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Change of Government Proposed in Interlaken

  A petition drive in Interlaken began this week to urge residents to change the borough’s form of government to a three-member Board of Commissioners. The petition seeks to do away with the current mayor and six-member Borough Council and replace it with a three-member Board of Commissions, similar to the governments in nearby Deal, Loch Arbour, and Allenhurst. Councilman Keith Miller said he has personally initiated the change-of-government drive because he would like to do away with the, sometimes petty, partisan politics and have a more stable governing body, each member with a four-year term. “The last primary election…

New Police Officer in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE James M. VanEtten become a member of the Neptune City Police Department this week after Mayor Robert Brown administered the oath of office to him. With over 150 applications, the department conducted extensive background checks, interviewing approximately 30 applicants that met the criteria qualifications, and then narrowing it down to just three final applications. “You could hire someone for the FBI with the way things are run here,” Brown said. After a thorough interview process, the NCPD and the Council approved the hiring of VanEtten, a lifelong resident of Neptune. VanEtten graduated from Saint Rose High…

Thousands Attend Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Bradley Beach’s sixth annual Lobster Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, drew its biggest crowd ever, about 40,000 people. That was about 10,000 more than in 2013, said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the food and entertainment gathering along the beachfront. “The weather was spectacular on Saturday,” Connolly said. “It got a little iffy on Sunday, but it wasn’t bad.” The chamber was still figuring out how much money was brought in, Connolly said. She said the festival is used as a fund-raising event for the…

Patrick’s Pub Opens in Neptune City for the Hungry and Thirsty

  By ED SALVAS The sign that greets customers entering Patrick’s Pub at 116 Third Ave. in the Neptune City Shopping Center declares it’s “For the Hungry and Thirsty” and many longtime residents may find those welcoming words familiar. The same words greeted customers at Cronin’s, a longtime bar and restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune that was owned by Maura Fitzsimmon’s father. She and her husband, Kevin, own Patrick’s Pub which is named for their youngest son, and is the family’s latest venture in the restaurant business in the area. Since 2003, they’ve owned Brennen’s Steak House in Neptune…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Fox, Heron and Deer; Welcome to Shark River Hills

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Mike Reid was moving to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune earlier this year, he was struck by the wildlife. “The amount of footprints I saw in my driveway,” Reid said. “I saw a red fox go by a house about 5:30 (in the morning),” said Reid, 49. “I see a lot of groundhogs and possums.” And he’s not the only one. Shea Eastwick, 35, who grew up in the Hills, knows there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. “Chipmunks, squirrels, birds, the rabbits, raccoons,” Eastwick said. “Recently, a fox has been stopping by.…

Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

  The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with. On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue). This event will…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…

Scenes from the Neptune Township High School graduation

  Pictured are family, friends and graduates of the Neptune High School Class of 2014. The graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the Great Auditorium in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune. COASTER photos.  Click on any image to start a slideshow. FOLLOW The Coaster on FACEBOOK here.

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