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Creating Your Own Rain Garden

  Area residents are invited to show support for the Whalepond Brook Watershed and try to help reduce neighborhood flooding and erosion by attending a public seminar on how to create your own rain garden on Sat., April 23. The free seminar, to be held at the Ocean Township Public Library on Deal Road from 1 to 3 p.m., will teach participants about watershed ecology and how to create their own rain garden in their backyards. Laurel Von Gerichten, with the Ocean Township Shade Tree Commission, will also give a tour of the award-winning rain garden outside the Ocean Township…

Bradley Beach Discusses Summer Events, Projects

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Tourism Director for Bradley Beach, Nicole Kienelen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street, presented an update from the Tourism Committee to the Borough Council this week which included estabishing a new website. Kienelen said she had done some research, asking people how they know what’s going on in town. She found that there was no set location to update residents and visitors of events. In order to solve the problem of communication, Kienelen proposed that the tourism department construct a new website that would provide up to date information on events and an updated…

Police Officer Promoted in Bradley Beach, Past Fire Chief Honored

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to James Arnold who has served as a police officer for the past 14 years and was promoted to sergeant this week. Police Chief Leonard Guida said it was a “promotion well deserved.” “It feels like yesterday that I stood up at the same spot 14 years ago and I was being sworn in as a regular police officer,” Arnold said. “All those years ago I had an opportunity to go to the State Police and a lot of guys told me to stick around and…

In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee Recommends Some Meters

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Parking Committee of the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association has recommended ways to alleviate the parking situation in the historic district which include metered parking along the east side of Ocean Avenue and on Broadway between Ocean and Central Avenues, a shuttle service from one of the Neptune schools and establshing a three-hour parking limit in the central business district between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. All the members of the committee live in Ocean Grove and spent many hours over the last several months putting together the recommendations. The committee also researched parking ordinances of…

Municipal Taxes Remain Stable in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Municipal taxes in Bradley Beach will remain stable under the budget introduced by the Borough Council last month. Borough Administrator Joyce Wilkins said although there was a slight increase in taxes, there was an increase in the total value of homes and property tax collected leaving a net zero increase for residents. The total budget increased to approximately $9.3 million in 2016 from $9.1 million in 2015. The total amount to be raised by taxes is $6,544,607. Wilkins said funds for improvements to Sylvan Lake were increased by $40,000 to $48,000 to allow for a…

$15 Million Sports Complex Ok’d in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON A new $15 million sports complex planned in Tinton Falls will bring jobs, recreational opportunities, and new customers for local businesses. The borough Planning Board has approved a proposal by George Altirs, founder of the Capelli apparel brand, to build an indoor-outdoor sports facility off Wayside Road near Shafto Road. The project will include an indoor soccer pitch and spectator area which will host events involving traveling youth and professional teams throughout the year. “There will be tournaments all winter,” said Mayor Gerald M. Turning at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “Our hotels and restaurants will…

Restoration and Replacement Projects Underway in Historic Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is undertaking several ambitious projects this spring in the historic district including replacing the northern section of the Ocean Grove boardwalk destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, installing a new roof on the Great Auditorium, restoration of Thornley Chapel and rebulding five tent sites destroyed by fire last year. The boardwalk project should be completed by Memorial Day weekend- at the latest. “This is now the beginning of the project and they have been working on it since January. We are hoping it will be done by the middle of May but…

Neptune Going to Tax Court Over Hospital Tax Exempt Status

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are going to court in an effort to find out what portions of Jersey Shore University Medical Center is tax exempt and what portions are not. At this week’s meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution that allocates up to $10,000 for Township Attorney Gene Anthony to file a tax complaint in the Tax Court of New Jersey appealing the present not-for-profit exemption status of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Route 33. Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which…

Free Performance of ‘Glass Managerie’ in Bradley Beach

  “The Glass Menagerie,” a play by Tennessee Williams, will be presented April 15, 16 and 17 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School Auditorium. This free event will take place at 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and att 3 p.m. April 17. This poignant memory play takes place in St. Louis and portrays a mother whose preoccupation with her past as a Southern belle and her unrealistic dreams for her children’s futures threaten to smother her painfully shy lame daughter and her aspiring writer son. The gentleman caller’s visit offers false hope and disrupts the family’s precarious balance. The…

Bradley Beach Will Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The borough of Bradley Beach is seeking volunteers to make this year’s Paint the Town Pink campaign in May its best yet. This will be the third time the town has participated in the event, which raises awareness and collects funds for breast cancer prevention, but in previous years participation has been limited. Michelle Whille , Deputy Registrar Vital Statistics, is co-chair of the campaign along with Denise Martin-Masi, a town resident and member of the first aid squad. Martin-Masa is also an employee of Riverview Medical Center, which is part of Meridian Health, sponsors…

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