AVON NEWSLETTER
AVON NEWSLETTER

AVON NEWSLETTER AND SUMMER RECREATION DIRECTORY - 2007

CLERK/ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE
Timothy M. Gallagher, RMC, Borough Clerk/Administrator
Michele Darling, RMC, Deputy Borough Clerk
732-502-4510 Ext. 232
E-mail address: avonboro@aol.com

The Borough Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We invite you to call or stop in with questions or concerns.

Borough Meetings: Regular meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month and take place in the Avon Municipal Building at 7:30 p.m.

Caucus Meetings: are held 6:30 p.m. on same evenings as regular meetings.

Beach Badges: Season Badges are $75.00. Senior Citizen Badges (age 65 & over) are $35.00 and Teen Badges (ages 12-18) are $35.00. Daily badges will be $8.00. Beach opens weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend and full time on June 16th.

Projects: By the time you receive this newsletter, the new pump station, a state of the art sanitary sewer plant, at Lincoln and Ocean Avenues will be up and running. You will not notice much because most of the plant is underground. The only part of the station above ground is the control room, which looks like a small garage. Next are the demolition of the old plant and the subsequent sale of the property. The Lincoln Avenue project should also be in progress. The project includes new curbs, gutters, drainage and a newly constructed roadway from Third Avenue to Ocean Avenue. This $400,000.00 project was approximately 80% funded by grant money. The Fifth Avenue bulkhead project is also slated to begin this spring, finishing all of our street end bulkheads along the Shark River, a project that began in 1998. The Sylvan Lake dredging project has been postponed until the fall due to the delays experienced with the DEP.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SANITATION
Jeff Bramhall, Superintendent
732-502-4520
avondpw@aol.com

Trash: The Department of Public Works and Sanitation is on their summer schedule. Have your trash out BEFORE 6:00 a.m. on the day of pick-up. For those residents that have access to a lane, put your trash there. For those of you who are "walk-ins," do not put your trash out any earlier than 24 hours. Trash pickup is twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays for the whole town.

ALL GARBAGE MUST BE IN CANS WITH LIDS PER BOROUGH ORDINANCE!

Recycling: Recycling pick-up will be on the First and Third Wednesdays of each month for the entire town.

Put your recyclables out the night before - the men start early in the morning. Your recyclables must be in the lane or, if you are a walk-in, put at the curb in proper containers where they are easily seen. Do not put lids on the containers. Mark your containers with an "R" or "Recycling" and pull them out to the edge of the street so they are easily identified as recyclables. Newspapers must be tied in bundles. We do not pick up residential cardboard, junk mail or magazines any longer. You may bring cardboard to the recycling center if you wish. Junk mail and magazines go in regular garbage. We do pick up cardboard from businesses only. Please remember that GLASS MEANS BOTTLES ONLY. It does not include drinking glasses, dishes, plate glass, windows, light bulbs, etc. These items belong in the garbage. The recycling drop-off center is located at the Public Works Yard. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drop-off center is closed on holidays. Things that are accepted: glass bottles, tin cans, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and newspapers. We don't pick up cardboard, but you can bring it to the drop-off center. It must be broken down and tied in bundles. PLEASE, this recycling area is for AVON RESIDENTS ONLY & FOR RECYCLABLES ONLY! NO TRASH OR GARBAGE OF ANY KIND!!!! PLEASE PARK IN THE DESIGNATED AREA ONLY. DO NOT LEAVE THINGS OUTSIDE THE GATE!

Please do not put anything in the street or gutter at any time (except leaves between October 1st and December 1st). If you have hired a contractor for your landscaping, please notify them that they are responsible for the removal of all grass, brush, branches and any spring and fall cleaning.

Do not bring bulk or metal items to the Borough yard! It will be picked up curbside or lane. Please notify Public Works ahead of time.

Leaves: Are to be bagged and put out for trash pickup.

Brush: Will be picked up by Public Works if it is cut into 4-foot lengths and tied in bundles.

AVON RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Doug Carter, Director
732-502-4517-Office
avonrec@optonline.net
Office: 605 Woodland Avenue

Summer Registration Dates for ALL Recreation Activities and Fall Soccer Sign-up:

Date Time Location
Wednesday - May 23rd 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Avon Municipal Gym
Thursday - May 24th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Avon Municipal Gym
Tuesday - June 12th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Avon Municipal Gym

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Proof of Residency Policy: Avon Recreation reserves the right to request proof of residency at the time of registration. Please have available an Avon tax bill, water/sewer bill or lease along with your driver's license when signing up for summer activities.

Refund Policy: There are no cash refunds or credits issued for recreation activities.

TENNIS: Tennis courts are located at the Jefferson and South Station Avenues. Attendants will be on duty starting June 9th through the end of August on Friday evenings from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
   Permit Fees:  $25.00 for the season
    $10.00 Junior (ages 12-17)
    $ 3.00 hourly without permit
Permits will be available at the Boro office, during recreation sign-ups and at the tennis courts when an attendant is on duty.

TENNIS LESSONS: Tennis lessons will be offered in June and August. The cost is $30.00 per child per week. Lessons will be offered as follows:
Level Dates Time
Beginner
(Grades 3 and up with less than 2 years experience)
June 18th - 22nd
August 20th - 24th

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Advanced
(Grades 5 & up w/at least 2 prior sessions of tennis instruction)
June 18th - 22nd
August 20th - 24th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Teen
(Grades 8 and up - experience doesn't matter)
June 18th - 22nd
August 20th - 22nd
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

RECREATION ACTIVITIES

AVON DAY KIDS RACE: Children ages 2-10 will have a fun run on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Norwood and Ocean Avenues. Pre-registration forms are available online at www.avonschool.com. Race day registration will be held 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. This event is being sponsored by the Avon Home and School Association.

AVON DAY 5K RACE: The 12th Annual Avon 5K Race will be held on Saturday, June 2nd. This race benefits the Avon First Aid and Safety Squad. Pre-registration forms are available and in-person registration on Friday, June 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., and race morning from 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. outside the Avon Pool, Ocean and Norwood Avenues. For more information call 732-502-4519.

AVON SURF CAMP: Children will be taught the basic techniques of surfing, along with proper safety rules. Conditions permitting, the Surf Camp will be run as follows:
Ages Dates Time
Ages 8 - 10 Monday - July 9th
Wednesday - July 11th
Friday - July 13th
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Ages 11 and up Tuesday - July 10th
Thursday - July 12th
Friday - July 13th
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
All sessions will be held at the Woodland Avenue Beach. The registration fee is $50.00 per child and includes lessons, games, a surf camp T-shirt and a bagel party on Friday.

DRESS DESIGN & SEWING CLASS: This summer recreation is sponsoring a class designed for girls Grades 6 and up that will focus on designing, sewing and then modeling their work. Please contact the Recreation office for registration and additional information.

YOGA: June, July and August there will be Yoga classes offered during the week. Additional information will be forthcoming. Please contact the Recreation office if you are interested.

SAND CASTLE CONTEST: Contest will be held at the Norwood Avenue Beach on Saturday, August 4th from 9:30 - 12:00 noon (rain date August 5th). The contest is open to all ages and there is no fee! Sign-ups will be the day of the contest outside the Avon Boardwalk Pavilion from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Contest age groups are 7 and under, 8-11, 12-16, and 17 and up. Each group may have five people maximum. Spray paint, toxic materials, and plastic molds are prohibited. Awards will be given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

GOLF OUTING: Avon Recreation Commission's 13th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser

Day Date/Time Fee Location
Monday August 13th - 1:00 p.m.
12:00 noon Check-in
$150 per person
Golf and Reception
Pebble Creek Golf Course
Colts Neck, NJ
General Information: Shot Gun start, prizes, raffle and giveaways. Reception and awards ceremony will follow at the Columns on Ocean Avenue in Avon.

Please email the Recreation Department (avonrec@optonline.net) if you are interested in registering, volunteering or donating in support of this event. This is Recreation's main fundraiser.

GREAT AMERICAN RAFT RACE: The Great American Raft Race is back! We are looking for at least ten teams to participate. The Borough has its own team and is ready for challengers. The big event is set for Monday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m. (rain date Monday, August 20th), $10.00 per person, ages 15 and up. Please email avonrec@optonline.net for rules and registration. Registration forms will also be available at the pool and the Boro office.

BOARDWALK CONCERTS

Location: Avon Boardwalk Pavilion (rain or shine) 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Day Concert Dates
TUESDAY Music by Nicole 7/3, 7/10, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28
TUESDAY The DJ Guy (8-10pm)
[geared for pre teens and teens]
7/17, 7/24, 7/31
WEDNESDAY Jimmy Byrne 7/4 (sponsored by Elise Gallagher with Ward Wight Sotheby's)
WEDNESDAY Joe Finn 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22
THURSDAY Tot Dances (7:00pm) 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
FRIDAY Ragtimers 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24
FRIDAY Happy Days String Band 8/3 (sponsored by Avon Realty)
SATURDAY Deuces Are Wild 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25
(sponsored by the Avon Pavilion)

BOARDWALK ART SHOW: This event is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th (rain date Sunday, August 19th) and is held in and around the Pavilion on the boardwalk from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

BOOK FAIR: July 14th and 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

BOARDWALK CRAFT FAIR: July 14th (rain date July 15th) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. sponsored by the Avon Garden Club.

TAX & WATER/SEWER OFFICE
Kerry McGrath, Tax & Water/Sewer Collector
732-502-4510 Ext. 233
Avontaxandws@aol.com

The Borough of Avon has replaced the water meters. With the installation of the new meters, the Borough can now read the meters remotely, and will not need access to the property. Bills will still be mailed semi-annually and Residents will still have the option to pay quarterly. However, both bills will be based on actual readings. With the old meters, we were only able to read the meters once per year. The new meters offer the convenience and benefits to customers not having to: read their own meter, receive estimated bills, give a meter reader access to their home and customers paying for exact water usage. The new meters offer benefits to the municipality by: accurately accounting for its water, eliminating costly estimates, streamline billing and payment processing and reduce time meter reading. The Borough will also attempt to read the meters in between the semi-annual meter readings. If there appears to be an inconsistency in a resident's usage, or excessive usage for that property, every attempt will be made to notify the property owner. We would like to thank the residents, whose meters have been replaced, for their cooperation. If you have not had your meter replaced, you MUST contact Kerry McGrath at 732-502-4510 x 233 IMMEDIATELY!!!!

Things to Remember:

  • Any internal leak, small or large, can add up to several gallons of wasted water. Repair all leaks promptly to avoid high bills.
  • Road Opening Permits are required anytime road excavations are done. These permits can be obtained from the Borough Office.
  • If you experience a sewer back up, please call the water department at 732-502-4506 during normal office hours or the Avon Police at 732-502-4500 after regular hours and on holidays, before calling a sewer contractor. We will inspect the Borough's main and let you know if a contractor is needed.
Tax Bills: New tax bills will be mailed out during the summer. The 3rd quarter will be due August 1st. There is a ten (10) day grace period.

Our Assessor, Tim Anfuso, has office hours on Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. His office is located at 605 Woodland Avenue (at the water plant). His telephone number is 732-502-4510, Ext. 239

AVON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Terence P. Mahon, Chief of Police
732-502-4500
www.avonpd.org

As summer quickly approaches, the members of the Avon by the Sea Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors of the parking changes that occur during this time.

May 1st through November 14th in the first two blocks from Ocean Avenue, the parking changes from Parallel to Diagonal along the North & East sides.

As each summer approaches, we like to remind everyone of some other important topics.

  1. Dogs are not permitted on the beach between May 1st and October 1st. Dogs are never permitted on the boardwalk.
  2. The speed limit throughout the town is 25 MPH.
  3. Please be cognizant of the new 4-way Stops that have been created along Third Avenue.
  4. Please secure bicycles in a locked garage, shed, or residence. Make sure you have the bikes locked as well. Each year we have a large number of bicycles stolen. If your bikes are in a locked garage/shed/residence out of sight we can greatly reduce the number of thefts.
  5. Any juvenile under the age of 17 is required by law to wear a helmet while cycling, roller-skating, in-line skating or skateboarding.
  6. Construction may be done on Monday through Saturday from 8 AM through 5 PM.
  7. Lawn Maintenance may be done after 8 AM on Monday through Saturday and after 12 PM on Sundays.
The Borough has changed the system that we utilize to place the emergency telephone notifications to residents. The new system is much easier and cost effective to use, although there are a few consequences to changing over to the new system. The most important one is that we need to update our telephone number database manually. This being said, our Special Officers will be going door to door to obtain information from each household in town. They will be in uniform and have identification on them as well. They will be obtaining information for this new system so we can accurately notify everyone in town of important information. They will also be verifying other information so that we may better serve the residents in the Borough. If anyone has a question or concern, please feel free to contact the Police Department.

If anyone sees anything unusual, we ask that you call the Police Department right away at (732) 502-4500. If you would like to contact any officer, you may call the department or go the website and send them an email at: www.avonpd.org.

Have a wonderful and safe summer.

AVON MUNICIPAL POOL
732-502-4524

Opening Date of Pool: Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Pool Operation Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pool Badges: Season Badges $70.00; Senior Badges (ages 60 & up) $50.00; Children's Badges (ages 3 through 14) $50.00.

Activity Registration: All pool activities will have their own separate sign-ups at the pool. Please ask at the pool when it opens for a schedule of activities.

AVON MUNICIPAL COURT
Judge Alfred D'Auria
Court Administrator Dorothy Reibrich
732-502-4515
Court Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Court sessions are held in Neptune City Courtroom, 106 West Sylvania Avenue in Neptune City, on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Judge D'Auria would like to remind everyone that angle parking in most areas in town begins on May 1st.

AVON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Fifth & Garfield Aves.
Sheila M. Watson, MLS. Director
732-502-4525
swatson@co.monmouth.nj.us

Summer Hours: Begin the Second Monday in June
Through Second Monday in September
Monday-Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Closed on Saturdays

The Avon Public Library was erected as a gift from Andrew Carnegie in 1916, one of only 17 Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey. The Avon Library has a collection of over 20,000 books, 57 periodical titles for borrowing, best sellers, books on CD, Children's and classic DVDs, with remote and on site access to over 800 academic and Public Libraries in New Jersey through www.jerseycat.org. Use the State Library's www.jerseyclicks.org database for full text newspapers, magazines, and student databases. Use your Avon Public Library barcode number 24050 when you are using these websites from home. Log in to the website www.search.ebscohost.com enter the id: avonstudent and the password: bythesea and get full text access to over 2000 periodicals in areas of general interest, business, health, and images. We offer training at the Library in using these services. The Library has high speed internet access for our patrons and we are now a wireless hotspot. We are accessible to the handicapped and offer a variety of children's programs. Please come in and see what is happening at your Public Library!

Special Events:

"Music With Care" - Wednesday, June 27, 10:15-11:30am -Boardwalk Pavilion

Annual "Friends of the Library" Book Sale - Boardwalk Pavilion, Sat., July 14th & Sun., July 15th, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Volunteers always welcome for setup and cashiers.

"Get a Clue @ Your Library" Summer Reading Program.

Ages 7-12 - First meeting is Thursday July 5 at 11:00am.
Ages 4-6- Wednesday mornings July11 -August 15 Time: 10:30-11:15am
Ages 2-3 & Caregivers- Tuesday mornings July 10-August 14 Time: 10:00-10:30am

 

The employees of the Borough of Avon wish to extend our condolences to the family of Greg Farry who passed away on April 23, 2007. Greg was the Borough's Grant Coordinator and Chairman of the Sylvan Lake Commission. He will be missed by us all.