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Lighting Will Be Replaced Along Broadway in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Bulbs on new lighting fixtures recently installed along Broadway in Ocean Grove, which some residents said are too bright, will all be replaced. “We will put the new light bulbs in but we will then draw the line there,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at Monday’s Neptune Township Committee workshop. While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. Residents have complained that the light shines onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk and is too harsh for the neighborhood. Residents presented the governing body with a…

Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…

Dredging Begins at Deal Lake

  By DON STINE The current dredging of Deal Lake, which began this week, will help prevent flooding but what is also needed is a long-term solution to prevent ocean water from getting into the lake during storms, officials say. “One item that will be critical is a surge gate,” Deal Lake Commission Chairman Don Brockel said. “We are not talking about a new gate house but rather a surge gate or a one-way baffle on our outfall line closer to the ocean.” A $1.66 million dredging project that will remove 12,000 cubic yards of sand pushed into the 158-acre…

Democrats Keep Seats in Neptune

By DON STINE The Neptune Township Committee will remain all Democratic after a two-member Independent ticket failed to end the one-party rule. For the first time in decades, no candidate was listed on the Republican column in Tuesday’s general election for two Township Committee seats. Instead, Independent Dianna Harris and GOP candidate Kevin Sheehan ran on an independent ticket for the three-year terms. But the Democrats held on with incumbent Committeeman Michael Brantley being top vote-getter with 2,321 votes, or about 30 percent. Second was Democratic newcomer Nicholas Williams, who got 2,142 votes, or almost 28 percent. Harris was top…

Deal Bridge Will Be Restored

  By DON STINE Deal’s more-than 100-year-old pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks into the Dear Harbor neighborhood is getting a facelift. Jason Fazio, superintendent in public works in Deal since March 2, said he is a history buff and realized the bridge needed some help. The bridge, off Atlantic Avenue and crossing the railroad tracks, was originally a car bridge but eventually shut down to allow for pedestrian foot-traffic only. And while the integrity of the bridge is still good, thanks to a restoration effort in the late 1990s, the façade could use some help, Fazio said. “Stone ornamentation,…

Deal Officials Table Parking Hearing; Seek a Solution

  By DON STINE Concerned citizens packed the Oct. 9 Deal Board of Commissioners meeting even though a public hearing on a proposed ordinance restricting parking on seven oceanfront streets was cancelled, It was standing-room-only at the 9 a.m. meeting with every seat taken and more people standing in the hallway outside. “It was never our intention to restrict access to the beaches. They are free and open and we want to keep it that way and find a solution to our problem. We would love to have a solution,” Mayor Morris Ades said to a packed house. Borough officials…

Shark River Channel Dredging to Begin in a Few Weeks

  By DON STINE Dredging navigational channels in the Shark River will begin within the next few weeks under a contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. The announcement that the dredging will begin this year was made yesterday after a preconstruction conference Wed., Oct. 14 at the New Jersey Department of Transportation Engineering and Operations Building in Trenton. “After so many years working to get the river dredged, I’m extremely happy that we will see work in this calendar year. This would not be happening without the help of all municipalities around…

In Interlaken: Candidates Running Unopposed

By DON STINE Three incumbent Iinterlaken Borough Council members, including the mayor, are running unopposed in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. All three are Republicans. Mayor Michael Nohilly is running for a his second four-year term as mayor and incumbents Robert White and Mervin Franks are running for three-year terms. Nohilly previously served a three-year term as a councilman. The mayor serves a four-year term in Interlaken. No Democrats are in the race. “I’m running for a second term simply because I care about keeping Interlaken peaceful, quiet, and with everyone’s views appreciated and valued,” Nohilly said. He said…

Second Baptist Church Celebrating 130 Years in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE The Second Baptist Church in Asbury Park continues to serve it’s the Lord and its community as it celebrates its 130th anniversary Sun., Oct. 11. “We are known for our very giving nature. We still feed people through our food pantry, help people in the neighborhood, and help youth in the area. The church is still very much involved in the community,” said Dan Harris, a deacon and chairman of the church’s Men’s Ministry group. A special anniversary church service will be held Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. Congregants…

Parking Plan in Deal Criticized; Meeting May Be Held Oct. 9

By DON STINE A public hearing on a proposed ordinance that will allow permit-only parking on six oceanfront streets in Deal – a move that has many local fishermen, surfers and beachgoers upset – may or may not be held tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9. Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said that recent reports posted Wednesday by various media sources that the public hearing on the ordinance has been cancelled are inaccurate. He said Mayor Morris Ades and Borough Attorney Martin Barger will meet today (Thursday, Oct. 8) to determine if the meeting will be held. “There is nothing official about the…

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