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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…

Investigators Closing In On Killer of Neptune City Woman

  Investigators are closing in on the person responsible for the brutal 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a beloved Red Bank teacher who was found beaten to death inside her West Sylvania Avenue apartment in Neptune City. Monmouth County CrimeStoppers wants to make sure the public is aware a chance still remains for anyone with information about the case to come forward and possibly collect the $10,000 in reward money being offered, said Kevin J. Burke, Jr., Chairman of CrimeStoppers of Monmouth County. “Our office has worked tirelessly to solve this vicious crime and have recently developed new leads that…

Neptune City Hires Bookkeeper

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City has hired a lifelong borough resident for a part time bookkeeping position at borough hall. Borough Councilman Joseph Zajack said this week that Albert Jardine has been hired for the position after four candidates were interviewed. He said Jardine was “extremely qualified” and has a four-year college degree. Zajack also said the interview process for a new CFO will begin this week, this week, possibly July 30. The council also approved the audit, which includes over 65 accounts that have to be balanced. The audit was submitted and returned with only two comments. “I’m…

Pizza Eating and Ice Cream Eating Competitons at Neptune City Day

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City will host its 23rd Annual Neptune City Day Aug.1 at Memorial Park and Riverview Avenue. Starting off the celebration will be the annual 5K race at 8 a.m. Runners can register at the Neptune City First Aid Building starting at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 1 or July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center. After the race, the festivities will begin at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park with rides, entertainment, food, vendors, and demonstrations. Attendees are invited to enjoy food from the Neptune City Committee including hamburgers, hot dogs,…

National Night Out Set for Aug. 4

  Asbury Park: The Community Relations Unit of the Asbury Park Police is sponsoring a “National Night Out” event at the municipal complex Tues., Aug. 4. The free event, an anti-crime event that includes drug awareness, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot. It includes food, music, games and give-aways. The idea is to provide networking between police and the community. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, demonstrate police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals neighborhoods are…

Meet Your Cops in Neptune City

  Neptune City Police are holding a “Coffee with a Cop” session Wednesday, July 22. The event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center, 117 Third Ave. “No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice comments and get to know the officers in your neighborhood,” according to the publicity material. More information is available from Lt. Matthew Quagliato, telephone 732-775-1298, ext. 38.

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