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Ocean Township Plans Several Fall Events, Tennis Center On Schedule

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OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The Fall Fest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 (rain is 24) at Palaia Park with music, games, fides, scouts, and new this year food tricks, just to name a few funs things Councilwoman Donna Schepiga told about at the council meeting last week.

On Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. the town will host Movie Night at Palaia with a screening of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and children's cartoons.

Councilman John Napolitani announced that the Mayor's Ball will be held on Oct. 28 with a hint to get your tickets early.

Councilman Rich Long told of the Opioid drug overdose problems in Monmouth County (and all over the country), and the work being done to work on the need, which was presented at another meeting from the county sheriff's Michelle Melendez with suggestions to try to deal with the problem. The Ocean PD has a drop box at the headquarters where unused meds of residents can be disposed of properly.

Councilman Rob Acerra reported the Chamber of Commerce meeting introduced Community Development Director Ron Kirk to the Chamber. He discussed ideas he has and brings to the job.

The Council Workshop meeting on the 23rd reported the town's rehab and redevelopment program is an active work in progress. More to follow.

On a similar subject, council is asked to review the snow removal ordinance to see if it is amenable to change the 12-hour requirement for residents to clear sidewalks and extend the time to 72 hours, or other. There is expected to be more dialogue.

The new tennis court project on West Park Avenue across from the high school is on schedule. It will be a private business undertaking, as well as for the town to use as a resource for the school tennis program, including training as well as tennis competition. The facility will be a source of funds to the town and construction is expected to be completed by January.

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