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Neptune City Receives $10,000 Grant for Recycling Programs

  The municipalities of Neptune City and Brielle received checks as part of Monmouth County’s Recycling Stimulus Initiative grant program, which was created to encourage municipalities to increase their recycling rates. “We want to thank these towns for doing their part to keep our County beautiful,” said Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “We are proud of all of the efforts made by the mayors and their towns to promote recycling in their towns.” Neptune City was awarded a $10,000 grant for their plans to enhance the security system and update signage at their recycling drop-off center, purchase materials to…

In Neptune: Tenth Avenue Improvements Planned if $200,000 in Funding Approved

  By DON STINE Tenth Avenue in Neptune will be improved in the near future if the township receives a $200,000 state Community Development Block Grant. At a recent meeting the Township Committee approved submitting the grant application. If approved, Tenth Avenue, between Route 35 and Memorial Drive, would see new sidewalks, curb repairs and handicapped-access ramps installed, Township Engineer Leanne Hoffman said during a special presentation to the governing body. Hoffman said this project was the “overwhelming choice” from several projects under review by a special citizen’s participation committee that looks a projects to be funded through a CDBG.…

Asbury Park Adds 450 New Parking Spaces

  Acting upon the city-wide parking consultant report submitted by Desman Associates, the Asbury Park City Council has implemented a number of different initiatives to better manage the city’s parking resources. “The first step was to increase parking capacity in the City by 450 spaces. To that end we worked with our developer and State partners to increase our parking capacity in the short term for this summer season. Getting 450 spot online in such a short time period is a testament to our commitment to finding solutions to parking concerns as they arise,” explained Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. Details…

Who’s the Girl on Springsteen Single Cover?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In 1979, hired by Bruce Springsteen, Joel Bernstein spent days with the rock and roller, shooting photographs of him. One is an iconic black-and-white shot – Springsteen dressed in light-colored long pants and a dark-colored T-shirt standing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Boardwalk’s herringbone pattern is covered with rain. The Empress hotel is in the near background, the Palace arcade in the far background. “To Joel,” Springsteen wrote on a copy of the photo he gave to Bernstein, “Who was that girl?” and signed it. Springsteen is referring to the woman in the photo’s background,…

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Avon Commissioners Increase Fines for Violations

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Being charged with a borough offense will cost you more in Avon when a new ordinance governing violations and penalties is approved at the July 13 meeting. The borough is making the change, said Borough Administrator Tim Gallagher, at the behest of the Monmouth County court. The ordinance will change the maximum fine issued by the municipal judge from $1250 to $2000. The change will cover all borough ordinances. Also at the meeting resident Wally French complained about mail delivery service to the borough, which is handled by the Belmar Post Office. French said the…

Neptune City Considering Neighborhood Watch Program

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Director Edward Kirschenbaum and Detective Michael Vollbrecht of the Neptune City Police Department presented plans for a Neighborhood Watch Program to the Borough Council this week. The program was initially discussed in January with Mayor Robert Brown, Kirschenbaum, Capt.Louis Trocchio and Lt. Matthew Quagliato. “Knowing that the Police Department can’t be everywhere,” Kirschenbaum said. “We’re thinking how proactive we can be with our neighborhoods.” The proposed Neighborhood Watch Program would break the town up into eight difference sections where a patrol officer would cover that section of town. Each section would then have a neighborhood watch…

Prosecutor to Conduct Internal Affairs Review of Shooting

  Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said his office will conduct a review and evalution of the performance of the responding officers to last week’s shooting by off-duty Neptune Police Officer Phillip Seidle. Here is Gramiccioni’s statement: “Yesterday morning, I informed the police chiefs of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments that our Office will conduct the Internal Affairs review and evaluation of the performance of the responding officers to last week’s tragic shooting by off-duty Neptune Township Police Officer Philip Seidle. “This review will be conducted by our Professional Responsibility Bureau to ensure a thorough…

In Neptune: Seaview Island Residents Concerned About Dredge Material

  By DON STINE Neptune residents living on Seaview Island in the Shark River packed this week’s Township Committee meeting seeking more information about a proposal to use vacant property there to dewater dredge materials from the river. “We were totally blindsided by this and are very upset,” said Annette Bergstein, president of the Seaview Island Homeowners Association. “We want to get a handle on this and be prepared.” The Township Committee recently approved a resolution authorizing use of a township-owned parcel along the Shark River to be used as a temporary dewatering site under a state proposal to dredge…

Donate a Toy, Get a $20 Voucher

  On Fri., July 3 area residents are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of the following venues to support the Asbury Park Toy Drive and receive a voucher for $20 to one of several businesses or a discount from businesses. The drive is being organized in partnership wth the Stone Pony Summer Stage. On July 3 bring the toy to any of the following locations: The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, Club Paradise or The Silverball Museum to receive a voucher for $20 or a 10 percent discount from one of the following locations: Asbury Festhalle…