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Deal Police Department Receives National Award for Road Safety

  The Deal Police Department has placed third in the International Association of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Challenge. Police Chief Ronen Neuman made the announcement last week. The NLEC is a traffic safety recognition program that recognizes agencies that excel in keeping their roadways safe. It is designed to strengthen and support traffic safety and provides agencies an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve, learn from each other, and establish future goals in traffic education and enforcement. This is the first time in the history of the National Law Enforcement Challenge that any New…

Neptune Official Leaving Post

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will be leaving his post on the governing body Mon., Aug. 22 after 12 years of service to take a job with the county Board of Elections. “Monday will be my last meeting and I will be resigning my position effective at 11:59 p.m.,” he said. “It is required I step down now that I have a job with the county.” Bishop will be replacing Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County Hedra Siskel although Siskel will stay in her post until after this November’s election to help Bishop…

Tinton Falls Woman Charged with Murder

  A Tinton Falls woman and a Long Branch resident have been charged with the murder of a Union County woman who has been missing since March and the subject of an extensive search and investigation. On Aug. 16 detectives discovered the body of Tyrita R. Julius, 41, who has been missing since March 8, 2016. Her friend Jennifer Sweeney, 32 of Tinton Falls, and Andre Harris, 32 of Long Branch, are charged with first degree Murder, second degree Desecration of Human Remains and fourth degree Tampering with Physical Evidence. Bail was set at $1.5 million cash only, as set…

Neptune to Seek $250,000 in Grant Funds for Liberty Park Upgrades

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are looking to pick up to $250,000 from the Monmouth County Open Space Grant Program to make upgrades at Liberty Park. Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at Monday’s Township Committee meeting that the township has “a good history” with the grant program and will seek money again this year. The grant has a maximum of $250,000, which also requires at 25 percent match in funding from the township. Hoffman said two projects best meet the criteria to receive the funding right now: improving basketball courts and other facilities, such as lighting…

Mayor’s Trophy Regatta Aug. 12

  Showing off what they have learned over the past two weeks, the sailors in the Shark River Roundtable sponsorship sailing program are ready for some friendly competition. With representation from Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Neptune City, Neptune Township, and Wall, the Friends of the Belmar Harbor and the respective Recreation Directors are coordinating a program-ending Mayors’ Cup Regatta between the towns. The Regatta will be held at the L Street Beach Marina in Belmar from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 12. Each town has offered five residents, ages 9-16, a sponsorship to participate in the two-week instructional…

Drone Use Limited in Loch Arbour

  By DON STINE The use of drones and similar devices in Loch Arbour will be limited and controlled under an ordinance adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Aug. 3 by a two-to-one vote. Deputy Mayor Al Cheswick cast the only dissenting vote against adopting the ordinance with Mayor Paul Fernicola and Commissioner Denis D’Angelo voting for it. “I don’t feel it’s a wise use of police resources. I have questions about enforcement and for the overall necessity for it. To me, it is not a problem in general,” Cheswick said. Cheswick also said other questions are raised with…

Merger for Three Catholic Parishes Will Be Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Town-hall style meetings will take place this week and next to discuss plans for three local Catholic parishes. The Diocese of Trenton has suggested that St. Rose in Belmar, St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach merge into one parish based in Belmar no later than July 2018, “pending a structural review and maintenance appraisal of the buildings,” according to the diocese. An “additional worship site” would be established at Ascension or St. Elizabeth’s and “evaluated every two years based on usage, finances, etc.,” the diocese said. The diocese established “cohorts” of parishes and…

Neptune to Hire Traffic Consultant

  By DON STINE Neptune will hire an independent traffic engineer to look into the chronic parking problem in Ocean Grove, particularly during the summer months. The Township Committee passed a resolution at this week’s meeting to hire independent traffic consultant CME Associates, based in Howell Township, for an amount not to exceed $5,000. The consultant will provide the results of its study to the governing body and to the newly-created parking task force. “We are not experts and we need somebody. I think it’s a necessity,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Deputy Mayor Michael Brantley, who has always supported hiring…

Ocean Awaits Decision on Yeshiva Dorm

  By DON STINE A decision is expected soon on an appeal by Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov over a recent Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment decision to deny its application to create a Talmudic Academy to house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section. A hearing was held on July 27 before Judge Freda Wolfson in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for New Jersey and another hearing on Aug. 4 before Judge Douglas E. Arpert, who was sitting in for Wolfson since she was on vacation. According to court records, Yeshiva…

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