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Shooting Death in Neptune

  A 20-year-old Bradley Beach man was shot and killed in Neptune on Monday night and police are looking for help in solving the crime. It is the first homicide in Neptune in six years. Neptune Police responded to a report of a gunshot victim outside a residence on Seventh Avenue around 8:18 p.m. on Monday night. Officers located the victim, Andre D. Thorne, 20, of Bradley Beach, who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where, despite life-saving efforts, he died at 9:43 pm. “This is the first homicide in Neptune since January, 2010,” Police Lt.…

Aquatic Adventure Camp Hosting Sign-Ups for Summer

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Neptune Aquatic Center 206 Aquatic Adventures Camp, designed for swimmers ages 8-14, will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in July. The camp will consist of two days per week at the Neptune Aquatic Center and one trip per week for different aquatic activities. Trips will include sailing kayaking, rowing, water parks, Manasquan Reservoir exploration, Adventure Aquarium and Surfing with Family Beach day. On Monday and Wednesday camp days, students will receive a one-hour swimming lesson and two hours of additional aquatic instruction such as junior guard skills, pool-based SCUBA diving, kayaking, log rolling and other…

Interlaken Borough Hall Upgrades

  Interlaken’s Borough Hall on Grassmere Avenue will see some improvements this summer using federal Community Development Block Grant money. The borough received an $110,000 CDBG grant that will be used to fund upgrades to bathrooms in Borough Hall and make them handicapped accessible. “We will also be redoing our front counters as well,” Borough Clerk Lori Reibrich said. She said the work is expected to take place over the summer. Also, Buttermere Avenue in Interlaken has been repaved- completing a longtime project that has improved all east-west direction streets in the borough. “This was that last east-to-west street in…

Neptune Reviewing Possible Boost in Property Taxes for Hospital

  By DON STINE Whether or not Jersey Shore University Medical Center will have to pay more local property taxes to Neptune is a question still up in the air but one that will probably be answered in the near future. “Things are still up in the air but we don’t have the luxury to wait,” Tax Assessor Bernie Haney said earlier this week. Gov. Christ Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which have had long-standing tax exemptions, may now have to cough up more property taxes. Hospitals have…

Daylight Shooting Injures 2

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was quiet in the 1200 block of Monroe Avenue in Asbury Park Feb. 2 where only the day before, a double shooting had taken place. Neighbor Jessie Bennett, who was walking her daughter in a stroller with her adolescent son by her side, said she may be looking for a new home following this recent shooting. She lives on the same block where the shooting occurred. On Mon., Feb. 1 at approximately 2:24 p.m. Asbury Park police responded to a report of a shooting in the 120 block of Monroe Ave. where two victims…

Bridge Replacement on Schedule

  Although rumors have been circulating that the Sunset Avenue Bridge project between Wanamassa and Asbury Park is ahead of schedule, a bridge project manager said last week that is not necessarily the case. “You are never ahead of schedule until you open,” project superintendent Mark Timari said. He said that the original reopening date remains the same, May 27, just before Memorial Day weekend. “We should be open by Memorial Day and that is what we are shooting for right now,” he said. Timari said that the weather has been good and that the recent snow storm had little…

Former Unsuccessful Candidate Seeks to Recall City Councilman

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A former unsuccessful candidate for Asbury Park City Council and two other residents have filed a Notice of Intention at Asbury Park city hall to recall Councilman Jesse Kendle. Duanne Small, Mabin Womble and Brian Bass, formally known as the Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle, were given approval to proceed in creating a petition. The petition will be brought back to city hall for final approval before the recall committee can begin collecting the required signatures. State law mandates that the recall petition must contain at least 25 percent of the electorate. A letter from…

New Committee Member in Neptune

  By DON STINE Resident Carol J. Rizzo was appointed to the Neptune Township Committee Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Eric Houghtaling, who took office in the State Assembly earlier this month. Rizzo, an Ocean Grove resident since 2001, said it is “a thrill and honor” to be appointed to the governing body, which has been all-Democratic since Republican Thomas A. Catley retired in 2008. “I plan to fulfill the pledges I have made to residents in the past and will work to make the township better,” she said. Rizzo said her pet issues coming onto the…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPHN PANGARO An officer on patrol is expected to know their beat; who lives in it and what the normal rhythms of the area are. This is an essential element of police work and something we can all understand. If we see a person we don’t recognize we take interest in what they are doing and where they go. This is also an essential part of providing a security net in the towns and cities we work in. Of course seeing someone we don’t know does not mean we are to assume the worst and assign a malevolent…

Deputy Court Admininstrator Named in Neptune City

By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Council approved the appointment of Tracy Sorrentino as Deputy Court Administrator after the Monmouth County Assignment Judge approved the appointment. Neptune City, Bradley Beach, and Avon work within a mutually beneficial shared services agreement, said Mary Sapp, Neptune City Administrator and Municipal Clerk. Neptune City provides the courtroom for all three towns and Bradley Beach provides the personnel. Sorrentino will be an employee of and compensated by Bradley Beach, taking the place of the current Court Administrator in April when Kelly Barrett, the current Court Administrator will take over the Municipal Clerk role in…

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