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Historic Fountain Up and Running Again in Library Park

  By DON STINE The historic TenBroeck fountain in Asbury Park’s Library Square Park is up and running again thanks to the city’s department of public works and local historical society members can’t be happier. Robert Bianchini, deputy director of the city’s public works department, said the fountain was up and running last week after some repairs were made. “We sandblasted the inside of the fountain, filled-in cracks, put on a special water-resistant paint, installed new lamppost globes, and put in a new submersible pump,” he said. Bianchini said many residents were asking him when the fountain, which has not…

New Police Officer in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE James M. VanEtten become a member of the Neptune City Police Department this week after Mayor Robert Brown administered the oath of office to him. With over 150 applications, the department conducted extensive background checks, interviewing approximately 30 applicants that met the criteria qualifications, and then narrowing it down to just three final applications. “You could hire someone for the FBI with the way things are run here,” Brown said. After a thorough interview process, the NCPD and the Council approved the hiring of VanEtten, a lifelong resident of Neptune. VanEtten graduated from Saint Rose High…

Thousands Attend Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Bradley Beach’s sixth annual Lobster Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, drew its biggest crowd ever, about 40,000 people. That was about 10,000 more than in 2013, said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the food and entertainment gathering along the beachfront. “The weather was spectacular on Saturday,” Connolly said. “It got a little iffy on Sunday, but it wasn’t bad.” The chamber was still figuring out how much money was brought in, Connolly said. She said the festival is used as a fund-raising event for the…

Patrick’s Pub Opens in Neptune City for the Hungry and Thirsty

  By ED SALVAS The sign that greets customers entering Patrick’s Pub at 116 Third Ave. in the Neptune City Shopping Center declares it’s “For the Hungry and Thirsty” and many longtime residents may find those welcoming words familiar. The same words greeted customers at Cronin’s, a longtime bar and restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune that was owned by Maura Fitzsimmon’s father. She and her husband, Kevin, own Patrick’s Pub which is named for their youngest son, and is the family’s latest venture in the restaurant business in the area. Since 2003, they’ve owned Brennen’s Steak House in Neptune…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Historic Allenhurst Church Opens 125th Season

  Historic Church of St. Andrew By-The-Sea in Allenhurst began its 125th season with an opening service on Sun., July 6. Services are held Sunday mornings from July 6 through Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. Located at the corner of Norwood and Elberon Avenues in Allenhurst, the church is open during the summer months. Rev. Stephen Wisner, Minister from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Wall Township delivers the sermon. Following the service refreshments are served on the church lawn. The public is welcome.

Fox, Heron and Deer; Welcome to Shark River Hills

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Mike Reid was moving to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune earlier this year, he was struck by the wildlife. “The amount of footprints I saw in my driveway,” Reid said. “I saw a red fox go by a house about 5:30 (in the morning),” said Reid, 49. “I see a lot of groundhogs and possums.” And he’s not the only one. Shea Eastwick, 35, who grew up in the Hills, knows there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. “Chipmunks, squirrels, birds, the rabbits, raccoons,” Eastwick said. “Recently, a fox has been stopping by.…

Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

  The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with. On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue). This event will…

Asbury Park Appoints Historian

  By DON STINE Former Asbury Park City Historian Werner Baumgartner was reappointed to his old position on July 8 by City Manager Jack Kelly. “I think Werner has a really good grasp on the history of Asbury Park and those things that were designed by (city founder James A.) Bradley and others for a reason. He is well-written and I think he has an unbridled honestly about local historic issues. “Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who has no other interest than these pure beliefs. I enjoy his unbridled honestly,” he said. The city manager is the…

An Ocean Grove 4th of July