Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Body identified as Michael M. Wells, 56
The body found in a Long Branch backyard this morning has been identified as a 56-year-old Point Pleasant man. Michael M. Wells was found dead in the backyard of 215 Cleveland Ave. at 7:30 a.m., according to Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Public Information Officer Charlie Webster. Webster said Wells was pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m. but that the cause of death has not yet been determined. He said the results of an autopsy will likely be released tomorrow. Webster could not comment on whether foul play led to Wells' death. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Delays in insurance payouts and possible changes to FEMA's flood maps are cause for concern in the Point Boro community
When his neighbor called to tell him the storm was worsening, Rick Daw went downstairs armed with a flashlight to investigate. In front of his sliding glass doors he watched as the surging water lapped against his concrete patio, getting closer all the time. In minutes, the salt water had breached his home. As his carpet began to darken, the water spreading fast on the ground floor, he and his wife left their home in search of higher ground. Sunshine Harbor, a low-lying neighborhood east of Beaver Dam Road and south of Riviera Parkway, was one of many coastal communities struck particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy. Some homes in the development are still empty and many, like Daw's, are in the midst of reconstruction. Standing in his family…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The owner of the Pable Evertz Funeral Home died suddenly on Monday
Robert H. Evertz, 68, of Point Pleasant, passed away suddenly, Monday, March 25. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he was raised in Lakewood, and has lived in Point Pleasant for over forty years. Bob began his career in funeral service as an apprentice with the former W. David DeRoche Funeral Home, Lakewood, and later worked for different funeral homes in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. He was the owner and manager of the Pable Evertz Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, which he co-founded in 1985. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School, Thomas Edison College, Trenton, and the American Academy/McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, New York. Bob was a long-time member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Point Pleasant Borough Club of Rotary International; …
Friday, March 22, 2013
NJ Natural Gas offering higher rebates to Sandy-flooded residents
It was bad enough that Superstorm Sandy flooded Jim Reilly's Point Borough home, forcing him and his wife to live elsewhere. But then came FEMA's flood maps, putting his house in the flood zone with the toughest building restrictions, with pressure on the towns and the state to accept them. "It's blackmail," Reilly said, outside a FEMA meeting at Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School in Point Borough on Wednesday night. "I'm appalled that the town and the state adopted the flood maps and it's because they were being blackmailed by FEMA, because FEMA said, 'Adopt this or we won't give you money.' And you can quote me on that!" Reilly, who lives on Center Street in Sunshine Harbor, had been in an "A5 zone," but is now in a "V10 zone," …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Proceeds will be used for Point Boro's eighth grade class
The annual Kids vs. Cops basketball game will be played at Memorial Middle School tonight (Fri, March 15). Doors open at 6:30 and the game between eighth grade students and Point Borough officers of PBA 158 will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, with proceeds going towards the eighth grade class dance and other end-of-year events. As in the past, the Challengers will play before the game and during half time. There will be give-aways including T-shirts and other gifts. The main prize will be a bicycle. This is the 10th annual event which was started by Officer Chuck Ackerman, while he worked as school resource officer, in 2004. Police have won eight times and the kids won once.
O'Brien's Florist, two doors away, burglarized in mid-January
Dairy Queen on Bridge Avenue in Point Borough was burglarized and badly vandalized, causing thousands of dollars in damage, the store owners said on Thursday. The ice cream store was burglarized early Tuesday morning and only two months ago, O'Brien's Florist and Landscaping, two doors down on the other side of River Avenue, was also burglarized, police said. In both cases, entry was made by prying open a door or window in the middle of the night, but police said that is a common method to break in and they don't have a reason to believe the same perpetrators did both crimes. At Dairy Queen, a rear door was pried open and at O'Brien's a rear office window, hidden by a wall, oddly, was pried open and cash was stolen on Jan. 11, police and…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Public budget hearing 7 p.m. March 25 at Ocean Road School
Local school taxes on an average Point Borough home assessed at $375,000 will increase by $89 annually if a proposed school budget is adopted by the Borough Board of Education. A public hearing on the budget for the 2013-2014 school year is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 25 at Ocean Road School. The board, which heard a budget presentation on Monday night at Ocean Road, is expected to adopt the budget on March 25. Also on Monday night, the board and the few in the audience watched a video (see attached) prepared by district staff and students that begins with an introduction about Superstorm Sandy, the volunteers who helped out, general information about the school district and then some information about the budget and some new programs and…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Meeting will be at Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School
FEMA officials will hold a meeting for Point Borough residents from 6 to 9 p.m. March 20 at the Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School multi-purpose room. The meeting at the school on Riviera Parkway will be open to all residents, there will be an open forum and a question and answer period with FEMA representatives, according to a notice issued on Wednesday afternoon by the Point Borough Business Administrator's office. The details of the meeting were just finalized today, according to the notice.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Robert "Paul" Cook released from Ocean County jail after arrest in Brick car crash
A Point Pleasant Borough man is out of jail for now, but could wind up right back in for up to 10 years if convicted of causing the death of a Brick woman in a car crash, authorities said on Monday. Robert P. Cook Jr., known as "Paul," 28, Mossbank Road, posted bail on Sunday, according to the Ocean County jail website. Cook had been lodged in the county jail on $100,000 bond, no 10 percent option, Executive Assistant County Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said. Cook is charged with second degree death by auto, drunken driving, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane, in connection with a Saturday afternoon car crash on Jordan Road near Colonial Drive, Paulhus said. Cook allegedly drove his Honda at about 3 p.m. into a car driven by Jane…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Blood drive is 5-9 p.m. at First Aid, Beaver Dam Road
A blood drive will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today (Mon. March 4) at the Point Boro First Aid Squad building at 1200 Beaver Dam Road, Point Borough. The annual blood drive is being sponsored by Borough Police and the Community Watch volunteers. An email from the Community Watch officials states, "For questions or to schedule your donation please call (732) 892-0060. Walk in donors are always welcome too! The impact of your gift is immeasurable. Thank you." See the attachment for details.