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Neptune Introduces Measures to Better Regulate Density

  By DON STINE Two ordinances have been introduced in Neptune that will help regulate density on large residential development projects and better define what is considered an impervious surface. “I urge you to pass these ordinances,” resident Chris Schuetz said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Schuetz, who has been spearheading a fight against overdevelopment particularly in the Jumping Brook Road area, said that the revised ordinances will better protect the township’s natural resources and provide construction that is more compatible with surrounding neighborhoods. “We are too densely packed,” she said. Other residents said they do not want to…

More Parking Spaces at Ocean Township Municipal Building

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will add about 70 more parking spaces to its municipal parking lot to alleviate overcrowding for municipal court and various other township meetings. “We have court twice a week and the lot can become full. Many times there is not enough parking for some meetings and people park across the street (at the old Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America building across Deal Road). And this can become a real safety issue,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said. The Township Council approved a $120,000 bond to purchase almost half-acre lot, to the north of the…

City’s Landmark Building to Be Sold

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s historic New Jersey National Guard Armory building, which is more than 100 years old and now houses Harold Daley VFW Post 1333, is being put up for sale. Post Junior Vice Commander Joseph Williams, who also chairs the post’s real estate and investment committee, said the decision to sell the building, at 701 lake Avenue, was a difficult one for the veterans to make but that, in the long run , it was determined the best thing to do. “This is a magnificently constructed building and has such a great history. We are all…

City’s Lutheran Church Celebrating 125 Years

  It has been 125 years since the Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park was founded at the corner of Monroe and Grand Avenues- and church members are going to celebrate. Karen Luttman, who is on the church’s anniversary celebration committee and researching the church’s history, said new information about the church has been turning up recently. “I am 51 years old and a church member for my entire life and I am finding out things I never knew,” she said. In 1953, Atonement Lutheran Church moved to its current location at 308 First Ave. Although the basement at the…

Brady Fills Neptune City Council Vacancy

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Brady was sworn into office last week as the newest member of the Neptune City Borough. She replaces Christopher Gallagher, a Democrat, who won a seat in the November election but in December said he could not accept the position due to career obligations. The Democratic Party then submitted three names to the council as possible replacements. They were Brady, Jenee Farley, and Christopher Miller. Brady and Farley addressed the council prior to their decision during the Jan. 28 meeting. “I want to thank the Monmouth County Democrats for trusting my ability to fulfill the…

Asbury Park Seeks to Fill Key Positions

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council hopes to fill vacancies in some of the top managerial positions in the city in the near future. Asbury Park, one of only two cities in Monmouth County, is now without a permanent city clerk, city manager, chief financial officer, and police chief. All people in these key positions are “acting” appointments right now, pending the appointment of full-time personnel. Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said that the City Council hopes to resolve these job issues in the near future. “We are a city going through a transition right now with a…

In Asbury Park:Cross and Orange Restaurant to Open Feb. 12

  One of Asbury Park’s most anticipated new restaurants, Cross and Orange, will open its doors to the public on Thurs., Feb.12. Restaurateurs Bob and Chris Fahey, who also own and operate Edgar’s Pub in Manasquan and are affiliated with the Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, have spent the past several months carefully planning the design and décor of their newest venue, and developing a menu, which they say is unlike any other in Monmouth County with executive chef Sam Byrne. Chef Sam Byrne is a Michelin-quality chef who has garnered his experience cooking in some of the most lauded…

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