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Dredging Contract Awarded

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Shark River’s western navigational channels was awarded last week and officials hope dredging will begin by the end of this year. “It’s been years and it’s been a fight; it has been a long road,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Bishop issued a statement last week announcing that the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the Shark River dredging…

Neptune Basketball Standout Returns Home

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Shakena Richardson is excited and it’s easy to see why. The former Neptune High School girls basketball standout has returned to the Garden State. “I am happy to be here,” she said. “It’s my home state. I will play for a great university (Seton Hall) and a great coaching staff. I am just happy to be home. Of course, I missed New Jersey (while playing for Florida State University). My whole family is here and I missed them a lot. There is a different kind of play in the Big East (Conference) than the ACC (Atlantic…

Condos, Marina Planned for Shark River

  By DON STINE A new 42-unit condominium project on the Shark River, with a marina, was presented to the Neptune Township Committee this week night for preliminary approval. The Planning Board wuld have to amend the area’s mixed-use site plan to allow for the residential use. Called Marina Pointe, the property is owned by Coast Cities Truck Sales President Douglas M. Gallagher, who said he originally bought the property 18 years ago as a site to park trucks but that it was never developed for various reasons. He called the project “shovel-ready to go,” if approved. The one-acre site,…

The Zombies Are Coming!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It is hard to kill the undead — Asbury Park’s zombie walk is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 3 for the 8th consecutive year. Jason Meehan, founder of the walk, has sold the event — the rights, events, Facebook and website sites, and brands — to city tavern-restaurant owner John “Johnny Mac” McGillion. “I think it’s terrific, not necessarilly (that) I’m the owner, but that the Zombie Walk won’t have any problems, financing it and so on,” McGillion said. “It’s a great thing for the town, us and I can’t wait to get it started.” The contract…

Editorial: What Are They Thinking?

  The state, in all its wisdom, is planning to switch Main Street in Asbury Park from four lanes to two lanes with a turning lane in the center and two bike lanes to be added between the through lanes and parking lanes on each side of the road. There are only two cities in Monmouth County – Long Branch, and, you guessed it ,Asbury Park. And guess which one gets more traffic? Right again, Asbury Park. We wonder if any of the state officials who are pushing this idiotic plan have ever driven down Main Street in Asbury Park…

Ocean Field Hockey Believes Team Has Makings of a Champion

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER There is a key reason why Denise D’Esposito enjoys coaching. “Just watching the kids,” the Ocean Township High School field hockey coach said. “You see them as freshmen. They leave you as seniors. You see them grow up as people and players. It’s rewarding to see them set a goal, reach it and perhaps go beyond it. When I went to Ocean, my best friend was a player on the team and she is still my best friend. You make memories in field hockey that you can’t make anywhere else. There is nothing like seeing a…

Seats Still Available for Historic Trip

  Rock/blues icon Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are headed to Cuba for an historic visit and appearance at the Havana International Jazz Festival Dec. 17 to 2217th – 22nd, while the band is also touring around the U.S. in support of their new CD Soultime! The album is the band’s first new studio CD in five years and the Havana trip allows them to be one of the first American recording artists to perform for a Cuban audience since the restoration of diplomatic relations with the U.S. Southside Johnny sees himself as a kind of “musical ambassador” bringing…

The Waverly in Neptune Hosting a Foodie Fest

  Food, fun and the chance to experience the lifestyle of a resort-like rental community with upscale amenities will be on the menu on Sat., Sept. 26 during The Waverly at Neptune’s “Foodie Fest.” From noon to 4 p.m., interested renters from near and far are invited to come sample delicious treats from a variety of food trucks and local eateries. Tours of the Monmouth County community’s stunning new-construction apartments, landscaped grounds, clubhouse, pool, and more will also be available. Guests can see for themselves why The Waverly is the hottest new rental community at the Jersey Shore, and have…

Tour Eco-Friendly Businesses, Homes and Gardens

  If you’re ready to make your home or business more environmentally friendly you might want to take the first-ever Monmouth County Eco Tour scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27. The tour includes an Ocean Township tea room, Tinton Falls rain gardens, bee hives and pesticide-free gardens. The tour is sponsored by the Monmouth Transition Group and local environmental commissions. The tour will visit homes, businesses and farms where green practices are conducted: solar panels, backyard gardens, beehives, mushroom harvesting, rain barrels, cisterns, businesses that recycle 100 percent of their waste, up-cycled crafting, and more. “I am very glad this…

Deer Problem in County. Oh Dear!

  By DON STINE The growing deer population in Ocean Township is becoming a problem and a special symposium will be held in the near future to see what can be done about it. “We recognize the problem and are aware of it. There are plenty of deer out there and something needs to be done for the safety (of animals and people),” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said at a recent council meeting. Ocean Township will host the symposium on how to handle the deer problem in the near future and will invite representatives from adjacent municipalities, such as West Long…