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Restoration and Replacement Projects Underway in Historic Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is undertaking several ambitious projects this spring in the historic district including replacing the northern section of the Ocean Grove boardwalk destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, installing a new roof on the Great Auditorium, restoration of Thornley Chapel and rebulding five tent sites destroyed by fire last year. The boardwalk project should be completed by Memorial Day weekend- at the latest. “This is now the beginning of the project and they have been working on it since January. We are hoping it will be done by the middle of May but…

Neptune Going to Tax Court Over Hospital Tax Exempt Status

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are going to court in an effort to find out what portions of Jersey Shore University Medical Center is tax exempt and what portions are not. At this week’s meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution that allocates up to $10,000 for Township Attorney Gene Anthony to file a tax complaint in the Tax Court of New Jersey appealing the present not-for-profit exemption status of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Route 33. Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which…

Village Officials Continue to Seek Solutions to Exorbitant School Taxes

  By DON STINE Three incumbent candidates on the Loch Arbour Board of Commissioners are unchallenged in the upcoming nonpartisan May 10 election. Mayor Paul V. Fernicola, Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick and Commissioner Denis D’Angelo are seeking the three, four-terms on the governing body. All three candidates said they initially got on the governing body to try and deal with the village’s high school tax rate, adding that issue still remains a priority with them. “The high school tax rate is still an issue and I would still like to explore ways to address that,” Fernicola said. Fernicola, who…

Retirement on Hold for Neptune Township Official

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committee incumbents Randy Bishop and Carol Rizzo have officially received the nod from the local Democratic organization to be the party’s candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. Four candidates were put forward last Saturday by the local Democratic County Committee and Bishop, who will be seeking his fifth three-year full term, and Rizzo, who will be seeking her first full three-year term, will be on the ballot. Rizzo is currently filling the unexpired term of former Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who was elected as a state Assemblyman last November. Rizzo ran unsuccessfully for a…

Neptune Garden Growing Bigger

  By DON STINE Community involvement and living a healthier lifestyle in Neptune’s Midtown area will get a boost under a proposal to expand a community garden in the area. “The garden has proven to be successful and now we have a chance to expand it and get more people involved,” First Pentecostal Church Sr. Pastor Paul L. Brown said. In 2011, the Township Committee granted the First Pentecostal Church, 144 Oxonia Ave. and Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation use of a 50- by 100-foot section Liberty Park on Monroe Avenue for a community garden. Church and MURC officials are now…

No Knock Ordinance Will Go Into Effect in Ocean

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will soon be able to register to prevent solicitors from coming to their door trying to sell services or products. Referred to as the “No-Knock” ordinance, it prevents any type of solicitation to homes that have placed their address on a special registry. Township Manager Andrew Brannen said the ordinance, which was adopted at the Feb. 9 Township Council meeting, does not apply to religious or political groups. “It does prevent any types of other solicitation, such as people trying to sell you doors, windows, cable television, etc.” he said. A property owner…

Free Winter Festival Offers Music, Refreshments, Performances

  By DON STINE Not only will it be good times at The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s Winter Arts Festival in Ocean Grove later this month but there is something extra special – all events are free! “We have a benefactor providing hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments for events. So, everything is free and there is no reason for tickets now,” JSAC President Herb Herbst said. The second annual festival will span three days, from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets for a dinner and the variety show to be held on Saturday night were originally priced at…

Neptune Reviewing Possible Boost in Property Taxes for Hospital

  By DON STINE Whether or not Jersey Shore University Medical Center will have to pay more local property taxes to Neptune is a question still up in the air but one that will probably be answered in the near future. “Things are still up in the air but we don’t have the luxury to wait,” Tax Assessor Bernie Haney said earlier this week. Gov. Christ Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which have had long-standing tax exemptions, may now have to cough up more property taxes. Hospitals have…

New Committee Member in Neptune

  By DON STINE Resident Carol J. Rizzo was appointed to the Neptune Township Committee Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Eric Houghtaling, who took office in the State Assembly earlier this month. Rizzo, an Ocean Grove resident since 2001, said it is “a thrill and honor” to be appointed to the governing body, which has been all-Democratic since Republican Thomas A. Catley retired in 2008. “I plan to fulfill the pledges I have made to residents in the past and will work to make the township better,” she said. Rizzo said her pet issues coming onto the…

New Ocean Logo Incorporates Elements of Old One

  By DON STINE After more than 40 years, Ocean Township is proudly displaying its newly-redesigned logo. “We love it and will soon be putting it up behind the council dais and on the podium. And, it is becoming a family legacy,” Councilwoman Donna Schepiga said. The new township logo was designed by Robert Hazelrigg Jr., whose father, Robert Sr., designed the first logo in 1974. His new logo is divided into three segments, each containing either a cornucopia, oak leaves, or Indian feathers. Hazelrigg Jr., 52, is a graphic artist and his father is an architect who still maintains…

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