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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Friday, April 14, 1989
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O c c-p C8 Asbury Park PressFriday. Apnl Minimall construction may start this summer By LAURA ANN SMITH Press Staff Writer BERKELEY TOWNSHIP Construction of a minimall is to start in early summer. Pyramid Construction, Ramsey, presented architectural plans for a 25,000-square-foot shopping center to the Planning Board last night The project was approved last month on the condition that the developer provide more information about the aesthetics of building. Bruce Shepherd, board engineer, said the attentiveness to aesthetics marks a turning point for the board. "I really think it's good the board is starting to look at the aesthetics of construction. An attractive building not only is good to look at, but it adds to the township, and this building definitely does that" he said. Budget adopted in Ocean Gate Press Toms River Bureau i OCEAN GATE The Borough Council adopted a $820,582 budget for 1989 'hat will lower the municipal purposes tax rate but could mean higher tax bills because of last year's revaluation. The municipal budget, adopted Tuesday, is up $42,014, Councilman Shoot-out suspect sought By ELAINE SILVESTRINI Press Coastal Monmouth Bureau STATE POLICE continued their search for a parolee they say escaped after a shoot-out with a state trooper in a Neptune neighborhood Wednesday. Bulletins were issued to law enforcement agencies across the East Coast, and state and local authorities prepared to form a task force to direct the search for Arthur Lee Washington Jr., 39, of Borden Avenue, Asbury Park. , Washington is charged in a warrant issued by state police with attempted murder of a state trooper, attempt to cause bodily injury to a trooper and carrying a loaded weapon without a permit, Sgt Raymond Batoshek said. Police released 1982 photographs of the suspect, described as 6 feet 1 inches tall, 240 pounds, with scars on both wrists and on his upper right leg, said Detective Sgt Robert E Zupko of the state police. The gunfight began shortly after 1 1 a.m. Wednesday on Drummond Avenue after Trooper Michael J. Clayton stopped a 1979 Ford Thunderbird, driven by a friend of Washington's. Zupko said Clayton had been on regular patrol on Route 35 when he spotted the car's expired inspection sticker, followed the car the short distance to Drummond Avenue and pulled it over. A passenger, identified by police as Washington, got out of the car and walked away, ignoring Clayton's calls, police and witnesses said. When Clayton began to go after the suspect, Washington reached into his Army fatigue jacket, pulled out a semiautomatic .45-caliber handgun and began firing, police said. The trooper returned fire, discharging about nine rounds from his 9mm semiautomatic handgun, police said. When Clayton paused to reload, the suspect escaped on foot, police said. ' Zupko said police are concentrating on Washington's known associates and places he is known to frequent. "Our concentration is going to be to try and locate this guy before anybody else gets hurt," Zupko said. "We don't want anybody else getting shot at" A task force is to be formed either today or Monday and is to be headed by Lt Robert Maholland, of the state police fugitive unit, Zupko said. The task force will include members of the state police, as well as police from Hendrickson gets laward from VFW Press Manahawkin Bureau J ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN T. Hendrickson Jr., R-Ocean, has been framed Legislator of the Year by Vcter-jans of Foreign Wars District 12, in Ocean County. 5 "We have solicited legislative sup-port throughout the year and have monitored the Legislature's voting re-Jtords," Michael Wysong, District 12 "legislative officer, said. J "Although most legislators are sup-portive of veterans' issues, Assembly-t'man Hendrickson has stood out on top Jthis year," he said. 1 4,1989 The shopping center will have a tan, stucco-and-bnek front with a light green roof. Samples of roof shingles and brick and slate materials were passed around to board members. Located on 3.4 acres north of Korman's Corner and south of Bayville Elementary School, the Route 9 building will house about 14 separate stores, said Jeff Coleman, spokesman for Pyramid Construction. In other business, the board discussed ways to strengthen a tree-removal ordinance but will hold ofT action until next month. Citing instances in which builders have cleared entire lots without submitting plans to do so, board Chairman Arthur E. Richmond said the township must establish a stronger ordinance to deter such cases. The current ordinance is worded loosely and does not im Henry Hebert said last night. The local purposes rate, because of an increase in the value of the borough's tax base, will drop from 98.1 cents to 36.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value, Hebert said. Most homeowners may see higher tax bills, however, because of the revaluation. The owner of a $75,000 home Police released this 1982 photo of Arthur Lee Washington Jr. Neptune and Asbury Park, Zupko said. Zupko speculated the suspect was' afraid of being sent back to prison because he was on parole and was carrying a weapon. Zupko described Washington as a "real heavy hitter." Bom Nov. 30, 1949, the suspect has spent much of his adult life in prison, state officials said. He served from February 1973 to March 1979 at the Youth Correctional Institution, Bordentown, after being convicted of the armed robbery of former Allenhurst Mayor Martin Vac-caro, according to state officials and news clippings. While on parole from that prison term, he was convicted in December 1982 of the armed robbery of a Neptune gasoline station. He also was convicted of possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 15 years on those crimes and entered Trenton State Prison in March 1983. He was paroled in April 1988. After Wednesday's shooting, Asbury Park police went to the house where Washington lives with his mother and recovered three guns: two revolvers and a small automatic, as well as three full magazines, Zupko said. Washington's mother gave police written consent to search her son's room, Zupko said. The driver of the car in which Washington was riding was identified by authorities as Robert K. White, Washington Avenue, Asbury Park, a longtime friend of the suspect White was questioned in connection with the incident and issued summonses for having a delinquent inspection sticker and for failing to make repairs to the vehicle, Zupko said. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Washington is asked to call the state police barracks in the Allenwood section of Wall Township, 681-1870. O Press staff writer Kathy Chay-koski contributed to this story. VFW bylaws do not allow the organization to endorse candidates, he added, but it can acknowledge contributions through this award. Hendrickson is seeking re-election this fall. The veterans' group said it was especially pleased with Hendrickson's bill, now pending, to allow the construction of a veterans' nursing facility in Lakewood. Hendrickson said he was honored to receive the VFW award. "As a veteran myself, I find that it is a pleasure to work for my fellow comrades during a time when they now depend on me in the Legislature," he said. f ' - j . Y : . . : , it - igir r pose monetary fines for violations. He said he would like to see a more strict ordinance calling for mandatory fines and jail terms. "We need to make it unprofitable for builders to clear entire lots and take down valuable trees. As a good board, our function is to be interested in the quality of life and environment. Once the trees are gone, they're gone forever," he said. He asked board members to consider an ordinance recently adopted by the Lacey Township Committee that calls for fines not exceeding $1,000 and jail terms not exceeding 90 days per violation. The board also granted a final major subdivision to Largo Estates, property west of Worth Road that is to be subdivided into 1 5 lots and developed into single-family homes. They are to be built by Kayem Builders, Lacey Township. would pay $277 in municipal taxes. The largest increase in the budget is for landfill costs, which rose $25,000, Hebert said. Capital improvements total $26,000, and are to be spent on police communications equipment, repairs to the municipal building, road construction and a new truck for public works. HOURS: MON.FRI. 11 AM-6 PM SATURDAY 10 AM-6 PM CLOSED SUNDAY SALE PRICES VALID THRU APRIL 18 DCUVERY LOWEST PRICE r Attractive almond color case J Oven interior light ..-SS- ,) 1 1 iU HSHJJSHS Compact, lightweight and portable jj ; I C5GaC5i 11 EXTRA-LARGE CAPACITY J M W AUTOMATIC WASHER ' I I "SySiV Ex,ra lar9e caPaci'y washer I I IJlL S&i ll Two washrinse temperature selections with energy- I J rjSfe-'"" saving cold water rinse Wheavyduty !t ii ii,.J i L LARGE CAPACITY DRYER J 11 iNllvt jjftfj I Rust-resistant porcelain enamel finished drum i IIMiL!ilT? J Up to 130 minute timed cycle 4 tkSjSmmr m,,T3 Easy-to-clean up-front lint filter Xt f , if f h y DDE4000 WH Comp. 259.99 Officials in ethics bind over school budget cuts Relatives work for Toms River Regional Press Toms River Bureau TOMS RIYER Some municipal officials with relatives employed by the Toms River Regi6nal School District are concerned about a conflict of interest in recommending district budget reductions. Some of them have excluded themselves. Others are participating because without their votes on the budget reductions, their municipalities would not have a quorum and could not vote on the recommendations. However, these officials said they would not participate in the talks when they are discussing areas of the budget that could affect their relatives. Municipal lawyers have offered varying legal interpretations. The problem came to light when officials from Dover Township, Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River met last night to discuss the school budget. The $75 million current expense tax levy to support the $111 million school budget was defeated by voters April 4. When a school budget tax levy is defeated, municipal officials from the towns in the school district can make recommendations for cuts. Each municipality must vote and approve the suggested cuts. The school board can accept the cuts or appeal them, to state Education Com SPRING INTO GREAT BUYS LIKE THESE: 815 Hooper Ave. & Route 37 Toms River, 349-4888 SENIOR CITIZENS SPECIALLY WELCOME WE CARRY VIDEO CASSETTES Applies lo ordered sloth items' N j competitors pnee must be (or new crated current model available in unlimited quantities priced (or immediate delivery and m manufacturer s warranty bv an author ied dealer open free (o the public Proof of lower price required within 30 days o( purchase A SERVICE ARE OPTIONAL AND EXTRA ON SOME ITEMS. NOT RESPONSIBLE rilARANTFPn APP,m t0 ordered slock items N J competitors price must be tor new. crated, current model, available m unlimited quantities, priced for UUAllAN I tCU immediate delivery and with manufacturer s warranty by an authorized dealer open tree lo the public Proof lower price required within 30 days missioner Saul Cooperman. Joseph H. Vicari and W. Thomas Renkin, both Dover Township committeemen, have disqualified themselves from the talks because their wives are employed in the district Both men said they felt uncomfortable with the possibility of a conflict of interest and withdrew on the advice of the township's attorney. Four members of the Beachwood Borough Council have relatives who work for the school district. All of their names were not available last night. Council members questioned the borough attorney on their eligibility to participate in the budget talks, said Councilwoman Patricia A. Moran, whose husband is employed by the district The borough attorney said the council members could participate as long as they withdrew from discussions of areas that might affect their spouse or relative, Mrs. Moran said. If the four members of Beach-wood's council decided they were ineligible to participate and to vote, the borough would have only three people to vote on the recommendations, said Mayor William T. Hor-nidge. The Beachwood council members said they were worried that if this happened, the budget automatically would be appealed to the commis FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. LIMIT ONE PER sioner of education, and all the municipal officials' work to review and make recommendations on the budget would be moot But Edmund J. Corrigan, Dover Township's lawyer who was present at last night's meeting, and Pine Beach council member Robert Bu-desa, also a lawyer, said the municipal officials should follow the recommendations of their individual municipal lawyers. Corrigan, who recommended Vicari and Renkin withdraw, said he did so only after the two men said they felt uncomfortable with the possible conflict. The disqualifications poses no problem for. Dover Township, which has five committee members. The municipal officials agreed to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to continue discussing budget cuts they will recommend to the school board. The municipal officials are scheduled to meet Saturday and Sunday with four school board representatives, the superintendent of schools, assistant superintendents, board secretary, assistant secretary and the district's auditor. Michael J. Ritacco, assistant superintendent of schools and assistant board secretary, said the district in preparation for the cuts has frozen its spending and is buying .only textbooks and goods such as paper, pens, pencils and computer software. Terri Socmts e LOCAL T i m TEALERrT FAMILY. NO DEALERS.

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