Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The 47-year-old building sustained serious damage during Sandy and sits smack in a flood zone.
During the height of Hurricane Sandy, water poured into Oceanport's borough hall, filling the municipal courtroom with about four-and-a-half feet of water. The library at the opposite end of the building took on about two feet of brackish sludge, damaging about 16,000 items in its collection. And while the borough's administrative staff moved back into the building after three months of work needed to remediate the 47-year-old concrete building, municipal court proceedings remain in Shrewsbury and Oceanport Police are operating out of trailers out back. Although the building is structurally safe, borough hall now has shifting walls and floors, gutted bathrooms and the concrete slab it was built on has begun to settle, thanks to Sandy. …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Borough Hall, the municipal court and the library were all flooded in Hurricane Sandy.
Borough Council announced Thursday that it will look into rebuilding Borough Hall outside the flood plain. "This is one of the rumors that's true," Mayor Michael Mahon said. The building which sits at a low elevation at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard was flooded Monday in Hurricane Sandy's storm surge. It sustained signficant damage after flooding 4.5 feet in the court section and about two feet in the library. "It's kind of mind boggling to look at," he said, referring to the damage at the library. Borough staff was forced to relocate to Oceanport Hook and Ladder, then later moved to a trailer behind Borough Hall, and then into a double wide trailer on the site. Mahon said the borough will conduct a cost benefit …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Oceanport officials will do their part by hosting a health fair in Borough Hall on Tuesday.
Oceanport will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hold a small fair sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center to promote health awareness and education, according to a presentation by Councilwoman Ellyn Kahle made at the Oct. 4 council meeting. The upcoming health fair for both government employees and general members of the community will be held in Borough Hall on Oct. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. October, Kahle reminded everyone, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this health fair will offer free screenings and information on breast cancer as well as other diseases. People of all ages are invited, and there will be children’s activities as well as hors d'oeuvres. The fair will offer blood pressure checks, cholesterol testing and…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The three Oceanport teens took on the renovation of the waterfront park as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award Project.
This time last summer, Christine McArdle, 14, and sisters Lauren, 14, and Brooke Harrigan, 13, were busy painting picnic tables and planting flowers in their effort to spruce up Oceanport's Old Wharf Park as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award Project. One year later, the butterfly garden is in full bloom, shuffleboard and bocce ball courts have been repainted and Goose Patrol Dogs have been installed to help deter geese at the waterfront park. Oceanport's mayor and council recognized the three girls at the Aug. 14 workshop meeting for their efforts. The entire project cost $1,284, of which the girls raised $755 through car washes and bake sales. The council funded the remaining $529. Other improvements to Old Wharf Park made by the …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
One of the nests built recently by the protected species is atop the borough's emergency alert siren.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ospreys apparently have never heard that in real eastate, it's all about "location, location, location," because the birds have recently built a nest on top of Oceanport's emergency alert siren in Blackberry Bay Park. The protected species is also playing house in a nest discovered Monday atop a telephone pole in front of borough hall on Myrtle Avenue, according to Borough Administrator Kimberly A. Jungfer. Jungfer said the borough will turn off the siren, located in Blackberry Bay Park, until the end of breeding season in September. In the meantime, officials are working with New Jersey Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to get specs to relocate the osprey nest. "It's not the best place for them to be nesting," she said. Jungfer said the borough …