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New Neptune Police Officer

  Casey Crawford of Neptune was sworn in as a police officer at a Neptune Township Committee meeting. He began his career with Neptune Township Police Department as a communications officer and SLEO II. He has his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on his bachelors degree. His parents held the Bible for him and his brother and girlfriend look on. Mayor Michael Brantley administered the oath.

Mary’s Place Breaks Ground in Ocean Grove

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Mary’s Place volunteers, guests and supporters gathered Wed., Nov. 5, along with its founders, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the organization’s new larger facility on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. “Everyone who has embraced Mary’s Place should feel proud today,” said Michele Gannon, co-founder. “Our mission has officially grown its wings. What began as a dream five years ago has become a movement of hope and encouragement for women fighting cancer.” Mary’s Place will pour the foundation for its new 10 bedroom Victorian-style retreat at 22 Main Avenue within the next few weeks. The hope is…

Middlebrook Cinemas Close

  By ED SALVAS The Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township are closed, but the 10-screen theater complex at Middlebrook Plaza could be back in business as early as this weekend. The theaters, operated by Connecticut-based Bow Tie Cinemas, closed following the last show on Sunday October 26, according to Robert Silverstein whose family owns the Route 35 Middlebrook Plaza. Asked about the sudden closing, Silverstein said it had been in the works for some time. “It’s very simple, their lease was up and they chose not to renew.” Silverstein said a new theater management company is taking over and…

In Neptune City: Veteran Incumbents Lose

  By ELLEN CARROLL Two veteran GOP members of the Neptune City Borough Council were defeated at the polls this week in a municipality which has not seen a Democrat elected to office in more than 20 years. GOP Councilwomen Barbara Shafer, who has served for 22 years, and Susan Mitchell, who has served for 18 years, lost in a close election to newcomers Chris Gallagher and his running mate, Pamela Renee. The two were elected to two, three-year terms on the council. The last time a Democrat served on the council was in 1992. Gallagher was the top vote-getter…

Asbury Together Ticket Sweeps Election

  By DON STINE The four-candidate Asbury Together City Council team (pictured above) , which included City Councilman John Moor at the top of the ticket running for mayor, easily swept the election this week for five seats in Asbury Park. The election was the first time residents directly elected a city mayor. Moor easily defeated his main opponent, the A-Team’s Remond Palmer, with 1,374 votes, or 54.53 percent with Palmer getting 696 votes, or 27.7 percent. Also winning seats were each member of Moor’s ticket: Councilwoman Amy Quinn, the top vote-getter with 1,522 votes, or 17.77 percent, Jesse “Coach K”…

Asbury Together Team Challenging 300 Ballots

  Above – The Asbury Together ticket from their Facebook page. The Asbury Together team has submitted over 300 challenge forms to Vote By Mail (VBM) applications that team members believe have been filled out improperly by campaign workers acting as “assistors” and “messengers” to voters. In a statement released by the team, which includes John Moor for mayor and Amy Quinn, Joe Woerner, Jesse Kendle and Barbara Clayton for council, the candidates said election law allows voters applying for VBM ballots an “assistor” in completing the application and a “messenger” to bring the application to Freehold and carry a…

Bradley Beach Approves Shared Services Agreement with Asbury Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach has approved a shared services agreement with Asbury Park which will include beachfront maintenance, sanitary sewer line maintenance and wastewater treatment station repairs. Over the summer Bradley Beach cleaned Asbury Park’s beaches and in return, Asbury Park will offer a licensed electrician to the borough, sanitary sewer line maintenance, storm line maintenance services, and waste water treatment planned pump station repair service. “This is a good deal for the borough,” said Councilman Sal Galassetti, who noted that there is “no money transfer at all.” Galassetti said that when the borough performed maintenance on the…

Allenhurst Asking Residents to Increase School Budget

  By DON STINE Allenhurst taxpayers have had a very low school tax rate for the last six years but now they are being asked to approve a referendum on Nov. 4 allowing for a permanent increase of $150,000 annually in school taxes. “That would be the minimum tax levy every year. It could go up but it is unlikely that it will go down,” School Board President Larry O’Rourke said earlier this week. In 2008 Allenhurst’s annual school tax was $257,516 but when the state announced that non-operating school districts, or towns without their own schools like Allenhurst, would…

New Uniforms for Neptune Police

  By DON STINE Neptune police officers will all be wearing brand new uniforms beginning Jan. 1- a move that will cost taxpayers no additional money. Police Chief James M. Hunt Jr., who gave a special presentation to the Township Committee at this week’s workshop, said the new uniforms will be purchased for patrolmen, officers, and even special-class police officers. Hunt said the decision to purchase new uniforms was made after years of discussion, with input from the officers and local Police Benevolent Association, and that more than 90 uniforms will be purchased, enough to accommodate the entire police department.…

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