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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…

Republicans Sweep in Neptune City

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Republicans swept the local election in Neptune City, winning the mayor’s seat and three Borough Council seats. In the mayor’s race for a full four-year seat, incumbent Robert J. Brown defeated Democrat Councilwoman Pamela Renee, 612 to 556. “I was, obviously, very happy, pleased, the residents re-elected me to serve another four years,” said Brown, who has been mayor for five years. Renee could not be reached for comment. In a race for two full, three-year term Council seats, newcomer Andrew Wardell received 612 votes and incumbent Richard Pryor, 566, to win. They defeated Democrat newcomers…

Neptune City Dog is Expert at Finding Lost Baseballs, Softballs

  By JOSEPH SAPIA At the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex, teams gather to play baseball and softball. “The balls they hit in the woods, they don’t got get them,” said Cathie DiGironimo, who lives next-door to the fields. “You can’t see theM.” But her dog, Simon, sniffs them out on walks. He is a golden retriever of lost baseballs and softballs, gathering, according to DiGironimo’s husband, Frank, an estimated thousand-plus in his seven years. “I don’t know how he finds them,” said Frank DiGironimo, who operates Neptune City Barber Shop at his house on West Sylvania Avenue. At the…

Neptune City Sees Additional $10,000 in Revenue Due to Recycling Efforts

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Borough Council approved the introduction of a budget amendment, which included an additional $10,000 to the borough due to the increased amount of recycling tonnage received. The money will be used to upgrade the recycling facilities in town. In addition, the council also introduced a resolution to appropriate $30,000 for the rehabilitation of the sewer lines. The Department of Public Works will be lining some of the existing sewer lines for preventative maintenance, the newest way to prevent future breakage. “One break can easily exceed, not to mention all of the problems that…

Free Bobby Byrne Concert in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Board of Recreation will be hosting an outdoor concert in Memorial Park on Sat., August 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concert, featuring Bobby Byrne will be partially benefiting the nine children of Tami Seidle who was killed on June 17 in Asbury Park. John O’Heney and Rob Burr, both board members of the Board of Recreation in Neptune City went to Neptune High School with Seidle. “She was such a nice person,” said O’Heney, who along with the board decided they would use the concert in the park to be an…

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