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Neptune to Discuss Possible Park Along Shark River

  By DON STINE Neptune would like to acquire about 18 flood-prone properties along the Shark River under the state’s Green Acres program. “Some properties are vacant, some are environmentally sensitive, and others are commercial and residential properties,” said Leanne Hoffman, the township’s director of engineering and planning. All properties are near the Shark River and between S. Riverside Drive and Valley Road in the Shark River Hills area. The properties can only be acquired if the owner is a willing seller and eminent domain does not come into play. “We are not going after properties that do not have…

Change of Government Proposed in Interlaken

  A petition drive in Interlaken began this week to urge residents to change the borough’s form of government to a three-member Board of Commissioners. The petition seeks to do away with the current mayor and six-member Borough Council and replace it with a three-member Board of Commissions, similar to the governments in nearby Deal, Loch Arbour, and Allenhurst. Councilman Keith Miller said he has personally initiated the change-of-government drive because he would like to do away with the, sometimes petty, partisan politics and have a more stable governing body, each member with a four-year term. “The last primary election…

Historic Fountain Up and Running Again in Library Park

  By DON STINE The historic TenBroeck fountain in Asbury Park’s Library Square Park is up and running again thanks to the city’s department of public works and local historical society members can’t be happier. Robert Bianchini, deputy director of the city’s public works department, said the fountain was up and running last week after some repairs were made. “We sandblasted the inside of the fountain, filled-in cracks, put on a special water-resistant paint, installed new lamppost globes, and put in a new submersible pump,” he said. Bianchini said many residents were asking him when the fountain, which has not…

New Police Officer in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE James M. VanEtten become a member of the Neptune City Police Department this week after Mayor Robert Brown administered the oath of office to him. With over 150 applications, the department conducted extensive background checks, interviewing approximately 30 applicants that met the criteria qualifications, and then narrowing it down to just three final applications. “You could hire someone for the FBI with the way things are run here,” Brown said. After a thorough interview process, the NCPD and the Council approved the hiring of VanEtten, a lifelong resident of Neptune. VanEtten graduated from Saint Rose High…

Thousands Attend Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Bradley Beach’s sixth annual Lobster Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, drew its biggest crowd ever, about 40,000 people. That was about 10,000 more than in 2013, said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the food and entertainment gathering along the beachfront. “The weather was spectacular on Saturday,” Connolly said. “It got a little iffy on Sunday, but it wasn’t bad.” The chamber was still figuring out how much money was brought in, Connolly said. She said the festival is used as a fund-raising event for the…

Patrick’s Pub Opens in Neptune City for the Hungry and Thirsty

  By ED SALVAS The sign that greets customers entering Patrick’s Pub at 116 Third Ave. in the Neptune City Shopping Center declares it’s “For the Hungry and Thirsty” and many longtime residents may find those welcoming words familiar. The same words greeted customers at Cronin’s, a longtime bar and restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune that was owned by Maura Fitzsimmon’s father. She and her husband, Kevin, own Patrick’s Pub which is named for their youngest son, and is the family’s latest venture in the restaurant business in the area. Since 2003, they’ve owned Brennen’s Steak House in Neptune…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Historic Allenhurst Church Opens 125th Season

  Historic Church of St. Andrew By-The-Sea in Allenhurst began its 125th season with an opening service on Sun., July 6. Services are held Sunday mornings from July 6 through Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. Located at the corner of Norwood and Elberon Avenues in Allenhurst, the church is open during the summer months. Rev. Stephen Wisner, Minister from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Wall Township delivers the sermon. Following the service refreshments are served on the church lawn. The public is welcome.

Fox, Heron and Deer; Welcome to Shark River Hills

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Mike Reid was moving to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune earlier this year, he was struck by the wildlife. “The amount of footprints I saw in my driveway,” Reid said. “I saw a red fox go by a house about 5:30 (in the morning),” said Reid, 49. “I see a lot of groundhogs and possums.” And he’s not the only one. Shea Eastwick, 35, who grew up in the Hills, knows there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. “Chipmunks, squirrels, birds, the rabbits, raccoons,” Eastwick said. “Recently, a fox has been stopping by.…