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In Bradley Beach: Reading is a Family Affair

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Since 1994, November has been recognized as “National Family Literacy” month, a united initiative to encourage not only reading in children but prioritizing it as a family affair. As part of the national celebration, Bradley Beach Library is hopping aboard the literacy train with an upcoming event, “Together is Better: Family Literacy Night.” Scheduled for Tues., Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. the night will feature games, snacks, and activities focusing on reading fun. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said this is the first year that Bradley Beach Library is partaking in the month-long event.…

Interlaken, Loch Arbour Residents Would Have Final Say in Any Merger

  By DON STINE Merging neighboring Interlaken and Loch Arbour together was the sole topic during a joint meeting of the two small communities held on Wednesday, November 12. About 200 residents from both towns packed the Allenhurst fire house on Hume Street to hear the first public presentation about a merger plan for the two adjacent towns. Some residents, from both communities, said they either felt that the presentation was very thorough and professional while others said they thought it was a hard-sell that made them nervous. Loch Arbour is seeking the merger to reduce its school tax rate…

Neptune Honors Veterans

  By DON STINE Neptune resident Anthony C. Repetti fought in World War II pretty much from the beginning in 1941 until the end in 1945, from North Africa and Italy as part of an Army infantry division. “He was injured near the end of the war and was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars,” said his daughter, Madelyn Fox, as she stared down at her father’s memorial brick paver on the walkway leading to the newly-dedicated Neptune Veteran’s Park on Old Corlies Avenue. Almost 200 pavers line the entranceway to the park and Repetti’s is one of many of…

Gables Residents Association to Celebrate 15 Years in 2015

  By DON STINE The Gables Residents Association in Neptune will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and the organization still spearheads maintaining the quality of life for residents living there. “Preserve and maintain is our motto,” past association president Michale D. Fornino said. According to Fornino, the association was started in 2000 when Jersey Shore University Medical CenterMemorial University Hospital, located just to the east of the Gables section, wanted to build a large parking garage at Route 33 and Wakefield Road, one of the main entrances into the neighborhood. “We felt that would have destroyed the character of…

New Traffic Light to Be Installed at Neptune City Intersection

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Freeholder Tom Arnone attended the Neptune City Council Meeting this week to congratulate officials for their efforts towards getting a traffic light at Memorial Drive and Evergreen Avenue. Mayor Robert Brown and the Borough Council also thanked Arnone and the rest of the Freeholders for their support. The Council has been working on establishing the light at the Memorial Drive and Evergreen Avenue intersection since 2007. The project involved Port Authority, NJ Transit, State Department, and Neptune City as well as neighboring Bradley Beach. “I pulled up to 5th avenue the other day and there was…

In Bradley Beach: Residents Urged to Assist, Hire and Thank Veterans for Service

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach remembered and honored veterans during a Veteran’s Day service on Tues., Nov. 11 at Riley Park where residents were urged to assist veterans, hire veterans, visit veterans or just say thanks. Mayor Gary Engelstad along with Council members Norman Goldfarb, Thomas Volante, and Sal Galassetti were on hand to welcome Captain Robert J. Charles, Jr. of the Brennan Stands Alone Foundation and the dozens of veterans who attended the service. After the Bradley Beach School directed by Anthony LeProtto played the National Anthem, Reverend Jerome Nolan of Church of the Ascension opened the ceremony…

Middlebrook Cinemas Reopens, Plans Many Upgrades

  By ED SALVAS A theater chain with locations in India, Romania and Bulgaria has signed a lease to operate the Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township. Cine Grand has reopened the complex which had closed October 26 when the lease held by Bow Tie Cinemas with the Middlebrook Plaza ended. The company has re-named the complex the Cine Grand Galleria Middlebrook Cinemas and opened for business on Fri., Nov. 7. Middlebrook represents Cine Grand’s entry into the North American market. Robert Silverstein, whose family owns the Middlebrook Plaza, said Cine Grand plans to spend a significant amount to upgrade…

Ocean Township Mayor to Retire Jan. 1

  By DON STINE Mayor William F. Larkin – Ocean Township’s longest-serving elected official – announced last week that he will be leaving office effective Jan. 1. “This comes after a tremendous amount of thought and soul-searching. It was a very difficult decision because I have enjoyed all 23.5 years but it is time to move on and let others come in,” he said at the end of last Thursday’s Township Council meeting. “I am retiring, not resigning,” he said. The entire five-member council is up for re-election this May and Larkin said he had already made the decision not…

Mary’s Place Breaks Ground in Ocean Grove

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Mary’s Place volunteers, guests and supporters gathered Wed., Nov. 5, along with its founders, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the organization’s new larger facility on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. “Everyone who has embraced Mary’s Place should feel proud today,” said Michele Gannon, co-founder. “Our mission has officially grown its wings. What began as a dream five years ago has become a movement of hope and encouragement for women fighting cancer.” Mary’s Place will pour the foundation for its new 10 bedroom Victorian-style retreat at 22 Main Avenue within the next few weeks. The hope is…

Middlebrook Cinemas Close

  By ED SALVAS The Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township are closed, but the 10-screen theater complex at Middlebrook Plaza could be back in business as early as this weekend. The theaters, operated by Connecticut-based Bow Tie Cinemas, closed following the last show on Sunday October 26, according to Robert Silverstein whose family owns the Route 35 Middlebrook Plaza. Asked about the sudden closing, Silverstein said it had been in the works for some time. “It’s very simple, their lease was up and they chose not to renew.” Silverstein said a new theater management company is taking over and…

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