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River Row to Raise Awareness for Congenital Heart Disease

  By JOE SAPIA NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – In 2004, Jason Petillo Jr. of Neptune died at birth of congenital heart disease. “This is something close to my heart,” said his father, Jason Sr. So, Petillo Sr. organized the upcoming Shark River Row for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness. It is scheduled for June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Shark River Hills Marina, South Riverside Drive, Neptune. The inaugural event is to have two courses: – A five-mile course for surf-skis and rowboats of all styles. – A four-mile course for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. The idea of the event is…

Neptune Townhouse Residents Concerned About Rent Increases

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Residents living at the Winding Ridge townhouse complex in Neptune are concerned that they may be forced out of their homes due to upcoming rent increases. The privately-owned complex consists of 99 two- and three-bedroom affordable townhouse apartments but rents are being raised by several hundred dollars for each unit. Constance Holmes, head of the Winding Ridge Tenants Association, said the complex will soon no longer be affordable housing, with rents going up to $1,400 to $1,800 a unit. At Monday’s Township Committee meeting, Holmes requested officials look into the increases and consider…

Neptune Mayor’s Ball to Benefit Mary’s Place

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, will be the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball scheduled for May 31. Mary’s Place founder Michele Gannon said she was “ecstatic” when she learned her organization was to be this year’s recipient. “We are very happy to be supported by Neptune. This is an amazing community, especially after what happened in the wake of Sandy, and we were very humbled when we received the telephone call telling us we would be this year’s recipient,” she…

Park to be Named After Deal Mayor

  DEAL – A park on Roseld Avenue in Deal will be named in honor of Mayor Harry I. Franco, who died last year at age 79. Borough Administrator James Rogers said improving the park, near the NJ Transit railroad tracks, has been on the table for years. The borough plans to match up to $150,000 in state Open Space grant funding to now improve the park. “I believe the mayor would be very happy to see the park, which has been discussed for many years, to finally be completed and dedicated in his name,” Rogers said. The park will…

Adoptable Pets from Rescue Ridge

  SPRING LAKE – Meet Miche (above)! This beautiful Pit mix is just 2-3 years old and is anxiously waiting for a loving home of her very own. Overlooked time and time again, this sweet girl would make an amazing companion, but hasn’t been given a chance to show off all she has to offer. Poor Miche has been with Rescue Ridge for over a year! Very affectionate, Miche loves to be rubbed and cuddled. She thoroughly enjoys the company of people and longs for the comfort of a family to keep her safe and sound. In turn, she will…

Drainage Better Now in Ocean Grove

  OCEAN GROVE – Longstanding flooding issues along Broadway in historic Ocean Grove have apparently been resolved- but residents still have a wait-and-see attitude. Resident Kennedy Buckley, who lives on Broadway, said at the May 13 Township Committee meeting that the street drainage improvements seem to be working. “It rained severely over the weekend and the water went down very quickly and the problem seems to be greatly improved,” he said. Buckley said that storm water seems to be draining much better and that many additional outlets to drain the water have been installed. “Things seem to be flowing much…

Wayside Scout to Receive Rank of Eagle Scout

OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Francis G. Klincewicz, a member of Boy Scout Troop 76 in the Wayside section of Ocean Township, will be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor to be held at Holy Innocents School, Neptune Sun., May 19 at 2 p.m. Francis, 17, is a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township. He lives in Wayside. For his required Eagle service project, Francis constructed a protective fence around the pre-school play area at Holy Innocents School, Neptune. Francis started in scouts at the age of 6 as a Cub…

Ocean High School Teacher Nominated for Teachers Who Rock Award

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – John Terlecsky, a teacher at Ocean Township High School, was nominated by his colleagues and selected as one of the 24 teachers chosen for the Teachers Who Rock Award. This award is sponsored by the NJEA and promoted through 95.9 The WRAT. The teachers selected were honored at a banquet at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River on April 9. Terlecsky is the 12th grade AP Literature teacher. He not only prepares students for the AP exam but also collegiate level writing. He also teaches a required 9th grade Introduction to a writing course and public…

Candidate Says Comments Are ‘Outrageous’

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – The Forward Asbury Park political campaign has criticized opponent Amy Quinn of wanting to give out-of-town visitors free parking and beach access – an idea that Quinn says has never been proposed by her political ticket. In a large, color flyer mailed to city residents late this week, the Forward Asbury Park campaign said making the beaches and parking free would result in the loss of $2.8 million in revenue. Quinn, who is a member of the One Asbury ticket, said the information is false. The flyer says that local property taxes will…

EDITORIAL: 5 For Asbury Park City Council

  Asbury Park voters will go to the polls Tues., May 14 to vote for five City Council members. In this all-important race where residents will decide who will continue to lead this city by the sea into the 21st century there are 22 candidates. We endorse the five we believe best suited to serve the residents, business owners and taxpayers through their proven dedication, their leadership skills, their history with the city and their willingness to listen. But perhaps, more importantly, we believe these five, although on different tickets, can and will work together for the city’s future. John…