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Neptune City Family Foundation Plans Dance at Community Center

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Family Foundation will host its first dance for school-age youth at the Community Center on Fri., Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The nonprofit charitable foundation was started by Councilman Alexander J. Tallman and his family in the fall of 2016. “The idea for the foundation arose after I started campaigning for council,” Tallman said. “I wanted to try and make an impact on our town in a way that was more directed toward the youth of our community. They are the future of this town, and have always been the highest priority…

Neptune Homeless Camp Seeks Help

  By DON STINE If you think the recent cold weather was brutal for you- try living in a tent in the woods in frigid temperatures. That is what 10 homeless people are doing in Neptune. The group, who are known as “The Woodsmen of Neptune,” live in a wooded lot behind the ShopRite, off Neptune Boulevard., near Route 66. Neptune Mayor Nick Williams said he heard about the homeless group’s plight during the recent cold spell and was able to get donations from clergy and others to temporarily lodge the homeless people in the Crystal Inn motel, on the…

Students and Seniors Break Bread to Honor MLK

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Students, teachers, administrators and staff members at the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park took to heart the words of Dr. Martin Luther King on his holiday this week to spend the day volunteering for an event that brought young and old together. In a Breaking Bread celebration pre kindergarten and kindergarten students at the school invited Asbury Park seniors to enjoy the fruits of their labor including homemade bread from preschoolers and butter made by kindergarten students. Principal Thea M. Jackson-Byers said all those participating were volunteering and not getting paid. Jackson-Byers opened…

In Ocean Grove: $1 Million Boardwalk Project Begins

  The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is beginning a more than $1 million reconstruction project for the north end boardwalk area from McClintock Street to Seaview Avenue. The project will begin this month and completion is targeted for May 2018.  This represents the next phase of the Camp Meeting Association’s ongoing efforts to improve our boardwalk for residents and visitors alike. The Camp Meeting’s goal is to match the new decking material with that of the most recent renovations to the other sections which were installed since Superstorm Sandy. For safety and awareness, there are certain things the public…

Pioneer Boardwalk Business Closes After 13 Years

  By DON STINE The Asbury Galleria, one of the first businesses to open in the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk 13 years ago after many years of being boarded up, closed its doors this month. Owner Kay Harris, an Asbury Park native with a long and influential family lineage in the city, said after 13 years it was just time to go. “I am sad to see this chapter in my life close- I had looked forward to being part of Asbury Park’s growth. However, when one door closes- another door opens,” she said. Harris said…

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Civil War Monument Restoration is Topic at Meeting

  Restoring the more-than 100-year-old Civil War monument in downtown Asbury Park and a preview of an upcoming book about the city’s West Side musical history are among topics being discussed at this year’s annual Asbury Park Historical Society reorganization meeting. The meeting will be held Thurs., Jan. 18 at the Asbury Park Public Library at the intersection of First and Grand avenues. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and there are refreshments. Professional monument conservationist Douglas Distefano will give a power-point presentation about his findings about the statue from an up-close inspection done at the end of last year.…

Special Meeting Planned on Ocean Development

  A special public presentation over a proposal to develop a 28-acre property at the intersection of Route 35 and Deal Road in Ocean Township has been rescheduled to Monday, Jan. 29. The presentation was originally scheduled for Jan. 4 but had to be cancelled due to a snowstorm. The event, the second special presentation on the project that has been given to the general public, will be at the High School Auditorium from 7 to 9 pm. The project is only a proposal right now and no application has yet been presented to the Planning Board. Township resident Maurice Zekaria, owner…

Irish Singer Now Calls Jersey Home

  By DON STINE In 2007, singer/songwriter Steve Reilly left his native Ireland and came to the United States to pursue the music career he was looking for – and he has been here ever since. “I always wanted to come here, even as a kid I pictured myself living in the states. And playing in Europe I constantly heard that I should go to New York City- so I came to test the waters. And I have been mainly here ever since,” he said. Raised in Dublin, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter started playing in bands when he was 12 and…

In Ocean Grove: Permit Proposal Over

  By DON STINE Permit parking for residents in Ocean Grove is a dead proposal, according to Neptune officials. “There are too many issues with the plan and I am not for parking permits,” Committeeman Robert Lane Jr. said at this week’s Township Committee workshop. Residential permit parking was proposed by some residents in the historic district and about 200 people attended a special meeting, held at the Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center at the High School on Dec. 18, on the issue. Those attending seemed pretty well divided on the matter but Mayor Nicholas Williams said the meeting…