue when his mind was already made up. Mayor Pringle, who was not present when the idea of creating a volunteer committee was brought up by resident Mike Seebeck at the April 25 meeting of the mayor and council, was ready to give his opinion on the matter last Wednesday night, putting an end to the head-butting that has been running rampant among council members and Mr. Seebeck over the last few weeks. A public recreation meeting was held on April 21, in which the mayor, council and interested residents discussed the future of Belmar recreation. Brian Magovern, the town s current recreation director, will be retiring in August and the mayor and council were looking into what could be done after he leaves to improve Belmar s current recreation program. At the April 25 meeting of the mayor and council, Mr. Seebeck had expressed his concern in hiring another recreation director when a volunteer committee, according to him, could do the same job. Councilman Merkler agreed, although the rest of the council were opposed to the issue. I want a pragmatic, practical approach to recreation, Mayor Pringle said last Wednesday. A volunteer committee is asking too RESTORE THE BALANCE DIVORCE much. Mayor Pringle did add, if anyone is interested in coming out as a volunteer for the available volunteer positions, they should feel more than welcome to do so. At the beginning of last Wednesday night s meeting, Mr. Seebeck approached the mayor and council once again, stating that he wanted to follow up on the public recreation meeting that was held on April 21. I want to try to establish a [recreation] position where some tax savings and some benefits could be deemed by considering an alternative administration of recreation going forward. People brought up the idea of a committee [at the April 21 meeting] and it just didn t seem to get that much traction. Just so we re clear, because I was at the meeting [on April 21], Mayor Pringle said, the conversation that we had about a committee was a committee that was going to be, as I understood it, an advisory committee to provide ongoing citizen input into the process and to whom the recreation director would either report to or keep informed. If that was the case, Mayor Pringle, Mr. Seebeck said, then that was a misunderstanding. The idea of a committee in lieu of a recreation director has never had a public hearing, Mayor Pringle said. I was actually thinking of going entirely committee or all part time directors, Mr. Seebeck said. Is it possible, if it already has not been decided, now to consider, for a number of reasons, the possibility of looking at an alternative? While Mr. Seebeck went on to list a number of reasons that supported the creation of an alternative volunteer committee, from the possibility of generating new ideas, generating fund-raising and reducing the burden on the taxpayers, his argument did not sit well with Mayor Pringle. At the end of the day, Mayor Pringle and council, if we explore it and no one shows up and it doesn t work, then we can hire a recreation director, Mr. Seebeck said. There is no down side. The downside, the issue that I am concerned with, is maintaining the current quality of the program we have, Mayor Pringle said. I guess, I don t have your optimism about how easy it will be to rely on the volunteers to run the program. Most of our volunteer programs that we have run through recreation, many of them, really have not survived the person who started them, or the core group of people who started them. What we really want to accomplish is the opportunity to try to rejuvenate the program in terms of new things, Mayor Pringle said. Mayor Pringle added the borough has received complaints from seniors, parents of teenagers and parents of pre-schoolers, toddlers and infants, all of them saying that there are no programs in town for these groups. We need to focus more of the attention of a recreation director on being a manager and orchestrating the new programs, Mayor Pringle said, to try to recruit volunteers, to leverage that one job into more and to try to take some of the day-to-day jobs off of the recreation director s back. My point was that, where I disagree with you, is that we need a person whose job it is to be the band leader, for lack of a better term, that gives direction. I m very, very nervous about taking what is a world class recreation program and risking what we built by replacing it with volunteers, Mayor Pringle said. We See PRINGLE, page 9 IT S EASY TO TRANSFER YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS To transfer your prescription, just call us with your prescription number, or stop in with your prescription bottle, and we will take care of the rest!! 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7 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 7 Belmar Rec. registration is underway in boro The Belmar Recreation Department will be holding registrations over the next month for their summer programs at the Belmar Municipal Gym, on 601 Main Street, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Registration forms will be provided the evening of registration. A parent or guardian must sign all registration forms. Proof of kindergarten attendance, such as a report card, for the school year is needed for the first time Arts and Crafts program for children. Registration will be held for the Arts and Crafts program on May 23 and May 24, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The program is open to children in Kindergarten through sixth grade. All children must have completed one year of state sanctioned Kindergarten. The Arts and Crafts program will begin on Monday, June 25 and end on Friday, August 17. The participation fee is 35, payable to the Borough of Belmar, and includes a t-shirt. The program will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Taylor Pavilion. Fall soccer registration will take place on May 21, 23 and 23 and June 5, 6 and 7 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The program will begin on Aug. 13 and end on Nov 3. The program is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The registration fee is 25 and 40, after June 7. All checks can be made payable to the Belmar Soccer Association. Registration for the Performing Arts Workshop will be held on May 23 and May 24, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The program begins on June 26 and ends on July 26. The workshop includes lessons in dance, voice and drama. Students in the fifth through eighth grades are eligible to participate. The program will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Belmar Elementary School Auditorium. The fee for the program is 60, which can be made payable to the Borough of Belmar. A Multi-Sports Camp will be held from July 9 through July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration forms are now available at the recreation office, on 601 Main Street, in Belmar. There are 15 different sports offered for this program. This program will be held at the 13th Avenue Field, otherwise known as Memorial Field, in Belmar. The US Sports Institute, in association with Belmar Recreation, will be running this program. A fee of 140 can be made payable to the US Sports Institute. A Tennis Clinic will be held from July 9 through July 13 and August 20 through August 24, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This program will be held at MacCleery Park, in Belmar, and will be run by the US Sports Institute, in association with Belmar Recreation. Recreation forms are now available for this program at the recreation office, on 301 Main Street, in Belmar.The fee for this program is 100, made payable to the US Sports Institute. While Belmar Recreation will also be running a bowling program this summer, registration and other detailed information have not yet been released. Spring Fling will cater to children Spring Fling weekend, which will be held this Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, in Belmar, means over 100 yard sales, sidewalk sales by local businesses, the kite festival on the beach and, new this year, special activities on Main Street for children. The weekend activities and the number of yard sales and participating businesses keeps growing each year, Carol Davies, Belmar Environmental Chairperson, said earlier this week. Each year this event attracts thousands of visitors. The event is co-sponsored by the Belmar Environmental Commission [BEC] and the Belmar Chamber of Commerce. The children s activities will take place on Main Street on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children under the age of 18, who participate in the Kite Lending Family Support Scavenger Hunt, will hunt for kite trivia answers during Saturday s sidewalk sale. Answers will be posted on the windows of participating businesses on Main Street. The children will search for the answers and return their completed answer forms to win a prize from Rita s Water Ices. Kite-making kits will also be available for the first 500 children to create their own kite from scratch to fly on the beach. This activity is sponsored by The Drachen Foundation and will be held at Connolly Station. In addition, a Kids Kite Garden Contest will be held for children, under the age of 12, who will participate in making a kite garden out of craft supplies. The top three projects will be awarded kite prizes. This contest is sponsored by Allaire Country Day at Goodsports. The idea behind the giant yard sale is to help residents keep things out of the landfill while helping others. Participating residents are encouraged to have a free section in their garage sales, of items they can give away to others who need them. In addition, the BEC is distributing a list of organizations willing to pick up donated items, from clothes to computers. All people in the borough are urged to donate rather than throw out old furniture, toys, household goods and other items that may be left over from their garage sale. A list with the addresses of participating residents and businesses is on Belmar s Web site, Maps of all the activities during Spring Fling Weekend, including the sidewalk sale, yard sales and kite festival will be available throughout the town all weekend. If you enjoy New Orleans Style Cuisine...look no further. Fried Oysters, Blackened Tiapia, Crab Cakes & Gumbo are just a few of the succulent entrees available... So come see what you are missing! 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May 23, 11:00AM ~ Absolutely Beautiful Containers (the ABC s of Creative Containers) with Sue Amatangelo By Kelly Skellinger Vickie Renner wants the Belmar Mayor and Council to do something, anything, about the Mesivta Keser Torah School students who are currently living in the three, single-family homes that the school rents out to its students.two of the houses are located on Twelfth Avenue and a third is located on Fourteenth Avenue and C Street. The Mesivta Keser Torah School, which the students attend, is located at 503 Eleventh Ave. Mrs. Renner claims that the students who attend school create noise pollution in the neighborhood, exceed the occupancy limit of the homes in which they live and have an overall disregard for the neighborhood and its inhabitants. She also complained of excessive trash on the property and broken windows at the school. However, Rabbi David Heinemann, dean of Mesivta Keser Torah School, had a different take on the allegations that Ms. Renner brought against the school at last Wednesday s council meeting, in which no one from the school was represented. Ms. Renner a Republican candidate for council in June s primary approached the mayor and council during the meeting last week, requesting an end to the THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 alleged noise, litter and overcrowding violations that she contended neighbors have become all too familiar with. Bill Tyler, who lives next door to one of the school s dormitories, also questioned the borough s allowance of dormitories in a residential zone and stated that his Belmar Mesivta School dean denies noise allegations from residents BEC to host first shredding event Belmar residents can take advantage of the borough s inaugural, free document shredding event which will be offered this Saturday, May 19, at the Recycling Center on 16th and Railroad avenues. The document shredding event will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., or until the shredding truck is full, whichever comes first. As part of the Spring Fling weekend, the Belmar Environmental Commission [BEC] has arranged for the mobile shredding service through Accurate Document Destruction, Inc., of LAUREN PARKER, The Mesivta Keser Torah School, which is located at 503 Eleventh Ave., in the borough, has had quality of life complaints lodged against it by neighbors, including Vickie Renner, who stated that she does not blame the students for their behavior. Instead, Ms. Renner blamed the borough for condoning it. Lawrenceville. According to Carol Davies, BEC chair, this service has been offered in other Monmouth County communities and has been well received. This is an opportunity to safely dispose of old receipts, bills, financial statements, payroll stubs, resumes, medical information, tax records and other documents you have not thrown out or recycled due to concerns about confidentiality, Ms. Davies explained. It is not necessary to remove paper clips or staples. Please, no books, magazines or newspapers. By Kelly Skellinger Belmar s Seafood Festival, the Belmar Tourism Commission s Friday Night Concert Series and the Ancient Order of Hibernian s Motorcycle Ride were just a few of the special events that Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle and the borough council passed a resolution to permit at last Wednesday s mayor and council meeting. Other special events that were permitted last Wednesday included the Autism Family Services of New Jersey s Surf Camp, the Solutions Pregnancy and Health Center s Walk-athon and the Big Hearts to Little Heart s Walk-a-thon. All of the special event applications were received and reviewed by the Special Events Committee at their April 25 and May 9 meetings. The Belmar Seafood Festival will be held on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days. The following rules and regulations were approved for the festival. Set-up for the event will take place on the Thursday and Friday prior to the event and the breakdown for the event will take place on the Monday after the festival. No generators can be run after 7 p.m. and vendors must close up shop by 7 p.m. No one is permitted to stay in the trailers overnight. While vehicles will be allowed to drop off wares, those vehicles that are wife, who is pregnant and on bed rest, is constantly aggravated by the students noisy behavior. Ms. Renner stated on Tuesday that after Mr. Tyler approached the mayor and council last Wednesday, she decided to do the same. However, Rabbi Heinemann categorically denied the allegations and stopped just short of saying the complaints lodged against the school are anti- Semitic. The story is a complete fabrication, Rabbi Heinemann stated on Tuesday. While I don t want to say it is a case of anti-semitism, it has obvious overtones. It definitely is a fabrication, Rabbi Heinemann continued. The boys are very upset about it. We feel like we re under siege. The rabbi said he believes Ms. Renner s complaints about the school are politically motivated. This woman [Ms. Renner] wants to double her support [in her race for council], Rabbi Heinemann said, and it has always been a popular thing to speak out against Jews. Rabbi Heinemann, whose father is a Holocaust survivor and lost many of his relatives during the Holocaust, stated, we ve lived through this before. Rabbi Heinemann added, We double or triple parked for longer than the time they spend dropping-off wares will be towed. No parking will be allowed on the north side of Silver Lake between A Street and B Street, or in front of Taylor Pavilion. Two trolleys will run both days. No dogs are allowed and signs relaying this message will be posted at the perimeters of the park. There must be three feet between food vendors and food vendors must report to the fire official when they change their propane. In addition, the fire official will randomly check all food vendors. The wine area will be expanded this year to the Silver Lake Gazebo. Taylor Pavilion will be the site of the hospitality tent for the sponsors. The cost for the fire official is 160. A donation of 200 will be given to the police explorers and the cost for public safety is All costs for the festival are due and must be paid by June 1. The Belmar Tourism Commission s Friday Night Concert Series will run from June 1 through Aug. 31, every Friday night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. No borough resources will be needed for the events. The Ancient Order of Hibernians Motorcycle Ride will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No borough resources are needed for this event, either. don t know what to do about it. We re not fighters. We are a peace-loving people. Ms. Renner responded to Rabbi Heinemann s comments on Tuesday afternoon, stating that labeling someone anti-semitic is the easiest way to label someone in the political world. The mayor and council and authorities in town will not address these issues because they fear being called anti-semitic, Ms. Renner continued. I m no different, calling these kids [the Mesivta School students] or others making noise in the summer. This is not anti-semitic. If it comes to it, we may take them to court, Rabbi Heinemann said on Tuesday afternoon, referring to the neighbors who have lodged complaints against the school and its students. In the meantime, we are holding him [our lawyer] back. Rabbi Heinemann believes that Ms. Renner has a personal agenda against the school. However, he stated numerous times on Tuesday that he wanted everything to stay calm. I m trying to keep things cool, Rabbi Heinemann said. Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle responded to Ms. Renner s complaints last Wednesday, stating that the police would enforce the Belmar mayor, council approve summer, fall special events The Autism Family Services of New Jersey s Surf Camp will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm. on the beaches between 16th and 18th avenues. Twenty parking spaces will be reserved for those running the event. The following rules and regulations were established for the Surf Camp event. There will be no more than 150 children surfing and no cooking or glass bottles will be allowed. There will be one 10 by 10 feet tent for registration and two 20 by 20 feet tents for food and arts and crafts. Garbage must be left in the garbage cans or bagged up. Two or three lifeguards will be provided by the borough for the day. As for the fall events that were approved, the Solutions Pregnancy and Health Center s Walk-a-thon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walkers must stay on the boardwalk and out of the street at all times. The cost for public works is 160. The Big Hearts to Little Heart s Walk-a-thon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20. Walkers must stay on the boardwalk and out of the street at all times. Taylor Pavilion and the bathrooms at Eighth and Tenth avenues will be available for the event. The cost for public works is 160. conduct and potential violations that occurred in the neighborhood, just as they would any other rental property. Mayor Pringle added the Belmar Police Department would also focus on noise violations, litter and overcrowding. The Mesivta Keser Torah School s student housing, the three, single-family homes where the students now reside, is now being considered dormitories by the state, according to Borough Administrator Robbin Kirk. Dormitories and schools are not prohibited in the borough, Ms. Kirk stated last Wednesday. While Ms. Renner insinuated that the school was now considered a college, Ms. Kirk stated that the borough does not delineate in its records as to which grades the school includes. Ms. Kirk added that the school was only listed as an educational facility. Rabbi Heinemann stated on Tuesday that the school s building on Eleventh Avenue has been in the borough since 1926, and has changed hands between different schools over the years. Mesivta Keser Torah School was only established in Belmar in The students who attend the school range in age from 13 to 21. The boys who come to this school come from all over the world, Rabbi Heinemann added. The school has a wonderful name and it s very hard to get into. Rabbi Heinemann explained that only the best boys from the best families attend the school. They are extra good boys, Rabbi Heinemann added. The name Belmar is known throughout the world because of this school. The houses owned are owned by the school, in the name of the school, Ms. Kirk explained. The kids pay tuition to the school. The cost of the housing is covered by their tuition. While the three, single-family homes where the students live were once owned by individuals, the school owns the homes now. Ms. Renner said the school and its students have been responsible for disturbances in the neighborhood for years. The bottom line is, this is nothing new We ve brought [the issue] up for the last 10 years, at least, Ms. Renner said. I think the big problem that I brought up to the chief of police is that no one really realizes the tension that has grown in this neighborhood because, as a community, we have not done anything. It is really hard for people who live in that area to be disturbed 24 hours a day, Ms. Renner continued. The bottom line is that these kids are on their own at 17 or 18 years old. We don t even know if they are of age to live in these houses, Ms. Renner said. The problem we are having is, if it was a summer residence and they did something to the neighborhood, we would make a phone call to the police, two or three times, and they would start to get tickets. They would be an animal house. They can t be an animal house because they are registered as a year-round rental, Ms. Renner concluded. We don t know who to go to. The students, though they may be younger than 18, do have consent from their parents to live in the dormitories if their parents are paying the school tuition. However, the age of the children was not the only issue Ms. Renner was concerned with. She stated last Wednesday that someone had mentioned to her that 16 students were living in one of the single-family homes an allegation the rabbi denied. We are inspected regularly by the township and the state, Rabbi Heinemann said on Tuesday. We have all of the certificates that we need. We do not have overcrowding. Mayor Pringle stated that the buildings have not gotten any bigger. As long as the occupancy is not See PEACE, page 36
9 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 9 Belmar Women s Club installs new officers The Belmar Women s Club luncheon and installation of newly elected officers was recently held at the Waterview Pavilion, in Belmar. The following officers were installed: First Vice President, Peggy Dean; Corresponding Secretary, Mary Anne Delberger; Treasurer, Cecilia Demko; and Directors, Constance D Alissandro and Mary Stewart. The newly elected officers will serve with the following officers, who are already on the board: Co-President, Maria Boccia; Co-President, Rita Lane; Secretary, Rosemary Tormey; and Vice President, Claire Deicke. Women s Club member Emmerick Helbig was honored for being a Women s Club member for the last 50 years. Ms. Helbig now resides at Seabrook Village. In other women s club news: PRINGLE From Page 6 need a person who is a go to person, someone who has the gifts that Brian has. We could add volunteers, we just do not want to replace the director. Mayor Pringle stated that the borough could look into hiring a new director at a lower salary and, if they already have benefits, that s a plus. In this way, the money that would have been used to pay the recreation director s salary could be used to benefit other areas of recreation. We are not putting enough faith in our residents to run this, Councilman Merkler argued. Councilman Merkler went on to say that he has had many people come up to him, asking to volunteer. We have a short window to make the right decision, Councilman Merkler said. We can keep the money in the budget [if a recreation director is not hired] and use the money [from The Belmar Women s Club s Arts and Crafts Festival, which was held on May 5, was quite successful. Ms. Deicke indicated that the vendors were very pleased and the club members were equally satisfied with the weather and the number of people who stopped by to enjoy all of the items that were presented. On May 18, the Belmar Women s Club will host their final luncheon and card party of this year at Taylor Pavilion, on the corner of Fifth and Ocean avenues. All are welcome to attend and a donation of 7 is required. The money raised will go to benefit the Community Improvement Program. The Chair for the event is Rose Cella. On May 19, The Belmar Women s Club will host a yard sale at th Avenue, in Belmar, to benefit Lizzie Chern. Belmar the director s salary] on our fields and recreation facilities and still create a volunteer committee. We re falling short if we don t try it. We have the people in Belmar to do this. Councilwoman Merry Brennan, who supported Mayor Pringle in his argument to hire a recreation director, stated that she had gotten feedback from other towns who used volunteer recreation committees in lieu of recreation directors and their recreation volunteers burn out and are spread too thin. Councilwoman Brennan added, Our talent in Belmar is immeasurable, but it is a mistake to rely on them [volunteers] for the basis of the recreation program. Mayor Pringle concluded, the recreation department is the strongest magnet that encourages people to live here. It is too much of a risk for volunteers to run our recreation program. Photo Courtesy of Rita Lane Belmar Women s Club members, including Mary Anne Delberger [from left], Rosemary Tormey, Katherine Kerbey, Gladys Miccia, Bette Lyons and Rita Lane, got all dolled up in black and white for the installation of officers ceremony at the Waterview, in Belmar. Governing body introduces budget By Kelly Skellinger Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle and the borough council finally introduced the 2007 budget last Wednesday, after weeks and weeks of brainstorming and toiling over spreadsheets. A public hearing on the 2007 budget will be held next Wednesday in borough hall. The mayor and council will also vote on the budget at the meeting. We spent a lot of time on this, Mayor Pringle stated last Wednesday. Borough Administrator Robbin Kirk explained last week that the proposed total municipal budget amount for 2007 was 12,282,059, an increase of 376,819 from the 2006 total budget which was 11,905,240. The amount of the budget that will be raised through local taxation will total 6,152,739. That will result in an increase of 2.5 cents per 100 of assessed valuation. The 2006 rate per 100 of assessed valuation for municipal purposes was 58.7 cents. The proposed rate for 2007 per 100 of assessed valuation for municipal purposes is 61.2 cents. For the 2007 budget, 1.5 million is being applied from surplus. This will leave 125,523 in the surplus account. The average price of a home in the borough is 326,000. The municipal tax liability on that homeowner will total 1,995. This reflects an increase of over last year. Prompt * Dependable * Private * Luxury Sedan Service throughout the area. We ll get you where you want to be when you want to be there. In Style OFF Any one way Service Exp. 6/30/ OFF Any one way Service Exp. 6/30/07
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Belmar Community Calendar To submit a calendar listing or Belmar news story, Chamber s Citizen Of The Year Dinner Set For Tonight The Belmar Historical Council will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce s Citizen of the Year Dinner tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Connolly Station. Connolly Station is located at 711 Main Street, in Belmar. Tickets for the event are 22 when purchased in advance and 25 when purchased at the door. ~ Blue Thong Society To Host Male Review At PK Shamrock Pub The Lake Como Chapter of the Blue Thong Society will be holding a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association tonight at 7 p.m. The fund-raiser will be held at PK Shamrock Pub, located at th Avenue, in Lake Como. The event will feature a male review. Admission is 20 at the door and 15 for tickets bought in advance. Seating is first come, first serve. All of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. ~ Women s Club s Luncheon & Card Party Slated The Belmar Women s Club will hold a luncheon and card party at the Taylor Pavilion, on Fifth and Ocean avenues, this Friday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m. The chair for the event will be Barbara Wissel. The committee will be the Special State Project. Admission for the luncheon will cost 7. ~ By Kelly Skellinger Belmar Elementary School held its Youth Government Night at Borough Hall in Belmar last Wednesday, with students from the school assuming the seats of Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle and the council in order to conduct their own business. Superintendent of Schools Lester Richens, Ph. D., Assistant Principal Paul Shappirio, Borough Clerk Margaret Plummer, Police Chief Jack Hill, Borough Attorney Karl Kemm, Mayor Pringle, Councilman Matthew Dougherty and Councilwoman Merry Brennan were all in attendance, in the audience, to witness the student s mock meeting of the mayor and council. Mayor Pringle, whose niece, Culli Pringle, acted as a councilwoman this year, introduced the student mayor and council. Shane Fitzgerald took the role of mayor, while Culli, Emmett Rummler, Jackie Bekier and Shane Bogusz all acted as council members. Aislinn Brennan played the part of borough clerk. As the students approached the dais, Mayor Pringle said, Good luck. If you don t mind, put through that tax increase tonight. Take a little of the heat off of us. Jeff Ramsey, Belmar Elementary School s seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher, stated on Wednesday that this was the third year he has been in charge of the youth government program at the school. Belmar Elementary School has been running the youth government program for the last 30 years. Mr. Ramsey explained that the school s sixth through eighth grade classes participate in the program every year. The students learn about how things are run, Mr. Ramsey said. They can see how the heart of the town functions through the jobs of the mayor and council. When asked if the children became nervous before they took their seats as the acting mayor and council, Mr. Ramsey stated, No. They re pretty calm. The school s youth government program is a month-long program, Mr. Ramsey explained. The students that want to participate in the program write speeches and deliver them to their peers in the Belmar Belmar Youth Government program generates new, fresh ideas LAUREN PARKER, Jackie Bekier [left], acting as a councilwoman, and Shane Fitzgerald [right], acting as mayor, sat at the dais last Wednesday during Belmar Elementary School s Youth Government program s mock mayor and council meeting in Belmar s Borough Hall. Elementary School auditorium at the beginning of May. Their peers vote and the students are then elected into their seats on council. Emmett introduced the first resolution on the mock agenda on Wednesday, in which the town of Belmar would distribute questionnaires to students at Belmar Elementary School in regards to the improvements that need to be made to the Belmar skatepark. It s a good way to let the appropriate people know what is needed in the park, Emmett said. The rest of the students agreed with Emmett and passed the resolution. Culli introduced an ordinance that would create additional crossing guards in the borough over the summer months. I feel a few more would be beneficial, Culli said. Culli explained that there were many children who walk around Belmar in the summer and there is a lot of vehicular traffic in the town in the summer. Student councilman Shane said, added safety is a positive thing. The crossing guard resolution was also passed. Jackie introduced a resolution to create a public pool within the borough. It would be a great addition to our town, Jackie said. Culli agreed and stated that the center of town would be an ideal location for a pool. However, acting as mayor, Shane stated, We are lucky enough to have a beach right next to us. Shane explained that the beach brings in money for the town and he would not like to see that revenue taken away. The costs would be higher than the money we would bring in, Shane added. There were two votes in favor of the pool and three against the resolution. The resolution did not pass. The last resolution was introduced by student councilman Shane, who stated that the Belmar Recycling Center should be open for longer hours. The student mayor and council passed the resolution. The best thing about this program is that, everything that they bring up, we talked about and the students really want, Mr. Ramsey said, after the meeting. Even when Shane [who played mayor] disagreed with the pool, he actually did disagree with the pool when we were talking about it and he came up with those points. I thought they did a great job this year. I thought the resolutions were practical for the most part. Councilwoman Brennan stated that she thought the resolutions were really, really thought out. I, for one, would like to follow up on a few of the things that you suggested, Councilwoman Brennan said. It is really important to go to the kids about the skate park. So, I think that the council may be able to arrange some sort of survey or questionnaire. I hope to see you standing up there again in, what, 10 years, as elected officials? Mayor Pringle agreed with Councilwoman Brennan and said he was thinking a skateboard public meeting at the school should be held. You guys are conservative, fiscally, Mayor Pringle added. You are a tough bunch. I thought all of your comments were very thoughtful. You obviously put a lot of time into this. You did a great job and, for me, this is the last one, Superintendent Richens said. Every year, the resolutions became better and better and better and this year I am very proud of you, in how you gave your rationales. They were thought out well. You had some conviction behind what you were talking about and that s important because, when you have an idea and you want to sell that idea, you have to have a reason for it and that s why, in government, when government acts, there s a reason why they act and that is because they want to better our community, Mr. Richens said. I think you are going to be great leaders in the future, the superintendent added. Spring Fling event set for this weekend Belmar s Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Spring Fling Weekend, this Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20. The weekend includes a kite festival, sidewalk sale and town-wide garage sale. The kite festival will be held at the Belmar beachfront, between Second and Fifth avenues, this Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, the festival is sponsored by Connolly Station, Star News Group, publisher of The Coast Star and The Ocean Star, Salon Marsal and Super Foodtown of Wall. The South Jersey Kite Flyers group will be on hand, flying their colorful and uniquely shaped kites. Vendors will be stationed on the Belmar beachfront during the festival. The Kid-N-U Kite Shop will be selling unique kites on the beachfront. Sand art activities will be available for the kids and t-shirt vendors will also be stationed nearby. On Saturday, May 19, the Belmar Sidewalk Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local merchants will take to the streets all along Belmar s Main Street with some of their finest products. While parents shop, a scavenger hunt and other fun, family activities will be held for the children. Each child that participates in the scavenger hunt will win a prize. For those who may have shopped their way to an appetite, Belmar restaurants will offer Spring Fling specials on their delicious foods during the Sidewalk Sale on May 19. The Town-wide Garage Sale, which is co-sponsored by the Belmar Environmental Commission and the Chamber, will offer bargain shoppers over 100 garage sales to pillage through! Garage sales will be held throughout the borough between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Maps that list all of the garage sales will be made available at area businesses, as well as the kite festival, the Chamber office and borough hall. Pick up a map to have a listing of all of the Spring Fling Weekend events. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!! LCN (FULL SET) OFF (Reg. 80) Expires 5/31/07. Not valid with any other offer. ACRYLIC (FULL SET) 5 00 OFF (Reg. 25) Expires 5/31/07. Not valid with any other offer. LCN (REFILL PINK & WHITE) OFF (Reg. 50) Expires 5/31/07. Not valid with any other offer. MANICURE & PEDICURE 5 00 OFF (Reg. 32) Expires 5/31/07. Not valid with any other offer. REG. GEL (FULL SET) OFF (Reg. 50) Expires 5/31/07. Not valid with any other offer. 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The Wall Intermediate School Jazz Ensemble will also appear that evening. Come and enjoy an evening of fine music. Also, mark your calendar for the Wall High School Spring Concert on Thursday, May 24 at 8p.m. This concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Choir and Wall Intermediate Honors Band. Donations are gladly accepted at both concerts. ~ Allenwood School May Fair The Allenwood Elementary Parent Teacher Group will be sponsoring its Annual May Fair celebration from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Allenwood School. Highlights of the day will include a giant slide, pony rides, nail painting, games for all ages, raffles, prizes, food and much more. All proceeds from the May Fair will benefit the children of the Allenwood School. The school is located at 3301 Allenwood-Lakewood Road in Wall. ~ Forgiveness and Health to be discussed On Sunday, May 20, come hear Rev. Michael Barry from the Cancer Treatment Center of America about the relationship forgiveness has to one s health. He will speak from 9 to 10 a.m. in their Sunday School hour and preach in the worship service at 10:15 a.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church in wall, located at 2263 Allenwood Road. The public is invited. For more information, please call Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ~ The Atlantic Club in Wall is partnering in a national movement with The International Association of Health and Racquet Clubs in promoting Get Active America. During this upcoming weekend, from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20, The Atlantic Club is opening its doors to all in the community to enjoy their many programs focused on the building of a healthier and more active lifestyle. The Atlantic Club Get Active America weekend has activities for all ages and levels Wall Township The Atlantic Club to host Get Active event Golom honored at Naval Academy Ryan E. Golom, of Wall, was named to the superintendent s list and commandant s list for the 2006 fall term at the United States N a v a l Academy in Annapolis, RYAN E. Md. GOLOM Golom is a 2004 graduate of Wall High School. of fitness. Our goal, stated Kevin McHugh, Chief Operating Officer of The Atlantic Club, is to allow the community to experience fun fitness activities that will have a positive impact on their lives. Our program features a high intensity and fun Zumba Master Class that will be held in our gym on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The Get Active America 10,000 steps, lead by Pat Weir, Atlantic Club trainer and former national Race walker, will meet at our outside Walking Trail. It will be a fun experience for both recreational and the more advanced walkers. The community is invited to participate in the following Saturday classes: At 9 a.m., there will be an Awesome Abs class with Lorraine in Studio B, an Absolute Beginner Yoga class in the Kinesis Studio, and a Water Running class in the Indoor Pool. At 9:30 a.m., there will be a Flexibility class with Lorraine in Studio B. At 10 a.m., there is an Aqua Tai Chi class in the Indoor Pool, a Define and Refine class with Lorraine in Studio B, a Classic Step class with Christine in Studio A. At 11 a.m., there is a Restorative Yoga class with Penelope in Studio A. We are so excited about our Get Active America Open House, said Christine Plisky, Director of Group Exercise at The Atlantic Club. We are inviting the whole community to get up, get going and get active. I hope to see everyone this Saturday participating in our great programs. Ed McRae, Athletic Director for The Atlantic Club Fieldhouse and Junior Programs, has created a unique opportunity for athletes from 4 years of age through the high school level. All are invited to join Mr. McRae and his Summer Sports Camp Directors at the Summer Sports Camp Expo this Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Atlantic Club Fieldhouse. Mr. McRae and his team of coaches will be utilizing the spacious 23,000-square-foot, air-conditioned, indoor facilities, as well as the beautifully maintained 22 acres of sports fields. The program will allow athletes to meet and greet the Summer Sports Camp Directors, participate in drills that will be age specific by targeted sport, as well as provide parents and athletes the opportunity to ask questions about various sports. Listed below are the coaches that will be participating in The Get Active America Summer Sports Camp Expo. Baseball Coach Ed McRae, who has 26 years of college Wall Kiwanis Hosts Candidate Night LAUREN PARKER, Wall Kiwanis hosted a Candidates Night at Doolan s in Spring Lake Heights last Thursday which was attended by Wall Kiwanis Club President Warren Cochran [from left], District 5 Lt. Governor Pat Norris, District 8 Lt. Governor Bill Seaman, past Lt. Governor Dean Konner and NJ District Treasurer Mark Esposito. Mr. Seaman and Mr. Konner are both candidates for NJ District governor and Mr. Esposito is a candidate for re-election as treasurer. coaching experience. Coach McLaughlin, a former Head Coach at Brookdale College will be participating. John Giraldo, who was a Division 1 Player and played internationally, will be coaching boys basketball. Ellen Masonius, a former college coach and Division 1 player, will be coaching girls basketball. LaCrosse will be coached by Tom Hansen, who has 26 years experience as a collegiate coach. Soccer will be coached by Wayne Ramsey, a former player, and college/professional coach. Andreas Roestenberg, a TAC head coach and former Olympic qualifier, will be coaching swimming. Tennis will be coached by Kevin Carey, a former collegiate player who has over 14 years instructing. I am so excited about this Sports Expo being offered to everyone in the community, Mr. McRae stated, adding, it will provide a fast-paced sampling of all the various sports camps for children, both boys and girls. To help ensure that our young athletes sample all the various sports, each child will be provided a card that will be initialed by the coach at each station. Upon the card being completed, each child will be entered in a sweepstakes for free weeks of Summer Sports Camps. For the experienced and older athlete, we offer a comprehensive program in the areas of baseball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and swimming that will allow each athlete the opportunity to reach their potential. All our Sports Camps are curriculum-based with a sports specific conditioning program included in the overall instruction. Whether your child is interested in participating in our Sports Camps or not, they will enjoy this Sports Expo on Sunday and will leave with a better understanding of the role sports can play in their lives. The Atlantic Club along with Atlantis Preparatory School is committed to taking a stand for childhood wellness. They invite the entire community to join them on Sunday for The Get Active America Summer Sports Camp Expo at The Atlantic Club Fieldhouse. For more information, please contact Ed McRae at The (l) Russet Glove Calf (c) Stone Nubuck (r) Black Glove Calf Come see all that is new in downtown Spring Lake... Skuby Blue now 1106 Third Ave Third Avenue Spring Lake 2004/05 Top 100 Menswear Stores in U.S.A. MR Magazine Spring Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5 Sunday 12-4
13 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 13 Wall Township Wall passes municipal budget, 2.4-cent tax increase set By Dan Zomack At its public meeting last Wednesday, the Wall Township Committee unanimously voted to pass the budget for the 2007 calendar year, which is set at 30,518,032 for municipal purposes. The 2007 tentative budget reflects an increase of 1,268,643 from the 2006 budget of 29,249,389. The amount of the 2007 budget to be raised through local taxation is 18,715,462, an increase of 1,145,958 from the 2006 year. The average assessed value of a home in the township is 312,000. In 2006, the average assessed home did not see an increase in the municipal tax. Under the 2007 budget, the amount that average home will be assessed for municipal taxes will increase by 75, to 1,526. The 2006 municipal tax for the average assessed home was 1,451. Township Administrator Joseph L. Verruni said the increase will be 2.4 cents per 100 of assessed valuation for the 2007 municipal budget. He stated that before he and his finance team, which includes Chief Financial Officer Steve Mayer, started working on the budget, there was a point where the tax increase was set at 4.6 cents per 100 of assessed valuation. However, his staff worked hard to get that number down. Last year there was no tax increase, Mr. Verruni stated, adding, that should be of note. Mr. Verruni also announced, I am pleased to say for the fourteenth year in a row, there will be no tax increase on the water and sewer fee. According to Mr. Mayer, reasons for the 2007 tax increase included 777,133 in salary and wage increases, 250,000 in insurance and general liability increases and 387,302 in pension cost increases. Mr. Verruni has cited electricity, gas and county surcharges as examples of charges the township has no control over. The amount being applied from surplus to the 2007 budget to offset local taxes is 2.6 million, leaving 2,660,771 remaining in the surplus account. In other meeting news: The Township Committee honored Wall Police Ptl. Chris Lisewski with a proclamation for saving the life of a bicyclist after he was struck by a motor vehicle. On Friday, July 27, Ptl. Lisewski responded to Belmar Boulevard after a bicyclist was struck by a passing vehicle in what Wall Police Chief David Morris referred to as a serious accident. The bicyclist suffered a life threatening injury to his arm which severed his artery. Ptl. Lisewski treated the injury by applying a tourniquet to the arm to control the bleeding. The actions of Ptl. Lisewski saved the individual s life, according to the emergency room doctor, Chief Morris said. There were more heroes to honor at the meeting, as the Wall DAN ZOMACK, Mayor John Tobia [second from right] and Police Chief David Morris [from left] honored a group of people who saved the life of a man who was not breathing at The Atlantic Club in February. Those who helped save the man s life were Ptl. Ross D Andrea, Ptl. Steve Rydinsky, Ptl. Mike Malone, Wall Community First Aid members Pete Onulack, Robert Stuphen Jr., Robin Bird and Mike George. DAN ZOMACK, The Wall Township Committee recently recognized Pride of Wall Seniors members, Commiteewoman Mary Burne [from left], Vice President James Fanning, President Joe Roma, Wall AARP Chapter 4483 President Marge Kupin, Pride of Wall Treasurer Elmer Myers, Alma Walton, Secretary Lynnore Sheehan and Ray Walton for being Older Americans. The Township also proclaimed May to be Older American Month. DAN ZOMACK, The Wall Township Committee recently recognized students from the town s elementary schools who placed in the Joseph L. Kubacz Alcohol and Drug Awareness Poster Contest. Those who won are Dawn Damiano [from left], Isabella Lohmann, Fallon Siegler, Kelly Jacoby, Ashley Smith, John Gray, Brendan McGregor, contest coordinator Lorraine Kubacz, Corey Huetter, Miranda Valerio, Jennifer Alessandra and Carly Quinn. Township Committee recognized the life saving efforts of a group of Wall policemen, Wall Community First Aid members and Atlantic Club employees. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Wall Ptl. Mike Malone, Ptl. Ross D Andrea and Ptl. Steve Rydinsky responded to The Atlantic Club for a subject not breathing. Ptl. Malone arrived first and assisted Atlantic Club employees Brad Rauch, Gloria Koller and Danielle Spacek in treating the patient who was not breathing and had no pulse. 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Dr. Cuozzo took care of everything...and the family atmosphere in his office is wonderful. - Lisa Reed, mother Danny Reed, 16 Featuring Cabinetry By: ALL Decorative Pillows Wall Township Sheep Shearer gives woolcuts in Wall By Caren Caterina Atlantic Farms, on Atlantic Avenue in Wall, held its annual Sheep Shearing Day over the weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving visitors a close-up look as the farm s resident sheep got sheared. This is an annual sheep shearing day, said Atlantic Farms owner and Wall Mayor John Tobia, estimating that more than 1,000 people come out to enjoy the event throughout the course of the day. We open it to the public so children can experience one more aspect of agriculture. Mayor Tobia said the farm currently has 18 sheep, and four babies, with one just a few days old. There will be more [baby sheep] as the spring goes on, he added. Pete Brummer, an independent, professional sheep shearer from the Harrisburg, Pa. area, has been coming to Atlantic Farms for more than 15 years to give them their cuts. He knows exactly how to handle the sheep, said Mayor Tobia. Part of the handling includes holding the sheep steady in a certain position, which helps the animal to relax while getting shorn. The mayor added, the sheep actually enjoy getting their cuts. The temperatures are starting to rise, so just like humans, it s a lot cooler for them, he said. Along with getting sheared, they get a manicure at the same time. The nails are clipped to keep them from getting too long and from any disease build-up, said Mr. Brummer. The wool is then donated to people in the area, including folks who do spinning at home, Annual Kid s Fishing Derby coming up By Dan Zomack With the weather beginning to warm up, people will surely be getting their fishing gear ready to hit the area ponds, lakes, bay and the ocean. There are many children in the township who may have never gone fishing before, but have always wanted to. That is why Wall Township s Sixth Annual Fishing Derby will be the perfect time for children to come out and learn how to fish from some of the areas top fisherman. Employees from Allaire State Park, as well as members of the Wall Township Public Works and Police departments, will be on site to teach lessons of good sportsmanship and safety, as well CANDICE KENMUIR, Peter Brummer, a professional sheep shearer, and his son Ethan, 6, spent Saturday afternoon at Atlantic Farms for Sheep Shearing Day. Mr. Brummer, from Pennsylvania, has been coming to the farm for many years to give the sheep their annual haircut and manicure. Visitors enjoyed stopping to watch the demonstrations. as environmental issues. In addition, tickets will be drawn randomly to award prizes donated by local businesses. It s an event where parents who don t have angling ability or know much about fishing, have the opportunity to bring their children and learn, Tom Grasso, Public Works Supervisor for Special Projects said. We teach catch and release at the event Mr. Grasso added. The biggest thing we stress is not to harm the fish, as well as the conservation aspect so the kids can come back in the future and have a good time. Mr. Grasso said the event, which drew 75 to 100 participants last year, will be even bigger this year. It s a good day with family and friends, said Mr. Grasso. There will be nature talks about species native to the area. There will also be special nature exhibits that the kids will especially enjoy. The pond will be stocked with bluegills, large mouth bass, yellow perch and channel catfish. The Annual Fishing Derby will take place on Sunday, May 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. The event will take place at Lower Kessler Pond adjacent to the bike path off Hospital Road. The derby is open to Wall Township children up to 12 years old. The children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be plenty of surprises for the kids including rods, reels, fishing tackle and other special gifts. Please bring your own equipment and bait. Dress for the weather as the derby will take place rain or shine. There is no fee or registration required. Call with questions. and even to historical societies in the county who want it, said the mayor. They ll clean the wool and spin it for the yarn. The various sheep getting sheared included Jacobs, that Mayor Tobia said have four horns and are multi-colored and Dorsets and Sulfolks. He said all the sheep provide different textured wool. Dan and Dawne Mechlinski, and their two children Andrew, 8, and Amanda, 5, of Wall, enjoyed coming to see the sheep. I think it s awesome that we have this in our backyard, said Mrs. Mechlinski. It s such a community area. Lisa Alger, of Wall Township, with her daughter, Ryan, 7, was also excited to be at the sheep shearing day. We got to pet the baby sheep, said Mrs. Alger, which she noted was only two days old. Mrs. Alger said that every year, the event has been a bit different. She said that last year, the farm had spinners on site that showed attendees the process pf turning wool into yarn. One part of the process is called carding, a method used to prepare the wool for spinning, by using wooden cards with wire teeth to help stretch and clean the wool. Sooner or later, it looks like cotton, said Mrs. Alger, adding that it is spun until it becomes the yarn. Mr. Brummer also took time between shearings to explain interesting information about the wool to the crowd. He talked about lanolin, the oil in the wool that is then extracted to be used for various products, such as soaps or lotions. You can only get lanolin from sheep, said Mr. Brummer. Mr. Brummer s farm in Pennsylvania, called Happy Breeze Farm, is family-owned, and there, he will shear up to 200 sheep in an eight-hour day, with each sheep giving between six to eight pounds of raw wool. It takes about eight pounds of the raw wool to make one sweater, said Mr. Brummer. Mr. Brummer said he also enjoys his yearly trip to Atlantic Farms. It s a nice place for the kids to see the animals, said Mr. Brummer. The sheep, as well as the majority of other animals on Atlantic Farm, are rescued from abused or neglected environments said the mayor. None of the animals are used for food, so they are on the farm to live out their lives naturally. The 350 acres of the farm in Wall Township are also home to a farm market and animal play area, where Mayor Tobia said people can experience the different agriculture, such as with school trips. 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15 The bottom line of this whole thing is [Capt. Sullivan] has to be proven [guilty] beyond a reasonable doubt, said Judge Himelman, who also said he believed a jury would not have believed the testimony of Ptl. Verrecchia. The judge said it seemed like a very large coincidence to me that Ptl. Verrecchia would leave his post that evening to go work in another post, one that Capt. Sullivan just happened to be traveling in on that night. Ptl. Verrecchia was assigned to be in Zone 4 that night, located in the southern portion of the township, but had sought the permission of his supervisor, Sgt. Frank Lancellotti, at the beginning of the shift, to float, or conduct traffic enforcement outside of his assigned zone. The arrest took place in Zone 2, which is three miles to the north of the zone where Ptl. Verrecchia was assigned to be that evening. At the trial last Tuesday, Ptl. Verrecchia claimed he did not initially know the vehicle he was pulling over belonged to his superior officer, a claim Judge Himelman said he did not believe. I frankly don t believe him. He recognized the car, the judge stated. The judge said the reasonable doubt for him began in the testimony and arrest report of Ptl. Verrecchia, who stated that Capt. Sullivan was staggering and falling over, yet in a surveillance video of Capt. Sullivan taken at Wall Police Headquarters approximately one hour after the motor vehicle stop, Capt. Sullivan does not appear to be staggering as described in the arresting officer s testimony. Last Tuesday, defense attorney James Fagen, Freehold, introduced the surveillance tape of Capt. Sullivan in police custody. The surveillance tape surprised me, Judge Himelman admitted, while adding, I didn t see him staggering or falling. Another aspect of the arrest that especially bothered Judge Himelman was that no one else verified the results of the Breathalyzer test that Ptl. Verrecchia administered. Wall Police policy requires the arresting officer to conduct the Breathalyzer test, and does not require there to be another party to witness the results. The judge said Ptl. Verrecchia should have used better judgement when conducting the test and brought in another officer to witness the testing, considering the two officers contentious history. The judge was referencing the fact that Ptl. Verrecchia is part of a pending federal lawsuit filed against the township and police officials by the rank-and-file officers. The officers allege the police administration placed hidden cameras in the officers locker room in an attempt to find the person responsible for placing racially prejudiced notes in a minority officer s locker. The officers claim the cameras violated their right to privacy. Ptl. Verrecchia has also been disciplined by Capt. Sullivan in the past. Capt. Sullivan registered a.19 and.20 Blood Alcohol Content on the Breathalyzer, above the CATERED BY THE BOAT Off Premise Parties & Catering Complete Menu Customization & Planning Large Platters available for Take-out Chaffing Dishes Available Assistance with Decorations Live Entertainment & DJ scheduling Wall Township Wall Police Capt. Sullivan found not guilty of DWI FROM PAGE 1 WHIP holds 19th Annual Golf Outing By Dan Zomack For 18 years, Wall Helps Its People, or WHIP as it is more commonly known, has been holding an annual golf outing, but what makes it different this year its nineteenth was that the outing was held in honor of one of its founders who recently passed away, Elizabeth Betty M. Ryan. About 55 golfers came out to support WHIP and remember Mrs. Ryan last Monday at the Lakewood Country Club where the fund-raiser was held, Dave Rible, WHIP co-chairman, stated. It was a great crowd, Mr. Rible added, saying those who came out enabled the organization to raise 6,000 for the nonprofit organization. What made the day even more special for Mr. Rible and those who attended, was when WHIP honored Mrs. Ryan at the luncheon and awarded her family with a recognition award for her years of tireless work for the group. Many years ago, Mrs. Ryan, a charter member, and a small group of people felt they needed to start an organization that would give back to the residents of Wall when they were in a time of need. The small group started WHIP, a non-profit service organization composed of volunteers who work together to provide assistance to local residents in times of crisis. Funds are raised solely by donation. Mrs. Ryan was also the Municipal Welfare Director in Wall for over 35 years before retiring in She also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Municipal Welfare Association, as well as the Manasquan Elks BPOE No Ladies Auxiliary, serving as their Lady of the Year from 1993 to The members of WHIP believed it was appropriate to honor Mrs. Ryan for all of her hard work and dedication over the years to the people of Wall by holding their annual Golf Outing in her honor, an event she always cherished. Dave Rible, an honorary chairman of WHIP, said that Mrs. Ryan was a dedicated person who helped the community. She truly enjoyed her job and never missed a meeting, Mr. Rible said. legal limit for driving of.08, according to Ptl. Verrechia s report. The Breathalyzer does not give out a printed reading of its test results. Rather, the officer writes down the machine s reading. After stating his not guilty verdict, Judge Himelman said the Township of Wall should not have taken away Capt. Sullivan s appointment as chief of police prior to the DWI trial verdict. Capt. Sullivan was unanimously appointed on Jan. 24 by the Wall Township Committee to become the town s next police chief, to replace retiring Chief Roy Hall. Capt. Sullivan was set to begin the 130,000 per year position effective Feb. 1. That promotion was rescinded after the arrest, and then-capt. David Morris assumed temporary control of the department. Capt. Morris was selected by the township committee at an executive meeting on Feb. 7 to be the new chief of police. Red Bank Municipal Prosecutor James Butler said he was shocked and did not anticipate the not guilty verdict. These guys [Ptl. Verrecchia and Sgt. Lancellotti] didn t do anything wrong. They did their job, said Mr. Butler. When asked what the verdict means to him, Mr. Butler immediately replied, It says don t arrest a cop. This sentiment was shared by Ptl. Verrecchia, who stated the verdict sends a wrong message to the public. Ptl. Verrecchia said he takes his police oath very seriously and said, I will never, ever, let someone drunk drive away, even if that THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 15 CANDICE KENMUIR, Dave Rible, co-chairman for Wall Helps Its People, or WHIP as it is more commonly known, hit a shot Monday morning at Lakewood Country Club for the organization s 19th Annual Golf Outing to raise funds for those in need. Mr. Rible believes the golf outing is an important event because 100 percent of the money raised goes strictly to helping people. If they [Wall families] can t pay a utility bill or put food on the table, we help them out, said Mr. Rible. At the Awards Luncheon, the Presidents Award was given to the Wall Township Police Benevolent Association (PBA). Mr. Rible said the PBA received the award because the community oriented group has always supported WHIP by having members help out at WHIP functions in the Township as well as with monetary donations Main Street, Belmar x19 person happens to be a fellow police officer. It makes me feel like I don t make a difference, Ptl. Verrecchia said, who added, It makes me not want to be a cop anymore. It is the most disgusting and disturbing outcome possible, Ptl. Verrecchia stated. Ptl. Verrecchia said that for the past four months, he has been under a tremendous amount of stress because of the case. At the end of the day, I know I did the right thing, Ptl. Verrecchia added. Sgt. Lancellotti, who assisted Ptl. Verrecchia at the DWI stop, was also upset at the verdict. The justice system has failed me miserably and my town has failed me, Sgt. Lancellotti went on to say. I hold nobody above the law said Sgt. Lancellotti. When asked how he feels now that he must go back to work and have Capt. Sullivan as his supervisor, Sgt. Lancellotti said he feels like a giant target. Ptl. Verrecchia and Sgt. Lancellotti said they were told by township officials not to talk to the media about the case, but both men feel they were slandered inside the courtroom, and were upset they did not receive any support from the police administration or the township committee. What are they going to do to me now? They already called me a liar in court, Sgt. Lancellotti said. Wall Mayor John Tobia said the verdict marked a sad day for the Wall Township Police Department and the Township of Wall. Wall Police Chief Morris only said, I ll respect the court s decision, when asked about the verdict, and referred all other questions to Township Administrator Joseph Verruni. When asked what the next step is for the Wall Township Committee, as well as if there would be any personnel changes within the police department, Mr.Verruni said all positions will remain as they currently are. Mr. Verruni added he would make the personnel decision accordingly, once I have the opportunity to talk to Chief Morris and Township Attorney Roger McLaughlin. When Mr. McLaughlin was asked if Capt. Sullivan would be disciplined by the department for what Judge Himelman referred to as inappropriate conduct at the road side stop, Mr. McLaughlin replied, We ve ordered a transcript of the judge s decision and it will be reviewed in detail. There is a possibility there could be disciplinary action based on the transcript, Mr. McLaughlin further stated. As for Judge Himelman s statement that the township should not have rescinded Capt. Sullivan s appointment as chief before the DWI trial was held, Mr. McLaughlin replied, We appreciate [ Judge Himelman s] right to make the comments, but the decision of the township committee to rescind the appointment was made with the assumption Capt. Sullivan was innocent unless proven guilty. 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16 PAGE 16 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 DEL PONTE S BAKERY The SOCCER AKA: Beach s Bakery Cookies, Brownies, Fancy Cakes, Italian Pastries, Breads and Rolls Specializing in Custom Designed Wedding & Other Cakes 2 for 1 Gelato *Limit one coupon per customer per visit. Expires 6/30/ Main Street, Bradley Beach Best Place To ROLLER HOCKEY FIELD HOCKEY Day & Sports Be This Lacrosse By Caren Caterina The newest member of the Bradley Beach Police Department is ready to protect and serve the borough s citizens. He s a full-time officer. He s a full-time cop, said Ptl. William Major. But while this officer may be the new kid on the block, he is far from the ordinary police academy graduate. Max, a 2-and-one-half-yearold German Shepherd Dog, is part of the K-9 Unit at the Bradley Beach Police Department, and spent 16 weeks in rigorous training with Ptl. Major, his handler. He works four nights a week, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., stated Ptl. Major. Max s first official shift was on May 5, and the officer said they did a DWI patrol together. The idea for the K-9 Unit began in 2006, when Police Chief Leonard Guida was acting chief, and was open to new programs, and one I was considering, was a K-9, said Chief Guida. Ptl. Major, 27, who began working as a part-time special officer with the police department in 2003, before becoming full-time officer in 2005, told Chief Guida he would like to be part of the K-9 Unit. I expressed interest in being a K-9 handler, said Ptl. Major. He added that Chief Guida had agreed that establishing a K- 9 Unit would be beneficial to the department. The department has borrowed, in the past, K-9 officers from other municipalities, including Wall Township and Tinton Falls, for various incidents. Chief Guida said after he was took over as chief in January, he instituted the program. Ptl. Major said they began working on the K-9 unit within Bradley Beach, and the search for their very own K-9 was on. Max, who was born in Germany, was trained there in apprehending criminals. A K-9 broker, Jerry Azzi, of Ohio, bought Max and brought him back to Ohio. Ptl. Major said during his search for the right K-9 for the borough, he had seen a video of Max doing his work, and he was sold on him, so, I drove out to Ohio and got him, he said. Ptl. Major said Max was shy and quiet the whole way home, admitting he was a bit nervous, too, about their first meeting. But now that some time has passed, and after experiencing training together, Max and Ptl. Major have become very close. We re bonding. Recently, he began letting me rub his belly, to let me know he s comfortable around me, said the officer. Bradley Beach Police Department adds new K-9 officer to its ranks Summer! Today! COMPUTERS Full-Time/Part-Time Field Trips LEAGUES Youth/Adult & High School All Sports BASEBALL By Caren Caterina Billy Harkowsky, of The Lizard Guys, entertained and delighted nearly 40 children and their parents on Tuesday at the Bradley Beach Public Library with a variety of lizards, amphibians and reptiles. The kids sat in a circle, filled with curiosity and excitement, as Mr. Harkowsky, known as Silly Billy, showed the children several animals, one at a time, explaining everything from the geographical location of the particular animal to the parts of its body. The first animal Mr. Harkowsky showed to the children, was an African Fat-tailed Gecko. This is a new tail, he said, explaining to the children that they actually sever their own tails CANDICE KENMUIR, Bradley Beach Police Department Ptl. William Major and his partner, Max, spent 16 weeks training together at a special K-9 academy in Atlantic County. to get away from predators. Out of approximately 800 species of geckos, Mr. Harkowsky said there are only two that are poisonous. Next, in a brown cloth bag, children screamed with excitement as he pulled out a snake. Boys and girls, this snake is not dangerous, he stated. The snake, a San Diego Gopher Snake, is special, Mr. Harkowsky said, due to it being an albino. I got him when he was a month old, he said of the 7- year-old snake. Mr. Harkowsky explained to the children that while some snakes that shed their skin eat it, some leave their skin on the ground, such as this type. He also explained other interesting facts about the snake, such as Max and and Ptl. Major spent Jan. 15 through May 4 at the Atlantic County John Sonny Burke K-9 Academy in Galloway Township, where 12 other handlers and their dogs were also being trained on numerous skills and tactics, including obedience, handler protection, tracking, building and article searches, scent detection and even crowd control. The training included involvement with the K-9 and the handler, in various environments. It [the training] was difficult, very physical, and a lot of repetition, added Ptl. Major. And not only does Max respond to commands from Ptl. Major using hand signals and his voice, but he is also bilingual. He knows both English and German, said Ptl. Major. Max was also trained to only listen to his handler. He won t come out of the car, unless I tell him to, added Ptl. Major. Max can also help other municipalities, who may need help from a K-9. We re available to assist any department requesting K-9, as Lizard Man gives kids up-close look at some of nature s critters they cannot blink, and that they stick out their tongue to smell. Another type of animal that the students saw was an African Bullfrog. Frogs and toads are the largest group of amphibians, said Mr. Harkowsky, and the African Bullfrog is the second largest specie of frogs on the planet, he added, second to the Goliath Frog in Africa. Though these frogs have quite a palate, ranging from birds, lizards, small snakes, to eating other African Bullfrogs, the frogs can also go on a fast. He can sit in the mud, not eating, for a year, said Mr. Harkowsky, and he won t starve. Next, the children looked at a See LIZARD, page 36 part of a mutual aid agreement, said Ptl. Major. It s [K-9 Unit] a great tool in law enforcement, especially in the increase in violent crimes surrounding Bradley Beach, stated Chief Guida. The chief stated that Max will be a drug-sniffing dog, and also involved with tracking, in the event there needs to be an immediate search for a victim or a suspect. Since Max will be on the road quite a bit with his handler, the K-9 vehicle also has a special transport kennel, specially designed for the dog, said Chief Guida. The kennel includes an aluminum cage, ventilated windows, rubber flooring, and a doggie door that leads from the back seat to the front, so that Max can get out of the car faster. The transport kennel was installed in the back of the car by the borough s public works department. While the transport kennel can be costly, the department was fortunate to have one donated by the New Jersey State Police, K-9 Unit, South Region. Sgt. Chris Quirk, of the State Police K-9 Unit South Region, said he met Ptl. Major while assisting in the training at the academy in Atlantic County. The sergeant said that Ptl. Major had mentioned the department s new K-9 Unit, and that he hoped to find a donated kennel for the K-9 vehicle. Sgt. Quirk was able to help locate an extra transport kennel and donate it to Bradley Beach. A new transport kennel, he approximated, can run as much as 1,500. A lot of items were donated by different individuals, and I m appreciative of all of them, said Chief Guida. Chief Guida said the police department is excited about the K-9 Unit s implementation. I think everyone s excited to have Max on board. He will be used in a number of capacities, said Chief Guida, including patrol and community policing. The chief said a lot of the credit goes to Ptl. Major for all his hard work on the program. Ptl. Major was a huge help in putting the program together, said Chief Guida. He reached out for the information and made contacts with various people. He s responsible for a huge portion of the effort for obtaining the K-9. Max will stay with the department for at least five to six years before retiring, and then Ptl. Major said he will keep him as his pet. He s my roommate and my partner, said Ptl. Major. The chief announced that people will get a chance to meet Bradley Beach Police Department s newest recruit. I intend to officially introduce Max to the borough, on May 22, at the mayor and council meeting, said Chief Guida. Swimming ARTS & CRAFTS 2903 Highway 138 Wall, NJ
17 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 17 Bradley Beach Ascension Church celebrates 100 years in Bradley Beach By Caren Caterina A Bradley Beach parish is gearing up for its 100th anniversary celebration, and many in the area are looking forward to the festivities. The Ascension Church on Brinley Avenue will be celebrating its centennial on Sunday, May 20, where the Most Rev. John M. Smith, the Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, will help celebrate the noon Mass. He will be joined by many former priests of the parish, said the Rev. Jerome Nolan, who has been presiding over the church for the last two and onehalf years. Afterwards, the parish will join in a light reception at the church s Monsignor O Hara Hall, before continuing the celebration with a special dinner at Doolan s in Spring Lake Heights. Besides celebrating through the special Mass and dinner, the Rev. Nolan said the festivities will also include dancing, with music by a band called Smooth Sailing. Bradley Beach Mayor Stephen Schueler, said he also plans on attending the dinner, to help honor the church s centennial celebration, because of its impact on the community. I m going to their dinner to present a proclamation on how important the church has been in our community, that has taught morals and ethics to our parishioners, the mayor said. Reaching 100 years is no small feat, and a lot can happen over the course of a century. One of Ascension Church s longtime parishioners, Jack Shaughnessy, of Neptune, also serves on the church s historical committee, that was established last year, specifically for the centennial anniversary. Mr. Shaughnessy said no one in particular chairs the committee. We all work together, he stated. The historical committee worked to put together a special collection for the 100-year celebration, that included old photographs and documents found in the rectory of the church, as well as memorabilia donated by longtime members of the parish, including items dating back as far as The collection, put together in a meticulous display, can fill up an entire room, and will be displayed for the celebration. Picture having a dedication ceremony, from May 1907, and having it photographed, said Mr. Shaughnessy, as he pointed to a black-and-white photograph of the church being built. Construction of Ascension Church began in 1907, and the cornerstone was laid in The cost to build the entire church was approximately 20,000. The rectory was built in 1913 at a cost of 12,000. The Rev. Nolan said the church was formed as a mission to Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park by the Rev. Thomas Roache, due to growing population in the area. Bradley Beach founder, James Bradley, donated the property on which the church was built. Catholicism was growing in the Shore area, and for 100 years, the parish has flourished, said the Rev. Nolan. And it s bigger now than it s ever been. Much of the parish is made up of people from Bradley Beach, Neptune and Ocean Grove. The Rev. Nolan said one of the main reasons for the growing parish is that summer residents are now making the area their permanent homes. Monsignor John J. O Hara, born in Chatham was appointed as pastor of the church in Mr. Shaughnessy said while the church was being built the CANDICE KENMUIR, The Rev. Jerome Nolan has presided over Ascension Church for the last two and one-half years. congregation met at the school and a Newark Avenue casino for Masses. At the time, the congregation numbered about 150, a figure which, over the course of a century, has grown into approximately 650 families that attend church between the four Masses on Sundays. The church is filled at every Mass, said the Rev. Nolan. The church fits about 300 people. The Ascension Center was built in 1962 in the back of the church, which has a basketball court and even a kitchen. The Rev. Nolan said the center was a place for all the parish activities, which is very important to the parish. He also said the center is used as a religious education center for the children. The Rev. Nolan said that Monsignor O Hara experienced many challenges over the years at the church. The Ascension Church experienced many trials, tribulations and changes, throughout its history, including a fire. The church did have a fire in the 1960s, and it really did a lot of damage, said the Rev. Nolan. But, monsignor was able to restore it, really, to its original condition, after he located the son of the man who did all the artwork in the church, and was able to found the artist s original sketches. The fire started on Nov. 8, Now you can imagine that you were in the rectory, said Mr. Shaughnessy, and monsignor was there, and this fire was in full bloom. The firemen are here, and he doesn t want to leave the rectory, he wants to stay with his church. Mr. Shaughnessy said Monsignor O Hara stayed behind in 2 feet of water because he refused to leave his church, even after the firefighters had left. And he was not a young man at the time, said Mr. Shaughnessy, estimating the monsignor was about 87 years old at the time of the blaze. That s the kind of person he was. He made a point that he was going to rebuild this church, said Mr. Shaughnessy. He said, I will rebuild this church. And 18 months later, the church was rebuilt. Over the years, the Rev. Nolan said, the interior of the church has changed very little, except for renovations made in the 1960s to conform to changes mandated by Vatican II. He described Vatican II, as a meeting in Rome of the Catholic hierarchies of the world in the 1960s. And on the agenda, was to bring church into contemporary society. For example, Masses were changed from Latin into the respective languages of Catholic parishes in The Vatican II was a Ecumenical movement of churches, so we all reach out to each other in friendship, stated the Rev. Nolan. It influenced all the churches, it s brought us all together. Mr. Shaughnessy also stated, for example, when the Ascension Church had the fire, other churches and even synagogues in the area, opened their doors asking if the church wanted to hold Masses at their locations until the building could be reconstructed. That s ecumenical, said Mr. Shaughnessy. The parish is very much alive in spirit of Vatican II, said the the Rev. Nolan, adding that the parishioners are both socially and spiritually involved within the church. Another important facet of the church is also the parishioners being social with one another, and enjoying activities together. Mr. Shaughnessy said that Monsignor O Hara instilled in the congregation that he wanted people to be together religiously, and as friends. This is a church that believes in having some fun, and getting together as a group, and brings about a lot of good feelings between parishioners, said Mr. Shaughnessy. We just don t come and go on a Sunday. I want people to feel welcome that this is their spiritual home, and to tap into their talents and share them with the church, said the Rev. Nolan. After 50 years of being a priest, the Ascension Church threw a big 50th Jubilee for Monsignor O Hara, before he retired in January of He died later the same year, at the age of 93. The Rev. Samuel Constance then took over, who Mr. Shaughnessy said was like a son to Monsignor O Hara. Throughout the years, the parish has enjoyed many activities together, including an international food festival, a casino night, picnics on the beach, and even Irish step-dancing. In 1997, members from the parish went on a trip together to Ireland. We would go from one historical site to the next. People who never had the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, kissed the Blarney Stone, said Mr. Shaughnessy. The Rev. Nolan, was born in Neptune, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. After attending two seminaries for eight years, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in N.Y. with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, before being ordained in May For the last 33 years, the Rev. Nolan has served in six other parishes prior to coming to the Ascension Church. The Rev. Nolan said that celebrating 100 years is very special, not only to him, but the parish, too. The whole meaning of it is, it s a wonderful testimony to the tradition of our Catholic faith, said the Rev. Nolan. This parish is unique, because it s very stable. Many parishioners have been there many years of their lives, adding that some of them are in their 90s. We re going to have people coming from Florida and North Carolina that have retired and moved, who want to come back and celebrate, said Mr. Shaughnessy. The Rev. Nolan is very excited about the centennial celebration. It s a great joy to be at a parish that s 100 years old, he said, adding that it gives you a wonderful opportunity to look to many years of the past, and to think of all the faithful people that have gone through this church. And with more years to come, the Rev. Nolan said he will continue staying with Ascension Church. I hope to be here until my retirement, said the Rev. Nolan. It s a wonderful parish, with dedicated people. 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18 PAGE 18 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 Spring Lake Samantha s 1205 Third Avenue Village Tweed 1213 Third Avenue Pink Pony 1309 Third Avenue The Spot 1221 Third Avenue Skuby & Co Third Avenue Ye Towne Shop 1307 Third Avenue Cafe Artiste 306 Morris Avenue Youngland Shoes 1219 Third Avenue Karen s Boutique 1212 Third Avenue Merle Norman 1212 Third Avenue Courts and Greens 1209 Third Ave Kate & Company 1100 Third Avenue Elegant Alternative 1113 Third Avenue Clayton Limousine 1207 Third Avenue D Amico & McConnell Realtors 1201 Third Avenue The Breakers Hotel & Restaurant 1507 Ocean Avenue Sidewalk Sale Saturday, May 26th 10am-5pm Fashion Food Fun Spring Lake 5 mile run (8am) into Spring Lake Sidewalk Sale (10am) Two bike thefts under investigation Chief Daniel Scimeca of the Manasquan Police Department reported the following police activity in the borough: On May 7, Leo Clark, 45, of Spring Lake, was charged with contempt of court in Sea Girt by Ptl. Nicholas Tumminelli. On May 9, a 14 year-old juvenile male of First Avenue in Manasquan, was charged with theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia on Stockton Lake Boulevard by Lt. Michael Bauer. On May 9, Andrew Trimble, 27, of Wyckoff Avenue in Manasquan, was charged with contempt of court on Main Street by Ptl. Nicholas Tumminelli. On May 12, Melvin Leizear, 42, of Point Pleasant Beach, was charged with contempt of court at the Manasquan Police Department by Special Officer Breton Brewer. On May 7, Ptl. Thomas Morton investigated the theft of a bicycle at Manasquan High School. On May 14, Ptl. John Mahoney investigated the theft of a bicycle on Ocean Avenue. Manasquan Student Of The Month Photo Courtesy Of Steve Bumbera Senior Sloane Foley [right] was recently honored as the Manasquan High School Student of the Month for April. Sloane received her award from the Spring Lake-Brielle Rotary Club during their weekly breakfast at the Inn on Main on May 3. Sloane is accompanied by club President Kathie Adams who presented her with a certificate of recognition.
19 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 PAGE 19 Manasquan Community Calendar To submit a calendar listing or Manasquan news story, First Presbyterian Church To Hold Household Item, Outdoor Tent Sale The First Presbyterian Church, located at 16 Virginia Avenue, will hold a new household and outdoor tent sale on Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Previously part of the church s popular semi-annual rummage clothing sales, this expanded sale offers an opportunity for serendipity. Among items sold will be decorative household furnishings, kitchen items, china, glass, books, electronics and some furniture, all perfect for furnishing summer homes. Lunch and a bake sale will be available on Friday. The event is sponsored by the Women s Association of the Church with proceeds going to support charities benefiting women and children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. For more information call ~ South Monmouth Senior Citizens To Meet The South Monmouth Senior Citizens will meet in the Manasquan Methodist Church on May 18 at 12 noon. After refreshments, the Tonettes, directed by Ginny Palmer, will provide entertainment. For more information, contact program chairman Mary Galyean at ~ Knights Of Columbus Slates Blood Drive On Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Reverend John F. Welsch Council 3231 of Manasquan and Sea Girt will hold its blood drive to be held at the St. Denis School Gymnasium. The gymnasium is located on Virginia Avenue, near the corner of Union Avenue [Highway 71]. The blood drive provides a complimentary cholesterol screening for all donors. All donors must present signed or picture identification. Please try to eat a meal before you donate. For more information, please call or Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey THRIFT SHOP 69 Main St., Manasquan Located behind VNA Health Center Indoor Sidewalk Sale Fri. May 18 & Sat. May 19 1/2 Price on all Thrift Clothing (pink & slashed tickets) Business Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm ~ Closed Wednesday & Sunday HOLIDAY REMINDER Shop will be closed Sat. May 26th thru Mon. May 28 Celebrating our 47th Year Volunteers needed for 3 hour shifts All Proceeds donated to the VNA Assoc. of Central Jersey Manasquan Jim Girard Scholarship Foundation event slated The second annual fund-raiser for the Jim Girard Scholarship Foundation will be held this Sunday, May 20 at the Union Landing Restaurant, on Union Lane in Brielle. Beginning at 1 p.m., the 20 admission fee covers plenty of food, one drink and live music. There will also be a raffle auction which includes prizes like Yankees and Phillies tickets, autographed memorabilia from local Yankees baseball legend Gil MacDougald, former Yankees and Mets pitcher Al Leiter and a baseball signed by the great Willie Mays when he played with the New York Giants. Other prizes include gift certificates and valuable merchandise donated by many local businesses and restaurants. The Jim Girard Scholarship Foundation Trustees award an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from the Manasquan High School Varsity Hockey Team. The scholarship is given in memory of Jimmie Girard, who played on the inaugural MHS Varsity Hockey squad. Mr. Girard died of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2005, at the age of 24. He graduated from MHS in 1999 and Salve Regina Gee Gee s takes control of summer volleyball league By Nick Malfitano Leggett s Sand Bar, which had sponsored an annual volleyball league at the beachfront for many years, will not be doing so this summer, according to Paul Cisek of Leggett s. Actually, it s going under a new name. We re forming a new league not associated with Leggett s, said Mr. Cisek. When asked why the popular bar and restaurant was no longer holding the league, Mr. Cisek was at a loss for words. I really don t know, it became too much, the league is pretty intensive. Fred Bryant, proprietor of Gee Gee s on the Beachfront, said on Tuesday that his establishment would be taking over control of the league. Mr. Bryant indicated that the popular league, which attracts hundreds of players every year, will begin registration at Gee Gee s on Tuesday, May 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost of registration is 400 per team. When asked if Gee Gee s was looking forward to running the volleyball league, Mr. Bryant s answer was a very enthusiastic, absolutely, and mentioned that last year s league attracted 125 teams for competition. According to Mr. Bryant, the league will begin on Tuesday, June 12, with tentative start times of 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The beaches that have been used for competition in the past, those being the softball beach, the Main Street beach and the beach on Brielle Road, will again be used, said Mr. Bryant. Mr. Bryant also mentioned that there will be co-ed A and B teams and a mens division. Mr. Bryant said that a lot of people were disappointed when they heard that Leggett s was no longer running the volleyball league, so Mr. Bryant said that he made some calls to the town and secured control of the league. Participants can save money and get the same great fun that they have had in years past, Mr. Bryant said, noting that the price of the league this year is lower than in past years. University in We all knew we lost a great friend, said foundation president and trustee Brian Neuwirth of Mr. Girard. We were sure that Jimmie would want us to continue his legacy of having fun and doing good things for people, so we decided to form this foundation in his name and memory. He enjoyed playing hockey and having a good time. None of his friends will forget that. The Jim Girard Scholarship Foundation was established in 2006 by Neuwirth and four of Mr. Girard s other local friends, Joe Accisano, Jim Fagen, Eric Larkin and John Michals. Jimmie was my life-long, best friend, said Mr. Larkin. I ll Big Blue Boosters holding raffle The Manasquan High School Big Blue Boosters are selling raffles to benefit student scholarships. The drawing for a 2,000 American Express Gift Card will take place on June 6, at Manasquan High School. Tickets are 10, and can be purchased by calling Lou Ann at never forget him. He was loyal. This foundation is perfect to honor Jimmie because we have a good time just like he would want us to. We also can help a college-bound student, who like Jimmie, may not be the smartest person in high school, but who has a lot of dedication, and a good and humor-filled spirit and common sense. For more information, log on to the foundation s Web site, Don t Forget SIDEWALK SALE WHERE: DOWNTOWN MANASQUAN (Main, Broad & South Streets) WHEN: Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19 9am - 5pm Squan PBA to hold junior fishing concert The Manasquan PBA Local 284 will be holding its 38th annual Junior Fishing Contest on Saturday, May 26 at Mac s Pond. Registration will take place at 8:15 a.m. on that date, with the contest to follow at 9 a.m. The contest is open to area children ages 3 to 13, and there will be trophies awarded for the winners, as well as free hot dogs and soda. For additional information contact the Manasquan Police Department at Squan Woman s Club Holds Annual Party CANDICE KENMUIR, Members of the Manasquan Woman s Club enjoyed their annual party on Monday afternoon, held at the Inn on Main, located on Main Street in Manasquan. NOW OPEN IN SPRING LAKE!! 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20 PAGE 20 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007 Introducing... RAIN-DROP THERAPY 75 Regular 95 Call and Book with Wendy today Detox s and helps you get a good night sleep Combines Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Massage 201 union avenue, brielle By Nick Malfitano At Monday night s work session meeting of the mayor and council, the issue of damage at the Fourth Avenue municipal parking lot was discussed. Local children and teens often use the parking lot as a makeshift sports recreation area, which has led to wear and tear on the side of the garage adjacent to the parking lot. During a prior meeting, Mayor Richard Dunne and members of council had introduced discussion regarding the problem with Municipal Administrator John Trengrove. The governing body then chose to table discussion so that time could be spent devising solutions to the issue. Mr. Trengrove suggested an intermediate step of sending out letters to the residents in the area of the property, and then if Why Trust Your Funeral Arrangements to a Stranger? Expect the same professional and dignity you have for years Hugh B. Meehan Jr. NJ License No Formerly of Meehan Funeral Home, Spring Lake Heights is now serving his families at Neary-Quinn Funeral Home 39 South Street Manasquan, NJ James G. Coakley, Jr., CFSP NJ License 3281, Manager David Vasilenko, NJ License No Director the damage to the side of the building is not abated, to follow up with criminal complaints or seeking monetary damages from those caught damaging borough property. Councilman George Dempsey suggested instructing the police to confiscate the sports equipment from the area and see who attempts to retrieve it. Councilman Joseph Lucas also suggested warning the residents with a letter, then confiscating the equipment and not returning it to the residents to whom it belongs. Borough Attorney Ken Fitzsimmons said that there may be consequences to such actions, and suggested the council stay on the topic of how to reduce damage to the garage. Councilman Ron Jacobson said the damage being done at the municipal parking lot is not malicious and that the children responsible will go someplace else, such as into the street, if access to the parking lot is restricted. The councilman added that he believed contacting the Manasquan Recreation Department would be a good follow-up idea. Councilman William Giunco suggested protecting borough assets with a chain-link fence surrounding the garage. Councilman Michael Mangan said the matter could be transferred to the Public Property and Parks Committee, whereby Councilman Giunco volunteered to take the discussion to his committee. In other meeting news: Manasquan Council discusses parking lot damage, keg tagging Warrior Basketball conducting fund-raising The Manasquan Warrior Basketball Program is fund-raising through the sale of limited edition doormats featuring the Warrior insignia. The doormats are going fast, and cost 40 a piece. 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Konopka has served 15 years in the human resources field, seven of which JOAN KONOPKA have been in the banking industry. She was previously employed with Sun National Bank and Community Bank of New Jersey. Mr. Brown commented, Joan s expertise in human resources compliments our growth plans. She will assure that our employees are prepared to serve our customer base. We re very happy she has joined our community bank. Mrs. Konopka is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and resides with her husband in Toms River. Manasquan Savings Bank, with assets of over 75 million, has been serving the communities of Monmouth and Ocean counties since Currently, there are six offices: Manasquan and Wall Township, Bay Head, Howell Township, Spring Lake Heights and Brick. A new branch in Point Pleasant is set to open sometime this summer. Mayor Dunne re-introduced discussion of a keg-tagging ordinance for Manasquan, to trace the sale of beer kegs to customers. The mayor said that he received a brochure from the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, and added that an ordinance of this kind would be a step in the right direction, citing survey results from Manasquan High School that showed underage alcohol use there to be a serious problem. Councilman Mangan said the council did not want to hurt any local businesses, and said the reason the original talks were tabled was that the governing body wanted to see if other towns adopted similar legislation. The mayor replied that keg-tagging ordinances had been adopted by both Belmar and Lake Como, and added that Manasquan should take some initiative regarding this pervasive issue. The council briefly discussed the Manasquan/Brielle Little League license agreement, which allows the sports to program to use the field for a fee, as the borough of Manasquan owns the land on which it is located. Councilman Jacobson said that the noise levels at the field should continue to be monitored, and that the language of the agreement should reflect that progress. The council decided to vote on it at the next public meeting on May 21. The council reviewed a franchise agreement with New Jersey Natural Gas, which asked for a 25-year agreement with the borough. The mayor suggested maintaining the current agreement with New Jersey Natural Gas, which stipulates a 5-year commitment. Discussion continued on the Manasquan Board of Education s recently defeated budget. Councilman Jeff Lee said the resolution deadline is May 21, and that another meeting of the budget examining committee was taking place soon. The school budget was shot down by Manasquan voters in the April 17 election, and the committee is reviewing it for possible cuts. The governing body again discussed the funding of an 20% OFF on tenniswear with this ad during the month of May Courts & Greens 1209 Third Ave. Spring Lake examination of the beach and sand dunes by a professional specialist. Councilman Dempsey said that he had called Dr. Michael Bruno from the Stevens Institute of Technology, who informed him that the institute has a grant with the Department of Environmental [DEP] where they would provide a specialist, Tom Harrington, at no cost to the borough. If anything, I would rather see us save money, said Councilman Dempsey. Two uses of borough property were approved, those for the Squan Beach Life Saving Station on various dates in June, and for the Elks Day at the Beach on July 31. According to Preservation Committee member John Tischio, the public will be able to tour the Squan Beach Life Saving Station next month, on June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m., and on June 9 and 10 from noon to 5 p.m. An update on the borough Web site was provided by Councilman Lee, who said that the final touches are being applied, and that the borough will see a prototype of the dynamic Web site next week. Moreover, the councilman stated that Borough Clerk Colleen Scimeca reported that City Connections, the Web site developer, has been completely professional. Councilman Mangan asked other council members to help the clerk with the data flow for the Web site. Mr. Trengrove asked for direction on the Stockton Park project, as last year a grant was applied for tennis courts and lighting. In the grant, 180,000 would go for new tennis courts and 120,000 for the lighting, a total of 300,000, according to Councilman Jacobson. However, Mr. Trengrove later clarified that the grant was a matching grant in conjunction with Monmouth County. Therefore, it would cost the borough 90,000 for the tennis courts and 60,000 for the lighting, a total of 150,000. Councilman Jacobson expressed his opposition to the lighting at the proposed courts. Councilman Mangan said he was torn on the issue of expanding recreation versus not being sure if the amount of use of the town courts receive would justify their purchase. The mayor inquired as to the demand for late-night tennis and expanding the park, also saying that the grant would need to be obtained before the council could progress with discussion of the project. A petition from the junior and senior classes of Manasquan High School was presented to the mayor and members of council, which asked for the removal of two-hour parking during school hours on streets surrounding the school, such as Broad Street and Atlantic Avenue. Citing safety concerns with Broad Street, the request was transferred to the Public Safety Committee, headed by Councilman Lucas. In committee reports, Councilman Jacobson reminded the public that it was bulk pickup week, and that the community would be allowed to put heavy items like chairs and tables out to the curb. Also, the councilman said the public works department has been very busy re-lining the streets, and will be done one week ahead of schedule. Councilman Dempsey said that the Manasquan Tourism Commission is considering having a circus perform in the Pompano Avenue parking lot as a fund-raiser for the commission on Aug. 14. Councilman Dempsey stated that the Tourism Commission would seek consent from the county first, and if that was granted, will return to the borough council for its approval in the near future. Also, the beach bathrooms will continue to be open on weekends until the official beach opening in June, according to the councilman. Ted Meshnick of 1261 Allenwood Road in Wall Township stated that he was familiar with the legal issues of muster zones, and offered his help to the governing body in this area. The council was discussing the matter and its effects on the borough in a closed session meeting with Police Chief Daniel Scimeca prior to the work session. Council members refused to comment on the status of those discussions. Winners Of Elks Golf Tourney Crowned Photo Courtesy of Bob Monaco The Manasquan Elks Lodge No recently honored the winning team of the 4th Annual Jim Goddard Memorial Golf Tournament. Organizers Ray Soehngen [far left] and Judith McCabe [center] presented Bill McChesney [from left], Al Stummer, Joe Jackson and Bill Jackson with the tournament trophy. Spring Special Remove Dirt, Mold and Mildew from All Walkways, Driveway, Pool or Patio Area All for Only 125 Call Now to SCHEDULE A GUARANTEED DATE for your spring-cleaning. 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