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Bradley Beach Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Curtiss, the director of the Bradley Beach Food Pantry, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week urging residents and officials to donate whatever they can to the food pantry. “We will accept anything that’s edible,” Curtiss said. The Bradley Beach Food Pantry is the third largest food pantry served by the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Despite their large dependence on the Foodbank, the pantry spends an additional $30,000 plus per year to purchase food and packaging supplies. With the help of volunteers, the pantry assists over 20,000 people per year in food…

In Neptune City: Library Hosts Open House

  The Neptune City Library will celebrate the beginning of its 90th year of service with an open house Tues.,June 3. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library on the east side of the Municipal Complex, 106 W. Sylvania Ave. Musical entertainment will be provided by Joe Riccardello, compliments of the Monmouth County Library System, of which the borough library is part of. There will be giveaways, snacks and a drawing for a $90 gift card. Only those with library cards can enter the drawing. Library membership is open to Neptune City residents, property owners,…

Shark River: A Place Where Fish Go to Die

  By DON STINE Residents, politicians and biologists are all saying that if the recent fish kill in the Shark River, estimated at 500,000 fish, isn’t a wake-up call to dredge the river – then what is? “Hopefully this fish kill will be a wakeup call that the river has to be dredged – soon. It’s way overdue,” Shark River Yacht Club Commodore Bill Geschke said over the weekend. “The river eventually got the reputation for mud flats and now it has a reputation as a place where fish go to die. When, actually, the Shark River could be a…

Bradley Beach Book Bike to Bring Books to Residents

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the Bradley Beach Memorial Day parade helps kick start the official summer season this weekend, crowds can expect to see not only the typical parade fanfare such as marchers, floats and firetrucks but the debut of what is soon to be another borough favorite: the “Book Bike.” Manned in the parade by Sharlene Edwards, library program coordinator, the “Book Bike” may very well be the talk of the town as it will be the first time residents will be able to have access to the library on a “roaming basis.” Edwards said she will ride…

Hollywood Comes to Krenkel’s in Neptune

  By DON STINE Hollywood came to Krenkel’s food and convenience store in Neptune Thurs., May 15 when well-known comedian Mike Marino filmed part of a pilot television series there. The half-hour pilot, called “Reconstruction New Jersey,” will be presented to various networks in hopes that it will get picked up. And as far as filming at Krenkel’s, Marino said it was a natural choice. “George is a good friend of mine and I get breakfast here a lot,” said Marino, who hails from Scotch Plains but also has a house in Belmar. As a matter of fact, Marino loves…

Summer at the Shore: Ready, Set, Go

  By JOSEPH SAPIA On Tuesday, Joanne Letson was planting canna flowers and palms at the “Bradley Beach sign” on the oceanfront. Earlier, she had planted marigolds and begonias in the area. Soon, the B-R-A-D-L-E-Y B-E-A-C-H lettering sitting in the flower bed would be getting a coat of white paint. “I go to the beach frequently,” said Letson, 54, who works for the Bradley Beach public works department. “Probably everyday in season.” In-season is upon us: Memorial Day Weekend. “Start of summer, Opening Day,” said Rick Wlazlowski, 19, a Wall resident who was surfing earlier this week at Avon. “Everything…

In Interlaken: No Increase in Municipal Tax Rate

  Interlaken taxpayers will see no increase in their municipal tax rate this year after the Borough Council last week applied $5,000 in surplus to keep the tax rate stable. Under a previous budget presented to the council, the average home, which is assessed at $568,827, would have seen an average $6 total increase in the municipal tax rate. The Interlaken municipal tax rate has been fairly stable for the past few years. Councilman Keith Miller said it was ultimately a bipartisan effort to amend the budget. “We discussed minimal cuts in numerous areas but our chief financial officer said…

Neptune City Police to Participate in National ‘Click It or Ticket’

  Neptune City Police will be taking part in the national “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt campaign until June 1. The idea of the annual campaign is to promote the life-saving value of seatbelt use. “Using a seatbelt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2010 alone, seatbelts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” Proedubicky said the state goal is to increase front-seat belt use from 91 percent to 92 percent. “To meet our goal, we…

North End Building Gets OK for Repairs

  Above – The North End building in Ocean Grove right after Superstorm Sandy. By BONNIE GRAHAM At the most recent Ocean Grove Homeowners Association meeting residents were informed that the Historic Preservation Commission has approved the application for 4 Boardwalk – the North End Building. The approved plan includes a separate, enclosed dining terrace with permanent windows that will not have air conditioning.  At this time, they are going forward with repairing the building. Joan Venezia of the association’s North End Committee thanked the members of the North End Committee (Connie Ogden, Carol Woidt, Ann Horan, Mark Kourey, and…

Questions and Mystery Surround Massive Shark River Fish Kill

  By DON STINE What killed massive numbers of fish in the Shark River remains a mystery- and at least three separate theories are being put forward as to the cause of the massive fish kill over the weekend. Tens of thousands of fish, most of them bunker or menhaden, were seen floating in the Shark River early Mon., May 12 and state and county officials stated they believe the fish died due to a lack of oxygen in the water. But one well-known local fisherman and a retired state fisheries expert said they believe that theory is possibly wrong,…

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