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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…

Rewards Program in Ocean is Rewarding for Taxpayers

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents will see lower property tax bills through the new “Own Ocean” rewards program, a program which can mean a few hundred dollar savings on their tax bill. The “Own Ocean” rebate program gives residents a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a participating township-based business. “Some rewards will be small but every time you get any money you will receive an instant message about a tax credit being applied,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Under the “Own Ocean” program, local merchants sign up and offer special discounts to Ocean Township residents…

Dredging Contract Awarded

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Shark River’s western navigational channels was awarded last week and officials hope dredging will begin by the end of this year. “It’s been years and it’s been a fight; it has been a long road,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Bishop issued a statement last week announcing that the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the Shark River dredging…

Condos, Marina Planned for Shark River

  By DON STINE A new 42-unit condominium project on the Shark River, with a marina, was presented to the Neptune Township Committee this week night for preliminary approval. The Planning Board wuld have to amend the area’s mixed-use site plan to allow for the residential use. Called Marina Pointe, the property is owned by Coast Cities Truck Sales President Douglas M. Gallagher, who said he originally bought the property 18 years ago as a site to park trucks but that it was never developed for various reasons. He called the project “shovel-ready to go,” if approved. The one-acre site,…

Deer Problem in County. Oh Dear!

  By DON STINE The growing deer population in Ocean Township is becoming a problem and a special symposium will be held in the near future to see what can be done about it. “We recognize the problem and are aware of it. There are plenty of deer out there and something needs to be done for the safety (of animals and people),” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said at a recent council meeting. Ocean Township will host the symposium on how to handle the deer problem in the near future and will invite representatives from adjacent municipalities, such as West Long…

Neptune Officials Approve New Contractor for Boardwalk Bid

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk will still be repaired this fall but using a new contractor after a potential legal dispute made the Township Committee re-award the contract. “Everything required was not submitted (by the winning contractor) and, obviously, we cannot award the contract,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at a special meeting Monday evening. On Aug. 24, the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project, which is expected to begin in late September and take 30 to 45 days, depending on…

Neptune Deputy Mayor Filing in For Mayor

  By DON STINE Neptune has been without an active mayor for two months and township officials said that this will remain the case until the annual reorganization meeting on Jan.1. Mayor Mary Beth Jahn has been absent from meetings since July 27 due to medical reasons. In Neptune the mayor is elected from among the five members of the Township Committee. Jahn was selected by the committee members on Jan. 1. Her term is up Dec. 31. In the meantime, Deputy Mayor Kevin McMillan has taken the helm. “We have all been mayors before so we know the process.…

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