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In Neptune City: Emergency Repairs OK’d

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has approved emergency repairs to heating and cooling systems in the municipal building. Two of the seven rooftop units on the building failed when they were turned on for the heating season, according to Mayor Bob Brown. He said some of the units are 20 years old and have delivered more than their expected life of service. “We’ve been replacing them on a regular basis,” Brown said. “These two would not work when we turned them on.” He said the areas with inadequate heat include the public library and the borough…

Ocean Resident First to Spot Sputnik

  By DON STINE In 1957, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union officially began with the launching of the satellite Sputnik 1 and Ocean Township resident Stan Schodowski was the first person to view the controversial satellite in outer space. On Oct. 12, 1957, Schodowski was the first American to optically sight (with aid of a telescope) Sputnik, its nose cone, and booster rocket—three objects. “Six of us were on the roof of the Hexagon Building at Fort Monmouth in the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 12, 1957. We were the Fort Monmouth Moonwatch Team,…

Wanamassa Fire Company Elects 2018 Officers

  The Wanamassa Fire Company elected the officers for 2018 at their November meeting. They are: Administration: President Patrick Barrett, Vice President Michael Evans, Secretary William Boyington, Asst. Secretary Steven Grant, Treasurer David Greene, Asst. Treasurer Steven Sexten. Operations: Chief Brian Pemberton, 1st. Asst. Chief Dean Schoch II, 2nd. Asst. Chief Nicholas Dowling, Captain Paul Kowaliwskyj, 1st. Lt. David Cohen and 2nd. Lt. Nick Colalilo. The Officers will be sworn in at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, on the second floor of the Emergency Services building located at 1401 Wickapecko Dr.

In Asbury Park: Downtown Valet Service Considered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Valet parking may soon be coming to downtown Asbury Park. City Planner Michele Alonso presented a proposal to council at its recent meeting asking the mayor and council to permit valet parking on one of three sites in the city. “There are no vendors. There are no concrete plans. We are exploring options to alleviate the parking problem downtown,” Alonso said this week. Transportation Manager Michael Manzella also attended the meeting and said one of three lots is being considered for parking. The three sites are: the south end of transit center; the lot behind…

Ocean Grove Receives Greatest Neighborhood Designation

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove has been designated as the greatest neighborhood in New Jersey in 2017 by a national planning association and township officials thanked the people and organizations who made it possible on Nov. 9. “These groups have all worked hard and have done a great job,” Mayor Brantley said. More than a dozen groups and organizations in Ocean Grove were recognized with special proclamations at the last Township Committee meeting. Ocean Grove won the Best Neighborhood award this year under the Great Places In New Jersey program, sponsored by the New Jersey Division of American Planning…

Veterans Day has a special meaning for Ocean Township Resident Lois Kiely

  By DON STINE Veteran’s Day is always a special and emotional day for Ocean Township resident Lois La Pointe Keily whose father was killed during World War II when she was only two years old. “I never heard my father’s voice. There were photographs of him, and I know his handwriting from the letters he wrote to my mother. But I always wondered how he sounded. Did his voice reflect the French-Canadian dialect of his parents’ speech? Or did it have a masculine North Jersey sound to it? Was he soft spoken or a deep baritone?” she frequently asks…

Plant Talk at Garden Club

  The Allenhurst Garden Club members held their October meeting at Dearborn Farms Holmdel Township.  It was a “Lunch and Learn” experience. Set against a backdrop of autumn color arrangements, pumpkins, and greenery, a presentation on container plantings was given by Mike Shamey, an experienced gardener. He suggested not to discard plants when the air turns chilly, but to find a home in the ground or plant in containers. Many perennials and shrubs can survive for several years when planted in pots.  Plants like Green Mountain, Boxwood ,Golden Creeping Jenny, Japanese Pieris Bergenia ,and Emerald Arborvitae are some of the…

New Family Dollar Store Planned for Neptune

  By DON STINE A new Family Dollar store, along with other retail spaces, may be built on Route 35 in Neptune under an application recently presented to the Planning Board. The Planning Board will hold a special hearing on an application by DeVimy Equities, LLC to build the retail stores on Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The first hearing on the application was held on Oct. 25. The project, located within the Route 35 and West Bangs Avenue Redevelopment Area, will be built on a vacant lot on Route 35, between Monroe and West Bangs avenues. The next hearing will…

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