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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…

Neptune Tables Plan to Fire Cop

  By DON STINE A decision to fire a Neptune police officer who testified in a lawsuit over sexual harassment of two female officers was tabled indefinitely by the governing body July 25. The Neptune Township Committee tabled the resolution that would have fired Officer Kyheem Davis, with his supporters saying at the meeting he was being fired in retaliation for “being a whistle-blower” in the sexual harassment case. In 2012, police officers Elena Gonzalez and Christine Savage filed charges that they were subjected to sexual harassment in the department and an investigation was launched in 2013. The township eventually…

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Bradley Beach Library Addition

  On Monday, July 25 at 9 am, the Bradley Beach Free Public Library will break ground on its long-awaited accessibility renovation. Donors, board members, Friends of the Library, architects, builders and neighbors will attend the event at the Library (511 Fourth Avenue, Bradley Beach). “We have been struggling for more than 12 years to bring the Library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” says Library Board Chair Jeanne Beaudette. “Once this addition is complete no one will be inconvenienced or turned away because it is difficult to get into and around our beautiful building.” “It took an…

Mayor Gives Ocean State of the Township Address

  By DON STINE Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano gave his first- and perhaps the first ever- state of the township address at last week’s Township Council meeting. “It’s to let residents know where we are and where we are going,” he said. The half-hour address focused on issues like better access to government, budget and finance, quality of life and economic development. Siciliano said his Coffee With The Mayor program, where residents can meet with the mayor on Monday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., has been a big success. “So far I have visited with hundreds of…

Loch Arbour Proposes Limiting Drones

  The use of drones and similar devices in Loch Arbour will be limited and controlled under an ordinance introduced at the Board of Commissioner’s July 6 meeting. The ordinance, which will have a public hearing on Aug. 3, regulates the use of drones or other unmanned aircraft within the boundaries of the village. Deputy Mayor Al Cheswick said the ordinance is being considered after a resident suggested several months ago that the village be pro-active on the issue. “As far as I know we have not had problems or complaints with drones but we are trying to address any…

In Neptune City: Residents Invited to Coffee with a Cop

  On July 28, officers from the Neptune City Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend this Coffee with a Cop event. It begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Neptune City Police Department Community Relations Unit, which is located in the Brighton Arms III complex, Apartment No. 301A. For questions and more information contact Lt. Matthew Quagliato at 732-775-1298 Ex. 38 or MQuagliato@neptunecitypolice.org. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community…

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