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$150,000 in Grants to Mary’s Place

  Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove has received two grants totaling $150,000 to support the Oncology Massage Program at the facility as well as the new state-of-the-art elevator at 22 Main Ave. The grants are from the Leonard B. Kahn Foundation. Anthony Salerno, CPA, a resident of Avon, served as a foundation trustee. He was instrumental in identifying Mary’s Place and supporting the application for these funds. “While Mr. Kahn supported some “big names” he also wanted local charities to benefit,” Salerno said. Grants to 32 organizations, including $150,000 to Mary’s Place, totaled $4,215,000 were approved on…

Free Summer Concerts Return to Asbury Park

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Following last year’s success Springwood Park will once again come alive with music as the 10-week free, concert series begins Mon., June 26. Presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation, Music Mondays at Springwood Park will open with a performance by Gary US Bonds on June 26 at 6 p.m. Opening for Bonds is local singer-songwriter Laura Crisci. The music series allows the Asbury Park community to enjoy live music and food from the Kula Cafe together. in the early evenings. The park is located on Springwood Avenue between Atkins and Union Avenues. Free parking is…

Time for Bradley Beach Lobster Fest

  The ninth annual Lobster Fest is June 24 and June 25 on the beachfront in Bradley Beach. It features two days of fresh seafood stands, huge beer and wine garden, 200 craft and specialty vendors, six live bands, children’s activities including rides and giant water slide. The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event which is being managed by The Passion Group. Chamber Vice President John Esposito said, “We are looking forward to the Lobster Fest, the chamber’s all excited.” Esposito said there has been interest from people throughout the tri-state area who have logged on to…

Arts Center Founder Celebrated

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Ocean Grove’s Herbert Herbst, who spearheaded the massive renovation of the dilapidated and historic Neptune High School, located at the intersection of Main Street and Main Avenue, into the fully functional Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove was remembered on Sunday afternoon with a “celebration of life” program and repast. The program, held in the center’s auditorium, included formal acknowledgements from Neptune and state elected officials, several Power Point slide presentations with an abundance of photographs of the Herbst family and friends, the restoration of the JSAC, the Ocean Grove fishing pier, and other local…

Local Author Hosts Book Reading

  On June 22 Neptune author Kay Harris will hold a book reading and discussion of “From Amistad to the White House: Teachable Moments From 1839 to Within My Lifetime”- a personal journey through the American Civil Rights Movement. The event takes place at the Asbury Park Public Library from 7 to 9 pm. The public is invited. “It is a fascinating, first-hand look, from Kay’s own perspective, at the tragedies and triumphs of the American Civil Rights Movement and I think it is a must-read book, not only for adults but also for high school and college students. Too…

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In Neptune: $5 Million in Bonds Proposed

  By DON STINE Bonding to pay for almost $5 million in projects throughout Neptune is being proposed in five separate ordinances introduced by the Township Committee Mon., June 12. The five ordinances total $4,850,000 in expenditures with $4,607,550 of that amount to be provided through bonding. The public hearing on the ordinances is Mon., June 26. “This money will be used for capital improvements throughout the township and absorbing this kind of debt is expected so we can maintain our infrastructure and provide services residents expect,” Township Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom said. Bascom said there is nothing unusual…

Greek Festival at Ocean Church

  Be Greek for a day at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean Township June 23 to June 25. This fifth annual event features traditional Greek food, music, dancing, culture and hospitality. It takes place from Fri., June 23 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., June 24 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun. June 25 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food choices will include moussaka, pastichio, handmade pastries such as baklava and galatombouriko. Beer and wine will also be served. The festival will take place rain or shine. The…

Ocean Welcomes New Manager

  By DON STINE Michael F. Muscillo, the current Administrator of Tinton Falls, was appointed Ocean Township’s new Township Manager at last week’s Township Council meeting. Mayor Christopher Siciliano said Muscillo, who starts his new job June 29 and receive a $170,000 annual salary, was the most qualified, has a great background, and has already done this job in other towns. “He knows the issues and legal processes that happen here. He is aware of all conditions and this is a step well-taken,” he said. “We got the best possible person for Ocean Township,” Councilman Richard Long said. Muscillo, who…