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Neptune City Area Designated for Redevelopment

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials have designated the area between Steiner Avenue and 5th Avenue to Memorial Drive as an area in need of redevelopment, allowing the Borough Planner to prepare a Redevelopment Plan. The parcel of land was originally split between Neptune City and Neptune but as of January 1, 2016, became designated property of Neptune City. The area houses buildings that have been there since the 1950s according to Mayor Robert Brown. “We’re going to make sure (the redeveloper) does what’s in the best interest of Neptune City,” said Brown who also said the area, which…

Bradley Beach Ready for Its Closeup

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Don Lewis, president of the Bradley Beach Historical Society and Museum, along with various residents, were featured on NJTV and Channel 13 on Tues., Feb. 9 after Bradley Beach Tourism Director and owner of Paws & Anchor, Nicole Kienlen, entered the Ask Away contest. Kienlen asked, “Who was Captain William Kidd and where is his treasure buried in Bradley Beach?” According to NJTV’s research, Kidd buried his treasure along the Jersey coast and it’s suspected to be worth millions. NJTV interviewed Department of Public Works Operation Supervisor, Richard Bianchi, Jr. who found a centerpiece from an…

Shrewsbury Volkswagen Donates $10,000 for Ocean Events

  A $10,000 donation by a local business to help offset the costs for Ocean Township’s special annual events will go a long way, Mayor Christopher Siciliano said at this week’s Township Council meeting. Prior to the meeting, Siciliano and Councilwoman Donna Schepiga accepted the $10,000 check from Gino Dellomo, a lifelong township resident and general manager for Shrewsbury Volkswagen in Tinton Falls. Siciliano said a major sponsorship for township events is offered every year, adding that Dellomo “stepped up to the plate” this year to help his community. He said contributions go to help offset costs for events, like…

New Campaign to Save Madonna House

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The founder and director of Madonna House in Neptune is once again asking for donations so she can stay in the building where she also runs a thrift store. Madonna House, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization supporting destitute women and children. Founder Rebecca Blonski said she recently received a letter from the mortgage holders of the building calling in the entire $123,000 mortgage on the property in 30 days. If the entire amount is not paid by then, the letter states, foreclosure proceedings will begin. The mortgage holder, whom Blonksi chooses not to…

Asbury Park Food Truck Hours to Be Extended

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Following a successful first outing in the summer of 2015, Asbury Park’s food truck park is expected to open again this year, only with extended hours. The food truck park location is at the north end of the boardwalk. Carrie Turner of beachfront developers Madison Marquette made a presentation to the City Council at this week’s work session requesting that the food trucks be allowed to operate for two additional hours each day, adding on an hour at the beginning and end of each day. The new hours of operation, if approved, will be from…

In Bradley Beach: $325,000 for Road Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials have appropriated $325,000 in funds for Ocean Park roadway improvements. Officials have applied for a grant from the state Depatment of Transportation to help pay for some of the improvements. “If that work comes in, the DOT tells me that the sewers over there are not in bad shape, and they’re also 10-15 feet deep,” said Borough Engineer Gerald Freda who said the DOT had videoed the sewers. Councilman Sal Galassetti said the sewers had been videotaped years ago, but recommended lining the sewers as a cost alternative. In other business a bid…

Shooting Death in Neptune

  A 20-year-old Bradley Beach man was shot and killed in Neptune on Monday night and police are looking for help in solving the crime. It is the first homicide in Neptune in six years. Neptune Police responded to a report of a gunshot victim outside a residence on Seventh Avenue around 8:18 p.m. on Monday night. Officers located the victim, Andre D. Thorne, 20, of Bradley Beach, who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where, despite life-saving efforts, he died at 9:43 pm. “This is the first homicide in Neptune since January, 2010,” Police Lt.…

Aquatic Adventure Camp Hosting Sign-Ups for Summer

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Neptune Aquatic Center 206 Aquatic Adventures Camp, designed for swimmers ages 8-14, will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in July. The camp will consist of two days per week at the Neptune Aquatic Center and one trip per week for different aquatic activities. Trips will include sailing kayaking, rowing, water parks, Manasquan Reservoir exploration, Adventure Aquarium and Surfing with Family Beach day. On Monday and Wednesday camp days, students will receive a one-hour swimming lesson and two hours of additional aquatic instruction such as junior guard skills, pool-based SCUBA diving, kayaking, log rolling and other…

Interlaken Borough Hall Upgrades

  Interlaken’s Borough Hall on Grassmere Avenue will see some improvements this summer using federal Community Development Block Grant money. The borough received an $110,000 CDBG grant that will be used to fund upgrades to bathrooms in Borough Hall and make them handicapped accessible. “We will also be redoing our front counters as well,” Borough Clerk Lori Reibrich said. She said the work is expected to take place over the summer. Also, Buttermere Avenue in Interlaken has been repaved- completing a longtime project that has improved all east-west direction streets in the borough. “This was that last east-to-west street in…

Neptune Reviewing Possible Boost in Property Taxes for Hospital

  By DON STINE Whether or not Jersey Shore University Medical Center will have to pay more local property taxes to Neptune is a question still up in the air but one that will probably be answered in the near future. “Things are still up in the air but we don’t have the luxury to wait,” Tax Assessor Bernie Haney said earlier this week. Gov. Christ Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which have had long-standing tax exemptions, may now have to cough up more property taxes. Hospitals have…