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Concerns Continue Over Land Leases

  By DON STINE Potential hefty increases for land leases in Ocean Grove, particularly for commercial properties, remains an issue with people owning property there and the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and others have retained an attorney to look into the matter. The Homeowners Association and other stakeholders have retained Roseland-based Attorney Matthew Adams, who is the son of former Neptune Police Chief Robert Adams, to look into the land lease issue. All land in Ocean Grove is owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and leased to its property owners. In addition, property owners are still taxed on…

Neptune Tables Plan to Fire Cop

  By DON STINE A decision to fire a Neptune police officer who testified in a lawsuit over sexual harassment of two female officers was tabled indefinitely by the governing body July 25. The Neptune Township Committee tabled the resolution that would have fired Officer Kyheem Davis, with his supporters saying at the meeting he was being fired in retaliation for “being a whistle-blower” in the sexual harassment case. In 2012, police officers Elena Gonzalez and Christine Savage filed charges that they were subjected to sexual harassment in the department and an investigation was launched in 2013. The township eventually…

In Ocean, New App Helps Residents Report Concerns Directly to Officials

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will be the first municipality in the nation to use a special app that allows residents to report a problem to township officials and get an immediate response. Report It is a free and simple-to-use app that can be installed on any mobile device or accessed via the web. It is designed to provide users the ability to share important information, comments or suggestions directly with organizations and companies in a way that’s simple, anonymous and non-confrontational. “It allows someone to generate a report (with attached photos) anonymously and send it to the right…

Mayor Gives Ocean State of the Township Address

  By DON STINE Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano gave his first- and perhaps the first ever- state of the township address at last week’s Township Council meeting. “It’s to let residents know where we are and where we are going,” he said. The half-hour address focused on issues like better access to government, budget and finance, quality of life and economic development. Siciliano said his Coffee With The Mayor program, where residents can meet with the mayor on Monday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., has been a big success. “So far I have visited with hundreds of…

City Resident Co-Founder of Football Team for Graduates

  By DON STINE Graduating high school doesn’t mean that young people need to give up their love of playing football thanks to the Jersey Shore Hurricanes. The Jersey Shore Hurricanes, a team in the minor/semi-pro football world and affiliated with Major League Football, was founded in 2015 in Asbury Park by resident Tysef Meacham, 28, and Somerset resident Edd Gladney, 49. The mission of the program is to provide fundamental skill-development instruction and to teach the elements of football to young student-athletes who have a desire to compete in the higher level of football competition. “We did it to…

British Invasion Concert Will Benefit Mary’s Place

  By DON STINE The British are coming, the British are coming!. Well, at least their music is – to benefit Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove. On Sat., July 30, Glen Burtnik and friends will be performing the best of the music from the 1960s British Invasion era at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Music from legendary bands such as The Kinks, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Mary Hopkin and others will be performed. Burtnik said the music in the British Invasion show is the music he knows…

$60,000 Grant for Cleanup in Neptune

  By DON STINE Clean-up efforts will continue on a contaminated section on the former Welsh Farm tract, off Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune, under a a state grant recently received by Neptune. A grant of about $60,000 has been received from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Public Entity Program HDSRF to continue clean-up efforts. The program, charged with cleaning up a hazardous substance or hazardous waste, is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection. “This is basically additional remediation to the former Welsh Farms property at 703 Corlies Avenue,” said Leeanne Hoffman, the township’s Director of Planning…

Parking Task Force Established

  By DON STINE Dealing with Ocean Grove’s constant parking problem will be the focus of a new advisory task force established this week by the Neptune Township Committee. The governing body passed a resolution creating an ad hoc, 10-member task force, which will also have two non-voting advisors. The task force is to meet on or before Aug. 10 and is to report to the township during every third meeting. Members of the task force are expected to be announced at the next meeting. Committeeman Randy Bishop also suggested that a survey question on parking be placed on the…

In Neptune: High-Flying Principal

  By DON STINE It’s not every day that elementary school students get to see their principal flying over their heads on a parasail. But that is exactly what hundreds of Neptune Midtown Community Elementary School students saw on Mon., June 20. School principal Arlene Rogo promised her school’s 450 students that if they could read 25,000 books by the end of the school year, she would go parasailing for them. And, the kids won the bet by reading 26,308 books! So, it was a high-flying school principal off the beach at the Ocean Grove fishing pier Monday morning as…

New Restaurant Opens on Ocean Grove Boardwalk

  By DON STINE A unique co-op restaurant at the north end of the Ocean Grove boardwalk will open this weekend and it promises to have food items to please just about everyone. The new Dunes Boardwalk Café will house eight different food vendors – each offering their own specialty items. The building has been closed since befoe Superstorm Sandy. It formerly housed the Homestead Restaurant which opened in 1915 and featured white tablelothes on all the tables and silver-plated tea service. It closed in 1978. Later it housed a Perkins Pancake House and several other restaurants. “We will have…

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