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Lesgislators to Present Plan for River Dredging

  By DON STINE Three local legislators said last week that they will announce plans later this year that will result in the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River getting dredged. In a joint Jan. 15 press release, state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said that funding for the project and a means to dewater dredge materials have apparently been resolved with state officials. “2015 will prove to be the year we see movement on the Shark River dredging project,” Beck said in the statement, which did not elaborate on the plan.facts. “I have…

Sunset Avenue Bridge to Close for Repairs

  Motorists better rethink their driving patterns if they are heading into Asbury Park via Sunset Avenue for about the next two years. The Sunset Avenue Bridge, which crosses Deal Lake between the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and Asbury Park, will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 28 for an estimated 454 days under a $9 million to $10 million Department of Transportation funded project to replace the bridge. The projected date for the bridge to reopen is May 27, 2016 County officials, along with representatives from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation,…

Tinton Falls Officials Show Support for Police Department

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Police in Tinton Falls were assured at this week’s borough council meeting that the Mayor and Council are behind them and support their efforts at keeping the borough and its residents safe from harm. Council President Gary Baldwin read part of the resolution passed by council as he congratulated six officers who were at the meeting to represent the police department in accepting the sentiments. The resolution specifically declares the council’s “support and solidarity with the men and women who serve as law enforcement officers for their distinctive service and dedicated efforts, earning our highest…

‘A Night at the USO’ to Raise Funds for Neptune’s Veterans Memorial Park

  The Neptune Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee is hosting a fund-raiser to help with funding for ongoing maintenance at the park and to add other amenities. The fund-raiser is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Gully Road and is called “A Night t the USO.” Bernadette Sherman, Gold Star Mother, and chair of the Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee, invites local residents to attend for a “night to remember.” “I am proud of the work that the Veterans Memorial Park Committee and the township have done on transforming a…

Fire Damages Ocean Grove Tents

  On Jan. 21 at 2:51 a.m. Neptune police responded to the area of New York Avenue and Mount Carmel Way in Ocean Grove for a report of an odor of smoke. Upon arrival, officers located an active fire emanating from the tent structure of 25 Front Circle. Ocean Grove Fire, Neptune Fire, Bradley Beach Fire, Neptune EMS and Neptune OEM responded and extinguished the fire. The fire damaged the following structures: 25 Front Circle (extensive), 26 Front Circle (extensive), 1 Tabernacle Way (minimal), 2 Tabernacle Way (minimal) and 1 Mt. Zion Way (minor). No one was displaced as a…

Neptune Raises $35,00 for Pancreatic Cancer Research

  The Pound The Pavement For Purple Committee in Neptune, which raises money for pancreatic cancer research, presented more than $35,000 to the Lustgarten Foundation at Monday’s Township Committee meeting. The $35,158.60 was raised during the first annual 5K run/2 Mile walk held last November. The Lustgarten Foundation, based in Bethpage, NY, has provided more than $90 million to advance the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Neptune Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who helped organize the event, said they were pleased with the amount of money raised, even though weather conditions the day of…

$16,000 in Prizes Offered by Ocean Chamber of Commerce

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a year-long contest called “Got 30!” One lucky GOTCC member, and one non-member, will each win a “Grow Your Business” Grand Prize at the contest’s culmination in January 2016. The two grand prizes have a combined total of more than $16,000. Having partnered with many local media outlets and other businesses that provide an array of products and services targeted at business growth, the GOTCC Grand Prizes will include radio, newspaper and tabloid advertising; printing; social media, Website and IT services and more. All things that…

Political Action Committee Forms in Neptune

  By DON STINE The newly-formed Neptune Education Leadership Political Action Committee (NELPAC) hopes to further education excellence in the township through citizen involvement. Committee Chairman Warren Lapp said the group is being formed by area citizens who are committed to educational excellence for every child in the district. He said recent decisions by the school board to not renew the contracts of long-time and respected coaches, to move away from vendors that the district has used for years, and change long-time insurance carriers are a concern. “People are upset about it and they want to know what’s going on.…

Ocean Schedules Hearing on Talmudic Academy

  A proposal to create a residential Talmudic Academy on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township will have a special hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Tues., Feb. 24. Board Secretary Maryanne Wilensky said the applicant, Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, has paid the additional $2,500 fee to pay for the special meeting. The meeting will be held at the Ocean Township High School, 550 W. Park Avenue, at 7 p.m. The entire three-hour meeting will be dedicated to this single application and a vote by the board might be expected. An…

New Officers Hired, Promoted in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Tinton Falls hired two new police officers and promoted 10 within its ranks at this week’s reorganization meeting. Gary Baldwin was elected council president for the sixth year in a row and Councilman Christopher Pak was sworn in as deputy council president. The two new officers, Joseph Mauro and Jared Flynn, where sworn in by Chief John Scrivanic who said the two officers were chosen from among 150 applicants. Promoted to captain were David Scrivanic and Gerald Turning, Jr. Three members of the police force promoted to Lieutenant were Dean Duane, Kyle Pierson and Scott…

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