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Greater Ocean Township Chamber Celebrates 25 Years of Expo

  By ED SALVAS OCEAN TOWNSHIP – The rooms of the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune were jumping Wed., May 19 afternoon for an annual event that brings businesses and their potential customers together. The annual Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo was also marking its 25th anniversary this year and the chamber was celebrating. The Expo has become one of the largest events of its kind in the area, and this year brought in 80 vendors with displays of everything from new cars to financial services, restaurant placemats and bottled water. Jason Hutzley, President…

Neptune City Police Promoted

  By MICHAEL ROGERS NEPTUNE CITY – Three Neptune City police officers were promoted this week at the Borough Council meeting. The three were Matthew Quagliato, Bradley Hindes and Michael Kepler. Quagliato was promoted to lieutenant on the force. Hindes and Kepler were promoted to sergeant. Kepler’s nephew, Sean Robert Kepler, said he was proud of his uncle. “It’s exciting to see and I want to become a policeman someday when I grow up,” he said. Kepler’s wife, Rosanna was just as proud of her husband and was on hand with their daughters Mia and Micayla. She said “My husband…

The Question Is…

  What would you do if you won the $600 million lottery? Dave & Kim Mauve, above, with Abbe, Kyle & Delaney in Ocean Grove, would “buy season seats at Yankee Stadium – very good seats. We would support the arts at Days, Nena Productions in Ocean Grove. We’d support Sandy rebuilding efforts. We’d buy a beach house and a boat to go with it. We’d give money to the Boston victims fund.” See what other area residents would do with $600 mil by viewing the photo gallery below; click on any thumbnail image for their answers.

Seabrook Residents Release Book of Original Poetry

  TINTON FALLS – Every Friday morning, two dozen or so residents get together at Seabrook’s Continuing Care Community, known as “The Gardens,” on their senior living 98-acre campus to hear the writings of authors such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. They then listen to their own writings as well. These writers, who are part of a group known as Poets From The Gardens, are now published as well, staking a claim in the world of literature with Voices In Bloom – An Anthology of Poems and Stories. In February, 40 residents from the writing group began…

City Charter Study Commission Offers Information Sessions

  ASBURY PARK – The Asbury Park Charter Study Commission is taking its act on the road. Now coming to a venue of your choosing. The  Charter Study Commission was elected in November, 2012. The members have until August to study, evaluate and make recommend regarding the type of government that runs the city of Asbury Park. In an effort to get as much community input as possible, members of the Charter Study Commission are making themselves available to Asbury Park residents at a place and time of the residents’ choosing. If you belong to any organization in the city…

Parade Grand Marshall Named in Bradley Beach

  By MICHAEL ROGERS BRADLEY BEACH – George Bachar, a former Bradley Beach Borough Councilman, will be this year’s grand marshall of the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade. He is currently a member of the Board of Adjustment. He said he is very excited about being named grand marshall. “I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for this and to follow the great group of marshalls in the past,” he said. “I am totally thrilled at this opportunity.” This year’s events will be held May 25 through 27. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. May 25 along…

Historical Society Holding Memorial Day Weekend Auction

  OCEAN GROVE – The Historical Society of Ocean Grove continues its 2013 season of special fund-raising events with the popular Memorial Day Weekend Auction on Sat., May 25 at the Young People’s Temple in Ocean Grove. Preview 9 a.m. and auction at 11 a.m. The 17th Annual Auction will feature collectible and antique dolls, baseball collectibles – many signed, Roseville including large Corinthian Jardinière and Pedestal, Cherry Blossom and Jonquil pieces, Vintage pictures and nuttings, Lenox, glassware, linens, marble top table, old teddy bears, dollhouses and antique clocks. Other items include: toys, textiles, children’s items, tobacco silks, postcards &…

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…