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Oakhurst Couple Awarded Excellence in Parenting Award

  In a culture in which marriage, parenting, and nurture of children is tougher than ever, parents who stick with it should be honored. That’s the idea of National Parents’ Day, a federal observance that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year on Sun., July 27. Outstanding parents whose nurturing skills are admired by many were honored and included Charlie and Francine Neff of Oakhurst, who were were finalists for the National Parents of the Year for 2014. They have two children, and as a film producer, Fran Neff promotes strong families and healthy, loving marriages. In 1994, by a joint…

Concern About Coyotes in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Coyotes have been spotted in Ocean Township by some residents who have expressed concern, but county health officials advise the public to use good old common sense when dealing with the animals. “Coyotes have been sighted in all 21 counties and in 400 municipalities throughout the state- this is not something that is uncommon,” said Dave Henry, a health officer with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, Ocean Township resident Barbara Hudson, who lives in the Wayside area, said she has seen a coyote come into her yard . “I was outside and saw a small…

Big Lots Store Opening in Ocean

  Big Lots will open its newest store at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Seaview Square on Route 66 in Ocean Township. As the nation’s largest broadline closeout retailer, Big Lots is best known for bringing customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Big Lots offers new merchandise every week that typically sells for 20 to 40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70 percent below traditional retailers. This new store will carry thousands of products available from everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys, brand-name furniture, Serta mattresses and extraordinary one-time closeouts. “When shoppers visit this new…

Blood Drive for Neptune City Girl

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Central Jersey Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 3rd Avenue, on Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The blood drive is being held in honor of seven year old Neptune City resident, Lauren Blecki, who was recently diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells including white and red blood cells and platelets leaving the person fatigued and at a higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. During a Neptune City fun run at the…

Police Will Have Chief and Civilian Director in Neptune

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to swear in a new police chief next month while a civilian police director will continue to handle administrative functions of the department. This ambitious new arrangement for the police department will be the only one of its kind in Monmouth County. This week the Township Committee passed a resolution to accept applications for the new police chief job. A search will also continue within the current township staff to fill the civilian police director job. Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom has been the acting-civilian police director since former Police Chief Robert Adams…

2 Police Officers Promoted in Neptune

  Two Neptune police officers were promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lieutenants Larry Fisher Jr. and Robert Mangold, both 26-year veterans on the police force, were promoted during special ceremonies. “Filling these captain positions is critical to our police department,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt Jr. said. Fisher has served as an officer supervisor for 15 years and was the township’s first DARE officer. He has served as a shift commander and a detective. Since March, Fisher has been managing the township’s Community Outreach and Community Policing programs. Now that he has been…

Celebrating Italy at Cultural Festival in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Arts Council will host an Italian Cultural Festival on Thurs., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Banquet Hall Firehouse in Bradley Beach. The free event is the council’s second summer event of the season following its very successful Shakespeare at the Beach, which attracted over 400 guests. Each summer the Arts Council brings education and culture to the community. As part of their vocal concert series, which began in 2011 with “Irish Festivity: A Celebration of Irish Arts,” the council is bringing together a group of professional singers from musical theater and…

Neptune Business Owner Remembered as ‘Good People’

  By DON STINE Laurie Price, operator of Laurie’s Country Farm Market in Neptune, was remembered by friends this week for her loving and giving nature. Price, who lived in Neptune, died unexpectedly Fri., Aug. 8 at her home. She was 54 years old. Price was born in Sea Girt but lived most of her life in Neptune, where she opened her market on Atkins Avenue seven years ago after working in the restaurant business for many years. Dianne Fitzpatrick, who is a long-time friend and has been helping out at the farm market since it opened, said Price will…

Busy Summer Say Business Owners

  By DON STINE The Jersey Shore is up and running strong, so far, this summer, according to many local business owners. Carrie Turner, spokesperson for Asbury Park’s boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette, said that, so far, things have been very good at the boardwalk but she points out that boardwalk business success is very much related to the weather. “June was really good and we are awaiting our reports for July. There were no rainy weekends in June,” she said. And traffic and business at the boardwalk has been very brisk. “So far it has been very, very strong and…

Neptune Plans 11 Speed Bumps and Tables

  A temporary speed bump may be coming to your neighborhood soon if you live in Neptune. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township has purchased a number of speed bumps and speed tables that will be temporarily installed throughout the township in an attempt to slow down vehicular traffic in problem areas. “The purpose is to reduce speeding in trouble spots as part of a comprehensive traffic-calming program,” he said. Gadaleta said that a speed table is much wider than a speed bump, which is about three-feet wide. “The tables and bumps are moveable but are affixed to…

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