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Police Will Have Chief and Civilian Director in Neptune

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to swear in a new police chief next month while a civilian police director will continue to handle administrative functions of the department. This ambitious new arrangement for the police department will be the only one of its kind in Monmouth County. This week the Township Committee passed a resolution to accept applications for the new police chief job. A search will also continue within the current township staff to fill the civilian police director job. Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom has been the acting-civilian police director since former Police Chief Robert Adams…

2 Police Officers Promoted in Neptune

  Two Neptune police officers were promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lieutenants Larry Fisher Jr. and Robert Mangold, both 26-year veterans on the police force, were promoted during special ceremonies. “Filling these captain positions is critical to our police department,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt Jr. said. Fisher has served as an officer supervisor for 15 years and was the township’s first DARE officer. He has served as a shift commander and a detective. Since March, Fisher has been managing the township’s Community Outreach and Community Policing programs. Now that he has been…

Celebrating Italy at Cultural Festival in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Arts Council will host an Italian Cultural Festival on Thurs., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Banquet Hall Firehouse in Bradley Beach. The free event is the council’s second summer event of the season following its very successful Shakespeare at the Beach, which attracted over 400 guests. Each summer the Arts Council brings education and culture to the community. As part of their vocal concert series, which began in 2011 with “Irish Festivity: A Celebration of Irish Arts,” the council is bringing together a group of professional singers from musical theater and…

Taxpayers Seeing Changes in Bills in Asbury Park

  Many Asbury Park taxpayers are seeing changes in their property taxes this year under a new property revaluation conducted last year. On the average, property taxes have increased because the properties are now more valuable, including commercial and some residential properties, City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. “The most likely reason anyone’s property taxes went up is because their property saw a substantial increase in value and was undervalued previously,” he said. Kelly said that Asbury Park is now at 100 percent of assessed valuation whereas previously it was at 38 percent of true value. “So some…

Neptune Business Owner Remembered as ‘Good People’

  By DON STINE Laurie Price, operator of Laurie’s Country Farm Market in Neptune, was remembered by friends this week for her loving and giving nature. Price, who lived in Neptune, died unexpectedly Fri., Aug. 8 at her home. She was 54 years old. Price was born in Sea Girt but lived most of her life in Neptune, where she opened her market on Atkins Avenue seven years ago after working in the restaurant business for many years. Dianne Fitzpatrick, who is a long-time friend and has been helping out at the farm market since it opened, said Price will…

City Seeks Change to Waterfront Agreement

  By DON STINE A game-changer in the redevelopment of Asbury Park’s waterfront may be afoot under a proposal put forward at the last City Council meeting. The council unanimously approved sending a letter to waterfront redeveloper iStar Financial requesting the company mutually agree to lot-by-lot redevelopment in the waterfront zone. “This should have happened 10 years ago,” said Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who introduced the motion to send the letter. “This will be a complete change to the waterfront redevelopment plan,” Asbury Park Director of Redevelopment Donald Sammet said. Under the proposal, if mutually agreed upon between the city and…

Out and About

  All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns.

Busy Summer Say Business Owners

  By DON STINE The Jersey Shore is up and running strong, so far, this summer, according to many local business owners. Carrie Turner, spokesperson for Asbury Park’s boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette, said that, so far, things have been very good at the boardwalk but she points out that boardwalk business success is very much related to the weather. “June was really good and we are awaiting our reports for July. There were no rainy weekends in June,” she said. And traffic and business at the boardwalk has been very brisk. “So far it has been very, very strong and…

Neptune Plans 11 Speed Bumps and Tables

  A temporary speed bump may be coming to your neighborhood soon if you live in Neptune. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township has purchased a number of speed bumps and speed tables that will be temporarily installed throughout the township in an attempt to slow down vehicular traffic in problem areas. “The purpose is to reduce speeding in trouble spots as part of a comprehensive traffic-calming program,” he said. Gadaleta said that a speed table is much wider than a speed bump, which is about three-feet wide. “The tables and bumps are moveable but are affixed to…

Allenhurst Police Get $5,000 Grant

  Allenhurst Police, in cooperation with the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety, is participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 15 to Sept. 1. The police received a $5,000 grant to put more officers on the road, in patrols and at checkpoints, to apprehend drunk drivers. Another goal of the program is to enhance police visibility and deter drunk driving. Allenhurst Police remind drivers to drink responsibly.