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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…

3-Mile Bicycle Path Planned for Neptune, Neptune City

  By DON STINE A three-mile bicycle path through Neptune, which will connect neighboring Wall Township and Neptune City, is expected to be created next year. Township Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at last week’s Township Committee meeting that a $580,000 Department of Transportation grant has been received to create the bike path. “Out of 149 applicants, only 28 received funding. The connectivity of the bike path with neighboring towns was a determining factor in obtaining the grant,” she said. The bike path will begin at Monmouth County park land on Brighton Avenue, near the Brighton Avenue…

Blood Drive for Neptune City Girl

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Central Jersey Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 3rd Avenue, on Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The blood drive is being held in honor of seven year old Neptune City resident, Lauren Blecki, who was recently diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells including white and red blood cells and platelets leaving the person fatigued and at a higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. During a Neptune City fun run at the…

Neptune City Day is Aug. 2 with Pizza Eating Contest

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The 22nd Neptune City Day is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 2 in Memorial Park and this year features a pizza eating contest as well as an ice cream eating contest. Most borough streets will be closed from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the annual 5K race at 8:00am. The 5k registration will take place from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and will benefit the Neptune City First Aid Squad. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment including Glycerine Queens at 4 p.m. and Rick Pryor and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Rides and food and craft vendors will open at…

New Police Officer in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE James M. VanEtten become a member of the Neptune City Police Department this week after Mayor Robert Brown administered the oath of office to him. With over 150 applications, the department conducted extensive background checks, interviewing approximately 30 applicants that met the criteria qualifications, and then narrowing it down to just three final applications. “You could hire someone for the FBI with the way things are run here,” Brown said. After a thorough interview process, the NCPD and the Council approved the hiring of VanEtten, a lifelong resident of Neptune. VanEtten graduated from Saint Rose High…

Patrick’s Pub Opens in Neptune City for the Hungry and Thirsty

  By ED SALVAS The sign that greets customers entering Patrick’s Pub at 116 Third Ave. in the Neptune City Shopping Center declares it’s “For the Hungry and Thirsty” and many longtime residents may find those welcoming words familiar. The same words greeted customers at Cronin’s, a longtime bar and restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune that was owned by Maura Fitzsimmon’s father. She and her husband, Kevin, own Patrick’s Pub which is named for their youngest son, and is the family’s latest venture in the restaurant business in the area. Since 2003, they’ve owned Brennen’s Steak House in Neptune…

Neptune City Plans Improvements to Memorial Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials hope to extend the boardwalk at Memorial Park 520 feet and widen it 10 feet as part on an ongoing project to improve the park. Mary Sapp, Borough Administrator, addressed the Borough Council and the public about the ongoing plan to extend the boardwalk upon the completion of the bulkhead under the Community Development Block Grant. “The bulkhead and the boardwalk was originally in a two part plan,” Mayor Robert Brown said. The proposed project would extend the boardwalk 520 feet and widen it to 10 feet. The proposed boardwalk is set to…

In Neptune City: Library Hosts Open House

  The Neptune City Library will celebrate the beginning of its 90th year of service with an open house Tues.,June 3. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library on the east side of the Municipal Complex, 106 W. Sylvania Ave. Musical entertainment will be provided by Joe Riccardello, compliments of the Monmouth County Library System, of which the borough library is part of. There will be giveaways, snacks and a drawing for a $90 gift card. Only those with library cards can enter the drawing. Library membership is open to Neptune City residents, property owners,…

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