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In Ocean Grove: Replacement Planned for North End Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk is being replaced and widened this fall giving oceanfront strollers the experience of walking along a boulevard as they enter the historic district. This week the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project. “(Township officials) are very pleased with the earlier boardwalk project and I believe this one will go just as smooth. It shows the strength of a public/private partnership to make certain we accomplish what residents need and want,” Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said.…

Annual Postcard and Antiques Show in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 25th Annual OCEAN GROVE SUMMER POSTCARDS, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, AND JERSEY SHORE MEMORABILIA SHOW on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10AM to 4PM. Admission is free. This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove. A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities…

Making Ice Cream is a Family Affair in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There is Mom and Dad Becker. Four boys. The rest is family and business history. The Beckers — JoAnn, 54, Pete, 55, and their four sons, Danny, 30, Dave, 26, Luke, 20, and Jake, 17 — recently opened their third Four Boys Ice Cream stand, at the corner of Ocean and Third Avenues in Bradley Beach. It is a summer season location, opening in May and planning to stay open to about Sept. 15. “We love it here,” Pete said. “People have been so nice,” JoAnn added. “I love the town.” The Beckers, all of whom…

$1 Million Upgrades in Neptune’s Gables

  By DON STINE The sanitary sewer system in the Gables section of Neptune will see a major upgrading under a $1 million bond ordinance introduced by the Township Committee at its last meeting. The bond ordinance appropriates $1 million for the reconstruction of the township’s sanitary sewer system, mainly for the Gables Sewer Rehabilitation project. “The Gables section has some of the oldest sewer lines in Neptune and there is significant water infiltration into lines in that area. These pipes will be replaced but they are buried very deep and this is not work we can do in-house. We…

Monmouth County Lifeguards Win 2nd Place in National Tourney

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Team Monmouth County posted two second-place finishes at the Nautica United States Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Monmouth scored 707.625 points while competing for the Greg Farry Trophy (most points overall, open points only). The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association won with 781.625 points. There were 10 teams in the competition. Monmouth piled up 907.625 points in its pursuit of the Howard Lee Trophy (most points overall, Open and Age Group “A” teams). A total of 10 teams competed. A total of 55 USLA chapters from around the nation showcased…

Free Bobby Byrne Concert in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Board of Recreation will be hosting an outdoor concert in Memorial Park on Sat., August 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concert, featuring Bobby Byrne will be partially benefiting the nine children of Tami Seidle who was killed on June 17 in Asbury Park. John O’Heney and Rob Burr, both board members of the Board of Recreation in Neptune City went to Neptune High School with Seidle. “She was such a nice person,” said O’Heney, who along with the board decided they would use the concert in the park to be an…

Investigators Closing In On Killer of Neptune City Woman

  Investigators are closing in on the person responsible for the brutal 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a beloved Red Bank teacher who was found beaten to death inside her West Sylvania Avenue apartment in Neptune City. Monmouth County CrimeStoppers wants to make sure the public is aware a chance still remains for anyone with information about the case to come forward and possibly collect the $10,000 in reward money being offered, said Kevin J. Burke, Jr., Chairman of CrimeStoppers of Monmouth County. “Our office has worked tirelessly to solve this vicious crime and have recently developed new leads that…

Hazy, Hot and Humid: Enough!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was only 9:20 a.m., but the temperature was already up to 83 degrees on a sticky recent day. Paul Jimenez was shooting baskets on the court at the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex in Neptune City, but he did not plan on staying long in the heat. “I usually do it in the morning before the sun hits,” said Jimenez, 37, of Asbury Park. “I probably have another half-hour or so and, then, I’m out of here.” Jimenez is winding down summer by looking forward to the coolness of fall. Others are hoping to extend…

No Plan to Dredge Entire Shark River

  By DON STINE The environmentally-beleaguered Shark River will probably only have its navigational channels cleared in the future but most likely never be dredged in its entirety, according to a federal environmental official. “Due to ecological impacts, as well as the logistics and economics of removing that much sediment, the likelihood of a permit being issued for such an activity appears minimal,” said Karen Greene, Mid-Atlantic Field Offices Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division, in a statement. “While dredging the entire river would, in fact, be something desirable for everybody unfortunately, in these times,…

Neptune Man Shot in His Car; Police Arrest North Carolina Man

  A North Carolina man was arrested and charged Aug. 18 for the overnight shooting of a Neptune man, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Elijah “Streets” Graham, 27, of Bronco Lane in Fairview, North Carolina, was arrested around 4 a.m. Aug. 18 by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments. He is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Graham is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional…

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