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Free Bobby Byrne Concert in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Board of Recreation will be hosting an outdoor concert in Memorial Park on Sat., August 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concert, featuring Bobby Byrne will be partially benefiting the nine children of Tami Seidle who was killed on June 17 in Asbury Park. John O’Heney and Rob Burr, both board members of the Board of Recreation in Neptune City went to Neptune High School with Seidle. “She was such a nice person,” said O’Heney, who along with the board decided they would use the concert in the park to be an…

Investigators Closing In On Killer of Neptune City Woman

  Investigators are closing in on the person responsible for the brutal 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a beloved Red Bank teacher who was found beaten to death inside her West Sylvania Avenue apartment in Neptune City. Monmouth County CrimeStoppers wants to make sure the public is aware a chance still remains for anyone with information about the case to come forward and possibly collect the $10,000 in reward money being offered, said Kevin J. Burke, Jr., Chairman of CrimeStoppers of Monmouth County. “Our office has worked tirelessly to solve this vicious crime and have recently developed new leads that…

Hazy, Hot and Humid: Enough!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was only 9:20 a.m., but the temperature was already up to 83 degrees on a sticky recent day. Paul Jimenez was shooting baskets on the court at the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex in Neptune City, but he did not plan on staying long in the heat. “I usually do it in the morning before the sun hits,” said Jimenez, 37, of Asbury Park. “I probably have another half-hour or so and, then, I’m out of here.” Jimenez is winding down summer by looking forward to the coolness of fall. Others are hoping to extend…

No Plan to Dredge Entire Shark River

  By DON STINE The environmentally-beleaguered Shark River will probably only have its navigational channels cleared in the future but most likely never be dredged in its entirety, according to a federal environmental official. “Due to ecological impacts, as well as the logistics and economics of removing that much sediment, the likelihood of a permit being issued for such an activity appears minimal,” said Karen Greene, Mid-Atlantic Field Offices Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division, in a statement. “While dredging the entire river would, in fact, be something desirable for everybody unfortunately, in these times,…

New Project Planned for Esperanza Site

  The iStar real estate company has announced plans for a multi-billion dollar redevelopment project along a 1.25-mile stretch of Asbury Park’s waterfront, which will include the development of the former Esperanza site into a mixed use hotel, condominiums and retail space. Among the 20 individual iStar-financed projects in the plan are: — The Asbury, a hotel designed by Stonehill and Taylor Architects, will be inspired by Asbury Park itself and will take the title of its first new hotel in 30 years. The Asbury is set to open early summer 2016 in a long-vacant former Salvation Army building after…

Neptune Man Shot in His Car; Police Arrest North Carolina Man

  A North Carolina man was arrested and charged Aug. 18 for the overnight shooting of a Neptune man, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Elijah “Streets” Graham, 27, of Bronco Lane in Fairview, North Carolina, was arrested around 4 a.m. Aug. 18 by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments. He is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Graham is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional…

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World War II Weekend at Infoage Center

  The Sixth Annual World War II Weekend and VJ Day 70th Anniversary is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16, in Wall. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Road. Admission is $5 each. On Saturday, a ceremony honors surviving veterans of the Pacific Theater. More information is available from website www.InfoAge.org.

Mom and Dad are Both Cops in Asbury Park

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Asbury Park Police Officers Melinda and Mike Casey have the same surname, badge numbers in sequential order — hers, No. 219; his, No. 220 — and have both been on the police department for 11 years. They have been married for even longer: 16 years. “We decided to take the (state) Civil Service test together,” said Melinda, 41. Their scores were close to each other’s, they went to the Monmouth County Police Academy together. “I think we were each other’s support through everything,” Melinda said. “Even now. I think it’s important to have in this type…

Neptune Terminates Developer’s Contract for West Lake Avenue

  By DON STINE Neptune officials have terminated the contract with the sole designated redeveloper for the township’s blighted West Lake Avenue section and will seek multiple developers to move the project forward. CityWorks, a Trenton-based nonprofit development corporation, was designated by Neptune officials to oversee the West Lake Avenue project. The contract was awarded in 2005 and called for redevelopment of the street with mixed-use retail, commercial outlets, and residential units from the Asbury Park border to Route 35. “They have not completed the redevelopment in the set timeframe so we have terminated their contract. We have been having…