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Cool New Nutcracker in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There’s a new “Nutcracker” in town, and it’s the coolest one around, literally. The Ice King Nutcracker display is now being presented at Ice King on Route 33 in Tinton Falls until Dec. 31. Visitors will walk through a lighted pathway into the warehouse where they will enter a colorful, wintery wonderland of bigger than life ice sculptures depicting the main scenes from this popular holiday classic. Large placards about each sculpture tell the story of Clara and the nutcracker. Attendees will have to dress for the cold as the ice sculptures must be kept…

The Question is…

  We ask area establishments, “What do you have to offer local shoppers?”

Ocean Police Charge 4 in Connection with Armed Robbery

  Above – Currently wanted in reference to an armed robbery in Ocean Township are Marcus Blackmon of Ocean Township (left) and Lamont Reid of Asbury Park (right). Ocean Township police have charged four men in connection with an armed robbery in the 1400 block of Maple Avenue Nov. 27. Police said at approximately 3:04 am the police were called to the location in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. Officer Brendan Bernhard arrived on the scene and located two 17- year-old male victims who reported being robbed at gunpoint by four other male subjects. One of…

Neptune Cemetery to Revert Back to Township

  By DON STINE Neptune’s historic Greenville Cemetery, which dates back at least to the Revolutionary War, will go back to being owned by the township after a local veteran’s group said it can no longer take care of heavy maintenance at the site. “Maintenance has been a problem for them and the township has no problem taking it back and maintaining it,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said at Monday’s Township Committee meeting. The cemetery, at the intersection of Gully Road and Old Corlies Avenue, was long neglected until resident Gary Crawford and others decided to clear it out…

Neptune Man Honored for Service

  By DON STINE Life-long Neptune resident and community volunteer Lou Rochelle Sr. was recognized at Monday’s Township Committee meeting. “Rochelle is always willing to volunteer his time and talents whenever needed and is a revered figure in the Neptune emergency responder and youth sports communities,” Mayor Kevin McMillan said reading a special proclamation. The Neptune Lions Club recently held a “Night for Sight Dinner Dance” at which time Rochelle was honored for his service to the Neptune community. He is a life-long resident and a long-time member of both the Hamilton and Shark River Hills First Aid Squads. “His…

Fundraiser Helps Gardens, Clean Ups in Neptune

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Pick out your finest pair of jeans and your fanciest set of earrings to wear to the annual “Jeans and Jewels Holiday Fundraiser” Fri., Dec. 2 at the Shark River Fire Banquet Hall, 200 Brighton Ave., Neptune. The MURC (Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation) event, which is celebrating it’s 11th year, includes dinner, DJ/Dancing and a gift auction. According to Dianna Harris, MURC President, the event is the organization’s “biggest fundraiser so far.” “However this year we started a breakfast fundraiser for the community garden and we are planning more to help in other areas,” she said,.…

Avon and Bradley Beach Agree to Share Court Services

  By PETE WALTON Avon and Bradley Beach have agreed to share municipal court services, ending a previous arrangement both boroughs had with Neptune City. Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher said at this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting that Neptune City asked for a cost increase of more than 100 percent to renew the previous shared services agreement with the other two boroughs. Gallagher said the three-year contract with Bradley Beach will cost less than the Neptune City deal before the proposed increase. The administrator said the price will not increase over the term of the agreement. The board also…

Reggae on the Boardwalk

  Predator Dub Assassins are bringing some righteous reggae music to Asbury Park’s boardwalk Fri., Dec. 2. “This is a top-notch reggae band that brings the Caribbean to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s pure, authentic reggae,” said Langosta Lounge entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform this Friday, Dec. 2, at Langosta Lounge, on the boardwalk at 1000 Ocean Avenue, beginning at 9 p.m. Admission, as always, is free. “We are good, old classic reggae with rock influences,” said band leader Tim Boyce. Boyce, 45, of Spring Lake, is the basic front man for the Predator Dub Assassins. He said…

QSpot Files Lawsuit Against Arts Center

  By DON STINE QSpot Center, based in Ocean Grove, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Jersey Shore Arts Center in an effort to stop the scheduled eviction by the end of this year. “I have been shocked and I think everyone in the community was shocked over this,” QSpot Executive Director John Mikytuck said earlier this week. The Jersey Shore Arts Center, located at the entrance of Ocean Grove, informed QSpot several months ago that their lease would not be renewed at the end of the year, citing the agency’s lack of “arts and education” programming. QSpot, a…

$1,000 Fine Withdrawn for Ocean School Board

  By DON STINE A state Administrative Law Judge and the acting state Commissioner of Education have ruled that the Ocean Township Board of Education does not have to pay a $1,000 fine over a lawsuit filed against the district for a former student survey policy. “The district complied with everything once the problem was discovered so why would we be penalized for complying? To spend taxpayer’s dollars on a fine- what is the point of that? And I am very pleased the commissioner saw it that way and I hope this is never an issue again,” Ocean Township Superintendent…