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In Neptune: Division Street Will Be Widened

  Division Street in Neptune will be made one way and widened under a proposal under consideration by the Township Committee. A police study and subsequent recommendation from the police department to alleviate problems on the short, narrow street was discussed at Monday’s township committee workshop. Division Street, which intersects with Ridge Avenue, is a small, narrow street that parallels Route 33 near the Midtown Community Elementary School. Under the proposal, Division Street will be made one-way heading west and widened. A west-bound street will take traffic away from the elementary school and take it to Ridge Avenue or Route…

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Mr. C’s Beach Bistro to Open at Allenhurst Beach

  By DON STINE Chic Parotta, also known as Mr. C, will be back in the restaurant at the brand new Allenhurst Beach Club this season with his new and improved Mr. C’s Beach Bistro. Parotta, one of five bidders, won a five-year contract to operate the new restaurant after it was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. “It feels great. I have already been there for six years and I think it will be a big success. It has the best view at the Jersey Shore; no other place has that view,” he said. Mr. C’s Beach Bistro will seat 140…

Ocean Businesses Invited to Roundtable

  Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone is inviting Ocean Township business owners and managers to a Grow Monmouth roundtable at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the Town Hall at 399 Monmouth Rd. “This roundtable is being done in partnership with the governing body of Ocean Township,” said Arnone, liaison to the County’s Division of Economic Development. “This is an important opportunity for local officials, business owners and managers to get together to discuss ways to grow business, economy and community in Monmouth County.” The Grow Monmouth roundtables are partnerships between the Board of Chosen Freeholders and local…

In Asbury Park: Assistant to City Manager Named

  By DON STINE Asbury Park remains without a city manager, a police chief and a full-time chief financial officer and some residents say officials need to step up to the plate and get these positions filled. Although the city has been without a permanent city clerk since February Cindy Dye, currently the municipal clerk for North Hanover, is expected to appointed city clerk at press time. At the recent City Council workshop a resident urged city officials to fill the important positiions quickly. “The city is like a ship without a captain. These are two critical positions that need…

Lights, Camera, Action at Neptune’s Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE It was lights, camera, action at the Sudsy Mug Saloon on Sixth Avenue in Neptune last Sunday morning. Ocean Grove resident Drew Shiminec, 27, used the bar as one of the settings for his upcoming short movie, “Raising the Dead.” Shiminec wrote the screenplay. “It’s a dark comedy about a kid who comes back home after years volunteering in Uruguay,” he said. “However, both his mother and brother have told the insurance company that he is dead to collect money for a start-up business. The son doesn’t want to turn them in, even though he thinks…

Dewatering Site Created for Deal Lake Dredging

  By DON STINE A temporary dewatering site for dredge material will be created at the very eastern edge of Deal Lake in Asbury Park to implement an important lake dredging project. The Deal Lake Commission has received $1 million from the federal National Resources Conservation Services to dredge about 12,000 cubic yards of sediment from the eastern end of the lake. Much of it was deposited during Superstorm Sandy. The project, which will have a 90- to 100-day completion contract, will begin after October 1. “We know you don’t want dredge spoils there in the middle of the summer,”…

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