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In Bradley Beach: Council Plans to Readvertise for Bids for Library Renovations

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Council rejected all bids for the construction of an addition and renovation of the Bradley Beach Public Library due to the cost. The bids came in at $900,000 to $1.3 million. The budget for construction, however, is limited to $675,000. Bradley Beach resident, Randy Bonnell, expressed his concerns, stating that the delay will bring about “significant winter costs” and that “significant changes will need to be made to get it under budget.” “I’m here to help with this thing, for free,” Bonnell said. “We need to get it off dead center.” Bonnell was…

Bradley Beach Will Not Issue Permits for Driveway Parking

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials put to rest a measure which would have allowed residents to purchase parking spaces in front of their own driveways. “There’s no big problem in Bradley Beach of people blocking their driveways,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said. “The misinterpretation of this was through the roof.” In other business, the Borough Council adopted an ordinance which amends the way the borough handles special parking permits. The permits will now be handled by the Police Department and will begin at zero at the beginning of each year. “We think this will significantly decrease the amount of…

Neptune City to Purchase Generators, Tractor

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City introduced three ordinances this week dealing with the purchase of generators for municipal buildings and a 4-wheel drive tractor for the Department of Public Works. Under the measures the borough would appropriate $175,000.000, less a $93,000 FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Program Grant for the purchase of the generators, which are expected to last 15 years according to the ordinance. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of paperwork, a lot of bookkeeping on our department heads and that’s why we’re ably to do this,” said Mayor Robert Brown. The council also approved the introduction…

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…

Need a Ride? Download Uber on Your Smartphone

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Uber, the app that connects riders to drivers, celebrated its first year anniversary at the Jersey Shore over the Memorial Day weekend. Known for its ability to connect a rider with a driver instantly through a smart phone, Uber has been expanding since it’s founding in 2009. “The Jersey Shore was a natural move, especially in the summer,” said Matt Wing, a representative from Uber. “You can easily get where you need to go.” According to Uber’s website, since their founding in 2009, “Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.”…

Business Owners Show Support for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series has received an outpouring of support from both business owners as well as borough residents over the last week. The support was in response to some complaints the Borough Council received last week about the music. At last week’s meeting the council put off voting on approval for the series until more information was received. At the time resident Jane DeNoble said that she loses “the quiet enjoyment” of her backyard every Sunday. due to the music series. “To me Sunday is a day of rest,” she said. “I never had any…

Family Dollar to Move to New Location in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Family Dollar of Neptune received preliminary approval from the Neptune City Land Use Board this week to renovate the former Hostess outlet on Route 35 for its new location. Final approval is expected to be granted next month. When the new space is renovated and ready to open the Family Dollar store currently operating in the Stop and Shop center will close. The company will upgrade and renovate the former Hostess building to use a portion for a 9,480 square foot Family Dollar store. The remaining 9,700 square feet is proposed for up to 6 additional…

In Bradley Beach: Popular DJ to Return to Beachfront; Noise Complaints on Main Street

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE DJ Jay Bowman will be returning to the beachfront in Bradley Beach this summer following a movement by his fans to keep him entertaining. At the last Borough Council meeting supporters turned out in large numbers to express their dismay that he was not included in the summer calendar. This week Mayor Gary Engelstad said Bradley Beach Tourism Coordinator Rae Tutela would be meeting with Bowman to set up a schedule. “We will bring him back and just make sure that there is included in the contract that he abide by our request to lower the…

Bradley Beach Plans Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After discussing the Ocean Avenue improvements for curbing and handicap ramps, the Bradley Beach Council voted to start the bond ordinance process. These improvements would include painting lines, handicap lines, and providing handicap access ramps on the sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $125,000 with an estimated hard cost of $85,000, engineering costs of $12,900, and estimated soft costs of $37,000. Bradley Beach would pay $6,000 as the down payment of five percent that is required by law. “This is not a want to, but a have to,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad, who toured these…

In Bradley Beach: Recreation Department Prepares for Summer Programs

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer filled with activities for residents of all ages. “We want to broaden our scope of recreation,” said Recreation Director Shawn Heeter. “We really want to move beyond just youth programs.” Kicking off the summer season will the Recreation Summer Kick Off Event at the Recreation Center in Bradley Beach on Saturday, June 6. The event will follow the reintroduction of the Go Fish Program that hasn’t happened over the last few summers since Hurricane Sandy. “We’re bringing the Go Fish at Sylvan Lake program back…

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