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New Traffic Light to Be Installed at Neptune City Intersection

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Freeholder Tom Arnone attended the Neptune City Council Meeting this week to congratulate officials for their efforts towards getting a traffic light at Memorial Drive and Evergreen Avenue. Mayor Robert Brown and the Borough Council also thanked Arnone and the rest of the Freeholders for their support. The Council has been working on establishing the light at the Memorial Drive and Evergreen Avenue intersection since 2007. The project involved Port Authority, NJ Transit, State Department, and Neptune City as well as neighboring Bradley Beach. “I pulled up to 5th avenue the other day and there was…

In Bradley Beach: Residents Urged to Assist, Hire and Thank Veterans for Service

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach remembered and honored veterans during a Veteran’s Day service on Tues., Nov. 11 at Riley Park where residents were urged to assist veterans, hire veterans, visit veterans or just say thanks. Mayor Gary Engelstad along with Council members Norman Goldfarb, Thomas Volante, and Sal Galassetti were on hand to welcome Captain Robert J. Charles, Jr. of the Brennan Stands Alone Foundation and the dozens of veterans who attended the service. After the Bradley Beach School directed by Anthony LeProtto played the National Anthem, Reverend Jerome Nolan of Church of the Ascension opened the ceremony…

Middlebrook Cinemas Reopens, Plans Many Upgrades

  By ED SALVAS A theater chain with locations in India, Romania and Bulgaria has signed a lease to operate the Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township. Cine Grand has reopened the complex which had closed October 26 when the lease held by Bow Tie Cinemas with the Middlebrook Plaza ended. The company has re-named the complex the Cine Grand Galleria Middlebrook Cinemas and opened for business on Fri., Nov. 7. Middlebrook represents Cine Grand’s entry into the North American market. Robert Silverstein, whose family owns the Middlebrook Plaza, said Cine Grand plans to spend a significant amount to upgrade…

Ocean Township Mayor to Retire Jan. 1

  By DON STINE Mayor William F. Larkin – Ocean Township’s longest-serving elected official – announced last week that he will be leaving office effective Jan. 1. “This comes after a tremendous amount of thought and soul-searching. It was a very difficult decision because I have enjoyed all 23.5 years but it is time to move on and let others come in,” he said at the end of last Thursday’s Township Council meeting. “I am retiring, not resigning,” he said. The entire five-member council is up for re-election this May and Larkin said he had already made the decision not…

Mary’s Place Breaks Ground in Ocean Grove

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Mary’s Place volunteers, guests and supporters gathered Wed., Nov. 5, along with its founders, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the organization’s new larger facility on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. “Everyone who has embraced Mary’s Place should feel proud today,” said Michele Gannon, co-founder. “Our mission has officially grown its wings. What began as a dream five years ago has become a movement of hope and encouragement for women fighting cancer.” Mary’s Place will pour the foundation for its new 10 bedroom Victorian-style retreat at 22 Main Avenue within the next few weeks. The hope is…

Middlebrook Cinemas Close

  By ED SALVAS The Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township are closed, but the 10-screen theater complex at Middlebrook Plaza could be back in business as early as this weekend. The theaters, operated by Connecticut-based Bow Tie Cinemas, closed following the last show on Sunday October 26, according to Robert Silverstein whose family owns the Route 35 Middlebrook Plaza. Asked about the sudden closing, Silverstein said it had been in the works for some time. “It’s very simple, their lease was up and they chose not to renew.” Silverstein said a new theater management company is taking over and…

In Neptune City: Veteran Incumbents Lose

  By ELLEN CARROLL Two veteran GOP members of the Neptune City Borough Council were defeated at the polls this week in a municipality which has not seen a Democrat elected to office in more than 20 years. GOP Councilwomen Barbara Shafer, who has served for 22 years, and Susan Mitchell, who has served for 18 years, lost in a close election to newcomers Chris Gallagher and his running mate, Pamela Renee. The two were elected to two, three-year terms on the council. The last time a Democrat served on the council was in 1992. Gallagher was the top vote-getter…

Allenhurst Asking Residents to Increase School Budget

  By DON STINE Allenhurst taxpayers have had a very low school tax rate for the last six years but now they are being asked to approve a referendum on Nov. 4 allowing for a permanent increase of $150,000 annually in school taxes. “That would be the minimum tax levy every year. It could go up but it is unlikely that it will go down,” School Board President Larry O’Rourke said earlier this week. In 2008 Allenhurst’s annual school tax was $257,516 but when the state announced that non-operating school districts, or towns without their own schools like Allenhurst, would…

New Uniforms for Neptune Police

  By DON STINE Neptune police officers will all be wearing brand new uniforms beginning Jan. 1- a move that will cost taxpayers no additional money. Police Chief James M. Hunt Jr., who gave a special presentation to the Township Committee at this week’s workshop, said the new uniforms will be purchased for patrolmen, officers, and even special-class police officers. Hunt said the decision to purchase new uniforms was made after years of discussion, with input from the officers and local Police Benevolent Association, and that more than 90 uniforms will be purchased, enough to accommodate the entire police department.…

Bradley Beach Elementary School Students Honored

  By KATHARINA CAVANO “Tonight is a great night” said Superintendent Joseph Majka at Bradley Beach’s Board of Education meeting this week. “We’re celebrating the tremendous work that went into the PTO Fundraiser…and we’re celebrating perfection.” The annual PTO fun-raiser dinner and gift auction was held at The Columns in Avon on Oct. 10. Gift baskets were donated by local area merchants from Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, and Ocean Grove, among others. By the end of the night, the PTO had raised over $14,000. The funds will go towards Bradley Beach Elementary’s technology program, Majka said and the purchase of…

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