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Thousands Attend Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Bradley Beach’s sixth annual Lobster Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, drew its biggest crowd ever, about 40,000 people. That was about 10,000 more than in 2013, said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the food and entertainment gathering along the beachfront. “The weather was spectacular on Saturday,” Connolly said. “It got a little iffy on Sunday, but it wasn’t bad.” The chamber was still figuring out how much money was brought in, Connolly said. She said the festival is used as a fund-raising event for the…

Patrick’s Pub Opens in Neptune City for the Hungry and Thirsty

  By ED SALVAS The sign that greets customers entering Patrick’s Pub at 116 Third Ave. in the Neptune City Shopping Center declares it’s “For the Hungry and Thirsty” and many longtime residents may find those welcoming words familiar. The same words greeted customers at Cronin’s, a longtime bar and restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune that was owned by Maura Fitzsimmon’s father. She and her husband, Kevin, own Patrick’s Pub which is named for their youngest son, and is the family’s latest venture in the restaurant business in the area. Since 2003, they’ve owned Brennen’s Steak House in Neptune…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Historic Allenhurst Church Opens 125th Season

  Historic Church of St. Andrew By-The-Sea in Allenhurst began its 125th season with an opening service on Sun., July 6. Services are held Sunday mornings from July 6 through Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. Located at the corner of Norwood and Elberon Avenues in Allenhurst, the church is open during the summer months. Rev. Stephen Wisner, Minister from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Wall Township delivers the sermon. Following the service refreshments are served on the church lawn. The public is welcome.

Fox, Heron and Deer; Welcome to Shark River Hills

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Mike Reid was moving to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune earlier this year, he was struck by the wildlife. “The amount of footprints I saw in my driveway,” Reid said. “I saw a red fox go by a house about 5:30 (in the morning),” said Reid, 49. “I see a lot of groundhogs and possums.” And he’s not the only one. Shea Eastwick, 35, who grew up in the Hills, knows there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. “Chipmunks, squirrels, birds, the rabbits, raccoons,” Eastwick said. “Recently, a fox has been stopping by.…

Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

  The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with. On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue). This event will…

Asbury Park Appoints Historian

  By DON STINE Former Asbury Park City Historian Werner Baumgartner was reappointed to his old position on July 8 by City Manager Jack Kelly. “I think Werner has a really good grasp on the history of Asbury Park and those things that were designed by (city founder James A.) Bradley and others for a reason. He is well-written and I think he has an unbridled honestly about local historic issues. “Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who has no other interest than these pure beliefs. I enjoy his unbridled honestly,” he said. The city manager is the…

An Ocean Grove 4th of July

Lobster Fest Opens July 12 in Bradley Beach

  The Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Fest, the biggest fund-raising event of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. The event will include more than two dozen local food stands, 100 and craft and specialty booths, children’s rides and live music. A main performer this year will be the Pat Roddy Band. Lobster Fest is held on the oceanfront promenade. It will open each day at 11 a.m. and close 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. This year the servers at the beer garden will be members of the fire…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…