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Dragons Rule the Day in Pedal Boat Race

By DON STINE It was Neptune versus Asbury Park during the annual Swan Versus Dragon pedal boat race on Wesley Lake, which borders both municipalities. The annual race, sponsored by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, for the first time brought in an opposing team from another town- Neptune. “We are gonna win. I am confident in our team and we are ready to go. We’re here and we’re the winning team,” Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley said. But Asbury Park officials said not so fast. “I have confidence we will go out with a win. This is a friendly competition…

Neptune City Day is Aug. 2 with Pizza Eating Contest

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The 22nd Neptune City Day is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 2 in Memorial Park and this year features a pizza eating contest as well as an ice cream eating contest. Most borough streets will be closed from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the annual 5K race at 8:00am. The 5k registration will take place from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and will benefit the Neptune City First Aid Squad. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment including Glycerine Queens at 4 p.m. and Rick Pryor and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Rides and food and craft vendors will open at…

Neptune Welcomes 3 New Police Officers

  Three new Neptune police officers were sworn in at this week’s Township Committee meeting, brings the department’s work force back to its full compliment of 74 officers. Christopher Monahan, Angel Marerro, and Christopher Wilson are the new officers and they replace other police officers who are retiring. “Each of the proposed officers display multiple strengths and values that make them the right candidates for Neptune. They demonstrate community involvement, understanding of the communities within Neptune, strong interpersonal skills, and they come well prepared for police work,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt said. Monahan currently works for Neptune as a…

In Interlaken: State OKs Severing School Ties with Asbury Park

  By DON STINE The New Jersey Commissioner of Education has approved Interlaken’s move to sever its ties with the Asbury Park school district and go into a send-receive relationship with the West Long Branch and Shore Regional school districts. “Effective immediately, the Commissioner of Education has approved the Interlaken Board of Education’s application to sever its send-receive relationship with the Asbury Park Board of Education. The Commissioner has also approved and authorized the Interlaken Board of Education to establish a formal send-receive relationship with the West Long Branch and Shore Regional boards of education for all Interlaken students Pre-K…

Asbury Park Police Get Involved with Youth

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In response to Asbury Park Police Officer Tyron McAllister’s belted-out instructions, a group of kids lined up and, then, sat down for lunch in the Salvation Army gym. This was a normal day at the city’s Summer Youth Boot Camp, run by an active, but perhaps generally unknown, Police Department unit, the Community Relations Unit. “We promote a positive image for the police department,” said Patrolman Michael Casey, 42, who has been in the unit for six of his 10 years on the department. “We are not only about making arrests. We’re here to improve the…

Shakespeare in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After being unable to perform last year due to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, the Bradley Beach Arts Council will return to the Bradley Beach boardwalk with its popular production, “Shakespeare at the Beach.” The free event will be held the weekend of Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, July 27. In honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the cast will perform a compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays including “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet” and…

Bradley Beach Lifeguards Take First Place in Tournament

  By DON STINE Bradley Beach lifeguards pulled ahead of their life-saving peers last week during the borough’s annual lifeguard tournament. The Bradley Beach Lifeguard Tournament, held July 17, has been going on for at least 50 years and other shore towns have similar tournaments, said tournament organizer Dick Johnson. “I thought the tournament went very well and Bradley Beach’s performance was truly outstanding,” he said. Based on final scores, Bradley Beach won the tournament, out of a 10-team field, with 37 points. Belmar was second with 24 points. Johnson said such tournaments are a basic part of a lifeguard’s…

Asbury Park Parking Report Due Next Month

  A professional parking consultant hired by Asbury Park to reexamine the city’s parking issues is expected to release a report on its findings next month. Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who is on the city’s parking committee, said that Desman Associates, based locally in New York City, recently spent two days in the city meeting with stakeholders in any parking issues. “The idea is to have a comprehensive parking plan through the entire city,” she said. Desman was awarded the $45,000 contract and spent July 16 and 17 in Asbury Park talking to everyone affected by any parking issues. “One of…

Ocean Grove Celebrating 145th Annual Camp Meeting Week

  Ocean Grove will celebrate the 145th Annual Camp Meeting Week, a Christian-oriented week of worship and recreation open to the public, beginning Sun., July 27. Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, the week runs to Sunday, Aug. 3. Events are planned each day from sun-up to sundown. “One hundred forty-five years ago, Ocean Grove was founded by visionary leaders who chose this beautiful seaside setting to create a Christian community committed to providing opportunities for spiritual birth, growth and renewal,” said association President Dale C. Whilden. “Today, we stand on that same shore to celebrate that wonderful…