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Professionals by Day, Derby Skaters at Night

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Kim Predham does not think of herself as an athlete. When she was growing up in Neptune City, she was the last one picked when teams were chosen. She considered herself “very bookish.” “(But) I always liked roller-skating as a kid,” Predham said. “I would skate for hours in my basement.” Those hours of roller-skating were put to good use. Now, at 32, the Asbury Park resident is a local version of a roller derby queen, as is her teammate, Jessica O’Hanlon, 37, of Avon. O’Hanlon, skating under the name Anna Stesia because she is a…

Undead to Return to Asbury Park

  This year it’s zombies versus brain cancer at the annual Zombie Walk to be held in Asbury Park Sat., Oct. 4. For the first time in the seven-year history of the walk, money from the event will be donated to Camp Jinka, a Red Bank-based summer program for children and teenagers whose lives have been impacted by brain cancer. “To help us fight the war against brain cancer, we are calling on the most powerful army we know, the undead,” said Zombie Walk founder Jason Meehan. The 2014 New Jersey Zombie Walk will kick off Grey Matters, a campaign…

Neptune Senior Director to be Honored

  Rosemary Gray, director of the Neptune Senior Center, will be honored as a leader of distinction in the field of aging Oct. 21 at a luncheon at Seabrook in Tinton Falls. This year marks SCAN’s 26th Annual Leaders of Distinction Luncheon and Awards. The lunchon begins at 11 a.m. This year’s honorees are Thomas F. Hayes, NJNG and Penny McDaniel, Investors Bank. Other leaders being honored include Denise Barry, Marlboro; Pat Scinto-Krosnicki, Long Branch; Elaine Mc Namara, Manalapan Township; Patrice Nugent, Middletown Town ship;Wendy Tooker, Keyport and Carol Zur, Howell Township. All have been working in the field of…

Neptune Promotes 2 Police Officers to Rank of Lieutenant

  Veteran 19-year Neptune Police Sergeants Michael D’Amico and Christopher Schembri were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant this week at the Neptune Township Committee meeting. Both officers were sworn in by Mayor Michael Brantley. D’Amico, a former Marine, has served as a detective, a shift commander, and a road supervisor. He has also served on the township’s Quality of Life (Street Crimes) unit and as a field training officer. He is a graduate of Neptune High School and has a Masters of Administrative Services from Farleigh Dickenson University. He has also spent a lot of time coaching and counseling…

$151,000 in Grant Funds OK’d for Neptune City Memorial Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City will receive $151,929 in Community Development Block Grant through funding from the county to complete the proposed improvements to Memorial Park. In early July 2014, the borough was one of 20 applicant towns and non-profits in Monmouth County to apply for the block grant. Borough officials attended a question and answer period on August 23 where Monmouth County representatives were able to view each town’s proposed plan and ask town officials questions regarding the plans. “We apply for everything you can,” said Councilwoman Susan Mitchell who also noted that the borough has been “doing…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Who is a hero? Or better yet, who is your hero? When you ask that question you can get an almost unlimited number of responses; each one different and unique. I suppose you first have to define what it means to be a hero. We have all types of hero’s in our culture, from sports stars to rock stars to movie stars. There are also the classic hero’s like cops, fire fighters, military personnel and other first responders as well as moms and dads, teachers and coaches. At one time or another I have had all…

Neptune City Library Celebrating 90 Years

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE For a municipality only one square mile, the Neptune City Library is suprisingly busy. In June the library kicked off its 90th year with an open house celebration where more than 80 attendees joined in the festivities with librarians Lorraine Hansen, Elaine Scott, Theresa Riccardello, and Patty Scott who have 50 years of combined service for the Neptune City Library. “We really work with everyone and know everyone,” said head librarian Patty Scott who also noted that the library is really personalized. Patrons can’t help but feel at home in a place where “every staff member…

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