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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…

Neptune City Council Approves Land Swap With Neptune

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Council has agreed to change the name of TFH Way to Flexcraft Drive in an effort to avoid confusion and to welcome the new company to the building. Flexcraft Company of Asbury Park recently purchased the lot in Neptune City and will eventually be relocating their entire operation there. “It’s a family run business and we anticipate them to be around a while,” said Municipal Clerk Mary Sapp. The council also approved a land swap with Neptune Township. The parcel of land on 5th Avenue and Steiner Avenue is currently shared between Neptune…

In Neptune City: Longtime Resident Remembered; New Business Welcomed

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Borough Council began its meeting this week with a moment of silence for the Tango family, remembering Vito L. Tango who died April 2. Tango retired from the Neptune City Zoning Board four years ago. Mayor Robert Brown and Councilman Joseph Zajack both shared their memories while serving with him in office. “Our gems here in Neptune City, living right under our nose and we don’t even know it,” said Mayor Brown who shared Tango’s achievements while serving in the Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1946. “We’ve lost a great guy.” “I…

2 Longtime Neptune City Residents Remembered

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Borough Council observed a moment of silence for two Neptune City families who lost family members during the last two weeks. Elizabeth “Betty” Matson, 96, and Mildred Adams, 95, who was the wife of former Neptune City Mayor Holmes A. Adams both died within the last two weeks. Holmes served 30 years in Neptune City from 1955 – 1985 where she worked as the Deputy Clerk, Tax Collector, Municipal Clerk, and Registrar of Vital Statistics. “Mildred wore many hats,” Mayor Robert Brown said. “She knew all the residents by name and was always…

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