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Second Chances Thrift Store Gives Women a Second Chance

  By DENISE HERSCHEL A benefit for the Second Chances Thrift Store in Neptune City, an arm of Redeem-Her, an organization which helps women who have been incarcerated, is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Christ Church in Sycarmore from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The concept of the organization was birthed in 2003 behind the walls of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, New Jersey. A resource center was set up with a resume-writing workshop for more than 200 women; a hospice program; and recreational tournaments with hundreds of participants. In 2005 a Board of Trustees was established and…

New Neptune City Police Officer

  Alexander J. Parisi was sworn in as a Neptune City probationary patrolman this week. Parisi, of Toms River, successfully passed the Monmouth County Chiefs of Police written and physical examination. More than 100 police officer candidate applications were reviewed by the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department. Thirty applicants went before the Command Staff Oral Review Board of the Neptune City Police Department and out of those six were selected to appear before Mayor Robert Brown, Police Commissioner Joseph Zajack, and the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department for the final review. Parisi was the…

In Neptune City: Residents Invited to Coffee with a Cop

  On July 28, officers from the Neptune City Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend this Coffee with a Cop event. It begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Neptune City Police Department Community Relations Unit, which is located in the Brighton Arms III complex, Apartment No. 301A. For questions and more information contact Lt. Matthew Quagliato at 732-775-1298 Ex. 38 or MQuagliato@neptunecitypolice.org. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community…

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…

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