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Neptune City Police to Participate in National ‘Click It or Ticket’

  Neptune City Police will be taking part in the national “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt campaign until June 1. The idea of the annual campaign is to promote the life-saving value of seatbelt use. “Using a seatbelt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2010 alone, seatbelts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” Proedubicky said the state goal is to increase front-seat belt use from 91 percent to 92 percent. “To meet our goal, we…

School Board Member Resigns in Neptune City

  The Neptune City Board of Education is looking to fill a vacancy on the board, caused by the resignation of Brian Sullivan, board president. The school district asks anyone interested to submit a letter of interest to William Folk, the district business administrator and board secretary, by Fri., May 16. The school district address is 210 W. Sylvania Ave., Neptune City, 07753. More information on the seat is available from the board. With the recent resignation of Sullivan, a board member since 2004, the nine-member board is down to eight members.

In Neptune City: School Board Seeks OK for $360,000 Referendum Question

  By DON STINE Neptune City voters will be asked to approve a $360,000 referendum question in the November general election which would provide additional funding so extra-curricular activities and sports do not have to be cancelled at the Woodrow Wilson School for the 2014-2015 school year. Approving the question will result in the average homeowner paying an additional $174.86 in annual school taxes. Residents will already see a 4.9 cent increase for each $100 of assessed valuation, or from $1.23 to $1.28, under the $8,369,442 total budget introduced on March 25. The average Neptune City home is assessed at…

Neptune City School Budget Features Tax Rate Increase

  By DON STINE Neptune City residents will see a 4.9 cent increase in their 2014/2015 school tax rate under a budget introduced on March 25. The total $8,369,442 budget is down $64,455 from last year’s $8,433,897 total budget. The public hearing is scheduled for April 29. School Business Administrator Bill Folk said the total budget is down because the district saw less revenue in the new budget. “Revenues drive appropriations and the less revenue, the less appropriations we can have,” he said. The tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, has increase to $5,566,358, up $211,658…

First the Snow, Cold…Now the Potholes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In this winter of endless plowable snowfalls and daily high temperatures that are quite low, the weather has been a major discussion topic. So, too, another major topic has been a result of the weather: potholes, basically caused by moisture in the pavement of roadways freezing and thawing. “This year is taking a toll on the roads, no doubt,” said Rich Bianchi, operating supervisor in Bradley Beach’s public works department, adding there is other damage, such as that caused by snowplows hitting curbs. “We’re seeing more potholes than normal,” said John W. Tobia, director of the…

Brewery Proposed for Neptune City

  A plan to install one of the state’s smallest beer breweries in Neptune City is causing some concern among nearby residents but the brewery owner said residents have little to worry about. Gretchen Schmidhausler, who lives in Lake Como, plans to create a small beer brewery in a 1,600-square-foot at the intersection of Steiner and Fourth Avenues. A meeting on the application will be held on Tues., Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The business, GretchenBrew LLC, which has a variance application before the borough’s Land Use Board, will sell as the Little Dog Brewing Company. Schmidhausler was a former…

Neptune City Hires 2 Police Officers

  NEPTUNE CITY – Neptune City welcomes two new police officers this week at the Borough Council meeting. Nicholas Morgan and Ryan Jackson were both sworn in by Mayor Robert Brown in front of a room full of friends, family, and the current Neptune City police force. Jackson is a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and Rowan University earning a bachelors degree in Law and Justice. He was with the Point Pleasant Beach police department in the summer of 2012 enforcing traffic laws and parking violations before graduating from the Monmouth County Police Academy in May of 2013. Morgan…

Neptune City Dedicates Monument to Fallen Soldiers

  By MICHAEL ROGERS NEPTUNE CITY – Neptune City dedicated a new fallen soldier memorial this week during a ceremony Mon., May 27 to remember those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Mayor Robert Brown thanked everyone who helped organize the annual parade which also took place that day. “There was a very large turnout for a somber day and we were able to introduce our fallen soldier memorial to our residents,” Brown said. “This shows Neptune City’s support for our armed forces and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.” Brown also thanked the Director of Public…

Neptune City Police Promoted

  By MICHAEL ROGERS NEPTUNE CITY – Three Neptune City police officers were promoted this week at the Borough Council meeting. The three were Matthew Quagliato, Bradley Hindes and Michael Kepler. Quagliato was promoted to lieutenant on the force. Hindes and Kepler were promoted to sergeant. Kepler’s nephew, Sean Robert Kepler, said he was proud of his uncle. “It’s exciting to see and I want to become a policeman someday when I grow up,” he said. Kepler’s wife, Rosanna was just as proud of her husband and was on hand with their daughters Mia and Micayla. She said “My husband…

Freeholder Director to Receive Award

  FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone will be honored with a Silver Gull Award by the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council for his achievements with tourism. Arnone has spent the last 15 years serving his community through his work as an elected official, serving as councilman, mayor of Neptune City and past president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, before becoming a Freeholder in 2011. In order to support local businesses and give visitors the great experience they are looking for, Freeholder Director Arnone put in place numerous marketing efforts for the 2012 Monmouth County Tourism season.…

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