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It’s December and the Flowers Are in Bloom — By JOSEPH SAPIA Traditionally, Santa Claus travels by reindeer-pulled sleigh, bundled up against the cold. This year, though, he may travel by surfboard and bathing suit - because it has been warm. Over the last week or so around Asbury Park, highs have been in the mid-40s to more than 60 degrees.

New Chamber Office ‘Funky’ and Centrally Located — For the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and Harold Daley VFW Post 1333, it is a happy marriage - the chamber renting newly renovated space in the basement of the post at the corner of Lake Avenue and Bond Street.

Democrat Challenger Wins Seat in Neptune City Recount — By JOSEPH SAPIA A recount in the Neptune City election shows Democrat challenger Michael Skudera winning a seat on the Borough Council. Practically speaking, the only votes in question were those of Skudera and incumbent Republican Richard Pryor. The recount showed Skudera beat Pryor, 602 to 601, for a three-year, full term on Council.

Vote Count Changes in Neptune City — By JOSEPH SAPIA In the week after the Neptune City elections, the results for one of two full-term Borough Council seats seemed in doubt - and may still be that way as votes are certified. On Thursday, Nov.

Republicans Sweep in Neptune City — By JOSEPH SAPIA Republicans swept the local election in Neptune City, winning the mayor's seat and three Borough Council seats. In the mayor's race for a full four-year seat, incumbent Robert J. Brown defeated Democrat Councilwoman Pamela Renee, 612 to 556.

Police Officer of Deal and Allenhurst Remembered — Jeff Henry died just prior to his Saturday day shift on the Allenhurst Police department, doing something that was routine for him. "He was sitting in his car," said Sgt. Brian Egan of the Deal Police, where Henry formerly worked. "He would do it everyday before his shift - drink coffee, read his paper."

Democratic Challengers Win Assembly Seats — By JOSEPH SAPIA Democrats Eric Houghtaling, a member of the Neptune Township Committee, and Joann Downey, a lawyer from Freehold Township who has never held elected office, have won the two 11th District state Assembly seats. They defeated Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini of Ocean Township and Caroline Casagrande of Colts Neck Township in the Tuesday, Nov.

Who’s the Girl on Springsteen Single Cover? — In 1979, hired by Bruce Springsteen, Joel Bernstein spent days with the rock and roller, shooting photographs of him. One is an iconic black-and-white shot - Springsteen dressed in light-colored long pants and a dark-colored T-shirt standing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Boardwalk's herringbone pattern is covered with rain.

Ocean Grove Community Pulls Together as One — Born and raised in Ocean Grove, Bobby Eastin knows the charm of the late 1800s historic community. And Eastin, 40, knows the dark history of fire in a town of old wooden structures only inches apart from each other, sometime whipped by a Shore breeze. "Everybody in town is very fire-conscious," Eastin said.

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Founder Turning 100 — By JOSEPH SAPIA If you can spare a hundred, the Bradley Food Pantry is ready to take it off your hands. The 100, in honor of founder Eleanor Pierson turning 100-years-old Friday, Sept. 19, can be in various forms, such as $100, 100 dimes, 100 cans of food, 100 minutes or hours of volunteerism and so on.
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