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Wesley Lake Commission Checks for Return of Pond Weeds

  The Wesley Lake Commission is keeping an eye on the pond weed situation in the lake this season to see if herbicides need to be applied to fight the growth of the weeds. “We are in a wait-and-see situation right now,” said Wesley Lake Commission Chairman Michael Brantley. He said that Princeton Hydro, an environmental management and restoration company that is also the environmental consultant to the Deal Lake Commission, will begin to monitor the lake beginning in June to see if the weed problem seems to be coming back. “If so, they will determine when it is the…

Four-Story Building Proposed for Giamano’s Site

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The owners of Giamano’s Restaurant in Bradley Beach will go before the Planning Board tonight (May 28) for approval to construct a four-story mixed use building that principal Steffan Manno says completely adheres to the town’s current Master Plan. Giamano’s restaurant has been located at the site for 30 years. The project is being developed by Third and Main Association, owned by Manno, whose family has operated the popular restaurant on Main Street for three decades. “We are just trying to bring everyone up to speed on this highly supported project,” Manno said. The project…

Need a Ride? Download Uber on Your Smartphone

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Uber, the app that connects riders to drivers, celebrated its first year anniversary at the Jersey Shore over the Memorial Day weekend. Known for its ability to connect a rider with a driver instantly through a smart phone, Uber has been expanding since it’s founding in 2009. “The Jersey Shore was a natural move, especially in the summer,” said Matt Wing, a representative from Uber. “You can easily get where you need to go.” According to Uber’s website, since their founding in 2009, “Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.”…

Bradley Beach Council Says Yes to Music on Main Street

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It took two votes, but the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week voted unanimously to continue to allow the summer music series in the parking lot of Giamano’s Restaurant, located at Third and Main Avenues. Mayor Gary Engelstad opened the discussion by reading the results of a resident survey he conducted of surrounding homes. The mayor said of the 30 respondents, 16 were in favor of allowing the live music, with six people saying they don’t want the music at all and four who want the number of music events reduced along with the volume.…

Family Fun Day at Neptune Church

  By DENISE HERSCHEL West Grove United Methodist Church in Neptune is holding it’s second annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expected to be a part of the afternoon’s festivities are pony rides, face painting, a photo booth, carnival type games and live music by the praise band New Song. Also included is picnic style food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. In addition, there will be also be wellness screenings for diabetes and blood pressure by Neptune Rehab. All of the activities and food are free with the public…

Time for Parades and Picnics

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was a busy Memorial Day weekend for Ocean Grove’s Caroll DeRocco. Participation in events honoring fallen military veterans, the Atlantic Wind Ensemble concert at the Great Auditorium, Sunday morning religious services on the Boardwalk, her children participating in the parade, Bradley Beach’s annual festival and, in Asbury Park, Yappy Hour for dogs at the Wonder Bar and fireworks. The traditional beginning of the summer season at the Jersey Shore rocketed in with sunny skies and bustling activity. “I love the beginning of summer,” said DeRocco, 51. “I love we begin (by) honoring those that have…

Business Owners Show Support for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series has received an outpouring of support from both business owners as well as borough residents over the last week. The support was in response to some complaints the Borough Council received last week about the music. At last week’s meeting the council put off voting on approval for the series until more information was received. At the time resident Jane DeNoble said that she loses “the quiet enjoyment” of her backyard every Sunday. due to the music series. “To me Sunday is a day of rest,” she said. “I never had any…

Karaoke Contest at Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE If you like karaoke, whether singing it or just being entertained by it, then you might head over to the Sudsy Mug in Neptune in the near future. The tavern, at 1105 Sixth Ave., is hosting a karaoke contest on Sat., May 23 and May 30, with a grand finale competition on Sat., June 6. “It’s the big weekend Memorial Day bash this weekend so what better way to celebrate it than with karaoke. And anybody can enter the contest,” Sudsy Mug owner Lynn Kieran said. And while karaoke has been a weekly event at the…

Hearing Continues on Proposed Dorm in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents continue to turn out in large numbers to oppose creating a dormitory for 96 college-age students at a proposed Talmudic academy in an existing school on Logan Road. More than 200 residents turned out on Mon., May 18 to hear further testimony on the application before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, with some ignoring regular board protocol, resulting in occasional contentious situations between board officials and residents. Board President Warren Goode had to explain several times that residents can only cross-examine and ask questions of the particular witness testifying that evening, not make…

Ocean Man Celebrates 50 Years of Scouting

  By DON STINE Scouting has been in Ocean Township resident Don Brockel’s blood for 50 years and he was recently recognized by township officials for his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. “Scouting is one of many things he has been involved with during the 50 years I have known him. His volunteerism knows no boundaries,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said at last week’s Township Council meeting, where Brockel was presented with a special proclamation. “It’s been a beautiful trail and I have lived scouting,” said Brockel, who was a former Scout Master of Oakhurst Troop 71 for eight…

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