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Neptune Promotes 2 Police Officers to Rank of Lieutenant

  Veteran 19-year Neptune Police Sergeants Michael D’Amico and Christopher Schembri were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant this week at the Neptune Township Committee meeting. Both officers were sworn in by Mayor Michael Brantley. D’Amico, a former Marine, has served as a detective, a shift commander, and a road supervisor. He has also served on the township’s Quality of Life (Street Crimes) unit and as a field training officer. He is a graduate of Neptune High School and has a Masters of Administrative Services from Farleigh Dickenson University. He has also spent a lot of time coaching and counseling…

$151,000 in Grant Funds OK’d for Neptune City Memorial Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City will receive $151,929 in Community Development Block Grant through funding from the county to complete the proposed improvements to Memorial Park. In early July 2014, the borough was one of 20 applicant towns and non-profits in Monmouth County to apply for the block grant. Borough officials attended a question and answer period on August 23 where Monmouth County representatives were able to view each town’s proposed plan and ask town officials questions regarding the plans. “We apply for everything you can,” said Councilwoman Susan Mitchell who also noted that the borough has been “doing…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Who is a hero? Or better yet, who is your hero? When you ask that question you can get an almost unlimited number of responses; each one different and unique. I suppose you first have to define what it means to be a hero. We have all types of hero’s in our culture, from sports stars to rock stars to movie stars. There are also the classic hero’s like cops, fire fighters, military personnel and other first responders as well as moms and dads, teachers and coaches. At one time or another I have had all…

Neptune City Library Celebrating 90 Years

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE For a municipality only one square mile, the Neptune City Library is suprisingly busy. In June the library kicked off its 90th year with an open house celebration where more than 80 attendees joined in the festivities with librarians Lorraine Hansen, Elaine Scott, Theresa Riccardello, and Patty Scott who have 50 years of combined service for the Neptune City Library. “We really work with everyone and know everyone,” said head librarian Patty Scott who also noted that the library is really personalized. Patrons can’t help but feel at home in a place where “every staff member…

Allenhurst Police Officer awarded

  Allenhurst Police Officer Michael DiBona received an award recently for his work in procuring more than $1 million in military surplus equipment for the borough of Allenhurst. So far, the borough has obtained heavy duty trucks, emergency portable water pumps, emergency generators, emergency management supplies, and vehicles, that can be used in a storm situation, such as snow or flooding. This equipment has been obtained, at no cost to the borough, under the federal government’s LESO program, where excess military equipment can be transferred to state and local law enforcement agencies. Contrary to public perceptions, this equipment is going…

Ocean Woman Chosen for Special Olympics Summer World Games

  By DON STINE It is not an easy task to train hard enough and well enough to become an Olympian but don’t tell that to Ocean Township’s 22-year-old Molly Hebert. Hebert, who has cerebral palsy, has been selected to participate in the gymnastics competition at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games to be held in Los Angeles, opening in July. “It’s surreal. When Molly was born and first diagnosed, people said she may not walk or participate in activities with her peers. They painted a picture of a non-ambulatory individual. And now to see her walking on a…

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Founder Turning 100

  By JOSEPH SAPIA If you can spare a hundred, the Bradley Food Pantry is ready to take it off your hands. The 100, in honor of founder Eleanor Pierson turning 100-years-old Friday, Sept. 19, can be in various forms, such as $100, 100 dimes, 100 cans of food, 100 minutes or hours of volunteerism and so on. Or more or less than 100. “There’s no cutoff,” said pantry director Linda Curtiss. “It’s really celebrating the legacy of what she created.” The Bradley Food Pantry, which sits on the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of 4th…

Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

Neptune Police Chief sworn in

  By DON STINE James M. Hunt Jr., a 20-year police veteran, was sworn as the new Neptune Police Chief by the Township Committee last week. He has run the police department as deputy chief since June, 2013. “Under his leadership, this department has maintained its position as a highly professional and highly respected police department which has continually adapted and improved based upon the ever-changing world in which we live,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom. In addition to appointing Hunt, Bascom was also appointed the civilian police director. Hunt will run the day-to-day operations of the police department…

14-Year-Old Girl Charged with Driving Without License

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Allenhurst Police, while working on a driving while intoxicated-enforcement detail, stopped a vehicle for going erratically — and found a 14-year-old driving. The Neptune girl had taken her mother’s vehicle without her permission, police said. A 17-year-old also was riding in the car, police said. The 14-year-old was charged with driving while unlicensed, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn and having improper maintenance of lights, police said. The vehicle’s owner responded and took custody of both juveniles, police said. Patrolman First Class Michael DiBona and Patrolman…

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