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  ///Get your jingle on at the Christmas Party Sat., Dec. 20 at the Sudsy Mug on Sixth Avenue in Neptune. The festivities begin at 8:30 p.m.with food, fun and karaoke. /// The Neptune City tree lighting will be held on Fri, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. followed by the 12th children’s Holiday Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center. Light refreshments will be served. The Police Department and First Aid Squad as well as the Borough Council will be there to celebrate. /// Jersey Shore Writers present a program to meet the authors of “Darkness Falls…

Neptune City Library Hosts Open House

  The Neptune City Library is hosting a Holiday Open House Tues., Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. wtih entertainment and refreshments for all. Entertainment will be provided by Joe “Mr. Ric” Riccardello, compliments of the Monmouth County Library System. Drawings will be held for gifts donated by local merchants and Friends of the Library. Snacks will also be provided. Patrons who join the library’s 2015 Friends of the Library that night will receive an additional ticket into the drawings. Books will be available for sale. Membership in the library is free and open to borough residents, property owners,…

Neptune City Fire Cadet Receives Memorial Grant

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City Fire Cadet Richard T. Maher received the Terry Morcom Memorial Cadet Grant during the Borough Council meeting this week. He was the first cadet to receive the award. Established this year by the children of Morcom: Kimberly, Andrea, and Craig, it honors the memory of their father, Terry Morcom who joined the Neptune City Fire Department in 1969 and became chief in 1983. Morcom had cancer and died last year while he was still on active duty in the department. Current or former cadets of the NCFD that are advancing their education through secondary…

Shop Local and Often

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As some stores gear up to open their doors on Thanksgiving this year, many local, small business owners in the area say they are looking forward to the weekend to Saturday which has come to be known as Small Business Saturday. Jim Carella, owner of Carella’s Art and Sole Footwear in Avon, praised the Small Business Saturday promotion, saying it is “out there for the small business industry.” “It’s really raised awareness for Main Street businesses,” said Carella, who has had his store seven years. “I think people in general, since the recession hit, turned a…

In Neptune City: Property Improvements Continue

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials are working on several projects to help get properties back on the tax rolls in the borough and may even welome a national retailer to the former Wonder Bread location on Route 35. Mayor Robert Brown said work has been ongoing at the former East Construction Ice company and the former Neptune City Auto Repair Shop. At the former ice company an environmental group is currently in the final stages of a very long clean up process. Recently, a full environmental cleanup has been completed at the former Neptune City Auto Repair Shop.…

New Traffic Light to Be Installed at Neptune City Intersection

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Freeholder Tom Arnone attended the Neptune City Council Meeting this week to congratulate officials for their efforts towards getting a traffic light at Memorial Drive and Evergreen Avenue. Mayor Robert Brown and the Borough Council also thanked Arnone and the rest of the Freeholders for their support. The Council has been working on establishing the light at the Memorial Drive and Evergreen Avenue intersection since 2007. The project involved Port Authority, NJ Transit, State Department, and Neptune City as well as neighboring Bradley Beach. “I pulled up to 5th avenue the other day and there was…

In Neptune City: Veteran Incumbents Lose

  By ELLEN CARROLL Two veteran GOP members of the Neptune City Borough Council were defeated at the polls this week in a municipality which has not seen a Democrat elected to office in more than 20 years. GOP Councilwomen Barbara Shafer, who has served for 22 years, and Susan Mitchell, who has served for 18 years, lost in a close election to newcomers Chris Gallagher and his running mate, Pamela Renee. The two were elected to two, three-year terms on the council. The last time a Democrat served on the council was in 1992. Gallagher was the top vote-getter…

In Neptune City: $360,000 School Referendum Question on Nov. 4 Ballot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and DON STINE Neptune City voters are being asked to approve a $360,000 referendum in the Nov. 4 general election to restore some teaching positions and extra-curricular activities at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School- an amount that will add about $175 to the average school tax bill. About 50 people turned out for an informational meeting held by the Board of Education at the school Tuesday night, of which about 20 were local educational association members showing their support for the referendum. School Board President Christine Oppegaard said the Wilson School is in a “crisis situation”…

$151,000 in Grant Funds OK’d for Neptune City Memorial Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City will receive $151,929 in Community Development Block Grant through funding from the county to complete the proposed improvements to Memorial Park. In early July 2014, the borough was one of 20 applicant towns and non-profits in Monmouth County to apply for the block grant. Borough officials attended a question and answer period on August 23 where Monmouth County representatives were able to view each town’s proposed plan and ask town officials questions regarding the plans. “We apply for everything you can,” said Councilwoman Susan Mitchell who also noted that the borough has been “doing…

Neptune City Library Celebrating 90 Years

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE For a municipality only one square mile, the Neptune City Library is suprisingly busy. In June the library kicked off its 90th year with an open house celebration where more than 80 attendees joined in the festivities with librarians Lorraine Hansen, Elaine Scott, Theresa Riccardello, and Patty Scott who have 50 years of combined service for the Neptune City Library. “We really work with everyone and know everyone,” said head librarian Patty Scott who also noted that the library is really personalized. Patrons can’t help but feel at home in a place where “every staff member…

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