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Neptune City’s Ted Wardell honored

  Ted Wardell, a former Neptune City councilman and mayor, received the prestigious Lee Veale Award at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Spring Conference. The award was presented at the organization’s Board of Directors Dinner on Wednesday, April 27. In addition to holding elected office Wardell served the borough as a voluntary first responder and past president of the Neptune City First Aid Squad. He also coached various youth basketball teams. He has been a member of the NJCM Mayors Emeritus Association for 15 years. Wardell is employed by Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors as Senior Vice President of…

Republican Wins Seat in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE According to Monmouth County Board of Elections, the unofficial counts for the special election in Neptune City showed Republican incumbent Richard Pryor winning the council seat with 510 seats and Democrat Michael Skudera with 475. There were two write in votes. The official results will not be confirmed until Thurs., March 24, said Mayor Robert Brown. “It was a hard fought victory,” said Pryor when contacted about the unofficial results. “I have no agenda. I’m just here for Neptune City and to continue to give homeowner’s relief.” The special election took place after Neptune City resident…

Neptune City Business Receives $1,815 Facade Grant

  A Lot of Cars Auto Sales of Neptune City has joined the growing list of Monmouth County businesses that have benefitted from the Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program. “A Lot of Cars Auto Sales received a reimbursement check for $1,815 for exterior paint on their building at 58 West Sylvania Ave.,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Every Façade Improvement Program check helps make a needed improvement to a local business.” Owner Ivan Ferro accepted the reimbursement check from Arnone on Friday, March 4. The Façade Improvement Program is part of the successful Grow Monmouth initiative that is utilizing…

Neptune City Area Designated for Redevelopment

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials have designated the area between Steiner Avenue and 5th Avenue to Memorial Drive as an area in need of redevelopment, allowing the Borough Planner to prepare a Redevelopment Plan. The parcel of land was originally split between Neptune City and Neptune but as of January 1, 2016, became designated property of Neptune City. The area houses buildings that have been there since the 1950s according to Mayor Robert Brown. “We’re going to make sure (the redeveloper) does what’s in the best interest of Neptune City,” said Brown who also said the area, which…

Deputy Court Admininstrator Named in Neptune City

By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Council approved the appointment of Tracy Sorrentino as Deputy Court Administrator after the Monmouth County Assignment Judge approved the appointment. Neptune City, Bradley Beach, and Avon work within a mutually beneficial shared services agreement, said Mary Sapp, Neptune City Administrator and Municipal Clerk. Neptune City provides the courtroom for all three towns and Bradley Beach provides the personnel. Sorrentino will be an employee of and compensated by Bradley Beach, taking the place of the current Court Administrator in April when Kelly Barrett, the current Court Administrator will take over the Municipal Clerk role in…

The B Plot: Eat Clean

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Eating great and healthier is easier than ever thanks to Eat Clean Delivery in Neptune City. A few years ago, Mike Hollemans, was a successful event management expert. After a month-long work trip, he should have returned home to Belmar jazzed about all his achievements. Instead, he felt overweight at 300 pounds, tired and generally unfulfilled. “After that trip everything clicked for me,” Hollemans said. “That was the beginning of the new beginning. I started making small changes like cooking better meals and taking care of myself and, slowly, my friends started noticing. It didn’t happen…

Special Election in Neptune City

  By ELLEN CARROLL Neptune City voters will be asked to go to the polls one more time, March 22, for a special election for a Borough Council seat. The election follows a decision to count the provisional ballot cast by Michaela O’Brien, a first time voter who said she voted across the board for Republicans. Voters will be asked to vote for Richard Pryor, a Republican who lost the election by one vote, and Michael Skudera, a Democrat who was sworn in to a seat Jan. 1. Pryor has been a counciilman since 2000.Skudera is a newcomer to elected…

Democrat Challenger Wins Seat in Neptune City Recount

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A recount in the Neptune City election shows Democrat challenger Michael Skudera winning a seat on the Borough Council. Practically speaking, the only votes in question were those of Skudera and incumbent Republican Richard Pryor. The recount showed Skudera beat Pryor, 602 to 601, for a three-year, full term on Council. Skudera, who sought elected office for the first time, said he was pleased and noted that the last few weeks were “pretty crazy.” “I liked the experience; I learned a lot about the town and the residents,” he said. “Overall it was a good experience.”…

3 Charged in 2009 Killing of Neptune City Woman

  Following a relentless investigation by local and county law enforcement three men have been charged with the 2009 murder of a Neptune City woman. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said James Fair, 27, Ebenezer Byrd, 35, and Gregory Jean-Baptiste, 26, all of Asbury Park, are each charged with first degree Felony Murder, first degree Robbery, second degree Conspiracy, second degree Burglary, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons, in connection with the Sept. 14, 2009 death of 33-year-old…

Vote Count Changes in Neptune City

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In the week after the Neptune City elections, the results for one of two full-term Borough Council seats seemed in doubt — and may still be that way as votes are certified. On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Monmouth Board of Canvassers were to certify the votes, showing Republican newcomer Andrew Wardell and Republican incumbent Richard Pryor with 643 and 600 votes, respectively for the three-year seats. With these results, Pryor edged out Democrat Michael Skudera, who had 599 votes. Finishing fourth was Beryl A. Lyford, 589 votes. The question remains if Democrats will go to state…

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