Independent News Briefs, March 3

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The Keyport Borough Council has authorized a final payment of $510,872 for a project to improve a local park.

On Feb. 16, council members authorized the final payment and a close-out change order to V&K Construction Inc. for improvements to Main Street Park. The contract for the improvements was awarded to V&K Construction in 2019.

Municipal officials said the improvements included the installation of skate park features, playground features, softball field work and fencing.

The original contract was in the amount of $511,660 and the change order lowered the final payment to $510,872. The change order reflected increases and decreases in original contract quantities that were required to complete the project.

In other business, officials said Keyport has received a check in the amount of $81,768 from the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners to assist with reimbursing costs the borough incurred during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The funds come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.


Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising all registered voters that the upcoming April 20 fire district elections will be conducted in the normal course per New Jersey law. The following towns will hold fire district elections on April 20: Aberdeen Township.

The election will have in-person voting at polling locations with the use of voting
machines. The option to receive a mail-in ballot is also available if a voter does not wish to vote in person, according to Hanlon.

Vote by mail ballot applications may be downloaded from the Monmouth County Elections
Website,, or on the free Monmouth County Votes Mobile App.
Voters can also call the Clerk of Elections Office at 732-431-7790 to request an application.


Center Players Dessert Theater continues its online programming with An Evening of Short Films, streaming March 12 at 8 p.m. A question and answer session with the directors and cast members will follow this free event.

The theme of the evening is connection, or the lack thereof, either due to technology or COVID-19. The films scheduled to be screened include: “Misconnected,” directed by Michael Tota of Jackson; “Acoustic Space,” directed by Anthony Marinelli of Manalapan; “Mugging … the Art of Social Distancing,” directed by Dave McGrath of Long Branch; and “Smile,” directed by Jeff Musillo of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Registration via email is required to access this event:

Registration information can also be found at and on