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Ocean Town Council Elections On May 12

Ten candidates -- two slates of five -- are vying for the five seats on the Town Council in the non-partisan election on May 12.

On the One Ocean slate are Christopher Siciliano, William Garofalo, Donna Schepiga, Richard Long, and Robert Acerra. You can find out more by visiting their website.

For Ocean Together are Sylvia Sylvia, Robert Angelini, John Stuppi, Gail Matarazzo, and Lawrence Mishkin. Their website is here.

Candidates Answer Questions

The League posed three questions to the candidates, and asked for a thumbnail biography. Read their responses here.

The Township of Ocean’s five-member, non-partisan Council operate under the Council-Manager form of government. Council members serve four-year concurrent terms. The Council is elected at large, and elect the Mayor from among their members. The Council is the legislative and policy-making governing body for the town. The Mayor presides over the Council, executes all official papers, carries out ceremonial duties within the town and, as a member, has a voice and a vote in Council proceedings. All present Council terms expire June 30, 2015.

Upcoming Candidate Debates

The League will host a Candidate's Forum at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, May 6, in the auditorium of the old Oakhurst School, 163 Monmouth Rd.

The Friends of Deal Lake are hosting a forum at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at the Interlaken Municipal Building, 100 Grassmere Ave., Interlaken.

New Polling Locations

DistrictOld LocationNew Location
1 & 6West Park Recreation CenterSame
2Township of Ocean Sewer AuthoritySame
3Township of Ocean Municipal BuildingSame
4, 5, & 7The English ManorSame
8Wanamassa SchoolThe English Manor
9 & 11Oakhurst Methodist ChurchSame
10Wanamassa SchoolOcean Township Municipal Building
12Wayside Methodist ChurchSt. George Greek Orthodox Church
13Ocean Township Intermediate SchoolSt. George Greek Orthodox Church
14 & 15Presbyterian Church on the HillSame
16Presbyterian Church on the HillOcean Township Gym & Sports Complex
17Ocean Township Elementary SchoolWest Park Avenue Recreation Center
18 & 20Ocean Township Gym & Sports ComplexSt. George Greek Orthodox Church
21Ocean Township Intermediate SchoolPresbyterian Church on the Hill
19 & 22Wayside SchoolOcean Township Gym & Sports Complex

Don Curtis, 1934-2015

On February 5, the Township of Ocean League lost more than its treasurer. We remember with sadness and a smile Don Curtis, our large-hearted and quick-witted friend.

True to his principled and dauntless spirit, Don joined League in 1975, the first year men were welcomed. He was active from the start--and a convincing Don Curtis advocate for keeping the name League of Women Voters in respect for our hard-fought beginnings.

Don was a sought-after moderator and the first to volunteer for voter registration drives. He manned the camera for the League's Facts & Issues interview show, hosted by Marie. (You can see his work here.) Over his 45 years in League, he served terms as our local president and LWVNJ Administration of Justice Director. Until last month, he was long-time treasurer of both our League and the Monmouth County ILO and was handling business just days before his death.

We miss him.

His obituary appeared in the Asbury Park Press.

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