Plans to address concerns over helicopter pad take flight

OCEANPORT — Complaints are flying fiercely in Oceanport over the helicopter pad at Monmouth Park Corporate Center II, West Long Branch, that is used for commuter flights to New York City.

Last summer residents complained of noise from frequent low flying helicopters that go over the borough en route to New York.

In an attempt to remedy the situation, Mayor Gordon Gemma recently met with Broadcast Helicopter Corp. official Charlie Komar and Oceanport Police Chief Clifford "Kip" Bebout. The meeting served as a brainstorming session designed to determine and direct concerns in an effort to abate a repeat of last year’s summertime disarray and this season’s potential for disaster.

A list of top-flight items for redress include: avoidance of aircraft hovering, reduction in the number of flights per day, restriction of flight times, change of flight patterns to cut down on disruptive noise, and the establishment of a hotline through which complaints could be registered and information provided concerning borough and helicopter pad rights.

These topics will be discussed again in an open forum at Oceanport Borough Hall on May 18 so that an active plan of compromise can be pursued.

Official representatives from affected communities have been invited to attend, and residents from those towns are welcome. Along with Komar, Gemma and Oceanport borough staff, a representative from the Federal Aviation Association will be present to offer advice on legitimate alternatives.

Monmouth Blvd. traffic light on the way

Fall 2001 is slated as the right season for a new, eagerly anticipated traffic light at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard in Oceanport.

Originally work was to be started in March, but Monmouth Boulevard must be raised by 175 feet before a traffic light can be successfully installed.

The intersection floods frequently, is in dire need of elevation and wouldn’t properly support the light because of flooding damage incurred by the existing road structure, council members said. At the same time, the location of the intersection and the bustling traffic flow it generates harbor impending hazards. According to the borough, to date there have been many bad accidents at the site, including a fatal one.

Both are admittedly critical issues according to the mayor and Borough Council. But since one problem posed by the intersection cannot be addressed without rectifying the other, the borough, at a recent council meeting, said it would work in concert with the county to undertake improvements that will address both the traffic and drainage dilemmas simultaneously.

In light of the impending summer season, the mayor and council cautioned that until the improvements can be made, drivers should use good judgment when approaching the intersection. The council noted at its meeting last week that in many cases the singular reason for accidents at the site has been failure to come to a complete stop at the stop signs.

Red Bank Parks plans Easter egg hunt Saturday

Red Bank Parks and Recreation is planning an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. on April 15 at Eastside Park. This event is for children ages 10 and younger and is for Red Bank residents only. There will be prizes and a special guest.

For additional information, call (732) 530-2782.

Drug Alliance to hold Community Day April 8

The Red Bank Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will hold its annual Community Day on April 8 in Count Basie Park, Red Bank. The day begins with a 5K Run at 9 a.m. Registration for the run begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Health Walk starting at 11 a.m.; registration at 10 a.m. There will be T-shirts for all registered runners and walkers. There will be refreshments, music, games and more. For additional information, call (732) 530-2781.

Container gardening with Navesink Club

The Navesink Garden Club is featuring "The Art of Container Gardening," demonstrated by Todd Thompson of Guaranteed Plants and Florist, Locust, on April 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Parish House, White Street, Red Bank. Tickets cost $15 which includes lunch.

For reservations, please call Flo Despreaux at (732) 542-2502 or Ronnie Lander at (732) 681-0305.

Wrestling camps and festival slated for July

Old Bridge Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a wrestling camp for seventh- through 12th-graders, July 10 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The commuter camp is directed by Joe Dougherty, wrestling coach at South Brunswick High School, and clinicians Ray Nunamaker, former coach at Nazareth High School in Pennsylvania, and Glen Pazinko, coach at East Brunswick High School.

For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 4999, or write to the Old Bridge Parks and Recreation Department, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 for a camp brochure.

The Old Bridge Parks and Recreation Department will hold the 26th Annual Old Bridge Wrestling Festival’s individual tournaments on July 22, 23 and 30. There will be 12 individual tournaments separated by age groups and style (scholastic, collegiate, freestyle and greco-roman).

The Central Jersey Summer Duals, a 16-team high school event, will be held in the evenings July 24-27.

For the first time the event will include the East Coast Summer Duals with 14 teams from throughout the region. The East Coast Summer Duals will take place on July 28 and 29. For more information or applications to the events, call the Old Bridge Recreation Department at (732) 721-5600, ext. 4999, or visit the Web site at http://www.obwf.org.

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SCORE AVAILABLE FOR FREE COUNSELING

Service Corps of Retired Executives, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, offers free, one-on-one confidential counseling for small businesses.

The locations and days are: Mondays at Wall library; Tuesdays at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, Shrewsbury Library, Manalapan Library and the Southern Chamber of Commerce; Wednesdays at the Northern Chamber of Commerce; Thursdays at the Shrewsbury Library, Manalapan Library, Western and Eastern Monmouth chambers of commerce; and Saturdays at the Manalapan Library.

For reservations and specific information, call (732) 219-9119.

PATERSON NOTED BY PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY

George Paterson Jr., president of of Paterson & Associates Inc., Shrewsbury, has been recognized by the American Institute of Chartered Property Casual Underwriters and the CPCU Society for qualifying for the Continuing Professional Development Program.

Paterson is a past president of the Central Jersey chapter of CPCU. He resides in Little Silver with his wife Nancy. He is also active in the Freehold Rotary Club and has been involved with the Lombardi Awards Dinner sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Monmouth County for the benefit of the Cancer Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

LIBRARY OFFERS FREE INCOME TAX HELP

Free volunteer income tax assistance will be offered every Monday from noon-4 p.m. and every Thursday from 2-6 p.m. through April 17 at the Red Bank Public Library. VITA volunteers, trained by the IRS and the New Jersey Division of Taxation, help people with basic tax returns. No appointment is necessary.

To facilitate the preparation of the returns, taxpayers should bring with them this year’s federal and state tax packages if received in the mail; all forms showing income, such as W-2s and 1099s; information on other income, deductions, and credits; and copies of last year’s tax forms.

A selection of federal and New Jersey State tax forms and publications is available at the library throughout the tax filing season during regular library hours.

The library is located at 84 W. Front St. For additional information, taxpayers may call the library at (732) 842-0690.

Items for Broad Street Journal can be faxed to the Hub at (732) 345-7471.

Clean Ocean Action sets Flounder Tournament

Clean Ocean Action, the Clam Hut, and the Skipper’s Shop, of Atlantic Highlands, will host the sixth annual John Murphy/Bob Hunter Memorial Flounder Tournament on April 1.

According to organizers, this is a unique, no fee, no registration fishing tournament to raise public awareness about water quality and recent issues affecting the future of the Atlantic Ocean.

A $500 prize will be awarded to the angler weighing in the heaviest flounder. Prizes will also be given to the boy or girl, age 12 or under, with the largest catch. All fish must measure at least 12 inches in length for weigh-in.

Weigh-in will be held at the Clam Hut from 1-5:30 p.m.; there will be door prizes, raffles, refreshments and more.

Participants will start the day with the traditional Blessing of the Waters at 9 a.m. with clergy and elected officials.

Anyone with questions may call Clean Ocean Action at (732) 872-0111.