Ocean Gate marks the one year anniversary of the death of a local police officer by renaming a major thoroughfare and holding a candle light vigil this week.

Mayor Paul Kennedy says Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Ocean Gate Elementary School Students will be leading a ceremony for the honorary name change of West Arberne Avenue to Patrolman J. Marles Boulevard.

Mayor Kennedy says the students will be unveiling one of three signs at the intersection of West Arberne and Ocean Gate Drive which is right in front of the school. He says during the ceremony, the 6th Graders who came up with the idea will say a few words and there will be selections from the school choir.

Kennedy says the 6th Grade Students came up with the idea of renaming the roadway after attending a Council Meeting during Government Day. He says they were given a task as an assignment. He says "four of them got up and presented different ideas to the Mayor and Council and one of them happened to be naming the street. I mean they went as far as researching the actual where you can get the signs, how much it would cost, the price range, they really did their homework and it struck a bell with the Council Members. The actually made a motion that night to do it"

Kennedy says they will be putting up three street signs designating West Arberne Avenue as Patrolman J. Marles Boulevard. He says the other two will be placed at the intersection of Navesink Avenue and Ocean Avenue, near the Municipal Building. in fact, the Ocean Avenue sign will be dedicated during a candle light vigil being held Friday November 25th at 7 p.m. He says officer Marles cruiser will be parked in front of the Municipal Building all week.

Officer Jason Marles was killed in a collision as he headed home from work on the Garden State Parkway by a Manchester man charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving early Thanksgiving morning last year. He is survived by a young son and a daughter.