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Ocean Museum Wins 1st Place Award

  On June 13 the Township of Ocean Historical Museum received a first place award for its quarterly newsletter, “Ocean’s Heritage.” The Kevin M. Hale publication’s award for newsletters from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey was given at their spring meeting at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern in Rahway. Accepting the award for the all volunteer Ocean Museum was Peggy Dellinger, editor of the newsletter and exhibit chairman. The competitive awards which also include books, booklets, brochures, DVD’s, calendars, pamphlets and posters were created to recognize the achievements of its over two hundred member societies that include…

Upstage Club Building Sold, Restoration Planned

  By DON STINE The iconic Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, has been sold. “It’s a done deal,” said Richard Yorkowitz, who bought the three-story building in 2009 for $1 million with plans to restore the building to pay homage to Asbury Park’s rock & roll musical heritage. “I am a little disappointed but, once you decide not to do it, then you have to move away from it,” he said. Yorkowitz, a Garwood-based antique dealer, said that he has other…

Neptune City Receives $10,000 Grant for Recycling Programs

  The municipalities of Neptune City and Brielle received checks as part of Monmouth County’s Recycling Stimulus Initiative grant program, which was created to encourage municipalities to increase their recycling rates. “We want to thank these towns for doing their part to keep our County beautiful,” said Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “We are proud of all of the efforts made by the mayors and their towns to promote recycling in their towns.” Neptune City was awarded a $10,000 grant for their plans to enhance the security system and update signage at their recycling drop-off center, purchase materials to…

In Neptune: Tenth Avenue Improvements Planned if $200,000 in Funding Approved

  By DON STINE Tenth Avenue in Neptune will be improved in the near future if the township receives a $200,000 state Community Development Block Grant. At a recent meeting the Township Committee approved submitting the grant application. If approved, Tenth Avenue, between Route 35 and Memorial Drive, would see new sidewalks, curb repairs and handicapped-access ramps installed, Township Engineer Leanne Hoffman said during a special presentation to the governing body. Hoffman said this project was the “overwhelming choice” from several projects under review by a special citizen’s participation committee that looks a projects to be funded through a CDBG.…

Avon Commissioners Increase Fines for Violations

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Being charged with a borough offense will cost you more in Avon when a new ordinance governing violations and penalties is approved at the July 13 meeting. The borough is making the change, said Borough Administrator Tim Gallagher, at the behest of the Monmouth County court. The ordinance will change the maximum fine issued by the municipal judge from $1250 to $2000. The change will cover all borough ordinances. Also at the meeting resident Wally French complained about mail delivery service to the borough, which is handled by the Belmar Post Office. French said the…

Neptune City Considering Neighborhood Watch Program

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Director Edward Kirschenbaum and Detective Michael Vollbrecht of the Neptune City Police Department presented plans for a Neighborhood Watch Program to the Borough Council this week. The program was initially discussed in January with Mayor Robert Brown, Kirschenbaum, Capt.Louis Trocchio and Lt. Matthew Quagliato. “Knowing that the Police Department can’t be everywhere,” Kirschenbaum said. “We’re thinking how proactive we can be with our neighborhoods.” The proposed Neighborhood Watch Program would break the town up into eight difference sections where a patrol officer would cover that section of town. Each section would then have a neighborhood watch…

In Neptune: Seaview Island Residents Concerned About Dredge Material

  By DON STINE Neptune residents living on Seaview Island in the Shark River packed this week’s Township Committee meeting seeking more information about a proposal to use vacant property there to dewater dredge materials from the river. “We were totally blindsided by this and are very upset,” said Annette Bergstein, president of the Seaview Island Homeowners Association. “We want to get a handle on this and be prepared.” The Township Committee recently approved a resolution authorizing use of a township-owned parcel along the Shark River to be used as a temporary dewatering site under a state proposal to dredge…

In Neptune: Property Owners Will Face Fines For Not Shoveling Sidewalks

  By DON STINE Neptune is keeping a financial penalty in place for property owners who do not shovel their sidewalks after a snow storm and fines will be especially heavy in areas near schools. “Clearing sidewalks around schools is of the utmost importance because many of our schools have pedestrian traffic,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. The Township Committee has been looking into revising its current snow removal ordinance to remove any penalties for not shoveling sidewalks after a snowstorm- unless you live near a local school. Under the current ordinance, there is no direct fine if property…

Neptune Mourns Death of School Chief

  By DON STINE Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij died on Sunday, just a little more than a week from his official retirement date from the job he had held for 10 years. His official retirement date was July 1. “The Neptune Township Board of Education and the dedicated staff members of the school system pay tribute to Superintendent of Schools David A. Mooij. During his remarkable 40-year tenure as a teacher, coach, supervisor, instructional leader, business administrator and school superintendent, he exemplified a life well-served on behalf of the children of Neptune. “We extend the sympathies of the…

Harry Eichhorn is Grand Marshall of Ocean Grove Parade

  With marching bands, floats, community groups, civic organizations, local politicians, businesses and thousands of onlookers, Ocean Grove’s annual Independence Day Parade will kick off Sat., July 4, at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins on Whitefield Avenue and turns east along Main Avenue to Central Avenue; then turns north towards Ocean Pathway, then east again ending along Ocean Avenue. Among this year’s musical participants are: the Monmouth County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch, the Ocean Grove Summer Band, the Neptune High School Marching Band and the Clown Band. The 2015 parade Grand…

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