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Century-old church will close in Avon

Century-old church will close in Avon

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The Avon United Methodist Church is moving toward a merger with Ballard United Methodist Church in Asbury Park, eventually ending regular Sunday services in its 100-year-old facility here.

News of the closing provided a bittersweet footnote to the church’s joint 100th anniversary celebration with the Avon-By-The-Sea Public Library last Saturday. [See related story on page 4.]

“I’m glad we were able to do this 100-year celebration,” Pastor Christopher ...

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Drowning victimís body is found off HighlandsDrowning victimís body is found off Highlands

BRADLEY BEACH — The body of Julio Pierre, the 31-year-old Newark man who was swept away by a wave in Bradley Beach on Aug. 13, was discovered off the coast of the Highlands shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Mr. Pierre had been swimming near the Brinley Avenue jetty at around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. He was standing in the ocean holding hands with his ...

Wall PD probes thefts from carsWall PD probes thefts from cars

WALL TOWNSHIP — Police are searching for the person or persons responsible for burglarizing more than 20 cars in Wall Township last week.

Detective Sgt. Chris Scerbo of the Wall Township Police Department said that during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 17, police responded to the West Belmar section of Wall Township after the thefts of personal items from several vehicles were reported.

According to Detective Sgt. ...

Ethics filing in BelmarEthics filing in Belmar

BELMAR — A former borough councilman filed an ethics complaint with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs [DCA] Local Finance Board against Mayor Matthew Doherty after he permitted a contributor to his freeholder campaign to land a helicopter in a public park for personal use.

On July 7, Mayor Doherty gave Leo Ayala permission to land a helicopter in ...

Brielle man dies after being struck by vehicle on Rt. 35Brielle man dies after being struck by vehicle on Rt. 35

BRIELLE — A 26-year-old Brielle man was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross Route 35 at the base of the bridge connecting Brielle with Point Pleasant Beach at 9:27 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

According to Brielle Police Sgt. Mike Mechler, Justino Quiroz-Lopez was struck by a Lexus RX driven by John Cooney, 77, of Wall Township, who was driving northbound on Route 35.

Mr. ...

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