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Neptune City Day is Aug. 2 with Pizza Eating Contest

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The 22nd Neptune City Day is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 2 in Memorial Park and this year features a pizza eating contest as well as an ice cream eating contest. Most borough streets will be closed from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the annual 5K race at 8:00am. The 5k registration will take place from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and will benefit the Neptune City First Aid Squad. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment including Glycerine Queens at 4 p.m. and Rick Pryor and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Rides and food and craft vendors will open at…

Shakespeare in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After being unable to perform last year due to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, the Bradley Beach Arts Council will return to the Bradley Beach boardwalk with its popular production, “Shakespeare at the Beach.” The free event will be held the weekend of Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, July 27. In honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the cast will perform a compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays including “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet” and…

New Police Officer in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE James M. VanEtten become a member of the Neptune City Police Department this week after Mayor Robert Brown administered the oath of office to him. With over 150 applications, the department conducted extensive background checks, interviewing approximately 30 applicants that met the criteria qualifications, and then narrowing it down to just three final applications. “You could hire someone for the FBI with the way things are run here,” Brown said. After a thorough interview process, the NCPD and the Council approved the hiring of VanEtten, a lifelong resident of Neptune. VanEtten graduated from Saint Rose High…

Bradley Beach Swears In New Police Officer

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach welcomed new police officer Andrew Redmond to the department this week. Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to Redmond at the Borough Council meeting. In other business, Harvey Rosenberg, speaking for a subcommitte, discussed the current time limitations on parking on Main Street. He said the limitations deter retail traffic. “The conversation began with the sweepers,” said Rosenberg who recalled the Department of Public Works being unable to sweep Main Street completely due to parked cars. “The parking has to be uniform for the businesses. We’re asking for the Mayor and Council’s…

Neptune City Plans Improvements to Memorial Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials hope to extend the boardwalk at Memorial Park 520 feet and widen it 10 feet as part on an ongoing project to improve the park. Mary Sapp, Borough Administrator, addressed the Borough Council and the public about the ongoing plan to extend the boardwalk upon the completion of the bulkhead under the Community Development Block Grant. “The bulkhead and the boardwalk was originally in a two part plan,” Mayor Robert Brown said. The proposed project would extend the boardwalk 520 feet and widen it to 10 feet. The proposed boardwalk is set to…

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Curtiss, the director of the Bradley Beach Food Pantry, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week urging residents and officials to donate whatever they can to the food pantry. “We will accept anything that’s edible,” Curtiss said. The Bradley Beach Food Pantry is the third largest food pantry served by the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Despite their large dependence on the Foodbank, the pantry spends an additional $30,000 plus per year to purchase food and packaging supplies. With the help of volunteers, the pantry assists over 20,000 people per year in food…

In Bradley Beach: Public Works Dept. force to be reckoned with

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE With just nine full time employees, including two working supervisors and one foreman, the Bradley Beach Public Works Department is a force to be reckoned with. Despite a winter of more than a dozen snowstorms, the Public Works department is revving up for the summer months, making sure Bradley Beach is functional and beautiful for residents and visitors. Stepping into the Bradley Beach Public Works Department building you can tell they have pride for what they do everyday. The building itself is only two years old and was built by the members of the department. It…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Recreation Director

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council introduced the Recreation Department’s new Recreation Director, Shawn Heeter, of the West Allenhurst section of Ocean Township at its meeting this week. He replaces Cynthia Brady who died unexpectedly after retiring two weeks ago. Heeter is a teacher at the Academy Charter High School in Lake Como and the Recreation Coordinator in Spring Lake Heights. Jennifer Young, chairman of the Bradley Beach Recreation Committee, asked the Council to look into the open recreation hours for the gym, which in the past was held from 3 to 6 pm. “It hasn’t been…

New Administrator Appointed in Tinton Falls

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Two Tinton Falls Borough Councilmen were sworn in this week and a new borough administrator appointed. John Roche was sworn in to his first term and Scott Larkin to his second term. Michael Muscillo, who previously worked in Lakewood, was named borough administrator. He replaces retiring Gerald Turning who was sworn in as mayor last week. Muscillo is the son of a former borough administrator, Tony Muscillo. Turning said he looks forward to the challenges ahead. “This is not something I ever dreamed of doing,” he said. “I want to thank all of the Tinton Falls’…

In Bradley Beach: Group Presents $17,000 for Sign

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Committee presented a check of $17,653 to the borough for the purchase of a new digital electric sign. The committee raised funds for the sign throughout the year and presented the check at this week’s Borough Council meeting. They also negotiated the installation of the sign with the Decker Family of Bradley Beach who will train three borough officials to work the sign and provide maintenance at no additional cost. “The light has been out for over a year. Many people have no idea how hard they (The Memorial Day Committee)…

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