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Neptune Clerk Receives Award

  Neptune Township Clerk Richard J. Cuttrell received a special award from the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Cuttrell, who was unaware the award was being presented, was given the association’s Spotlight Award for the month of April. “The purpose of this award is to recognize MCANJ members who bring positive attention to the profession of being a clerk through engagement in civic activities or events outside of their normal duties and responsibilities in their home and/or work communities,” MCANJ President John M. Mitch wrote in a May 11 letter. Former Neptune City…

In Bradley Beach: Popular DJ to Return to Beachfront; Noise Complaints on Main Street

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE DJ Jay Bowman will be returning to the beachfront in Bradley Beach this summer following a movement by his fans to keep him entertaining. At the last Borough Council meeting supporters turned out in large numbers to express their dismay that he was not included in the summer calendar. This week Mayor Gary Engelstad said Bradley Beach Tourism Coordinator Rae Tutela would be meeting with Bowman to set up a schedule. “We will bring him back and just make sure that there is included in the contract that he abide by our request to lower the…

Incumbents Sweep Seats in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE The One Ocean Team, headed by Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano, swept Tuesday’s election for all five seats up for grabs on the Township Council. Siciliano’s team easily defeated the rival Ocean Together Team by more than a two-to-one margin. The Ocean One Team also includes Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo and current council members Donna L. Schepiga and Richard H. Long. The ticket also includes newcomer Robert Acerra, who is currently on the school board. “I am overwhelmed by the margin of victory- I thought it would be close. And I thought (Ocean Together) ran…

Bradley Beach Plans Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After discussing the Ocean Avenue improvements for curbing and handicap ramps, the Bradley Beach Council voted to start the bond ordinance process. These improvements would include painting lines, handicap lines, and providing handicap access ramps on the sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $125,000 with an estimated hard cost of $85,000, engineering costs of $12,900, and estimated soft costs of $37,000. Bradley Beach would pay $6,000 as the down payment of five percent that is required by law. “This is not a want to, but a have to,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad, who toured these…

In Bradley Beach: 3 Police Officers to Ride in Unity Tour

  Three Bradley Beach police officers will be riding in the Police Unity Tour Sat., May 9 to memorialize those police officers who have died in the line of duty from the borough as well as other municipalities. This is the second year the borough police have participated. The event raises awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. “Our officers are part of the couty team,” said Police Chief Len Guida. “This is a good thing for law enforcement in general.”…

Bradley Beach Arts Council to Perform Award Winning Play

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Arts Council is presenting a reading of the award winning play “The Trip to Bountiful” on Fri., May 15 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School. The play was written by Horton Foote. This is the arts council’s first event of 2015 and features Julia Sandra Rand, chair of the BBAC, in the lead role of Mrs. Watts, a 60 year old widow longing to return to the home of her youth. Mrs. Watts is facing resistance from her son, Ludie, and his domineering wife, Jessie Mae, whose only interest is in collecting…

In Bradley Beach: Recreation Department Prepares for Summer Programs

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer filled with activities for residents of all ages. “We want to broaden our scope of recreation,” said Recreation Director Shawn Heeter. “We really want to move beyond just youth programs.” Kicking off the summer season will the Recreation Summer Kick Off Event at the Recreation Center in Bradley Beach on Saturday, June 6. The event will follow the reintroduction of the Go Fish Program that hasn’t happened over the last few summers since Hurricane Sandy. “We’re bringing the Go Fish at Sylvan Lake program back…

Tinton Falls Goes All Out to Paint the Town Pink

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Officials in Tinton Falls are going all out for the Paint the Town Pink campaign taking place throughout the shore area during the month of May. The campaign is sponsored by Meridian Health to remind women to get regular mammograms and to raise money to provide the test to those without health insurance. The entrance to the Municipal Center was adorned with ribbons and a large sign across the front with the website paintthetownpink.com As a show of support Mayor Jerry Turning wore one of the pink T-shirts being sold for $10 as part of…

Ocean Police Investigate Robbery

  Ocean Township Police are looking for a suspect in the armed robbery of the Route 66 BP gasoline station on Wed., April 29. At about 9:10 p.m., a subject with a handgun robbed the attendant of cash and, then, fled on foot, according to police. Members of the township police, Neptune Police and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office searched the area without finding the suspect. The suspect is identified as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches, wearing a black sweatshirt, black hat and mask, according to Ocean Township Police.The person was last seen heading…

Car Crash Knocks Out FIOS

  A one-vehicle accident on Route 33 in Neptune Sun., May 3, that involved a utility pole caused the interruption in Verizon FIOS cable service for many hours in the area, police said. The vehicle of John Puryear, 39, of Brick struck a utility pole in the area of Memorial Drive at about 9:20 a.m., township police said. Puryear was charged with possession of crack cocaine — although he apparently was not under the influence of a drug at the time, according to police. Puryear also was charged with traffic summonses, including reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane,…

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