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Neptune to Hire Traffic Consultant

  By DON STINE Neptune will hire an independent traffic engineer to look into the chronic parking problem in Ocean Grove, particularly during the summer months. The Township Committee passed a resolution at this week’s meeting to hire independent traffic consultant CME Associates, based in Howell Township, for an amount not to exceed $5,000. The consultant will provide the results of its study to the governing body and to the newly-created parking task force. “We are not experts and we need somebody. I think it’s a necessity,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Deputy Mayor Michael Brantley, who has always supported hiring…

Ocean Awaits Decision on Yeshiva Dorm

  By DON STINE A decision is expected soon on an appeal by Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov over a recent Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment decision to deny its application to create a Talmudic Academy to house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section. A hearing was held on July 27 before Judge Freda Wolfson in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for New Jersey and another hearing on Aug. 4 before Judge Douglas E. Arpert, who was sitting in for Wolfson since she was on vacation. According to court records, Yeshiva…

Dredging Will Continue in Shark River

  The dredging of the navigational channels in the Shark River will continue after all after it was determined that Federal Emergency Management Agency funding that had been awarded in the wake of Superstorm Sandy may have been in jeopardy if the state did not act. The project calls for the removal of106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the navigational channels in the Shark River. The dredging was suspended due to a lack of funding in the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). “We had concerns but the project is back on track and hopefully the contractor can now fulfill…

Half-Price Membership at Ocean Pool

  There’s still plenty of summer left and Ocean Township is helping to make it more enjoyable with half-price memberships to the Community Pool and Tennis Facility, 615 West Park Ave. The attractive recreation center sits on more than six acres and offers three pools: a kiddie pool for the youngest visitors, a main pool with an open swim area and separate lap section and a 10 foot deep dive tank. In addition, there are tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a playground. Mature trees provide cool shade so visitors can enjoy the outdoor facility even on the hottest…

Madonna House Will Receive $130,000

  By DON STINE The prayers at the Madonna House in Neptune were recently answered when a generous donor paid off the charitable organization’s $130,000 mortgage. “I was always praying not to have a mortgage and what a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” Madonna House founder Rebecca Blonski said earlier this week. Blonski said she was struggling to pay off three separate mortgages and the pressure was on when one of the privately-held mortgages needed to be paid off for the Madonna House property at 1401 Seventh Ave. She purchased the property in 1988. The 10,000-square-foot building houses…

Concerns Continue Over Land Leases

  By DON STINE Potential hefty increases for land leases in Ocean Grove, particularly for commercial properties, remains an issue with people owning property there and the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and others have retained an attorney to look into the matter. The Homeowners Association and other stakeholders have retained Roseland-based Attorney Matthew Adams, who is the son of former Neptune Police Chief Robert Adams, to look into the land lease issue. All land in Ocean Grove is owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and leased to its property owners. In addition, property owners are still taxed on…

New Neptune City Police Officer

  Alexander J. Parisi was sworn in as a Neptune City probationary patrolman this week. Parisi, of Toms River, successfully passed the Monmouth County Chiefs of Police written and physical examination. More than 100 police officer candidate applications were reviewed by the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department. Thirty applicants went before the Command Staff Oral Review Board of the Neptune City Police Department and out of those six were selected to appear before Mayor Robert Brown, Police Commissioner Joseph Zajack, and the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department for the final review. Parisi was the…

Dumpsters Off the Streets in Ocean Grove

  Dumpsters and other temporary storage units must be removed from Ocean Grove’s public streets from 3 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday during the summer season (May 15- Sept. 15) under an ordinance adopted by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, is intended to free up much-needed parking spaces during the summer months but some residents said it doesn’t make a great deal of sense and may be a burden to property owners. “This is nonsense,” Ocean Grove resident Jack Braden said, who asked if dumpsters can be placed in yards. Township…

Tomato Fest Planned in Tinton Falls

  A Tomato Fest is scheduled for the Crawford House in Tinton Falls Sat., July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and include everything from tomato cooking demonstrations to tomato gardening instructions, butter chruning, story time for children, farm stand with local goods and old fashioned children’s games. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held rain or shine. The Crawford House is located at 750 Tinton Ave.

The Heat is On!

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a weekend of near constant heat advisories and thunderstorms watches from local police departments as officials warned shore area residents and visitors to take caution in the high heat. Asbury Park Deputy City Manager Kevin Keddy said the city was “busier than you can even imagine. The whole city was busy.” Keddy, who is also fire chief, said the fire department’s first aid squad answered 202 calls from Friday to Sunday night, many at the b eachfront. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said the weekend in the city was one of the busiest…

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