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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…

Daylight Shooting Injures 2

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was quiet in the 1200 block of Monroe Avenue in Asbury Park Feb. 2 where only the day before, a double shooting had taken place. Neighbor Jessie Bennett, who was walking her daughter in a stroller with her adolescent son by her side, said she may be looking for a new home following this recent shooting. She lives on the same block where the shooting occurred. On Mon., Feb. 1 at approximately 2:24 p.m. Asbury Park police responded to a report of a shooting in the 120 block of Monroe Ave. where two victims…

Bridge Replacement on Schedule

  Although rumors have been circulating that the Sunset Avenue Bridge project between Wanamassa and Asbury Park is ahead of schedule, a bridge project manager said last week that is not necessarily the case. “You are never ahead of schedule until you open,” project superintendent Mark Timari said. He said that the original reopening date remains the same, May 27, just before Memorial Day weekend. “We should be open by Memorial Day and that is what we are shooting for right now,” he said. Timari said that the weather has been good and that the recent snow storm had little…

Former Unsuccessful Candidate Seeks to Recall City Councilman

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A former unsuccessful candidate for Asbury Park City Council and two other residents have filed a Notice of Intention at Asbury Park city hall to recall Councilman Jesse Kendle. Duanne Small, Mabin Womble and Brian Bass, formally known as the Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle, were given approval to proceed in creating a petition. The petition will be brought back to city hall for final approval before the recall committee can begin collecting the required signatures. State law mandates that the recall petition must contain at least 25 percent of the electorate. A letter from…

New Committee Member in Neptune

  By DON STINE Resident Carol J. Rizzo was appointed to the Neptune Township Committee Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Eric Houghtaling, who took office in the State Assembly earlier this month. Rizzo, an Ocean Grove resident since 2001, said it is “a thrill and honor” to be appointed to the governing body, which has been all-Democratic since Republican Thomas A. Catley retired in 2008. “I plan to fulfill the pledges I have made to residents in the past and will work to make the township better,” she said. Rizzo said her pet issues coming onto the…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPHN PANGARO An officer on patrol is expected to know their beat; who lives in it and what the normal rhythms of the area are. This is an essential element of police work and something we can all understand. If we see a person we don’t recognize we take interest in what they are doing and where they go. This is also an essential part of providing a security net in the towns and cities we work in. Of course seeing someone we don’t know does not mean we are to assume the worst and assign a malevolent…

Deputy Court Admininstrator Named in Neptune City

By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Council approved the appointment of Tracy Sorrentino as Deputy Court Administrator after the Monmouth County Assignment Judge approved the appointment. Neptune City, Bradley Beach, and Avon work within a mutually beneficial shared services agreement, said Mary Sapp, Neptune City Administrator and Municipal Clerk. Neptune City provides the courtroom for all three towns and Bradley Beach provides the personnel. Sorrentino will be an employee of and compensated by Bradley Beach, taking the place of the current Court Administrator in April when Kelly Barrett, the current Court Administrator will take over the Municipal Clerk role in…

Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Hosted by Ocean Chamber of Commerce

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce’s will hold its Annual Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Benefit and New Member Drive Thurs., Feb. 11 at the award-winning Shore Antique Center at 413 Allen Avenue in neighboring Allenhurst. The event that will begin at 5:30 pm, will once again be sponsored by Wegmans Market of Ocean. “This year, the event has a fun new twist – we will have beer tastings for those who prefer ale to grape,” said Chamber Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda. She added “Every year we seem to takes on a new dimension, it is truly…

The B Plot: Eat Clean

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Eating great and healthier is easier than ever thanks to Eat Clean Delivery in Neptune City. A few years ago, Mike Hollemans, was a successful event management expert. After a month-long work trip, he should have returned home to Belmar jazzed about all his achievements. Instead, he felt overweight at 300 pounds, tired and generally unfulfilled. “After that trip everything clicked for me,” Hollemans said. “That was the beginning of the new beginning. I started making small changes like cooking better meals and taking care of myself and, slowly, my friends started noticing. It didn’t happen…

Assembly Members Question State’s Failure to Secure Significant Disaster Relief Funds

  Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey said this week they will ask Assembly leaders to hold hearings on why New Jersey finished dead last out of 13 states that were awarded National Disaster Resilience Competition grants from the federal government. Out of the $1 billion in aid available through the competition, at least $181 million was set aside for projects in New Jersey and New York, but New Jersey received $15 million while New York City received $176 million and New York state received an additional $35.8 million. Eleven other states were awarded grant money, including landlocked states…