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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…

In Ocean Grove: Lights Too Bright on Broadway

  While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. “The lights shine out onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk – it trespasses into our properties. And it is very harsh at night,” said Ocean Grove resident Shep Pettibone, who lives on eastern Broadway. Pettibone last week presented the Township Committee with a 98-signature petition complaining about the 18 new lights, which have been on for more than two months. The lights are in the center grassy median down the center of Broadway. The old lights used to be…

Neptune Officials Approve New Contractor for Boardwalk Bid

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk will still be repaired this fall but using a new contractor after a potential legal dispute made the Township Committee re-award the contract. “Everything required was not submitted (by the winning contractor) and, obviously, we cannot award the contract,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at a special meeting Monday evening. On Aug. 24, the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project, which is expected to begin in late September and take 30 to 45 days, depending on…

$60,000 Scam in Ocean

  Ocean Township police are looking at a Maryland man, accused of stealing $60,000 from a township resident in a counterfeiting money scam. The wanted man is Leonnard Youtcha, 42, of Laurel, Md., whom police have charged with theft by deception. Police provided this narrative: On Aug. 18, the alleged victim reported he had had contact with a person on the Internet who claimed he had a money-making opportunity. Eventually, Youtcha met the victim at a township residence. Youtcha reportedly said he had a way to counterfeit money by taking real currency, placing it between two pieces of paper and…

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Crane House Receives National Historic Status

  The Asbury Park Historical Society was recently notified by the state Office of Historic Preservation that the historic Stephen Crane House has been officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of cultural resources significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and other similar categories. The Stephen Crane House, at 508 Fourth Avenue, was placed on the State Register of Historic Places on February 16, 2015. The historical society expects to take ownership of the house in the very near future.

The Zombie Walk May Be Returning from the Dead

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When you think the dead are dead, then you see a zombie…. And reports of the death of the Zombie Walk in Asbury Park may have been greatly exaggerated. The New Jersey Zombie Walk began seven years ago in Asbury Park. Last month, founder and organizer Jason Meehan announced its demise on the Facebook social media site. “It was probably the hardest decision I ever made,” Meehan said earlier this week. “There’s a lot of other things that have to come before the Zombie Walk.” Meehan and his wife welcomed their first child, daughter Maggie, who…

Thousands Attend Oysterfest

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is still calculating figures, but it appears 11,000 or 12,000 people visited its eighth annual Oyster Festival over the Sept. 11 to 13 weekend. This year, the festival, held near the Carousel building at the oceanfront, had weather ranging from clear on Friday to rainy and windy on Saturday to clear and rainy on Sunday, said Jacqueline L. Pappas, the chamber’s executive director. “Except for the weather on Saturday and Sunday, it was a great festival,” Pappas said. “The weather definitely put a damper on things.” But, overall, people enjoyed…