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Neptune City School Official Retires After 25 Years

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After a quarter century of working as the business administrator in the Neptune City School District, William Folk has retired. Folk who says “I have not lived a day of my life out of Neptune City” said his most proud accomplishment is the passage of a “long needed” $12 million 2005 referendum that expanded the facilities at the kindergarten through eighth grade school. “It was very exciting to see the community come out and support that,” he said. “We really needed it…in my capacity I was focused on the facility so that was a big…

Neptune City Family Foundation Plans Dance at Community Center

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Family Foundation will host its first dance for school-age youth at the Community Center on Fri., Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The nonprofit charitable foundation was started by Councilman Alexander J. Tallman and his family in the fall of 2016. “The idea for the foundation arose after I started campaigning for council,” Tallman said. “I wanted to try and make an impact on our town in a way that was more directed toward the youth of our community. They are the future of this town, and have always been the highest priority…

In Neptune City: New Salary Ordinance Proposed

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has introduced an ordinance establishing salary ranges for municipal employees. A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. The ordinance does not set salaries for specific employees, and not every post listed will necessarily be filled, according to Borough Administrator Henry Underhill. “We are only amending half a dozen ranges,” Underhill said. There is at least one new position on the list, that of assistant to the finance officer, with a pay range of $2,000 to $4,000. Underhill said an assistant is needed in order to perform…

In Neptune City: Emergency Repairs OK’d

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has approved emergency repairs to heating and cooling systems in the municipal building. Two of the seven rooftop units on the building failed when they were turned on for the heating season, according to Mayor Bob Brown. He said some of the units are 20 years old and have delivered more than their expected life of service. “We’ve been replacing them on a regular basis,” Brown said. “These two would not work when we turned them on.” He said the areas with inadequate heat include the public library and the borough…

Decision on Scheinder’s Future on Hold

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Whether or not Avon’s Schneider’s Restaurant, which was the site of an extensive fire last week, will reopen will not be decided for at least a few more weeks, according to owner John Schneider. Schneider, who owns the restaurant with his mother Theresa, said this week that insurance adjusters have been through the building which sustained damage to the roof and front section of the restaurant, several times. He also said the insurance representatives have to determined what types of coverage he had. “I’ve had the policy a long time, I never gave much thought…

Neptune City Man Found Guilty of Asbury Park Shooting

  A Neptune City man was convicted by an Ocean County jury for the 2012 attempted murder of two men outside a popular Asbury Park bar, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Tyrice L. Berry, 24, of Neptune City, was found guilty of two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Aggravated Assault, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree possession of a Handgun Without a Permit. He is scheduled to be sentenced  on January 24, 2018 before Ocean County Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski, who presided over the six-week trial. The charges stem…

In Neptune City: Proposal to Purchase East Coast Ice

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has hired a special counsel to help it acquire property which has been off the tax rolls for more than two and a half decades. Keith Bonchi of the Atlantic County-based GMS law firm will assist the borough as it moves to redevelop the former East Coast Ice site at 87 Rosewood Place. “For many years it has been a very hazardous building,” said Mayor Robert J. Brown at the council’s meeting earlier this week. He said a letter is expected shortly from the state Department of Environmental Protection which will…

Neptune City Council Opposes Bill Amending Sunshine Law

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has voted to oppose two state Senate bills which the council says are “unnecessary, unpopular with the public, and would result in significant financial and administrative burdens” on local towns. Senate Bill 1045 would amend the Open Public Meetings Act to create what the council says are “impractical and burdensome requirements” which, among other things, would limit the ability of small groups of local officials to discuss issues of public concern. “Under the bills, the responsibilities of municipal clerks, who the Legislature has already loaded with responsibilities beyond the scope of…

Piano Man Al Rando Turns 92 and Still Plays Weekly at Brennen’s

  By ED SALVAS Brennen’s Steakhouse in Neptune City was crowded last Friday evening to help piano man Al Rando celebrate his 92nd birthday which was on Sept. 16. What many people may not have known is that Rando almost didn’t make it to 92. Rando, who is also blind, suffered from Severe Aortic Stenosis, a life-threatening condition that causes the aortic heart valve to narrow and interrupt the normal flow of blood to the heart, often with no outward symptoms. What saved Rando was a procedure called a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, an alternative to open heart…

Preparations for Disaster

  By PETE WALTON Residents of Neptune and Neptune City can find out how their communities are ready for disasters during Preparathon 2017 on Wed., Sept. 20. “This is an opportunity to see the things the towns can do in case of emergencies,” said Neptune City Mayor Bob Brown at a recent Borough Council meeting. As part of National Preparedness Month, the two communities will conduct emergency service demonstrations, a DWI simulator and other activities. A prize raffle will take place and food will be served. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on South Concourse in Neptune. South Concourse is…

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