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Move and Improve Neptune Has $50,000 Grant, Seeks Volunteers

  By DENISE HERSCHEL They can be found out and about working at the seasonal farmer’s market in the township or helping to identify and measure walking routes in the town. One of their most well-attended projects was assisting Neptune High School and Neptune Middle School students with picking up cigarette butts in the township’s parks in an effort to make Neptune a healthier place. They are all members of Move and Improve Neptune. The group’s commitment is to have residents “make the healthy choice the easy choice,” acccording to Dawn Thompson, who is Neptune Township Recreation Director. Thompson and…

Social Media Helps Ocean Police Keep Residents Informed

    By RICHARD VIRGILIO Due to the past few weeks of severe weather, Ocean Township residents are relying on social media platforms more than ever thanks to the police department’s email, text and tweet communication services. The department has been leveraging two online platforms to alert residents about impending storms – Nixle, a subscription-based email and text service, and Twitter. “We use both platforms to provide information to residents about emergencies, weather, traffic and crime,” said Ocean Township Police Chief Steve Peters. “Between Nixle and Twitter, residents can receive important information quickly in the way they prefer, on the…

In Neptune: New Electronic Message Board OK’d

  By DON STINE A new electronic message board will be installed in front of the Neptune municipal building using money from the township’s recreation fund. A previous plan, presented late last year, called for spending $200,000 from the township’s recreation committee fund to install about six electronic message boards throughout the township, at sites like the Jumping Brook Little League fields, the Shark River Hills fire house, and the Midtown Commons Park. Instead, just one new sign costing $30,560 will be placed in front of the municipal building, 25 Neptune Boulevard, and the remaining money in the fund will…

Ocean Voters Approve Fire Budgets

  Voters returned incumbent members to two Boards of Fire Commissioners in Ocean Township last Saturday and they also approved both 2014 fire district budgets. In Oakhurst Fire District 1, incumbent Commissioner Scott Nelson ran unopposed for the single seat up for grabs on the five-member board and was re-elected with 46 votes. Nelson, 50, has been a firefighter for 33 years and this will be his 11th year on the board. Voters also approved Oakhurst’s total $2,141,486 fire district budget, with $1,572,850 to be raised through taxation, by 47 to 5 votes. The tax levy is $41,219 more than…

Asbury Park Deputy Clerk Retires After 20 Years

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Deputy City Clerk Kiki Tomek (above; Facebook profile photo), who issued the first gay marriage license in the history of New Jersey, has retired from her job after 20 years. In what has been called “guerrilla clerkship,” on March 8, 2004, and for the next three days, Tomek processed applications for marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Asbury Park. Her action resulted in the first gay marriage in New Jersey. The action was short-lived, however, after the state Attorney General’s Office faxed a letter to city officials three hours later stating it would invalidate…

Out & About

  Seen beating cabin fever this past week were…(click on any image for a caption and to start the slideshow):

What do you do when you’re snowbound at home?

  Is winter over yet…? A relatively warm week ahead is a tantalizing taste of spring…but forecasters say it’s back to the deep freeze before the blossoms come.  So, we asked these Shore area folks, ‘What do you do when you’re snowbound at home?” Click on any image for a reply and to start the slideshow…  

Those Last Minute Valentines

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where the onslaught of shoppers is typically last minute. And the majority of them are male…or at least to the casual observer’s eye this is what it appears to be. You will spot them gathered in the card aisle at the nearest drugstore the day of the event. Some may have a smile on their faces and others may look perplexed. But either way they will walk out of the store with at least a card or two in hand for loved ones. But to be fair to those…

Neptune Neighbors Oppose 312 Rental Units

  By DON STINE A proposal to build 312 residential rental units in Neptune near Jumping Brook Road and Route 66 in Neptune is expected to receive opposition at an upcoming Board of Adjustment meeting. Hovsons Inc., based in Tinton Falls, is seeking a use variance and site plan approval to build Victoria Gardens, which consists of 312 residential units ranging from one to three bedrooms. The project also includes 10,000 square-feet of commercial space. The project, to be built on just over 40 acres, is located west of the current AIG building. The development fronts on Hovchild Boulevard, formerly…