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Bands Join Coalition to Celebrate and Protect Shark River

  The Shark River Cleanup Coalition will host Dredgefest at The Headliner, Neptune on Thurs., June 30 to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and phase one of the Shark River dredging project which begins in July. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. with live music, a buffet and happy hour drink prices. Tickets are $20. “The SRCC has been advocating for Shark River to be dredged for 15 years and we are happy to see the towns, politicians, and state come together to implement the beginning of this plan. Our river is a source of beauty and life…

In Ocean: Ready is Sport of the Mind

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The 2016 Summer Olympics are still several months away but the summer reading games are about to begin at the Ocean Township Library. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read,” tieing into the Olympics and playing with the idea that reading is a “sport of the mind” ,according to Kate Benedict, Children’s Librarian of the Ocean Township Library branch for the Monmouth County Library System. To help launch the summer reading program, the Ocean Township Friends of the Library will present “Mr. Scott, The Music Man” on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:15 p.m. Scott…

Pirates are Theme for Bradley Beach Library Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Pirates abound this summer in the borough of Bradley Beach when these “soldiers of fortune” are celebrated with a multitude of fun-filled family festivities. Included in the plans are a Summer of Pirates Library Launch Party, a gala Pirate Party and Treasure Hunt and a Summer of Pirates Goodbye Party, all in conjunction with the Bradley Beach Library. The launch party kicks off June 11. Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator, said participants will read books and earn points – enough so that they can raid the treasure chest. “This year’s program runs from June…

Monmouth County Seniors Invited to Submit Artwork

  The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is extending an invitation to all Monmouth County residents age 60 and over to participate in the 2016 Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition by submitting one piece of original, visual art. Application deadline is July 8. Senior artists who have professional or nonprofessional status are welcome. Categories in both divisions are acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. The 2016 application, rules, eligibility requirements and important dates are available on the County website. Previous participants will be sent information via US mail on June…

Ocean Grove Parking Will be Topic of Meeting

  Neptune and Ocean Grove residents interested in parking issues in Ocean Grove may want to attend a meeting of the Township Committee at 5 p.m. Mon., June 13. The committee is scheduled to discuss recommendations made by the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association. Recommendations included possible metered parking and permits in the historic district. The discussion will take place at a workshop meeting and although the public is usually not permitted to speak at a workshop they are welcome to attend. The regular meeting will follow the workshop and the public is permitted to speak at that time.

Try a Taste of Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The annual Taste of Bradley is scheduled for Sat., June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to tastings and samples at participating restaurants and shops, the lineup includes fitness demonstrations and entertainment in Riley Park on Main Street between LaReine and Brinley avenues. The Bradley Beach Tourism Commission is selling wristbands for $20 each at participating businesses and online at eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, wristbands will be sold at Riley Park for $25 each. Jersey Shore Fitness Shop will conduct yoga and zumba demonstrations in Riley Park from 11:30 am…

Bradley Beach Police Promotions

  Bradley Beach Police Chief Len Guida announced the following police promotions effective May 26. 1: Lt. Charles Zulla-Captain 2. Sgt. Theodore Bianchi-Lieutenant 3. Sgt. Edward Scott- Lieutenant

Area Runners Fund Van for Disabled Vets

  A group of runners and walkers raised over $30,000 at the Spring Lake Five event for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van for the Disabled American Veterans of Asbury Park and Neptune. Called Team Freedom, the group was started in 1997 by five West Point graduates, including James MacInerny of Spring Lake. The group participates every year in the Spring Lake Five, always held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Over the past 20 years Team Freedom has grown to almost 300 members and raised over $130,000, donating to veteran’s causes such as American Widow Project, Salute American…

In Ocean: Hearings Continue on Plan for 75 New Homes

  By DON STINE Testimony continued May 23 at the Ocean Township Planning Board meeting on a proposal to build 75 single-family housing units on an 80-acre tract at the intersection of Green Grove Road and West Park Avenue. Toll Brothers, based in Horsham, Pa, is seeking approval to build the 75 upscale, age-restricted homes on the site, which is the former Apple Farm property on the south side of W. Park Ave., west of Route 18 and diagonally across from the township’s Intermediate School. The application is for preliminary and final major subdivisions and site plan approval with variances.…

Lake Repairs Discussed in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council hosted a workshop meeting to discuss Sylvan Lake and proposed ordinances with the public. The council heard suggestions from Borough Engineer Gerald Freda regarding the caved in area that is in need of repair. Freda gave four options to address the 300-foot section. The first option would be to fill in the area with an extension of concrete that would be done at an estimated cost of $1.2-1.3 million. The second option would be to build a bulkhead made of composite material for $750,000. The third option would be to establish…

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