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Neptune Reviews Proposal for Dog Park, Skateboard Park

  Proposals to create a dog park and skateboard park are under review by the Neptune Township Committee. Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township is looking to fund the parks using Monmouth County Open Space funding. “That process is underway,” he said. Township Committee members said that access and visibility are important factors in creating either of the parks and that a previous proposal to place a skateboard park at the intersection of Stratford Avenue and Neptune Blvd. fell through due to a lack of community support to locate it there. “We need to make sure of their location…

$60,000 Grant for Cleanup in Neptune

  By DON STINE Clean-up efforts will continue on a contaminated section on the former Welsh Farm tract, off Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune, under a a state grant recently received by Neptune. A grant of about $60,000 has been received from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Public Entity Program HDSRF to continue clean-up efforts. The program, charged with cleaning up a hazardous substance or hazardous waste, is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection. “This is basically additional remediation to the former Welsh Farms property at 703 Corlies Avenue,” said Leeanne Hoffman, the township’s Director of Planning…

In Neptune: High-Flying Principal

  By DON STINE It’s not every day that elementary school students get to see their principal flying over their heads on a parasail. But that is exactly what hundreds of Neptune Midtown Community Elementary School students saw on Mon., June 20. School principal Arlene Rogo promised her school’s 450 students that if they could read 25,000 books by the end of the school year, she would go parasailing for them. And, the kids won the bet by reading 26,308 books! So, it was a high-flying school principal off the beach at the Ocean Grove fishing pier Monday morning as…

Benefit Planned for Seidle Family

  The Neptune High School Class of 1982 is teaming up with the domestic violence organization 180 turning Lives Around, Inc. to host a memorial tribute June 18 to classmate Tamara Wilson-Seidle, who was murdered a year ago by her husband, Police Sergeant Philip Seidle. The family friendly festival will include games, food for purchase, music and fun for everyone. It will be held at the Neptune High School rear parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Rain date is June 25. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Wilson-Seidle’s nine children. “Tami believed in carrying out random acts…

Bands Join Coalition to Celebrate and Protect Shark River

  The Shark River Cleanup Coalition will host Dredgefest at The Headliner, Neptune on Thurs., June 30 to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and phase one of the Shark River dredging project which begins in July. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. with live music, a buffet and happy hour drink prices. Tickets are $20. “The SRCC has been advocating for Shark River to be dredged for 15 years and we are happy to see the towns, politicians, and state come together to implement the beginning of this plan. Our river is a source of beauty and life…

Ocean Grove Parking Will be Topic of Meeting

  Neptune and Ocean Grove residents interested in parking issues in Ocean Grove may want to attend a meeting of the Township Committee at 5 p.m. Mon., June 13. The committee is scheduled to discuss recommendations made by the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association. Recommendations included possible metered parking and permits in the historic district. The discussion will take place at a workshop meeting and although the public is usually not permitted to speak at a workshop they are welcome to attend. The regular meeting will follow the workshop and the public is permitted to speak at that time.

Area Runners Fund Van for Disabled Vets

  A group of runners and walkers raised over $30,000 at the Spring Lake Five event for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van for the Disabled American Veterans of Asbury Park and Neptune. Called Team Freedom, the group was started in 1997 by five West Point graduates, including James MacInerny of Spring Lake. The group participates every year in the Spring Lake Five, always held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Over the past 20 years Team Freedom has grown to almost 300 members and raised over $130,000, donating to veteran’s causes such as American Widow Project, Salute American…

Forum on Voting Scheduled in Neptune

  A forum on voting and why your vote matters is scheduled for May 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the William Small Community Center (the new Neptune Senior Apartments) on Wells Avenue, Neptune. Beverly J. Holland, senior election clerk, Monmouth County Board of Elections is the guest presenter. Agenda items include voter registration, voting by mail, poll worker opportunities and primary and general election information. New and unregistered voters are encouraged to attend. All voters are welcome. The event is free and refreshments will be served. It is sponsored by the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation. For more information…

Neptune Director Named President of State Recreation Association

  Neptune Recreation Director Dawn Thompson was recently appointed president of The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and the title is well-deserved, according to Mayor Kevin McMillan. McMillan, who is the governing body’s liaison to the township’s parks and recreation committee, said the presidency “is a great honor for Dawn.” “Dawn is a leader and a visionary, not only with activities in Neptune but throughout the state and I know she does a fantastic job,” he said. McMillan said recreation is very important for the young people of Neptune and that Thompson’s innovative programs help get them out of…

Neptune Police Promotions

  By DON STINE Four veteran Neptune police officers were promoted at this week’s Township Committee meetings. Sergeant Michael Zarro was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Patrolmen Vincent Letsch, Brice Byham and Matthew Webb were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The four officers showed “devotion, hard work and dedication” during their tenure within the police department, Police Commissioner and Township Committeeman Nicholas Williams said. Zarro has been on the police force for 21 years and has served in various leadership roles in the department, including with the traffic bureau, community outreach program, and special assignments. “He serves…

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